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SARA WAGAMAN/For The Sun-Gazette
Johnny Rowland of Wellsboro pitches in Thursday’s District 4 AA final at Penn State.

Hornets AA baseball champs

STATE COLLEGE — Johnny Row­land let out a yell as soon as left fiel­der Parker Mann caught the final out. The yell featured no words but still spoke volumes that reverberated throughout District 4. One better believe that Wellsboro has arrived as a major player. A team that has no ...

PIAA baseball, softball first-round playoff games set

Here are the first-round pairings, sites and times for area teams in the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs for Monday, June 5: AAAAAA baseball Williamsport vs. Perkiomen Valley, Central Columbia HS, 6:30 AAA baseball Loyalsock vs. Lakeland, Central Columbia, HS, 4 AA baseball Wellsboro ...

South softball falls after late rally

TURBOTVILLE — Only the dim light from a nearby Little League softball field provided the slightest illumination minutes following the District 4 Class AA championship Thurs­day night. But if one squinted and looked close enough, he or she could see several South Williamsport softball ...

CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette
Sarah Miller reaches base for Muncy Thursday.

D4 A runner-up Muncy to states

TURBOTVILLE — Muncy’s Sarah Miller took the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and a runner on and hit a nice shot into right field. The Muncy senior, much like everyone in her dugout, was hoping it would drop and allow the Indians to attempt a late rally down by ...

Black Panthers drop AAAA softball final

TURBOTVILLE — Rain dampened the last week of Milton softball’s season as the Black Panthers lost to Shikel­lamy, 3-1, in the District 4 AAAA finals at Moser Complex Thurs­day afternoon. The game originally scheduled for Wednes­day was moved to Thursday after rain swamped the ...

Loyalsock players bite their District 4 championship medals after defeating Central Columbia, 6-0, at Penn State’s Medlar Field on Wednesday. It’s the seventh district title in eight years for the Lancers. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Lancers beat Blue Jays for 7th D4 title in 8 years

STATE COLLEGE — Nearly 30 minutes following Wednesday’s District 4 Class AAA championship, long after the cheering stopped, Loyalsock pitcher Andrew Malone scooped some infield dirt as a memento. Malone and his teammates certainly delivered a memorable performance. And Lancer players ...

Loyalsock’s Malone has a beauty of pitching gem

STATE COLLEGE — Off-handedly in the fourth inning, Zac Martin asked one of his assistant coaches Wednesday how many pitches Loyalsock starting pitcher Andrew Malone had thrown. When he heard the number 24, Martin, the first-year Lancers’ head coach, was taken aback. He wasn’t ...

Bucknell baseball has two earn honors

LEWISBURG — Bucknell junior pitcher Connor Van Hoose and senior outfielder Brett Smith earned All-ECAC second-team honors, announced by the conference on Wednesday. Unanimous first-team All-Patriot League honorees, Van Hoose and Smith earn All-ECAC recognition for the first time in their ...

Passion drove Byham in what he did

Bill Byham broadcasted Little League World Series games from the Bill Byham press section. That’s about as close to living legend as it gets around here and Byham, who died Tuesday at 88, was every bit of that. He started his adult life in sports as a minor-league pitcher and ended it with ...

A Sayre runner safely steals second base as Cowanesque Valley second baseman Corey Wells tries to field the throw for the out at Penn State’s Medlar Field on Wednesday.  (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Despite losing in final, CV raised bar for program

STATE COLLEGE — As Cowanesque Valley players exited the field Wednesday, their fans stood and applauded. It mattered little that Sayre blanked the Indians, 10-0 in six innings, and captured the District 4 Class A championship at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The fact that ...

Williamsport used last year’s loss to WVW as motivation for this year

Dejected Williamsport players and coaches gathered in left field at Wyoming Valley West last May following a season-ending district semifinal loss. The huddle offered one last look at a big turnaround season that included an eight-win improvement. But something much bigger happened there. ...

Hawkins named PCT volleyball coach

Bambi Hawkins will return to the Penn College sidelines as the new women's volleyball head coach, Penn College Director of Athletics John Vandevere announced Monday. Hawkins previously led the Wildcats from 2000-2012, and was the Penn College men's club team coach for two years from ...

Playoff games all get postponed

Rain and thunderstorms in Tuesday’s forecast forced a postponement of all District 4 baseball and softball playoff games. The three games originally scheduled for Tuesday were moved to today and Thursday. All District 4 baseball finals are at Penn State’s Medlar Field due to renovations ...

PCT archer Rupp named All-American

Penn College senior Andrew Rupp was named USA Archery All-American and joined three of his teammates on the All-American Academic Team. It was the second consecutive year that Rupp has earned the award, and since 1997, 41 Penn College archers now have earned that coveted status 84 times. Rupp ...

CHRISTOPHER DOLAN/Scranton Times
Tanner Esposito pitches for Williamsport Monday at PNC Field in the District 2-4 Class AAAAAA final.

Millionaires celebrate their first district title in six years

MOOSIC — As Williamsport players raced from the dugout, Jalen Jackson sprinted toward second and jumped high into the twilight sky. A large hill stood in the distance, but Jackson and his teammates just reached their own summit. One can bet that as the years go by, all those Williamsport ...

BRIAN FEES/For The Sun-Gazette
Penn State-bound Katie Jones repeated her PIAA pole vault title in her last high school competition for South Williamsport.

Katie Jones merits long reflection

For a moment, just a brief moment, Katie Jones sat on the mat of the pole vault pit, a dejected look strewn about her face. The South Williamsport senior popped to her feet and turned slowly to the crowd applauding her record-setting effort at the PIAA Track and Field Championships and waved ...

Lenhart’s defense helps bring Muncy to D4 final

Penciling in a Muncy center fielder the last eight seasons was about as easy picking Skip Bayless’s brain. Hannah Cole roamed center field from 2009-12 and earned multiple all-state selections. Haley Gyurina took over in 2013 and built on that success while adding her picture to Muncy’s ...

Masse on baseball: Williamsport earned chance at title game

Dejected Williamsport players left Wyoming Valley West’s baseball field last year wanting a second chance. It did not matter that Valley West, the eventual champion, played in the previous year’s Class AAAA state championship and was the favored top seed. Williamsport expected to win that ...

BRIAN FEES/For The Sun-Gazette
Katie Jones of South Williamsport waves to the crowd after clearing 13-4 to win the Class AA girls pole vault Saturday at Shippensburg.

Jones healthy enough to repeat in pole vault

SHIPPENSBURG — It was early on in the soccer season this past fall when South Williams­port’s Katie Jones ended up with an IT band injury and had to miss time. She had a chance to have come back and play, but Jones told coach Christa Mat­lack that she wanted to sit out the remainder of ...

CHRIS MANNING/For The Sun-Gazette
Makenna Snyder makes contact for Milton in the District 4 Class A semifinals Saturday vs. Cowanesque Valley.

Muncy back in D4 title game, states

TURBOTVILLE — Muncy softball players could have slept awhile longer Saturday morning. Their game did not start until 1 p.m. and the field was just 10 minutes away. Instead, those players woke up early and went to work. It had been nearly a decade since Muncy reached either a district ...