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Michael Boytim

Postseason football runs harder in ’22

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Area high school football fans have grown accustomed to deep PIAA playoff runs for at least one or two teams each season lately, but that will be more of a challenge this season. While the winner of the District 6 Class 3A crown will have a ...

Annual ‘Blitz’ hits 10th season

JOHNSTOWN — Veteran Central coach Dave Baker shared a laugh with one of his fellow coaches Wednesday at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference media day. Upon further prodding, Baker mentioned he was laughing about being contacted in February by the Mirror to discuss the 2022 high school ...

PIAA looking at shakeup

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com The PIAA held its summer meeting last week and plenty of news came out of it, but most of it is all unofficial for now, because a motion takes three readings and approvals to be accepted and each of the major topics are through just one accepted ...

Hoenstine family savors special day

UNIVERSITY PARK — Central baseball had some history when A.J. Hoenstine took over as head coach 15 years ago, but most of that was centered around a run to the PIAA Class 3A championship game in 1984 that the Scarlet Dragons lost to Chambersburg, 3-1. Since Hoenstine has taken over, ...

Masters visit like opening a time capsule

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters is a tradition like none other, especially in 2022. The famous tagline for golf’s most prestigious event becomes more applicable with each passing year as the world outside of Augusta National continues to change through advanced technology. Through ...

Miller’s record part of feel-good night

CRESSON — The seniors who played in Friday night’s Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic spent the majority of their varsity careers under some kind of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They missed out on games, played in empty gyms and some even missed the chance to win state ...