Basketball

West, Colledge stepping down

Altoona Area High School will have new basketball coaches next season. Doug West and Miriam Colledge have informed their teams of their intentions to step down from the boys and girls jobs, both confirmed. West coached the Mountain Lions for three seasons, and Colledge guided the Lady Lions ...

BC coach Gongloff retiring

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic High School announced on Wednesday that long-time girls basketball coach Bob Gongloff is retiring after 19 seasons at the helm. Gongloff was head coach from 1991-2004, and returned to the bench in 2015 until this past season. He had a career record of ...

Nevins hearing tonight canceled

ROARING SPRING — By the time the Spring Cove School Board voted unanimously Monday night to reinstate Reggie Nevins as assistant baseball coach for the remainder of the season, it was already over. Nevins and assistant basketball coach Paul Frederick had made it to Central’s playoff game ...

Ruggery named all-state

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic point guard Luke Ruggery has been named to the 2018-19 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball first team in Class 2A for the second consecutive season. Ruggery, who missed the first part of the season recovering from an offseason back injury, worked ...

Williamsburg hires Hileman

Amy Hileman, part of Williamsburg’s tremendous run in girls basketball in the early 1990s, is returning to the program she helped bring so much success as the Lady Pirates’ new varsity coach. Hileman was approved unanimously on Tuesday along with assistant coach Tracy Colbert by the ...

Nate Cherry: Slippery Rock basketball

Name: Nate Cherry High school: Altoona Area Hometown: Altoona Sport: Basketball Position: Shooting guard/point guard College choice: Slippery Rock Other colleges considered: California, Pa., Penn State York, Lock Haven Why I picked Slippery Rock: “Because the basketball program ...

Swaney, Campbell earn top 2A honors

Herrington, Maxwell, Smith first-teamers, too From Mirror reports The Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball team won back-to-back PIAA Class 2A titles. So, it was only fitting on Friday afternoon that — for the second year in a row — star player Alli Campbell and coach Jim ...

Campbell honored

Bellwood-Antis junior Alli Campbell has been selected as the 2018-2019 USA Today All-USA Pennsylvania Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Campbell scored 29.1 points per game while averaging 9.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists as the Lady Blue Devils won their second consecutive PIAA Class 2A ...

Northern Bedford tabs Meck as coach

LOYSBURG — Northern Bedford’s School Board hired Randy Meck, on a unanimous vote, to become the new boys varsity basketball coach at the school Tuesday. Meck has 14 years of head coaching experience at Tussey Mountain, Forbes Road and Chestnut Ridge, where he helped the Lions win their ...

Hayward leads Blue to win

JOHNSTOWN — There wasn’t much drama in either contest during Sunday’s 12th annual Ameriserv Senior Hoops Showcase, but the fans at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center witnessed a pair of record-breaking team performances that contained numerous outstanding individual efforts by members of ...

Ruggery, Drenning lead BG on magical run

When Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic began its season with Luke Ruggery out due to injury and coach Chris Drenning breaking in five new starters this past December, the Marauders were facing a lot of questions. Three months later, after BG had won 27 games, a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference ...

Campbell, Swaney earn repeat honors

A couple of weeks ago, Bellwood-Antis repeated as the PIAA Class 2A girls basketball champions. Alli Campbell and coach Jim Swaney followed suit shortly after when they were selected the Altoona Mirror Girls Basketball Player of the Year and Mirror Girls Coach of the Year, respectively, for ...

Ruggery picked to play in hoop game

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior and Saint Francis commit Luke Ruggery has been selected to play in Pittsburgh’s Roundball Classic all-star game on April 27 at Montour High School. Ruggery will be playing for the PA All-Stars alongside teammates such as West Virginia commit Oscar Tshiebwe ...

Mirror Classic on public access

The 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic will be shown on Altoona Public Access Channel 14 this weekend. The girls game will air at 6 p.m. today followed by the boys at 7:35. The games will be repeated Sunday with the girls game at 2:30 p.m. and the boys at 4:05. Rich DeLeo and ...

Smith will play D-I for school in the MAAC

Juniata Valley junior Halee Smith announced her commitment to Division I Quinnipiac to play women’s basketball Wednesday evening. Smith helped the Lady Hornets make the PIAA Class 1A title game in back-to-back seasons as a freshman and sophomore before Juniata Valley finished as the ...

Saving her best for last

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com Hollidaysburg’s Sierra McClain of the Blair County team hadn’t scored all game. When she got her chance late in the contest at the free throw line, the Lady Tiger knocked down 3-of-4. Altoona’s Olivia Hudson came up with a block on Kate ...

Central PA stars are able to play fast in win over Blair

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Luke Ruggery let Blair County’s strategy for Friday’s 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic out of the bag during practice Wednesday night. He was hoping his much-smaller squad could push the pace and shoot Central PA out of Penn ...

AAU program leaves its mark on Classic

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Blair County won a tightly contested girls game over Central PA in the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic, but the big winners were the PA Defenders. The Defenders, an AAU team that included Olivia Hudson, Bridgid Fox, Riley ...

Star junior sets goal to three-peat

HERSHEY — Perhaps it was the bravado that comes with youth or the thrill of reaching the peak of your sport for the first time, but a year ago some of the first words out of the newest PIAA Class 2A girls champions’ mouths were talk of a repeat. When Bellwood-Antis captured its second ...