Submitted Photo The Wehry girls are pictured with their gymnastic coaches. Pictured are from left, Coach Joe Stallone, Coach Gina Stallone Amrich, Emma Wehry, Grace Wehry, and Coach Marty Amrich.

Wehry girls earn titles at nationals

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

KLINGERSTOWN – 10 years ago their parents signed them up for  a gymnastics class at a gymnastics center in York County, fast-forward to 2019 and the Wehry girls are now competing on a national level in the sport.

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ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo The Williams Valley Lady Vikings swarm pitcher Emma Crisswell after the Vikings defeated DuBois Central Catholic 5-0 in the PIAA Class A Softball championships on June 14 at Nittany Lion Softball Park.

Unmatched Williams valley earns gold with shutout in Class A final

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

STATE COLLEGE – Maddy Bordner walked around the batting practice facility of Nittany Lions Softball Park just bewildered.

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Undefeated Cardinals score five in the sixth to win state title and go 28-0 season

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ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo From left, Trish Kopinetz, Katrina Hiester, and Kamryn Stine surround pitcher Megan Wolfe after she struck out the final batter to give Pine Grove the PIAA Class AAA Softball Championship.

STATE COLLEGE – The 10 seniors on the Pine Grove Area Lady Cardinal softball team have faced adversity before. This time, though time was running out.

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Using mercy rule, Williams Valley advances to fifth straight state semifinal

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PIAA Class A quarterfinals

Williams Valley 14, Old Forge 0


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Stevie Unger crosses home plate to score a run in the PIAA Class A softball quarterfinal against Old Forge on Thursday, June 6 at Central Columbia High School. Williams Valley has scored 14 runs in each of the last two games going into the state semifinal against Millersburg on Tuesday, June 11.

ALMEDIA — In the first inning, Old Forge stymied the Williams Valley offense with their unique defense of bringing in the right fielder as a fifth infielder. By the second inning, the Lady Vikings followed the sage advice of hall of famer “Wee Willie” Keeler — “Hit ‘em where they ain’t.”

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Championship Friday

Cardinals, Eagles, Indians, Vikings all claim district softball championships


TODD GEARHART/For The Citizen-Standard The Millersburg Area softball team holds up the PIAA District III Class A title after defeated Halifax 6-2 to collect the title on Friday, May 31 at Lebanon Valley College, Annville.

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Tri-Valley League race heating up in baseball


ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Upper Dauphin pitcher Colton Zerby delivers a pitch to the plate in the Trojans game against East Juniata on Thursday, May 2. Zerby came in relief of starting pitcher Patrick Bateman as the two combined their efforts to defeat the Indians 6-2 in Tri-Valley League action.

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — The Hurricanes jumped to a 4-0 lead after two innings and never looked back, clinching the Schuylkill League Division II championship.

Tri-Valley battled back with a two-run home run in the third by Chase Herb, who scored a run in the seventh before the game ended.

Schuylkill Haven — 130  000  0 — 4  9  0

Tri-Valley — 002  000  1 — 3  11  2

W — Ulsh. L — Smith.

Hits: Schuylkill Haven — Evans 4, Miller 2, Luckenbill, R. Clouser, Hughes. Tri-Valley — Herb, Lucas 3, Leedy 3, N. Parobek 2, O. Bordner, Ney.

HR — Luckenbill, Herb.

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Vikings rout Marian to reach District XI final


Mike Leiter/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley running back Dylan Rabuck runs past the Marian defense to a big gain, part of the Vikings 56-21 win over Marian in the District XI Class A semifinal on Nov. 3.

WILLIAMSTOWN — For any opposing team, facing the Rebuck twins of Williams Valley is almost the equivalent of staring down the end of a double-barrel shotgun.

That was the Marian Colts were faced with as Dylan and Devon Rabuck accounted for all nine of the Vikings’ touchdown in a 56-21 rout in the District XI Class A semifinal game at Viking Stadium on Nov. 3.

For the two players, who have been the backbone of this team for the past few seasons, it seemed fitting that they would get the spotlight on their final night on their home field.

For Devon Rabuck, it was a big step up. Mostly showing his prowess on the defensive side of the ball, Rabuck found himself as the team’s leading receiver as Jake Wolfgang and Allan Hand were nursing injuries. He did pretty good in his role, catching the ball five times for 191 yards and four touchdowns.


TV grinds out win over Nativity in D-XI semis


Rob Wheary/Staff Photo Tri-Valley quarterback Logan Yoder watches his pass go toward a receiver in the District XI Class A Semifinal game between the Bulldogs and the Nativity Green Wave on Nov. 3 at Bulldog Stadium.

– At times it was a gritty tough night, but Tri-Valley finds itself back in the District XI championship football game.

Coach Mike Ulicny and his squad reached the title game with a 17-7 win over Pottsville Nativity Nov. 3 at Bulldog Stadium in the District XI Class A semifinal, setting themselves up for a rematch against backyard rival Williams Valley at Cardinal Stadium.

“We got win number 8 which is good and we are going to be playing for a medal next week,” Ulicny said following the game. “We are further than we were last year, and it’s not going to be easy next week, but we are in that position that we have a chance.”

Tri-Valley made its own luck at the start of the game when Nativity’s Andrew Buchinski was stripped of the ball on the second play of the game, and Tri-Valley recovered it, returning it to the Green Wave 30-yard line. With leading back Dan Scheib out for this game with an injury, the rushing game was left to junior Ike Lucas and senior Dawson Schwalm with quarterback Logan Yoder mixing it up with passing and running the ball.


