Football

Missed opportunities in third sink Hornets

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com DANVILLE — Neither team scored in the third quarter Friday night at Ironmen Stadium in a PIAA Class 1A semifinal game between Juniata Valley and Lackawanna Trail. But it sure seemed like that was the Green Hornets’ window to Hershey and ...

Semifinal battle takes its toll on star Zinobile

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com DANVILLE — Quinn Zinobile stood tall, albeit with the help of a trainer and assistant coach, as his hand dripped blood and his leg bent with no pressure on it. The senior quarterback and Juniata Valley’s heart and soul wept as he took the ...

13-1 Lackawanna stands in JV’s path

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley’s high school football team accomplished something a week ago that it hadn’t done in 31 years when it won a District 6 championship. But clearly, the Green Hornets are hungry for more, as many of their players and coaches have ...

JV secondary big part of team’s success

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley defensive coordinator Jason Showalter can recall a moment earlier this season when sophomore cornerback Hunter Johnson seemingly came down with an interception only to have it ripped away by the receiver. That isn’t happening ...

Rand, Valley keep rolling

MIRROR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Name: Jaxson Rand School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Rand scored the opening touchdown and rushed for 60 yards as Juniata Valley topped United to win the District 6 Class 1A championship. He also ...

Hornets will travel to Danville Friday

Juniata Valley will play District 2 champion Lackawanna Trail at Danville High School’s Ironmen Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. for the opportunity to go to Hershey and play for the Class 1A PIAA championship. The winner of Friday’s game will take on the winner of the other semifinal between ...

BEA falls to Sharon in playoffs

Three interceptions and a lost fumble were the difference in an otherwise statistically even matchup Saturday at Mansion Park as Sharon advanced to the PIAA Class 3A semifinals with a 28-7 win over Bald Eagle Area in high school football action. Down 14-0 after Sharon’s Jordan Wilson scored ...

WPIAL power eliminates State College from postseason with big win

State College’s season came to an end Saturday night at Mansion Park, as the Little Lions couldn’t find an answer to Pine-Richland running back Luke Meckler. Meckler, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound back ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns and caught another from sophomore quarterback Cole ...

Two pick-6s clinch Green Hornets’ district title

Juniata Valley won its first District 6 football championship in 31 years Friday night. For Valley star senior quarterback Quinn Zinobile, the wait was a little shorter, but just as sweet. “Actually, it all started in ninth grade,’’ Zinobile said. “Jaxson Rand (Zinobile’s senior ...

Tigers reach end of road

HERSHEY — Hollidaysburg knew it had a tough challenge ahead of it Friday in defending Class 5A state champion Archbishop Wood. A few moments after the opening kickoff, it became evident there wasn’t much the Golden Tigers could do about it. The Vikings took the kickoff 50 yards to the ...

Hollidaysburg seniors set bar high

HERSHEY — With 5:28 left in Friday’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game, Hollidaysburg senior Brady Walters checked out of the game for the final time and had some words of encouragement for his replacement, Rocco Grassi. Just two years earlier, as the Golden Tigers were staring down ...

Golden Tigers link gridiron success to world game

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com In the final quarter of Hollidaysburg’s 31-0 victory over Wallenpaupack in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A playoffs Saturday, Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre turned to Gus Dellinger to run out the clock. Dellinger, usually a tight end, ...

Juniata Valley enjoying deep playoff run

The Juniata Valley High School football team is breathing some rarefied air, and savoring every bit of it. The Green Hornets carry a 10-2 record and nine-game winning streak into what is their first District 6 Class 1A championship-game appearance since 2007 on Friday night, when they face ...

Tigers will play in Hershey

The Hollidaysburg football team will take on Philadelphia Catholic League champion Archbishop Wood on Friday at 2 p.m. at Milton Hershey High School in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 5A playoffs. It is to be noted that the field is not the one used at Hershey Park. Juniata Valley, ...

Jones helps BEA eliminate Bisons

Bald Eagle Area junior quarterback Jaden Jones is a young man who possesses numerous skills on the football field. Jones, who stands 5-feet-10 and weighs just 145 pounds, is adept at scrambling, extending plays from the pocket, spotting the downfield receiver, and throwing accurate ...

Colts end up inch short of title tilt

Baseball is not the only game of inches. Ask Northern Cambria football coach Sam Shutty. United stopped quarterback Mark Marino just inches short of the goal line and held on for a 36-28 overtime victory against the top-seeded Colts in a District 6 Class 1A semifinal playoff game at Mansion ...

State College hammers Delaware Valley

From Mirror reports DANVILLE — State College returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, including two from Dresyn Green, in a 56-19 rout of Delaware Valley. Keaton Ellis also returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score for the Little Lions. Isaiah Edwards added a 46-yard touchdown run, Tommy ...

Juniata Valley knocks off Bishop Guilfoyle

“Small school. Big dreams.” Those words were written on the sign Juniata Valley cheerleaders held to greet the Green Hornet football team as it raced onto Mansion Park for the District 6 Class 1A semifinal game with Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Saturday afternoon. And, the Hornets ...

Team effort leads Tigers to win

DANVILLE — Brady Walters began his day by carving up the Wallenpaupack defense on five straight completions capped off by a pair of runs that eventually resulted in a touchdown. It was almost as if he’d practiced against the Buckhorns all week. According to the Hollidaysburg senior, he ...