Scholastic Sports

Mustangs turn it up a notch in second half

JOHNSTOWN — On a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, Portage turned up the defensive heat in the second half and pulled away from Ferndale to earn a 42-15 victory. The Mustangs (8-1) trailed by nine in the first quarter and faced a 15-14 deficit at the break as Yellow Jacket quarterback Hunter ...

Huskies overpowered

EBENSBURG — Senior night started with excitement and promise for the Bishop Carroll Catholic football team, but Westmont Hilltop quickly extinguished the good mood. The Hilltoppers scored three first quarter touchdowns on their way to a 56-14 mercy-rule victory Saturday night at the Bishop ...

BG passes another test

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football coach Justin Wheeler insists that he and his Marauders don’t look ahead during the season, or circle certain dates on the calendar, or do anything other than focus on one game at a time. Nonetheless, if the truth be told, the ...

Tigers don’t let late start hinder them

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A fiery crash on Route 80 Friday afternoon delayed the arrival of the Central Mountain High School football team by more than an hour, but the waiting game didn’t tax the Golden Tigers’ patience. “Sometimes things don’t go as planned in life,” Hollidaysburg coach ...

Bethel Park overpowers Mtn. Lions

It was another long night for the Altoona Mountain Lions. Bethel Park’s balanced offense rolled up 429 yards and scored in every quarter en route to a 42-3 victory over Altoona in a WPIAL Southeastern Conference game Friday night at Mansion Park. Tanner Volpatti ran for 121 yards and two ...

Bulldogs make enough big plays to beat Titans

By Dan Isenberg sports@altoonamirror.com SAXTON — In a fourth-quarter shootout that saw 58 total points scored, it was Claysburg-Kimmel that came out on top Friday night over Tussey Mountain at Dick L. Hess Stadium, 49-40, in a game the Bulldogs were able to make more plays in the ...

NB defense comes up big

By Brian Cox For the Mirror MOUNT UNION — The final play of the game Friday in Mount Union summed up the entire night pretty accurately. Trailing by eight points with just a single second remaining, a fourth-down pass was deflected over the middle and landed just a hair’s width away from ...

Dragons down Bearcats

ROARING SPRING — The trick play turned into a real treat for the Central High School football team. With almost nothing going right, Scarlet Dragon offensive coordinator reached into his bag of goodies and pulled out a double pass midway through the second quarter. The play resulted in a ...

Schmittle sparks B-A

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com BELLWOOD — The Marvel Comics movie “Thor: Ragnarok” hits movie theaters on Nov. 2. Bellwood-Antis running back Thor Schmittle did it a lot earlier than that, as he hit the ground running Friday night while never looking back. The senior ...

Everett picks up win No. 2

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com EVERETT — Williamsburg and Everett entered Friday night’s match-up against each other with identical 1-7 records as both had experienced very little success this season. It meant that their Inter-County Conference battle presented another ...

Juniata Valley plays big on ‘D’ in 2nd half

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror ALEXANDRIA — When there were a combined 28 points scored in the second quarter by Glendale and Juniata Valley, the second half figured to be a shootout on the Green Hornets’ senior night. It was far from it. In fact, the defenses took over. Neither team ...

Ridge beats Bellefonte in battle of 7-1 teams

NEW PARIS — With matching 7-1 records, dual-threats at quarterback and a host of other players capable of striking from any part of the field, the Chestnut Ridge-Bellefonte matchup had the makings of a competitive contest. It was close, but only for a half. Leading 12-7 at the break, Ridge ...

Cambria Heights dominates against Bedford

BEDFORD — Cambria Heights traveled to Bedford having never scored a victory in 22 contests against the Bisons, but the Highlanders dominated on both sides of the ball to score a 42-7 decision Friday night. “The kids played great tonight. Offense, defense, special teams, it was just a ...

Somerset holds off Panthers

SOMERSET — Penn Cambria came up just short in its bid for its first win of the season in a close 15-6 loss against Somerset on Friday night. On Somerset’s first drive, Ryan Funa took the handoff for a gain of 30 yards into Penn Cambria territory. However, the drive was abruptly shut down ...

Tyrone topples PV

TYRONE — Tyrone surrendered 477 yards of total offense, including 334 passing yards to sophomore quarterback Aaron Tobias, but made five stops inside the red zone to seal a 28-6 victory over Penns Valley and snap a two-game losing streak. Tobias completed 30 of 50 passes but was ...

McCort shuts out Red Devils

EBENSBURG — After a scoreless first quarter, Bishop McCort started to pull away from a gritty Central Cambria squad. The Crimson Crushers capped off a 16-play drive and scored on a punt return in the second quarter to lead 14-0 at halftime. A costly turnover on its first second-half ...

Friday night football scoreboard

Chestnut Ridge 41, Bellefonte 21 (final) Bethel Park 42, Altoona 3 (final) Bishop Guilfoyle 31, Johnstown 7 (final) Bishop McCort 28, Central Cambria 0 (final) Cambria Heights 42, Bedford 7 (final) Hollidaysburg 52, Central Mountain 18 (final) Claysburg-Kimmel 49, Tussey Mountain 40 ...

Mountain Lions look to add meaning to last two games

Some area high school football teams are gearing up for the postseason, which begins in a couple of weeks. For the Altoona Area Mountain Lions, Nick Felus says that time is now. “We want to approach this week and the week after,” Felus said, “as a playoff week.” The Lions won’t ...

Yahner, Carroll topple Guilfoyle in three

EBENSBURG — Kate Yahner had 11 kills, 10 digs and nine service points as Bishop Carroll swept Bishop Guilfoyle in a Laurel Highlands Conference high school girls volleyball match, 25-14, 25-12, 25-8, on Thursday. Kayla Repko chipped in with 14 service points and 27 assists for the Lady ...

Karlheim’s penalty kick propels Huskies to win over Highlanders

EBENSBURG — Alex Karlheim delivered on a penalty kick late in the second half to lift Bishop Carroll to a 2-1 win over Cambria Heights on Thursday in high school boys soccer action. Karlheim scored once in the first half on a Jared Delauter assist to push the Huskies record to ...