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MU’s Watkins named PSAC Men’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year

MANSFIELD — Mansfield University All-American Hunter Watkins was selected PSAC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year in voting conducted by conference head coaches and released Friday. It marks the first major award won by a Mansfield outdoor men’s track and field athlete ...

Bucknell’s Swart earns PL honor

LEWISBURG — Recent Bucknell graduate Sune Swart, a captain on the Patriot League champion Bison women’s basketball team, is a recipient of the 2017 Patriot League Award of Outstanding Leadership and Character. The Patriot League established the Award of Outstanding Leadership and ...

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Local roundup: Three locals win Liberty Mutual Invitational tourney

In the photo above, the Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament was held at White Deer Golf Course on Friday. The event is a nationwide charity event with HOPE Enterprise as the local beneficiary and was played as a memorial to the late Peyton McDonald, who was a founding member of the ...

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Youth baseball: Williamsport LL team goes undefeated in regular season

Pictured are players from Williamsport Area Little League’s Rivals team, which finished the year undefeated with a 20-0 record. Adam Aldenderfer threw a one-hit shutout in a four-inning, 11-0 win over Heller’s in the final game. Rivals ended the year with three no-hitters and eight ...

Lyco duo part of USA East Coast All-Stars

Lycoming senior Alex Newbold and junior Calvin Chandler will join Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt and the USA East Coast All-Stars on the team’s annual trip to Europe, where the 2017 edition of the all-stars will face four national teams in Madrid, Spain, from Aug. 7-12. The 5-foot-10 Newbold ...

Jake Flaherty returns to Bucknell as assistant coach

LEWISBURG — Jake Flaherty, a 2014 Bucknell graduate and a former wide receiver with the Bison football team, has returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach. Flaherty will work with the Bucknell running backs while also serving as the assistant recruiting coordinator. “We are ...

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Penn State’s one-game throwback uniforms will include gray facemasks and white shoes.

Penn State will wear throwbacks for a game

The Penn State football team will turn back the clock for a special “Generations of Greatness” game against Indiana on Sept. 30 in Beaver Stadium. Elements of the game against the Hoosiers will take fans back in time, while the Nittany Lions will don uniforms with designs elements from ...

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The Little League World Series runs Aug. 17-27 at Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.

2017 Little League World Series schedule

Thursday, Aug. 17 G1—Latin American vs. Mexico, at Volunteer, 1 p.m. (ESPN) G2—Mid-Atlantic vs. New England, at Lamade, 3 p.m. (ESPN) G3—Canada vs. Europe-Africa, at Volunteer, 5 p.m. (ESPN) G4—Southwest vs. Great Lakes, at Lamade, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Friday, Aug. ...

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Loyalsock has reached the PIAA baseball semifinals 7 times in 10 years, including three PIAA titles in that span.

Lancers look to continue tradition next season

Most high school players have state championship dreams. Many others envision postseason glory. But, for so many, they remain just dreams. The outgoing Loyalsock seniors experienced both. They were part of a state champion as freshmen and helped the Lancers reach three state Final 4’s in ...

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Logan Edmonds could develop into Loyalsock’s ace next season.

Edmonds hopes playoff experience proves a plus

Loyalsock pitcher Logan Edmonds opened Monday’s Class AAA Eastern Region final, surrendering a single, hitting a batter and issuing a walk. His day barely had started and already he faced a bases-loaded, no-out situation. No problem. Edmonds does not hide from challenges. He embraces ...

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Lock Haven pitcher drafted in the 10th round by Atlanta

Former Lock Haven University pitcher Jacob Belinda was selected by the Atlanta Braves Tuesday in the 10th round with the 290th pick of the 2017 MLB Draft. Belinda, who capped a solid four-year career for the Bald Eagles in the spring, is just the second player in school history to be selected ...

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The Little League World Series schedule will be announced this week.

New LLWS uniform designs are released

Russell Athletic and Little League unveiled jersey designs to be worn during the 2017 Little League World Series tournaments. The announcement comes at the start of National Little League Week, June 12-18, when Little League announces this year’s LLWS schedule and first-round pairings. ...

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Loyalsock's Andrew Malone pauses at third base as Derek Gee and another player hug in the outfield after their 4-0 loss to Holy Redeemer for the PIAA Class AAA semi-final game at Central Columbia Monday.

Lancers fall short of state final but find some positives

ESPY — As players packed up their belongings, not a word was spoken. The eerie silence emanating from the Loyalsock dugout marked an ending and seemed symbolic. The Lancers made so much noise throughout the 2017 season and especially once the playoffs started. But Holy Redeemer finally ...

Loyalsock kept off-balance at plate in semifinal defeat

ESPY — Tony Molitoris reached into his bag of baseball cliches following Monday’s win over Loyalsock and read off the keys to a win one by one. Pound the zone. Check. Mix pitch speeds and types. Check. Be tough in tight spots. Check. The Holy Redeemer pitcher shrugged his shoulders ...

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Loyalsock’s Connor Watkins, left, and Andrew Malone, tap gloves during the District 4 Class AAA championship game in State College last month.

Loyalsock stays on course to avoid any distractions

School is out, graduation took place last Friday and summer planning is in vogue. Now, more than ever, a high school team could easily be thrown off by scheduling changes. That is why Loyalsock has done everything it can to keep things the same. Repetition and routine are key words these ...

Holy Redeemer (15-4) vs. Loyalsock (20-3)

Holy Redeemer road to semis: In District 2, beat Lake-Lehman, 10-0; Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 7-1 and Lakeland, 3-2; in states, beat Tamaqua, 5-0 and Oley Valley, 4-3 Scouting Holy Redeemer: The Royals are making their first state semifinal appearance and are having the best season since the ...

Talent should fill Cutters’ roster

It’d be hard to fault Williamsport Crosscutters fans for being bitter. In recent years top picks Aaron Nola, J.P. Crawford, Cornelius Randolph and Mickey Moniak have all bypassed Williamsport. All but Nola began their first full season of pro ball in Lakewood. That’s a lot of top talent to ...

Loyalsock players celebrate their District 4 Class AAA championship after defeating Central Columbia at Penn State’s Medlar Field  this year. The faces change on the field, and there’s a new head coach, but the tradition at Loyalsock continues. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Loyalsock continuing its solid baseball tradition

Some last names overlap. Some past players are now coaches. Some current players who were young elementary school students nine years ago now are making their mark. Put all those players and coaches together. They stretch across 10 seasons but they are all teammates, all part of a family. ...

Van Stavoren’s arm is helping Sock win

If Larry Van Stavoren’s back drove him away from pitching earlier this season, his heart brought him back. Van Stavoren experienced a back injury last year, so he told first-year coach Zac Martin during the preseason that he would rather not pitch. Halfway through his senior year though, ...