Football

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 ...

Juniata Valley coach ‘made everyone happy’

In the tense moments of Juniata Valley’s 9-3 victory over Bishop Guilfoyle in the District 6, Class 1A semifinals at Mansion Park in November, Green Hornets assistant coach Jimbob Johnson brought some needed levity to the sidelines. “Toward the middle of the fourth quarter, there was a ...

Penn Cambria postion already posted

From Mirror reports Penn Cambria has been planning for John Franco’s departure for the past week. According to the school’s superintendent, William Marshall, the position of head football coach was posted on Feb. 5 internally, but Penn Cambria has yet to recieve any internal ...

Franco returns as Tyrone’s head coach

The Tyrone Area School Board approved John Franco as the school’s newest football coach Tuesday night in a 9-0 unanimous vote. The hiring culminated a cat-and-mouse game between the school and Franco since he left Tyrone in 2012 following the 2011 football season in which the Golden Eagles ...

Flying above Altoona, football openings

Longtime followers of this column realize I’ve been fortunate to have access to the Mirror helicopter to assist in the most important of stories. Like when Altoona Area High School is searching — OK, again searching — for a new head football coach. Oh, there have been some other ...

Hill, McGhee selected for Big 33 Game

Altoona senior defensive lineman Gaige Hill and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic punter and kicker Kolton McGhee were selected on Thursday to play in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s Big 33 Game on May 27 at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field. The annual game, in its 62nd ...

Franco applies for job at Tyrone

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Wednesday was the last day resumes were accepted in Tyrone for the school’s head football coaching vacancy, and at least one of the applicants is a familiar one. John Franco, who went 190-37 in 18 years at Tyrone and led the Golden Eagles to ...

Lightner wants Everett to win consistently

Dave Lightner has worked on the staff of some area coaching legends in Bishop Carroll’s Craig Sponsky and Central’s Dave Baker and is looking forward to getting the chance to form his own staff. Lightner is the new head football coach at Everett Area High School, taking over for the ...

Tyrone looking for new head coach

TYRONE — Jason Wilson’s five-year tenure as the head coach of the Tyrone Area High School football team has come to an end. The school board voted 7-1 to open the varsity football coach position for the 2019 season. “I do not plan to reapply, and I’m not sure right now if I would ...

Blue Pirates tab Hileman as coach

Williamsburg High School has a new football coach, and he’s someone with ties to the local area. Ryan Hileman, who coached the Blue Pirates’ junior high team last season, was hired Tuesday night by the Williamsburg School Board to replace Bob Hearn, who had stepped down at the end of the ...

Hearn leaves coaching with good memories

WILLIAMSBURG — Saying it was a “tough decision,” but also a decision he felt he had to make, Williamsburg football coach Bob Hearn has stepped down after 10 seasons running the Blue Pirates’ program. Hearn, who will remain as the school’s athletic director, turned in his letter of ...

Marauders’ kicker picks up honor for third consecutive season

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Kolton McGhee was selected as the first team punter on the MaxPreps Small School All-American team for the third consecutive year Wednesday. McGhee, a West Virginia commit, was one of just three players in ...

Altoona expects ‘good candidates’ for job

The Altoona Area School District is hoping to have a head varsity high school football coach in place by the beginning of March. The Altoona School Board, on Monday, opened up the position that was held by Nick Felus since 2016. “Once we get our (advertisement) out and get everything ...

Altoona coaching job opens

The Altoona Mountain Lion football program could start the 2019 season with a new coach. The Altoona Area School Board opened up the high school head football coach position with a vote of 7-2 Monday. Current coach Nick Felus held the position since 2016. Although his position is now open, ...

Area well-represented on coaches all-state team

The first Coach’s Select All-State Team in Class 1A, 3A and 5A was announced by the Pa. Football News on Wednesday. Bishop Guilfoyle’s Kolton McGhee (kicker) and Bryant Speck (offensive guard) and Northern Cambria’s Nick Sifford (offensive tackle) made the first team in Class ...

Zinobile, McGhee, Abraham, Light on All-State team

Altoona Mirror Player of the Year Quinn Zinobile of Juniata Valley became just the second player from Juniata Valley to be named as an all-state football player and the first in 17 years when the Class 1A, 3A and 5A Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Teams were released Friday. “It ...

McGhee, Akers, Pfister among All-State honorees

Bishop Guilfoyle senior and West Virginia commit Kolton McGhee was selected to the 2018 American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania Football team for the second consecutive year Thursday. “I was pretty excited,” McGhee said. “Making it last year as a junior it was cool, and getting ...

Zinobile’s versatility shines

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com A week after being helped off the field in Juniata Valley’s PIAA Class 1A semifinal loss to Lackawanna Trail, Quinn Zinobile’s body was still covered with black and blue marks. The Green Hornets’ senior quarterback and safety certainly left ...

Musser guides JV turnaround

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com When Bill Musser took over as head coach at Juniata Valley five years ago, there were some growing pains as the Green Hornets suffered through one of their worst campaigns in years. Those days are just distant memories now as Juniata Valley is ...

Altoona’s Hill, Lawhead sign with Division I teams

Wednesday was special at Altoona Area High School. Mountain Lion football players Gaige Hill and Mitchell Lawhead took advantage of the new, early signing period to affix their signatures to Division I college scholarships. Hill, a two-way tackle, committed to the University of Toledo while ...