Scholastic Sports

Leagues need to find room for rivalries

Believe it or not, the high school football season kicks off tonight. Along with the Bellwood-Antis, Tyrone “Backyard Brawl,” Blair County rivals Altoona and Hollidaysburg will renew their rivalry to highlight tonight’s slate of games. Other non-league battles include Central at ...

Sikora leads Central Cambria girls to three victories

EBENSBURG — Jaylee Sikora earned medalist honors by shooting a nine-hole score of 39 and helped Central Cambria top Penn Cambria and Penns Valley at the Ebensburg Country Club in high school girls golf action Thursday. Ally Simmers and Sadee LaRose both shot 43 for the Lady Devils, who ...

Lovrich to debut against rivals

The matchup Game: Tyrone Golden Eagles (3-8) vs. Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils (10-1) n Where: Gray-Veterans Memorial Field When: Friday, 7 p.m. The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Nick Lovrich (0-0, first year); Tyrone — Jason Wilson (29-19, fifth year) Series record: Tyrone, 54-28-1 ...

BG starting new era on road

The matchup Game: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Marauders (12-1) at Somerset Area Golden Eagles (3-7) n When: Saturday, 7 p.m. The coaches: Somerset — Bob Landis (49-28, eighth year); Bishop Guilfoyle — Justin Wheeler (79-15, eighth year) Series record: Bishop Guilfoyle, 7-1 (first met ...

Carroll, Chestnut Ridge find new homes this year

After several years traveling all across Pennsylvania and several other states to play its high school football season, Chestnut Ridge will begin play in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference when football season kicks off Friday. The Lions just happen to be taking the place of another ...

McAlkich shoots 76

STATE COLLEGE — Derek McAlkich’s 76 was good enough to place fourth individually and help Altoona to a tie for fifth place at the Happy Valley Invite in high school golf Monday. Sanit Joseph’s Jack Mangene won the individual title with a 74 and helped the Wolves win the team title with ...

Champions back and ready to defend titles

District 6 champions return all across the board for high school golf teams in the Mirror’s coverage area. Altoona’s Derek McAlkich, the District 6 Class 3A individual champion last year, returns to help the Mountain Lions defend their Class 3A team title. In Class 2A, Tyrone’s Andrew ...

High school football scrimmages

SATURDAY Bedford at Bishop Guilfoyle (Tom Irwin Field) 10 a.m. Berlin Brothersvalley at Ligonier Valley 10 a.m. Bishop Carroll at Homer-Center 10 a.m. Bishop McCort at Westmont Hilltop 10 a.m. Blairsville at Johnstown 10 a.m. Cambria Heights at Somerset 10 a.m. Central at ...

Saint Joseph’s football struggles prove winning isn’t easy

JOHNSTOWN — As the idea that non-boundary schools can have their pick of high school athletes and build super teams continues to spread across the state of Pennsylvania, the Saint Joseph’s football program ceased to exist, at least for this season. The Boalsburg Catholic school’s ...

Perea heading to GW

Caranda Perea, who averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore at Altoona Area High School, gave a verbal commitment to George Washington University Wednesday afternoon to play women’s basketball. Perea announced her commitment on Twitter. “To start, I would like to thank all of the ...

Campbell donates to Rec Center

Rising Bellwood-Antis junior Alli Campbell was honored with a plaque by the executive board of the Northern Blair County Recreation Center as thanks for Campbell’s $1,000 donation as part of her being named by Gatorade as the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania girls basketball player of the year. The ...

School bands important

They’re gathering on fields across central Pennsylvania and across America. A whistle blows. Students absorbing instructions and getting into formation: reviewing play books, performing drills, working toward perfection. Specific movements are repeated many times over in a quest for ...

Altoona’s Fox gives DI commitment

Altoona Area High School senior Bridgid Fox is all set to play Division I basketball. Fox, 6-foot versatile forward, committed to the University of Detroit Mercy via Twitter on Thursday. “I’m so grateful to be a part of the Titan family,’’ Fox wrote. “It’s truly a dream come ...

Altoona takes Building II title

When Corbin Moon scored on the fast break early in the second half of the Building II High School Boys League championship game, it pulled his Tyrone team even with Altoona at 20-20. The Mountain Lions answered with an 11-0 run, however, and went on to take the title game, 43-29. “We ...

Tyrone adds home game

TYRONE — With renovations still in the process at Bellefonte Area High School’s Rogers Stadium, the Tyrone Area High School football team will get an extra home game for the 2018 season. Tyrone was scheduled to play at Bellefonte on Friday, Sept. 21, but that game will now be played at ...

Eagles’ Light picks Fordham

Denver Light will be a three-year starter at quarterback for the Tyrone High School football team this fall, and threw for nearly 700 yards for the Golden Eagles last year. But Light prefers playing on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker, where he will be a four-year starter for ...

Irvin selects Towson State

Brock Irvin, who will be a three-year starter on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage for the Hollidaysburg Area High School football team this fall, will continue his education and football career on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level at Towson State ...

Boot camp comes to Cresson

CRESSON — Conditioning for the upcoming season came with an added twist on Thursday for the Penn Cambria football team. Instead of the usual endurance and strength training the team has been used to, members of the Panthers team were trained by a pair of former United States ...

Portage mourns loss of legend Chappell

Great athletes who dream big and earn sports stardom can come from anywhere or any sized town, something Len Chappell proved five decades ago when he made it big from the small town of Portage. Chappell, a basketball legend at Wake Forest University and an NBA All-Star, died Thursday in his ...

Superintendents enter public-private debate

Superintendents from across the state, including some in District 6, are joining the fray in the debate about the separation of public and private school playoffs. “We got to where we’re meeting to talk, because we have to do what’s best for our students,” Portage Superintendent Eric ...