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Hollidaysburg senior Marin Miller proved herself against the PIAA Class 5A runner-up in Chartiers Valley during the state playoffs this season, and the star point guard has been recognized for her efforts as the Altoona Mirror girls basketball player of the year.

“It’s really an honor to me. In 5A, we play a lot of bigger schools from Pittsburgh, ” Miller said. “I think a lot of them don’t have a lot of respect for the little Hollidaysburg teams, so I think being able to compete with the team that went all the way to the state championship really earned us respect and put us on the map . ”

Miller was a co-Mountain League MVP with fellow first-team all-star Jaida Parker, a senior from Tyrone. She received 33 more votes than Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Leah Homan. Both Homan and Parker were also on the first team last year. Miller is a three-time first teamer.

“Ultimately, it’s a well-deserved honor for her,” Hollidaysburg coach Deanna Jubeck said. “She worked hard for all four years, and her hard work has been shown by becoming the player of the year among all the different coaches and sports writers who have voted for her.”

Miller, who will continue her career at Millersville along with Parker, averaged 21.5 points per game this season but expanded her overall skills.

She helped Hollidaysburg defeat Latrobe in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

“My passing game improved a lot,” Miller said. “My rebounding and steals were better, and I just improved on things outside of just scoring. I probably had my first double-double as a point guard this year with 11 steals in a game. ”

Portage coach Lance Hudak was selected to the Altoona Mirror girls Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Mustangs to a District 6 Class 1A championship and the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 2015 despite injuries to three of Portage’s best players.

“I’m just so humbled to be recognized by my peers and the media for our incredible success this year,” Hudak said. “This is truly about the 11 girls who suited up for the Lady Mustangs this season and did the work on the court. They have put in the time to become the fundamentally sound, skilled players they are today. And, the dedicated, passionate coaches I have beneath me on the varsity, junior high, and elementary levels are too deserving of this accolade. ”

Portage finished 24-6. Hudak finished 13 votes ahead of Williamsburg’s Amy Hileman. The Lady Pirates also made it to the PIAA semifinals after bouncing back from a loss in the District 6 title game to the Lady Mustangs.

“This is a program award,” Hudak said. “I am so happy and so proud that the Portage Area School District has given me the opportunity and the support to lead it.”

Hileman’s daughter, Ayla, was selected as a first-team all star as a sophomore after being a high honorable mention as a freshman.

The Lady Blue Pirates led the eventual state champion Northumberland Christian by seven at halftime in their PIAA semifinal game before Northumberland rallied in the third quarter.

Bellwood-Antis junior Chelsea McCaulsky also made the first team after being on the second team as a sophomore.

McCaulsky helped Bellwood-Antis win three state playoff games and qualify for the PIAA semifinals before the Lady Blue Devils lost by single digits to eventual state champion Neshannock.

Williamsburg’s Jayla Woodruff, Hollidiaysburg’s Alison Hatajik, Claysburg-Kimmel’s Rebekah Claar, Tyrone’s Stephanie Ramsey and Bellwood-Antis’ Lydia Worthing made up the second team.

Glendale’s Minyhah Easterling, Bishop Carroll’s Savannah Smorto, Portage’s Sydney Sossong and Ari Wozniak, Tyrone’s Kayelin Gibbons and Penn Cambria’s Emily Hite are on the third team.

Hite and Gibbons shared the final spot after tying with 60 total votes.

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