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Roll out the red carpet for this year’s mat squad

Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — As the curtain is about to go up on another Penn State wrestling season, the goals remain the same — only the actors will be slightly different. The Nittany Lions start the season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll as the winners of the last three NCAA ...

Franklin sees value in world knowledge

Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — Football is not the be all, end all in life, and James Franklin made it clear Tuesday afternoon that he wants to make sure his players have a well-rounded understanding of what’s going on in the world. Around that same time, 600 miles away, South Carolina coach Will ...

Quartet chases state gold starting today

Local Sports

It takes four wins from this point in the season to win a state championship in soccer or field hockey. Of the four area teams still alive, three of them made it past the first day of play a year ago (the fourth was not a state qualifier); two of them played in the final four of their ...

Big trouble, no answers for Franklin

Penn State

So, what are we to make of this mess? Penn State got destroyed Saturday at Michigan. It has lost to all three of its top challengers in the Big Ten East, two at home. The offense went from awesome to awful in the blink of an eye. Trace McSorley is clearly hurt, which is hurting the ...

Harris takes fourth in 3A run

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HERSHEY — Mifflin County’s dynamic duo of Brayden Harris and Chayce Macknair had one goal entering the PIAA Class 3A cross country championships — finish in the top 10. The two pushed each other all season long with the goal of one-upping the other, preparing themselves for the race ...

Baublitz is Class 2A runner-up

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Watching Juniata’s Garrett Baublitz run cross country you would never believe it’s not his favorite sport. Each year his improvement skyrockets and his ascension to elite status solidifies. The rise of Baublitz at states has been astronomical, from a disappointing freshman ...

Improvement on the docket for returning runners

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HERSHEY — Three Mifflin County harriers — two girls and a boy — made a repeat trip Saturday to the PIAA Class 3A cross country championships, and Juniata qualified a girl to the 2A race for the first time. A pair of them made their final runs as high school athletes. Despite solid ...

Keister saves the day in overtime win, Mustangs repeat

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SELINSGROVE — Alyssa Keister and Midd-West were able to survive early and late scares to put away Lewisburg, 2-1, in overtime during the District 4 Class 2A girls soccer championship game Saturday afternoon. After going down with an injury in the game’s first five minutes, Keister returned ...

East Juniata suffers first loss, is district runner-up

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SELINSGROVE — East Juniata entered the District 4 Class A girls championship undefeated, scoring 23 goals in its last three games. It exited Harold Bolig Memorial Field with one big 3-2 loss, courtesy of a resilient Southern Columbia squad. East Juniata starts the state bracket against ...

PK clips Mustang boys in district final

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SELINSGROVE — For the first 78 minutes of the District 4 Class 2A Championship, it seemed as if Central Columbia was going to have to wait at least another year for the first district title in program history. Alan Krug changed that. Krug, a senior forward, was rewarded with a penalty ...