Scholastic Sports

Murin, Oliver put stamps on careers

They have two of the most dominating wrestlers in the state for four years, and Central Cambria’s Max Murin and Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver turned it up a few notches this season. Murin went 40-0, becoming the only area wrestler to finish undefeated, with 25 pins and eight technical falls, ...

Lazor keeps Chestnut Ridge on successful path

Chestnut Ridge’s Greg Lazor has only been coaching at Chestnut Ridge for nine years, but he’s led the Lions to 171 wins, six straight District 5 Tournament titles and five straight District 5 Duals crowns. The coaching honors have started to pile up too. Lazor has been voted the ...

Altoona comes back from Virginia at 2-1

RICHMOND, Va. — After dropping a 17-2 decision to Benedictine in 41/2 innings Saturday, Altoona was able to hang on for a 7-6 win against Manchester to split a two-game outing in high school baseball action. Elliot Mast hit a three-run homer in the first inning to put the Lions ahead of ...

Stung in the finals: Cold shooting sinks JV

HERSHEY — Trailing by 10 points with the final seconds of the third quarter ticking away, Halee Smith tried to force a pass into Maddie Mattas that was intercepted. Smith immediately put her hands over her face after the ball left her hands. It was that kind of day for the Juniata Valley ...

Lady Hornets show character battling back

HERSHEY — Juniata Valley assistant coach Mike Reed preceded the Lady Hornets out of the Giant Center locker room after their emotional 55-43 loss to District 3 champion Lebanon Catholic in the PIAA Class 1A championship game on Friday afternoon. “Well, sometimes you’re the hammer,” ...

Lady Hornets grow up quickly

HERSHEY — Entering the season, the uniforms the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball players were wearing weren’t the only thing that was green about the Lady Hornets. They themselves were. Valley came into 2016-17 as a bit of an unknown commodity, starting three juniors and two ...

PIAA finals highlights

HERSHEY — Following are the highlights from Juniata Valley’s 55-43 loss against Lebanon Catholic on Friday afternoon in the PIAA Class 1A girls basketball championship game at the Giant Center: Player of the game: Lebanon Catholic’s Alexis Hill collected 20 points and 14 rebounds — ...

Valley fans show their support

HERSHEY — Juniata Valley assistant girls basketball coach Mike Reed said Friday more than 800 presale tickets had been sold from the school for the PIAA Class 1A championship game at the Giant Center. Valley lost in the final to Lebanon Catholic, 55-43. In addition, Reed said 400 T-shirts ...

H.S. baseball: Altoona posts opening win in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Altoona scored a run in the seventh to tie and won it in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Jake Hord for a 5-4 season-opening victory over St. Christopher’s in high school baseball Friday. John Gority’s RBI groundout in the seventh brought the Mountain Lions even and ...

Central opens with win

MARTINSBURG — Dylan Claycomb fired five shutout innings to help Central open the season with an 8-2 win over Bald Eagle Area in high school softball action on Friday. Jen Ritchey delivered two hits for Central. SCORE BY INNINGS Bald Eagle Area 000 000 2—2 6 3 Central 151 100 ...

Manley excels at Border Brawl

JOHNSTOWN — Cole Manley was named the outstanding wrestling for Team Pennsylvania in the Keystone State’s 47-12 victory over Team Maryland/West Virginia in the second annual Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic on Friday night at Pitt-Johnstown. Manley, who was a four-time PIAA ...

Lebanon Catholic (3-1) vs. Juniata Valley (6-2)

Girls PIAA Class 1A championship Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (24-5); Lebanon Catholic Lady Beavers (24-7). Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon TV: PCN The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (96-49, six years); Lebanon Catholic — Patti Hower (711-359, 39 years). ...

Murin, Oliver set for Dapper Dan

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror The Mirror coverage area is rarely represented in the prestigious Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, but there will be two area wrestlers competing against United States All-Stars this year. Central Cambria two-time state champion Max Murin and Huntingdon two-time ...

JV similar to its opponent

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com With 96 wins in her first six years coaching the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball team, Rachelle Hopsicker has done pretty well. That’s still 615 victories behind Patti Hower’s 711, though. “I think it’s amazing,” Hopsicker ...

Head coaches announced for upcoming Classic

The head coaches are set for the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. Reggie Nevins of Central High School and Miriam Colledge of Altoona Area High School will guide the Blair County boys and girls teams, respectively, while Adam Stephan of Central Cambria High School and John ...

Juniata Valley to play for state title

Juniata Valley’s massive gathering of fans serenaded Maddie Mattas prior to Tuesday’s PIAA Class 1A high school girls basketball semifinal against Bishop Carroll Catholic with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” It was fitting, considering how much Mattas and the rest of her Lady Hornets ...

BC endures tough night

Bishop Carroll Catholic had a high school girls basketball season that would satisfy almost anyone else, and there were a lot of outstanding performances to celebrate. Tueday night’s was not one of them. The District 6 Class 1A champion Lady Huskies were unable to solve Juniata Valley’s ...

Second-half surge sinks Lady Devils

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis and Bishop McCort’s District 6 Class 2A championship was decided in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. The key point of Monday’s PIAA semifinal rematch also came in the final seconds, but this time it was just before the ...

Emotional rollercoaster ride ends for B-A girls

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com It’s hard for most people to fully appreciate the gamut of emotions the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball players experienced as their season concluded with Monday night’s 68-57 PIAA Class 2A semifinal defeat at the hands of Bishop McCort ...