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Scholastic Sports

‘Payne’ful farewell: Successful B-A coach steps down after 13 years

Bellwood-Antis softball coach Jim Payne announced his resignation from the program he led for the past 13 years over the weekend. Payne engineered one of the more impressive turnarounds in the area softball scene during his time coaching the Lady Blue Devils. “Jim did an amazing job in ...

Local AAU players stay hopeful

High school basketball season is still a long way away, so any potential worries about that season starting on time have been pushed to the back of players’ minds. But for many of those athletes, the season never really stops. Well, until now. The COVID-19 pandemic has already ...

For 20 years, Wilson keeps CC program at high level

Randy Wilson wasn’t even five years into his now 20-year tenure as Central Cambria’s high school cross country coach when he encouraged the younger sister of one of his athletes to join the team for a run. The girl didn’t really want to at first. She had dreamed of being a track star ...

Taking the high road: CHS star won’t let virus bring her down

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Tori Longenecker has enjoyed an exemplary academic and athletic career at Central High School. While compiling a 97 average in her ...

Ex-Valley coach hired to take over at Philipsburg-Osceola

The Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District Board of Directors approved T.J. Anderson as the school’s new boys basketball coach in a virtual meeting Tuesday evening. Matt Curtis, who had led the team the past six years, stepped down earlier this month after accepting a new position as the ...

Strong work ethic propels Lady Devil to many successes

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bellwood-Antis High School senior hurdler Jamyson Focht has a heart of gold that extends to the track and field arena. Focht, ...

College signing: Braden Kitt: Lock Haven basketball

Name: Braden Kitt High school: Central Hometown: Roaring Spring Sport: Basketball Position: Multiple positions College choice: Lock Haven Other colleges considered: Penn State Altoona, Franciscan Why I picked Lock Haven: “LHU has a lot of great things going for them ...

College signing: Mitchell Miko: Saint Francis track and field

Name: Mitchell Miko High school: Portage Area Hometown: Portage Sport: Track and field Events: Throws College choice: Saint Francis Other colleges considered: Washington and Jefferson Why I picked Saint Francis: Physician Assistant program and for the track and field coaches ...

Third baseman Soltis makes mark for Mounties

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Philipsburg-Osceola’s high school baseball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appeared as though ...

Mirror awards to cap year in special way

For as long as I have been at this newspaper, the day of the Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year Banquet has always been a memorable one. Whether it has involved donning a suit to help give out awards, rushing back from covering a playoff game to make the banquet or being the only one left in ...

Extra eligibility hurting recruits

The NCAA’s decision to give all spring athletes another year of eligibility was applauded by many people happy to see players at that level avoid being robbed of an opportunity. But that same move may negatively impact younger players trying to get to the same stage. “I have heard a lot ...

Molliver ready to embrace life as a Marine

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Trinity Molliver went into her senior softball season this spring at Hollidaysburg with her eye on a successful campaign, a winning season, ...

Debate continues over start of football

The PIAA met for nearly five hours Wednesday, but the most passionate discussion came in the final hour when the status of the upcoming high school football season was mentioned. With many counties moving into the yellow stage of reopening from the corona-virus pandemic and some hoping for a ...

Like father, like son: McCalls make it work at Williamsburg

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As long as there’s been the game of baseball, you’ve always had a guy somewhere in America coaching his kid in a youth ...

Curtis stepping down as head coach from Philipsburg

Matthew Curtis, who led the Philipsburg-Osceola boys basketball team to a playoff appearance and a 10-13 record last season, has resigned from his coaching position. Curtis entered this past season with a career record of 15-95 in five years, but the Mounties made significant improvement ...

Altoona’s DeRubeis follows his passion

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patience is a virtue when it comes to dealing with love. Altoona Area High School senior Joe DeRubeis identified his true love ...

College signing: Michael Montecalvo: Juniata basketball

Name: Michael Montecalvo High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Duncansville Sport: Basketball Position: Shooting guard College choice: Juniata Other colleges considered: Kings College, Drew University Why I picked Juniata: “I picked Juniata because of the great ...

College signing: Kyle Ruggery: Juniata basketball

Name: Kyle Ruggery High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Duncansville Sport: Basketball Position: Point guard College choice: Juniata Other colleges considered: Washington & Jefferson, Seton Hill Why I picked Juniata: “I picked Juniata for the great education, as ...

College signing: Keegan Raabe: Waynesburg football

Name: Keegan Raabe High school: Tyrone Area Hometown: Warriors Mark Sport: Football Position: Kicker College choice: Waynesburg University Other colleges considered: Penn State Altoona Why I picked Waynesburg: “Because their sports communications program is one of the best in ...

Johnson picked as Miss PA Basketball

Neumann Goretti senior Diamond Johnson was named Miss PA Basketball Sunday afternoon, edging out local finalists Alli Campbell of Bellwood-Antis and Maya Bokunewicz of State College. Campbell was vying to become just the second girl in the award’s history to repeat after winning it in 2019. ...