Football

2018 Athletes of the Year: Martinazzi, Dillow receive honors at annual banquet

Even though it was the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year banquet, nothing was unlucky about how the night’s festivities played out in front of a packed room at The Casino in Lakemont. It was there that Bishop Carroll’s Alyssa Martinazzi and Chestnut Ridge’s Noah Dillow were ...

BG opens training center

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School held the grand opening of the new Anthony J. and Nora E. Misitano Center of Athletic Performance Saturday before 100 families and school supporters. The state-of-the-art facility is the centerpiece of BG’s new health and wellness program designed to ...

Hayes leaves a giant legacy at Bellwood

BELLWOOD — When you’re 71 and have been a head football coach for 38 straight years, with a resume of more than 300 victories, and as you’ve recovered from the emotions of another season and some down time over the holidays and the calendar flips to spring, you inevitably look for a sign ...

PSFCA game today

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com After a long hiatus, the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Football Game returned to Mansion Park last May and was well-received by the local community. Last year’s game was a dandy, too, with the West ...

17th annual PSFCA East West All-Star Football Game rosters

2 p.m. Sunday at Mansion Park Stadium WEST TEAM No. Pos. Name High school Height Weight College 1 DB Robert Kennedy Jeannette 5-10 175 Lackawanna CC 2 QB Drew Saxton South Fayette 6-2 195 Case Western 3 RB Tanner Volpatti Bethel Park 5-10 195 Slippery Rock 4 WR Tim Sturgis Central ...

Hayes bids farewell: Legendary coach calls it a career

A long, distinguished and very successful era came to a close at Bellwood-Antis Area High School on Friday. John Hayes, who has been the school’s head football coach for the past 38 seasons and its athletic director for the past 37, announced that he is retiring from both ...

Bellwood’s Hayes announces retirement

Veteran Bellwood-Antis High School football coach and athletic director John Hayes is retiring. Hayes informed his players of his intentions at a meeting Friday, according to the school newspaper website, “The B-A Blue Print.” Hayes coached the Blue Devils for 38 seasons, amassing a ...

Nominations sought for Mirror awards

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly ...

College signing

Nick Leamer:Saint Francis football Name: Nick Leamer High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Hometown: Hollidaysburg Sport: Football Position: Offensive line College choice: Saint Francis Other colleges considered: Robert Morris, Shippensburg, IUP Why I picked Saint Francis: I felt a good ...

Hilling in Big 33 game

The honors continue to come in for Hollidaysburg Area High School place-kicker Vlad Hilling. Hilling, the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State choice who will be a preferred walk-on at Penn State this fall, was named to play in the Big 33 Football Classic on Tuesday. “Blessed to have ...

Bilchak hoping to continue C-K’s recent success

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com CLAYSBURG — Last fall, Claysburg-Kimmel captured the school’s first playoff victory since 1990 in its first-ever home playoff game, thanks to a 27-8 win over Penns Manor. Following the season, head coach Dan Foor left to pursue a career ...

BG stars sign with Red Flash

Nick Leamer and Mark Conrad were able to carve their own individual niches as part of PIAA state football championship teams at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. Now both are turning the page and moving on to what they hope can be collegiate football distinction at Saint Francis ...

Altoona’s Queen set to play in PSFCA game

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association 2018 East West All-Star game is set for Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Mansion Park in Altoona, and there will be a Mountain Lion on the field when the game kicks off. Jayvion Queen, an offensive lineman for Altoona who will play his ...

Tigers’ Hilling heading to PSU

The Penn State football team has been loading up on kicking specialists this recruiting cycle, and, on Monday, reached into Blair County for one of the best in the state: Hollidaysburg Area High School’s Vlad Hilling. Hilling, the Golden Tigers’ Class 5A all-state place-kicker, gave a ...

BG’s Leamer wins top honor

The Pennsylvania Football News recently released its 2017 Class 1A All-State team, and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Nick Leamer was named lineman of the year. Leamer, a 6-foot-2, 286-pound senior,was also named on the first team as an offensive lineman. He was part of a Marauder team that ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

2017 mirror football all-stars

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Altoona Mirror 2017 regional football first-team all-stars include (from left): First row—Northern Bedford’s Tristin Guyer, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Kolton McGhee, Josh Yasulitis, Nick Leamer, Max Sankey and Mark Conrad, Hollidaysburg’s Gus Dellinger, Josh ...

Chestnut Ridge’s Hauck gets 1,000 yards passing, rushing

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com His Chestnut Ridge teammates knew they always could count on Logan Hauck. “We have a great quarterback who can get us the ball. I don’t think he’s had an incompletion yet against Philipsburg,” said Hauck’s fellow Lion senior, Justin ...

Black guides Northern to great heights in ’17

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Although there’s only 18 years of age separating them, senior lineman Tristin Guyer says the Northern Bedford football players look at Garry Black as more of a father than a coach, and Black likes to organize gatherings every Saturday of the ...