Football

How the West … won

By Jim Lane For the Mirror Rain and the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game seem to go hand in hand. For the second year in a row, a steady rain fell Sunday afternoon at Mansion Park and, like 2018, the West All-Stars handled the ugly weather while ...

Gridiron finale for the twins

Growing up as identical twins, brothers Josh and Nathan Howells have shared much in common, especially on the football field. Both stand six feet, four inches tall, with Josh weighing 260 pounds and Nathan weighing 250 pounds. Both achieved perfect 4.0 grade-point averages at Hollidaysburg ...

PSFCA players highly regarded

The Big 33 Football Classic annually showcases some of Pennsylvania and Maryland’s top high school football talent. But the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game isn’t far behind. In fact, Hollidaysburg Area High School football coach Homer ...

College signing

Shane McMurray: Thiel football High School: Glendale Hometown: Coalport Sport: Football Position: Running back College Choice: Thiel Other Colleges considered: IUP and Millersville Why I picked Thiel: “It’s a great school.” Greatest School Achievement: Leadership Award in ...

PC graduate hired as new head coach

From Mirror reports Nick Felus came home three years ago, returning to an area where he grew up to coach high school football in Blair County. Now, the Cambria County native is really coming home, this time to Penn Cambria High School, his alma mater. Felus was hired Tuesday night by the ...

Trexler hopes to get Vikings on right track

From Mirror reports Glendale High School has won just 11 varsity football games over the last six seasons, and the program’s new coach is hoping to right the Vikings’ ship. Altoona native Dave “Spank’’ Trexler was hired by the Glendale School Board on Tuesday night and will ...

Thomas gets shot as Bearcats coach

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com Shane Thomas has wanted to be a high school head football coach since his scholastic days ended at Southern Huntingdon in the fall of 2006. After Monday night’s schoolboard meeting at Huntingdon Area High School, he can now cross it off his bucket ...

Dream job: Nedimyer Jr. lands spot at alma mater Altoona

Vince Nedimyer Jr. clutched an Altoona polo shirt in his hand and struggled to keep his emotions in check as he addressed the Altoona Area School District’s Board of Directors and a small gathering in the William P. Kimmel Board Room Monday night. According to the son of former AAHS head ...

AAHS appears set to vote on hiring coach

Altoona Area High School could have its next head football coach by the end of tonight — and it might be a familiar name. The Altoona School Board is meeting at 7 p.m. with the hiring of a varsity head football coaching position expected to be on the agenda. The board will have the final ...

Juniata Valley coach ‘made everyone happy’

In the tense moments of Juniata Valley’s 9-3 victory over Bishop Guilfoyle in the District 6, Class 1A semifinals at Mansion Park in November, Green Hornets assistant coach Jimbob Johnson brought some needed levity to the sidelines. “Toward the middle of the fourth quarter, there was a ...

Penn Cambria postion already posted

From Mirror reports Penn Cambria has been planning for John Franco’s departure for the past week. According to the school’s superintendent, William Marshall, the position of head football coach was posted on Feb. 5 internally, but Penn Cambria has yet to recieve any internal ...

Franco returns as Tyrone’s head coach

The Tyrone Area School Board approved John Franco as the school’s newest football coach Tuesday night in a 9-0 unanimous vote. The hiring culminated a cat-and-mouse game between the school and Franco since he left Tyrone in 2012 following the 2011 football season in which the Golden Eagles ...

Flying above Altoona, football openings

Longtime followers of this column realize I’ve been fortunate to have access to the Mirror helicopter to assist in the most important of stories. Like when Altoona Area High School is searching — OK, again searching — for a new head football coach. Oh, there have been some other ...

Hill, McGhee selected for Big 33 Game

Altoona senior defensive lineman Gaige Hill and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic punter and kicker Kolton McGhee were selected on Thursday to play in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s Big 33 Game on May 27 at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field. The annual game, in its 62nd ...

Franco applies for job at Tyrone

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Wednesday was the last day resumes were accepted in Tyrone for the school’s head football coaching vacancy, and at least one of the applicants is a familiar one. John Franco, who went 190-37 in 18 years at Tyrone and led the Golden Eagles to ...

Lightner wants Everett to win consistently

Dave Lightner has worked on the staff of some area coaching legends in Bishop Carroll’s Craig Sponsky and Central’s Dave Baker and is looking forward to getting the chance to form his own staff. Lightner is the new head football coach at Everett Area High School, taking over for the ...

Tyrone looking for new head coach

TYRONE — Jason Wilson’s five-year tenure as the head coach of the Tyrone Area High School football team has come to an end. The school board voted 7-1 to open the varsity football coach position for the 2019 season. “I do not plan to reapply, and I’m not sure right now if I would ...

Blue Pirates tab Hileman as coach

Williamsburg High School has a new football coach, and he’s someone with ties to the local area. Ryan Hileman, who coached the Blue Pirates’ junior high team last season, was hired Tuesday night by the Williamsburg School Board to replace Bob Hearn, who had stepped down at the end of the ...

Hearn leaves coaching with good memories

WILLIAMSBURG — Saying it was a “tough decision,” but also a decision he felt he had to make, Williamsburg football coach Bob Hearn has stepped down after 10 seasons running the Blue Pirates’ program. Hearn, who will remain as the school’s athletic director, turned in his letter of ...