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Playoff power rankings make a balanced field

Thank you, District 4. So often over the last two decades I railed against District 4 not adopting a power ranking system and basing seedings only on overall records. Last spring, the district did the right thing and made the switch. The district playoffs in both boys and girls are better off ...

NPM snaps 6-game losing skid to Wellsboro

MANSFIELD — The last two Wellsboro shots went skyward and seemed nearly frozen in time. North Penn-Mansfield has waited quite a long time for both revenge against its rival and a Northern Tier League Tournament championship. Might as well make the Tigers wait a few more anxious ...

Cerruti coming up big for LHU

Matt Cerruti has always been a part of winning programs. After winning more than 77 percent of his games in high school (84-25), the highly sought after Division II recruit wanted to play for a program where he would receive significant minutes and have a chance to build the team into a ...

Lycoming men win in overtime

By DEVIN BIERLY dbierly@sungazette.com With its disappointing season essentially wrapped up and no postseason in its future for the first time in five years, last-place Lycoming had little to play for on Saturday afternoon. But that didn’t stop it from competing and treating its final ...

Two area players finish the first weekend with homeruns for LHU softball

Behind home runs from Jersey Shore and Central Mountain grads, respectively, Kayla Gee and Bree Hilty, the LHU softball team closed a busy weekend at the Snowbird Freeze Out Tournament with a big 8-0 win over Goldey-Beacom in five innings. Gee and Hilty headlined the offense, Hilty was ...

Lycoming women lose tough game by 1

Becca Painter’s rushed 3-pointer at the buzzer with an annoying defender in her face surprisingly dropped, setting up brief pandemonium in the stands and jubilation on the court. Moments later, though, Painter took a quick glance at the scoreboard and realized it wasn’t a game-winning 3 or ...

District 4 basketball playoffs kick off Tuesday night

The District 4 boys and girls basketball postseason tournaments begin on Tuesday and plenty of local teams are set for action. All games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff unless otherwise noted. In the boys Class A field, North Penn-Liberty hosts Sullivan County on Tuesday. The winner of ...

Poirier, Brought lift Wellsboro past Sayre in NTL Showcase

MANSFIELD — As Emma Poirier dribbled away precious seconds Saturday night she and her teammates could reflect upon what has become quite a remarkable journey. Wellsboro lost three starters from last year’s 21-win team. Three valuable contributors had not played basketball at all last ...

Trio of local wrestlers win titles in North Sectional tourney

At the District 4 North Sectional tournament at Troy on Saturday, Jersey Shore’s Hunter O’Connor won the finals at 182 pounds thanks to a decision over North Penn-Liberty’s Cameron Andrews, 6-4. O’Connor was one of three local wrestlers to win in the finals as six local ...

Local roundup: Williams, Carpenter propel Sullivan boys

Jesie Williams and Sam Carpenter both scored nine points in Sullivan County’s 51-32 win over Bucktail in boys basketball. Carpenter added seven rebounds, Justin Metzger had seven rebounds and Williams had nine rebounds. Jalen Thomas scored eight points and had five assists, five steals ...

LHU wrestling beats Cleveland State

CLEVELAND – The No. 23 Lock Haven University wrestling team won nine of 10 bouts and bonus points were a big part of the story, as the Bald Eagles capped an undefeated run through Eastern Wrestling League action with a dominating 36-6 win at Cleveland State. Seven of LHU’s nine wins came ...

Golf tip: Golfers could ease back pain with longer clubs

Golfers could ease back pain with longer clubs. If you are one of the golfers that suffer from back pain, perhaps standing more upright could be the answer. I have experimented over the years with building clubs longer to ease back pain, if not alleviate the pain altogether. Extending all ...

Loyalsock pulls away late to win Heartland championship

SUNBURY — Loyalsock collected a championship trophy Friday night, but it hopes two more follow. As lofty as those goals might be, touching that Heartland Conference championship trophy sure felt good. That goes double for four senior starters who will never again play in this exciting ...

Seniors lead Williamsport over West Scranton

On Senior Night, in the last home game of the regular season, it was fitting that the Williamsport Millionaires were keyed by their three of upperclassman. Guards Marcus Simmons and Ethan Williams, and center Isaac Ritter did not dominate, but each made momentum-grabbing plays in Friday ...

Lone loss provided teaching moment for Sullivan’s Higley

Nate Higley’s one loss this season is the match he’s learned from the most. There were lessons about weight management and about where his pace needs to be. It was a vital lesson the Sullivan County sophomore learned when he dropped a one-point decision to Muncy’s Mario Barberio on Jan. ...

Penn State shows new style in rout of Spartans

UNIVERSITY PARK — Just when you think you’ve seen it all from the No. 1 Penn State wrestling team, it debuts something new. On Friday night in a 37-10 rout of Michigan State, the Nittany Lions introduced several novelties. There was Bo Nickal’s blue hair and another “secret move” ...

Local roundup: Wellsboro’s Tuttle scores 1,000th in NTL tourney win

In boys basketball, Brandyn Tuttle scored a game-high 31 points, while reaching the 1,000 career-point milestone in the process, to lead Wellsboro past Troy, 81-42, to advance to the NTL Showdown Championship. Brent Burleigh led three players in double figures as he poured in 13 points to ...

Cecchini names Bucknell’s offensive and defensive coordinators

LEWISBURG — Bucknell head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the hiring of Jason Miran as offensive coordinator and Ryan Manalac as defensive coordinator on Friday. Miran follows Cecchini from Valparaiso University, where he served in the same position for Cecchini’s five seasons at ...

Hibbert’s 1st career win in exhibition match leaves a lasting memory

Referee Mike Millward could sense something was up. Gyms, even those stuffed to the brim as Lewisburg’s was, very rarely become ear-splittingly loud for an exhibition match. To his right, the Hall of Fame official could see every person on the Lewisburg bench celebrating in some manner. ...

Montoursville boys beat Danville in HAC semifinals

SUNBURY — As the last seconds ticked away, Dylan Bower looked toward the Montoursville student section. No words were exchanged, just a confident look. Nearly everyone at the Shikellamy Field House Thursday night thought defending HAC-I champion Danville would defeat the Warriors in the HAC ...