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Chris Masse on girls basketball: District playoffs fast approaching

It seems nearly impossible, but the girls basketball regular season is just two weeks from concluding. The season has gone by in a flash and a lot could happen the next two weeks as far as playoff positioning and league championships go. Taking that into consideration, let’s look at, first ...

Local roundup: Canton’s Smithers grabs 500th rebound in win

In boys basketball, Michael Smithers scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down his 500th career rebound as Canton defeated Sayre, 60-46. Camden Route and Ben Knapp each scored 10 points and Canton outscored Sayre, 28-12, in the second quarter to break open a close game. Nate Ewing scored ...

Lock Haven names Machak as women’s tennis coach

LOCK HAVEN — John Machak, a central Pennsylvania native, has been named Lock Haven University’s new head women’s tennis coach. From 1968 to 1992, LHU sponsored women’s tennis and in August (2018), LHU announced plans to reintroduce the sport. “I’m thrilled that tennis is coming ...

Local roundup: Bucknell wrestling defeats Franklin & Marshall

In college wrestling, Bucknell defeated Franklin & Marshall, 35-6, on Sunday. Matthew Kolonia (149 pounds), Zach Hartman (157) and Frankie Guida, Jr. (174) each pinned their opponents in the first period, with Hartman needing just 55 seconds. Kolonia and Hartman’s pins, which ...

Muncy finishes 2nd after battling 2nd-ranked Southern in final

MILTON — Shane Miller didn’t score a point against Muncy. It was enough to get a tone-setting win for Southern Columbia. The Tigers’ 152-pounder and the Indians’ Coleman Good were scoreless through three periods of regulation, one overtime period, two tie-breaker periods and a final ...

Ritter, Jones complemented one another in WAHS boys’ win

Isaac Ritter outmuscled defenders and scored 14 points, controlling the boards and setting an early tone. Nassir Jones delivered a third-quarter spark when he tracked down Quay Mulbach and blocked a sure layup before finding Marcus Simmons for a 3-pointer and causing a five-point ...

Whaley records 1,000th point in Millionaires’ victory

Jada Whaley caught the Samiyah Little pass, turned toward the basket and swished a 3-pointer while joining an exclusive club. Whaley’s 3-pointer two minutes into Saturday’s game against visiting North Schuylkill gave her 1,000 career points as the senior became Williamsport’s third ...

Fast break points help Lyco women earn a win

After a flu-ridden Erica Lutz exited the game late in the first quarter, Lycoming's game plan, offensively and defensively, had to change. Without its all-conference caliber forward and tallest player, the Warriors had to pack it in on defense and speed it up on offense. They executed both ...

Undefeated Dunmore defeats Loyalsock girls

It was a loss, but for Loyalsock, Saturday afternoon’s 53-40 home defeat at the hands of the state-ranked Dunmore Bucks was more about what’s to come, than the final score of one game. Netting a combined 35 points, Maddie Fox (12), Summer McNulty (12), and Sarah Van Fleet (11) carried ...

Warriors struggle in loss to Stevenson

A frustrated Mike McGarvey called his second timeout less than seven minutes into the game. His Lycoming squad was fighting for its slim postseason lives and he was less than pleased with the defensive execution. The physical effort was there, but blown assignments and mental lapses plagued the ...

High school roundup: Hill, Parlante help St. John Neumann defeat Muncy boys

David Hill (16 points) and Malaki Parlante combined for 31 points as St. John Neumann defeated Muncy, 77-39, in boys basketball on Saturday. Kolby Moyer led Muncy with 17 points and Noah Rmysza added 12. Five Canton players scored at least eight points as the Warriors defeated ...

College roundup: Cerruti’s near triple-double helps LHU top Salem

Matt Cerruti nearly recorded a triple-double as Lock Haven defeated Salem International, 91-79, in men’s basketball on Saturday afternoon. Cerruti had a team-high 28 points, led LHU with 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Lock Haven also received a 23-point performance from ...

Mackenzie has career-high 31 in Bucknell’s win

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Kimbal Mackenzie scored a career-high 31 points and Bucknell defeated Lafayette, 94-66, on Saturday for the seventh straight time. Mackenzie was 7-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers and made 14 of 15 free throws for his first 30-point game. Nate Sestina added 22 points, ...

Golf tip of the week: Check your alignment

Regardless of your handicap, low or high, if you are experiencing swing problems, you should first check your alignment. Incorrect alignment contributes to many problems. Just because you are looking at the target doesn’t mean you are aiming correctly. There are five sights on the ...

Watkins, Pastore help Lancers end Warriors’ win streak

Every time it appeared Montoursville might take an impressive comeback all the way, Connor Watkins and Anthony Pastore asserted themselves. Both Loyalsock seniors are four-year starters and/or contributors, but their impact went beyond talent. Each time they made big second-half plays, it was ...

Mitch Rupert on wrestling: Bennett is a fundamentally sound wrestler

Dylan Bennett was taken down late in the first period Wednesday night against Mount Carmel. There was no look of surprise on his face and no sense of worry. Instead, when the Montoursville sophomore assumed his spot in the offensive position to start the second period, he went to work. He ...