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Wrestling back to take center stage

Tomorrow evening, high school wrestling is back. Central Mountain and Jersey Shore will be the first two local teams to step foot on the mat. Both are part of the 22-team field at the Tom Best Memorial Top Hat in Williamsport Friday evening. Taking a quick look at the teams, I look for ...

New coach, new attitude for the Raiders this season

By SHAREIK FLOWERS sflowersatlockhaven.com BELLEFONTE- The Bellefonte Red Raiders advanced to last season's District Playoffs, but ultimately dropped their opening game to DuBois to finish the year with a 9-14 record. The team was young them but the experience developed last year could do ...

CM swimming hoping to lap the competition

By SHAREIK FLOWERS sflowersatlockhaven.com MILL HALL- While the Wildcats wrestlers and hoppers begin their season in the gymnasium, the swimmers return to the natatorium for their preparation in hopes of a successful 2019-2020 campaign. The Central Mountain roster features 16 athletes, ...

PSU Football: Regular season winds up in unimpressive fashion

By NEIL RUDEL For The Express UNIVERSITY PARK -- This was anything but tying a bow on a 10-2 regular season. In one of the more uninspired senior day performances in memory, Penn State eventually beat a game Rutgers squad, 27-6, Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. But almost no one ...

No. 25 LHU hosts Mat-Town Open, Bald Eagles dominate the field

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The No. 25 Lock Haven University wresting team crowned four individual champions as the Bald Eagles dominated the field at their own Mat-Town Open Tournament. Five Bald Eagles finished second at their respective weight class as the home fans saw Lock Haven headline the ...

Duck’s Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. Just football. And one very loud statement from the banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers written not on a T-shirt but all over the Heinz Field turf: The faces may change when Cleveland visits ...

Bulldogs’ season ends with 56-28 loss to Dallas

By AARON JAMES Ajames@lockhaven.com The Bulldogs’ Cinderella story season didn’t have a storybook ending-- but it had the perfect script. Friday night, the Jersey Shore football team fell to Dallas in the PIAA Eastern final 56-28. “Two consecutive conference championships, district ...

Dambach’s thoughts on MLB’s contraction plan and how it affects the Spikes

By JASON DAMBACH Special to The Express Over the last month, reports from credible media sources have detailed Major League Baseball’s plan to eliminate more than a quarter of its affiliation agreements with Minor League Baseball teams— and in all likelihood deliver a death sentence to ...

PSU Football: 5 keys to a win versus Rutgers

By CORY GIGER For The Express Five things to look for as Penn State closes the regular season at woeful Rutgers, while also hoping for some help that will get the Nittany Lions to the Rose Bowl. Scoreboard watching What does Penn State need to do to beat this awful Rutgers team? ...

BEA Eagles’ season comes to end with loss to Central Valley

By Andrew Chiappazzi For The Express MOON TWP. – The Bald Eagle Area Eagles’ historic season is over. The Central Valley Warriors dropped District 6 champion Bald Eagle Friday night 45-0 in a state semifinal at Moon Area High School. The win sends Central Valley to the state ...

Eagles face Central Valley Warriors tonight in State Semifinals

By SHAREIK FLOWERS sflowers@lockhaven.com WINGATE- Two. That's the number of games BEA has to win to crown itself the PIAA Class 3A Champion. The Eagles earned a berth in tonight's semifinal round with a 21-20 win over Sharon, the same team that eliminated them last year in the ...

Bulldogs set to take on undefeated Dallas in state semifinal

By: AARON JAMES Ajames@lockhaven.com The Jersey Shore Bulldogs passed yet another test in a classic of a playoff battle in the PIAA Class 4A District Quarterfinal. After falling into a 21-0 deficit against what many considered and superior opponent everyone having a role in the Jersey Shore ...

CM Preseason update: Girls basketball gets experience boost

By SHAREIK FLOWERS sflowers@lockhaven.com MILL HALL- The Central Mountain boys and girls basketball teams enter the season with distant story lines. The boys head into the year with four new opening-day starters in its lineup. On the other hand, the girls retained four key starters from last ...

LHU falls 77-71 in home contest versus Holy Family

By BILL ALBRIGHT Express Sports Writer LOCK HAVEN -- After a weekend that showed back-to-back losses to California (PA) and Slippery Rock by a total of eight points, the Lock Haven University men's basketball team was glad to be back in the friendly confines of Thomas Field House. However, ...

Steelers to start rookie Hodges in rematch with Browns

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Devlin Hodges in. Mason Rudolph out. At least for now. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tabbed Hodges as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s pivotal meeting with Cleveland at Heinz Field, though Tomlin cautioned against reading too ...

PSU Football: Shorter entering transfer portal a bad look for PSU

By CORY GIGER For The Express The long and short of it is, Justin Shorter's development and production at Penn State have been terribly disappointing. The how and why are debatable. Who's to blame is debatable. What's not debatable, though, is that Shorter is unhappy and apparently ...

LHU Field Hockey: Brathwaite and Palma named to Division I All-Region team

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Yesterday, Nov 25 Kayla Brathwaite and Jazmin Palma were named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Mideast All-Region teams for their outstanding 2019 campaign. The senior Brathwaite earned first team honors and freshman Palma earned second team honors. The awards to ...

Duck or Rudolph? Steelers facing improbable QB debate

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph has the pedigree and the pressure. Devlin Hodges has the charisma and the confidence. And their head coach has a very important decision to make between the two young quarterbacks before the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cleveland ...

Duck Time: Hodges leads Steelers over winless Bengals 16-10

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — Devlin “Duck” Hodges took over for struggling Mason Rudolph and threw a 79-yard touchdown pass Sunday, sparking the depleted Pittsburgh Steelers to a 16-10 victory that kept the Cincinnati Bengals the only winless team in the NFL. Hodges ...

PSU Football: Moral victory doesn’t overshadow PSU’s poor play

By CORY GIGER For The Express Far be it for me or anybody else to tell you how to be a fan. You fan the way you want to fan. Be happy about whatever it is that makes you happy. Get upset about whatever it is that makes you upset. It doesn't matter what other people think about your ...