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Basketball

Sease has big night for winning ’Cats

DUNCANSVILLE — Kort Sease fired in 18 points to propel the Blair County Christian boys to a 52-19 win over Great Commission on Tuesday in high school basketball action. Ean McCarty added 12 points for Blair. Owen Hildebrand led Great Commission with eight points. GREAT COMMISSION (19): ...

Defense keys Williamsburg girls to win

WILLIAMSBURG — Due to the mask policy where all players must wear one while competing, Williamsburg coach Amy Hileman was unsure of exactly how much that would impact her team on opening night. With the uncertainty, Hileman opted not to press in the first half, and as a result, Northern ...

Portage boys have good first night

SIDMAN — The Portage boys basketball team outscored Forest Hills, 22-7, in the second quarter Monday night en route to an 82-59 win on the road in high school action. It was the season opener for both teams. Preston Rainey’s 19 points were tops for Portage, which also got 18 from Kaden ...

Altoona says it’s complying with Mid-Penn mask rule

Friday night turned out to be a tough one for the Altoona boys basketball program. The Mountain Lions traveled to Carlisle and lost their season opener, 83-45. Later that night, two pictures of players on their bench not wearing their masks properly were posted on Twitter by Jake Adams, the ...

Expecting plenty of bumps in the road

Last Monday, it seemed like the sun was shining a little bit brighter than usual. As the day went on, and I received no word of a cancellation of Tyrone’s boys basketball game against Mountain League rival Central, my anticipation of being back in a gym and covering high-quality high school ...

Tyrone boys working toward winning D6 title this time

TYRONE — Cortlynd Rhoades scored the first basket for the Tyrone boys basketball team in 2021 with a 3-pointer on the team’s first possession last Monday against Central. Rhoades also scored the last basket of the season on a 3-pointer last February. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, ...

Tyrone girls even record

INDIANA — Tyrone broke open a game that was tied at the half with a 17-8 advantage in the third quarter in a 51-41 triumph over non-conference opponent Indiana on Saturday in high school girls basketball action. Kayelin Gibbons scored 14 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Jaida Parker added 12 ...

Lady Lions doing the little things in their 2-0 start

While opening their season with two Mid-Penn Conference victories by a combined total of 79 points, it’s been abundantly clear that the Altoona Area High School girls basketball team has answered the bottom line on the scoresheet. But what is even more encouraging to second-year Lady Lions ...

Tyrone navigating its jam-packed schedule

TYRONE — While most high school basketball teams across the area are still waiting to get started, the Tyrone girls played their third game of the season Friday night, topping Bellefonte, 50-17. It’s not an early-season scheduling quirk either. Many teams are hoping to simply play ...

Altoona boys fall in opener

CARLISLE — The Altoona Area High School boys basketball team dropped its first game of the season, falling to Carlisle, 83-45, on Friday night. Dylan Young led the Herd with 25 points. Colin Lear scored 14 points for Altoona, and Ashton Bardell had 10. Carlisle jumped out to a 21-10 lead ...

Tyrone soars once it gets used to its masks

BELLEFONTE — Tyrone and Bellefonte slogged their way to an 18-all tie with less than two minutes to play in the first half Thursday, and Golden Eagles coach George Gripp started to show his frustration. A pair of free throws from Landen DeHaas with 1:25 left in the second quarter started an ...

Lady Lions hold senior night before cruising to victory

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the entire world, and high school athletic events are a microcosm of that world. With the area’s scholastic winter sports schedule on a day-by-day basis due to the ever-looming threat of another COVID outbreak, teams are making changes to their ...

Gripp shines in opener for Eagles

TYRONE — Tyrone and Central played one of the first high school boys basketball games in District 6 Monday night, but at times the atmosphere resembled a summer league game more than the traditionally heated contests between the Mountain League rivals. The Golden Eagles, who edged the ...

Late trifecta sends Lady Eagles to defeat

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Sarah Weaver hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the game Monday night to lift Punxsutawney to a 44-41 win over Tyrone in girls high school basketball action. Tyrone fell to 0-2 while Punxsy improved to 2-0. The Lady Eagles, who got 15 points from Jaida Parker, ...

Lady Eagles open with defeat

ERIE — The Tyrone girls basketball team opened their season on Saturday afternoon with a 49-26 loss at Villa Maria Academy in high school action. The Lady Eagles trailed by just three after one quarter, 12-9. and by 10 at the break, 23-13. However, a 17-5 showing in the third quarter ...

Sweeping night for Blair Christian

DUNCANSVILLE — The Blair County Christian boys basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night, thanks to a 56-33 win over Grace Prep in high school action. Davis Dull led the Bobcats, up 16-2 after one quarter, with 19 points. Teammates Ean McCarty (15), Kort Sease (10) and Connor Dull (10) ...

Tyrone forced to change slate

Tyrone athletic director Luke Rhoades confirmed Thursday that boys and girls basketball games Friday and Saturday, along with a wrestling match on Tuesday, have been postponed. Rhoades received an email from Clearfield at 2:30 p.m. that all athletic events at the school were being shut ...

Light at end of tunnel for area winter sports teams

Many area scholastic sports teams resumed or began winter sports practices Monday, and a few teams will begin competitions as early as Friday. The Tyrone boys basketball team, which finished as the District 6 Class 4A runner-up last season and returns its top six players, will travel to ...

Scholastic sports off until Jan. 4

As cases of the COVID-19 pandemic surge throughout the state, and just one day after he had tested positive for the coronavirus himself, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday decreed a temporary shutdown throughout the commonwealth of various businesses and activities, which will also ...

Area gyms remain silent for now

Tonight was supposed to be the first night of competition for the winter scholastic sports season, but in District 6, there won’t be any tip-offs, grappling or dives into a pool. And there might not be for quite some time. The PIAA decided not to delay the season at its meeting Wednesday, ...