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Penn State running back Saqoun Barkley announces he will declare for the NFL Draft in April.

The Pittsburgh Pirates trade pitcher Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros for four players. Two days later, the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen to the Giants for two players.

The Steelers are upset by the Jaguars in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Three days later, they part ways with OC Todd Haley and promote QB coach Randy Fichtner as the new OC.

BG girls basketball coach Mark Moschella gets win No. 600 as the Lady Marauders down Cambria Heights.

February

Hollidaysburg’s Vlad Hilling will be a preferred walk-on as a kicker for the Penn State football team.

Chestnut Ridge wins the District 5 team wrestling duals title, while Huntingdon loses in the finals of D6. Both teams advance to the state tournament in Hershey but fail to make it to the finals.

Matt Bilchak is hired as the new football coach at Claysburg-Kimmel, replacing Dan Foor.

Altoona football player Jayvion Queen is picked to play in a state high school all-star game at Mansion Park in June.

Hollidaysburg football player Vlad Hilling is selected to play in the Big 33 football game in Hershey.

March

The Altoona boys and girls basketball teams lose to State College in the D6 6A finals.

The Hollidaysburg boys basketball team beats Central Mountain in the D6 5A finals.

The Hollidaysburg girls basketball team beats Obama Academy in the D6 5A finals.

The Everett girls basketball team loses to Penns Valley in the D6 3A finals.

The Bedford girls basketball team loses to Forest Hills in the D6 4A finals.

The Huntingdon boys basketball team beats Johnstown in the D6 4A finals.

The Bishop Guilfoyle boys basketball team beats Purchase Line in the D6 2A finals.

The Bishop Carroll boys basketball team beats Saint Joseph’s in the D6 1A finals.

The Juniata Valley girls basketball team beats Bishop Carroll in the D6 1A finals.

Penn State men’s basketball team loses to Purdue in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Area wrestlers going to Hershey from the Mirror coverage area include Tussey Mountain’s Brady Villa, Penn Cambria’s Chase Proudfit, Brock Talko and Jared Stoy, Glendale’s Isaac Krause and Brock McMillan, Chestnut Ridge’s Levi Hobson, Austin Crouse, Justin McCoy and Jared McGill, Central Cambria’s Nate Martin, Central’s Braden Swab, Portage’s Cole Sossong, Huntingdon’s Alex Mykut and Landon Fisher, Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz and Mason McCready, Altoona’s Parker McClellan, Nate Simmers and Matt Sarbo and Philipsburg-Osceola’s Matt Johnson.

Area swimmers going to states at Bucknell University include Hollidaysburg’s Shani Evans and Conor McKeirnan and Huntingdon’s Haley Goldstone, Mallory Woodward, Sydney Houck, Jaelyn Mitchell, Ben Atherton, Nick Buckley, Matias Berger and Andrew Edwards.

Pitt fires men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings after just two seasons. His Panthers went 0-19 in the ACC for the 2017-18 season.

The SFU women’s basketball team wins the NEC and gets to play UConn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament where the Flash lose by more than 90 points.

The PSU men’s basketball team and women’s basketball team are picked for the NIT and WNIT, respectively. The SFU men are picked to play in the CIT. The Lady Lions and the Flash lose in the first round.

The Bellwood-Antis and Juniata Valley girls basketball teams advance to the state championships in Hershey. The B-A girls (2A) win over Philadelphia West Catholic and the JV girls (1A) lose in overtime to Jenkintown.

The Penn State men play Mississippi State in the semifinals of the NIT in New York City. The Nittany Lions win and get Utah in the Finals where they win easily.

APRIL

The Pirates go 4-0 to start the 2018 MLB campaign.

Tony Carr announces he is leaving the Penn State men’s basketball team after two seasons to enter the NBA Draft. In the same month, Nazeer Bostick announces he is transferring.

Pitt hires Duke assistant basketball coach Jeff Capel as its new men’s basketball coach.

Inducted into the Blair County Hall of Fame for 2018 are Jim Restauri, Curtis Miller, Tracey Biesecker, Bill Kagarise,Vince Nedimyer and the 1962 Altoona football team.

Hollidaysburg’s Rami Alkhafaji loses in the District 6 3A tennis final. Bishop Guilfoyle’s Ryne Talko loses in the District 6 2A singles tennis final.

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the No. 2 overall pick by the Giants in the NFL Draft. The Steelers’ first pick in the draft is defensive back Terrell Edmonds from Virginia Tech.

Veteran Bellwood-Antis football coach John Hayes announces he will retire.

MAY

Hollidaysburg’s Rami Alkhafaji and Anthony Menard lose in the District 6 Class 3A boys doubles tennis championship. Tyrone’s Paul Lemaire and Ethan Vipond win the Class 2A finals. The Bedford boys tennis team wins the District 5 title.

Caleb Beidle and Jess Hampton defeat Luke Dague and Zach Kachman in an all-Bedford District 5 boys tennis doubles championship match.

The Hollidaysburg boys tennis team beats State College in the 3A team finals. The Tyrone boys tennis team loses to Westmont Hilltop in the 2A team finals. In first round of states, Hollidaysburg beats Dallastown while Bedford loses to Indiana. The Golden Tigers, however, fall in the next round of states.

The Altoona and Hollidaysburg boys and girls track and field teams combine to send 14 kids to states in the 3A field.

Noah Dillow (Chestnut Ridge) and Alyssa Martinazzi (Bishop Carroll) are named the Altoona Mirror Athletes of the Year.

The Tyrone doubles team of Ethan Vipond and Paul Lemaire win in the first round of states but fall in the second round.

The Huntingdon baseball team wins a district title, while Bellwood-Antis, Hollidaysburg and Altoona fall in the finals of their respective district classifications.

