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PIAA Class 3A state wrestling picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Jacob VanDee, Cathedral Prep vs. Tyler Kasak, Bethlehem Catholic. Champion: Kasak. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could get shot at Kasak in the quarterfinals. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional vs. Ben Monn, Cumberland Valley. Champion: ...

B-A’s Campbell driven to achieve greatness

BELLWOOD — The vast majority of people in attendance at the Giant Center in Hershey two years ago didn’t even look up from their programs when Alli Campbell’s name was announced as a starting sophomore for Bellwood-Antis in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game. Campbell didn’t ...

McMillen ready to defend title

If three area wrestlers perform up to their seeds at the PIAA Championships, they will be bringing home gold medals from Hershey. Glendale returning state champion Brock McMillen (32-3) is the top seed at 132 pounds, while Chestnut Ridge freshman Calan Bollman (37-3) and Bedford senior Kaden ...

PIAA Class 2A state wrestling picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Calan Bollman, Chestnut Ridge vs. Coen Bainey, Bald Eagle Area. Champion: Bollman. Comment: This would make for an interesting championship finals bout. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Gary Steen, Reynolds vs. Joey Fischer, South Park. Champion: Steen. Comment: Tyrone’s Hunter ...

College signings

Kylie Metzger: Lock Haven basketball Name: Kylie Metzger High school: Central Hometown: Roaring Spring Sport: Basketball Position: Center College choice: Lock Haven Other colleges considered: Frostburg State, Mansfield, Seton Hill, Juniata Why I picked Lock Haven: “I absolutely loved ...

College signing

Sydnie Reese: Point Park softball Name: Sydnie Reese High school: Penn Cambria Hometown: Cresson Sport: Softball Position: Shortstop College choice: Point Park University Other colleges considered: IUP, Cal. Pa., Juniata, Clarion, Penn State Altoona Why I picked Point Park ...

Altoona, BG, Portage open states at Mount

The Altoona girls, Bishop Guilfoyle boys and girls and the Portage girls all will return to the scene of their district triumphs when the PIAA basketball playoffs begin this weekend. Those four teams all won District 6 championships at Mount Aloysius College, and now they all will host ...

Unstoppable: Altoona’s Sarbo captures third straight regional crown

Some of the 2010 movie “Unstoppable” — a story about a runaway freight train starring Denzel Washington — was filmed in Tyrone. Another unstoppable story has been playing out at the AAHS Field over the last weeks. The lead character has been Altoona’s Matt Sarbo. The junior ...

Buckley leads Bearcat contingent heading to states

UNIVERSITY PARK — Huntingdon’s Nick Buckley and Colby Grubb are going back to states and they’re taking a few friends with them this time. The Bearcat swimmers had a solid two-day showing Friday and Saturday at the District 6 Class 2A Swimming and Diving Championships at Penn State ...

Offfensive struggles end season for Chestnut Ridge

CLEARFIELD — From the opening tip until the final horn, Chestnut Ridge found itself fighting an uphill battle all afternoon. With few buckets finding their way through the rim, and an early deficit, the Lions couldn’t keep up, and closed out the season with a 46-32 loss to Brookville in ...

Titans quickly put title setback behind them

JOHNSTOWN — The tears that often accompany a district championship game loss were absent for the Tussey Mountain girls basketball team Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center. That’s most likely because the Lady Titans are hoping for another shot at new ...

AAHS gets Mid-Penn star status

HARRISBURG — Altoona Area High School seniors P.J. Charles and Caranda Perea landed spots on the Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division first-team all-stars. Charles was joined on the boys first team by Harrisburg’s Davon Lee, Central Dauphin’s Ryan Smith and Rance Russo, and ...

Oh, what a feeling! Heights girls enjoy long-awaited title

CRESSON — It’s been 36 years since Cambria Heights last won a District 6 girls basketball championship. Nobody could blame the Lady Highlanders’ coaches or players for taking a little time to savor its sweetness Friday night. Heights shook off a 20-9 early second-quarter deficit with ...

Maxwell erupts for 41 as Everett claims crown

JOHNSTOWN — The ability to handle and deal out pressure can decide a basketball game. That’s one of the things that makes Kaitlyn Maxwell so valuable to Everett. The star senior scored 41 points, had seven steals, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Lady Warriors to a 65-45 ...

Inspired Finnegan rolls into semis

Altoona 126-pounder junior Damion Finnegan, like many in the school district, had a tough week after learning his friend and 15-year-old teammate Devon Pfirsching was killed in a shooting just before midnight on Tuesday. Finnegan was feeling a little bit better on Friday night at the AAHS ...

Hollidaysburg’s McKeirnan swims to district gold

UNIVERSITY PARK — Hollidaysburg Area High School senior Conor McKeirnan earned a repeat in the 100-yard butterfly in the District 6 Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday at Penn State University. McKeirnan swam 52.01 seconds in the 100 butterfly to win the event for the second straight ...

Max effort: Everett senior’s success goes beyond court

JOHNSTOWN — In a world where many star athletes play their sport year-round, Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell recently broke the all-time Everett basketball scoring record and went over 2,000 points for her career while playing two other sports and participating in band. “She’s been injury ...

Seniors help Panthers grab third seed

SIDMAN — Depth and senior leadership swung the tide in favor of Penn Cambria Friday night at Forest Hills Senior High School. The Lady Panthers exploded for 22 points in the second quarter in a 65-55 win over United in the District 6 Class 3A consolation game. Both teams had already ...

Basketball preview capsules

District 5-9 Class 3A boys final Teams: Chestnut Ridge Lions (13-10) vs. Brookville Raiders (16-7) Site, time: Clearfield Area High School, 3 p.m., today The coaches: Chestnut Ridge — Matthew Claar (18-27, two years). Brookville — Dalton Park (46-26, three years) Playoff path: ...

BG girls cap off wild ride with district title

CRESSON — With plenty of talented underclassmen and a program on the rise, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic looked like it was a year away from being at the center of area girls basketball again. Two seniors made sure that future started now Thursday night at Mount Aloysius College in a 52-49 ...