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Qayyim Ali, with coach Jeremy Steppe, Friday after finishing second in the high jump at the Penn Relays. 
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Williamsport’s Ali second at 7 feet, 1/2 inch in Penn Relays

Williamsport’s Qayyim Ali finished second in the high school boys high jump at the Penn Relays on Friday. The senior had a best jump of 7 feet, 1/2-inch to best 20 other jumpers in the field. Lushane Wilson, of St. Jago in St. Catherine, Jamaica, took home the high jump championship by ...

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Brittany Thompson high-fives her coach after a single Friday at Elm Park.

Thompson lifts WHS lineup in tourney opener

Brittany Thompson might hit last in Williamsport’s lineup, but she has become quite an offensive weapon. Look at her numbers and one would think she is a lead-off hitter. And that is exactly the idea. Thompson is the ideal player to turn over Williamsport’s order and it is a role she is ...

PSU’s Godwin goes to Tampa Bay Bucs

It took until late in the third round, but Penn State receiver Chris Godwin was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 84 overall pick in Friday's NFL draft. Godwin was thought by some to be a second-round pick, but instead he saw nine receivers picked ahead of him. He left Penn ...

LHU baseball splits with ESU

LOCK HAVEN — There was both good and bad news for the Lock Haven University baseball team Friday afternoon as the Bald Eagles squared off with East Stroudsburg. The bad news came in game one when the Bald Eagles lost 8-5 before they bounced back to earn the split, 5-2. Of the eight ...

Local roundup: Hughesville beats CC in 8

Jared Snyder singled home Ryan McClain with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Hughesville beat Central Columbia, 2-1 Friday in high school baseball. Aaron Hoover and Kevin Reyes scored as Dakotah Snyder threw a 3-hit shutout in Lewisburg's 2-0 win over Montoursville. Benton ...

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Paige Lentz of South Williamsport fields a grounder as Loyalsock’s Sam Stopper advances Thursday at South Williamsport.

Mounties top Lancers in the final inning

South Williamsport second baseman Sydney Bachman tightly held her home run ball after the most exciting high school game she ever played in ended. Moments earlier, fellow freshman Haley Neidig felt tears forming as she rounded first base and watched the winning runs score. Bachman and Neidig ...

Defense costs WHS in baseball

With two outs in a tied game, Williamsport knew it needed to force a batter out with two runners on. But that out just seemed to never come. Hollidaysburg just continued to use clutch hitting to reach base and score. When Cody Shimp struck out Hollidaysburg’s Tyler Treese for the third out, ...

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Montgomery's Katie Forrestal clears a hurdle near the end as she holds the lead in the 100 hurdles Thursday vs. Wellsboro.

Local roundup: Montgomery, Wellsboro split

Dupree Hosey took first in the long, triple and high jumps to lead Wellsboro to a 91-59 win over Mont­gomery on Thursday in boys track and field. Bryce Phillips took first in the 100 and 200 to lead the Red Raiders. Noah Fagnano won the 100 in 11.2 and the 200 in 23.5 to lead Montoursville ...

LHU Hall to include Poff, McMann, Melchior, Slotterback

Carl Poff left Lock Haven University as the winningest head coach in the school’s history, including a fifth-place finish at the 1997 NCAA Championships. Thursday, he was selected as one of 11 inductees into the Lock Haven Athletics Hall of Fame. Joining Poff in this year’s Hall of Fame ...

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Penn College unveils new athletic logos

Penn College revealed a new athletic logo this week, saying it depicts a strong, powerful and proud wildcat. The new mark, created by Skye Dillon, of Skye Design Studios features a full-body wildcat perched atop Bald Eagle Mountain alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River – icons ...

Jersey Shore’s Bradon DePasqua  is congratulated by his third base coach Mike English after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning at Jersey Shore on Wednesday against Central Mountain. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Shore’s win puts Bulldogs in tie with CM in HAC-1

JERSEY SHORE — Throughout the baseball season’s first month, Jersey Shore players lacked power-hitting prowess and joked about that. But the power suddenly has been turned on and opponents find Jersey Shore’s new found power hitting supply no laughing matter. Jersey Shore continued ...

No clear choice at QB yet for Lycoming

Mike Clark doesn’t expect to make a final decision on who Lycoming’s quarterback will be next season by the time spring practice ends. But he said the next couple weeks and fall camp will give him plenty of opportunities to see who is ready to take the helm of the Warriors. After two ...

Local roundup: Doney strikes out 12 for Liberty softball

Savanah Doney threw 12 strikeouts in Liberty’s 4-1 win over Williamson. Doney went 3 for 4 with a double and Abby Heatley was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double. Williamsport dropped a close game to Altoona, 4-2. Kaylee Hornberger and Sam Reeder both went 2 for 4 and Reeder had an RBI for ...

Local roundup: Williamsport beats Shamokin in track and field

In boys track and field, Jared Thompson took first in the 200- and 400-meter dash and helped the 3,200 relay team take first by nearly two minutes and the 1,600 relay team first by over 30 seconds as Williamsport defeated Shamokin, 118-32. Williamsport won all but three events. The ...

Mansfield U. sends 3 to Penn Relays

The Mansfield University track and field will send three athletes to the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia this week in Hunter Watkins, Kenzie Jones and Kayla Shapiro. This year marks the 123rd running of the historic Penn Relays. Watkins is one of just 10 non-Division I ...

Montgomery’s Shadle leads 8-inning win over Muncy

MONTGOMERY — Tyler Shadle possesses a sweet baseball swing. The only problem is Shadle sometimes haphazardly uses it. He did so when he chased an eighth-inning first pitch Monday. But then the Mont­gomery left fielder stepped out of the batter’s box, gathered himself and stayed patient. ...

Mounties thinking big for this year

South Williamsport features one of District 4’s youngest rosters. There are no juniors and five of nine freshmen started last week. Several freshmen also helped South Williamsport’s Little League all-stars finish second in the state three years ago. Obviously, South’s future appears ...

Local roundup: Loyalsock softball wins wild one

Loyalsock had 18 hits and scored eight runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good and held off a late South Wil­liamsport rally as the Lancers came away with the 12-10 high school win Monday afternoon at Loyalsock. Loyalsock took an early 2-0 lead before South came back and took an 8-4 ...

Williamsport’s eyes opened after trip south

Winning the championship would have been nice, but Williamsport competing at the Mingo Bay Classic meant more than capturing a trophy. Ultimately, the elite South Carolina tournament was all about opening Williamsport players’ eyes. It is about seeing strong competition that prepares the ...

Franklin says expectations are the same as last year despite success

UNIVERSITY PARK — It would stand to reason that the biggest intangible challenge facing the 2017 Nittany Lions will be to manage expectations they haven’t faced since, oh, say the mid-1990s. James Franklin, however, doesn’t see it that way. After Saturday’s Blue-White Game, in which ...