The Altoona boys volleyba­ll team wins its first two PIAA matchups, beating Brashear and State College to advance to the third round.

Medaling on the first day of states in track and field at Shippensburg are Chestnut Ridge’s Duane Knisely, Penn Cambria’s Lauren Michina and Lyric Janosik, Altoona’s Tyler Delozier and Northern Cambria’s John Paronish. Medaling on the second day of states are Michina, Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell, Central Cambria’s Carly Kaschalk, McKenna Hayward, Ella Vrabel and Paige Wess, Bellwood-Antis’ Lexi Gerwert and Clay Engle, Bishop Carroll’s Maddie Murphy and Chestnut Ridge’s Scotty Miller.

JUNE

In the first round of state playoffs, tbe Bellwood-Antis and Huntingdon baseball teams win. The Philipsburg-Osceola and Claysburg-Kimmel softball teams also win, while the Glendale and Central softball teams both lose. B-A and Huntingdon eventually lose in the next round, but P-O and C-K win their second games and move to the state semifinals. P-O wins its next game and will now play in the state title game against Holy Redeemer, where it wins the state title, 8-3. However, C-K loses its semifinal game and ends its season.

The Pirates pick South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty with their first pick in the MLB Draft.

Bellwood-Antis hires Nick Lovrich to replace John Hayes as its new football coach.

Penn Cambria’s Mason Ronan is drafted in the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.

Kristi Kaack is hired as the new basketball coach for the BG girls basketball team. She replaces longtime coach Mark Moschella, who retired several weeks before the Kaack hiring.

B-A and Slippery Rock graduate Emily Nagle is drafted to play professional softball in Alabama in a new women’s league.

JULY

Former Portage High School and Wake Forest University star Len Chappell passes away at the age of 77.

Redline Nutrition beats Dean Patterson for the Dean Patterson Little World Series title.

Martin Oil wins the Kelley Federation League title over Tyrone Legion.

Spring Cove wins the VFW state championship in baseball.

The Pirates make two trades on the final days of the month, getting Chris Archer from Tampa Bay and Keona Kela from Texas to bolster the pitching staff.

AUGUST

The Curve qualify for the Eastern League playoffs.

The Pirates go 10-17 in the month to severely hurt their chances at a spot in the postseason.

SEPTEMBER

The Curve lose to Akron in the first round of the EL playoffs

Pittsburgh Steelers star back Le’Veon Bell starts his holdout over his contract. The Steelers go on to open the season with a tie against the Browns.

In a battle of what was once a big rivalry, Penn State beats Pitt, 51-6, in the second week of the college football season.

The Penn State football team, ranked No. 9 in the country, loses at home to Ohio State.

OCTOBER

Hollidaysburg’s Jenee Delerme wins the D6 3A singles tennis title. Bedford’s Emily Ruhlman beats teammaye Lindsay Shuke in the D5 2A final. In District 6 2A doubles championship action, the Ratchford’s of Central Cambria, Emma and Olivia, win the title. Bedford’s Lindsay and Josie Shuke win the District 5 doubles title.

The Central Cambria girls win the D6 2A team golf title, earning a trip to the state meet.

Northern Cambria’s Tanner Pershing, Tyrone’s Andrew Ferguson and Bedford’s Jared Turner all qualify for the PIAA state golf tournament, where Pershing finishes eighth overall.

Philipsburg wrestling legend Dick Condo dies at the age of 71.

In the District 6 3A team tennis final, Hollidaysburg’s girls beat State College. However, it loses in the first round of states to Shady Side.

The Bedford girls and Hollidaysburg girls soccer teams win district titles. Hollidaysburg loses in the first round of states while Bedford keeps winning. The Bedford boys soccer team wins a district title but loses in the first round of states.

NOVEMBER

The Central Cambria girls cross country team captures another state championship.

The Bishop Carroll and Northern Cambria girls volleyball teams win district titles. Central Cambria loses in the first round of states, while Bishop Carroll and Northern Cambria wind up meeting in the state semifinals, where NC wins and then beats Berlin the state finals.

Hollidaysburg’s Sam Servello signs his Division I letter-of-intent to play college baseball at West Virginia

The Bedford girls soccer team wins in the state finals, 1-0, over Lewisburg after beating South Park in the state semifinals.

The Hollidaysburg football team takes on Oil City in the District 6-8-10 sub-regional championship where it wins, 33-22. In the second round, it beats Waulenpaupack, 31-0, but falls to Archbishop Wood, 38-7, in the next round.

In high school football, Juniata Valley beats BG, 9-3, in the D6 1A semifinals and United, 36-20, in the finals. In the state semifinal against Lackawana Trail, JV falls, 24-14.

In the first round of states, Chestnut Ridge loses to Wilmington while Bedford loses to Bald Eagle Area in high school football.

Saint Francis women’s basketball coach Joe Haigh takes a personal leave of absence at the start of the 2018-2019 season. AD Susan Robinson Fruchtl takes over on an interim basis.

DECEMBER

In college football, Pitt is crushed in the ACC championship by No. 2 Clemson.

Penn State accepts an invitation to play Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl, while Pitt will take on Stanford in the Sun Bowl.

Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw takes in a Bellwood-Antis girls basketball game featuring star Alli Campbell, a junior who has already committed to play for the No. 2-ranked Irish.

BG’s Kolton McGhee (West Virginia) and Altoona’s Gaige Hill (Toledo) officially sign their Division I letters of intent to play college football.

Longtime Bishop Carroll girls basketball coach Bob Gongloff takes a leave of absence after being accused of mental abuse by several players on his team. His daughter, Amy Oravec, takes over on an interim basis, but resigns one day after coaching in her only game.

— Compiled by Scott Franco

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