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The value of the off season

(Editor’s Note: Welcome to Coach Scott Baker’s inaugural ‘Walkin’ the Sidelines’ column in The Express. Scott will share his insights and advice to players, coaches and fans with this new column appearing in your community newspaper every other week on Wednesdays. And don’t miss ...

Scott Baker: Why I write

This past April, upon the completion of a basketball season that saw Central Mountain win a District 6, Class 5A championship, I resigned from my position of head coach of the Wildcat boys’ program. It was a position that I had held for 16 seasons. This marked at least the temporary ...

Pirates OF Starling Marte returns from suspension

PITTSBURGH — Starling Marte insists he still isn’t sure exactly how the banned steroid that cost the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder an 80-game suspension got into his system. All set to return Tuesday night, he stressed he did not inject himself with Nandrolone but understands he was ...

Hazel named new Lady Eagles coach

WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area School Board recently appointed Darin Hazel as girls’ varsity basketball coach. Hazel replaces Jim Josefik, who coached the Lady Eagles for the past two seasons. Hazel, who played basketball at Juniata College, had previously coached basketball at the ...

SOCCER PLAYERS WANTED

AYSO Soccer is looking for girls and boys ages 4-15 who are interested in playing soccer for Beech Creek/Blanchard. Contact Steph Hanley at stephhanley13@gmail.com or 570-367-9648.

Intermediate ball team wins states, holds victory parade today

Entering the season, the Keystone Intermediate squad had high expectations after claiming a state championship in last year’s tournament. That momentum from last year’s run carried over into this season as the team continues Keystone’s rich history in little league baseball. Led by ...

Penn State senior linebacker Jason Cabinda on Butkus Award watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK - Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda (Flemington, N.J.) was selected to his fourth watch list of the season with a berth on the Butkus Award watch list. He has also earned spots on the Lott IMPACT Trophy (National Defensive of the Year on and off the field), Bednarik Award ...

AUTO RACING ROUNDUP

It was kid’s night at Port Royal on Saturday night, but a couple of racing legends came out to play. Lance Dewease took home the Sprint Car win while Gary Stuhler claimed the Late Model victory. Eric Irvin claimed the econo late models. Meanwhile at Hummingbird Speedway, three familiar ...

White Deer’s Knauth takes second consecutive NCPGA Junior Title

LEWISBURG - The NCPGA Junior Tour stopped at Bucknell Golf Club on Monday for its fourth event of the year. A season-high 49 golfers took on the warm weather and fast greens, and the course proved to be challenging for most players. In the 18 Hole Advanced division, William Knauth of White ...

Spikes, Crosscutters postponed by rain Monday

WILLIAMSPORT - Monday night’s scheduled game between the State College Spikes and the Williamsport Crosscutters has been postponed due to rain in the Williamsport area. The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Tuesday. The first ...

Keystone 8-10 wins District 12 Championship over Loyalsock, 6-2

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - The Keystone All-Stars (8-10 years old) carried on the area’s rich tradition of little league baseball as the team dropped Loyalsock, 6-2, to win the District 12 Championship. “Our pitching, defense and putting the bunt down helped us today,” Keystone head coach ...

Title to Keystone 9-11 after 11-1 win over Montoursville

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - It was another dominant ball game for the Keystone All-Stars (9-11 years old) as the team defeated Montoursville, 11-1, to win the District 12 Championship. “Brady Myers did a really nice job on the mound, our defense played really well and our bats stayed ...

Lock Haven Loggerheads defeat tune-up Selinsgrove

The Lock Haven Loggerheads used this past Saturday’s swim meet against Selinsgrove as a tune-up to Wednesday’s showdown against the Lewisburg Gators. Last summer, Lewisburg fell just 55 points short of upending the defending Greater Susquehanna Valley Aquatic League champs, Lock ...

CCMS suffers fourth rainout in five weeks

Friday night, again, the racing engines were silent at Clinton County Motor Speedway as the track suffered their fourth rain out in five weeks, and fifth overall night of no racing. Pending the weather, coming up this Friday night, July 21, will be the Tom Fogelman’s Garage super late ...

MLB Little League Classic will bring back Hurdle and others

PITTSBURGH — A quick glance around Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s office inside of PNC Park and you’ll notice a ton of reminders about the game of baseball as it relates to Pittsburgh. Photos of various players, a handful of baseballs — both autographed and not — trinkets ...

Penn State’s ‘Saquon Barkley for Heisman’ hype starts to pick up

STATE COLLEGE – Ever since he jumped over a would-be tackler against Buffalo during his first college game in 2015, it was clear Saquon Barkley had a chance to do very special things for Penn State. There are so many situations in sports when hype and expectations never materialize into ...

Trace McSorley also a deserving contender for major awards

STATE COLLEGE— Penn State could have a Heisman Trophy winner this season, but don’t just assume it would be Saquon Barkley. As good as the stellar running back was last season, the view here is that quarterback Trace McSorley was more deserving of Heisman consideration. I vote for the ...