Williams Valley, Pine Grove headed to state title games

Teams play Friday for PIAA gold at State College

Monday, June 12
PIAA Class A Semifinals
Williams Valley 9, Meyersdale 5
BELLEFONTE — Williams Valley used seven runs in the first inning to pull away from Meyersdale and punch their ticket for a return to the PIAA Class A State Championship game.
Seven hits and seven runs punctuated the inning when Williams Valley sent 12 batters to the plate, led by Kali Whitcomb having two hits in the frame.
Morgan Updegrove and Autumn Calnon also had two hits in the game. Since the offense took care of itself, the team went on defense for ace Stevie Unger, who bent but didn’t break as she allowed five runs in the game while striking out seven and walking five, winning her 17th game of the season.
Williams Valley will see a familiar foe in State College as they take on the District Seven champion West Greene, the Vikings opponent is last year’s final, with the game on Friday at 11 a.m. at Nittany Lion Softball Park.
Meyersdale — 030 002 0 — 5 11 2
Williams Valley — 710 001 x — 9 15 0
W — Unger. L — Deakins.
Hits: Meyersdale — Cerreta 2, McKenzie, Miller, Leonard 2, K. Kretchman, Deakins 2, Haer. Williams Valley — Whitcomb 2, Pinchorski, Achenbach, Updegrove 2, Calnon 2, K. Ferron 4, Neiman, Bordner, Hoffman.
2B — Calnon, Ferron. HR — Leonard.
PIAA Class AAA Semifinals
Pine Grove 10, Mid-Valley 6
WILKES-BARRE — One year ago, Pine Grove fell one game short of playing in the Class AA championship game. With the new classifications, the Cardinals moved up in class, but kept their game intact.
The challenge in the higher classification paid off as Pine Grove defeated Mid Valley to reach Friday’s state championship game against South Park at 4 p.m. at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University.
After spotting Mid Valley a 1-0 lead in the first, Pine Grove broke the game open in the third with five runs. two of them coming on a single from Caitlyn Becher, then Faith Sleva cleared the loaded bases with a double, putting the Cardinals up 5-1.
After Mid Valley closed the gap to 5-3, Pine Grove came up with another five runs, four of them coming on a play that saw Kate Rittenbaugh hit a shot to center field that scored two runners but with the over throw going into the Pine Grove dugout, the umpires cleared the bases and put Pine Grove up 10-3.
Mid Valley added runs in the sixth and seventh but pitcher Liv Lehman was impressive on the mound, striking out eight and walking one to win her 22nd of the season and reach Friday’s championship game.
Mid Valley — 100 201 2 — 6 11 1
Pine Grove — 005 050 x — 10 11 3
W — L. Lehman. L — Mitchko.
Hits: Mid Valley — Jason 2, Mills 3, Pawelski, Harrington 2, Morano, Mitchko, N. Kalinoski. Pine Grove — Rittenbaugh 3, Kaufman 3, Becher, Nagle 3, Sleva.
2B — Harrington, Mitchko, Rittenbaugh, Kaufman, Sleva.
Thursday, June 8
PIAA Class A Quarterfinals
Williams Valley 6, Northeast Bradford 2
TURBOTVILLE — The familiar formula worked for Williams Valley, great pitching plus timely hitting with some good base running means victory
After spotting Northeast Bradford a 1-0 lead in top of the first, Williams Valley took over scoring two in the bottom half of the inning on Autumn Calnon’s two-run double that scored Kali Whitcomb and Mya Achenbach. Whitcomb got an RBI of her own in the second with the safety squeeze bunt scored Maddy Bordner.
Kenna Ferron and Jamie Neiman also had RBIs in the game, giving a nice cushion for pitcher Stevie Unger to work from the mound, striking out six and allowing nine hits, as Northeast Bradford didn’t score again until the seventh inning.
The win put Williams Valley in the June 12 semifinals against the District V champion Meyersdale, who defeated Glendale 15-2.
Northeast Bradford — 100 000 1 — 2 9 1
Williams Valley — 211 020 x — 6 8 0
W — Unger. L — Slater.
Hits: Northeast Bradford — Slater, Brown 2, Williams 2, Wheaton 2, Boardman. Williams Valley — Whitcomb, Pinchorski, Achenbach, Updegrove, Calnon, Ferron, Neiman, Bordner.
2B — Updegrove, Calnon, Bordner.
PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinal
Pine Grove 17, Dock Mennonite 3, 5 inn.
ALLENTOWN — The Lady Cardinals scored in every inning to come away with the victory over Dock Mennonite Academy, reaching the state semifinals for the second straight year.
Pine Grove scored 17 runs on 13 hits, five of them for extra bases including catcher Trish Kopinetz’s two solo home runs in the game.
Kopinetz and pitcher Liv Lehman led the team with three hits each while Faith Sleva added two of her own, a pair of doubles.
Liv Lehman won game 21 of her pitching season, striking out four and walking none in the win. Pine Grove now moves on to take on the District II champion, Mid Valley, in the semifinals.
Pine Grove — 214 54 — 17 13 1
Dock Mennonite — 200 10 — 3 3 3
W — L. Lehman. L — Gordon.
Hits: Pine Grove — Rittenbaugh, Kopinetz 3, Becher, L. Lehman 3, Hasenauer, Sleva 2, M. Lehman, Hindman. Dock Mennonite — Beck, Bolton 2.
2B — Sleva 2, L. Lehman, Beck. 3B — L. Lehman. HR — Kopinetz 2, Bolton.