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Basketball

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 ...

Big 2nd half lifts BG boys

CRESSON — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders won their third consecutive District 6 Class 2A boys basketball championship Thursday night, and despite a 19-point margin of victory, it was anything but easy. The Marauders trailed feisty and gutsy Portage for the greater part ...

Bellwood earns third seed

Bellwood-Antis finds itself in the same position it was in two years and two state titles ago when its current run of dominance began. The Lady Blue Devils held on late in the game after a strong start to top Bishop McCort, 62-59, in the District 6 Class 2A consolation game Thursday night at ...

Basketball preview capsules

District 6 Class 3A girls final Teams: Cambria Heights Lady Highlanders (22-3) vs. Tyrone Lady Eagles (20-3) Site, time: Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 6 p.m., tonight The coaches: Cambria Heights — Amber Fees (58-92, five years). Tyrone — Luke Rhoades ...

Altoona loses heartbreaker at buzzer

PITTSBURGH — Altoona and Allderdice have staged some classic basketball battles in the past, but none likely was more exciting than on Wednesday night. For the Altoona boys, the outcome was equally disappointing. Blake Haber’s 3-point shot at the final buzzer lifted Pittsburgh City ...

Carroll-ing! Carroll-ing!: Healthy Huskies sink Pirates

CRESSON — Last year’s District 6 Class 1A boys basketball championship left Bishop Carroll Catholic’s Tristan McDannell with a lot of physical and mental pain. The star guard suffered a leg injury in the first half and wasn’t able to play in the fourth quarter of the Huskies’ ...

BC wins 3rd title in 4 years

CRESSON — New year. New team. New coach. But it’s the same old Bishop Carroll Catholic. The Lady Huskies are champions of District 6 once again after a dominant 51-27 performance over Saint Joseph’s Academy at Mount Aloysius College Wednesday night in the Class 1A championship ...

Unselfish Lions grab title

NEW PARIS — There were plenty of things for second-year Chestnut Ridge boys basketball coach Matthew Claar to be pleased about Wednesday night, after his Lions won the de facto District 5 Class 3A championship. At the top of the list was Ridge’s scoring balance. The Lions placed all ...

Basketball playoff capsules

District 6 Class 2A girls final Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Lady Marauders (19-6) vs. Penns Manor Lady Comets (23-2) Site, time: Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 6 p.m., tonight The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Kristi Kaack (31-16 in two years); Penns Manor ...

Chip off the old block: Klausman pilots Lions with dad on journey

Jarrod Klausman has spent his life in sports, often alongside his dad, Jim. They were part of a championship team in Little League, including the prestigious Dean Patterson Little World Series, and later coached in the Hollidaysburg basketball program under Mick Pentoney and Brad Lear. ...

Lady Highlanders reaching potential

EBENSBURG — The current group of Cambria Heights girls basketball players have always had talent, but sometimes it takes experience and the urgency of being seniors for a team to live up to its full potential. Consider it reached. After years of flirting with success only to see it dashed ...

Ramsey helps get Eagles into title tilt

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After raining 3-pointers in the second quarter Tuesday night, Tyrone’s Stephanie Ramsey didn’t make a field goal in the decisive fourth quarter. She didn’t have to. The sophomore guard came up big down the stretch from the foul line. Ramsey knocked down six of her ...

High school playoff capsules

WEDNESDAY GIRLS DISTRICT 6 CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP Teams: Saint Joseph’s Lady Wolves (13-9) vs. Bishop Carroll Catholic Lady Huskies (13-10) Site, time: Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 6 p.m. The coaches: Saint Joseph’s — Katie Sosnoskie (record ...

Everett shakes off early rust to advance to finals

EVERETT — Same venue, same round of the playoffs, same two teams, same result. Top-seeded Everett and fourth-seeded North Star met last year in the District 5 Class 2A semifinals at Everett High School with the Lady Warriors rolling to the 39-point victory. On Tuesday night, the Lady ...