Football

It’s still a big deal: Lovrich, Franco prep B-A, Tyrone for opener

The matchup Game: Tyrone Golden Eagles (4-6) vs. Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils (10-2) TV: WHVL Where: Memorial Field When: Friday, 7 p.m. The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Nick Lovrich (10-2, second year); Tyrone — John Franco (190-37, 18 years at Tyrone; 251-120-2, 32 years ...

Time to re-examine high school football coverage

Growing up, I had a passion for writing very early in my life. Back then, it wasn’t always sports, but it was usually something pretty creative. Sometimes those stories took on a life of their own and went a little longer than they probably should have. Requiring a certain word count, ...

Tyrone, Franco hope to re-establish legacy

WINGATE — The last time John Franco coached a game for the Tyrone Golden Eagles, it was for the state championship. Franco and Tyrone have both had their ups and downs since. Tyrone won a District 6 title under Jason Wilson after struggling for a few years with Steve Guthoff at the helm, ...

Athletes savor ‘Blitz’ cover spot

Hollidaysburg senior defensive back D.J. Heim had just recently learned that an offseason injury would sideline him for at least the first two games of the 2019 high school football season and was in need of some good news. That’s when his dad brought him a copy of the Altoona Mirror’s ...

Hornets cherish finale

Juniata Valley celebrated its finest high school football season ever in 2018. Led by Class 1A first-team all-state quarterback Quinn Zinobile, the Green Hornets won their first District 6 championship since 1986 and made it to the PIAA semifinal game before losing to Lackawanna Trail and ...

Reliving the scholastic year’s best moments

The 2018-2019 scholastic sports season has come to a close, and plenty of memories made in communities across the Mirror’s coverage area will live on forever. Selecting just the top 10 moments was challenging, as seven PIAA state champions made the list, but none of those earned the top ...

Finest in their finale: Akers helps South to win

JOHNSTOWN — In the week leading up to the game, Macen Akers wasn’t sure which side of the ball he’d play on in the 49th annual Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Classic. Lucky for the South team that the coaching staff ultimately decided to put him at quarterback. The Everett graduate led ...

Pa. prevails in Big 33

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania won the Big 33 Game over Maryland, 21-0, on Monday at Central Dauphin High School’s Landis Field. Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Kolton McGhee was 2-for-2 on extra points for Pennsylvania, and he also punted twice for a 42.5-yard average. Altoona Area’s Gaige ...

Local football players excited for ‘Big’ opportunity

Two area graduating senior football players, Altoona Area High School defensive tackle Gaige Hill and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School placekicker-punter Kolton McGhee, will be concluding their high school careers on the biggest stage of them all on Memorial Day. Hill and McGhee will be ...

B-A’s Hayes entering PSFCA Hall

John Hayes was offered induction to the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame a couple of times over the years, but he politely declined, preferring to make it a career-ending honor. That honor will come Sunday in Harrisburg with Hayes’ enshrinement. Hayes, the ...

How the West … won

By Jim Lane For the Mirror Rain and the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game seem to go hand in hand. For the second year in a row, a steady rain fell Sunday afternoon at Mansion Park and, like 2018, the West All-Stars handled the ugly weather while ...

Gridiron finale for the twins

Growing up as identical twins, brothers Josh and Nathan Howells have shared much in common, especially on the football field. Both stand six feet, four inches tall, with Josh weighing 260 pounds and Nathan weighing 250 pounds. Both achieved perfect 4.0 grade-point averages at Hollidaysburg ...

PSFCA players highly regarded

The Big 33 Football Classic annually showcases some of Pennsylvania and Maryland’s top high school football talent. But the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game isn’t far behind. In fact, Hollidaysburg Area High School football coach Homer ...

College signing

Shane McMurray: Thiel football High School: Glendale Hometown: Coalport Sport: Football Position: Running back College Choice: Thiel Other Colleges considered: IUP and Millersville Why I picked Thiel: “It’s a great school.” Greatest School Achievement: Leadership Award in ...

PC graduate hired as new head coach

From Mirror reports Nick Felus came home three years ago, returning to an area where he grew up to coach high school football in Blair County. Now, the Cambria County native is really coming home, this time to Penn Cambria High School, his alma mater. Felus was hired Tuesday night by the ...

Trexler hopes to get Vikings on right track

From Mirror reports Glendale High School has won just 11 varsity football games over the last six seasons, and the program’s new coach is hoping to right the Vikings’ ship. Altoona native Dave “Spank’’ Trexler was hired by the Glendale School Board on Tuesday night and will ...

Thomas gets shot as Bearcats coach

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com Shane Thomas has wanted to be a high school head football coach since his scholastic days ended at Southern Huntingdon in the fall of 2006. After Monday night’s schoolboard meeting at Huntingdon Area High School, he can now cross it off his bucket ...

Dream job: Nedimyer Jr. lands spot at alma mater Altoona

Vince Nedimyer Jr. clutched an Altoona polo shirt in his hand and struggled to keep his emotions in check as he addressed the Altoona Area School District’s Board of Directors and a small gathering in the William P. Kimmel Board Room Monday night. According to the son of former AAHS head ...

AAHS appears set to vote on hiring coach

Altoona Area High School could have its next head football coach by the end of tonight — and it might be a familiar name. The Altoona School Board is meeting at 7 p.m. with the hiring of a varsity head football coaching position expected to be on the agenda. The board will have the final ...