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A capsule look at today’s PIAA area basketball games

Girls Class A Sullivan County (19-7) vs. Jenkintown (27-1) at Sullivan Road to 2nd round: In District 4, beat Galeton, 72-30 and Millville, 61-42; lost to Lourdes, 35-29; in states, beat Covenant Christian, 65-30 Sullivan leading scorers: Mykenzie Malacusky, Sr., G, 15.5; Jessica King, ...

Local roundup: Neumann ousted by top-ranked Sankofa

In boys basketball, Sankofa Freedom Academy jumped out to a 48-17 halftime lead as it defeated St. John Neumann, 71-30, in the second round of the PIAA Class A state tournament on Tuesday night Cumberland Valley High School. David Hill led the Knights with 16 points and five teammates also ...

Bucknell’s Mackenzie saves best moments for biggest games

LEWISBURG — No situation has been too big for Kimbal Mackenzie. Whether he’s taking an economics exam or is on the hardwood for an NCAA Tournament game, the Bucknell guard has the ability to be at his best in important moments. He’s a two-time member of the All-Patriot League squad, a ...

Defenders fall victim to Neumann-Goretti

HAMBURG — Neumann-Goretti’s Diamond Johnson pulled up and put up a 3 which looked effortless as the defender in front of her was too slow to challenge the attempt. The basket forced a timeout from Warrior Run, which did little to stop the bleeding as Neumann-Goretti advanced to the ...

Sullivan’s program has become synonymous with winning

As the current Sullivan County girls basketball players moved through elementary school, they knew the high school featured an excellent basketball program. They also knew that it was the boys who were doing the consistent winning. Starting in 2011, the boys team started a stretch in which it ...

Tough schedule has helped Loyalsock

Loyalsock entered last Friday’s Class AAA state tournament opener against District 2 power Holy Redeemer tied 31-31. Playing in front of a big crowd, the Lancers knew their season could soon be over. Loyalsock remained calm and poised. It then dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring ...

Bison cruise past Loyola in PL quarters

LEWISBURG — It could’ve been easy for Bucknell to disrespect Loyola. The Bison swept the two-game season series by a combined 40 points and had little trouble in each game. Instead of looking like a team that rolled to two easy victories, Bucknell looked like the exact opposite. The Bison ...

A capsule look at today’s PIAA area basketball games (B7)

Girls Class AAA Loyalsock (24-3) vs. Imhotep (18-9) at Central Dauphin East High School, 6 p.m. Loyalsock road to second round: In District 4, beat Bloomsburg, 70-45; East Juniata, 61-24 and Warrior Run, 58-31; in states, beat Holy Redeemer, 57-41. Loyalsock leading scorers: Maddie Fox, ...

Crebs earns 7th-place medal in AA tournament

HERSHEY — Something had to change for Gable Crebs between his junior and senior season. He had missed out on his first trip to the state tournament and realized what he was doing just wasn’t good enough. So he increased everything about the way he prepared to make sure he didn’t miss ...

Sestina slams door on Lehigh, propel Bucknell to PL title game

By DEVIN BIERLY dbierly@sungazette.com LEWISBURG — Moments after Nate Sestina slammed home a putback dunk, the senior big man sprinted to the tunnel, yelling to himself with his teammates chasing him. The crowd still left in a tizzy and buzzing about Sestina’s dunk, but also that ...

Snyder’s coaching career measured in moments

HERSHEY — Taking the long, cold walk up the runway away from six wrestling mats spread out across a hockey rink, Lewisburg coach Jim Snyder had the hand of his long-time assistant Mike Brown pressed against his back. Assistant Justin Michaels draped his left arm over Snyder’s ...

Bison seniors will leave a lasting legacy

Bucknell coach Aaron Roussell isn’t ready to talk about his seniors just yet. He doesn’t want to think about life after one of the most successful senior classes in Patriot League history. Plus, their story is far from over. Top-seeded Bucknell (25-5) takes on eighth-seeded Loyola (7-23) ...

Griffins’ starters, reserves shine in win

Sullivan County knew little about first round Class A state tournament opponent Covenant Christian. That information seemed as guarded as Mr. Krabs’ secret Krabby Patty formula. And it did not matter. Sullivan did not focus on what its opponent might do Saturday at Williamsport. It simply ...

Parlante 1 of most versatile players

By CHRIS MASSE cmasse@sungazette.com Name a sport and there is a strong chance Malaki Parlante has played it. Postseason awards have yet to come out, but if there is one for the district’s most versatile athlete, Parlante might be the favorite. The St. John Neumann junior is a current ...

Green Hornets’ effort comes up just short

TROY — Brandyn Tuttle had little interest in finishing his high school career last night. The Wellsboro senior big man has headed a resurgence in the basketball program. He was there when Wellsboro won its first district title in 66 years last season and he nearly ended another long drought ...

Lancers defense is like a chameleon

By CHRIS MASSE cmasse@sungazette.com Loyalsock features no defensive system. They are not a man-to-man or a zone team. Basically, the Lancers are a chameleon, forever changing their colors. It has been that way all season and it paid huge dividends last Friday as Loyalsock defeated Holy ...

Lancers roll to first-round win

Five Loyalsock starters quickly showed that Saturday’s Class AAA state opener against Palmerton would be little more than a glorified sparring session. The Lancers dominated from the start, built a 30-point second-quarter lead and romped to an 80-48 win. That gave a large audience that ...

Penn State wraps up Big Ten Championship

MINNEAPOLIS — It seems like the only ones not getting excited about Penn State failing to win a Big Ten tournament championship the past two seasons were the Nittany Lions. They were poked and prodded and queried and questioned about that one blank spot on their resume and, even after they ...

Results from PIAA wrestling championships in Hershey on Saturday

Class AA Outstanding Wrestler: Ryan Vulakh, Pope John Paul II Team scoring: 1. Southern Columbia 121, 2. St. Joseph's Catholic 95.5, 3. Notre Dame Green Pond 80, 4. Reynolds 68, 5. Saucon Valley 64, 6. Chestnut Ridge 60.5, 7. Greenville 54, 8. Freedom (Dist. 7) 51.5, 9. Forest Hills 48.5, ...

PSU sits in 1st place

MINNEAPOLIS — As expected, Penn State is going to have earn the team championship at the 2019 Big Ten wrestling championships and it’s going to have to hold off two-time defending champion Ohio State to do it. The Nittany Lions sit in first place in the team race with 131 team points, six ...