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Alize Johnson adjusting to life in the pros

When asked about who played an instrumental role in the development of his basketball career, Alize Johnson mentioned his junior college coach at Frank Phillips Community College, Chris Hackett. For Johnson, he helped him adjust to not only college, but helped him become more physical on the ...

Wellsboro’s Tennis is NTL Co-POY

Wellsboro’s Cam Tennis was named Co-Player of the Year for the 2018 Northern Tier League boys soccer all-star team. On the first team, he’s joined by numerous locals. Williamson’s Seth Lee and Galeton’s Isaiah Shuemaker both were named first-team forwards. Wellsboro’s Brett Rudy was ...

Hillman, Schluter named HAC POY

The boys soccer Heartland Athletic Conference all-star teams were announced on Wednesday, as 53 area players earned all-conference honors. Highlighted on the squads were Williamsport’s Sam Hillman and Loyalsock’s Alex Schluter who each were named HAC-I and HAC-III Players of the Year, ...

Muncy senior Good wins district title on same field he was injured

Coleman Good stood at the 40-yard line smiling and wearing a gold medal. Just six weeks earlier, Good lay motionless on the same field some 20 yards away. That night at Canton, Good dislcoated his right elbow and it appeared his senior season might be over. Maybe it was fitting Good and ...

Lewisburg girls headed to 1st state final

HAMBURG — As soon as the horn went off at Hamburg High School, the celebration was underway. A handful of Lewisburg players hugged each other and screamed near the 18-yard box. Others around midfield and some near the bench held Hershey’s chocolate bars, smiling from ear to ear. Even ...

Held together by tape, Pinzka has big day

Late in the fourth quarter Saturday, Lycoming safety Joe Pinzka and a teammate adjusted the tape around his elbow, looking for a better fit. They worked around the dried streak of blood staining the white bandaging. “They’re holding me together with tape,” Pinzka said with a perverse ...

Shore inspired by Leone to overcome adversity

Caleb Leone has not played a game this season, but he still might be Jersey Shore’s most valuable player. Whenever Jersey Shore has felt down, whenever adversity has seemed too much, every time victory has seemed like it has been slipping away, the Bulldogs have remembered Leone. One ...

ROUNDUP: Lycoming women set scoring record

For the second year in a row, the Lycoming women’s basketball team opened the season scoring more points in a game than it ever had before, shooting 47 percent from the floor and hitting 15 three-pointers to post a 118-56 win over Penn State-Hazleton on Tuesday. Four Warriors (1-0 overall) ...

Givens having a big season on defensive line

It’s tough for a defensive tackle to compile gaudy statistics, simply because of the nature of the position, so it’s often difficult to analyze the overall performance of those big space eaters in the middle of the line. Our eyes are trained to watch the football, not the big uglies ...

Jersey Shore kicker nails game-winning field goal for district title

One yard separated Jersey Shore and another district championship. His team facing a fourth-and-goal Saturday against Selinsgrove, Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish temporarily thought about going for the overtime touchdown. No kick was a sure thing on a muddy field, but Gravish quickly changed ...

Local roundup: Montgomery girls tennis sweeps Mid-Penn honors

In girls tennis, Montgomery swept all Mid-Penn honors with Katie Forrestal earning league MVP and coach Chip Deem garnering Coach of the Year honors after Montgomery captured the league title. All three singles spots and both doubles teams all consisted of Montgomery players. Forrestal (No. ...

With three big losses, would 9-3 be successful year for PSU?

Penn State has made it through the gauntlet part of the schedule, and with only Rutgers and Maryland remaining, a 9-3 regular season seems to be a safe bet. Which begs the question: Is a 9-3 season at Penn State considered a success? Yes. Absolutely. Without question. Silly to think ...

Penn State dumps Jacksonville State behind Stevens and Bolton

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens and Rasir Bolton scored 25 points apiece and Penn State beat Jacksonville State 76-61 on Monday night. Stevens also grabbed nine rebounds and Josh Reaves chipped in 11 points for the Nittany Lions (2-0) who won their second straight inside the Bryce ...

Dylan Wilt made sure he would not be overlooked

When Sean Tetreault became Muncy’s coach three years ago he noticed nothing about then-freshman Dylan Wilt that said he would become a program-changer. Back then Wilt was short and did not look like a potential threat. Offense or defense it did not matter. Wilt was not intimidating. But ...

Barzona, Bucknell get needed test

LEWISBURG — Geo Barzona rose to his feet and pumped his fists as he walked toward the center of the circle Sunday. The usually stoic Bucknell 125-pounder knew he just recorded a big win. It was worth breaking character for a moment and showing his excitement. His win over Buffalo national ...

PSU rolls Kent State to start 2019 season

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State raised its 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championship banner to the Rec Hall rafters Sunday before its season opener against Kent State. Then in the next hour and change, the Nittany Lions made a down payment on another. Based on the Nittany Lions’ results in a 52-3 ...

Lock Haven and Lycoming wrestlers off to strong starts

Lock Haven’s returning All-American Chance Marsteller went 3-0 in his 2018-19 season debut ehich helped set the pace for four individual champions at the 2018 Journeymen Collegiate Classic Tournament in Troy, New York on Sunday. Marsteller downed No. 11 Branson Ashworth, 7-4, in the ...

Surging Panthers’ season ends in district semis

MOUNT CARMEL — After starting its season 1-2, North Penn-Mansfield ran off eight straight wins, which resulted in the Panthers advancing to Saturday’s District 4 Class AA semifinal at Mount Carmel, while picking up an outright Northern Tier League championship along the way. Clearly not ...

Penn State’s defense stands up Wisconsin

STATE COLLEGE — There were times the past couple of years, even when Penn State was lighting up scoreboards, that the Nittany Lions were accused of having a finesse offense. And defensively, it was OK for PSU to give up a lot of yards and points because everyone knew the offense would ...