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Scholastic Sports

Campbell sets Blair record

CLAYSBURG — Alli Campbell tied the all-time Blair County scoring record for any basketball player, boys or girls, with a 3-pointer in Tuesday night’s game at Claysburg-Kimmel. Moments later, the Bellwood-Antis senior broke the record — previously held by former teammate Karson Swogger — ...

Bellwood-Antis star maintains humility

CLAYSBURG — When Tuesday’s game at Claysburg-Kimmel was briefly stopped to honor Alli Campbell’s Blair County scoring record-breaking basket, it may have been the only moment Campbell felt out of place during the game. She was trying to get back on defense. Suddenly, teammates were ...

Mtn. Lions feel at home in win

The Altoona Area High School wrestlers made their first home appearance of the season Tuesday and cruised past a depleted Hollidaysburg squad, 62-15, at the AAHS Fieldhouse. Coach Joel Gilbert’s Mountain Lions needed only 50 minutes to dispatch the Golden Tigers. “It’s nice to come ...

Tyrone rallies in 2nd half before losing in OT

JOHNSTOWN — Tyrone overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to tie the game going into the fourth quarter, then a six-point deficit in the final minute to force overtime. However, the Golden Eagles could not overcome foul trouble. Without Damon Gripp and Brandon Lucas, who fouled out in ...

Tussey edges out Blue Devils

SAXTON — Brendan Wright’s major decision at 138, coupled with Nick Brumbaugh’s pin at 145 was enough to lift Tussey Mountain to a 37-35 win over Bellwood-Antis Tuesday night in high school wrestling action. Down 37-25, the Blue Devils got a major decision from Aiden Taylor at 152 and a ...

Eagles’ Ramsey part of strong defensive effort

MARTINSBURG — Stephanie Ramsey might as well have been playing with her hair on fire. It’s the only way to properly explain how she was able to contort her 5-foot-4 frame in order to cause disruption at the top of the key for Tyrone all game long. Along with Ramsey, the rest of the ...

Balanced attack key for Lady Pirates

WILLIAMSBURG — Jayla Woodruff led a balanced attack with 16 points in Williamsburg’s 68-31 win over West Branch Tuesday night in girls high school basketball action. Kendel Norris added 12 points to go with 11 each from Madison Bem and Jade Carper for the Lady Pirates, who improved to ...

Athlete of Week: Versatile Charles ‘special player’

Name: P.J. Charles School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Charles scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Mountain Lions’ 53-48 victory over county rival Hollidaysburg. Season update: ...

Athlete of Week: Smith a ‘dream’ player to coach

Name: Halee Smith School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Smith had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in a blowout win over West Branch, and she had 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds in a ...

Sluggish start dooms Altoona

The Altoona Lady Lions couldn’t seem to find any semblance of an offensive rhythm in the first half Monday night. And the Cumberland Valley Lady Eagles had an answer for every one of Altoona’s second-half rallies to squash any hopes of a comeback. In a battle of two of the top-tier ...

New H.S. tourney entrants rule a good thing for wrestling

At a time when there is a proposal to cut the number of weight classes in wrestling from 14 to 12, it’s good to see some tournaments are doing things to help wrestlers stay interested in the sport. Tournaments like the Panther Holiday Classic, Eastern Area Invitational, King of the Mountain ...

Szapala sparks CC to victory

BEDFORD — Led by Kiersten Szapala’s 17 points, Central Cambria pulled away from Bedford with a 21-point third quarter in a 56-38 win over Bedford in girls high school basketball action Monday night. Cassidy Bezek (12 points) and Liz Bopp (10 points) were both in double figures for the ...

Golden Tigers’ press gives Dragons fits

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Basketball at any level is a game of runs, and Hollidaysburg made three big ones Monday night. The Golden Tigers used a full-court press to force 14 Central turnovers by the middle of the third quarter, and Hollidaysburg parlayed the defensive heat into a bevy of 3-pointers ...

H.S. wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Calan Bollman Chestnut Ridge Fr 12-3 2. Korry Walls Tyrone Fr 10-4 3. Landon Dunsmore Huntingdon Fr 14-7 4. Reyan Imler Northern Bedford So 11-5 5. Jaxon Matthews Central So 7-6 Ones to watch: Dustin Hockenberry, Glen; Nathan Rabenstein, B-A, Mike Lazor, TM 113 ...

Bellwood-Antis, Bedford both turn it up a notch on offense

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis came back after a rough start to outscore Claysburg-Kimmel 28-8 in the second quarter en route to an 80-63 win on Monday night in boys high school basketball action. Zach Mallon’s 22 points was tops for the Blue Devils. Trenton Pellegrino added 17 points while ...

High school blowouts can be awkward both ways

BELLWOOD — Friday night was a special one for Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney, who won his 500th game as a head coach. But as happy and emotional as he was after the game, he likely felt somewhat awkward during it. His Lady Blue Devils overwhelmed a rebuilding Moshannon Valley team that ...

Smith has big second half for Valley

Juniata Valley is a senior-laden, battle-tested team that has made regular runs deep into the PIAA state girls basketball playoffs. And none of the Lady Hornets’ players is more accustomed to high-pressure environments than senior forward Halee Smith, a Division I signee bound for ...

Lady Tigers pound Obama

HOLLIDAYSBURG — If there were any doubts that the Hollidaysburg girls basketball team was determined to bounce back from Thursday’s loss to Altoona, those went away pretty quickly Saturday evening. “(Friday) and even (Saturday) morning we got into the gym and these kids got after it,” ...