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Red Flash QB receives honor

LORETTO — Saint Francis University quarterback Justin Sliwoski was recently invited to join the Manning Passing Academy from June 23-26 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

The camp is run by the Manning family, including Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning.

Sliwoski, a Greensburg native, was one of 24 quarterbacks invited to the camp and only two of the 24 are from an FCS school. Sliwoski and Dartmouth’s Nick Howard are those representatives.

They will compete alongside such FBS quarterbacks as Alabama’s Bryce Young, Pitt’s Kedon Slovis, Oregon’s Ty Thompson, South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler and Penn State’s Sean Clifford.

The redshirt junior signal caller led the Northeast Conference with 12.9 passing yards per completion, 8.4 passing yards per attempt and a 162.2 passing efficiency during the 2021 season. He paced Saint Francis with a 64.6 completion percentage, 1,165 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns.

Eagles defeated

TYRONE — The Tyrone Area High School boys tennis team fell to 0-10 with a 5-2 loss to Huntingdon on Wednesday.

Will Grot won at No. 1 singles for the Golden Eagles, and Jason Barr won by forfeit at No. 5 singles.

SINGLES: 1, Grot, T, def. T. Dickson, 6-4, 6-4; 2, McBrayer, H, def. Fleck, 6-1, 6-3; 3, C. Dickson, H, def. McKinney, 6-1, 6-0; 4, Tuten, H, def. Klein, 6-1, 6-0; 5, Barr, T, won by forfeit.

DOUBLES: 1, T. Dickson-McBrayer, H, def. Grot-Fleck, 8-2; 2, C. Dickson-Tuten, H, def. Kerr-Wise, 8-1.

Records: Tyrone (0-10).

JV grad recognized

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College baseball player Jack Johnson was named to the D3baseball.com’s Team of the Week after his strong start at Drew College.

Johnson was also named Landmark Conference Pitcher of the Week for his effort.

He is a graduate of Juniata Valley.

The senior threw a complete-game two-hitter while striking out nine batters in the win.

He sat down the Rangers in order in the second through seventh innings during the game.

Johnson has appeared in nine games this season for Juniata, including five as a starter. His earned-run average if 3.86.

Currently, the team is 13-18 overall and 5-9 in the Landmark Conference.

Nominations sought

The Mirror is seeking nominations for its annual high school sports recognition program.

Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly Award, which recognizes the area high school athlete who has overcome the most adversity.

The Rickens awards, which honor a deserving male and female athlete, are presented in memory of former local coach and referee Ron Rickens. Nominations should include supportive examples of sportsmanship, leadership, academic excellence and community service.

The Rossi award was introduced in 2016 and named in memory of former Hollidaysburg and Huntingdon athletic director Dean Rossi, who died in 2015. Nominations for the Rossi award should also include supportive examples of sportsmanship, leadership, academic excellence and community service.

The Johnson award is named for Erin (Johnson) Kelly, who despite being born without a left forearm scored 1,000 career points at Claysburg-Kimmel High School. She also played basketball at Penn State Altoona.

Winners will be announced at the 17th annual Mirror Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 23.

Seniors are eligible from the Mirror’s core coverage area, which includes the following schools: Altoona Area, Bellwood-Antis, Bishop Carroll Catholic, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, Blair County Christian, Cambria Heights, Central, Central Cambria, Claysburg-Kimmel, Glendale, Great Commission, Hollidaysburg Area, Juniata Valley, Northern Bedford, Penn Cambria, Portage Area, Tyrone Area and Williamsburg.

Nominations should be sent by Wednesday, May 4 to Mirror Sports Editor Buck Frank at 301 Cayuga Avenue, Altoona, Pa., 16603 or emailed to bfrank@altoonamirror.com.

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