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Golf tip of the week: Several ways to initiate downswing

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Most golfers are confused about how to start the downswing after they have completed the backswing. One must have a simple key swing thought that creates a smooth transition from the backswing to the downswing. Look at any action photo of a PGA professional and you can see how the left ...

Mazzante hired as Bucknell assistant

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Kelly Mazzante was happy where she was in western Pennsylvania. Having helped the IUP women’s basketball to its most successful five-year run in program history, she was proud of what she helped build in Indiana. Though she wasn’t actively searching for a change, she was presented with an ...

Montoursville wins repeat HAC-II title by beating Loyalsock

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No matter where they looked, Montoursville players and coaches saw no easy league games scheduled as the season approached. The HAC-II features two defending District 4 champions, two defending league champions, three district finalists and five potential district title contenders. So while ...

Slattery powers LHU to PSAC title game

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QUAKERTOWN — Bekah Slattery continued to dominate the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament as she powered the Lock Haven University softball team past Kutztown, 2-1, in eight innings Friday morning. Her dominance in the circle and at the plate were on full display once again ...

Local roundup: South clinches share of HAC-III

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Tripp Breen won his sixth game and hit a grand slam as South Williamsport clinched a share of the HAC-III championship, defeating Southern Columbia, 11-4. The Mounties (13-2, 8-2) are finished with their league schedule and could share the crown with Hughesville or Mount Carmel depending on how ...

Pick helps Defenders defeat Sock in 10 innings

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Warrior Run pitcher Madi Waltman needed help as she limped across the field that Valandra McHenry and Marissa Pick used as a late-game launching pad. It took some power and some toughness to win and Warrior Run had plenty Thursday at Short Park. So did Loyalsock. And last year’s District 4 ...

Umpstead helps Montgomery girls beat South

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MONTGOMERY —Jessica Umpstead looked up at the official and laughed as she told him her third and final jump of the day was her worst. It turns out she might have miscalculated as her mark of 15 feet, 1 1/2 inches was a season long for the four-year athlete. She also ran the 100 hurdles and ...

Bucks keep rolling by beating Griffins

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By KEVIN RAUCH Special to the Sun-Gazette RENOVO — You know you’re in the midst of a special season when you win a 12-2, 10-rule decision over a larger school in Sullivan County, and the talk after the game is what you left on the table. Yet that’s the rare situation Bucktail found ...

Slattery helps LHU defeat Gannon in PSAC quarterfinals

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Bekah Slattery had a huge day both at the plate and in the circle as she led the Lock Haven University softball team (29-16-1) to a huge, 4-2 PSAC Tournament win over the top seed from the West Division, Gannon University (26-13) in the second round. The win pushes Lock Haven into the ...

Local roundup: Montgomery softball clinches playoff berth

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Montgomery clinched a playoff berth with a 12-3 win over Muncy in high school softball Thursday. Taylor McRae led the Red Raider offense going 4-4 with seven RBIs. Saige Whipple added two RBIs and two hits. Nicolette Johnson and Jenn Frederick both had two hits for Muncy. Anne Weller struck ...

Williamsport boys tennis blanks WVW in districts

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At the District 2-4 Class AAA team tennis tournament, Williamsport blanked Wyoming Valley West to advance to the semifinals with a 5-0 win. The semifinals will take place Tuesday at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre at 11:30 a.m.. The Millionaires are looking to win repeat team titles. Prior to ...

Reeder continues to produce from bottom of Williamsport lineup

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Sam Reeder is hitting nearly .500 and has plenty of home-run power. That was evident when she nearly put one over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the second inning Wednesday at Elm Park. But what may be surprising is Reeder bats ninth in Williamsport’s lineup. That’s not a ...

ROUNDUP: Lycoming lacrosse reaches MAC Commonwealth final

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In men’s lacrosse, Andy Ream had seven goals and two assists and Connor Riorden scored two late in the fourth quarter to ice it as No. 3-seed Lycoming posted a 15-12 win over No. 2 Messiah in the MAC Commonwealth Championship semifinal. Two goals before halftime led to three more to start ...

Without 2 starters, Bucktail cruises past Muncy

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MUNCY — Bucktail played without two starters Tuesday. That likely would have negatively impacted old Bucktail teams. But this is a new Bucktail. Little rattles this team. And this year nobody has beaten this team. Bucktail simply plugged in two new starters and kept cruising. The sun ...

Local roundup: Sock girls track narrowly tops Montoursville

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Loyalsock defeated Montoursville in a slim contest, 78-72, in girls track and field. The Lancers’ Isabell Sagar easily won the 1,600 and 3,200, winning the 1,600 by 30 seconds and cruising in the 3,200 to win by nearly 3 minutes. Maddie Fox won the high jump by clearing 5 foot, 2 ...

Milton, Lewisburg, Wellsboro advance at D4 team tennis

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Three area teams advanced to the District 4 team tennis semifinals Tuesday afternoon. Milton defeated Towanda, 4-1; Wellsboro defeated Loyalsock, 3-2; Central Columbia blanked Hughesville, 5-0; and Lewisburg defeated Selinsgrove, 3-2. Nate Redell earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles for ...

Hilner overcomes frustrating injuries to lead Williamsport

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A shoulder injury delayed Riley Hilner’s wrestling debut last winter. He briefly returned, but a painful sports hernia ended that promising senior wrestling campaign. The Williamsport senior underwent surgery a day before spring practices started. Hilner’s doctor told him he might miss ...

Hennigan’s big bat crucial to South’s success

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South Williamsport has only so much time whenever it practices. Having players constantly hop a fence or run outside it retrieving softballs can add up and cost the Mounties precious minutes. So when Emily Hennigan takes her batting practice cuts, South improvises. A player or two camps out ...