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An outfield shot of the Moser Complex during the sixth inning Thursday during the District 4 Class AA softball final between South Williamsport and Wyalusing.

Scheduling gamble leaves South, Wyalusing in the dark

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As the seventh inning progressed Thursday night, more stars became visible than the rapidly dwindling daylight. And yet the Wyalusing and South Williamsport teams played on, into the night. No, the Moser Softball Complex does not have lights. Yes, both teams were playing in near darkness by ...

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Williamsport catcher Kalindi Maggs takes the relay as Hazleton’s Taylor Kaschak slides safely across home Thursday at Wilkes University in the District 2-4 Class AAAAAA softball final.

Millionaires drop D2-4 final to Hazleton a fifth straight year

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EDWARDSVILLE — Quint Bower could only shrug his shoulders Thursday afternoon. His Williamsport softball team had just suffered its fifth consecutive loss to Hazleton in the District 2-4 championship game and there was nothing he could really put his finger on as to why. Thursday’s ...

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Larry Van Stavoren was a freshman when Loyalsock repeated its PIAA championship in 2014.

Van Stavoren making one final push with Lancers

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By CHRIS MASSE cmasse@sungazette.com Larry Van Stavoren really cannot remember a time when he did not play baseball. But the Loyalsock senior who has played for the last 15 years knows he soon will experience life without it. The at-bats and the plays are rapidly decreasing. The end is ...

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Savanah Doney and Liberty are in their first-ever PIAA softball playoffs.

Program-best 17 wins has Liberty into state playoffs

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By CHRIS MASSE cmasse@sungazette.com North Penn-Liberty senior second baseman Emily Strange grew up dreaming about playing for a state softball tournament qualifying school. Others over the years did, too, but that dream remained just that for so long. North Penn-Liberty reaching the state ...

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Kelsey Staffor of Liberty looks on as Hailey Foresman of Mifflinburg slides into second base Thursday at Turbotville.

Liberty AAA runner-up

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TURBOTVILLE — After falling to Mifflin­burg, 3-1, in the District 4 Class AAA final Thursday even­ing, North Penn-Lib­er­ty coach Lynn Grin­nell gathered his young, yet ascending team in shallow left field at the Moser Complex and had a simple message and command for his team. “We ...

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Johnny Rowland of Wellsboro pitches in Thursday’s District 4 AA final at Penn State.

Hornets AA baseball champs

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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

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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

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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 ...

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Sarah Miller reaches base for Muncy Thursday.

D4 A runner-up Muncy to states

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Hawkins named PCT volleyball coach

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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

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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

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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 ...

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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

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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 ...