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NFL linebacker Stupar set to speak at NFF banquet

STATE COLLEGE — The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, has selected former Penn State linebacker and seven-year NFL veteran Nate Stupar as guest speaker for its 23rd annual scholar-athlete awards dinner. The dinner will be held on Sunday, ...

Altoona’s Port enjoys memorable day

Wednesday was a day Adam Port will remember for a long time. The Altoona Area High School senior signed a national letter of intent to play college football at Lafayette College and then received the Joe F. Cohen Blanket Award as the Mountain Lions’ most valuable football player during a ...

Fatula new BC coach

The Bishop Carroll football team has found its new leader. The school announced Tuesday that Robert “Bubba” Fatula will be the new head football coach after former coach Sean Billings stepped down from the position in late October 2019. Fatula was previously the offensive coordinator at ...

New coach has plenty of Mustang experience

Marty Slanoc, a former star football player at Portage Area High School, was named the program’s newest head football coach at a board meeting on Wednesday. Slanoc called the position, “an ideal coaching condition.” He will take over for Gary Gouse, who retired after 29 seasons as the ...

Five BG players honored by PaFootballNews.com

Five Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic players were named to the Class 1A PaFootballNews.com Coaches Select All-State first team on Thursday. Keegan Myrick (slot/h-back), Brady Bithell (OT), Cameron Maloney (DT), Andrew Yanoshak (DE) and Zach McCloskey (LB) were selected to the first team. Jack ...

Ridge pair named all-state by writers

Bellwood DL Pellegrine also earns state honor Three more players from the Mirror’s core coverage area earned all-state status Saturday after being named to the Class 2A 2019 Pa. Football Writers’ All-State Team. Chestnut Ridge had two selections in junior quarterback Logan Pfister and ...

Nine local players named to Writers’ all-state team

Nine players from the Mirror’s coverage area were named to the 2019 Pa. Football Writers’ Class 1A All-State Team Friday afternoon. Four of those players — Keegan Myrick (DB), Brady Bithell (OL), Andrew Yanoshak (DL) and Zach McCloskey (LB) — are from PIAA Class 1A runner-up Bishop ...

Mirror Football All-Stars: Do-it-all Myrick leads Guilfoyle

Keegan Myrick wasn’t always available for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic this past high school football season, but when he was anywhere close to 100 percent, he was often the best player on the field. The standout junior running back and defensive back led the Marauders to the PIAA Class 1A ...

Coach of the Year: Wheeler keeps BG among elite

Three weeks after leading Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic to its fourth appearance in the PIAA Class 1A championship game, Justin Wheeler has been named the Altoona Mirror Coach of the Year. Wheeler’s team went 8-2 in the regular season and earned the top seed in the District 6 playoffs with the ...

Tigers finish strong

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Beating a solid PIAA Class 6A opponent this early in the seasonprovides a feather in the cap for the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers basketball program. Hollidaysburg enjoyed such a victory Wednesday night at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School gymnasium, clamping down on ...

Hilton’s field goal wins it for Farrell

HERSHEY — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic came away a foot or two short of a PIAA Class 1A state championship a couple of times Thursday in a 10-7 loss to Farrell at Hersheypark Stadium. Brian Hilton Jr.’s 22-yard field goal, that was just long enough, lifted the Steelers to a victory, but it ...

Blocked punt shows BG’s fight

HERSHEY — In a PIAA Class 1A state football championship game in which its offense had been manacled for more than three quarters and time was winding down, it was a single play on Thursday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium that exemplified the fight and spirit that the Bishop Guilfoyle ...

Wind causes issues for both teams in final

HERSHEY — Wind played a major factor in Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s 10-7 overtime loss to Farrell Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium. Brian Hilton Jr.’s game-winning 22-yard field goal was nearly short after the wind blew it backward toward the end zone, but it cleared the crossbar by ...

Field goal somewhat surprising for Farrell

HERSHEY — Farrell’s Brian Hilton Jr. was not having the best experience during the PIAA Class 1A championship Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium. Early in the fourth quarter, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Cameron Maloney blocked his punt to set up a Marauders touchdown that tied the game. ...

Cupboard won’t be bare in 2020 for BG

HERSHEY — Thursday’s overtime loss to Farrell in the PIAA Class 1A state championship game was painful for all of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders football players and coaches, and devastating for some. But the silver lining for the Marauders is that they are a ...

Trip down memory lane: Wheeler wants BG to savor trek to Hershey

The matchup Who: District 10 champ Farrell (13-2) vs. District 6 champ Bishop Guilfoyle (12-2) Where: Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey When: Thursday, 1 p.m. Coaches: Farrell—Anthony Pegues (13-2, first year); Bishop Guilfoyle—Justin Wheeler (99-21, ninth year) TV: PCN and ...

Gouse retiring from Portage

From Mirror reports Gary Gouse, who has spent nearly three decades patrolling the sidelines as the head football coach at Portage, resigned his position at Wednesday night’s Portage school board meeting at the Portage Elementary School library. According to the press release sent out by ...

Toein’ the line: Guys in the trenches key for BG

Keegan Myrick is 5 yards short of 1,700 yards rushing this season, but the junior running back would be the first one to tell you that it takes more than just his efforts to pile up those kind of numbers. “Usually, I’m not looking until a second later, and (Myrick and Zach McCloskey) are ...

Farrell enjoying tremendous run

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s opponent Thursday in the PIAA Class 1A championship is no stranger to Marauder faithful. Farrell is the defending state champion, and BG actually defeated the Steelers for the 2015 PIAA title, 35-0. More recently, Bishop Guilfoyle edged Farrell, 55-52, in the ...

McCloskey is key for BG

Name: Zach McCloskey School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 16 Grade: Junior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: McCloskey had a key strip of Lackawanna Trail’s Ray Melnikoff to set up the go-ahead field goal and combined with Adrian Johnson to sack Lions quarterback ...