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Basketball

PC duo big reason for Sweet 16 trip

From Mirror reports CLARION — For the second year in a row, the Penn Cambria girls basketball team is going to the Sweet 16 in the PIAA Class 3A playoffs. Thanks to the combination of Lora Davis and Madison Grove, the Lady Panthers disposed of Brookville, 66-58, Friday night in the first ...

Gearhart spurs Bearcats’ second-half surge

As Nick Gearhart started taking over the game in the second half, the Huntingdon student section began chanting, “You can’t guard him.” It was true. Blackhawk had no answers for Gearhart, who scored 31 points on a variety of moves, and the Bearcats throttled the Cougars in the second ...

Bishop Carroll survives last-second shot attempt

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Carroll Catholic boys basketball coach Cosie Aliquo stresses two words to his team at this time of the year: survive and advance. Flashback to the beginning of the year, if guard Tristan McDannell had fouled out of a game, that was generally a sign of disaster for the ...

Again, Grove City delivers knockout blow to Bisons

WINDBER — Bedford coach Jason Ressler didn’t mince words when he talked about the Bisons’ third-quarter performance. “It killed us,” he said. Bedford, which took a four-point lead into halftime, saw its lead slip away after a distastrous third quarter and never recovered in what ...

Lady Bearcats fall

GREENSBURG — The season came to an end for the Huntingdon girls basketball team Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Bearcats fell to Southmoreland, 57-29, in a PIAA Class 4A playoff game at Greensburg-Salem High School. Huntingdon, the No. 2 seed out of District 6, trailed by only four after ...

Blue Pirates bow out at 15-9

ST. MARYS — A slow start in the first quarter spelled the end for the Williamsburg boys basketball team Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A state playoffs. Cameron County jumped out to a 23-10 first-quarter advantage en route to a 61-38 victory, ending the Blue Pirates’ ...

Mirror’s state playoff capsules

Friday’s girls games PIAA 6A FIRST ROUND Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (13-10) vs. Mount Lebanon Lady Blue Devils (18-6) Site, time: Mount Aloysius, 7:30 p.m. The coaches: Altoona — Chris Fleegle; Mount Lebanon — Dori Oldaker Playoff path: Altoona — defeated State College, 52-33, ...

Trek for Hershey to begin

Since the PIAA expanded to six classifications in high school basketball in 2017, the Mirror’s coverage area has had at least one team reach Hershey’s Giant Center for a state championship game every year. The Bellwood-Antis girls enter this year’s tournament as District 6’s third ...

B-A’s Campbell driven to achieve greatness

BELLWOOD — The vast majority of people in attendance at the Giant Center in Hershey two years ago didn’t even look up from their programs when Alli Campbell’s name was announced as a starting sophomore for Bellwood-Antis in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game. Campbell didn’t ...

College signing

Sydnie Reese: Point Park softball Name: Sydnie Reese High school: Penn Cambria Hometown: Cresson Sport: Softball Position: Shortstop College choice: Point Park University Other colleges considered: IUP, Cal. Pa., Juniata, Clarion, Penn State Altoona Why I picked Point Park ...

Altoona, BG, Portage open states at Mount

The Altoona girls, Bishop Guilfoyle boys and girls and the Portage girls all will return to the scene of their district triumphs when the PIAA basketball playoffs begin this weekend. Those four teams all won District 6 championships at Mount Aloysius College, and now they all will host ...

Offfensive struggles end season for Chestnut Ridge

CLEARFIELD — From the opening tip until the final horn, Chestnut Ridge found itself fighting an uphill battle all afternoon. With few buckets finding their way through the rim, and an early deficit, the Lions couldn’t keep up, and closed out the season with a 46-32 loss to Brookville in ...

Titans quickly put title setback behind them

JOHNSTOWN — The tears that often accompany a district championship game loss were absent for the Tussey Mountain girls basketball team Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center. That’s most likely because the Lady Titans are hoping for another shot at new ...

AAHS gets Mid-Penn star status

HARRISBURG — Altoona Area High School seniors P.J. Charles and Caranda Perea landed spots on the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division first-team all-stars. Charles was joined on the boys first team by Harrisburg’s Davon Lee, Central Dauphin’s Ryan Smith and Rance Russo, and ...

Oh, what a feeling! Heights girls enjoy long-awaited title

CRESSON — It’s been 36 years since Cambria Heights last won a District 6 girls basketball championship. Nobody could blame the Lady Highlanders’ coaches or players for taking a little time to savor its sweetness Friday night. Heights shook off a 20-9 early second-quarter deficit with ...

Maxwell erupts for 41 as Everett claims crown

JOHNSTOWN — The ability to handle and deal out pressure can decide a basketball game. That’s one of the things that makes Kaitlyn Maxwell so valuable to Everett. The star senior scored 41 points, had seven steals, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Lady Warriors to a 65-45 ...

Max effort: Everett senior’s success goes beyond court

JOHNSTOWN — In a world where many star athletes play their sport year-round, Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell recently broke the all-time Everett basketball scoring record and went over 2,000 points for her career while playing two other sports and participating in band. “She’s been injury ...

Seniors help Panthers grab third seed

SIDMAN — Depth and senior leadership swung the tide in favor of Penn Cambria Friday night at Forest Hills Senior High School. The Lady Panthers exploded for 22 points in the second quarter in a 65-55 win over United in the District 6 Class 3A consolation game. Both teams had already ...

Basketball preview capsules

District 5-9 Class 3A boys final Teams: Chestnut Ridge Lions (13-10) vs. Brookville Raiders (16-7) Site, time: Clearfield Area High School, 3 p.m., today The coaches: Chestnut Ridge — Matthew Claar (18-27, two years). Brookville — Dalton Park (46-26, three years) Playoff path: ...

BG girls cap off wild ride with district title

CRESSON — With plenty of talented underclassmen and a program on the rise, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic looked like it was a year away from being at the center of area girls basketball again. Two seniors made sure that future started now Thursday night at Mount Aloysius College in a 52-49 ...