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James Franklin celebrates with tight end Mike Gesicki during Saturday’s Penn State win over Pitt.

Franklin shows how good rivalry can be

I usually spend this column looking ahead to Penn State’s next opponent or weekly story lines, but despite what James Franklin says, no one in the world considers playing Georgia State like the Super Bowl. So, let’s take one last look back at that doozy of a comment Franklin tossed out ...

PSU assistant men's basketball coach Jim Ferry

Jim Ferry hopes to help PSU hoops on offense

Jim Ferry is fine with football comparisons. In 2016, James Franklin brought in offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to bolster the Nittany Lions’ offense in football. It brought a Big Ten title and 2-0 start to 2017. In 2017, Pat Chambers brought in Ferry, a move that can bolster the Nittany ...

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James Franklin and Penn State are looking to be 3-0.

Coach wants his offensive linemen to get ‘nasty’

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference: About the Panthers: Member of Sun Belt Conference and in just fifth season of FBS competition. They’ve gone 10-40 in those five years, including 3-9 last season. … Opened season two weeks ago with 17-10 home loss to Tennessee ...

Local roundup: Loyalsock tennis tops Montour in match of unbeatens

After a 90 minute first set that went into a superset tiebreaker, Loyalsock’s Madison Savidge took the second set, 6-3, providing the difference as Loyalsock defeated Montoursville, 3-2 in an early-season battle of the unbeatens on Monday. Savidge took the 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 win over ...

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Lycoming College’s Dante Gipson (25) pushes past Delaware Valley’s  
Michael Ockimey (24) during a MAC college football game on Saturday at David Person Field in Williamsport. Delaware Valley won 34-3.

Optimism waning after loss

A week ago, there was still optimism coming from Lycoming following its one-point loss to Susquehanna. The defense was stout, the offense showed flashes of what it could be, and the kicking game was downright fantastic. Then there was Saturday against 12th-ranked Delaware Valley. Losing to ...

Lions want more in win over Pittsburgh

STATE COLLEGE — Trailing 33-14 at its own 25 with 3 minutes, 34 seconds remaining and down to one timeout left, Pitt seemed to raise the white flag Saturday by running the football on first down. James Franklin, at that point, had other ideas: He immediately decided to call timeout. So ...

Lyco men finish Red Devil Classic with win

Three players scored, including two in the second half, as the Lycoming College men’s soccer team came from behind to defeat Washington College, 3-1, in the final day of the Red Devil Classic on Sunday at Dickinson College. The Warriors (5-0) are off to their best start since 1997 when ...

Penn College golf coach excited about team’s possibilities

Although the North Eastern Athletic Conference golf championship is months away in April, Pennsylvania College of Technology golf coach Matt Haile already is looking forward to it as the start of his team's fall season looms. "I'm really excited to see how we do. We have some freshmen who ...

Local roundup: Loyalsock tennis tops Hughesville

A showdown between undefeated tennis teams more than lived up to the hype Saturday afternoon as Loyalsock won a back and forth, 3-2 thriller at Hughesville. Madison Savidge clinched the win for Loyalsock at No. 2 singles, downing Jade Cordrey in an entertaining and hard-fought 3-2 match. ...

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Gideon Green (26) of South Williamsport is brought down by several Hughesville players Friday night at Hughesville.

Mounties show pass presence to complement powerful ground game

HUGHESVILLE — As Chevy Bolay and Cole Lentz sped by defenders on consecutive second-quarter plays, almost every Hughesville defender pursued South Williamsport running back Gideon Green. Quarterback A.J. Flick hit both receivers in stride for touchdowns as South started blowing open the game ...

Hoffman takes bronze at Cadet Worlds

Montoursville senior Gavin Hoffman won a bronze medal at 85 kg at the Cadet World Wrestling Championships in Athens, Greece on Saturday. The two-time PIAA state champion won a trio of matches in the repechage to pick up his first world medal. Hoffman went 1-1 in the championship bracket on ...

WHS now 3-0

HAZLETON — Just listen to Cam Dickey when he hits another player on the football field. Close your eyes if you can and listen to the collision, much like the one he had on the goal line in Williamsport’s football game Friday night. It’s impossible to imagine that thunderous car crash of ...

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Todd Blackledge sneaks across the goal line to score the game-tying touchdown in Penn State’s eventual 48-14 win at No. 1 Pittsburgh on Nov. 28, 1981, one of the rivalry’s most memorable games.

Pitt game remains special to Blackledge

Penn State vs. Pitt means many things to many people. But, current players aside, it’s doubtful the game means more to anyone than it does to Todd Blackledge. Blackledge’s legend with the Nittany Lions was solidified with his 47-yard touchdown pass to Gregg Garrity in the 1983 Sugar ...

A handful of Lycoming College defenders pull down Delaware Valley’s Devauntay Ellis during a MAC game on Saturday at David Person Field in Williamsport. (RALPH WILSON/For The Sun-Gazette)

Delaware Valley’s defense stifles Warriors in a rout at Lycoming

Delaware Valley should have been facing a difficult decision: kick a long field goal or keep the offense on the field on fourth-and-10. Then it was bailed out by referee Brian McGrath. A questionable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave the Aggies new life inside the Lycoming 15 and they ...

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Cole Cavanaugh of Loyalsock stiff-arms Chris Day of Mifflinburg before being tackled by Garrett Becker Friday night.

Lancers dominate at home

Through two games, the Loyalsock Lancers have shown resiliency and the ability to score points, but had lacked consistency on defense. Friday night at Kenneth Robbins Stadium, the homestanding Lancers kept one foot on the gas and stomped the visiting Mifflinburg Wildcats with the other, ...

Rivalry, like all, should be measured in fun

Five things to look for as Penn State looks to avenge last year’s loss and beat Pitt for the first time since 1999. No. 1: Protect ball Pitt’s defense cannot stop Penn State’s offense consistently for four quarters. That’s all there is to it. The Nittany Lions are going to score, ...

Lycoming QBs seek an edge

Beyond the competition for their position, Chase Williams and Collin Wright see the bigger picture. Both players want to be Lycoming’s full-time starting quarterback. But regardless of how head coach Mike Clark utilizes them this season, they both just want to help the Warriors ...

Caputo scores 2 in victory for Montoursville

At the half, Montoursville did hold a two-goal lead against Loyalsock, and while some teams perhaps would have been satisfied leading by two, the Warriors wanted to get another goal in the second half. For the coaching staff, Montoursville wanted to make the adjustments at halftime to possess ...

Warriors see some positives

For a team that got a fresh look this year due to graduation of some good talent, the Montoursville Warriors might be a dangerous team in the coming weeks despite their 0-3 record after Friday night’s 7-0 loss to the visiting Danville Ironmen. Danville came to Montoursville as the heavy ...

Muncy plays fast, too fast for CV

MUNCY — As Muncy was running plays and practicing prior to Friday’s game at Stanley T. Schuyler Memorial Stadium, the coaches could be heard repeatedly telling their players to play at an up-tempo pace and be fast. It’s something Muncy coach Sean Tetreault has been stressing and focusing ...