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Scholastic Sports

Debate continues over start of football

The PIAA met for nearly five hours Wednesday, but the most passionate discussion came in the final hour when the status of the upcoming high school football season was mentioned. With many counties moving into the yellow stage of reopening from the corona-virus pandemic and some hoping for a ...

Like father, like son: McCalls make it work at Williamsburg

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As long as there’s been the game of baseball, you’ve always had a guy somewhere in America coaching his kid in a youth ...

Curtis stepping down as head coach from Philipsburg

Matthew Curtis, who led the Philipsburg-Osceola boys basketball team to a playoff appearance and a 10-13 record last season, has resigned from his coaching position. Curtis entered this past season with a career record of 15-95 in five years, but the Mounties made significant improvement ...

Altoona’s DeRubeis follows his passion

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patience is a virtue when it comes to dealing with love. Altoona Area High School senior Joe DeRubeis identified his true love ...

College signing: Michael Montecalvo: Juniata basketball

Name: Michael Montecalvo High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Duncansville Sport: Basketball Position: Shooting guard College choice: Juniata Other colleges considered: Kings College, Drew University Why I picked Juniata: “I picked Juniata because of the great ...

College signing: Kyle Ruggery: Juniata basketball

Name: Kyle Ruggery High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Duncansville Sport: Basketball Position: Point guard College choice: Juniata Other colleges considered: Washington & Jefferson, Seton Hill Why I picked Juniata: “I picked Juniata for the great education, as ...

College signing: Keegan Raabe: Waynesburg football

Name: Keegan Raabe High school: Tyrone Area Hometown: Warriors Mark Sport: Football Position: Kicker College choice: Waynesburg University Other colleges considered: Penn State Altoona Why I picked Waynesburg: “Because their sports communications program is one of the best in ...

Johnson picked as Miss PA Basketball

Neumann Goretti senior Diamond Johnson was named Miss PA Basketball Sunday afternoon, edging out local finalists Alli Campbell of Bellwood-Antis and Maya Bokunewicz of State College. Campbell was vying to become just the second girl in the award’s history to repeat after winning it in 2019. ...

Last chance: Nominations sought for Mirror honors

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be announced in June. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly Award, which recognizes the area high school athlete who has ...

NC star won’t forget about softball career

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northern Cambria made the most of its third trip to the District 6 softball semifinals last year when it rallied from six ...

College signing

Nate Bettwy: Saint Vincent football Name: Nate Bettwy High school: Hollidaysburg Hometown: Duncansville Sport: Football Position: Fullback College choice: Saint Vincent College Other colleges considered: Westminster College Why I picked Saint Vincent: “The opportunity to play ...

Lasting impression: Lehner, Tyrone left with only what ifs

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tyrone Area High School baseball team won its first Mountain League title in nearly 30 years and earned the top seed in ...

Extra work makes Malay stand out

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of all 2020 PIAA spring sports, Central Cambria High School ...

Bellwood-Antis wins its appeal with PIAA

Bellwood-Antis won its appeal to the PIAA on Monday that contested the school’s girls basketball team being moved from Class 2A to Class 3A due to the competitive-balance rule. Teams who have accumulated six success points based off the past two seasons (2018-2019, 2019-2020) and have at ...

Leaping forward: Altoona’s Beck expanding his skill set

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Beck’s love for track and field grew each year through junior high and high school. It grew so much, he started ...

Leaving her mark: B-A benefits from Schmidt’s arrival from Florida

When Haley Schmidt moved to Bellwood from Florida as a high school freshman in the fall of 2016 and decided to join the Lady Blue Devils’ softball team the following spring, she was an unknown commodity. “We had no idea who she was or what she was going to bring to the table for us,’’ ...

BG, B-A on PIAA list to move up in class

On Tuesday, the PIAA announced that 15 of its high school basketball teams would be forced to move up in classification next season due to its new competitive-balance rule. Two local teams, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys and the Bellwood-Antis girls, were among those listed. For the ...

BG’s Reighard plays with no regrets

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though Tommy Williams only coached him one season on the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic baseball team, he knew he had a star in junior Gaige ...

CC sprinter Gauden well-versed in different subjects

Senior salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet Matt Gauden — Central Cambria High School senior, golfer, track star, straight-A student. And film buff. “I really ...

The Bryce is right: Leadership a big part of Helmer’s makeup

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HOLLIDAYSBURG — According to Hollidaysburg Area High School baseball coach Jon Szynal, Golden Tigers senior left-handed ...