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Basketball

Male Athlete of Week: McDannell big part of BC’s run

Name: Tristan McDannell School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: McDannell led Carroll with 22 points in a 68-58 victory over North Clarion in the PIAA Class 1A playoffs on Friday night at Kane Area High School. Season ...

Female Athlete of Week: B-A’s Leidig ‘dream kid’ to coach

Name: Emilie Leidig School: Bellwood-Antis Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Leidig tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points in leading Bellwood-Antis to a 70-50 win over Windber in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs. ...

Road to Hershey could be tougher

Last season, all four District 6 Class 2A teams that made the state playoffs won in the first round, and Bellwood-Antis, Blairsville and Penns Manor all made it to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals. Of course, Bellwood-Antis won the state championship, leading many to speculate, including myself, ...

PIAA preview basketball capsules

Tuesday’s girls games PIAA Class 3A second round Teams: Central Cambria Lady Devils (18-7); Shady Side Academy Lady Indians (20-4) Site, time: Greensburg-Salem High School, Tuesday, 6 p.m. The coaches: Central Cambria — Brittany Sedlock (80-50, fifth year); Shady Side Academy — ...

B-A, PC girls part of playoff twinbill

Ten area high school basketball teams will begin round 2 of play in the PIAA state tournament this week, with seven games scheduled for Tuesday night and three more on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Mifflin County High School will host a twinbill beginning at 6 p.m. with Penn Cambria (6-1) taking on ...

Head coaches selected for annual all-star basketball game

The head coaches for the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic are set. Claysburg-Kimmel High school coaches Mike Harris and Jess Veverka will guide the Blair County teams while the Central PA teams will be led by T.J. Anderson of Juniata Valley High School and Brittany Sedlock of ...

BG rolls in opener

LORETTO — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders have a high-powered offense that is predicated on a fast-paced, up-tempo transition game, excellent outside shooting and balanced scoring contributions from several different players. It’s an explosive attack indeed, and the ...

Penn Hills has too much for Lady Tigers

Playing against a bigger, deeper and more athletic team that runs end-to-end pressure defense presents a formidable challenge. That’s what Hollidaysburg faced in Penn Hills Saturday afternoon. When Hannah Snyder stepped in the passing lane, stole a pass and took it the length of the court ...

Carroll easily moves on to round 2

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic forced Veritas Academy to turn the ball over on its first four possessions, and the Lady Monarchs didn’t take a shot that wasn’t an air ball for the first six minutes of the game. The Lady Huskies put it on cruise control from there in a 60-22 victory ...

Tussey plays smart down stretch in win

EBENSBURG — A quick glance at the final score in Tussey Mountain’s 56-38 triumph over Purchase Line in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Saturday doesn’t really tell the tale of the contest. The Lady Titans were up by just four points early in the fourth quarter, and three ...

B-A puts up effort in defeat

NEW CASTLE —- Saturday night as they hopped on a bus for a two-and-a-half hour ride home, the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils did so with a sense of accomplishment. Their season had just ended with a 73-55 loss to Lincoln Park in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament. But they hardly ...

Bad start too much for ’Cats

MOUNT LEBANON —Huntingdon had no answer for Central Valley’s pressing defense in Saturday’s PIAA Class 4A first round playoff game and committed 22 turnovers in a 66-42 loss at Mount Lebanon High School. Lady Bearcats coach Pat-rick Cassidy hopes the game and this season can be a ...

Altoona falls to Norwin

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Lady Lions ran into a buzzsaw in their first-round PIAA Class 6A basketball playoff game Friday night. Norwin of the WPIAL used a ball-hawking, pressure defense and pinpoint long-range shooting that produced a dozen 3-point field goals, to erase an early deficit ...

Bearcats top Highlands to remain perfect

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Highlands started four scrums, committed two technical fouls, had a player ejected two minutes into the game and got a warning on its bench. Huntingdon got what it always has this season, a win. The Bearcats kept their cool during a wild first half that seemed like it ...

Taylor helps JV survive

Talk about saving your best for last. That’s what Juniata Valley junior Hayden Taylor did Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A girls basketball playoffs at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. With her team down 40-37 with 54 seconds to play in the game, Taylor, who had ...

Leidig, Bellwood bounce back in second half

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For one half Friday night, Windber was on track to shock the state and knock off the defending PIAA Class 2A champions, Bellwood-Antis. That didn’t set well with the Lady Blue Devils and Emilie Leidig. The junior guard drilled six second-half 3-pointers and finished with ...

Lady Panthers cruise to first-ever PIAA win

EBENSBURG — The Penn Cambria girls basketball team just continues to make history this year. After clinching its first District 6 title in 26 years last week, this Panthers group has now become the first team in program history to advance to the PIAA Sweet 16. Penn Cambria defeated ...

Defense helps CC girls clear first-round hurdle

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Central Cambria had lost its last three first-round appearances in the PIAA Girls Basketball Tournament. The Lady Red Devils played much like a team that wanted to halt that trend. McKenna Hayward scored a game-high 19 points and came away with 10 steals as Central Cambria ...

Tyrone battles to end

WEXFORD — Tyrone’s girls basketball team knew it faced a tough challenge against Neshannock. It got more difficult when the Lady Lancers used their rebounding prowess to manufacture extra chances in the second half. Neshannock, the WPIAL champ, held off Tyrone’s late surge for a 42-38 ...

Quick start propels Huskies into second round

From Mirror reports KANE — The Bishop Carroll boys basketball team got off to a fast start Friday night, jumping out to a 20-12 lead on North Clarion en route to a 68-58 win in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs at Kane Area High School. “I thought right at the beginning, ...