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Tigers will join up with Mtn. League

Bellefonte edged Hollidaysburg for the District 6 Class 3A volleyball championship on Wednesday a week after the Golden Tigers boys soccer team topped Tyrone in the finals of the District Class 3A soccer championship.

Matchups between those teams will be much more common starting in the 2021-2022 scholastic year as Hollidaysburg has been accepted as a member of the Mountain League in all sports except high school football. The Golden Tigers will remain independent in football but still will play several Mountain League opponents.

“It is true. (Hollidaysburg) is starting next year to replace Central,” Mountain League president and Bald Eagle Area athletic director Doug Dyke said. “It is for all sports but football.”

The Scarlet Dragons announced before this season that it would be their last in the Mountain League before they depart for the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference in 2021-2022.

Hollidaysburg’s football team has been independent since the end of the 2015 season when it left the WPIAL. Golden Tigers athletic director and football coach Homer DeLattre said at that time he looked into local conferences such as the Mountain and Laurel Highlands but opted for an independent schedule.

“Our athletic program is very excited about the opportunity to join the Mountain League,” DeLattre said Thursday. “The league allows us less travel, potentially greater attendance at games and some great competition at all levels. The league has some outstanding athletes, coaches and operating staff and we look forward to being a part of it.”

The Mountain League currently consists of Central, Tyrone, Huntingdon, Philipsburg-Osceola, Bellefonte, Bald Eagle Area, Penns Valley and Clearfield.

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