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Basketball

Ridge stays in house for new coach

The Chestnut Ridge boys basketball program made one of the biggest leaps in the area last season, improving from a 5-17 mark in 2018-2019 to a 13-11 record last season. That’s why it was important to keep the pieces of that progress together after coach Matt Claar departed following a ...

LHAC will wait until January to start up

From Mirror reports The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys and girls, Bishop Carroll Catholic boys and Cambria Heights girls all saw their high school basketball seasons cut short in the PIAA quarterfinals last season due to COVID-19. Now, all four teams, along with the rest of the Laurel ...

Franklin’s pick-6 seals Mountain Lions’ playoff victory

WINGATE — What was once a 21-point lead for Altoona was just 13 yards away from a tie game when Mountain Lions defensive back Edwin Franklin stepped in front of a Frankie Morrone pass and took it 92 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal a 29-14 win over Williamsport at ...

Huntingdon names Fortson head coach

HUNTINGDON — The Huntingdon Area School District hired Jordan Fortson as its new high school boys basketball coach at its board meeting Monday. Fortson, who was approved unanimously at a salary of $4,901, takes over for Nick Payne, who resigned in March following three straight District 6 ...

Carroll promoting assistant to head coach

Bishop Carroll has won two consecutive District 6 Class 1A girls basketball championships under the direction of two different head coaches in the past two seasons. If a scholastic basketball season is held in 2020-21, the Lady Huskies will be trying for their third straight district title ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Bellwood-Antis wins its appeal with PIAA

Bellwood-Antis won its appeal to the PIAA on Monday that contested the school’s girls basketball team being moved from Class 2A to Class 3A due to the competitive-balance rule. Teams who have accumulated six success points based off the past two seasons (2018-2019, 2019-2020) and have at ...

BG, B-A on PIAA list to move up in class

On Tuesday, the PIAA announced that 15 of its high school basketball teams would be forced to move up in classification next season due to its new competitive-balance rule. Two local teams, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys and the Bellwood-Antis girls, were among those listed. For the ...