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Loyalsock’s Kaitlyn Savidge focuses on match in front of her

It’s cliche, to say the least, but Kaitlyn Savidge’s focus is never on more than the match in front of her. That’s how the Loyalsock senior has treated her entire tennis career and it’s worked quite well so far. So even though Savidge is trying to take a new approach to her game for ...

Area teams are dealing with the pandemic best that they can

Everything seemed so normal last year. And when all area football teams concluded their 2019 seasons, there was no indication 2020 would be any different. Then the world changed in March as the COVID-19 pandemic settled into the United States and wreaked chaos. As the months went by, just ...

Decade’s best No. 6: Loyalsock’s Kayla Gee was tough, hard worker

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a series looking back at the Top 10 softball teams, coaches, games and players from the last decade. Kayla Gee already had overcome a torn ACL so a night in the emergency room could not slow her down. Gee missed all but one game of her junior year with that ACL injury ...

Local roundup: Hughesville edges Bloomsburg in girls tennis

Hughesville’s No. 1 doubles team of Gina Budman and Taylor Hauck won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to secure the Spartans win over Bloomsburg, 3-2, in girls tennis. Sean Kelly shot a match-best 34 Wednesday at the Williamsport Country Club, helping Lewisburg defeat Montoursville 160-173 in a well-played ...

Golf tip of the week: 3 most asked questions in golf

I have given thousands of lessons and hundreds of lectures and the three most questions always asked are the following. How far should you stand from the ball? The hands hang down at the address position. That applies to all clubs as the club length determines the distance you stand from ...

Mets’ Tom Seaver became ambassador, friend of Little League

As he stood in Dr. Creighton Hale’s office at Little League International in South Williamsport, Tom Seaver stared out the window as fans flooded into Lamade Stadium. A train rolled by down the hill near the park, Seaver said to everyone in the office, “This looks like a Norman Rockwell ...

Decade’s best No. 7: Muncy’s Hannah Cole was exceptional center fielder

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a series looking back at the Top 10 softball teams, coaches, games and players from the last decade. As players, coaches and fans collectively gasped while watching the ball carry so far, Hannah Cole saw nothing. Cole knew she had made strong contact, but had no idea ...

Gov. Tom Wolf gives OK for fans at high school games

On the same day Gov. Tom Wolf changed guidelines to allow for spectators at high school sporting events, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass a bill which would put the decision on fans in the hands of local school boards. Wolf updated guidelines regarding sports early in ...

Decade’s best No. 8: Sam Stopper helped Loyalsock softball excel

One play helped pave a championship path. Another one clinched that championship. Just past the 2018 season’s halfway point, Loyalsock trailed South Williamsport, 4-1, in the sixth inning and it looked like the Mounties might add on when Sami Branton hit a two-out double down the left-field ...

Local roundup: Central Mountain girls tennis defeats Mifflinburg

Central Mountain improved to 2-0 in girls tennis as it posted a 5-0 win over Mifflinburg on Tuesday. The Wildcats won three straight-sets matches in singles without surrendering a game with Carolina Carpenetti, Olivia Anastos and Kati Kwiatek picking up wins. Ella Talbot and Caitlyn Dale ...

Decade’s best No. 2: Brooke Koch was nearly untouchable for Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore class valedictorian, Brooke Koch, felt nervous while addressing her 2010 classmates. It was ironic because whenever Koch pitched she epitomized poise. Koch put together the best single-season area pitching performance last decade when she helped Jersey Shore reach its first ...

Local roundup: Loyalsock tennis edges Hughesville, 3-2

Kaitlyn Savidge earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles for Loyalsock against Hughesville’s Madison Entz to help the Lancers beat the Spartans, 3-2, in girls tennis Monday. Abbi Machmer won at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Hughesville’s only singles victory came at No. 3 as Maria Duff ...

Decade’s best No. 10: Savanah Doney made an impact at North Penn-Liberty

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a series looking back at the Top 10 boys basketball teams, coaches, games and players from the last decade. North Penn-Liberty was a victory away from ending a 14-year district playoff drought. It was an exciting time as the Mounties made an eight-win improvement that ...

Williamsport’s 1990 title was part of winning stretch

Ellen (Kennedy) Laubach remembers traveling with her family to watch her two sisters, Melissa and Maureen, compete as softball all-stars in 1984 and 1985. She was a few years behind her sisters, but got to watch both of them reach the summit as champions in the Big League World Series. Dina ...

PIAA needs to keep common sense about fans

Credit the PIAA for last week’s overwhelming decision ­ by 25-5 vote — to go against Gov. Wolf’s recommendation to keep high school sports on the sidelines until Jan. 1. The PIAA obviously values the high school sports experience and all that goes with it ­ the hard work, the pursuit ...

Golf tip of the week: A bunker shot requires very little lower body

The lower body should be much quieter when hitting out of a sandtrap than when executing a driver or fairway shot. In comparison, standard golf shots require the knees to push toward each other to induce leg action and stability, much like a person on skis. However, bunker shots need more ...

Williamsport’s softball players all respected manager Bob Loudenslager

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth part in a six-part series looking back at the 1990 Williamsport Big League softball team which won the World Series. This summer marks the 30-year anniversary. A lot of players on that 1990 Williamsport Big League Softball World Series championship team had ...