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Changes need to be made to PIAA’s rules for schools

Editor’s note: Of the 48 teams still alive in the state basketball playoffs, 27 are private or charter schools. In three classifications, all of the final four are private or charter schools, as are three of the four in one classification. Excluding Classes 5A and 6A, 22 of 32 semifinalists ...

Scholastic sports

LEWISTOWN — John Hurlburt and Kenny McNitt won in their singles matches, but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies fell to Mechanicsburg, 3-2, Monday afternoon. Hurlburt took care of things in No. 1 singles, defeating Ben Bright, 6-0, 6-2. Then in No. 3 singles McNitt down Chase Peifer, 7-5, ...

Houtz takes bronze, adds to her record

LEWISBURG — Sydney Houtz had a historic and memorable Friday evening when she captured the first state medal by a swimmer wearing a Juniata uniform. Saturday was even better — she placed third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.94, above her seed in the event and well above her ...

Tomahawks thrive with new offense

BURNHAM — The Mifflin County Tomahawks didn’t need the luck of the Irish to defeat Columbia County in their Great Eastern Football Association season opener on St. Patrick’s Day. The new look, revamped Tomahawk offense gained more than 300 yards while a smothering defense limited the ...

Juniata’s Houtz earns state swimming medal in butterfly

LEWISBURG — It’s the day that high school swimmers dream of. Juniata’s super sophomore swimmer, Sydney Houtz, represented her school as she swam unattached in the 100-yard butterfly Friday in strong fashion at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium. She made it through the morning ...

Tomahawks ready to open season

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Tomahawks begin the 2018 Great Eastern Football Association season on a mission. The Tomahawks and coach Brian Rodgers experienced the thrill of victory by making it to consecutive Keystone Bowl championship games, only to suffer the agony of defeat by coming ...

Hidlay in quarterfinals; Lions in 2nd

CLEVELAND — Mifflin County graduate Hayden Hidlay has wrestled in about as many different environments as any wrestler his age could. But even the North Carolina State freshman 157-pounder admitted that the NCAA Championships are unique. “It’s a different experience. There’s a ...

Hidlay to NCAA final

CLEVELAND — Hayden Hidlay will be the second member of his family to wrestle for a gold medal this month. Hidlay won a major decision over Alec Pantaleo of Michigan Friday evening in the NCAA 157-pound semifinals. He will face Penn State's Jason Nolf for the title. At the end of the first ...

Wright made impact on the court for Mounties

CRESSON — Former Mifflin County girls’ basketball standout Jessa Wright recently finished a stellar two-year career at Mount Aloysius College. The 5-9 forward scored an amazing 778 points in two years – she is in a two-year program — won newcomer of the year in 2017, and is set to ...

Wildcats’ season concludes

HERSHEY — On pi(e) day, fully baked ingredients made all the difference in Greenwood’s 54-24 loss to Lebanon Catholic in the second round of the PIAA Class A girls basketball tournament. “(Lebanon Catholic) has all the necessary ingredients needed for a great team,” Greenwood coach ...