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Softball

‘Payne’ful farewell: Successful B-A coach steps down after 13 years

Bellwood-Antis softball coach Jim Payne announced his resignation from the program he led for the past 13 years over the weekend. Payne engineered one of the more impressive turnarounds in the area softball scene during his time coaching the Lady Blue Devils. “Jim did an amazing job in ...

Taking the high road: CHS star won’t let virus bring her down

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. Senior Tori Longenecker has enjoyed an exemplary academic and athletic career at Central High School. While compiling a 97 average in her ...

Molliver ready to embrace life as a Marine

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. Trinity Molliver went into her senior softball season this spring at Hollidaysburg with her eye on a successful campaign, a winning season, ...

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 ...

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,’’ ...

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 ...

Area high school softball capsules

Editor’s note: The fate of the spring scholastic sports season is very much in doubt due to the coronavirus. The Mirror is publishing the preview capsules to at least recognize the athletes who are part of the various teams throughout the region: Altoona Coach: John Benson, third ...

District 6 stars swept by D4

UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite District 4 beating District 6 in both five-inning games in the District 6 Hall of Fame Game, 11-2 and 2-0, the District 6 players had a good time. The annual contest at Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on a warm Wednesday night was the last ...

2019 Mirror softball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Harleigh Cavender C So. Claysburg-Kimmel Notable: Hit .514, scored 39 runs with 49 RBIs and eight home runs. PSBCA, ICC All-Star. Kaitlyn Brunelli 1B Sr. Bedford Notable: Hit .636, scored 32 runs with 23 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits. LHAC All-Conference, playing at ...

Highly successful P-O coach stepping down

Jim Gonder turned the Philipsburg-Osceola softball program into a state power over his 37 years as head coach. Now the program will be looking to someone else to lead it. Gonder, who went 682-151 and won three state titles over his career at his alma mater, announced on Twitter on Tuesday ...

Two District 6 champions will play for a state title

A pair of District 6 champions are headed to state championship games. Mount Union got a two-out, two-run double from Quinnten Fultz in the fourth inning to break a one-all tie with District 10 champion Franklin, and the Trojans held on, 3-1, to clinch a spot in the PIAA Class 3A championship ...

Lady Bulldogs drop thriller in ninth

CRESSON — The Claysburg-Kimmel High School softball team’s solid 20-win season ended in heartbreak early Thursday evening at the Mount Aloysius College softball field. The Lady Bulldogs built a 5-2 lead in a PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal game against unbeaten DuBois Central Catholic on a ...

Glendale falls on tough call

EVERETT — For a moment in the top of the eighth inning, Glendale thought it was out of a jam with the third out. However, the foul ball call quickly came — negating the out at first — and Millersburg had another chance. With the game knotted, the Lady Indians took advantage of the ...

Glendale, Claysburg stay close

Claysburg-Kimmel and Glendale both will stay in the Mirror’s coverage area as they move into the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 1A softball playoffs. The District 6 champion Lady Bulldogs will take on District 9 champion DuBois Central Catholic very close to home at Mount Aloysius at ...

Lady Bulldogs knock off Union

UNIVERSITY PARK — Having won five District 6 titles in the last 11 years, Claysburg-Kimmel is used to playing at Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park. The Lady Bulldogs certainly looked at home on a sunny Monday evening at Penn State in the first round of the Class A ...

Campbell delivers for Glendale

SOMERSET — The Glendale softball team didn’t have time to soak in the atmosphere of its 2019 PIAA Class 1A opener against Shanksville-Stonycreek Monday at Somerset Area Junior High School. That’s because in the blink of an eye, Glendale was down, 3-0, after the bottom of the ...

Lady Lions’ seventh-inning rally falls short

DUBOIS — Chestnut Ridge rallied from a four run deficit to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday afternoon at Heindl Memorial Field in DuBois, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Clearfield, 4-3, in first round action of the PIAA Class 3A state softball playoffs. ...

Been there, done that

LORETTO — Claysburg-Kimmel and Glendale have owned the District 6 Class 1A bracket the past three seasons and met once again in the championship game at Saint Francis University. The teams both play in the Inter-County Conference, had split the last two district titles and both beat the ...

Lady Eagles no-hit in title game

CRESSON — Trailing Bellefonte 1-0 in the fourth inning of the District 6 4A championship game, Tyrone’s Maci Brodzina rounded third and was all set to race home with the tying run. That was because Ally Jones hit a ground ball that headed for left field. Bellefonte’s Emma DeHaas was ...

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 ...