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Mitch Rupert on wrestling: Muncy’s Johnson knows he belongs in districts

Scott Johnson isn’t into moral victories. They don’t help the Muncy sophomore achieve the goals he has laid out for himself. If there is a ‘but’ to that thought process, though, it came last Saturday in the Central Sectional final at 126 pounds. He walked away from the 6-4 loss to ...

Hughesville wins thriller; Sullivan County captures championship

By CHRIS MASSE cmasse@sungazette.com HUGHESVILLE—It left its gym tired and disappointed Saturday afternoon. Hughesville returned a few hours later energized and determined. This time it exited victorious. Playing its second game in less than eight hours, Hughesville never wore down and ...

Golf tip of the week: How to interpret a golf tip

When I write a golf tip, it is not intended to be understood by everyone. How many golf tips have you read from different golf periodicals and not understood? The reason is, all golfers don’t think alike. There are five different golfers. Approximately only one out of the five will completely ...

South Williamsport boys are having best season since 2012

South Williamsport is enjoying its best boys’ basketball season since 2012. The Mounties (13-3) have made a dramatic turnaround, already winning six more games than last year. Entering Wednesday’s showdown at St. John Neumann, all South was missing was a signature win which could announce ...

Penn State women fall to Iowa, 96-78

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Penn State women’s basketball team tied the program’s single-game record with 14 made three-pointers, but Iowa shot the lights out in the second half to claim a 96-78 victory in Big Ten action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Thursday. Ten of Penn State’s 14 3-pointers ...

Moving up to 285 was right decision for Hughesville senior Burkhart

Caleb Burkhart had a decision to make this summer. Either trim down to make 215 pounds for the wrestling season, or bulk up to go 285. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but after winning the 285-pound title at the Central Sectional on Saturday, it’s clear Burkhart made the right ...

Wellsboro boys fall on the road to Troy, 60-57

With Troy down two points with under thirty seconds to play, everyone at the Troy Commons Building thought that Ty Barrett would take the last shot for the Trojans. That included the Wellsboro defense. So, when the district’s leading scorer drove right, three Hornets collapsed on ...

Muncy’s Ethan Gush was in attack mode at sectionals

In the past, Ethan Gush has been happy to sit back on his heels and let the fight come to him. Saturday, at the District 4 Central Sectional, the Muncy senior went into attack mode. He didn’t wait to counter the offense of Bloomsburg’s Stephen Roeder. Instead, he created the action. It ...

Howard, Starocci having success with Penn State wrestling

STATE COLLEGE — Some people might have been surprised by Penn State freshmen Robbie Howard and Carter Starocci pulling off upset wins Sunday against veteran Michigan wrestlers in an 18-13 win. Nittany Lion coach Cael Sanderson wasn’t among them. “We know they’re winners. They know ...

Lewisburg’s Ben Liscum named to All-American team

Ben Liscum was just about as excellent a soccer player as you could want on your team. He could score seemingly at will from anywhere near the 18-yard box. He was able to dish out assists easily to his teammates when someone was in a perfect position. Add in his leadership and soccer IQ on ...

Kegler’s Korner: Anderson rolls a 739 series; Baysore bowls a 788 series

Bowling in the Susquehanna Health League last week, Karla Anderson fired a 739 series, the best women’s series so far this season. It wrestled the week’s top female honors away from Gay Harris, who rolled a 707 in the Faxon Classic. Last week’s top male honors went to Brandon Baysore, ...

St. John Neumann’s Hill commits to play D1 basketball

David Hill earned all-state honors the past two seasons and is building another strong case this season. But that doesn’t mean the St. John Neumann senior has been playing loose. While Hill put up big numbers throughout his team’s first 10 games, his future weighed upon him. So, when ...

Upside is there for Hughesville boys even if wins are not

This is not the season Hughesville hoped it would produce. The losses have piled up and the Spartans are 2-12. But look beyond that record and one sees promise. Hughesville has risen from the ashes before and there is reason to believe it will happen again. The district’s youngest team, ...

Freshmen help Sanderson win 200th career dual

No. 3 Penn State used key wins from two freshmen to help engineer an 18-13 upset win over No. 2 Michigan on Sunday at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 200th coaching win for the Nittany Lions’ Cael Sanderson. True freshman Robbie Howard and redshirt freshman Carter Starocci ...

Mitch Rupert on wrestling: COVID-19 has made this an odd postseason

The first domino of what could be both an exhilarating and heartbreaking postseason fell Thursday evening. Less than 24 hours before the start of the District 4 sectional tournaments, Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech pulled out of the South Section altogether because of COVID-19 concerns among the ...