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PIAA moving back its team wrestling tournament

The PIAA Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone the Team Wrestling Championships until after the individual state tournament which is scheduled to finish March 13. The move came as the state’s governing body for high school sports tries to give as much opportunity for ...

Penn State’s season more about playing, less about results

One of the oldest sayings in sports goes like this: It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. In the case of the 2020 Penn State football team, the final part of that saying could be changed to “that you played the game.” The record book will say 4-5 — the Nittany ...

Nittany Lions opt out of bowl game

Penn State’s season is over. The Nittany Lions buried Illinois, 56-21, Saturday at Beaver Stadium, their fourth consecutive win after an 0-5 start, and an hour later announced they will be bypassing a bowl bid. The decision was made by the players and “fully supported” by coach James ...

With nothing left to lose, Penn State in position to have a little fun

Some nitpicking as Penn State’s home season (for sure this time) concludes: • With three games canceled, and uncertainty over the availability of some key Ohio State players in the Big Ten title game, there’s an anti-climatic cloud over the entire conference today, and, surely, Penn ...

Penn State cruises past Illinois in college football, 56-21

Penn State's season is over. The Nittany Lions buried Illinois, 56-21, Saturday at Beaver Stadium, their fourth-straight win after an 0-5 start, and an hour later announced they will be bypassing a bowl bid. The decision was made by the players and "fully supported" by coach James Franklin ...

Central Mountain names new athletic director

Steve Hafele has been named as Central Mountain’s new athletic director. Hafele takes over for George Bidwell, who has been the interim athletic director for Central Mountain. Hafele was a health and physical education teacher at Central Dauphin High school prior to accepting the position ...

Jersey Shore football has 14 players on HAC all-star team

Jersey Shore and Central Mountain had a handful of players named to the Heartland-Division I football all-star team, which was released Thursday. The Bulldogs — who reached the PIAA Class AAAA championship game against Thomas Jefferson — had 14 athletes honored, including the HAC Overall ...

Penn State football excited about its recruiting Class of 2021

Penn State revealed its football recruiting Class of 2021 on Wednesday afternoon which features 15 incoming players from seven states and one from Ontario, Canada. Of the 15, four are from Pennsylvania and four are from Michigan. While there's talented scattered throughout – all are at least ...

Penn State recruiting challenged by pandemic

The following are the highlights of Penn State coach James Franklin’s Tuesday press conference. The Nittany Lions host Illinois on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (FS1). MAIN STORYLINE With Penn State set to reveal its 2021 recruiting class with the early-signing period beginning today, Franklin ...

Nittany Lions’ winning streak built on internal leadership

There are many reasons for the Nittany Lions’ three-game win streak that they’re riding into Big Ten “Championship Week.” But the biggest is internal leadership. While most watching from the outside of Penn State’s program believe the players have sacrificed enough and are fine ...

Neil Rudel on Penn State: The finish line, mercifully, should finally be near

With all the uncertainty that has surrounded this year, college football’s goal was really pretty simple: Just get the season in. And for the Nittany Lions — by approximately 3:30 p.m. today — that season will be in after its noon start against Michigan State. Or should be. The ...

Penn State wins third straight by defeating Michigan State

As the season is winding down, Penn State is rolling. The Nittany Lions used a strong second half and overwhelmed Michigan State, 39-24, Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. The win was PSU's third straight after opening the season 0-5 and marked the Lions' first home victory of ...

PIAA releases statement about winter sports

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Tom Wolf announced the suspension of all extracurricular activities until Monday, Jan. 4, at his Thursday press conference, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association released a statement on the suspension. The governor’s mitigated measures were due ...

All games, practices delayed until Jan. 4

Gov. Tom Wolf announced during a press conference Thursday afternoon new mitigation measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them was an announcement that affected high school and youth sports in the Commonwealth. The measures means there will be no high school or youth sports in ...

Michael Kresovich on basketball: Ranking the top area teams in boys, girls

Let’s take a look at the area’s top boys and girls basketball teams. Jersey Shore enters this season as the No. 1 ranked area boys basketball team. The Bulldogs ended their season with a record of 13-12 and a game shy of reaching the PIAA tournament. Damian Williams is the lone starter ...

Kopysciansky, a CM grad, earns Centennial Conference honors

Vincent Kopysciansky, a 2019 Central Mountain graduate and current member of the Susquehanna University football team, was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. He is recognized as one of two sophomores representing the SU football program. Kopysciansky is a sophomore ...

PIAA approves changes to winter playoffs

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said Wednesday if there’s a delay in the start of the winter sports season, it will not be from them. At its monthly Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, the PIAA said it will move forward with the winter sports season beginning Friday. ...