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Athlete of the Week

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 ...

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 ...

Leidig’s winning attitude noticed

Name: Emilie Leidig School: Bellwood-Antis Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig scored 22 points while connecting on four 3-pointers in Bellwood’s 83-54 victory over Redbank Valley in the PIAA Class 2A second round. Season update: Leidig ...

McDannell breeds success for BC

Name: Tristan McDannell School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: McDannell hit three free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift Bishop Carroll to a 52-51 win over Shade in the PIAA Class 1A second round. He finished ...

Lions’ Perea total team player

Name: Caranda Perea School: Altoona Age: 18 Grade: 12 Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Scored 21 points, had eight blocks and eight rebounds in Altoona’s 60-54 overtime win over Mount Lebanon in the first round of the state playoffs. Season update: She is ...

Effort paying off for McMillen

Name: Brock McMillen School: Glendale Age: 17 Grade: 11 Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: McMillen captured his second state title this past Saturday with a 5-1 win over Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the 132-pound Class 2A championship match at Hershey’s Giant Center. ...

BG’s Haigh becoming a leader

Name: Teresa Haigh School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Haigh buried nine 3-pointers and scored a game-high 36 points as BG clinched a spot in the interdistricts with a 74-51 win over Homer-Center in the District 6 ...

Cassidy’s goal nothing but gold

Name: Kaden Cassidy School: Bedford Area Age: 19 Grade: Senior Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Cassidy earned his third PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional wrestling title with a 6-0 decision over Saint Joseph’s Academy’s Zack Witmer in the finals at 138 pounds. ...

Weaver big part of 10-0 year

Name: Gracie Weaver School: Altoona Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Gymnastics Athlete of the week achievement: Weaver won the vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around in the Central Pennsylvania Gymnastics League championship meet on Saturday. She led Altoona to its ninth ...

Hard work pays off for Horton

Name: Hunter Horton School: Tussey Mountain Age: 16 Grade: Junior Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Horton won the 126-pound weight class and was named the outstanding wrestler at the District 5 Class 2A Tournament at Richland High School. Horton beat top-seeded Ross ...

Parker part of Eagles’ success

Name: Jaida Parker School: Tyrone Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Parker scored 13 points in a 65-19 win over Philipsburg-Osceola, had 19 points in a 47-44 Mountain League title clinching win over Central and added 22 points in a 61-52 win ...

McKeirnan not just an athlete

Name: Conor McKeirnan School: Hollidaysburg Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Swimming Athlete of the week achievement: McKeirnan won the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly in a 90-77 win over Indiana, and he won the 100 free and 200 free in a 98-10 victory over Mifflin ...

Athlete of Week: Witherspoon makes ‘great strides’

Name: Jessiah Witherspoon School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Witherspoon scored 30 points in a 77-52 victory over Bedford and had 29 points in a 65-52 win over Bishop Carroll. Season update: Witherspoon averages ...

Athlete of Week: Metzger unselfish leader on court

Name: Kylie Metzger School: Central Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Metzger scored 22 points and had nine rebounds and three steals in a 45-37 win over Huntingdon and had 19 points in 19 minutes in a 71-24 victory over Philipsburg-Osceola. ...

Athlete of Week: Dubler making name for himself

Name: Suds Dubler School: Glendale Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Dubler won the 126-pound championship and repeated as champion in the Grove City Fred Bell Tournament, while also leading his team to a second straight team title. He also won ...

Athlete of Week: Miller’s love of game paying off

Name: Marin Miller School: Hollidaysburg Area Age: 15 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Miller fired in a game-high 32 points in a key 60-48 victory over Portage and made 13-of-14 free throws in the game. She also scored 21 points in a win over ...

Maxwell more than hoop star

Name: Kaitlyn Maxwell School: Everett Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Maxwell had 25 points, seven steals and five assists in a win over Forbes Road and had 33 points and eight rebounds in a key win over Tussey Mountain. Season update: ...

Burk strong both off, on court

Name: Nolan Burk School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Burk averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in victories over Bishop McCort, Central Cambria and Forest Hills. Season update: Burk is averaging ...

Athlete of Week: Versatile Charles ‘special player’

Name: P.J. Charles School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Charles scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Mountain Lions’ 53-48 victory over county rival Hollidaysburg. Season update: ...

Athlete of Week: Smith a ‘dream’ player to coach

Name: Halee Smith School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Smith had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in a blowout win over West Branch, and she had 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds in a ...