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Williams Grove is 80, opens Speedweek

MECHANICSBURG — Williams Grove Speedway celebrates its 80th Anniversary season in 2019. Tommy Hinnershitz won the Grove’s first race back in 1939. The historic season is set to begin on Sunday afternoon, March 17, at 2 p.m. It’s a sprint car-only racing program. Last season, Lucas ...

Late models’ presence grows at local tracks

PORT ROYAL — While central Pennsylvania is sprint car country, more and more high-paying late model races have been showing up on the schedules of area sprint car tracks. Port Royal Speedway leads the way with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the World of Outlaws back on the schedule ...

Kibe, Allison survive to see second day

HERSHEY — Trey Kibe might want to order a custom singlet, one that looks like a suit and tie — like one of those tuxedo T-shirts, but more serious. That’s fitting for the Mifflin County sophomore, who took nothing less than a businesslike approach to his first — his only — match ...

Bassett, Ryan advance to quarterfinals

HERSHEY — Avery Bassett had plenty of motivation when he arrived at Giant Center Thursday morning. He had a year to think about his early exit to last year’s state tournament. It was easy to see the difference in his first match. A year ago, he struggled against a Freedom Area wrestler, ...

Wildcats begin state march today

MILLERSTOWN—Despite falling short of a District 3 Class A title, Greenwood’s boys and girls basketball teams did combine to win five games and qualify for the state playoffs. The boys team will kick things off tonight in Williamsport against District 4 runner-up St. John Neumann. Tip-off ...

Four Huskies, Wileman in state field

LEWISTOWN — The highway to success is a toll road. You have to pay a price before fortune shares her gifts. Five area wrestlers paid in full with hard work and determination to reach the pinnacle and the opportunity to bring home a medal at the PIAA Class 3A championships. Action gets ...

Midd-West, Mount Union have multiple PIAA wrestling entries

LEWISTOWN — Five area small-school wrestlers survived the meat grinder known as the tournament trail and are still alive in pursuit of state gold. The goal of reaching the podium and earning a medal begins in earnest when the PIAA Class 2A championships begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Giant ...

States a family tradition for Zechmans

MIDDLEBURG — Nate Zechman went to Hershey in a West Snyder singlet, among the last to do so from the school, a decade before it became part of Midd-West. He took home hardware in two trips there, finishing third at 275 pounds as a junior after suffering a semifinal loss, then fifth in his ...

Familiar with states, coach makes last trip

MIFFLINTOWN — Mike Robinson has been to Hershey as a wrestler. He’s been there as a dad. He’s been there as a coach. This year’s state tournament will be his last — Robinson plans to step down as Juniata’s coach after the season. If Robinson had his way, the first gold medal in ...

Ovechkin, Backstrom lead Caps past Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Wednesday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division. Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky also ...