Scholastic Sports

It’s still a big deal: Lovrich, Franco prep B-A, Tyrone for opener

The matchup Game: Tyrone Golden Eagles (4-6) vs. Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils (10-2) TV: WHVL Where: Memorial Field When: Friday, 7 p.m. The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Nick Lovrich (10-2, second year); Tyrone — John Franco (190-37, 18 years at Tyrone; 251-120-2, 32 years ...

Time to re-examine high school football coverage

Growing up, I had a passion for writing very early in my life. Back then, it wasn’t always sports, but it was usually something pretty creative. Sometimes those stories took on a life of their own and went a little longer than they probably should have. Requiring a certain word count, ...

Dragons topple Eagles

MARTINSBURG — Kierra Mountain, Aleah Trueman and Tomi May won their singles matches and Central also swept doubles play in a 5-2 win over Tyrone in Mountain League tennis action Wednesday. Trueman and Mountain teamed up with Lindsey Kensinger and May, respectively, to get the doubles wins ...

Davis medals to lift Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Eric Davis won medalist honors with an 82 to help Hollidaysburg get past Altoona in high school golf action at Scotch Valley Country Club Wednesday afternoon. Scotty Lawhead’s 83 was the low score for the Mountain Lions, and Gaige Orndoff shot an 85 for the ...

Panthers get nice team effort

EBENSBURG — Each of Penn Cambria’s five scoring golfers carded scores under 50 as the Panthers topped Central Cambria, 223-235, and Chestnut Ridge, 223-247, at Ebensburg Country Club in high school boys golf Tuesday. Gregory Caldwell led Penn Cambria’s effort with a 42. Central ...

Tyrone, Franco hope to re-establish legacy

WINGATE — The last time John Franco coached a game for the Tyrone Golden Eagles, it was for the state championship. Franco and Tyrone have both had their ups and downs since. Tyrone won a District 6 title under Jason Wilson after struggling for a few years with Steve Guthoff at the helm, ...

Sports at a glance

Turner leads Bedford golfers EVERETT — Jared Turner fired a 36 on Friday for the Bedford Area High School golf team in a 195-267 win over Everett at the Down River Golf and Country Club. It was the season opener for both teams. Everett was led by Dylan Taylor’s 46. Bedford also got ...

Athletes savor ‘Blitz’ cover spot

Hollidaysburg senior defensive back D.J. Heim had just recently learned that an offseason injury would sideline him for at least the first two games of the 2019 high school football season and was in need of some good news. That’s when his dad brought him a copy of the Altoona Mirror’s ...

Campbell paves way to title with 35

HOLLIDAYSBURG — When a championship team finds itself on the ropes, it will usually find a way to survive and come out on top. The two-time defending state champion Bellwood-Antis girls team, playing under the sponsorship of DelGrosso’s, trailed Hippo, Fleming & Pertile (Altoona) by ...

Bellwood, Altoona to meet in final

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A pair of future Division I college basketball players led their respective teams to the Blair Regional YMCA Women’s Summer League high school division championship game Tuesday. Notre Dame commit and Bellwood-Antis rising senior Alli Campbell scored 41 of DelGrosso’s 54 ...

Drenning named BG’s AD

Boys basketball coach Chris Drenning is the new athletic director at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. Drenning, who led the BG basketball team to the PIAA state final this past season, replaced Mike Cacciotti, who has been the BG AD for the last nine years. Cacciotti will continue to ...

Williamsburg, Juniata Valley form junior high football co-op

WILLIAMSBURG — Dan McMonagle of Williamsburg said his son, Andrew, has done well wrestling as part of a co-op agreement with an area school, so he expects the same success when Andrew plays football with another local school when a similar pact kicks off this fall. School boards at both ...

Hollidaysburg’s Grassi will get chance at Miami, Ohio

For the second time in as many days, a Blair County baseball product has committed to a Division I program. Hollidaysburg senior-to-be Joey Grassi announced on Twitter late Monday night that he’d continue his baseball career at Miami University in Ohio. “I like the facilities there, and ...

Luensmann commits to South Carolina

Travis Luensmann has spent most of his high school athletic career traveling anywhere he was given the opportunity to throw a baseball. But that entire journey, as well as the success he’s experienced on the Bellwood-Antis varsity team and with personal coaches like State College’s Troy ...

District 6 stars swept by D4

UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite District 4 beating District 6 in both five-inning games in the District 6 Hall of Fame Game, 11-2 and 2-0, the District 6 players had a good time. The annual contest at Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on a warm Wednesday night was the last ...

Central hires Frederick to succeed Nevins

The Central High School boys basketball program has enjoyed a long tradition of success over the past three decades, and it is Paul Frederick’s goal to help extend that success. Frederick, 33, who has spent the last decade as Central’s junior varsity head boys basketball coach and as a ...

Rudel: Nevins concludes it’s time

Central High School is expected to name Paul Frederick as its new boys basketball coach Monday night. Which means after 27 seasons and 452 victories — most in Blair County boys scholastic basketball history — the Reggie Nevins era is over. Nevins’ last three months as Central’s ...

2019 Mirror baseball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Cory Lehman C Sr. Tyrone Notable: First-team Mountain League All-Star hit .410 with 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBIs. Devin Renzi 1B Sr. Central Cambria Notable: All-LHAC selection hit .565 with 11 extra-base hits and stole 10 bases. Was winning pitcher against PIAA 1A ...

2019 Mirror softball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Harleigh Cavender C So. Claysburg-Kimmel Notable: Hit .514, scored 39 runs with 49 RBIs and eight home runs. PSBCA, ICC All-Star. Kaitlyn Brunelli 1B Sr. Bedford Notable: Hit .636, scored 32 runs with 23 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits. LHAC All-Conference, playing at ...