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Getting better of Bulldog alum

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There are some baseball players you look at and think, yeah, he’s a good candidate for an inside-the-park home run. Curve first baseman Will Craig, at 6-foot-2 and 233 pounds, isn’t exactly one of those guys. But crazy things happen in ...

Balanced effort leads AAHS boys to win

INDIANA — The Altoona boys track and field team used a balanced effort to defeat both Indiana (86-64) and Hempfield (80-70) without the benefit of a double winner Tuesday in high school action. The Mountain Lions won nine of the events in improving to 3-0. On the girls side, Altoona beat ...

Altoona tennis team takes care of Tyrone

Jonah Brandt, Casey Rispoli, John Keating and Ben Warren were straight-set winners in singles to propel Altoona to an 8-1 win over Tyrone in high school boys tennis action Tuesday at the Bertram Leopold Complex. Paul Lemaire accounted for Tyrone’s only team point with a win at No. 2 ...

Nominations are now being accepted for Mirror honors

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly ...

Pitching for Harrisburg works for Fleck

This improbable homecoming was all meant to be, Angel Fleck says about the long and winding career path that has brought her son, Kaleb, back home to continue chasing his baseball dreams. “We’re very, very excited. It’s beyond coincidence. There’s a higher power at work planning ...

Bellwood, Claysburg romp

BELLWOOD — Travis Luensmann went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI to help Bellwood-Antis improve to 2-0 with a 12-2 victory over Moshannon Valley in high school baseball Monday. Winning pitcher Mark Stewart had a pair of hits and scored a run. Jack Showalter doubled among his two ...

Spring sports getting raw deal

The first day of spring was exactly three weeks ago, but it still feels like winter on the athletic fields of central Pennsylvania. With cancelations of everything from junior high sports to Major League Baseball, it has seemed at times like spring will never truly arrive. This is just one ...

Tigers now 9-0

The Hollidaysburg Area High School boys tennis team improved to 9-0 Monday, thanks to a 5-0 win over Huntingdon at The Summit Tennis and Athletic Club. The Golden Tigers got singles wins from David Auerbeck, John Rose and Brian Johnson to go with doubles victories from Shreeman Pericheria and ...

Patton’s double lifts Lady Devils

BELLWOOD — Sophomore Faith Patton’s two-run walkoff double capped Bellwood-Antis’ rally in a 5-4 win over Moshannon Valley in high school softball on Monday. Patton finished with three hits in four at-bats. Haley Schmidt, also a sophomore, pitched a complete game for the Lady Blue ...

B-A teams sweep

MOUNT UNION — Bellwood-Antis won all the field events and swept all three relays for wins over Mount Union (126-24) and Northern Bedford (117-33) in high school boys track and field action Monday. Clay Engle won the high and triple jumps for the Blue Devils, while Tanner Worthing won the ...

Miller captures 305 main

By Dottie Bird For the Mirror PORT ROYAL — To get his fourth career win at Port Royal worth $3,600, Dave Blaney had to drive by Greg Hodnett and then out-gun Lucas Wolfe to the checkered flag. In the 22-lap super late model main, Selinsgrove’s Dylan Yoder took the $2,000 payday after ...

Inductees find perspective

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com As in past years, the newest inductees of the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame exhibited gratitude, humility, and offered a shout-out to family, friends, coaches and others who were instrumental to their success during the 2018 induction dinner ...

Mirror track honor roll

Mirror track honor roll BOYS 100 dash: Oravecz, P, 11.48; A. Foor, Bd, 11.54; Lawhead, A, 11.54; Adams, A, 11.64; Dull, CR, 11.64; Sankey, BG, 11.64 200 dash: Germaux, TM, 23.24; Sankey, BG, 23.54; VonColln, A, 23.54; Zembower, Bd, 23.94; Wolfe, BA, 24.04 400 dash: Worthing, BA, 53.44; ...

College signing

Dominic Georgiana: Saint Vincent baseball Name: Dominic Georgiana High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Altoona Sport: Baseball Position: Infielder College choice: Saint Vincent College Other colleges considered: Duquesne, Chatham, Juniata College Why I picked Saint ...

College signing

Tyler Petucci: Shippensburg footballName: Tyler Petucci High school: Altoona Area Hometown: Altoona Sport: Football Position: Linebacker College choice: Shippensburg Other colleges considered: None Why I picked Shippensburg: “The business program and campus.” Greatest high ...

Sanderson: ‘Want to’ big part of winning

There are some compelling and quirky things going on inside Cael Sanderson’s head. And also very revealing, if you really listen. Why, Sanderson asked during his Blair County Sports Hall of Fame speech Saturday night, would a mongoose try to eat a cobra? The mongoose, he noted, could eat ...

Spring sports getting pummeled

Igloo meet canceled By Buck Frank bfrank@altoonamirror.com The name of the meet alone, the Altoona Igloo Track and Field Invitational, suggests the competition will be held in less-than-ideal conditions. But even the Igloo fell victim to the wintry weather that’s put a deep freeze on ...

Ruggery helps take BG farther in 2017-18

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com In his sophomore year, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Luke Ruggery led his team to the cusp of a District 6 title, and his performance landed him on the Mirror’s first team all-star squad. That wasn’t enough. Ruggery’s work continued the ...

Campbell, Bellwood rise above them all

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis sophomore Alli Campbell amazed people from across the state in leading the Lady Blue Devils to the PIAA Class 2A state championship in Hershey. She already had the attention of coaches and media from the Altoona Mirror’s ...

Martinazzi, Holsinger lift teams to victory

Special to the Mirror JOHNSTOWN — Two players from the Altoona Mirror coverage area played prominent roles in leading their teams to victory in Saturday’s 11th annual AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase. Bishop Carroll’s Alyssa Martinazzi scored eight straight points for Blue to turn a ...