Basketball playoffs on the horizon | News, Sports, Jobs
By Michel Boytim
District 6 recently announced that its championship round of basketball will begin Feb. 24 at Mount Aloysius and that all games prior to the championship and semi-finals will be played at the home of the top-ranked team.
The season has reached its midpoint, so it’s worth looking at some of the top-ranked teams in the region.
On the boys’ side, Williamsburg top Class 1A and will likely stay there, but that doesn’t mean the Blue Pirates are out of Bishop Carroll Catholic. The Huskies have been an underseed the past two seasons and have consistently outplayed Williamsburg in the Finals. It’s hard for Bishop Carroll to earn a lot of points due to such a tough schedule in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference, but the experience pays off in the playoffs.
Portage leads the way in Class 2A where he attempts to defend his first District 6 championship in school history.
In Class 3A, Bishop Guilfoyle’s victory over Richland last week not only helped him in the Laurel Highlands playoff table, but also in the Districts. The Rams are at No. 2 behind the Marauders.
Penn Cambria, Tyrone and Central are among the top three in Class 4A. Interestingly, a slow start to the season kept defending champion Johnstown out of the playoffs if they started today, even though the Trojans do own a win over BG. Bellefonte (5A) and State College (6A) round out the current top seeds.
On the girls’ side, the top five Class 1A schools come from the Portage-led Mirror coverage area, although the Lady Mustangs have suffered numerous injuries to key players this year.
Bishop McCort, who recently beat Forest Hills, is the top seed in 2A, and Penn Cambria is in the mix with Lady Rangers and River Valley (a combination of Blairsville and Saltsburg) in 3A.
Tyrone and Bedford looked destined for a 5-6 4A District Championship rematch, and Hollidaysburg is the clear favorite in 5A.
Altoona and Mifflin County, who played in overtime in the 6A final last year, are too close to be called at halfway.
Campbell red shirt
Alli Campbell, who scored 3,019 career points at Bellwood-Antis and played sparingly at Notre Dame before moving to Penn State before this season, will not play for the Lady Lions in the 2021-22 campaign.
Campbell suffered an injury in the offseason, and while there were no setbacks, sources close to the Campbell family confirmed to the Mirror that by the time she is fully cleared – likely in early February, it will would not have enough games left to justify losing a season of eligibility.
The red shirt will allow Campbell to have four full years with the program starting next season.
The BG boys’ basketball game against AAHS, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Pleasant Valley, has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Tom Miller died last week at age 78.
I will remember Miller very much from his time as Tyrone football manager in the early 90s when I started watching football in primary school, his smile and his pat on the shoulder when I started at the Mirror when he was an assistant coach. under Murray Fetzer at Moshannon Valley.
In the meantime, Miller was my gym teacher. I’ll never forget his desk with a picture of him playing quarterback at Colorado State and his Baltimore Colts helmet that he had on his desk when he was at their camp with Johnny Unitas.
He once told me that he would give me an A+ for the grading period if I wore Colorado State sweatpants to gym class every day. I went to Value City and picked up a pair later that day and did my part. He smiled every time I wore them and he held his end of the bargain.
District 6 has announced that it will continue its scholarship program to award $20,000 divided among 100 students from member schools in honor of the late Dean Rossi, longtime Hollidaysburg and area athletic director. Huntingdon area high school and District 6 official.
District 6 will use revenue from online ticket sales for district football and basketball tournaments to help increase the scholarship fund.
“The committee believes it is important to recognize and reward students who exemplify the shared values of sportsmanship and serve as role models as student-athletes in our member schools,” said District 6 President Bill Marshall, who said Rossi has emphasized sportsmanship throughout his tenure as an athlete, athletic director and district administrator.
Michael Boytim can be reached at [email protected] or 946-7521