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Brody Baker is a 2017 graduate of Central Mountain High School and currently attends Elizabethtown College. (Photo Provided)

THE NEXT LEVEL: Student-Athlete in the Spotlight: Brody Baker

Brody, the son of Scott and Kelly Baker of Lock Haven, is a 2017 Central Mountain High School graduate and current freshman on the Elizabethtown College Men’s Basketball team. Since making his collegiate debut several weeks ago, Brody is continuing to get more comfortable at the college ...

Barkley named Lombardi Finalist

UNIVERSITY PARK — Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) is among the seven finalists for the 2017 Lombardi Award. Presented by the Houston-based Lombardi Foundation, the Lombardi Award, will be presented to an NCAA Division I player, regardless of position, based on performance, ...

CM dropped by Tyrone at the buzzer, 70-69

TYRONE — On Monday night, the 7-3 Central Mountain High School boy’s basketball team went on the road to face a tough Tyrone Golden Eagles, sitting at 10-2 on the season. Two top teams was expected to be a great game, and it delivered with a classic. Not only did the game go into ...

Junior Johnny Shreffler (113) of Central Mountain High School wrestles his opponent during a high school wrestling meet against State College High School on Monday, January 22, 2018, in Mill Hall. The Wildcats won 56-12. (The Express/Tim Weight)

DOMINATION: Central Mountain High School handles State College easily, 56-12

MILL HALL — In years past, when Central Mountain and State College squared off against each other on the Resilite, it would have been a typical District VI barnburner. However, going into Monday night’s battle, the Central Mountain wrestling team had only lost once in dual meets, while the ...

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Jersey Shore team mates celebrate their overtime victory over Wellsboro Monday night.

Jersey Shore upsets undefeated Wellsboro in overtime, 59-58

JERSEY SHORE — Climatic finishes are becoming the norm for the Bulldogs, who continued that trend Monday night against the undefeated Wellsboro Hornets. The Bulldogs edged the Hornets in back-and-forth action after Sadie Griswold turned an offensive rebound into a quick layup to lift Jersey ...

Corey Hazel (left) of Lock Haven University Wrestling gets ready to battle his opponent during a college meet. (Photo courtesy of Lock Haven University Wrestling)

Lock Haven University takes out Brown University for 31-7 win

LOCK HAVEN — After spending much of the semester break traveling through the southern states, the Lock Haven University wrestling team brought its road show back home to Thomas Field House for a Sunday afternoon matinee with Brown University. Much to the delight of the crowd, the Bald ...

Penn State University dominated the University of Maryland on Saturday to grab a 47-3 victory during a college meet. (Photo courtesy of Penn State University Wrestling)

Nittany Lions hammer University of Maryland Terrapins, 47-3

COLLEGE PARK — It may be mid-January, but the Penn State wrestling team looked in mid-March form this weekend. The Nittany Lions completed a weekend sweep of dual meets Sunday as they blitzed Maryland, 47-3, at Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland. On Sunday, Penn State won nine of 10 ...

Central Mountain Sports Week-In-Review

Light and unusual. Those are the thoughts that come to my mind when I consider the schedule of the week that was for Central Mountain High School sports teams. Light because with the exception of the Lady Wildcat basketball team, the other three CM teams competed just once. The reason: ...

LHU rolls to 40-6 win over George Mason

FAIRFAX – The No. 23/18 Lock Haven University wrestling team returned to Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) action in a big way on Saturday as the Bald Eagles won nine of 10 bouts and rolled to a dominating 40-6 win over host George Mason (3-7, 0-3 EWL). The Bald Eagles (8-1, 2-0 EWL) won the ...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, speaks to wide receiver Danny Amendola after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 24-20. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Give ‘em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl. Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville ...

Embiid, 76ers power past Bucks 116-94, 6th place in Eastern Conference

PHILADELPHIA — It’s only January, yet Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his team keeping an eye on the standings. “He mentioned that we could jump to sixth (in the Eastern Conference) if we won,” guard Ben Simmons said. “Obviously, it was a big game, and we did a really ...

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Aaron Dell’s 31 saves help San Jose Sharks beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The way Aaron Dell has played this season means the San Jose Sharks have no drop-off at all when starting goalie Martin Jones is out. Dell made 31 saves and earned his eighth win in his past nine starts when Tomas Hertl scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal early in the ...

Konecny’s OT goal lifts Philadelphia Flyers past Washington Capitals, 2-1

WASHINGTON — The Philadelphia Flyers are already in playoff mode. That was enough to beat the spotty Washington Capitals. Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime, and the surging Flyers beat the Capitals 2-1 on Sunday. Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott ...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Nigel Bradham (53) tackles Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (2) during an NFL divisional playoff football game, in Philadelphia. One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL's No. 1 unit. Defense should win at least the NFC championship. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Defense wins championships, or at least the NFC title in this situation

PHILADELPHIA — One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL’s No. 1 unit. Defense should win at least the NFC championship. Two of the league’s elite defenses go at it Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the conference title ...

PSU Men’s Hoops plays Northwestern on road today

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Penn State men’s basketball team travels for the first of two upcoming road games beginning with a Saturday, January 20 game vs. Northwestern at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET. GAMEDAY Penn State (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) at ...

Michael Ryan returning to lead Altoona Curve in 2018

ALTOONA — After leading a championship campaign a year ago, Michael Ryan will return to manage the Altoona Curve for a second season in 2018, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Senior Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway and the Curve announced on Tuesday. Ryan, a native of nearby ...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins speaks during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia. Shortly after franchise quarterback Carson Wentz left the field with a torn ACL in Week 14, the Philadelphia Eagles rallied to beat the Rams and win the NFC East title. In the locker room afterward, Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins gave an emotional, inspirational speech, imploring his teammates to believe they can win the Super Bowl without the guy who got them to that point. The Eagles are two wins away from their goal. First up is the NFC championship game against Minnesota. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Jenkins made sure Eagles knew they can win without Carson Wentz

PHILADELPHIA — Shortly after franchise quarterback Carson Wentz left the field with a torn ACL, Malcolm Jenkins gathered his teammates following a comeback win that clinched a division title. He gave an emotional speech, imploring them to believe they can win the Super Bowl without the guy ...

What matters more than a good QB in these playoffs? A good defense

Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had never happened since the NFL-AFL merger nearly a half-century ago. And three of the four toughest to gain yards against are still around, ...

Penn State University’s Vincenzo Joseph (center top) 
wrestles his opponent during a NCAA wrestling meet. (Photo courtesy of Penn State Wrestling)

Penn State Nittany Lions Wrestling dominates Purdue University, 43-6

UNIVERSITY PARK — Cael Sanderson smirked as he sat next to Shakur Rasheed on the dais in the Rec Hall media room. The Nittany Lion 197-pounder was describing what enables him to lock up a crossface cradle on seemingly any opponent, as he did Friday night. “I hit them a lot on coach Cael ...