Scholastic Sports

BEA has too much offense for Ridge

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — It’s been said often, and it’s probably true, that pitching and defense wins championships in baseball and softball. But putting together a potent batting attack like the one that the Bald Eagle Area High School softball team ...

Softball games postponed

Two more District 6 softball championship games were postponed Thursday. That means there will be four titles on the line today in Cambria County on what is forecasted to be a rain-free day. Glendale and Claysburg-Kimmel will meet in the Class 1A title game for the third year in a row at ...

Welcome to the club

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School athletic teams and championship hardware go hand in hand. When it comes to district and state sports titles, BG has more than its share of banners, plaques and trophies on display at the Pleasant Valley school. Another was added Wednesday morning. And, ...

Bedford going back to states

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With confidence in his starting pitcher and some sage advice for his hitters, Bedford Bisons coach Adam Arnold got just about everything he wanted from Wednesday’s District 5/9 Class 3A Sub-Regional finals matchup with Brookville. The most important result was the 6-3 win ...

Trojans edge P-O in pitchers’ duel

For senior right-handed pitcher Dylan Gearhart and the rest of the Mount Union High School baseball team, Tuesday afternoon’s District 6 Class 3A championship win was more than just a single victory. It was the completion of a mission, and the fulfillment of a dream. “Nobody worked ...

BG re-scheduled for this morning

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s District 6 Class 2A baseball championship game against top-seeded West Shamokin was postponed Tuesday. The game is scheduled to be made up this morning at PNG Field at 10 a.m., but the importance of getting the game in as quickly as possible is significant as the ...

College signing: Owen Kravetz: Chatham baseball

Name: Owen Kravetz High school: Altoona Area Hometown: Altoona Sport: Baseball Position: Outfielder College choice: Chatham Other colleges considered: Kings College, Arcadia University Why I picked Chatham: “I loved the campus, and I felt that it was a perfect fit for academics ...

Local volleyball players honored

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Altoona Area had multiple players named to the 2019 Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-District Team. In Class 3A, Altoona was represented by senior outside hitter Dalton Keller and senior middle blocker Andrew Cassidy. BG had three players named ...

Cavender shows off power

Name: Harleigh Cavender School: Claysburg-Kimmel Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Cavender went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in a 6-4 victory over Williamsburg in the District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals. She then went 3-for-4 ...

Lewis displays versatility

Name: Austin Lewis School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Lewis fired a one-hitter with six strikeouts in a 2-0 victory over Claysburg-Kimmel in the District 6 Class 2A quarterfinals and also went 2-for-3 with an ...

Pa. prevails in Big 33

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania won the Big 33 Game over Maryland, 21-0, on Monday at Central Dauphin High School’s Landis Field. Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Kolton McGhee was 2-for-2 on extra points for Pennsylvania, and he also punted twice for a 42.5-yard average. Altoona Area’s Gaige ...

Claysburg, Glendale highlight ICC softball team

LOYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel and Glendale, which will play for the District 6 Class 1A championship on Thursday, placed a combined nine team members on the 2019 Inter-County Conference North All-Star Team. Claysburg was represented by infielders Emily Claar and Haileigh Reed, outfielder ...

Mirror track honor roll

FINAL BOYS 100 dash: C. Adams, A, 10.84; Howe, Ho, 11.01; Sipes, TM, 11.24; Lawhead, A, 11.27; Rhodes, TM, 11.29 200 dash: Lawhead, A, 22.88; VonColln, A, 22.89; C. Adams, A, 23.01; Liebal, C, 23.13; Wolfe, BA, 23.20 400 dash: Howe, Ho, 50.62; VonColln, A, 50.84; Maxwell, E, 51.16; ...

BC’s Murphy wins state triple jump title in final meet

SHIPPENSBURG — Maddie Murphy didn’t have a push to edge someone at the finish line. She didn’t make a remarkable throw to clinch a title, and she didn’t have a final jump that won a competition. But that didn’t mean Murphy’s gold-medal performance in the Class 2A girls triple jump ...

Altoona relay gets sixth

SHIPPENSBURG — Altoona’s sixth-place finish Saturday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships in the finals of the Class 3A boys 400-meter relay was the prize. Advancing to those finals through the preliminary race Friday was the challenge. “We’ve come up short in that ...

Local football players excited for ‘Big’ opportunity

Two area graduating senior football players, Altoona Area High School defensive tackle Gaige Hill and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School placekicker-punter Kolton McGhee, will be concluding their high school careers on the biggest stage of them all on Memorial Day. Hill and McGhee will be ...

Talko takes fourth

HERSHEY — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School senior Ryne Talko completed his scholastic tennis career with a fourth-place finish in the state. Talko lost both of his matches on Saturday in the PIAA Class 2A Singles Tennis Championships at Hershey Racquet Club and finished fourth overall. ...

Ratchford, Janosik claim bronze in jumps

SHIPPENSBURG — Caroline Ratchford came into the high jump with the weight of it being her last high school track and field event but with the poise of a senior. The result was a bronze medal and a personal best clearance of 5 feet, 5 inches Friday in the PIAA Track and Field Championships ...

B-A’s Hayes entering PSFCA Hall

John Hayes was offered induction to the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame a couple of times over the years, but he politely declined, preferring to make it a career-ending honor. That honor will come Sunday in Harrisburg with Hayes’ enshrinement. Hayes, the ...

Ridge’s Knisely earns silver in 2A discus

SHIPPENSBURG — Chestnut Ridge’s Duane Knisely had the best performance of any athlete in the Mirror’s coverage area Friday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Seth Grove Stadium. Yet, Knisely was also the one most determined to better his effort in the future. “I’m still ...