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Local roundup: Balint scores 4 in Montoursville win

Kyleigh Balint recorded four goals to help Montoursville defeat Mifflinburg in girls soccer on Wednesday, 4-1. Bella Masias and Mackenzie Cohick added assists for the Warriors. Montoursville (2-0) led 3-1 at the half with the Wildcats’ lone goal coming from Riley ...

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Williamsport's Cam Pardoe (27) heads the ball over Central Mountain's Matthew Storeman (4) in the first half Tuesday at Williamsport.

Ferry scores three times as Millionaires pull away

By JON GERARDI jgerardi@sungazette.com It took until there was about 12 minutes going in the first half for Wil­liamsport to start rolling and playing the way the Millionaires are capable of, but once they got into their groove, the Millionaires made scoring look easy. Particularly, ...

Simpson draws rave reviews

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference: About the Panthers: Needed OT to beat FCS opponent Youngstown State, 28-21, last week. … Allowed 311 yards passing and 418 total yards in that game. … Lost last year's starting RB James Conner and QB Nathan Peterman to NFL. … ...

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Singing the alma mater after the game will be a more pleasant experience for Penn State if it can beat Pittsburgh Saturday.

Franklin not downplaying Pitt

James Franklin gets it: Penn State vs. Pitt is a big game. Just not for the reasons everyone else thinks. Franklin spent a lot of time during his press conference Tuesday discussing his philosophy on how a football team needs to treat every game the same. Even if it’s a rivalry game that ...

Local roundup: Davis, Sager win races

Returning all-staters Isaac Davis of Jersey Shore and Isabel Sager of Loyalsock won the boys and girls cross country races, respectively, Tues­day at Loyalsock. Davis won in a personal best 15:27, beating fellow returning all-stater Quinn Serfass of Loyal­sock by 31 seconds. Sager won in ...

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Montgomery’s Steven Prince, right, reaches for a pass intended for Cowanesque Valley's Matt Barber Friday night, in a game Montgomery won to even its record at 1-1.

Montgomery no longer just hoping for change

Those who followed Montgomery football over the last decade might have thought they were dreaming as the Red Raiders warmed up before playing Cowanesque Valley Friday. After struggling to field more than 25 players, including just 16 in 2012, spectators watched as 37 players prepared. That ...

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Quarterback Max Browne and Pittsburgh are coming off a 28-21 overtime win over Youngstown State.

PSU deserves big spread vs. Pitt

It’s Penn State vs. Pitt week, so let the fun begin. Just don’t count on Pitt having much fun Saturday afternoon. Because there’s a good chance Penn State will pummel the Panthers. The opening line released Sunday had the Nittany Lions favored by 18 ½ points, a massive total for ...

Cutters stumble at WV

Zach Warren provided 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief, but the Crosscutters offense stalled in the 3-1 loss at West Virginia Mon­day afternoon. Warren allowed one hit, striking out three and not allowing a walk. Warren entered in the bottom of the fifth inning with runners on the corners and ...

Local roundup: Lock Haven men’s soccer tops Shepherd

In men’s soccer, Reggie Holt scored two goals to spark a five goal effort and the Bald Eagles turned in a workmanlike effort on the way to Lock Haven’s 5-3 win over visiting Shepherd. Along with Holt, Lock Haven also got goals from Andrew Moore, Beckham Sibiski and Tyler Shumaker. • In ...

There were plenty of positives in Lycoming’s loss

It’d be easy to call Lycoming’s first game of the season a failure. On the surface, it wasn’t pretty. The Warriors scored just six points. The defense allowed more than 400 yards of offense. The special teams allowed two successful fake punts by Susquehanna, the first of which ...

Sock motivated by early exit from states

After appearing in the Class A state championship game in 2015, Loyalsock had high expectations of returning in 2016 and perhaps winning the school’s second girls soccer state championship. But that hope came to an end in just the first round of the state tournament, shy of where the team ...

Vanaskie expects South to be in every game it plays

Quite bluntly, South Williamsport first-year coach Chris Vanaskie expects the Mounties to be competitive in every game this year. Given the success the team has had the last few seasons including last year, it’s not a stretch to expect that. “If we give 100 percent all the time and never ...

Pickett’s homer leads Cutters offensive outburst in win

Greg Pickett’s first inning home run helped pace the Williamsport offense in its 8-3 win over West Virginia. Pickett finished 2 for 4 with his sixth home run and his 22nd RBI of the season. Yahir Gurrola, Malvin Matos and Nerluis Martinez each collected a pair of doubles as the Crosscutters ...

Nittany Lions answered call for faster start

UNIVERSITY PARK — Of all the things that far exceeded expectations during Penn State’s stunning march to the 2016 Big Ten championship, the Nittany Lions’ ability to start games quickly wasn’t one of them. In fact, their 11-3 record came despite repeated late alarms. The Lions ...

ROUNDUP: Bison pick up their first win of the season in OT

The Bucknell women’s soccer team’s first victory of the season came in dramatic fashion Sunday at Rider’s Ben Cohen Field. Senior co-captain Meghan Holtz found a much-needed equalizing goal with a sensational volley in the 80th minute, and then she set up freshman Brianna Kropinack for ...

Two more Penn College fall sports teams opening season

Two more Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams are scheduled to open their seasons over the next week as the men’s tennis team hosts Susquehanna University at noon on Saturday and the women’s tennis team travels to Misericordia University at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11. Men’s ...

Mounties stuffed on last play

DANVILLE — With their eyes trained on South Williamsport head coach Chris Eiswerth, the chorus of words coming from the Mounties’ players was unanimous. Put the football in Gi­deon Green’s hands. Why not? After all, his running, the offensive line’s bulldozer blocking scheme, and ...

South girls battle to tie with Bloom

With just seconds remaining on the scoreboard, Bloomsburg quickly set up a ball on a direct kick near the goal line and was hoping they could sneak in a quick goal to end the game near the horn in the second overtime period. And while the shot was nice, it rolled just wide to the far post and ...

HAC-II girls soccer: Montoursville looks to get back to district final

There’s no doubt in the minds of Montoursville’s players and coaching staff that they can return to win a district championship this year and win a repeat championship. They have the talent and ability to do so, but nothing in sports is a given, and that’s what Montoursville coach Vic ...

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Mifflin County's Wyatt Henry tries to break up a pass to Williamsport's Marcus Simmons (21) on a touchdown in the first quarter.

Fagnano’s throws lift Millionaires to 2-0 start

Coming into the season, Williamsport quarterback Joe Fagnano was a little uneasy about stepping into the spotlight following the career of Williamsport all-time leading passer Isaiah Hankins. And who could blame him? But like Dak Prescott following Tony Romo, Fagnano is making it look ...