Scholastic Sports

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 ...

Bearcats top Highlands to remain perfect

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Highlands started four scrums, committed two technical fouls, had a player ejected two minutes into the game and got a warning on its bench. Huntingdon got what it always has this season, a win. The Bearcats kept their cool during a wild first half that seemed like it ...

Area’s Class 3A wrestlers have tough day

HERSHEY — Nothing is a given at the PIAA Championships. It’s why the tournament is regarded as the toughest tournament in the nation and why college coaches flock to it. Three top-ranked Class 3A wrestlers lost on Friday at the Giant Center, and many more returning medal winners didn’t ...

Taylor helps JV survive

Talk about saving your best for last. That’s what Juniata Valley junior Hayden Taylor did Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A girls basketball playoffs at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. With her team down 40-37 with 54 seconds to play in the game, Taylor, who had ...

Leidig, Bellwood bounce back in second half

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For one half Friday night, Windber was on track to shock the state and knock off the defending PIAA Class 2A champions, Bellwood-Antis. That didn’t set well with the Lady Blue Devils and Emilie Leidig. The junior guard drilled six second-half 3-pointers and finished with ...

Lady Panthers cruise to first-ever PIAA win

EBENSBURG — The Penn Cambria girls basketball team just continues to make history this year. After clinching its first District 6 title in 26 years last week, this Panthers group has now become the first team in program history to advance to the PIAA Sweet 16. Penn Cambria defeated ...

Defense helps CC girls clear first-round hurdle

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Central Cambria had lost its last three first-round appearances in the PIAA Girls Basketball Tournament. The Lady Red Devils played much like a team that wanted to halt that trend. McKenna Hayward scored a game-high 19 points and came away with 10 steals as Central Cambria ...

Tyrone battles to end

WEXFORD — Tyrone’s girls basketball team knew it faced a tough challenge against Neshannock. It got more difficult when the Lady Lancers used their rebounding prowess to manufacture extra chances in the second half. Neshannock, the WPIAL champ, held off Tyrone’s late surge for a 42-38 ...

Quick start propels Huskies into second round

From Mirror reports KANE — The Bishop Carroll boys basketball team got off to a fast start Friday night, jumping out to a 20-12 lead on North Clarion en route to a 68-58 win in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs at Kane Area High School. “I thought right at the beginning, ...

JV’s comeback falls short in fourth

With less than four minutes left to play, Clarion-Limestone opened up a 17-point lead over Juniata Valley and looked well on its way to a lopsided win in the opening round of the boys 1A state playoffs. The Hornets quickly reeled off 13 straight points, however, to make it a 55-51 game with ...

Grove City’s big fourth quarter puts an end to Bedford’s year

SOMERSET —- Bedford coach Leo Brunelli waited at the end of the handshake line and gave each one of his players a hug and told them he loved them. There wasn’t much else you could do after a crushing defeat like they just had. The District 5-9 sub-regional champion Bisons battled with ...

Lady Warriors move to 2A second round

JOHNSTOWN — Everett began its PIAA Class 2A opening-round game with Serra Catholic missing its first four shots, turning the ball over twice, having two shots blocked inside and giving up two easy buckets inside on defense. The Lady Warriors were in need of a response. The answer Everett ...

Hot start for Ridge wrestler

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge’s Nate Holderbaum saw his opportunity quickly at the start of the second period against East Pennsboro’s Adam Jacob. Down 2-0 entering the second period of his preliminary bout at the PIAA Class 2A Championships on ...

Sarbo advances to 3A quarters

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com HERSHEY — Altoona sophomore Matt Sarbo had a much better start to this year’s state tournament than he did in last year’s PIAA Class 3A Championships. Sarbo was dominant on his feet and from the top position in a 20-7 thumping of West Chester ...

Mirror’s state playoff capsules

Friday’s girls games PIAA Class 6A first round Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (16-7); Norwin Lady Knights (21-2) Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6:30 p.m. The coaches: Altoona — Miriam Colledge (79-41, five years); Norwin — Brian Brozeski (131-44, seven years) Playoff ...

B-A, Valley could be on collision course

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Last season, the Mirror’s coverage area had two teams make the high school state basketball championship games in Hershey, and Bellwood-Antis claimed the school’s first title. The Lady Blue Devils are a good bet to make it back to the PIAA ...

4 from Blair are set to go

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com They have gone to the extra workouts, experienced the highs and lows of the wrestling season and have made it to the PIAA Class 3A Championships. The four area wrestlers, including two from Altoona and two from Hollidaysburg, are few in numbers, but ...

Todd Irwin’s 3A state picks

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for this weekend’s PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament in Hershey: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Aiden Lewis, Cedar Cliff vs. Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley. Champion: Chappell. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could meet Chappell ...