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Neumann grad Johnson drafted by the Pacers

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

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

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

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 ...

Column: Neumann grad Bierly recalls his lone season alongside Alize Johnson

I was a senior at St. John Neumann when Alize Johnson was a 5-foot-9 wiry freshman. I didn’t think much at the time when I saw him at an open gym session in the sweltering Catholic Community Center on a scorching August evening with doors wide open and industrial sized fans blowing hot air. ...

Neumann grad Johnson reflects on career so far

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

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 ...

Local roundup: Williamsport major softball wins

In the District 12 major softball tournament, Abby Robertson pitched a complete-game three-hitter and added two RBIs as Williamsport moved on to the winners’ bracket final with its 12-1 win over East Lycoming on Wednesday afternoon. Kaeylin Sennett went 3 for 5 with a run, an RBI and a ...

Armas, Alcantara combine on a shutout

Gustavo Armas’ inning-by-inning pitch count looked like a collection of quarterback jersey numbers Tuesday night at Bowman Field. The Williamsport right-hander was not only effective, but efficient as he twirled seven shutout innings at the Auburn Doubledays at Bowman Field. Armas threw no ...

Rule changes aren’t enough from PIAA hearing

It took five decades, but the PIAA finally has admitted there is a problem. The organization even is taking steps to address that problem. Those are the two main takeaways from Monday’s Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee’s “Hearing on Public, Private Sports.” The main issue has ...

WAHS baseball and softball earn CPL all-star nods

The Central Penn League announced its baseball and softball all-star teams on Monday and Williamsport was represented in both sports. The Millionaires’ baseball team won the league championship this year and Kyle Schneider was named Coach of the Year thanks to coaching the ...

Area kid wins MLB Pitch Hit Run championship in Pittsburgh

Brooke Wilcox, from Covington, won the MLB Pitch Hit Run championship for the 9-10 year old softball division held at the Pittsburgh Pirates PNC Stadium this past Saturday. Wilcox is the daughter of Chris and Maryann Wilcox. Maryann is the North Penn-Mansfield girls soccer coach. Brooke ...

Cutters’ offense comes alive in victory

If hitting in contagious, it passed through the Williamsport Crosscutters on Monday night. The Cutters pounded out a season-high 13 hits from eight players in a 7-3 win over Auburn at Bowman Field. After struggling to consistently produce runs through the first three games of the season ...

Header from Kane lifts England

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out. Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry Maguire’s flick-on, scoring the winning goal ...

Cutters notebook: Vierling made pro debut

Hitting in Citizens Bank Park was Matt Vierling’s opportunity to prove what he’s capable of in front of a Major League audience. In a workout with the Philadelphia Phillies prior to the MLB Draft, the Notre Dame product hit a few home runs during batting practice at the Phillies’ stadium ...

Local roundup: Williamsport major softball wins opener

In the opener of the District 12 major softball tournament, Williamsport scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth and Kendall McAnelly threw a complete-game one-hitter as Williamsport topped Clinton, 10-0, in four innings on Monday. Alexandria Chilson (3 for 3, three RBIs, two runs) and ...

Cutters fall in extras for second straight night to State College

Drifting back toward the left-field wall, Ben Pelletier never took his eyes off the baseball. He did continue to drift back in the top of the 10th inning until he hit the wall and there was no more room to drift. The baseball hit by State College’s Stanley Espinal landed beyond the wall in ...

Kuznetsov trying to learn game and language

A year ago, Anton Kuznetsov spoke no English. He spoke to his coaches through Google Translator to try and figure out what the coaches wanted from him. At the same time, the Philadelphia Phillies heaped information on him as he was trying to learn baseball in a new country as a 19-year-old. ...

PSU’s Taylor earns spot on World Team

STATE COLLEGE — For David Taylor, ceding the first takedown in the first match of his best-of-three Final X series Saturday night against Nick Reenan was a simple math equation. If he scored more the rest of the way, he would win. And did he ever. Taylor earned his first U.S. Senior ...

Extra-inning affair ends with Spikes win

STATE COLLEGE - The ball shot out of Brayan Gonzalez's glove like it was thrown down the right-field line. He was trying to apply the tag on State College's Brenden Donovan on a wild throw from third base, but as Donovan collided with the Williamsport second baseman, the ball flew out of his ...