From Mirror reports
It's been a good year for the Gripp family, and that continued on Wednesday evening at Tyrone Area High School.
Tyrone junior guard Brandon Gripp - who averaged more than 20 points per game - was named the most valuable player for boys basketball as the Mountain League unveiled its winter sports all-stars. Also at the banquet, Gripp's older sister, Nicole, headed up the girls basketball first team.
Tyrone's Alayna Hettinger also went home with first-team honors in girls basketball, as did Philipsburg-Osceola's Brianna Rusnak. Marissa Ward of Bald Eagle Area was the girls basketball MVP, and BEA had two other players make the first team.
Central's Austin Cunningham and Huntingdon's Nate Gearhart were voted to the boys basketball first team.
Three wrestlers from the Altoona Mirror coverage area were recognized. Huntingdon's Collin Glorioso made it at 106 pounds, while teammate Nathan Russell was the 132-pounder on the all-star lineup. Central 113-pounder Kale Burket rounded out the picks from the area.
Bellefonte had the most league all-stars in wrestling with four.
Bellefonte also dominated the swimming all-star picks, filling 13 of the 22 spots and producing the outstanding swimmer in both boys and girls. The only area swimmer to be honored was Central's Taylor Flaugh in the girls 200-yard freestyle.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER-Brandon Gripp (Tyrone). FIRST TEAM-Dennis Fisher (Bald Eagle Area), Bryan Greene (Bald Eagle Area), Luke Weaver (Penns Valley), Nate Gearhart (Huntingdon), Austin Cunningham (Central).
SECOND TEAM-Dalton Ulmanic (Penns Valley), Jordan Miller (Tyrone), Bryce Greene (Bald Eagle Area), Matt Carpin (Philipsburg-Osceola), Eric Nartatez (Philipsburg-Osceola).
HONORABLE MENTION-Christian Lezzer (Clearfield), Zach Slagenweit (Central), Brandon Gettig (Bald Eagle Area), Devon Claar (Huntingdon), Mitch Grasser (Bellefonte), Cam Tobias (Penns Valley).
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER-Marissa Ward (Bald Eagle Area). FIRST TEAM-Nicole Gripp (Tyrone), Katelyn Miller (Bald Eagle Area), Alayna Hettinger (Tyrone), Brianna Rusnak (Philipsburg-Osceola), Lexi Josefik (Bald Eagle Area).
SECOND TEAM-Kelsey Boone (Penns Valley), Tara Smith (Huntingdon), Taylor McKnight (Central), Breanna Peters (Clearfield), Abby Showers (Philipsburg-Osceola), Jordyn Swogger (Tyrone), Mary Pillot (Bald Eagle Area).
HONORABLE MENTION-Brayley Lewis (Central), Bri Rivello (Huntingdon), Haylee Hayward (Philipsburg-Osceola), Dakota Farmery (Clearfield).
OUTSTANDING SWIMMER-Andrew Rosenberger (Bellefonte).
200 medley relay-Bellefonte (Colton Schnars, Andrew Rosenberger, Isaac Thomas, Frank Aberegg). 200 freestyle relay-Bellefonte (Isaac Thomas, Matt Horner, Jordan Newman, Matt Rosenberger). 500 freestyle relay-Bellefonte (Colton Schnars, Andrew Rosenberger, Isaac Thomas, Jordan Newman).
200 freestyle-Matt Horner (Bellefonte). 200 individual medley-Jordan Newman (Bellefonte). 50 freestyle-Frank Aberegg (Bellefonte). 100 butterfly-Isaac Thomas (Bellefonte). 100 freestyle-Wyatt Flanagan (Clearfield). 500 freestyle-Patrick Scordato (Bellefonte). 100 backstroke-Colton Schnars (Bellefonte). 100 breaststroke-Andrew Rosenberger (Bellefonte).
OUTSTANDING SWIMMER-Katie Scordato (Bellefonte).
200 medley relay-Clearfield (Krystal Wriglesworth, Hannah Kirsch, Claire Mikesell, Lauren Conrad). 200 freestyle relay-Clearfield (Lauren Conrad, Krystal Wriglesworth, Kara Thorp, Claire Mikesell). 500 freestyle relay-Clearfield (Lauren Conrad, Krystal Wriglesworth, Kara Thorp, Claire Mikesell).
200 freestyle-Taylor Flaugh (Central). 200 individual medley-Courtney Smith (Clearfield). 50 freestyle-Claire Mikesell (Clearfield). 100 butterfly-Gwendolyn Lowery (Bellefonte). 100 freestyle-Kara Thorp (Clearfield). 500 freestyle-Cydni Crust (Bellefonte). 100 backstroke-Krystal Wriglesworth (Clearfield). 100 breaststroke-Katie Scordato (Bellefonte).
106-Collin Glorioso (Huntingdon), Luke Leathers (Bellefonte). 113-Kale Burket (Central). 120-Trevor Corl (Bellefonte). 126-Dylan Graham (Clearfield). 132-Nathan Russell (Huntingdon). 138-Christian Stone (Clearfield). 145-Seth Decker (Penns Valley).
152-Nolan Barger (Clearfield). 160-Cory Hazel (Penns Valley). 170-Nicholas Shawley (Bellefonte). 182-Jacob Taylor (Bald Eagle Area). 195-Aaron Varner (Bald Eagle Area). 220-Nathan Sharkey (Bald Eagle Area). 285-Garrett Poorman (Bellefonte).
Mustangs game set
The Mid-State Mustangs and the Pens Elite have scheduled a game. The U18 Mustangs have been the dominant AA team in the Pittsburgh region the last five years winning three state championships the last four years. Meanwhile, the Pens Elite (formerly the Pittsburgh Hornets) have been the dominant AAA team in the Pittsburgh region. The two teams have never played each other.
The game will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Galactic Ice in an exhibition game to get themselves ready for Nationals. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at Galactic Ice or at the door.
The Mustangs are also using this game to help defray the costs for their trip to Nationals. There will be several opportunities for fans to win prizes and giveaways throughout the game.