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Local roundup: North Penn-Liberty boys advance to District 4 Class A championship game

North Penn-Liberty advanced to the District 4 Class A championship thanks to defeating Lourdes, 44-36, in boys basketball Saturday. Noah Spencer had an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double with a team-high three assists and two steals.

Colton Litzelman scored nine points and had a team-high four steals.

The Mounties will face. St. John Neumann for the title Thursday night at Williamsport at 8 p.m.

In girls basketball, North Penn-Liberty fell to Northumberland Christian, 74-25, in the District 4 Class A semifinals. Eva Rice led the Mounties with 13 points and was Liberty’s only player to score in double figures.

Northumberland Christian was led by Kaitlyn Bookwalter’s 19 points. Anna Ulmer added 13.

South Williamsport concluded an outstanding season by fighting hard throughout the second half but two-time defending champion Mount Carmel defeated it, 46-25, in the District 4 Class AA semifinals.

South finished 12-2 despite having only nine players, four new starters and three first-time sophomore starters. Claudia Green scored 13 points for South while Rachel Stahl made four steals and Piper Minier added two. Mount Carmel will play in its 10th district final in 11 years Friday against Southern Columbia. All-state center Dani Rae Renno scored 10 points and went over 1,500 for her career.

The Penn State women’s basketball team couldn’t slow down the nation’s top scoring offense in an 88-61 loss at No. 8 Maryland in the regular-season finale.

Penn State will now turn its attention to postseason play with next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The Lady Lions will receive a first-round bye and be the No. 10 seed in the tournament.

Senior Niya Beverley led Penn State with 15 points at Maryland, marking her seventh double-digit effort in the last eight games. Sophomore Makenna Marisa followed with 10 points.

For the 24th time in 31 seasons in the Patriot League, the Bucknell men’s basketball team is headed to the tournament semifinals. Led by a 31-point, 11-rebound performance from senior forward John Meeks — his third 30-point outing in five games this year — the sixth-seeded Bison shot a season-high 54.5% from the field and eliminated the third-seeded Leopards, despite 28 points from senior Justin Jaworski.

Bucknell will now travel to second-seeded Colgate on Wednesday night in the semifinal round.

In addition to Meeks’ 31-point double-double, sophomore point guard Xander Rice also had a big day with 19 points, thanks in large part to a career-high four 3-pointers. Junior guard Andrew Funk scored all 14 of his points in the second half, junior wing Walter Ellis logged 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and freshman center Andre Screen have the Bison 15 productive minutes off the bench with nine points and six rebounds.

Highlighted by several strong swims, the Lycoming College swimming teams got their seasons underway with the Virtual Middle Atlantic Conference Relays.

Lycoming had several noteworthy swims, including the women’s 150 breast relay, where sophomore Katherine Brown, freshman Ruth Kauffman and junior Devon Kaiser posted a time of 1:47.12.

The women’s 1,500 follow the leader relay of Kauffman, Brown and senior Cara Zortman notched a strong time of 6:39.13.

On the men’s side, the 200 free relay of junior Jake Booth, freshman C.J. Zortman, sophomore Matt Michenfelder and freshman Brennan Warner — a Wellsboro graduate — posted a time of 1:41.12.

Sophomore Tess Arnold led the Lycoming College women’s lacrosse team with a goal, five draw controls and four ground balls, but Messiah College got out to a quick start and posted an 18-1 win.

Freshman Zoe Stauffer finished with 14 saves in her collegiate debut for the Warriors (0-1 overall).

For the second consecutive weekend, Bald Eagle standouts Laurel Moyer and Cadie Kiser finished 1-2 individually in a meet, and again, the front-running duo helped power the Lock Haven University women’s cross country team to victory.

Moyer is a Central Mountain graduate.

Moyer and Kiser were two of six total Bald Eagles who finished among the top-10 as LHU topped Bloomsburg University, 18-41, in dual action.

Working together at the front, Moyer and Kiser finished the 4K course in 15:58.00 and 15:59.00, respectively.

The Lock Haven University men’s cross country team swept the top four individual finishes as the Bald Eagles front-running pack led LHU to a dominating 16-45 dual-meet victory over host Bloomsburg.

Aaron Pfeil, John Davern and Zack Skrabski took total control and the trio crossed the finish line together. Pfeil was credited with the win as Davern and Skrabski finished second and third, respectively in the individual standings.

Tanner Walter, a Milton graduate, was fourth overall and capped the Bald Eagles 1-2-3-4 sweep after covering the 4K course in a time of 13:30.00.

The Mansfield University baseball team hit three home runs in game one and benefited from 13 strikeouts from senior Colby Shimmell in game two, but fell 8-6 and 3-1 to Jefferson University in non-conference action.

Brittain Shander waited 363 days between the last time he stepped into the box and did not disappoint as he led off the game and the season with a solo shot to give the Mounties (0-2 overall) an early 1-0 lead.

Senior Hunter DePrimo held the Rams (2-0 overall) scoreless until the bottom half of the third when Jefferson erupted for five runs to take their first lead of the afternoon, 5-1.

BOYS BASKETBALL

North Penn-Liberty 44, Lourdes 36

LOURDES (36)

Sean Potter 2 0-0 4; C. Sandri 1 0-0 2; Alex Hughes 2 0-0 5; Owen Sandri 0 0-0 0; Maxwell Reiprish 5 0-0 10; Tyler Novak 2 1-2 6; Joey Nguyen 0 0-0 0; Mike Kes 1 0-0 2; Hunter Reed 3 1-3 7. Totals 16 2-5 36.

N.P.-LIBERTY (44)

Colton Litzelman 2 4-5 9; Noah Spencer 7 2-3 18; Koleton Roupp 1 0-0 3; Derek Litzelman 1 0-1 2; Brandon Thompson 3 2-4 8; Kevin Alexander 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 8-13 44.

