Scholastic Sports

Lazor keeps Ridge program at high level

Chestnut Ridge Greg Lazor has turned the Chestnut Ridge wrestling program into a state power. The current run the Lions are one can be characterized as a dynasty. Lazor has been coaching at Ridge for 10 years, and he’s led the Lions to a 187-47 record, seven straight District 5 Tournament ...

Richland moves to PIAA final

CHAMBERSBURG — Tyler Zimmerman buried a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Richland over Lancaster Mennonite, 54-52, in the PIAA Class 3A boys basketball semifinals on Saturday at Chambersburg Area High School. Richland plays Neumann-Goretti in the title game in Hershey at 2 p.m. ...

Lions drop opener

RICHMOND, Va. — Altoona opened its season Friday and ran into a tough pitcher in Maddison Furman of St. Christopher’s, who’s headed to VCU to play college ball, in a 7-0 setback. Furman had a no-hitter for 5 • innings before Cody Becker broke it up. The Mountain Lions had just four ...

B-A, JV girls will wait to play for state championship

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley girls basketball coach Rachelle Hopsicker had just finished her team’s hotel reservations for the Lady Hornets’ trip to the PIAA state championships in Hershey when she got word Wednesday morning that everything had ...

Back to back

There was a winter storm going on outside the Altoona Fieldhouse Tuesday night, while inside, at the PIAA Girls 1A semifinal matchup between Juniata Valley and Bishop Carroll, there was the perfect storm taking place for the Lady Hornets. “I didn’t think we would win by this much, but we ...

Boytim: Lady Hornets have gained seasoning

Juniata Valley took on Bishop Carroll Catholic for the fourth time in two years Tuesday at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, but this final matchup certainly did not resemble the first more than a year ago. In that game, a young Lady Hornet squad without much playoff experience jumped ...

Pennsylvania dominates Border Brawl with 13 W’s

JOHNSTOWN — Team Pennsylvania won 13 of 18 bouts, including both head-to-head matches between state champions, in a 51-18 victory over Team Maryland/West Virginia in the Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic at Richland High School on Sunday. Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy was named ...

Lady Blue Devils earn trip to Hershey

LORETTO — Alli Campbell cringed and shook her head. The Bellwood-Antis star sophomore had just shot an air ball seconds into a possession with her team down by seven and Blairsville in complete control of the teams’ PIAA Class 2A semifinal game at Saint Francis University’s DeGol ...

Altoona caps unbeaten year

JOHNSTOWN — It’s difficult to win one championship of any kind, and probably tougher to defend one. That was certainly Altoona Area High School hockey coach Don Burgmeier’s take on things Monday night after he had watched his team capture its second straight Laurel Mountain Hockey ...

Huskies humbled in semis

MONROEVILLE — March may be a time for miracles, but, more times than not, the better team wins. Bishop Carroll Catholic played with pride for 32 minutes, but it was no match for the size and talent of Kennedy Catholic. The Huskies fell, 77-30, to the Golden Eagles in the PIAA Class 1A ...

JV, BC know each other well

A year ago, the District 6 Class 1A champion Bishop Carroll Catholic girls basketball team appeared to be steam-rolling its way to the state championship game when District 6 runner-up Juniata Valley crashed the party and knocked off the Lady Huskies in the PIAA semifinals. Now it’s Bishop ...

Extra work pays off for Bellwood-Antis girls

LORETTO — As Hershey kisses rained down on the floor at DeGol Arena Monday, the Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team let out a year’s worth of frustration. Tears were flowing, hugs were aplenty, and, of course, chocolate was eaten following the Lady Blue Devils’ 41-36 win over ...

Reed playing at high level

Name: Sydney Reed School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Reed scored a game-high 17 points for Juniata Valley in its victory over Berlin Brothersvalley and then scored 13 points for the Lady Hornets in their PIAA quarterfinal win ...

Carroll’s Ertter makes point

Name: Carson Ertter School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 16 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Ertter scored 16 points in Bishop Carroll’s victory over Elk County Catholic and then added 11 points in the Huskies’ triumph over Shade in the ...

Tonight’s PIAA basketball playoff preview capsule

Bishop Carroll (6-2) vs. Juniata Valley (6-1) Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (25-3); Bishop Carroll Lady Huskies (25-2) Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (121-53, seven years). Bishop Carroll — Bob Gongloff ...

Tigers dominate

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg moved to 2-0 in high school boys tennis on Monday with a 7-0 win over Punxsutawney. Rami Alkhafaji, David Auerbeck, Nick Viduya and John Rose won singles matches, and Mark Khoury and Kirk Eichenlaub, Nathan Ferris and Jake Irwin, and Brian Johnson and Shreeman ...

Smith, Herrington among MVPs

TYRONE — The Altoona Mirror coverage area produced both basketball most valuable players, as Central’s Joey Smith and Philipsburg-Osceola’s Halle Herrington were presented the awards at the Mountain League winter sports banquet at Tyrone Area High School on Monday. Huntingdon’s Nick ...

Carroll-Valley girls game moved to 5 p.m.

Because of reported bad weather, tonight's PIAA Class 1A girls basketball western final between Bishop Carroll Catholic and Juniata Valley at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse has been moved to 5 p.m. The game previously had been scheduled for 7.

B-A girls, Carroll boys hope to punch ticket to state final

Minutes after Bellwood-Antis defeated Chartiers-Houston in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals, star sophomore Alli Campbell was informed her Lady Blue Devils were playing Blairsville in the semifinals. “Are we?” said Campbell as a smile came over her face. “Good. Good to ...

Lady Hornets buzz past quarterfinal opponent

KITTANNING — The only time Halee Smith looked uncomfortable Saturday at Armstrong High School was when a television camera and several reporters surrounded her following Juniata Valley’s PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal game with Farrell. She certainly looked fine on the court, scoring a ...