Scholastic Sports

Thompson comes up big during state playoff run

Name: Hannah Thompson School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Thompson went 1-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs in Philipsburg-Osceola’s Class 3A state championship victory over Holy Redeemer. In the ...

Valley’s Leidy awarded Williams Spirit Award

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Recent Juniata Valley High School graduate Taylor Leidy was honored with the Lynnette Williams Spirit Award Sunday at the Blair Regional YMCA. Leidy is the first non-Blair County player to earn the award in its 18-year history. “It means a lot to me, especially because ...

Area coaches prefer split playoffs

A legislative committee that oversees the PIAA will have a public hearing next week during which the idea of separate championships for public and private schools will be discussed. An anonymous poll conducted by the Mirror sent out to 136 of the region’s public school head football, boys ...

Hilling breaks record

HARRISBURG — Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate Vlad Hilling notched his name in the Big 33 Football Classic record books on Saturday night. Hilling booted a game-record 56-yard field goal, but the Pennsylvania all-stars lost to the Maryland all-stars, 9-6, at Central Dauphin High ...

Fourth-quarter rally lifts North in Lantzy game

JOHNSTOWN — The South squad led by a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 48th annual Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic, but in a contest usually highlighted by big-play offense, special teams and defense turned the tide in the final period for the North in a 17-14 comeback ...

Way to go, P-O: Lady Mounties capture third state championship

UNIVERSITY PARK — Holy Redeemer senior pitcher Morgan Bienkowski came into Thursday’s PIAA Class 3A state championship softball game against Philipsburg-Osceola with some gaudy pitching statistics. - 282 strikeouts in 135 innings - 0.26 ERA - 13 shutouts But the Lady Mounties jumped on ...

Burge family celebrates again

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jayde Burge said she didn’t know why she spiked the softball to set off a raucous celebration after making the final out of Philipsburg-Osceola’s PIAA Class 3A championship Thursday at Penn State’s Beard Field. She just might have been reliving one of the biggest ...

P-O shuffles lineup with 1B Potter in Europe

UNIVERSITY PARK — During its run to a PIAA Class 3A softball championship and a 25-1 record, Philipsburg-Osceola has enjoyed a lineup that hardly changed throughout the season. That wasn’t the case in Thursday’s championship game. Senior Lacey Potter, the team’s first baseman and ...

Gonder adds to highly successful coaching resume

When the Philipsburg-Osceola softball team steps on Penn State’s Beard Field to take on Holy Redeemer in the PIAA Class 3A state title game at 1:30 p.m. today, coach Jim Gonder will be in a familiar spot. Gonder’s teams have played in a lot of big games since he took over the program 36 ...

PIAA Class 3A softball final

Matchup: 6-1 Philipsburg-Osceola (24-1) vs. 2-1 Holy Redeemer (20-2) Site, time: Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, 1:30 p.m., today Coaches: Philipsburg-Osceola—Jim Gonder, 664-146 in 36 years. Holy Redeemer—Jerome Paulukonis, 100-10 in five years. Possible ...

Central, Glendale, Claysburg-Kimmel will be well represented

UNIVERSITY PARK — Central, Glendale and Claysburg-Kimmel will each have two players in this year’s annual Pennsylvania Softball Coaches’ Association All-Star game. The game, pitting all-stars from District 6 versus all-stars from District 4, will be held on June 20 at Beard Field at ...

Eyes on the prize: Lady Mounties one win from state title

LORETTO — With four home runs for the season and hitting in front of Madison Lucas, who hit a Philipsburg-Osceola single-season record for homers with 12, Hannah Thompson isn’t known for her power. But when the senior muscled up against Southmoreland reliever Lexi Klatt, she ignited an ...

Claysburg-Kimmel falls short in semis

MILESBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel pitcher Olivia Bushore took a deep sigh of relief after escaping a jam with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the third inning. Just four pitches later, she was back out in the hot sun under pressure again. This time, with two outs, Williams ...

Lady Mounties get ‘Thal’-out effort from senior in playoffs

Name: Kylie Thal School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Thal, P-O’s catcher and leadoff hitter, went 6-for-9 in two games with three runs and three RBIs. P-O defeated Delone Catholic, 7-1, in the PIAA Class 3A first ...

Little-Kaack era under way at BG

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Though she’s only 13 years removed from playing high school girls basketball herself, Kristi (Little) Kaack has already built a solid reputation as a coach at the collegiate level. Friday she accepted the opportunity to return to the high ...

Claysburg, P-O softball staying close to home

The Claysburg-Kimmel and Philipsburg-Osceola softball teams will stay within District 6 on Monday as they attempt to make it to their respective PIAA championship games later this week. The Lady Bulldogs will take on District 11 champion Williams Valley at the Milesburg Little League Complex ...

Glendale High School adds cross country

Glendale High School will be in the running this fall. Glendale is adding a varsity boys and girls cross country program that will join the school’s fall sports itinerary with football and girls volleyball. Connor Hunter, who will coach the Glendale team, is hoping that cross country ...

C-K takes down DuBois

LORETTO — With her team down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth and runners on first and third, Claysburg-Kimmel’s Madison Knisely watched as the first pitch to her sailed over the catcher’s head. As she moved out of out of the batter’s box in case the runner on third tried to score, ...

Lady Mounties get some revenge

LORETTO — South Park has been Philipsburg-Osceola’s state playoff nemesis the last two years. The Lady Eagles beat P-O in last year’s semifinals en route to a state title and in the quarterfinals two years ago. So, when the teams met up again in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Thursday ...

Blue Devils fall in quarterfinals to Camp Hill

SCOTLAND — Things were looking pretty good for the Bellwood-Antis baseball team as its PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal game vs. Camp Hill moved into the bottom of the third inning. The Blue Devils led 2-0, having snapped the Lions’ 21-inning scoreless streak in the playoffs in the top of the ...