Football

Boot camp comes to Cresson

CRESSON — Conditioning for the upcoming season came with an added twist on Thursday for the Penn Cambria football team. Instead of the usual endurance and strength training the team has been used to, members of the Panthers team were trained by a pair of former United States ...

Superintendents enter public-private debate

Superintendents from across the state, including some in District 6, are joining the fray in the debate about the separation of public and private school playoffs. “We got to where we’re meeting to talk, because we have to do what’s best for our students,” Portage Superintendent Eric ...

North holds on for Lezzer win

The North All-Star team had come up empty on four scoring chances inside the South team’s 15-yard line in the 34th annual Central Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association’s Lezzer Lumber Classic and trailed 6-0 at halftime Friday night at Mansion Park. But Bellefonte’s Shannon Manning, ...

One last hurrah: Trio set for final football game

All-star high school football games in the summer provide a chance for some players to get on the gridiron one more time. For others, it will be one final time. “It’s a good experience for the players,’’ said Huntingdon coach Mike Hudy, who is serving as the head coach of the South ...

Area coaches prefer split playoffs

A legislative committee that oversees the PIAA will have a public hearing next week during which the idea of separate championships for public and private schools will be discussed. An anonymous poll conducted by the Mirror sent out to 136 of the region’s public school head football, boys ...

Hilling breaks record

HARRISBURG — Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate Vlad Hilling notched his name in the Big 33 Football Classic record books on Saturday night. Hilling booted a game-record 56-yard field goal, but the Pennsylvania all-stars lost to the Maryland all-stars, 9-6, at Central Dauphin High ...

Fourth-quarter rally lifts North in Lantzy game

JOHNSTOWN — The South squad led by a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 48th annual Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic, but in a contest usually highlighted by big-play offense, special teams and defense turned the tide in the final period for the North in a 17-14 comeback ...

Lovrich gets B-A coaching top spot

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Just hours after officially being named the Bellwood-Antis football coach Tuesday, Nick Lovrich was already looking forward to his debut in August when the Blue Devils travel to Tyrone. “Being a Bellwood alum, coaching and playing against ...

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 ...