Sports Columns

Lions bond despite poor fourth

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State opened its season with a wildly-entertaining 45-38 overtime victory Saturday over Appalachian State that anyone who witnessed had to enjoy. Well, almost anyone. “I started the game at 46 years old,” James Franklin said afterward. “I ended it at ...

Link to PSU past at home

There’s a familiar name on the Appalachian State coaching staff who will be marking a homecoming of sorts today when Penn State launches its 2018 season at Beaver Stadium. Greg Gasparato is in his first year as the Mountaineers’ safeties coach. His father, the late Nick Gasparato, was ...

Fair or not, criticism a way of life for offensive linemen

Blame the offensive line — nobody really knows what those guys do anyway, so it’s got to be their fault when something goes wrong. Isn’t that sort of how things go in football? No matter which team you root for at any level, from Penn State to the Steelers or anyone else, chances are ...

Notes from the 15-year-old Babe Ruth tournament trail

Mifflin County is the second league from Pennsylvania to send a team to a Babe Ruth World Series twice in three years. The other is West End (Williamsport), which sent 13- and 14-year-old teams in back to back years in 2009 and 2010. ¯¯¯ Two of the three junior Babe Ruth World Series ...

With clouds over Ohio, PSU is in a good place

Throughout his five-year tenure, James Franklin has regularly used examples of bad behavior to help educate his football team. That includes what’s currently going on in Columbus. In case you’ve been in a cave, Ohio State — the Big Ten’s flagship program — has been weighing ...

Athletes, that nagging pain one feels could be a sports hernia

If you play sports like hockey, soccer, wrestling or football, you probably know someone who has experienced a sports hernia — a painful, soft tissue injury that appears in the abdomen. “Though symptoms are similar to a traditional hernia, a sports hernia is not really a hernia at all, ...

Notes of the tournament trail

Mifflin County now has won two state titles in Williamsport: The most recent one and the 2007 13-year-old title. Mifflin County’s record in Williamsport is now 38-22. ¯¯¯ Mifflin County’s record at Armagh Memorial Field in Milroy is 254-55. It has played two Mid-Atlantic regionals in ...

Four common summer sports injuries and measures in preventing them

With summer finally upon us, it’s time to get outside. As the whole family begins to shake loose and get back to their favorite recreational activities, it’s important to keep an eye on safety at all times. Here are a few of the most common summer sports injuries and ways you can avoid ...

Chuck Knox ‘brought great glory’ to Juniata College

When he became president of Juniata College in 2013, one of Jim Troha’s first acts was to hop on a plane to California to visit with Juniata’s favorite son. Troha sat on the back porch of Chuck Knox’s home in Anaheim, and the two smoked a cigar. Troha said the other day in reflection ...

The health benefits of walking fitness trackers can’t measure

Fitness trackers are a great way to monitor when and how much you exercise. They can also help you reach a daily fitness goal like 10,000 steps per day. But while trackers can help you meet your fitness goals, there are other benefits from exercise that they can’t track. In fact, leaving ...