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Scholastic Sports

Everett head coach excited about co-op opportunity

The Everett football program announced Thursday it is entering into a co-op with Southern Fulton, starting with this season. “There were talks between Southern Fulton and our new AD Chris McCahan about this,” Everett high school football coach Dave Lightner said. “Chris approached me ...

Ressler’s hard work on the hardwood gets state recognition

Bedford junior guard Steven Ressler was named to the third team of the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 4A All-State boys basketball squad earlier this morning. “It’s satisfying to me to see all his hard work paid off,” Steven’s father and Bedford coach Jason Ressler said. “He spent ...

Southern’s coach fondly remembered

Longtime Southern Huntingdon girls basketball coach and athletic director Phil Speck died Saturday at the age of 62 after a battle with cancer. “He did things the right way,” Tussey Mountain girls basketball coach Todd Gates said. “That’s why he was so respected. You look at his ...

BG’s Witherspoon named to all-state boys basketball team

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Jessiah Witherspoon was named to the third team of the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 2A All-State boys basketball squad for the second year in a row earlier this morning. “I’m very happy for him,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. “He’s ...

BC’s McDannell earns first-team all-state

Tristan McDannell ended his on-court high school basketball career by making three free throws with 1.6 seconds left and his team down by two points to win a hard-fought PIAA Class 1A second-round game against Shade at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Earlier this morning, he ...

Overcoming adversity drives Glendale softball player

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. Breanna Vereshack remembers it well, and so does her coach, Beth Campbell, who wasn’t even her coach at the time, and her ...

Mirror seeks nominations

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 ...

Campbell best in state for 3rd straight year

Alli Campbell was named the Class 2A Sports Writers Pennsylvania All-State Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the third consecutive season Wednesday afternoon. The Bellwood-Antis senior made an all-state team in all four seasons with the Lady Blue Devils, as she made the second team ...

Perea accomplishes one of her goals of statewide recognition

Altoona senior Caranda Perea was named to the second team of the 2020 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 6A All-State Girls Basketball Team on Monday. Perea will continue her basketball career at Division I George Washington. “To make second-team all-state in the biggest classification in ...

Buckley finds proper perspective on lost title defense

HUNTINGDON — In a sport like swimming, seconds are of the utmost importance when it comes to finishing in second or first place. And yet, does it not seem appropriate that in a matter of seconds, Nick Buckley gained perspective as a high school athlete that it takes some older people much ...

2019-20 Mirror swimming all-stars

BOYS FIRST TEAM Parker Bayard, soph., Hollidaysburg: Mirror honorable mention as a freshman ... Placed first 16 times, second eight times, and third four times ... Placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle at the District 6 Class 3A meet with a time of 23.34 and was fourth in the 100 backstroke ...

Thrice would’ve been nice: Lady Devils happy with legacy but wanted more

This is the sixth in a series of six feature stories on the high school basketball teams from the Mirror’s coverage area that made it to the PIAA quarterfinals but had their seasons ended by the coronavirus pandemic. Alli Campbell, Emilie Leidig and Sakeria Haralson never lost a PIAA ...

Senior moments: BG vets can only play the wonder game

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of six feature stories on the high school basketball teams from the Mirror’s coverage area that made it to the PIAA quarterfinals but had their seasons ended by the coronavirus pandemic. From the moment the final buzzer sounded and Bishop ...

Lessons learned: Losses spark BG girls to success

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of six feature stories on the high school basketball teams from the Mirror’s coverage area that made it to the PIAA quarterfinals but had their seasons ended by the coronavirus pandemic. For much of the season, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic ...

All-star games all canceled

The Coronavirus continues to stockpile postponements and cancellations in the area with high school football all-star games the latest casualties. On Wednesday, the 2020 Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic and the 36th Lezzer Lumber Classic All-Star game were both canceled. Earlier this week, the PA ...

Future so bright: Lady Eagles try to find that silver lining

This the third in a series of six feature stories on the high school basketball teams from the Mirror’s coverage area that made it to the PIAA quarterfinals but had their seasons ended by the coronavirus pandemic. The Tyrone girls basketball team won more state playoff games in 2020 than it ...

Seeing the glass half-full: CH finds positives despite negative ending

This is the second in a series of six feature stories on the high school basketball teams from the Mirror’s coverage area that made it to the PIAA quarterfinals but had their seasons ended by the coronavirus pandemic. The Cambria Heights girls basketball team reached a level never previously ...

Tribute to PIAA quarterfinalists: Seniors add to BC legacy

This is the first in a series of six feature stories on the high school basketball teams from the Mirror’s coverage area that made it to the PIAA quarterfinals but had their seasons ended by the coronavirus pandemic. Tristan McDannell had just saved Bishop Carroll Catholic’s season. The ...

Payne stepping down at Huntingdon after 10 years

Huntingdon boys basketball coach Nick Payne is going out on top. Payne recently announced that he’s stepping away from his coaching duties with the Bearcats following their season-ending loss to Hickory in the second round of the PIAA playoffs. “My kids didn’t know I was done until we ...

College signing: Nolan Burk, IUP basketball

Name: Nolan Burk High school: Bishop Carroll Hometown: Portage Sport: Basketball Position: Center College choice: IUP Other colleges considered: Juniata Why I picked IUP: “I know IUP is built on hard work and commitment. It was something I really wanted to be part ...