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Girls soccer best of 2010s: South, Bloom’s 2015 playoff game was exciting

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second part of a five-part series revealing the best girls soccer games of the 2010s. The countdown continues of the Top 15 girls soccer games of the decade with the unveiling of Nos. 12-10. All three of these games featured great rivalry matchups. Two of these ...

Coaches left to guess about spring sports

Matt Hill’s gut says there won’t be a track season, he just doesn’t want to admit that. Jeremy Eck’s gut says there’s no way his Montoursville baseball team plays this spring. Williamsport tennis coach John Dorner just laughed when asked about his optimism to play this spring. The ...

Coaching process is different amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Penn State football coaches have had to learn how to become online professors during the coronavirus shutdown, trying to get their message across through video chats to players who are spread across the country. Defensive coordinator Brent Pry described the coaching process during a video ...

BOTD No. 6: 2016 NP-Mansfield team was solid all around

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a ‘Best of the Decade’ series looking back at the top 10 football, girls and boys basketball, softball and baseball teams, coaches, games and players of the last decade. A year after winning a District 4 Class A championship and nearly reaching the state ...

BOTD No. 7: Toughness of 2018 Lancers propelled the team

Loyalsock has just concluded one of the best three-year runs in program history. Despite losing four starters to graduation, the Lancers won 24 games, reached the District 4 Class AAA final and advanced to the state tournament’s second round for a third straight year. During that time, ...

BOTD No. 8: South Williamsport had strong campaign in 2012

South Williamsport had seen it before, but this was the first team I had witnessed it. The Mounties were playing at Warrior Run when the Defenders basically dared anybody but South legend Tierney Pfirman to beat it. Two defenders circled Pfirman as she ran to the corner and became a ...

West End to suspend activities until further notice

West End Babe Ruth baseball is suspending all of its baseball activities until further notice and padlocked its fields due to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s ongoing. The decision came shortly after Governor Tom Wolf decided to extend school closures “indefinitely” on Monday after ...

Countdown of best girls soccer games of the 2010s

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first part of a five-part series revealing the best girls soccer games of the 2010s. The countdown of the area’s Top 15 girls soccer games of the past decade is underway. From district quarterfinals to state championships and everywhere in between, the 2010s ...

Nittany Lions’ offense shouldn’t miss a beat with new coordinator

Penn State has a new offensive coordinator in Kirk Ciarrocca, so missing spring practice because of the coronavirus certainly could present some challenges for the team this fall. Then again, Ciarrocca was able to make a lot of inroads with the offensive players and schemes following the ...

BOTD: Sullivan County had program’s best season in 2019

Only one Sullivan County team over the last four seasons has not reached 20 wins. How ironic then that the one which did not is the best of the impressive bunch. Sullivan County went 19-8 in 2019, but it played one of the more demanding schedules in program history, finished as District 4 ...

BOTD: Seniors helped ignite Montoursville’s turnaround in 2015

As they worked their way up the scholastic ladder, a buzz built. This was the group many in Montoursville thought could soon reverse the fortunes of a struggling varsity program. Montoursville was a state powerhouse when the 2000s began. All-time Big 10 leading scorer Kelly Mazzante led ...

Sun-Gazette boys soccer all-decade team

What do you do when over the past 10 seasons you’ve witnessed a program win back-to-back state championships, another program win three consecutive district championships for the first time since the 1980s, or witness numerous players set their respective school’s all-time scoring ...

Time at home now vital for PSU’s future

Penn State has a chance to enjoy a great football season this fall — if there is football — but a lot of what happens months from now on the field will depend on what the players do at home over the coming weeks and months. There’s no spring practice, no Blue-White Game, no on-campus ...

Sun-Gazette girls soccer all-decade team

Eight all-state selections, over 400 career goals as a unit, a defensive group that combined for over 80 shutouts in their careers and a coach with 141 career wins and two state championships. That’s what the Sun-Gazette girls soccer all-decade team combined to do. Up top, a loaded ...

Sock grad Datres left to wonder what’s next in baseball

All Kyle Datres can do is wait. There hasn’t been much of an update from the Colorado Rockies as to when he might get to head back to Scottsdale, Arizona, for spring training. So he waits. The Loyalsock graduate’s biggest concern these days is finding a place he can hit. Indoor batting ...

Softball video helps keep teams together

Lycoming and Penn College’s softball teams were both preparing for their seasons on a spring break trip at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to kick off the softball seasons. Lycoming was off to a 6-2 start and Penn College was 5-4 and heading back to their respective schools already knowing ...

Golf tip of the week: Sometimes imagination is required

It’s a great time to work on your setup indoors. The first thing that comes to mind when I write about setup, is the correct posture. Most golfers think the head should be down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Head down restricts the upper torso from rotating around the spine ...

BOTD No. 2: South steamrolled its way to state semis in 2014

After reviving the program the previous two seasons, South Williamsport began and ended its 2014 season with heartbreaking losses. In between, it produced 13 of the most dominant weeks area football fans have ever witnessed. South had knocked on District 4’s Class A door in 2012-13 and ...

BOTD No. 3: Dominant 2019 Warriors team had remarkable campaign

Montoursville featured some tremendous football teams last decade. The four District 4 championship banners prove it. So what a testament it is for the 2019 Warriors that they rank as the best Montoursville team last decade. Not only is this team the best from last decade, it also ranks among ...