High School Athletics
ELIZABETHVILLE - Greenwood thought it won the game in the final second. The team rushed the field and Halifax players were either hunched over or plopped on the ground with heads in their knees. But this game isn't like basketball and the ball must be in the net before the time expires.
ELIZABETHVILLE - It was evident from the beginning that East Juniata was going to outplay Susquenita in every facet of the game Thursday in the Tri-Valley League girls soccer championship. The equation of better passing, better footwork, faster players and having to play little defense equated to an 8-0 Tigers' win and gives them back-to-back TVL championships.
LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin County field hockey team was playing with enthusiasm in the first half of an all-or-nothing game that would decide its playoff eligibility. The Huskies were moving the ball well and getting off shots, but couldn't do anything with them.
MIFFLINTOWN - It was a day of mixed emotions for Juniata quarterback Jacob Condo. It started tragically, but he made sure the day ended triumphantly. After losing his grandfather Friday morning, Condo went out and delivered a four-touchdown performance in his first varsity start for the Indians.
Local Sports Arthur Dowell Sentinel sports [email protected] BEAVER SPRINGS - Speed kills. Just ask Midd-West. Playing in front of nearly 1,800 fans for their first home game in program history, the Mustangs had no answer for Blue Mountain's blitz packages or strong running game in a 35-0 loss.
UNIVERSITY PARK - There was simply no way Mount Union wanted its magical season to end just knowing it had won the first district championship in program history. Fortunately for the Trojans, they were able to add another chapter to the story in defeating District 7 runner-up Frazier, 9-6, in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A softball tournament.
LORETTO - It was history in the making for a team that was going to have to reach 20 wins before losing for just the second time this season to make it happen. Mount Union did just that, defeating West Branch 9-2 in the District 6 Class 2A softball championship game Wednesday afternoon at Saint Francis University.
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata and Bryce Leonard were in search of some firsts Wednesday night, and after five games, they both got what they were looking for. Leonard was seeking his first hit of the season, and it came at a much-needed time as he tripled in the game-winning run for the elusive first win Juniata's baseball team was hunting for.
LEWISTOWN - It started as a simple invitation to play the club sport while attending Lock Haven University. He had no prior experience but gave it a shot and Zachary Smith instantly fell in love with lacrosse. That passion never died when he was done with schooling and upon returning to Mifflin County.
MIDDLEBURG - After months of being in contact with the NFL about its funding program for high schools, Midd-West can officially say it's receiving a grant from the league. Though the exact details of the loan still have to be worked out, the Mustangs can say they're the first team to receive such help from the NFL.
HOLLIDAYSBURG - In what started as a promising feature game for a District 6 Class 3A boys basketball semifinal, Mount Union found itself struggling in the middle periods. Ligonier Valley took advantage of being able to dominate the boards and speed the game up to defeat the Trojans, 72-54, Monday night in Hollidaysburg.
LEWISTOWN -It's been a season of firsts for the Mifflin County girls basketball program, and after Tuesday night's 51-50 win over Cumberland Valley in Mid-Penn Conference action, another first was added to the list. Just coming off its first regular-season sweep of State College, the Huskies defeated Cumberland Valley for the first since the two teams began playing one another in 2012.
Penn State Football
UNIVERSITY PARK - He may not be Saquon Barkley, but Miles Sanders certainly put on a show that for even a fraction of a second reminded fans of the promise that was to be after the All-American back left for the draft.
UNIVERSITY PARK - It's easy to see that Penn State's defense had its hands full last week at Michigan. The Wolverines got off 69 plays and ran past the Nittany Lions - literally and figuratively - for a crushing 42-7 win. All but 17 of those play calls were designed runs, totaling to 252 yards gained on the ground.
UNIVERSITY PARK - There hasn't been a shortage of nice things Penn State coach James Franklin has said about the team's quarterback, Trace McSorley, this season. And why should there be for a man who has taken possession of a large number of Penn State's records?
UNIVERSITY PARK - After a pair of disappointing home losses, Penn State now goes on the road to some unfamiliar territory. All except for Mac Hippenhammer, who returns to his home state of Indiana.
UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State's game against Ohio State has everything to show it's an impactful game in the grand scheme of things. A pair of divisional teams ranked nationally in the top 10? Check. College GameDay's set on campus? Check. Nationally televised in primetime? Check. White Out? Check.
UNIVERSITY PARK - It was never a confidence issue with DeAndre Thompkins. It was more of a timing issue. The receiver didn't have anything to show from his role with the offense following wins over Appalachian State and Pittsburgh to start the season.
UNIVERSITY PARK - Michal Menet seemingly had everything working against him coming into the season. He was asked to switch positions with Connor McGovern from right guard to center, and when put in game situations he saw a lot of atypical defensive packages from both Appalachian State and Pitt.
UNIVERSITY PARK - It was a story that needed more than a year to start unfolding, but when it did, Penn State wide receiver K.J. Hamler made every bit of it count in just the first chapter.
New York-Penn League
STATE COLLEGE - Ross Adolph and the South came out of the gate with an early offensive outburst that was similar to the fireworks show that followed a 7-1 win over the North in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game Tuesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
STATE COLLEGE - It's special to be an all-star in professional baseball, regardless of the level of play. Three Spikes players - Nick Dunn, Edwin Figuera and Delvin Perez - had the unique experience of playing in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game with a sense of home field advantage at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
UNIVERSITY PARK - State College twice erased one-run deficits and after a deflating end to the eighth, the Spikes didn't make the same mistake twice in a 3-2 walk-off win over West Viriginia in New York-Penn League baseball Wednesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
UNIVERSITY PARK - If there was ever such a thing as an unearned win, Batavia may have secured that title Wednesday afternoon against State College. In its 5-4 win over the Spikes ina New York-Penn League baseball game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the Muckdogs were given a few extra chances at the plate - and they cashed in.
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