Houtz takes gold in YMCA districts

YORK – Mifflintown’s Sydney Houtz, a 12-year old, won the 50-yard backstroke at York’s Graham Aquatic Center in the YMCA district swimming championship.

Houtz took home the gold in the girls 11-12 girls backstroke with a time of 30.01 seconds, defeating 62 other swimmers.

Houtz also advanced to the state meet in the 100-yard backstroke, in which she finished second. The state meet will be held at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium March 21-23.

Zack Bonson, who anchored the Mifflin County High School boys team this past season, also will be competing in the state meet. Bonson, of Lewistown, finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 5:03.55 in the event.

Bonson will swim on Friday at the state meet, while Houtz will hit the pool on Sunday afternoon.

Hidlay’s gridiron career to continue

LEWISTOWN – Heath Hidlay has committed to play football at Division III Ursinus College, which competes in the Centennial Conference.

“We are very excited to have such a decorated high school football player commit to our program,” Ursinus coach Peter Gallagher said. “Heath has demonstrated the ability to compete at a high level athletically while obtaining outstanding academic achievement.”

In his senior season, Hidlay, a 5-10, 190-pound running back and strong safety, logged 239 carries for 1,350 yards (5.65 average), totaled 1,889 all-purpose yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Defensively, he contributed 83 tackles and grabbed three interceptions. He matched the interception total in the postseason, where he carried 77 times for 440 yards and five touchdowns.

Monroe set for NCAA championship

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven senior and Indian Valley graduate Alex Monroe is set for a return trip to the NCAA indoor track and field championships.

Monroe will compete at the Division II event Friday and Saturday in Salem, N.C.

Monroe is seeded third in the 5,000 meter run, which is scheduled for Friday.

Last year, Monroe finished 11th in the 5K, but came back to place sixth in the 3K, earning his first and only All-American honor on the track. Monroe is a four-time All-American in cross country.