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LHU baseball splits with Huskies

LOCK HAVEN — Win the series. That is the approach Lock Haven University baseball coach Jim Chester wants his team to have when they face their PSAC-East foes in the four-game, weekend series. Saturday afternoon on Watkins Field at the Stern Athletic Complex, the Bald Eagles completed that ...

Local roundup: Saar throws one-hit shutout for Shore

Jersey Shore pitcher Timmy Saar continued shining early this season, throwing a one-hit shutout Saturday at Wellsboro as Jersey Shore blanked the Green Hornets, 9-0. Saar was just two outs from throwing a no-hitter and threw 6 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball before Billy Lechler hit a one-out, ...

2017 track and field area bests

Based on results reported to the Sun-Gazette. Only one time per athlete or relay team will be used for each event. Must win event in dual meet, or place in an invitational to qualify. Girls Class AA 3,200 relay: 1, Lewisburg (Emma Bailey, Selena Permyashkin, Sarah Reif, Hannah Jones), ...

Tempo means nothing more than a smooth transition from the backswing to the downswing. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Golf tip of the week: Faster backswing may improve your tempo

Most golfers relate to good tempo as meaning a slow swing; this is not correct. Good tempo can be fast. If a golfer has a quick downswing then the backswing should be faster also. Good tempo can be fast or slow. The best way to explain tempo is to divide your total swing time by two. For ...

St. John Neumann senior Kevin Anderson dunks during a game against North Penn-Liberty in the District 4 Class A playoffs this year. Anderson was named the Class A Player of the Year. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Neumann’s Anderson named Class A Player of the Year

Nearly any time Kevin Anderson took the court this past basketball season, all eyes followed him. No matter whether it was opponents, fans or coaches, Anderson commanded attention. Even when all focused on Anderson, the senior guard still did things they never saw coming. Anderson could score ...

Trio from area join Anderson on all-state team

This season in boys basketball, the area produced five district champions and five teams won league titles. Those teams were led by great players and four of those teams were powered by some of the state’s best. St. John Neumann’s Kevin Anderson was named the Class A Player of the Year ...

Local roundup: South baseball uses 4-run third to beat Milton

In high school baseball, South Williamsport used a four-run third inning to help defeat Milton, 7-1, on Friday afternoon. Aaron Hughes and Tripp Breen combined on the mound to scatter just two hits and only allowed the one run. Ben Johnson was 2 for 4 with a double and triple. Pat ...

Lancer softball gives Defenders their first loss

TURBOTVILLE — Elizabeth Haller played basketball last winter, but never stopped practicing softball. Any chance Haller had, the senior leader was working in the batting cage and becoming a more dangerous hitter. But Warrior Run had no way of knowing that. And after Rhiallie Jessell slammed ...

Warrior baseball wins long-awaited home opener

Brycen Mussina took the full count and hit a routine grounder toward Jersey Shore’s shortstop. But the throw was off the mark. It proved to be a costly error, as it allowed two Montoursville runs to cross the plate and give Montoursville a four-run lead in the bottom of the second ...

Khalik Harmon of Williamsport takes the baton from Austin Murray in the 1,600 relay Thursday at Montoursville.

Local roundup: Davis nips Serfass in Molly Dry 1600

Jersey Shore’s Isaac Davis won a tight race in the 1,600, posing a time of 4:34.63 to win at the Molly Dry Invitational Thursday at Mansfield University. Davis edged Loyalsock’s Quinn Serfass by just .01 seconds to win the race. Hughesville’s Brenden Gardner won the 300 hurdles and ...

South uses 7-run 4th to defeat Defenders

South Williamsport baseball players waited nearly 11 months, longing for another shot at Warrior Run. When that opportunity came Wednesday, the District 4 Class AA quarterfinal rematch looked a lot like last year’s game being replayed. The Defenders mercy-ruled South, ending its season last ...

Local roundup: Hughesville’s Hill hits game-winning RBI

With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Hughesville’s Mike Hill hit a game-winning RBI up the middle, bringing in Carter Marquardt — who was pinch running for Jared Snyder — to give the Spartans a 6-5 win over Southern Columbia in high school baseball. Snyder ...

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Central Mountain second baseman Josie Dershem throws to first after making a stop on a single by Jersey Shore’s Alyssa Stover in the first inning on Tuesday at Jersey Shore.

Central Mountain softball tops Jersey Shore

By JON GERARDI jgerardi@sungazette.com JERSEY SHORE — Central Mountain has done well scoring a run or two in the first inning of games and using that to get off to a good start. Granted, it’s still very early in the softball season, but it’s been working for the Wildcats. And Tuesday ...

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Juwan Johnson caught two passes last season, struggling to break out of crowded Penn State receiving corps.

Penn State WR Johnson enjoying an improved spring

Typically each spring, one player emerges as the most talked-about guy on the Penn State football team, someone his coaches and teammates frequently mention and praise. Altoona’s Kevin Givens had that distinction a year ago. This spring, it’s redshirt sophomore receiver Juwan ...

Knight softball now 3-0

St. John Neumann could not really put together an offseason softball program. That is because Neumann was not even sure it would field a team. It was not until two weeks before spring practices started that Neumann finally had nine players and knew a 2017 season would exist. And what a season ...

Millionaires win game at Mingo Bay

Williamsport improved to 2-0 in pool play of the Mingo Bay Classic Tuesday in Conway, S.C., with a 15-5, 5-inning win over Logan, W.V. The Millionaires, now 2-0 in pool play, were led by 3 RBIs from both Jalen Jackson and Michael Weber as they scored nine runs in the fifth inning. Each team in ...

Bald Eagles split wild doubleheader

LOCK HAVEN -- The balls were flying, the bats were swinging, and the runners were scoring Tuesday afternoon in a PSAC crossover baseball doubleheader between Seton Hill and Lock Haven. When the final totals were in, Seton Hill and Lock Haven split with the Bald Eagles winning the opener, ...

Mets beat Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay Bruce homered twice, including the tiebreaking shot in a testy eighth inning to lead the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Monday night. Recently bumped up to the cleanup spot, Bruce put the Mets in front 4-2 with a towering, two-run drive off his ...

Daneker back with Coastal Carolina after Tommy John

Amanda Daneker never really experienced much life without playing softball. She has excelled at the game since the first time she played as a child. Imagine how tough it was then, watching from the dugout as Coastal Carolina played without her last year. The three-time first team Loyalsock ...

Local roundup: JS baseball drops Selinsgrove

Timmy Saar and Brandon DePasqua combined on a shutout as Jersey Shore recorded an impressive 2-0 win in baseball Monday over last year’s District 4 Class AAA champion Selinsgrove. Saar threw five strong innings and allowed no runs for a second time this season while DePasqua went 2 for 3 with ...