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Basketball

JV’s comeback falls short in fourth

With less than four minutes left to play, Clarion-Limestone opened up a 17-point lead over Juniata Valley and looked well on its way to a lopsided win in the opening round of the boys 1A state playoffs. The Hornets quickly reeled off 13 straight points, however, to make it a 55-51 game with ...

Grove City’s big fourth quarter puts an end to Bedford’s year

SOMERSET —- Bedford coach Leo Brunelli waited at the end of the handshake line and gave each one of his players a hug and told them he loved them. There wasn’t much else you could do after a crushing defeat like they just had. The District 5-9 sub-regional champion Bisons battled with ...

Lady Warriors move to 2A second round

JOHNSTOWN — Everett began its PIAA Class 2A opening-round game with Serra Catholic missing its first four shots, turning the ball over twice, having two shots blocked inside and giving up two easy buckets inside on defense. The Lady Warriors were in need of a response. The answer Everett ...

Mirror’s state playoff capsules

Friday’s girls games PIAA Class 6A first round Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (16-7); Norwin Lady Knights (21-2) Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6:30 p.m. The coaches: Altoona — Miriam Colledge (79-41, five years); Norwin — Brian Brozeski (131-44, seven years) Playoff ...

B-A, Valley could be on collision course

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Last season, the Mirror’s coverage area had two teams make the high school state basketball championship games in Hershey, and Bellwood-Antis claimed the school’s first title. The Lady Blue Devils are a good bet to make it back to the PIAA ...

Altoona trio earns Mid-Penn honor

The Altoona girls and boys basketball programs were honored on Tuesday with first-team selections in the Mid-Penn Conference for the 2018-2019 season. On the girls side, first-team status was awarded in the Commonwealth Division to senior Bridgid Fox and junior Caranda Perea. For the boys, ...

Hollidaysburg set to host tripleheader

Eleven of the 17 games involving teams from the Mirror’s coverage area will take place on Friday night when the first round of the PIAA high school basketball playoffs begins. Three District 6 champions will be part of a tripleheader at Hollidaysburg Area High School that night. The ...

Tussey pulls away in 2nd half for consolation win

Postseason picture FRIDAY 3A BOYS 6-4 Bellwood-Antis vs. 7-1 Lincoln Park 1A BOYS 6-1 Juniata Valley vs. 9-3 Clarion-Limestone 6-2 Bishop Carroll vs. 9-2 North Clarion 6A GIRLS 6-1 Altoona vs. 7-4 Norwin 4A GIRLS 6-2 Huntingdon vs. 7-2 Central Valley 2A GIRLS 6-1 ...

PC girls turn it up a notch in earning title

CRESSON — Penn Cambria girls basketball coach Keith Saleme doesn’t know where he will eventually rank his Friday night halftime speech, but one would think it will be near the top of his list someday. Trailing Penns Valley by two points at the break after squandering a 10-point lead at ...

Everett reigns in D5 again

JOHNSTOWN — Even the fiercest competitors can find time to enjoy a championship. Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell, who scored a combined 75 points in the Lady Warriors’ two playoff wins, allowed her usual serious look to melt away as she shrieked a tiny bit and quickly jumped in the air while ...

Bellwood-Antis rallies past Lady Hornets

CRESSON — Round three went to Bellwood-Antis Thursday night in the District 6 Class 2A championship game, 52-49, over Juniata Valley at Mount Aloysius. After the game, players, coaches and the more than 1,200 fans that attended the game at Mount Aloysius were already talking about a possible ...

Marauders rout West Branch for title

CRESSON — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic won its second straight District 6 Class 2A boys basketball championship Thursday night, and the Marauders accomplished the feat without breaking a sweat. Standout senior guard Luke Ruggery scored 16 of his game-high 30 points in the first quarter, when ...

Central Cambria topples Tyrone; both advance to states

Central Cambria senior point guard McKenna Hayward talked Thursday night about the importance of setting the reset button on team goals as the season has progressed. Hayward and the Lady Red Devils reached one of those new goals at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. Central Cambria ...

H.S. baketball preview capsules

District 6 Class 3A girls final Teams: Penns Valley Lady Rams (19-5); Penn Cambria Lady Panthers (19-6). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 6 p.m. tonight The coaches: Penns Valley — Karen McCaffrey (340-194, 21 years). Penn Cambria — ...

Bisons’ long title drought is over

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com JOHNSTOWN — Westinghouse went through two portions in its game with Bedford where it couldn’t seem to put the ball in the basket. The first came at the outset of the District 5-8 Class 4A championship as the Bisons took advantage and took a ...

Everett’s year ends in final seconds

By Dan Isenberg disenberg@altoonamirror.com JOHNSTOWN — Warriors always battle until the end, even when things aren’t looking great. The Everett Warriors lived up to that moniker Thursday night at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Sports Center against the Brookville ...

Hot-shot rangers top Devils

Bellwood-Antis’ plan in the District 6 3A consolation game focused on containing the Forest Hills strong interior game. When the Rangers’ trio of Jake Shope, Mitchell Chunta and Zach Myers combined to knock down their first four 3-point shots and went 6-of-10 from behind the arc in the ...

23 years later, JV earns title

CRESSON — More than a half hour after its victory in the District 6 Class 1A championship game, the Juniata Valley boys basketball team was still on the court, celebrating its first title since 1996 with family and friends. It was a stark contrast to the way the playoffs played out for the ...

Gongloff, BC girls savor championship

CRESSON — Bishop Carroll junior Lexi Popma dove for a loose ball in front of the scorer’s table, realized that the possession went to Purchase Line and turned smiling to look at her coach with a couple of minutes left in the game. Bob Gongloff was grinning from ear to ear. After all, his ...

H.S. basketball preview capsules

District 6 Class 2A girls final Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (21-3); Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (21-2). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 6 p.m. tonight The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (206-35 in nine years at ...