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Basketball

A ‘Classic’ case of ‘what if?’

Readers of our newspaper should be pulling out their sports pages to read about last night’s Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. It could have been one of the most memorable yet, with at least seven future NCAA Division I girls players set to lace up their shoes and one of the strongest ...

Campbell, Maxwell lead stars

LOYSBURG — High-scoring seniors Alli Campbell of Bellwood-Antis and Kaitlyn Maxwell of Everett highlighted the Inter-County Conference girls basketball all-star teams for the 2019-20 season. The ICC boys and girls basketball and the wrestling teams were released on Saturday. Campbell ...

PIAA suspends playoffs for 2 weeks

The PIAA announced the immediate suspension of both the high school boys and girls basketball state playoffs as well as the PIAA Class 2A swimming and diving championships for a minimum of two weeks Thursday at noon. The PIAA Board of Directors decided via a unanimous vote to suspend the ...

Classic will not be played this year

From Mirror reports Due to concerns over the coronavirus and its ripple effect, the 2020 Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic has been canceled. The decision was made Thursday after the Mirror was informed that Penn State Altoona’s facility is closed at least through April 6. That, coupled ...

BG boys take care of Clarion

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You know you have a good team when you can win a second-round state playoff game by 19 points, in a contest that was never in doubt, and still feel like you didn’t play all that well. “I don’t think we played great,” Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic coach Chris Drenning said ...

Tigers battle, but fall

GREENSBURG — Chartiers Valley appears to be steamrolling its way to girls basketball history and possibly a second consecutive unbeaten season and state title. But Hollidaysburg certainly put a scare into the Lady Colts, for a half anyway. The Lady Tigers scored the first seven points of ...

Virus has area teams on edge

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The fate of the PIAA basketball playoffs could be learned today, with local coaches expecting to hear if fans will be allowed to attend upcoming games, and if those games will be played at all amidst coronavirus concerns. Connecticut already has canceled the remainder of its ...

Bellwood girls playing in Ebensburg

The Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball team won’t have to travel too far for its PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal game on Friday night. Sites were announced for Friday’s games, and Bellwood, the two-time state champion, will be playing District 6 runner-up Penns Manor at Central ...

Lack of rebounding spells doom for BC girls

BELLEFONTE — In basketball, rebounding is often the name of the game. Teams that control the boards limit opponents to one shot, while setting up numerous offensive opportunities for themselves under the basket. District 4 champion Northumberland Christian fashioned a 40-16 rebounding ...

Young Mustangs succumb, but prove they’re on rise

Rainey hits 1,000 GREENSBURG — For the entire first half of its District 6 championship game against Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and most of Wednesday’s first two quarters against Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Portage proved it could hang with two of the top eight Class 2A teams in the ...

Lady Titans fall in second half

INDIANA — Tussey Mountain had it going early in the contest, holding an 11-8 lead after eight minutes. But the Lady Titans were unable to keep up, ending their season again in the second round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs, this time with a 70-50 loss to WPIAL champion Rochester Wednesday ...

NCAA tourney off; PIAA postpones for two weeks

From Mirror reports The popular NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments -- March Madness -- was canceled at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon due to the coronavirus. The PIAA announced today the immediate suspension of both the high school boys and girls basketball playoffs as well as the PIAA ...

Haigh’s hot hand keys BG’s victory

BELLEFONTE — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Teresa Haigh was a little late coming out of the locker room at halftime and started the third quarter on the bench. She must have mistaken how hot her hand was for a fever. The junior drilled eight 3-pointers, six in the first half, and finished ...

Campbell makes history in victory

DuBOIS — The Redbank Valley girls basketball team played with two-time defending state champ Bellwood-Antis for most of the first half Tuesday night in a PIAA Class 2A second round game. However, Lady Blue Devil Alli Campbell and company proved to have too much firepower as they eventually ...

Hot start in second half sinks Lady Lions

HARRISBURG — At several points in Tuesday’s state playoff showdown, Altoona appeared as if it had moved close enough to Nazareth to put some pressure on the front-running Eagles. At every juncture, though, an athletic, hard-defending Nazareth squad showed it had the answer for every ...

Lady Eagles head for round of eight

CLARION — Tyrone girls basketball coach Luke Rhoades looked over at his bench after another incredible move by sophomore Jaida Parker. “I said to the bench ‘Oh my’,” Rhoades said. Parker completely dominated the paint with 23 points and the Golden Eagles made program history by ...

Henry sparks Lady Highlanders in win

BELLEFONTE — Trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, Trinity made some defensive adjustments to take a one-point lead over Cambria Heights early in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Lady Shamrocks, that was when Emily Henry made some adjustments of her own. The senior ...

Lady Warriors dominated by The Ellis School to end season

JOHNSTOWN — With the way Everett played through the first three-and-a-half quarters, the Lady Warriors seemed well on their well to seeing their season come to an end in crushing fashion. The Ellis School completely dominated in every facet of the game, and got up by 19 points a little over ...

McDannell wins game at the line

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Carroll’s Tristan McDannell has hit some game-winning shots in his high school career. However, none of them have ever come standing at the free throw line, the clocked stopped and with a berth in the next round of the state playoffs on the line. The senior showed ...

Hornets end year for ’Cats

BROOKVILLE — Despite registering an outstanding season with a senior-studded lineup, the Huntingdon Area High School boys basketball team knew that it faced a tall order against District 10 champion Hickory in a PIAA Class 4A second-round game Tuesday night. Hickory brought back a strong ...