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Simple solution for driver problems

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The driver is one club that requires a smooth, powerful swishing motion. The key to longer and straighter drives is to swing the driver with a relaxed swishing motion. The later the swishing sound, the better. The club should speed up gradually with the maximum velocity starting at the ...

Crosscutters one-hit in fourth straight loss

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Williamsport suffered its second shutout loss of the season and fourth straight loss, recording just one hit in a 1-0 defeat at Staten Island on Thursday afternoon. Malvin Matos recorded the Crosscutters’ only hit with a ringing double off the wall in left. Matos finished the night 1 for 3 ...

Yankees top Cutters in bottom of 11th

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Staten Island loaded the bases and didn’t even need to record a hit to get the win and defeat the Williamsport Crosscutters at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island on Wednesday evening, 3-2, in 11 innings. Two walks and a hit batter helped load the bases with no outs in the ...

NC, Texas advance to LL World Series

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A North Carolina team is coming to the Little League World Series for the first time since 2004. A team from Lufkin, Texas is coming for the first time ever. Greenville, North Carolina and Lufkin, Texas earned the first two U.S. berths for this year’s Little League World Series, winning ...

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Linebacker Jason Cabinda, left, is back for his senior season at Penn State.

Rough 2016 makes Nittany Lion LBs veteran and tested

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STATE COLLEGE — First, starters Jason Ca­binda, Nyeem Wartman-White, and Brandon Bell were all out with injuries. Then, reserve Brandon Smith was ejected for targeting in the second quarter before reserve Jan Johnson went down with a season-ending knee injury. It couldn’t get much ...

Injured John Reid doing what he can, 2,700 miles away

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STATE COLLEGE — John Reid is injured and 2,700 miles away from the rest of Penn State’s players, but he’s still doing everything he can to be a great teammate. Reid has been a big part of the Nittany Lion program the past two years, and he would have been a very valuable component this ...

Big Ten champ PSU is overshadowed by Buckeyes, yet again

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Defending Big Ten champion Penn State returns a Heisman Trophy candidate at running back and a record-setting quarterback, and the Nittany Lions generally are regarded as one of the 10 best teams in the country. They’re not even picked to win their division this season. The Big Ten East ...

Cutters drop first of road series

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New York-Penn League All Star Kyle Young was dominant in front of friends and family, but Staten Island spoiled the night with a 3-2 walk-off win. Young retired the first 14 batters that he faced, and held the Yankees without a hit for the first five innings. Young left the game with runners ...

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Darren Daulton, who died Sunday,  was the leader of the Philles’ 1993 World Series team.

Darren Daulton recalled as good leader

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When former Phillies president Bill Giles was putting to­gether ideas for the team’s 1993 National League championship rings, he wanted Darren Daul­ton’s input on their final construction. When Daulton came to Giles’ office, there were two rings in front of him and Giles asked which ...

Ortiz seeks all-around progress

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Jhailyn Ortiz couldn’t hide his smile. Even as a question was asked of him in English, the Dominican outfielder for the Wil­liamsport Crosscutters knew what was being asked of him. Then he dialed back his enthusiasm and ans­wered as the coach­ing staff would pro­b­ably want him to. No, ...

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Kevin Givens emerged at defensive tackle last season for Penn State.

Kevin Givens prefers to let his play do the talking

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STATE COLLEGE — Kevin Givens was asked a simple question about how he thought he played last season, and it became a funny moment when he turned the tables on the reporter. “Well, what did you think?” Givens asked his interviewer during Penn State’s media day Saturday. The Altoona ...

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Coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions enter the season No. 6 in the coaches’ poll.

Media sees contender in PSU

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STATE COLLEGE — Penn State started off 2-2 last season, and the Nittany Lions went on a remarkable nine-game winning streak and won the Big Ten Conference championship before losing a wild 52-49 Rose Bowl game to USC. Now what? How will the Lions, who have most of their starters back from ...

The Auburn Doubledays’ Jonathan Pryor races back to first base before first baseman Greg Pickett fields the throw during Sunday’s game at Bowman Field. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Crosscutters struggle against Auburn, fall two games out of 1st

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Turning away from home plate, Greg Pickett couldn’t hide his frustration. His bat felt the wrath of his frustration, snapping in half, the barrel hanging precariously from the handle as he walked to the Williamsport Crosscutters’ dugout. Two pitches earlier he watched a potential ...

Williamsport Crosscutters’ first baseman Greg Pickett (8) catches a throw at first base to retire Auburn Doubledays’ Jake Scudder (22) in the first inning on Saturday evening at Bowman Field. The Cutters won, 3-1. (KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette)

Stewart earns his 4th win on mound for Cutters

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The Will Stewart who showed up in Williamsport nearly two months ago wouldn’t have gotten out of an outing like Saturday’s allowing only one run. But this version of Will Stewart is different The Williamsport Crosscutters’ starting pitcher is a mentally stronger player. When errors ...

For Young, pitching is a mental game

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Pitching is a mental game for Kyle Young. It’s what he’s worked on most since joining the Williamsport Crosscutters this year. As far as the physical aspect of the game, Young knows who he is and what he is as a pitcher and sticks with that. But as far as the mental game, there’s so ...

Keep the hands and club in front of the chest, similar to throwing an object with chest rotation. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Golf tip of the week: Compact swings create consistency

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The key to a well-balanced golf swing is staying connected and compact. Connected means keep the club in the center of the chest and the upper arms married to the upper part of the rib cage. Compact means don’t take the hands up wildly trying to reach for more distance, stop the hands when ...

Lewisburg’s Smith in maybe best shape of his life yet

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STATE COLLEGE — Brandon Smith said he can’t run for miles and miles at a time like he could do back in the day before practice as an all-state wrestler at Lewisburg High School. But as a Big Ten linebacker Smith, now 23 and married, has traded that for added strength as he enters his ...

Angel Macias

Macias into LL Hall of Excellence

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From staff reports Angel Macias, whose perfect game in 1957 remains the only one thrown in a Little League World Series title game, will be enshrined into Little League’s Hall of Excellence this month during the Little League World Series. The enshrinement is for both that feat and his ...

Robin Chilson captured the Williamsport Country Club Ladies Senior Championship with a net score of 68.  Celia Van Campen was runner-up with a net 70.  (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Local roundup: Knauth wins 3rd straight NCPGA Junior Title

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At the 2017 NCPGA Junior Tour at White Deer Golf Complex, top-seeded William Knauth defeated No. 2-seeded Matthew Storeman, 2 and 1, to win the finals on the challenge course. Cowanesque Valley grad Tanner Adriance lost in the semifinals, 5 and 3, to Storeman. 2017 NCPGA JUNIORS (at ...