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Loyalsock’s Connor Watkins, left, and Andrew Malone, tap gloves during the District 4 Class AAA championship game in State College last month.

Loyalsock stays on course to avoid any distractions

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School is out, graduation took place last Friday and summer planning is in vogue. Now, more than ever, a high school team could easily be thrown off by scheduling changes. That is why Loyalsock has done everything it can to keep things the same. Repetition and routine are key words these ...

Holy Redeemer (15-4) vs. Loyalsock (20-3)

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Holy Redeemer road to semis: In District 2, beat Lake-Lehman, 10-0; Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 7-1 and Lakeland, 3-2; in states, beat Tamaqua, 5-0 and Oley Valley, 4-3 Scouting Holy Redeemer: The Royals are making their first state semifinal appearance and are having the best season since the ...

Talent should fill Cutters’ roster

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It’d be hard to fault Williamsport Crosscutters fans for being bitter. In recent years top picks Aaron Nola, J.P. Crawford, Cornelius Randolph and Mickey Moniak have all bypassed Williamsport. All but Nola began their first full season of pro ball in Lakewood. That’s a lot of top talent to ...

Loyalsock players celebrate their District 4 Class AAA championship after defeating Central Columbia at Penn State’s Medlar Field  this year. The faces change on the field, and there’s a new head coach, but the tradition at Loyalsock continues. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Loyalsock continuing its solid baseball tradition

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Some last names overlap. Some past players are now coaches. Some current players who were young elementary school students nine years ago now are making their mark. Put all those players and coaches together. They stretch across 10 seasons but they are all teammates, all part of a family. ...

Van Stavoren’s arm is helping Sock win

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If Larry Van Stavoren’s back drove him away from pitching earlier this season, his heart brought him back. Van Stavoren experienced a back injury last year, so he told first-year coach Zac Martin during the preseason that he would rather not pitch. Halfway through his senior year though, ...

Local roundup: Reigle, Yoder both collect wins at CCMS

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In only his second visit in two years, Cale Reigle scored his second win in as many tries in the IMCA/pass sprint auto barn 20-lap feature at Clinton County Motor Speedway while defending limited late-model champ Andrew Yoder went flag-to-flag to win the C&E Containers, Freyco Racing ...

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Loyalsock catcher Eric Holz is the rare high school catcher who calls his team’s pitches.

Lancer catcher calls it as he sees it

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The game’s biggest pitch was coming, but Eric Holz never looked toward the dugout. No coaching was needed. The Loyal­sock catcher understood the situation and knew exactly what he wanted. Loyalsock held a two-run, sixth-inning lead, but Lancaster Catholic had the bases loaded and power ...

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Hunter Webb (17) is congratulated by teammate Andrew Malone (4) after his home run Thursday vs. Lancaster Catholic in the PIAA second round.

Loyalsock has turned on power when needed

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Loyalsock did not hit any home runs during the three-game District 4 Class AAA tournament. The Lancers have three in two state tournament games. Two came Thursday in the state quarterfinals as Loyalsock defeated Lancaster Catholic, 6-4. The power surge has been impressive, but more important ...

Keely Henninger

Loyalsock grad in Trail World Championships

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Not long after she graduated from Loyalsock High School in 2010, Keely Henninger began trail running. And running in the Pacific North­west, Henning­er gets to run some scenic trails. While those views in Oregon are great, Henninger gets to see another part of the world today as she ...

Jennifer Skow of Central Mountain records the putout Thursday vs. West Allegheny Thursday at Mount Aloysius College. 

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Wildcats out in PIAA second round

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CRESSON — Central Mountain saw its season end against the West Allegheny Indians in the PIAA Class AAAAA quarterfinals Thursday, 5-3. But rather than dwell on the loss, CM coach Benjamin Trew preferred to reflect on his team’s success this year. “I really couldn’t be any more proud ...

Duggan announces intent to transfer but has harsh words for LHU

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Lock Haven wrestler Patrick Duggan levied an incendiary review of Bald Eagles coach Scott Moore and his staff Wednesday as he announced his intention to transfer to the University of Iowa. Duggan’s intention to transfer from Lock Haven was first reported by, but in a story ...

PIAA baseball and softball quarterfinal previews

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Baseball Class AAA Quarterfinals Lancaster Catholic (21-5) vs. Loyalsock (19-3) at Pottsville, 4 L. Catholic road to quarters: In District 3 tournament, beat Annville-Cleona, 5-1, and Oley Valley, 6-0; in states, beat School of Sciences, 10-0. Scouting L. Catholic: The Crusaders are ...

Loyalsock’s coaches talk to some of their players during a game against Central Columbia at Penn State’s Medlar Field in State College in the District 4 Class AAA championship game. The coaching staff’s early-season sessions of breathing and envisioning have paid off as the Lancers are in the state quarterfinals. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

Sock coaching staff has kept the Lancers relaxed and ready

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Those watching Loyalsock start its baseball practices early this season noticed something particularly standing out. Nothing. The Lancers literally did nothing when practices started. They breathed and envisioned. That is about it. Call it another brilliant move by the new Loyalsock ...

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Hunter Webb reached the 2015 PIAA semifinals with his older brother Jimmy.

Webb emerges as leader for Loyalsock baseball

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As his older brother Jimmy played at the Brandon Little League field, Hunter Webb paid the baseball game little notice. The younger Webb was riding his skateboard nearby. Baseball just did not interest him that much. And 12 years later, it appears football, not baseball is Webb’s future. ...

Williamsport, which lost 2-0 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs to Perkiomen Valley, loses four senior starters for next season.

Notebook: Edmonds earns spot as top postseason option

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Nearly everyone attending Monday’s Class AAA state tournament opener assumed Loyal­sock coach Zac Martin would start Andrew Malone against Lakeland. The Mount St. Mary’s-bound pitcher threw two district playoff shutouts so it seemed a safe assumption. But Martin knew five days earlier he ...

Local roundup: PSU-Ga. St. a 7:30 kickoff

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Penn State will meet Georgia State for the first time in program history in a primetime contest on Big Ten Network on Sept. 16, the school said Tuesday as the first three weeks of BTN games were an­nounced. The game will kick at 7:30 and also be Penn State's first against a Sun Belt ...

Pacino to play Paterno

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NEW YORK (AP) — Al Pacino will star as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic directed by Barry Levinson. HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The ...