Scholastic Sports

Dragons one win away: Central advances to state title game

UNIVERSITY PARK — Never a flame-thrower, Jarrett Imler was doing his best impersonation of one of those jugglers who work with lit torches in Monday’s PIAA Class 3A baseball semifinal game. He kept playing with fire. But he never got burned. Imler and Central’s pitching stayed red ...

Bellwood’s comeback falls short

DILLSBURG — Say what you will regarding Steve Conlon’s Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils and how they play the game of baseball, but whether they win, lose or somehow find a way to draw they do keep things mighty, mighty interesting. Right up until the final out. And while Monday’s PIAA ...

McGregor takes over as Red Devils’ coach

Shane McGregor began preparing for a coaching career when he was only 6 years old. He just didn’t realize it. “Being around my dad (former college basketball coach Bernie McGregor) as a youngster, I learned from him even before I knew I was learning from him,” McGregor said. “I ...

Lady Mounties fall game short of state final

CRESSON — Philipsburg-Osceola’s Maggie Peck, who broke school home run records this season and valiantly pitched in relief against South Park in a PIAA Class 3A state semifinal game at Mount Aloysius, fought hard to hold back the tears. “Um, I don’t want to cry,” she said. ...

Lucas continues producing

Name: Maddie Lucas School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Lucas was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a run and an RBI in Thursday’s 6-2 PIAA Class A quarterfinal win over Deer Lakes. Season update: Lucas is hitting .565 with ...

Briggs gets hot in playoffs

Name: Ben Briggs School: Huntingdon Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Briggs went 6-for-9 with three doubles and four RBIs in PIAA Class 3A playoff wins against Mount Pleasant and Sharpsville. He was the winning pitcher in the Sharpsville game, ...

Lady Mounties run over Deer Lakes

CRESSON — With Kameryn Harris coming off of her fourth straight shutout in the postseason, the Philipsburg-Osceola softball team just needed a little offense in its PIAA Class 3A state quarterfinal against Deer Lakes on Thursday at Mount Aloysius College. The Lady Mounties certainly got that ...

Lady Vikings have rough day in quarters

CRESSON — The Glendale softball team’s memorable 2017 season ended Thursday in a manner the Lady Vikings would probably rather forget. District 5 champion Meyersdale pounded out 17 hits on its way to a 15-2 win over Glendale in a PIAA 1A quarterfinal game at Mount Aloysius College. Four ...

Lady Bulldogs fall in close one to WPIAL champs

SOMERSET — The West Greene High School softball team brought some daunting numbers into Thursday’s PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal-round matchup against Claysburg-Kimmel. West Greene made it all the way to the state finals last year, and had lost just once in 24 games entering Thursday’s ...

Claysburg moves on in slugfest

BROCKWAY — All it took was a little time and some patience for the Claysburg-Kimmel High School softball team to notch an 11-5 win over Coudersport in the opening round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Tuesday. The Bulldogs (16-7) not only waited through a one-day delay to play Coudersport but ...

Freshman Ritchey hits walkoff double for Bearcats

CRESSON — Thanks to unlikely hero Jack Ritchey, the Huntingdon Bearcats have advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 3A state baseball tournament. Ritchey, only a freshman, doubled home Ben Briggs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Huntingdon a 6-5 win over Mount Pleasant on ...

Devils hang on, advance

DILLSBURG — Creating opportunities at various times during the all-or-nothing contest, Bellwood-Antis cashed in just often enough. Newport, on the other hand, did not. Guess which team is moving on? Sawyer Kline scattered eight hits over six-plus innings and struck out nine, while Joe ...

Central flexes muscle

EVERETT — Phillip Dull can touch 90 mph with his fastball and already has accepted a baseball scholarship to West Virginia as a high school junior, so it takes a special kind of opponent not to be intimidated, physically or mentally. Central’s Jarrett Imler is that kind of player. “I ...

Juniata Valley misses chances

CRESSON — Juniata Valley’s 2-1 loss in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Monday surprised a lot of people across the state, including several Greensburg Central Catholic parents who were happily stunned their team knocked off the Green Hornets at Mount Aloysius College. Two ...

Lady Vikings play sound ball

CRESSON — The best way that a team can guarantee itself of advancing in playoff competition is to perform fundamentally well in all aspects of its game. Glendale left no stone unturned in its first-round PIAA Class 1A state softball playoff game Monday afternoon at Mount Aloysius ...

Lady Mounties endure long night to advance

UNIVERSITY PARK — For Philipsburg-Osceola, the wait to resume its rain and lightning delayed PIAA first-round playoff game against Pequea Valley on Monday night at Penn State’s Beard Field was worth it. After a weather delay of two hours and 10 minutes, including an hour-and-two minutes ...

Mulhollen, Glendale savor D6 title

Name: Lexi Mulhollen School: Glendale Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Mulhollen went 1-for-3 with a home run and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Glendale beat Claysburg-Kimmel, 5-4, in the District 6 Class 1A ...

2017 Mirror girls track and field all-stars

FIRST TEAM Gianna Caputo, fr., Altoona: Top 100 hurdler in the area ... District 6 3A 100 hurdles runner-up, triple jump third-place finisher, long jump sixth-place finisher ... West Central Coaches 3A long jump third-place finisher, 100 hurdles and triple jump fourth-place finisher ... Lock ...

2017 Mirror boys track and field all-stars

FIRST TEAM Tyler Delozier, jr., Altoona: Mirror honorable mention as a sophomore ... Top pole vaulter in the area ... PIAA Class 3A seventh-place medalist in the pole vault ... District 6 3A pole vault runner-up ... West Central Coaches 3A pole vault champ ... Lock Haven Invite pole vault ...

Ridge knocks off Karns City to advance

PUNXSUTAWNEY — To say Phillip Dull and Ty Diehl have played together since they were knee-high to a grasshopper might be a little trite, if not a serious overstatement. But they played enough baseball together since T-ball to experience a great deal of winning, losing and growing ...