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Blairsville primed to contend in Heritage Conference

By Greg Reinbold
A strong senior class with plenty of varsity experience has expectations running high for the Blairsville Bobcats. While second-year coach Rick Artley said he doesn’t …
Seton-La Salle girls cruise past Blairsville
By Justin Criado
From Day 1, Seton-La Salle has been on a mission to avenge last season’s big-game disappointments. The Rebels completed the first step a week ago, …
Breaking down the PIAA girls basketball playoffs
By Compiled By Jason Mackey
Class AAAA WPIAL/City League: Penn-Trafford (20-6), Hempfield (17-9), Fox Chapel (19-5), North Allegheny (22-2), Mt. Lebanon (16-6), Obama Academy (14-6) Around the state: Three of …
Top 182-pounders on collision course at PIAA Class AA Regionals
By Bill West
A break from wrestling matches that lasted almost two weeks after the District 6 championships left Blairsville junior 182-pounder Scott Thompson a lot of time …
Blairsville falls to Bellwood-Antis in District 6 semis
By Paul Schofield
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blairsville girls had their 21-game winning streak snapped by a team hotter than them. Bellwood-Antis stretched its winning streak to 23 by edging Blairsville, 38-35, in a tightly contested defensive struggle in the semifinals of the District 6 Class AA playoffs at Hollidaysburg. Bellwood-Antis (23-2), which lost …
Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: GCC’s Billy Hipp, Blairsville’s Chelsey Koren
By Andrew John
Billy Hipp School: Greensburg Central Catholic Sport: Basketball Year: Senior Claim to fame: Hipp, who is a 1,000-point scorer, scored 31 points, including three 3-pointers, …
Blairsville wrestler earns 100th victory
By Greg Reinbold
Blairsville High School’s D.J. Doak has coached every 100-win wrestler in the school’s history, but the most recent addition to that exclusive group had to …
Blairsville girls, boys expected to lead pack in Heritage Conference
By Paul Schofield
Blairsville girls basketball coach Ralph McGinnis couldn’t believe what he was watching. After his Bobcats (24-2) won their first District 6-AA title last season, they …
Ligonier Valley rallies past Blairville
By Brian Hunger
Ligonier Valley star tight end Alec Bloom had a quiet offensive night. But his lone, 9-yard catch was a big one. The 6-foot-7 UConn recruit made a leaping, fourth-quarter catch of Scott Fennell’s pass in the corner of the end zone to propel the Rams (3-0) to a come-from-behind 21-17 …
Familiar teams expected to contend for Heritage Conference title
By Dave Mackall 2:26 p.m.
In the Heritage Conference, it was a race to the finish line in 2012. Just two games separated the top five teams in the final …
Blairsville to rely on skill positions
By Dave Mackall
When Blairsville opens the 2013 season, expect to hear some familiar names. Just don’t count longtime coach Ab Dettorre’s among them. After 26 years on …
Greensburg Tribune-Review: Blairsville’s John Distefano, Greensburg Salem’s Kellie Hutchinson
By Andrew John
John Distefano School: Blairsville Year: Junior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Distefano, who was batting .438 with 13 runs scored and 17 RBI before the …
GCC girls oust District 6 champion Blairsville
By Dave Mackall
EBENSBURG — During the regular season, Class AA Greensburg Central Catholic got the best of higher-classed opponents for the majority of the time — 2-1 …
Charleroi’s Gavazzi posts 1st-day upset at PIAA wrestling
By Bill West
HERSHEY ­— After he endured the first two losses of his season in one afternoon, Charleroi junior Nick Gavazzi left Johnstown last Saturday with the …
Blairsville, Forest Hills girls win District 6 championships
By Dave Mackall
LORETTO — Among the Blairsville players’ chief goals from the start of the season was to send girls basketball coach Ralph McGinnis to the District …
Blairsville moves to District 6 title game
By Paul Schofield
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ralph McGinnis coached the Richland girls basketball team to a semifinal victory over Blairsville a year ago. Wednesday, McGinnis was on the Blairsville bench coaching the Bobcats to their first trip to the District 6 Class AA final. Blairsville (23-1) used a 16-0 run to open the second …
Blairsville trio among Heritage Conference wrestlers advancing to regionials
By Greg Reinbold
Three Blairsville wrestlers claimed individual titles last weekend at the District 6 Class AA wrestling championships in Altoona. Noah Tarr (145 pounds), Andrew Doak (152) and Scott Thompson (182) took home first-place hardware at the event, as did Ligonier Valley’s Josh Patrick (120). All four wrestlers were seeded No. 1 …
Blairsville takes down Ligonier Valley girls in dominating performance
By Brian Hunger
During pregame warm-ups prior to Thursday night’s District 6 Heritage Conference showdown between Blairsville and Ligonier Valley, school officials had to reattach the net on …
Penns Manor too much for Blairsville
By Dave Mackall
The discussion at Penns Manor during the past four seasons has been centered around star quarterback Danny Ferens. And for good reason. As a junior, …
Northern Cambria gets late downs to edge Blairsville, 29-26
By John B. Smathers
“The team that made the last mistake loses, and we made the last mistake,” said Blairsville coach Ab Dettorre. The Blairsville Bobcats could have used just one more Northern Cambria Colts mistake late in the fourth quarter last Friday. But the Colts weren’t as accommodating as they were earlier in …
Ligonier Valley beats back Blairsville
By Doug Kurtz
The Ligonier Valley Rams football team used its trap offense to remain unbeaten with a convincing 49-15 victory over the visiting Blairsville Bobcats at Weller Field last Friday. The Bobcats, however, were able to use their high-powered passing attack to become the first team to score on the Rams this …
Ligonier Valley runs over Blairsville
By Dave Mackall
Ligonier Valley, in a display of sheer domination, used a punishing ground attack to bury visiting Blairsville in a District 6 Heritage Conference game Friday …
Penns Manor has look of conference contender
By Dave Mackall
When Penns Manor lost to Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class A semifinals last season, coach Bill Packer said it was “a great football team …
Blairsville standout shines on AAU hoops team
By Jeff Himler
As Chelsey Koren prepares to begin her sophomore year at Blairsville High School, she can look back for inspiration on a banner 2011-12 season with the Lady Bobcats basketball team and a summer that saw her reach the top ranks in a separate hoops career track. A standout at forward …

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