Scholastic Sports

Female Athlete of Week: B-A’s Leidig ‘dream kid’ to coach

Name: Emilie Leidig School: Bellwood-Antis Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points in leading Bellwood-Antis to a 70-50 win over Windber in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. ...

13 area athletes heading to Bucknell for states

There aren’t a lot of folks who believe that 13 is a lucky number, but there are 13 area swimmers who are hoping that a little luck is on their side as they head to Bucknell University this week for the PIAA Diving and Swimming Championships. For Hollidaysburg, Conor McKeirnan is competing ...

Title a great finish for Ridge’s McGill

HERSHEY — When Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill beat McGuffey’s Christian Clutter, 8-2, in the 170-pound finals of the PIAA Class 2A Championships, it marked the end of an outstanding career. The only thing missing on his wrestling resume was a state title. He finally added that to his ...

Hillegas, Chlebove should have been a finals match

The most anticipated bout of the state tournament was the Class 3A 132-pound semifinal bout between North Hills two-time state champion Sam Hillegas and Northampton two-time state champion Julian Chlebove. Why were two-time state champions meeting in the semifinals when they could have ...

Thomas gets shot as Bearcats coach

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com Shane Thomas has wanted to be a high school head football coach since his scholastic days ended at Southern Huntingdon in the fall of 2006. After Monday night’s schoolboard meeting at Huntingdon Area High School, he can now cross it off his bucket ...

Tigers open with win

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg boys tennis team opened the 2019 season with a 3-2 win over Penn Trafford Monday in high school action at the Tiger Tennis Center. Rami Alkhafaji won in singles action for the Golden Tigers, while the teams of Anthony Martinelli and Nathan Ferris, and ...

Road to Hershey could be tougher

Last season, all four District 6 Class 2A teams that made the state playoffs won in the first round, and Bellwood-Antis, Blairsville and Penns Manor all made it to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals. Of course, Bellwood-Antis won the state championship, leading many to speculate, including myself, ...

PIAA preview basketball capsules

Tuesday’s girls games PIAA Class 3A second round Teams: Central Cambria Lady Devils (18-7); Shady Side Academy Lady Indians (20-4) Site, time: Greensburg-Salem High School, Tuesday, 6 p.m. The coaches: Central Cambria — Brittany Sedlock (80-50, fifth year); Shady Side Academy — ...

B-A, PC girls part of playoff twinbill

Ten area high school basketball teams will begin round 2 of play in the PIAA state tournament this week, with seven games scheduled for Tuesday night and three more on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Mifflin County High School will host a twinbill beginning at 6 p.m. with Penn Cambria (6-1) taking on ...

Head coaches selected for annual all-star basketball game

The head coaches for the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic are set. Claysburg-Kimmel High school coaches Mike Harris and Jess Veverka will guide the Blair County teams while the Central PA teams will be led by T.J. Anderson of Juniata Valley High School and Brittany Sedlock of ...

McMillen, McGill earn PIAA gold

HERSHEY — Glendale has had a number of pretty good wrestlers over the years, including Tom Ross and Brock McMillen, both of whom finished second at the PIAA Class 2A Championships in 1986 and 2018, respectively. The Vikings had never produced a state champion. But McMillen changed that on ...

BG rolls in opener

LORETTO — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders have a high-powered offense that is predicated on a fast-paced, up-tempo transition game, excellent outside shooting and balanced scoring contributions from several different players. It’s an explosive attack indeed, and the ...

Penn Hills has too much for Lady Tigers

Playing against a bigger, deeper and more athletic team that runs end-to-end pressure defense presents a formidable challenge. That’s what Hollidaysburg faced in Penn Hills Saturday afternoon. When Hannah Snyder stepped in the passing lane, stole a pass and took it the length of the court ...

Carroll easily moves on to round 2

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic forced Veritas Academy to turn the ball over on its first four possessions, and the Lady Monarchs didn’t take a shot that wasn’t an air ball for the first six minutes of the game. The Lady Huskies put it on cruise control from there in a 60-22 victory ...

Tussey plays smart down stretch in win

EBENSBURG — A quick glance at the final score in Tussey Mountain’s 56-38 triumph over Purchase Line in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Saturday doesn’t really tell the tale of the contest. The Lady Titans were up by just four points early in the fourth quarter, and three ...

B-A puts up effort in defeat

NEW CASTLE —- Saturday night as they hopped on a bus for a two-and-a-half hour ride home, the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils did so with a sense of accomplishment. Their season had just ended with a 73-55 loss to Lincoln Park in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament. But they hardly ...

Bad start too much for ’Cats

MOUNT LEBANON —Huntingdon had no answer for Central Valley’s pressing defense in Saturday’s PIAA Class 4A first round playoff game and committed 22 turnovers in a 66-42 loss at Mount Lebanon High School. Lady Bearcats coach Pat-rick Cassidy hopes the game and this season can be a ...

Cassidy, Brown return home with bronze medals

HERSHEY — Coming off of a dominant Southwest Regional Tournament title, Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy was one of the favorites to win the 132-pound title at the PIAA Class 2A Championships. But when he suffered a 3-2 loss in the semifinals on Friday night to Saucon Valley’s eventual champion ...

Going for the gold: McGill, McMillen advance to finals

HERSHEY — When he gave up the opening takedown in his Friday night semifinal against Valley’s Noah Hutcherson, Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill didn’t think about last year’s PIAA Class 2A Championships. He didn’t think about when he gave up an early five-point move to Port ...

Altoona falls to Norwin

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Lady Lions ran into a buzzsaw in their first-round PIAA Class 6A basketball playoff game Friday night. Norwin of the WPIAL used a ball-hawking, pressure defense and pinpoint long-range shooting that produced a dozen 3-point field goals, to erase an early deficit ...