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Jersey Shore’s 2013 team set the standard for current success

Before the Jersey Shore coaches could assess a sluggish first-half performance, senior Utoa Agae-Naipo already had taken charge. Top-seeded Shikellamy led Jersey Shore, 14-0, in the 2013 District 4 AAA semifinals. It wasn’t a terrible showing, but it was mediocre. Agae-Naipo delivered a ...

Chris Masse on sports: With remote learning, games should still go on

Too often and for reasons I never have understood, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a political issue. Middle ground and common sense decisions often go by the wayside. One thing I believe we can all agree on is we want everyone to stay safe. Many just disagree about how we do so. Sports is ...

Lewisburg’s 2020 team will go down as one of the best

HERSHEY — Lewisburg coach Ben Kettlewell never dreamed that the Green Dragons offense and ability to control a team would be as incredible as it was this season. He knew his players were more than capable of doing it with the talent that was on the roster, but he didn’t think it that ...

Penn State women open season by beating Coppin State

STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State women’s basketball team used a balanced offensive attack to secure an 84-45 season-opening victory over Coppin State on Wednesday night inside the Bryce Jordan Center. Seven Nittany Lions finished with eight or more points as freshman Tova Sabel led the ...

Lewisburg’s Ben Liscum named Sun-Gazette Player of the Year in boys soccer

While standing on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium, Ben Liscum was humble when he found out he was being named the Sun-Gazette boys soccer Player of the Year. He was honored, first and foremost, but was quick to point out that he wasn’t successful in soccer this season on his own. He went ...

Jersey Shore’s Cayden Hess became area’s all-time receptions leader

No player in area history has ever caught more passes than Cayden Hess. The Jersey Shore wide receiver is only a junior, adding more luster to the achievement. Hess reached that milestone after catching 13 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns while helping Jersey Shore capture the Eastern ...

Jersey Shore’s offensive line helped Bulldogs get to Hershey

NFL running backs often reward their offensive lines by showering them with expensive gifts. High school running backs do not get paid and have far fewer options. Still, Jersey Shore running back Cam Allison already was thinking of ways he could thank his linemen after he went over 1,000 ...

Jersey Shore’s Karter Peacock returned in state semis for Bulldogs

Fighting a hamstring issue since Week 2, Karter Peacock encountered more pain last week when he injured his elbow at practice. Still, Peacock knew that if he could walk he was playing come Friday. The reliable defensive tackle had missed the last seven games, but was not watching the biggest ...

Logan Cho glad he could mentor Lewisburg goalie Tony Burns

HERSHEY — Lewisburg’s players were mingling around near their team bench shortly after the conclusion of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA championship game. The Green Dragons had just defeated District 7 champion Deer Lakes, 6-0, and were taking turns being photographed with one another the PIAA ...

Trio of area HAC players receive all-state honors in boys soccer

A trio of local boys soccer players received all-state honors from the HAC. Lewisburg senior Ben Liscum, Warrior Run senior Alex Hazzoum and Williamsport junior Jimmy Pombor all received the honors. The HAC trio receiving all-state honors brings the area total to five in boys soccer, as ...

Area well-represented on HAC girls all-star team

Eleven area players received first-team HAC all-star honors in either Division 1 or 2. The league released its all-stars Monday evening. No area players received all-state honors as those went to Bloomsburg’s Paige Temple, Central Columbia’s Ellie Rowe and Southern Columbia’s Loren ...

Fall practices were different, but still productive for Lycoming

Mike Clark didn’t take any chances with Lycoming football’s fall practices. The offense controlled one side of David Person Field. The defense had the other 50 yards. When the two met for certain team drills, those segments of practice were no more than 12 minutes in length. And even ...

James Franklin is still seeing effort from Penn State

The following are the highlights of James Franklin’s Tuesday press conference. MAIN STORYLINE The Nittany Lions are treading uncharted waters at 0-5 for the first time in program history. Penn State is the first team to begin a year with five straight losses after being ranked in the Top ...

A look at Friday’s most key plays for Bulldogs in the state semifinal

By CHRIS MASSE cmasse@sungazette.com Counting kickoffs and punts, Friday’s epic Jersey Shore vs. Lampeter-Strasburg Class AAAA Eastern Final featured 165 plays. Had just one of the many big plays Jersey Shore made gone the other way, the game’s outcome likely would have been ...

Little brothers finally join their siblings as state champions at Lewisburg

HERSHEY — Philip Permyashkin was able to get a great view of Lewisburg’s run to a state championship in 2015. He was there on the bench with the team each game as a team manager with his younger brother as a junior high kid. Permyashkin got to watch his two brothers Andre and Michael play ...