Scholastic Sports

BG, Homer-Center face off in rubber match

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic battled through adversity this season before ending the regular season with a huge wins over previously unbeaten Chestnut Ridge and diocesan rival Bishop McCort that clinched a first-round bye for the Marauders. Their reward? Homer-Center. The same team that ended ...

Friday Playoff Football Scoreboard

DISTRICT 6-10 SUBREGIONAL CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP at Saint Francis University State College 55, McDowell 20 (FINAL) CLASS 5A CHAMPIONSHIP at FRANKLIN H.S. Hollidaysburg 33, Oil City 22 (FINAL) DISTRICT 6-9 PLAYOFFS CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP at DUBOIS AREA H.S. Clearfield 49, Bellefonte 21 ...

Lion-sized challenge

Everett trying to upset top-seeded Chestnut Ridge Chestnut Ridge enters the District 5 Class 2A championship game as the favorite. Just ask Everett coach Winston Redman. “We’re going to have to play the best football game we’ve ever played in the four years I’ve been here,” ...

Clark helping to tighten up Everett’s defense

This is the ninth in a series of high school football features on some key players on playoff-bound teams in the Mirror’s coverage area Everett’s defense has allowed more than 27 points per game this season, but it has played a major role in the Warriors’ wins the past two weeks. In ...

Lady Bisons moving on

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com WINDBER — The Bedford girls soccer team seemed to be in complete control of Tuesday’s PIAA Class 2A first-round game against Hopewell through one half. Then the Lady Vikings’ Raychel Speicher got to a loose ball and fired it past Bedford ...

C-K’s Helsel shows versatility

This is the eighth in a series of high school football features on some key players on playoff-bound teams in the Mirror’s coverage area Senior R.J. Helsel stands just 5-foot-6 and weighs in at a modest 155 pounds, but he plays very big on the football field for Claysburg-Kimmel. Helsel ...

Lady Devils’ season ends as late rally falls just short

DILLSBURG — Central Cambria’s season came to an end in thrilling fashion on Tuesday night at Northern High School, as the Lady Devils rallied from two sets down to force a fifth set before falling to Delone Catholic, 25-27, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 14-16 in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A ...

WPIAL knocks out Lady Tigers again

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror IRWIN — Three District 6 championships in a row, three first-round exits from the PIAA playoffs. Hollidaysburg, attempting to make a statement for District 6 girls soccer in Class 3A, again failed to take the next step Tuesday night, losing to ...

Shady Side defense ends Bisons’ season

MOON TOWNSHIP —With enough pressure, eventually, something will break. After holding off Shady Side Academy’s constant attack Tuesday night, Bedford’s defense finally cracked late in the second half and the Indians held on for a 1-0 win at Moon Area High School’s Tiger Stadium to open ...

Shaffer shines at state meet

Name: Lauren Shaffer School: Portage Area Age: 15 Grade: Freshman Sport: Cross country Athlete of the week achievement: Shaffer finished second in the state in Class 1A at the PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey. Her time was 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Season ...

Akers anchors Everett’s team

Name: Macen Akers School: Everett Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Akers rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 41 yards, picked off two passes and made the game-saving tackle in the final seconds to lift Everett over ...

Zinobile makes JV versatile

Juniata Valley has been known for its overpowering running game for years, and thanks to 1,000-yard back Jaxson Rand, that hasn’t changed. But what has changed is the Green Hornets’ ability to work toward something they’ve been striving to achieve for a long time. “Versatility is ...

WVU-bound McGhee plays key role for BG

In so many ways, senior Kolton McGhee has sported a leg of gold for the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders over the last four seasons. Whether he’s booming an unreturnable kickoff, booting a long field goal, or pinning opponents deep inside their own territory with an ...

Golden Tigers set to travel

While most of the high school football teams in the Mirror’s coverage area will stay close to home this Friday, Hollidaysburg will make a two and a half hour trek to Franklin High School to play Oil City at 7 p.m. Bedford will play Westinghouse in the District 5-8 Class 3A championship game ...

Lady Devils conquer state again

HERSHEY — The Central Cambria girls reclaimed their dominance and Portage freshman Lauren Shaffer served notice she is a force to be reckoned with at the PIAA Cross Country Championships at the Parkview course on Saturday. The Lady Devils captured their first team title in Class 2A since ...

B-A does enough to advance

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis High School senior tight end-linebacker T.J. Wyland didn’t make every big play Saturday night, it just seemed like it. Wyland caught a touchdown pass for Bellwood’s first score. He later made a tackle at the goal line to prevent a West Shamokin two-point ...

Shawley’s key play puts C-K in quarterfinals

CLAYSBURG — There are some games in which one play turns the entire momentum and proves to be the deciding factor in the outcome. Claysburg-Kimmel’s District 6 Class 1A first-round playoff game with Conemaugh Valley Saturday night was one such game, and Bulldogs senior linebacker Blayde ...

Warriors survive wild finish

EVERETT — Macen Akers has made plays all year long for the Everett Warriors. Saturday night’s District 5 Class 2A semifinal against Meyersdale proved to be no different as the senior scored three touchdowns and came up with two interceptions on defense. As impressive as all of that was, ...

Tussey falls short, eliminated

SAXTON — Tussey Mountain’s unexpected good season under new coach Anthony Sottasante came to an end Saturday in a District 5 Class 1A semifinal game. A fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown gave Conemaugh Township a two-score lead, and the Indians downed the Titans, ...

Carroll wins elusive district championship

In each of the three previous seasons, the Bishop Carroll Catholic girls volleyball team made the trip down the mountain to Altoona in search of a district championship only to leave disappointed. This year’s ride home was much more jubilant. The Lady Huskies cleared that finals hurdle this ...