Injuries impact games’ rosters

CRESSON — Injuries affected the rosters on several of the teams Friday night at the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic at Mount Aloysius College. Altoona’s Madison Shetrom missed the girls game, save a couple of free throw attempts, after fracturing her ankle.

Central’s Kyle Dodson originally was set to play for the Blair boys before he broke his arm in a freak accident during practice before the PIAA playoffs; he still attended Friday’s game and Wednesday’s practice at the Summit Tennis and Athletic Club.

His injury came early enough that an alternate was able to be inserted to take his spot for the game.

The Central PA boys, though, had to play shorthanded because Central Mountain guard Kyle Everhart strained his neck working out the beginning of the week.

The area boys also lost Moshannon Valley big man Connor Holobinko with a scary looking leg injury in the second half when he jump trying to pull up while attacking the baseline and came down awkwardly. He was holding the back of his knee and had to be helped from the court by teammates Curtis Neff and Andrew Bithell.

Sign her up

McConnellsburg’s Bronwyne Mellott was another player on the roster for Friday who couldn’t make it to the game although she practiced on Tuesday.

Mellott scored more than 2,300 points for the Lady Spartans, and probably will be named all-state for the fourth time in the coming weeks.

Mellott played her AAU ball in Altoona for the Doug West D-Fenders and will attend Penn State Altoona in the fall. However, Mellott isn’t going to play basketball for the Lady Lions, instead focusing on her studies with the intention of getting a medical degree.

Officially speaking

Veteran official Gary Zimmerman blew the last whistle of his career in Friday’s girls game.

It was Zimmerman’s final varsity game after 42 years on the court.

“My last hurrah, I would say,” Zimmerman said. “It’s a great way to go out, in an all-star game. A perfect ending to a good career.”

Zimmerman said, though, he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren.

“For 42 years, I had a lot of good memories and a lot of good games, but it was just time to watch the grandkids play now,” Zimmerman said.

One of crew working with Zimmerman was Matt Dry. Dry, the son of area official Skip Dry, earned the distinction of being the first person to both play and ref in the game.

The younger Dry played for the Blair County boys in 2013, representing Altoona Area High School.

How do you say it?

For years, people have been pronouncing the last name of the Muthler family of Northern Bedford and Central High School as “MOOTH-ler.”

Turns out, everyone has been wrong for about 30 years. Doublechecking for the public address announcers the days leading up to the game, Jacob Muthler informed game organizers that it actually is pronounced “Mood-ler.”

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