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Montoursville’s Dylan Bennett puts a hold on Benton’s Colton Babcock in their 145-pound championship bout on Saturday at WIlliamsport High School.

Montoursville’s Bennett a surprise winner at district tourney

Gavin Hoffman hemmed and hawed for a few seconds, stammering over his words trying to be as politically correct as he could in his assessment of teammate Dylan Bennett’s district championship. Finally, the Montoursville senior just blurted out what he was thinking without trying to ...

Top-ranked Klock forfeits with meniscus tear

The way he felt after his morning semifinal match, Muncy’s Joe Klock could have wrestled in the 132-pound final Saturday at the District 4 Class AA Championships. For as much as he wanted to compete, though, he knew the smart move was not to wrestle. It took a little convincing from his ...

Saturday’s District 4 Class AA results

Team standings: 1, Southern Columbia, 205.5; 2, Muncy, 157.5; 3, Montoursville, 120.5; 4, Wyalusing, 114; 5, Midd-West, 92.5; 6, Athens, 86; 7, Benton, 75; 8, Warrior Run, 69; 9, Mifflinburg, 62; 10, Line Mountain, 58; 11, Jersey Shore, 52; 12, Lewisburg, 47.5; 13, Milton, 36.5; 14, North ...

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Muncy’s Aleaha Bigelow (12) shoots over Southern Columbia’s Hanna Davis (2) in the second quarter at Montoursville High School on Saturday.

Muncy girls lose to Southern Columbia

Southern Columbia held a 20-point lead and only 33 seconds remained. Muncy guard Kassidi Lenhart did not care as she dove head first after a loose ball. That play perfectly symbolized Muncy’s effort Saturday at Montoursville. Southern ended Muncy’s breakout season, winning the District 4 ...

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Muncy’s Matt Coyner celebrates after scoring two points with a foul as the Indians extended their lead over North Penn-Mansfield in the fourth quarter at Montoursville High School on Saturday.

Muncy boys headed to D4 AA final

One by one, Muncy coach Jason Gresh pulled his starters as the game neared its conclusion Saturday. One by one, he gave them big hugs. More work remains, but one better believe this was a big moment. Muncy has come a long way the last two seasons and continued its upward climb Saturday at ...

Sullivan girls struggle offensively in loss

DANVILLE — Stef Kramer spiked a shot out of bounds on one possession. On another, Jessica King stripped a shooter. Another time, Mykenzie Malacusky was earning a possession on a jump ball. Sullivan County played tough, lockdown defense at times, but struggled on the offensive end with ...

Sloppy play hurts Sullivan boys in loss

DANVILLE — Alex Baumunk bobbled an easy pass that led to a turnover. John Saxe slipped on a wet spot, lost control of the ball, which led to another turnover. Open layups? Missed. Open jumpers? Missed. Free throws? Forget about it. Sullivan County played an uncharacteristically sloppy game ...

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South Williamsport’s Megan Weber attempts to shoot over a Sayre defender at Mansfield University on Saturday.

Mounties in first D4 final since 2009

MANSFIELD — The turnaround of the South Williamsport girls’ basketball program took a giant step forward Saturday night. After a 58-46 win over top-seeded Sayre, the Mounties find themselves in the district final for the first time since 2009, and back in the state playoffs for the first ...

Millionaires come up just shy in loss

Williamsport nearly capped a season highlighted by dramatic comebacks with its best one yet. The Millionaires rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit with six minutes remaining in the District 2-4 Class 6A semifinals and took a one-point lead with 40 seconds remaining before Scranton ...

CM has multiple wrestlers advance

At the District 6 Class AAA tournament, Central Mountain had one champion, four second-place finishers, a third-place finisher and two fourth-place finishers take home medals on Saturday at Altoona. In District 6 Class AAA, the top four finishers in each weight advance out of ...

Brooks wins district gold for WHS in wrestling

Izek Brooks was Williamsport’s lone champion at the District 4-9 Class AAA wrestling tournament on Saturday afternoon in Clearfield as teammate Nate Powley took home a second-place finish. In District 4-9 Class AAA, the top four finishers in each weight advance out of ...

Local high school roundup: CV girls lose to Benton

Cowanesque Valley hung tough with Benton on Saturday night at Mansfield University, but the Tigers broke things open in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 44-26 District 4 Class A semifinal win. Benton outscored CV, 18-4 in the fourth quarter, but CV (15-8) is still state ...

Montoursville’s Bennett has upset win at 145

The bigger picture has always been apparent to Montoursville’s Dylan Bennett. In the short term, he was taking losses at tough tournaments in the middle of the season which hurt. But he knew those losses were setting him up for success like he had Friday night at the District 4 Class AA ...

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Montoursville’s Owen Kiess (2) shoots over Shamokin’s Jahleke West (5) in the fourth quarter at Montoursville High School on Friday.

Kiess comes up big for Warriors in final quarter

Every time a Montoursville player was under duress, trapped deep in a backcourt corner, they turned to Owen Kiess. Looking for a clutch, experienced senior, the Warriors turned to Kiess in the fourth quarter of a playoff game and he didn’t let his teammates or a packed gym at Montoursville ...

Wellsboro boys back in D4 semis

WELLSBORO — Yes, Wellsboro has played better basketball games. Yes, the Green Hornets were up and down at times Friday against Bloomsburg. But this is the playoffs. It’s all about survival and wins do not come with style points. Wellsboro is seeking the program’s first district ...

Spartans earn spot in AAA semifinals

TURBOTVILLE — Warrior Run’s student section came all decked out in camouflage, flannel and other hunting gear. The Defenders were on the hunt to avenge two earlier defeats to Hughesville by a combined 21 points. Then, Hughesville went out and bagged itself a berth in the District 4 Class ...

Panthers stun Green Hornets

WELLSBORO—Bloomsburg might have surprised many Friday night. The Panthers just did not surprise themselves. Bloomsburg did not care that it was the lowest seed in an eight-team District 4 Class AAA field. It did not care that top-seeded Wellsboro had 21 wins and a league championship. It ...

Local roundup: Shore’s Armstrong has 32 in playoff loss

Jersey Shore’s Junior Armstrong posted a double-double, but it wasn’t enough as Danville used a strong second half to defeat Jersey Shore, 71-56, in the District 4 Class AAAA quarterfinals. Armstrong had an impressive 32 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Hunter Frantz added 11 ...

Lyco’s Mueller named All-MAC first team

After leading the Lycoming College women’s basketball team through its most successful season in two decades, senior Shelby Mueller became the first Lycoming player to earn back-to-back first-team All-MAC Commonwealth honors since the team joined the conference in 2007-08. Mueller became ...

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Lewisburg coach Jim Snyder, center left, and his son Dakota, center right, talk during the 2017 South Sectional tournament at Southern Columbia High School.

Workouts have more than paid off for Lewisburg’s Snyder

The first time Jim Snyder set up his son, Dakotah, to work out with former two-time state champion Russ Hughes, Dakotah couldn’t have been more excited. Dakotah was in fifth grade, his eyes were wide as he stepped on the mat before the District 4 tournament began with a former Penn State ...