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The Loyalsock Lancers won the District 4 championship last week against Danville and will play Scranton Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs tonight at Williamsport. (MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette)

After 4 years flirting with D4 title, Lancers win and advance

The last four seasons provided teases. At different times each year, Loyalsock appeared capable of winning a district championship. Year after year, it never happened. A 14-point halftime lead turned into a seven-point district semifinal loss four years ago at Danville. A missed last-minute ...

Local roundup: Bucknell, Lyco football have players honored

Bucknell’s Jack Horan and Mark Pyles earned CoSIDA Football All-District 2 Team honors on Thursday. Horan, now a two-time recipient of the award, has a team high 26 receptions and 377 receiving yards through eight games this season. Pyles has racked up 70 tackles, 2.5 sacks this season and ...

Loyalsock vs. Scranton Prep football

Scranton Prep (12-0) vs. Loyalsock (8-4) at Williamsport, 7 p.m., today Scranton Prep PPG—41.2, YPG—373.1, PPA—7.7 Scranton Prep facts: The Cavaliers captured their third straight district championship last week, battering Lake-Lehman, 54-7. Scranton Prep defeated Montoursville, 37-13 ...

North Carolina's Luke Maye (32) and Joel Berry II (2) guard Bucknell's Stephen Brown (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

UNC holds off Bucknell for Williams’ 400th win at school

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina’s Joel Berry came back. So did Bucknell. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels held on to beat the feisty Bison 93-81 on Wednesday night, giving coach Roy Williams his 400th victory at his alma mater. Luke Maye scored 20 points and hit an important 3-pointer down ...

Local roundup: Lock Haven men’s hoops earn 1st win of year

The Lock Haven University men’s basketball team captured their first win of the new season, 87-67, on the road at Carlow. After a bit of a slow start, the Bald Eagles leaned on freshman Matt Cerruti and his 15 first half points to turn an early deficit into a 13-point halftime lead. ...

Warriors open year with a win

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Lycoming junior T.J. Duckett scored a team-high 18 points off the bench to lead six players in double figures as the 22nd-ranked Lycoming College men’s basketball team opened its season with a 101-81 win over Medgar Evers College on Wednesday evening at MEC Prep ...

Lyco scores school record 108 points

A 40-point first quarter helped spur the Lycoming College women’s basketball team to a school-record 108 points, as four of the team’s five starters finished in double figures in a 108-61 win over Penn State Hazleton at Lamade Gym. Lycoming senior Shelby Mueller became the 13th player in ...

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Bam Bam Brima, Dom Fischetti and Loyalsock meet Scranton Prep in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs Friday at 7 at Williamsport High School.

6-foot-7 transfer lineman Bam Bam Brima has made impact for Sock

As the year progressed and Bam Bam Brima continued making big plays, public address announcers, high school football fans and Loyalsock opponents shared the same question. Who is this guy? It is not just because Brima has a great name — full name Bambanga — or because he started ...

Dragons ousted in semis

HARRISBURG — Tommy Bhangdia kept looking around while standing inside the 18-yard box waiting to see some sort of signal from one of the officials. He placed his shot great high over the keeper and it looked like it had started to clear the line before a Lancaster Men­non­ite defender ...

Franklin dispels talk of tipping

STATE COLLEGE — It’s been suggested multiple times in recent weeks by one football analyst that Penn State’s offense has been tipping plays, thereby making it easier for opposing defenses to know if a run or pass is coming. The al­legations have been made by former NFL linebacker ...

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Quinn Serfass signed his letter-of-intent this month to continue his track and cross country career at Temple. Seated with Serfass are parents Beth and Shaun. In back are Loyalsock superintendent Jerry McLaughlin, asisstant principal Ashley Sekel, track coach Matt Hill, and athletic director Ron Insinger.

Local roundup: Five Lyco players All-MAC football

Five Lycoming Warriors earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference football honors, as announed Tuesday. Brad Stubbs was elected as first team offensive line. Mike Ward was named to second team at corner, and Ahmad Curtis, Jamie Fisher and Dante Gipson were honorable mentions. Stubbs anchored ...

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Carmen Barone has been a force on the line this season for Loyalsock.

Barone’s line play a reason Loyalsock in state tourney

If District 4 held a weight-lifting competition, Carmen Barone might just win it. The Loyalsock defensive tackle looks like a piece of iron. He literally never missed a weight-lifting session over the offseason and now is as strong as they come. He also hits like a piece of iron. To be ...

Lewisburg boys look to return to final

Everyone on the Lewisburg’s roster and the coaching staff knows that tonight’s PIAA Class AA semifinal game will be anything but easy. It’s going to be tough and physical. In so many words, Lewisburg will be in for a battle for a long 80 minutes. Then again, that’s what one expects in ...

Franklin, Moorhead need to be on same page

Head coaches make the huge money in college football, just as CEOs get the big bucks in corporations and, for most of us, the manager of your office makes a lot more than you do. But who does the actual work? The grunt work. The daily grind. The nuts and bolts. The stuff that makes the whole ...

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Redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien will start at quarterback Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Huskers in rough year

STATE COLLEGE — Following a blowout 54-21 loss to Minnesota, Nebraska has fallen into an abyss that they have not seen in decades. With games remaining against Penn State and Iowa, not only are the 4-6 Cornhuskers likely to miss out on a bowl game, but they face the serious potential of ...

Local roundup: Ali hired as Lyco hoops assistant

Madina Ali, a former player at West Virginia and the all-time leading scorer at Williamsport High School, has joined the Lycoming College women’s basketball team coaching staff as an assistant coach. Ali has served as the head coach of the eighth-grade girls’ basketball team at ...

Penn State's Zain Retherford, top, works for backpoints against Bucknell's Seth Hogue at 149 pounds Sunday. Retherford earned the fall in 4:14.

Hoffman wins for Bucknell as PSU cruises

STATE COLLEGE — Garrett Hoffman turned toward his Bucknell teammates as the final horn sounded and pounded his right fist into his chest a couple times. The Montoursville graduate and Bucknell 197-pounder had seen countless matches at Penn State’s Rec Hall as a fan prior to ...

Newton no stranger to big plays

As the quarterback rolled right, Sam Newton followed his eyes. He knew where the ball was going and knew he had safety help behind him. He took a calculated risk, jumped the route and intercepted the pass. Newton then weaved in and out of traffic and took the interception 80 yards for a ...

Lycoming men fall in NCAAs

Junior goalkeeper Chris Solecki made seven saves, but the seventh-ranked Lycoming College men’s soccer team fell victim to a second half goal, as 12th-ranked Drew University posted a 1-0 win in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Warriors (19-3 overall) finish their season ...

Barkley still drives Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — It was midway through the second quarter Saturday, and Penn State’s running game was once again going nowhere. With just one first down and 11 yards rushing in the first quarter, the Nittany Lions trailed their old Eastern cousin Rutgers, 6-0, and though the ultimate ...