Lourdes 9 12 8 7 — 36

N.P.-Liberty 8 12 11 13 — 44

3-point goals: Lourdes 2 (Novak 1, Hughes 1), NPL 4 (Spencer 2, Roupp 1, C. Litzelman 1).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northumberland Christian 74, North Penn-Liberty 25

(District 4 Class A semifinals

N.P.-LIBERTY (25)

Eva Rice 5 0-0 13; Kiersten Mitstifer 1 0-2 2; Ryann Upham 0 1-2 1; Lydia Paulhamus 0 0-0 0; Mackenzie Broughton 1 0-0 2; Elizabeth Ritchie 2 0-0 4; Darby Stetter 0 0-0 0; Bridgette Russell 0 1-2 1; Sidney Landis 1 0-0 2; Emily Kreger 0 0-0 0; Tierney Patterson 0 0-0 0; Nikki Kiscadden 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 2-6 25.

NORTHUMBERLAND CHRISTIAN (74)

Rebekah Hayner 3 0-0 8; Kendra Schoeppner 0 0-0 0; Emma Treas 1 0-0 2; Jenika Kram 1 0-0 2; Eden Treas 1 0-0 2; Kaitlyn Bookwalter 9 1-2 19; Allison Miller 0 0-0 0; Kara Wilhelm 0 0-0 0; Emily Garvin 6 0-0 12; Emily McCahan 1 0-0 2; Anna Ulmer 4 2-2 13; Emma Ulmer 5 2-2 12; Caryssa Reisler 1 0-0 2. Totals 32 5-6 74.

NPL 7 5 7 6 — 25

NC 26 14 21 13 — 74

3-point goals: NPL 3 (Rice 3), NC 5 (A. Ulmer 3, Hayner 2).

Mount Carmel 46, South Williamsport 25

(District 4 Class AA semifinals)

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (25)

Claudia Green 5 2-2 13, Piper Minier 2 1-1 6, Sofia Casella 1 0-0 2, Rachel Stahl 2 0-0 4; Aleigha Rieppel 0 0-0 0; Grace Miller 0 0-0 0; Zoe Threeton 0 0-0 0; Lillian Bradley 0 0-0 0; Mia Breen 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 3-3 25.

MOUNT CARMEL (46)

Lauren Ayres 2 0-0 6, Mia Chapman 3 0-0 6, Caroline Fletcher 2 1-3 5, Lauren Shedleski 2 2-2 8, Dani Rae Renno 5 0-0 10, Alyssa Reisinger 1 0-0 2, Rachel Witkoski 1 0-0 2, Jenna Pizzoli 2 0-0 5, Sarah Sosky 1 0-0 2; Katie Witkoski 0 0-0 0; Maggie McCracken 0 0-0 0; Molly McCracken 0 0-0 0; Ava Chapman 0 0-0 0; Sydney Reed 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 3-5 46.

South Williamsport 0 3 9 13 — 25

Mount Carmel 16 11 15 4 — 46

3-point goals: SW 2 (Green 1, Minier 1), MCA 5 (Ayres 2, Shedleski 2, Pizzoli 1).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

No. 8 Maryland 88, Penn State 61

PENN STATE (9-14, 6-13 BIG TEN)

Anna Camden 2-7 0-0 5; Niya Beverley 6-16 2-2 15; Maddie Burke 2-9 0-0 5; Makenna Marisa 4-7 0-0 10; Shay Hagans 2-7 0-0 4; Nan Garcia 2-3 0-0 6; Johnasia Cash 3-7 1-2 7; Tova Sabel 3-8 0-0 9; Nia Staples 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 3-4 61.

MARYLAND (21-2, 17-1 BIG TEN)

Mimi Collins 5-10 2-2 12; Chloe Bibby 7-9 0-0 15; Diamond Miller 6-14 2-2 14; Katie Benzan 3-6 2-2 9; Ashley Owusu 6-13 0-4 12; Faith Masonius 2-4 2-2 7; Alaysia Styles 4-5 0-0 8; Angel Reese 3-5 5-6 11; Taisiya Kozlova 0-3 0-0 0; Zoe Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-69 13-18 88.

Penn State 15 17 10 19 — 61

Maryland 27 17 23 21 — 88

3-point goals: PSU 10-32 (Sabel 3-6, Garcia 2-3, Marisa 2-3, Camden 1-5, Beverley 1-6, Burke 1-7, Hagans 0-2), Maryland 3-15 (Bibby 1-1, Masonius 1-2, Benzan 1-4, Owusu 0-1, Collins 0-1, Reese 0-1, Kozlova 0-1, Miller 0-4). Fouled out: PSU-none, Maryland-none. Rebounds: PSU 33 (Cash 7), Maryland 45 (Bibby 9). Assists: PSU 12 (Marisa 6), Maryland 23 (Owusu 4, Benzan 4). Total fouls: PSU 13, Maryland 7. Technical fouls: PSU-none, Maryland-none.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Messiah 18, Lycoming 1

Lycoming 0 1 — 1

Messiah 13 5 — 18

Lycoming goals: Tess Arnold (1). Messiah goals: Rachel Delate (6), Hope Flack (3), Abby Howard (2), Abigail Evans (1), Emily Reisinger (1), Grace Gormley (1), Ehryn Groothoff (1), Katie Heck (1), Mackenzie Schnur (1), Emma Lytle (1).

Shots: Lycoming 1, Messiah 42. Saves: Lycoming 14 (Zoe Stauffer), Messiah 0 (Mackenzie O’Haver, Heather Burnham).

Records: Lycoming (0-1).

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