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WALL forces rematch for sectional title

A strong offensive effort from the Williamsport Area Little League Major Baseball team was enough to defeat Selinsgrove, 10-1, and force a rematch for the Section 3 championship. The winner-takes-all game is set for today at Minersville at 5:30 p.m. Williamsport lost the opener of the ...

Scheiner sparks Cutters’ offense over Spikes

STATE COLLEGE — With one swing Jake Scheiner set a tone for the Williamsport Crosscutters. It was the tone of hits and runs. Fourteen hits and 11 runs, to be exact. Scheiner’s RBI triple in the first inning set up the Cutters for a pair of two-run innings to start the game as they ...

Cutters notebook: Scheiner dazzled for Williamsport on Sunday

The Lowell offense made Jake Scheiner go every direction they could at second base Sunday. It didn’t go particularly well. They challenged him to his right and came up empty. Bullets to his left? No sweat. Slow roller to make him charge and throw on the run? Done. Watch the ...

Lyco announces football class

With a recruiting class that features five all-state selections and 48 members, the Lycoming College football team has reloaded for the 2017 season as it looks to step back into contention for a Middle Alantic Conference title, 10th-year head coach Mike Clark announced on Wednesday. The ...

Local roundup: West End 13s in state final

In the Babe Ruth 13-year-old state semifinals in Altoona on Wednesday evening, Josh Rankey threw a complete game to lead West End to the 12-2 win in five innings over Broomall-Newtown. With the win, West End advances to the state championship today as it plays Upper Darby Drexel Hill at 5 p.m. ...

Bucknell grad Swart to play basketball in Romania

LEWISBURG — Recent Bucknell graduate and women’s basketball standout Sune Swart has signed a contract to play for Sirius Targu Mures, a professional team from Romania that plays in Liga Nationala. “Sune has come a long way in her development and it is exciting to see that it has now led ...

Williamsport’s Colby Fitch tries to break up a double play by sliding into second base as State College’s Caleb Lopes turns two on Williamsport’s Brian Mims at first base in the second inning of the second game at Bowman Field. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Cutters lose doubleheader at home to Spikes

State College missed on its first attempt to sweep out Tuesday’s doubleheader from Williamsport at Bowman Field. It didn’t miss the second. After allowing the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning, State College scored a pair in the top of the eighth to beat the Crosscutters, 3-1, ...

Local roundup: WALL Majors in Section 3 final

Williamsport advanced to the Section 3 Major Baseball championship game thanks to a 3-1 win over Wellsboro on Tuesday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled for Monday. Williamsport fell behind, 1-0, after the first inning but scored all three of its runs in the top of the fifth ...

MU to debut all-access streaming in ‘17

MANSFIELD — For the first time ever, fans can watch live streaming video of Mansfield University Athletics on computers and mobile devices through Mountie All-Access. Mountie All-Access is part of the PSAC Digital Network, which includes all 18 institutions that comprise the Pennsylvania ...

Lycoming’s Lucas earns NATA honor

Lycoming College’s head athletic trainer Andrea Lucas was honored as the inaugural Preceptor of the Year award from the National Athletic Trainers Association. The award seeks to recognize those within the profession who have served as a preceptor for an Athletic Training Program, who go ...

Cutters’ Will Stewart sees need for getting ahead

Will Stewart walked away from his start Sunday evening at Bowman Field happy to have thrown up a zero in the first inning. That’s been the bugaboo of the former 20th-round draft pick of the Phillies all season. So when he didn’t allow a run to the Lowell Spinners in the first inning ...

Local roundup: West End 15s 4-0 in state pool play

In the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament in Bellville Monday evening, Jared Baker delivered a two-out three-run double in the top of the eighth inning to lift West End to a 10-7 eight-inning win over 21st Ward Roxbury. With the win, West End wins the American Division with a 4-0 record in ...

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Will Stewart pitches for the Crosscutters Sunday vs. Lowell.

Tenth-inning HR brings series sweep

Lowell catcher Samuel Miranda took a giant step to his right to set up way off the outside corner of the plate. He held his mitt in front of his chest expecting a fastball. When Spinners teammate Juan Florentino re­leased the baseball, it wasn’t going toward Miran­da. Instead, it leaked ...

Second-round pick shows some flashes

Only one pitch separated Spencer Howard from an outing he described as “not great” and an outing which he could be quite happy with. If he could take back the hanging change-up he threw to Lowell’s Garrett Benge, it would have completely changed the complexion of his second start with ...

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Montoursville players on the team include Hunter Shearer, Jaiden Cioffi, Dylan Bower, Cameron Wood, Zach Haefner, CJ Signor, Aiden Gair, Dillon Stokes, Isaac Barrett, Brandon Good, Dylan Moll and Ediel Rodriguez. Coaches are Scott Metzger, Mitch Wood and Doug Bower.

Local roundup: Montoursville seniors second in state, WALL majors advance

Montoursville dropped the final in the Little League Senior Baseball state tournament in DuBois Sunday to Pennridge. Montoursville rallied into the final day after an opening loss Wednesday to Hatboro, 6-5, by defeating Four Leaf Clover, 9-3, Kennett Square, 6-4, West Scranton, 11-1, and ...

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle led the double-A Williamsport Bills at Bowman Field in 1991.

MLB Little League Classic will bring back Hurdle and others

PITTSBURGH — A quick glance around Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s office inside of PNC Park and you’ll notice a ton of reminders about the game of baseball as it relates to Pittsburgh. Photos of various players, a handful of baseballs — both autographed and not — trinkets ...

Josh Stephen’s hit lifts Crosscutters in the 12th

By MITCH RUPERT mrupert@sungazette.com Josh Stephen didn’t try to do too much with the pitch. He just served it back from where it came. The Williamsport Crosscut­ters left fielder delivered his second walk-off hit of the season, scoring Malvin Matos in the bottom of the 12th inning to ...

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Saquon Barkley teams up with Mike Gesicki during Penn State’s Lift for Life Saturday at Holuba Hall on campus.

Barkley for Heisman hype starts to pick up

STATE COLLEGE — Ever since he jumped over a would-be tackler against Buffalo during his first college game in 2015, it was clear Saquon Barkley had a chance to do very special things for Penn State. There are so many situations in sports when hype and expectations never materialize into ...

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley bench presses during the Penn State Lift for Life in State College, Pa., Saturday, July 15, 2017. (Joe Hermitt/PennLive.com via AP)

McSorley also a deserving contender for major awards

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State could have a Heisman Trophy winner this season, but don’t just assume it would be Saquon Barkley. As good as the stellar running back was last season, the view here is that quarterback Trace McSorley was more deserving of Heisman consideration. I vote for the ...

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Keystone teammates mob Elek Fravel, middle, after he hit a  3-run home run in the first inning Saturday at Volunteer Stadium.

Fravel blasts Keystone to D12 9-11 Baseball title

The first time Elek Fravel stepped into the batter’s box Saturday afternoon, everybody knew his capabilities. The crowd drew silent and the opposing pitcher became nervous. The Keystone third baseman has done damage to the Montoursville pitching staff in the past and Saturday was no ...