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Schuler shuts down Mexico’s late rally attempt

PORTLAND — South Williamsport ace Alizabeth Schuler knew the game was over before the umpire could ball up his fist to make the final strike call. The Pennsylvania state champions took a 3-1 lead into the final inning of Saturday’s pool-play game against Mexico City, Mexico, at the ...

Cutters defeat Black Bears

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — A night after letting a five-run lead slip away, the Crosscutters’ pitching staff allowed just one run in a 5-1 road victory at West Virginia. Williamsport jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning and scored another in the fifth before West Virginia broke up the ...

US field set as final 6 regional champs determined

The Little League World Series field is now complete. The final seven teams, including six U.S. squads clinched regional championships Saturday. British Columbia completed the International field when it defeated Quebec, 6-3, and captured the Canada championship. U.S. winners include: Coon ...

James Franklin knows value of work and life balance

STATE COLLEGE — There are a ton of workaholics in the world and some jobs require that you be available to work pretty much all the time. When you’re young and single, you just deal with it. You embrace it, even. For many people, that constant drive to work becomes part of their ...

Golf tip of the week: Uphill lies require less loft

When hitting from an uphill slope, your club loft will increase due to the angle of the hitting area. For example, if you are hitting a nine iron, you may want to change to an eight or seven iron, depending on the severity of the slope angle. When on a downhill lie utilize a more lofted club, ...

Cutters blow a 5-run lead in road loss to Black Bears

GRANVILLE, W.Va. — The Williamsport Crosscutters let a five-run lead slip away as the West Virginia Black Bears used two three-run innings to earn a 6-5 win. The Cutters (20-34) fall to 12 games out of first place in the Pinckney Division of the New ...

Bucknell announces 2019-20 schedule

LEWISBURG — First-year women’s basketball coach Trevor Woodruff will begin his Bucknell tenure on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Virginia, kicking off a challenging but exciting non-conference schedule for the Bison. Bucknell will play four non-league opponents that won 20 or more games a year ago, ...

Johnson to end his career as 2-year starting linebacker

STATE COLLEGE — Jan Johnson came to Penn State as a walk-on, but he’ll end his career as a two-year starter at middle linebacker for “Linebacker U.” That’s a remarkable achievement, and no doubt Johnson has surprised many people along the way by his success. But when asked if ...

South’s comeback falls short in 1st World Series defeat

PORTLAND, Ore. — The South Williamsport all-stars faced off against the most intimidating opponent they have seen all summer, and they did not blink in a hard-fought 7-5 pool-play loss to Honolulu on Thursday at the Little League Softball World Series. South Williamsport put the pressure ...

Cutters swept in doubleheader for 2nd straight day

The Williamsport Crosscutters were swept in a doubleheader for the second consecutive day Thursday as West Virginia won both games of the twinbill in Morgantown, 8-2 and 2-1. The sweep at the hands of the Black Bears came one night after it was swept in a doubleheader by Batavia. ...

South Williamsport girls open LLWS with a victory

PORTLAND, Ore. — Entering the Little League Softball World Series, South Williamsport had yet to lose a game, going 14-0 from districts through regionals. That winning streak continued Tuesday as South Williamsport opened the World Series with a 3-1 win against the Asia-Pacific ...

Red Sox, Orioles set for 2020 MLB LL Classic

The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles will play in the fourth iteration of the MLB Little League Classic in 2020, as announced by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Little League International on Wednesday. The game, which will take place on Sunday, ...

Cutters have win streak snapped

The energy had finally found its way back to the Williamsport dugout. For five innings its offense had all been but eliminated by Batavia pitching in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Bowman Field. Then Kendall Simmons hit a triple to lead off the sixth inning and Logan O’Hoppe ...

Miller working on several mechanical changes to pitch

Erik Miller views the pre-draft reports as having him throwing 96 to 97 mph as nice to have but not telling the whole story. The fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in June’s draft said those reports don’t indicate that when he was reaching those velocities at Stanford that he ...

1st 2 US teams qualify for LLWS

The first two U.S. teams clinched Little League World Series berths Wednesday afternoon. And both teams are first-time entries. River Ridge, Louisiana and South Riding, Virginia, captured the Southwest and Southeast Regional championships, respectively. River Ridge becomes the first New ...

South’s Emily Holtzapple is 2nd family member to get to a LLWS

Emily Holtzapple started playing on a softball all-star team when she was 9 years old. And ever since then, every summer, her mom JJ would joke with her that she played to a Little League World Series, so now her daughter needs to do it. Well, Emily Holtzapple can check that off the ...

Fassnacht fortunate to be around family

When Nate Fassnacht found out the Philadelphia Phillies were assigning him to Williamsport, he made a phone call to his sister and told her he was moving in. Fassnacht, an eight-round pick of the Phillies in June’s draft, didn’t have to worry about finding a host family in Williamsport ...

Franklin heaps praise on PSU’s Toney

STATE COLLEGE — James Franklin heaped praise on junior defensive end Shaka Toney while singling out a handful of players who deserve more attention with Penn State entering fall camp. “On defense, Shaka Toney has got a strong voice with our team,” Franklin said Saturday. “He’s ...

Stewart’s, Simmons’ booming hits lift Cutters to 6th straight win

D.J. Stewart and Kendall Simmons both hit balls Monday night which seemingly hung in the air forever. Stewart’s first-inning fly ball was hit so high down the left-field line that Batavia’s Troy Johnston had time to run from his shifted spot in left-center to make a diving attempt to ...