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Madie Majcher, second from right, is congratulated by Abby Staman, middle after scoring the lone goal for Warrior Run Tuesday at South Williamsport.

Defenders back in districts after winning season finale

When asked if there was any pressure coming into Tuesday’s regular season finale in a win-or-go-home game, Warrior Run’s Madie Majcher cracked a little smile and laughed a bit. It’s nothing new for her and Warrior Run. They’re used to pressure and big moments. “I dealt with it ...

PSU and Michigan bring big defenses

Two terrific defenses will do battle Saturday night at Beaver Stadium, but only one of them will have to deal with trying to stop an explosive offense. Michigan has by far the best defense Penn State has played yet, but the Nittany Lions also have by far the best offense the Wolverines have ...

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James Franklin’s success has spawned rumors that he could be attractive to other schools.

James Franklin addresses A&M speculation

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference: About the Wolverines: They're No. 15 in coaches poll and No. 19 in AP poll. … Coach Jim Harbaugh is 2-0 against PSU. … QB John O'Korn was born in Huntingdon and grew up there, playing one year of high school ball with Bearcats ...

Local roundup: Hughesville D4 AA team tennis champ

The Hughesville girls tennis team continues buil­ding on its stellar tradition. Hughesville captured its second straight District 4 Class AA team championship Tuesday afternoon, beating Loyalsock, 3-2 and Jersey Shore, 3-0 in consecutive matches. The Spar­tans (17-3) handed Loyal­sock its ...

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Rachel Thomas of Hughesville returns a shot in the semifinals Monday at the West Branch Tennis Club.

Hughesville’s Thomas adds singles title to her doubles accomplishments

By MITCH RUPERT mrupert@sungazette.com Rachel Thomas’ backhand shot caught a good chunk of the net cord during the third game of the decisive third set at the District 4 tennis final Monday. The ball popped up in the air ever so slightly and fell to the court. Her opponent, Loyalsock’s ...

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Quinn Henry and Wellsboro are the area’s lone unbeaten.

Henry keeps it all going at Wellsboro

The last time Quinn Henry played at Montgomery, his football life changed forever. So did Wellsboro’s fortunes over the next three years. When starting quarterback Brandon Lamphier tore his ACL in a 2015 scrimmage at Montgomery it felt like the team’s season might be over before it ...

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Jim Harbaugh and Michigan visit Happy Valley Saturday coming off an overtime win at Indiana.

Harbaugh perfect vs. PSU

When Michigan enters a packed Beaver Stadium Saturday night under white out conditions, it will be greeted by a Penn State team with revenge on its mind. Losers of three straight meetings against the Wolverines that includes an embarrassing 49-10 loss in Ann Arbor last season, the second-ranked ...

College GameDay to be at Old Main lawn

ESPN’s College GameDay announced it will air live from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Old Main lawn when it visits the No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State game Saturday. The game kicks off at 7:30 on ABC. This is College GameDay’s sixth visit to PSU and first since 2009 vs. Iowa. The ...

Local roundup: WR’s Bender, Wellsboro’s Barnett advance in golf

Warrior Run's Vincent Bender and Wellsboro's Ben Barnett finished in the top 14 at the PIAA Eastern boys golf regional at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood to advance to the PIAA championships at Heritage Hills later in the month. Bender shot a 79 and Barnett had an 81. Cowanesque Valley's Austine ...

ROUNDUP: Local players highlight D4 tennis semis today

Four local players will make up the semifinals of today’s District 4 tennis singles championship at the West Branch Tennis Club in South Williamsport. Top-seeded Rachel Thomas of Hughesville plays Montgomery’s Katie Forrestal, the tournament’s fifth seed, in the top half of the bracket. ...

Wildcat weekly: Penn College golfers finish in fine form

Pennsylvania College of Technology golfers closed out their fall season in fine fashion last week while Wildcat men's and women's cross-country runners each won their respective races and the men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball teams all chalked up victories. FLASHBACK ...

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Quinn Henry of Wellsboro breaks a tackle as he runs for a touchdown against Montgomery in the first quarter Friday at Montgomery.

Hornets improve to 8-0 as they dominate Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — Robert Brown and Collin Pietropola played more glamorous positions last year. Both were linebackers and Brown also started at fullback. Now, both are two-way starting linemen. Neither one hesitated when asked to move either. No Hornets have done so the last few years. Nobody ...

Millionaires hope win one to build on

WILKES-BARRE — As Dalton Kriner scooped the ball he saw nothing but open field and the end zone. If he looked to his side, though, Kriner could see a Millionaire convoy helping lead his way and jubilant teammates jumping high into the night air. Kriner lived a defensive lineman’s dream ...

Warriors fall to Pride a fourth straight time

CHESTER — The Lycoming sideline was going nuts. The third-down stop its defense had just gotten sent a surge of energy through the entire team. Then a yellow flag flew high in the air. Everybody held their breath waiting to find out what the penalty was, except for those on the Lycoming ...

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Alexander Reed (7) of Loyalsock, Joshua Richey (9) Shikellamy, and Cameron Cowder (7) Shikellamy chase after the ball Saturday at Loyalsock.

Local roundup: Davis, Trapani, Lancers win at Shik Invite

Jersey Shore’s Isaac Davis and Loyalsock’s Quinn Serfass were 1-2 and Loyalsock won the team title in the Shikellamy Classic on Saturday in cross country. Davis' 15:39 was 1:18 faster than Serfass, who was ahead of Williiams­port's Tyler Holcomb and Ryan Sullivan of Loyalsock. The ...

Lyco DE as good as advertised

His first step was lightning quick and the left tackle in his face never got a hand on him. Sam Romanofsky looked destined for another face-to-face meeting with a quarterback. Then he threw on the breaks and worked back tow­ard the line of scrimmage. He saw the underneath drag route ...

ESPN College GameDay coming to Penn State for Michigan game

ESPN's College GameDay will be live from Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 21, ahead of the Nittany Lions' primetime meeting with Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. This is the 16th time College GameDay has been at the site of a Penn State game. The program will air live from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. ...

Mounties pick up road win

ALMEDIA — Two officials crashed in on the pile of bodies laying on the goal line. All eyes were focused on them as the 22 players from Central Columbia and South Williamsport on the field waited with bated breath for any kind of signal at all from the two black and white clad officials. No ...

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Muncy’s Colby Alpaugh (23) gets past a pair of Bucktail defenders during the first half Friday night at Muncy.

Muncy 7-1 as Bucks get back on the field

By DEVIN BIERLY dbierly@sungazette.com MUNCY — As the Muncy homecoming court lined up on the visitors side of the field 30 minutes before kickoff Friday night, they nearly engulfed the Bucktail football team. Muncy’s homecoming court outnumbered the 14 healthy members of the Bucktail ...

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Bloomsburg's Eric Foust gets ahold of Gerald Ross Friday at Loyalsock.

Lancers pull away from Bloomsburg

It looked as if it could be a long night for Loyalsock. Leading by just one point, Loyalsock drove down to the Bloomsburg 9 yard line and Connor Watkins tried to throw a touchdown pass, only to see it intercepted in the end zone. The interception was just one possession after a 10-play ...