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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 ...

Neil Rudel on Penn State: Long list of issues starts with the O-line

STATE COLLEGE—If you can’t make a yard, you don’t deserve to win. That old football axiom was on full display Saturday as Penn State’s 41-21 loss to Iowa was unfolding. With the Nittany Lions down 10-7 in the second quarter, they faced third-and-1 at their 49. Did they go under ...

Kegler’s Korner: Noreen Smith bowls best female series last week with a 636

Noreen Smith bowled the best female series for last week with a 636 in the Faxon Classic League. The best game for the ladies was Stacy Gridley’s 235 in the Susquehanna Health League. For the men, Shawn Pepperman had a great week with 800 series on consecutive nights. He followed an 824 ...

Jersey Shore defense stuck to plan to slow Lampeter-Strasburg

Lampeter-Strasburg quarterback Sean McTaggart put on an aerial first-half show, completing 16 of 30 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns as the Pioneers built a 28-21 lead. Jersey Shore’s defense remained unfazed. L-S had shown an explosive dimension, but it was just one dimension ...

Beauty of sports is it can’t be scripted

One of the things I love most about this job is the unknown. One can predict movies and soap operas, but what makes sports so great is they cannot be scripted. I have been covering high school sports since 1999 and just when I think I’ve seen nearly everything, I am privileged enough to ...

Green Dragons’ seniors reach goal

HERSHEY — After a group photo with all of Lewisburg’s players and coaches was taken, the seniors gathered around for a few photos with the PIAA Class AA championship trophy and a five-pound Hershey’s bar. It was a moment those eight seniors had been dreaming about since they were in ...

Penn State falls to Iowa to drop to 0-5 for first time in school history

STATE COLLEGE -- For the first time in their history, the Nittany Lions are 0-5. Penn State was drubbed by Iowa, 41-21, Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and it's suddenly looking like a real possibility that the Nittany Lions could actually go through the season without a win. For the ...

Lewisburg defeats Deer Lakes to win PIAA Class AA championship in boys soccer

HERSHEY – Lewisburg coach Ben Kettlewell was doing a post-game interview near the Green Dragons bench after the game. He was occupied with the questions and didn't notice seniors Anthony Bhangdia and Ben Liscum grab the team's water cooler and slowly creep behind him. The two waited for a ...

Success a family affair at Lewisburg

If you were to glance at just the last names on Lewisburg’s roster, you’d think for a second you were possibly looking at the roster from the 2015 undefeated PIAA Class AA championship team. Bhangdia. Liscum. Permyashkin. Dieffenderfer. The names are the same, but the people are ...

Lions still seek line answers

As Penn State attempts to crack the win column for the first time this season, it finds an opponent in which James Franklin has dominated. That’s right, Franklin is 4-0 against Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes, the No. 1 series resume item CJF has since taking the Penn State job in ...

Jersey Shore’s football team has been motivated to be the best

If a Jersey Shore athletics team reaches a state tournament, the school district supplements a meal at some point along the road trip. When Jersey Shore football defeated Bishop Shanahan for its first-ever state tournament victory last fall, Domino’s Pizza was the selection. When Jersey ...

10 games which ignited and sustained the Bulldogs’ success

Entering the 2013 season, Jersey Shore had won three games in four years and had not recorded a winning season since 1997. Tonight at Lampeter-Strasburg, Jersey Shore will play in the Class AAAA state semifinals for a second straight year. Since 2013 the Bulldogs have won five district ...

Jersey Shore at Lampeter-Strasburg capsule

Jersey Shore PPG-38.6, PPA-4.9; YPG-391.8, YPA-132.2 Jersey Shore Road to Final Four: beat Mifflinburg, 48-7; Shamokin, 54-0 and Crestwood, 26-14. Jersey Shore facts: The Bulldogs are seeking their first state championship appearance and are playing in the state’s Final Four for a second ...