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Scholastic Sports

C-K football has high expectations

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Claysburg-Kimmel Tuesday: Williamsburg A decade ago, just qualifying for the ...

Mtn. Lions feeling better with year of new system under their belts

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Altoona Area Monday: Claysburg-Kimmel Many local high school football programs ...

Hall honors Campbell, Port

Bellwood-Antis graduate Alli Campbell already has a pretty solid resume for the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame as the county’s all-time leading scorer in boys and girls basketball with 3,019 career points. Altoona graduate Adam Port has put together a pretty impressive resume himself ...

A Gouse-less fall awaits Portage football team

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Portage Saturday-Sunday: Altoona There are certain to be plenty of things ...

Vroman back in charge of P-O football program

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Philipsburg-Osceola Friday: Portage Philipsburg-Osceola saw its high school ...

Eventful offseason not putting damper on Bearcats’ hopes

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Huntingdon Area Thursday: Philipsburg-Osceola Huntingdon was 9 yards away from ...

Central preparing for final Mountain League season

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Central Wednesday: Huntingdon Area As Central ...

Tyrone hoping injury bug doesn’t bite again

H.S. football The Mirror will preview a high school football team each day until Aug. 22. For a complete rundown of all of the teams in the region, pick up a copy of “Blitz’’ at area newstands. Today: Tyrone Area Tuesday: Central Tyrone lost its first two football games with head ...

Guilfoyle athletics appreciated Crosser’s support

The Rev. Raymond Crosser, a familiar face on the sideline or bench at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic sporting events the past 20 years died last week. “We always had a running joke that we never lost when he was in the building,” Marauders boys basketball coach Chris Drenning said. “He had ...

WHVL releases scholastic TV football slate

STATE COLLEGE — WHVL-TV recently announced its 2020 high school football Game of the Week schedule and it features quite a few teams from Blair County. WHVL will televise 10 games this fall each Friday at 7 p.m. throughout the regular season. The season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 28 when ...

Area coaches optimistic for 2020 season

HUNTINGDON — Many of the area’s high school football coaches gathered at Huntingdon Country Club on Sunday for the annual Jack Bailey Golf Outing and to raise money for the Central PA Football Coaches Association’s scholarship funds. “It’s great to at least get golfers out here,” ...

JV gets new boys, girls basketball coaches

The Juniata Valley School Board finally filled its boys and girls basketball coaching positions Wednesday evening after opening the positions in March. Alan Robinson, who had coached under previous boys coach T.J. Anderson since 2014 and was the school’s junior high head coach, will take ...

Campbell named Lynnette Williams Award winner

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Alli Campbell has won plenty of awards and broken several records for her play on the court. Sunday at Blair Regional YMCA, the Bellwood-Antis graduate and incoming Notre Dame freshman, was named the winner of the 20th annual Lynnette Williams Spirit Award for attributes ...

Young Batzel gets Southern football job

Aaron Batzel may be just 24 years old, but his coaching resume reads as someone with much more experience. The 2015 Northern Bedford graduate, who played for his father Jeff with the Black Panthers, was named Southern Huntingdon’s new head football coach last week. “Growing up with my ...

Ninth-grade football becoming thing of past

The two biggest high schools in the area, Altoona and Hollidaysburg, have decided to move up all ninth-grade football players to the varsity and junior varsity level. The Blair County rivals are the latest to move away from ninth-grade football games, a trend that has been moving through the ...

Area football teams finally get summer workouts going

Several schools across the area have started up football activities ahead of the 2020 season this week after the door was opened for a return to play by Gov. Tom Wolf and the PIAA last Wednesday. “We tried to get in front of it and tell the schools that something was coming,” PIAA ...

PIAA adjusting playoff brackets

The PIAA will vote to finalize its high school basketball state playoff brackets for the next two seasons today, and there have been a few adjustments that will impact area teams. Former Central boys coach Reggie Nevins and Tyrone boys coach George Gripp got their wish, albeit a couple of ...

JV board reopens positions

The Juniata Valley School District Board of Education surprised many people in the Alexandria community and area basketball scene by opening both its boys and girls head coaching positions in March. Following Wednesday’s June meeting, both positions remain empty despite a bizarre couple of ...

Family tragedy doesn’t deter BC’s Burk

Nolan Burk was one of the first Bishop Carroll boys basketball players in the weight room after the Huskies were upset by Juniata Valley in the 2019 District 6 Class 1A championship game. Burk was focused on regaining the crown he and his teammates won the year before in his senior campaign ...

Lady Tiger overcomes multiple ligament tears

Hollidaysburg senior Allison Hileman, who recently received the District 6 Dean Rossi Sportsmanship Award, has been selected as the female Ron Rickens Award winner. The award is presented annually by the Mirror in memory of former local coach and referee Ron Rickens to someone who shows ...