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A look at the area’s best players and coaches

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If one word best describes the 2018 baseball season, it is surprising. Three teams faced long odds and were big underdogs at one point, but won district championships. Williamsport overcame all sorts of adversity to repeat as district champions and reach the state quarterfinals for the first ...

Local roundup: WALL major softball moves on to district final

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In the District 12 major softball tournament, Williamsport moved on to the district championship as it topped Montoursville, 15-2 in four innings. Abby Robertson struck out eight in the complete game one-hitter and added two hits and two RBIs at the plate. Nataya Abdul-Hakim (3 for 4, double, ...

Correction

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In the sports department’s annual year-end awards of Sunday’s sports section, Loyalsock’s girls tennis team and tennis player Katie Savidge were accidentally omitted from the “Program of the Year” capsule. The girls tennis team went 15-0 during the regular season and lost in the ...

Cutters top Scrappers on road behind Rodriguez

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NILES, Ohio — Edwin Rodriquez drilled his first home run of the season and Abdallah Aris and Denny Martinez pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit relief as the Williamsport Crosscutters earned its second straight win with an 8-1 decision over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Sunday evening at ...

Phillies 1st round pick to join Cutters

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The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that 2018 1st round draft choice third baseman Alec Bohm has been promoted to the Williamsport Crosscutters. Bohm, 21, was the third overall pick in the draft out of Wichita State. He hit .339 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI this past season for the ...

Cutters washed out in Batavia

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Rain in New York on Saturday caused the postponement of the final of a three-game series between the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Batavia Muckdogs. The two teams split the first two games of the series on Thursday and Friday, with Batavia winning in walk-off fashion Thursday night, and ...

Sun-Gazette year-end awards

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MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Gavin Hoffman, Montoursville The only thing left for Gavin Hoffman to accomplish during his senior year was to add on to the already impressive legacy he had forged in three previous years at Montoursville. The senior wrestler didn’t disappoint. He became the first ...

Anxiety and nerves turned into elation as Johnson made history

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A festive atmosphere turned tense as the NBA Draft progressed Thursday night. Each time Alize Johnson heard another name announced from late in the first round into the second round, the anxiety increased. It felt like a needle being jabbed into his arm and each time he was passed on, that ...

It’s no coincidence that Johnson was drafted on Thursday night

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Give me Jahad Thomas’s enormous heart and toughness. Give me Kyle Datres’s vision and Kevin Anderson’s shooting. Give me Isaiah Washington’s explosiveness and Chevy Troutman’s strong post moves. In short, give me Alize Johnson. It is not a coincidence that Johnson became the first ...

Golf tournament for WR grad still a success

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Shortly after Warrior Run graduate Charlie Fisher’s best friend Rick Foresman passed away unexpectedly, Fisher and Foresman’s other friends knew they had to do something to be able to keep his memory alive. Foresman was heavily involved with youth football and Fisher knew that giving back ...

Cutters earn win in rain-shortened game

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — A sudden rain storm in the eighth inning forced a rain-shortened game between Williamsport and Batavia as the Crosscutters earned the 9-7 win. The Crosscutters’ offense was having success against Batavia, pounding out 13 hits in the victory. The Crosscutters jumped out ...

Local roundup: D12 major baseball begins

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In the District 12 major baseball tournament, Keystone started the tournament off with a 5-1 win over Williamsport. Keystone used a three-run sixth inning to pull away and Gabriel Johnson and Levi Schlesinger combined to only allow two Williamsport hits. Conner Foltz led Keystone by going ...

Penn State’s Carr gets drafted by New Orleans

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BROOKLYN — Penn State guard Tony Carr was selected by New Orleans in the second round, the 51st pick overall, of the 2018 NBA draft. The Philadelphia native and Roman Catholic High School product became the Nittany Lions’ first draft pick since 1999 when center Calvin Booth was a ...

Neumann grad Johnson drafted by the Pacers

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Friends and family members arrived well before Thursday night’s NBA Draft began. They celebrated, shared laughs and a few happy tears. And that was two hours before Alize Johnson even arrived at the Michael Ross Center at the Williamsport Trade and Transit Center II. Johnson, the St. John ...

Johnson has endeared himself to community

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So many emotions flowed through the Michael Ross Center Thursday night, but the overriding runs remained love and respect. Family and friends flooded the Ross Center at the Williamsport Transit Center, celebrating at Alize Johnson’s NBA Draft party. They simply were not celebrating the ...

Batavia rallies to earn win

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BATAVIA, N.Y. — Sean Reynolds hit a hard single into right field to drive in Harrison White and ended Thursday’s game in walk-off fashion as Batavia rallied back in the final two innings to defeat the Williamsport Crosscutters, 6-5. The Muckdogs (3-4) scored three runs in the eighth and ...

Cutters sweep Auburn

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Jhordany Mezquita didn’t particularly care for his curveball Wednesday night, but he knew he needed to keep throwing it. He was painting both sides of the plate with his fastball, but the Williamsport Crosscutters’ pitcher knew he needed to show the Auburn lineup something different. So ...

Neumann grad Johnson reflects on career so far

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When St. John Neumann grad Alize Johnson was asked when the first time his dream came to fruition of having a shot at playing professional basketball, the 6-foot-9 NBA draft prospect answered that it was in third grade. “Literally third grade. Ever since third grade I had a dream to go to ...

Stieber to appear at Canton

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Lyle Wesneski was perusing Instagram one night when he came across a post from Logan Stieber saying he had open camp dates for the summer if anyone was interested. The Canton wrestling coach had always thought about bringing a camp for wrestlers of all ages to Canton, so he decided to email ...