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Kicker has been Lyco’s best offense

Jamie Fisher can’t imagine facing more pressure than he did in his first Thanksgiving Day game some three years ago. His Ridley team was trailing Interboro by a couple points in a rivalry game with the intensity of Ohio State versus Michigan. Fisher was a junior first-year kicker lining up ...

Week 4: High School football summaries and statewide scores

South Williamsport 48, NP-Mansfield 26 SW 20 21 7 0- 48 NPM 0 6 0 20- 26 1st Quarter SW- Ashton Martin 63 yard run (kick failed), 10:26 SW- Gideon Green 6 yard run (Dean Seman kick), 6:08 SW- Austin Nash 102 yard interception return (Seman kick), 2:34 2nd ...

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James Franklin last week said beating Pitt was like beating Akron, a comment he said could be interpreted however anyone wanted.

Game would be better with more sportsmanship

STATE COLLEGE — At the risk of sounding like the grumpy old man — I’m really neither, at least not most days — there was a general lack of sportsmanship on display last weekend, and it was bothersome. Respect for the opposition has been lacking for many years, and it’s getting worse. ...

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The inscription on the back of the Old Shoe trophy reads, "The Old Shoe trophy or shoe of the unknown football player" was born in 1961 when, during a discussion concerning an appropriate award for the winner of the annual Muncy/Montgomery football game, Dick Dietz and George Sauers picked a shoe out of a pile of leftovers in the Muncy gym and thus a tradition was born. The Muncy Jaycees had it bronzed and placed on the trophy to be given to the school that won the rival football game each year.

Football preview: Old Shoe: Muncy at Montgomery

Muncy facts: The Indians are off to their best start since 2013 and are hoping to win their 13th straight Old Shoe Game. The defending District 4 Class A champions are atop the district standings and routed Cowanesque Valley, 52-13 after recording quality wins over AA opponents, Warrior Run and ...

Montoursville hires Eck as baseball coach

The Montoursville School Board voted on Thursday night to approve the hiring of Montoursville graduate and former baseball player Jeremy Eck as the school’s new baseball coach. Eck previously coached at Loyalsock and led the Lancers to consecutive state championships in 2013 and 2014 and ...

Football preview: Valley West at Williamsport

Valley West facts: The Spartans are a few plays from being 3-0, losing three games to three tough opponents by 22 combined points. Valley West has never suffered a losing season during the 2000s and led Delaware Valley by three in the fourth quarter last week before losing, 35-25. The Spartans ...

Football preview: South Williamsport at NP-Mansfield

South facts: The Mounties bounced back from a gut-wrenching overtime loss at Danville in impressive fashion, routing Hughesville, 54-13. South scored 48 points after allowing an early touchdown and the starting defense did not allow Hughesville to cross its 40-yard line on its last eight ...

Football preview: Central Columbia at Loyalsock

Central facts: The Blue Jays are 3-0 for a second straight year, but look a lot stronger than last year when they finished 4-6. Most of those starters are back this season and Central is looking like a serious District 4 Class AA playoff contender. Central has blown out all three opponents and ...

Football preview: Lewisburg at Jersey Shore

Lewisburg facts: The Green Dragons have a good core back from last year’s team that made a late push to reach the District 4 Class AAA playoffs and looked strong in all facets while beating Milton, 41-7 last week. Lewisburg showed much improvement from an ugly Week 2 loss at Central Columbia ...

Football preview: Montoursville at Mount Carmel

Montoursville facts: The Warriors took a huge step forward in last week’s 7-0 loss to undefeated Danville. Montoursville has just two starters on both sides of the ball back from last year’s district championship team but made major strides after surrendering 92 points the first two weeks. ...

Lycoming building an offensive line

By MITCH RUPERT mrupert@sungazette.com The reality of the situation hasn’t escaped Brad Stubbs. He knows how tough a start it’s been for his teammates on Lyco­ming’s offensive line. It doesn’t mean he’s not optimistic, though. He and head coach Mike Clark see progress over each ...

Around the area: Week 4

Hughesville (1-2) at Southern Columbia (3-0) Hughesville is in the midst of a tough three-game stretch that started with South Williamsport last week and ends with Loyalsock next Friday. The Spartans were a play from starting the season 2-0 but were never the same after Jase Wright suffered a ...

South Williamsport’s Bella Green (20) and Millville’s Alissa Frey (19) battle for control of the ball during the first half on Thursday at South Williamsport. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Local roundup: South girls blank Millville in a rout

Lela Warner and Lexi Yerger scored twice as South Williamsport blanked Millville in a rout, 7-0, in girls soccer on Thursday afternoon. South Williamsport’s Bella Green added a goal and dished out three assists. The Mounties led 5-0 going into the half and limited the Quakers to just ...

Jon Gerardi on soccer: Goalies coming up big

Montoursville knew coming into this season that it wasn’t going to be easy to replace Ben King in goal. But looking at last year’s JV squad, they saw potential in goalie Ian Plankenhorn. He was young, but Montoursville’s coaches liked what they saw from him. On Saturday, Plankenhorn ...

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Juliana Cruz of Loyalsock, right, and Lexie Yerger of South Williamsport, left, fight for the ball in the second half Tuesday at Loyalsock.

Rhiallie Jessell kicks lift Lancers over the Mounties

By JON GERARDI jgerardi@sungazette.com Both times Rhiallie Jessell lined up to attempt her penalty kicks, she looked as cool and relaxed as she could be. And both times, after taking a few quick stutter steps, Jessell drilled her shot quickly to just inside of the left post. Each one sailed ...

GSU a victory, Lions a payday

STATE COLLEGE — In an era when only four teams make the playoff, who and when a team plays a school is vital to building a strong reputation with the selection committee tasked with determining which teams will take those coveted spots. Scheduling has become more of a subjective art form ...

Local roundup: Williamsport boys beat Jersey Shore in soccer

Williamsport dominated in 4-0 win over Jersey Shore on Tuesday in boys soccer, allowing just one shot on goal. Tiarnan Ferry and Tom Pombor both scored two goals in win. Hughesville got the 3-2 win against Southern Columbia. Austin Lewis scored the first goal for Hughesville in the 36 minute. ...

Bucknell sanctions its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams

Bucknell placed its men’s swimming and diving team on a two-year probation and its women’s team on a one-year probation, the school said Tuesday. All upper-class members of the men’s team are suspended for the first two competitions this season, in addition to canceling both teams’ ...

Hughesville’s Riley Emerick returns a serve at No. 2 doubles against Montoursville’s Alena Clary and Tori Kleese on Wednesday at Montoursville. Emerick’s partner was Emily Watts (not pictured). (IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette)

Local roundup: Montoursville girls tennis wins

Montoursville’s Maddy Reeves won at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in girls tennis over Rachel Thomas as the Warriors beat Hughesville, 4-1, to improve to 7-1. Hughesville’s Kendra Smith won at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. South Williamsport defeated Muncy, 3-2. Lily Summerson ...

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Luke Winner (9) and Chris Klem (5) of South Williamsport bring down Ori Shaner (12) of Hughesville in the first half Friday at Hughesville as South improved to 2-1.

Consistent line play brings consistent results for South

Go back five years and one sees the foundation that South Williamsport football built its resurgence upon. It was in 2012 when the Mounties started putting one of the district’s best offensive lines on the field each week. Those units have become like mini-families since then, brothers in ...