Line Mountain has good run in state tourney


TIM ZYLA/For The Citizen-Standard Line Mountain’s Kenny Boyer controls Burrell’s Shaun Gates during a 160-pound bout at the PIAA Class AA Team Wrestling Championships Feb. 9 at the Giant Center in Hershey.

PIAA Class AA Team wrestling tournament
Consolation round
Southern Columbia 37, Line Mountain 25
HERSHEY — Southern Columbia jumped out to an early 16-0 lead and never looked back, knocking Line Mountain out of the tournament en route to the Tigers finishing the tournament in third place.
“Against Southern, we needed everything to go right to have a chance,” said Line Mountain coach Mike Martz.
That didn’t happen almost at the start, when Ethan Long and Jaron Renn dropped 7-5 and 4-3 decisions, respectively


Line Mountain runner-up at District IV duals

By Chuck Souders, For The Citizen-Standard •


LARRY DEKLINSKI/For The Citizen-Standard Line Mountain’s Gary Laudenslager takes Lewisburg’s Zane Yoder to the ground in a 160-pound quarterfinal bout during the District 4 Duals Tournament at Milton High School.

MILTON — Most followers of District Four wrestling figured Saturday’s district dual championships at Milton Area High School might come down to the top two seeds, unbeatens Line Mountain and Southern Columbia, in the final, which it did.
Probably not as many saw that match coming down to the final bout, with the Tigers’ unbeaten Jaret Lane (29-0) pinning Cameron Hauck in 44 seconds to give Southern its first team duals championship, 37-28.
Southern (17-0) advance to the state tournament in Hershey for the second straight year, and Line Mountain (19-1) will host District Nine runnerup Coudersport in a pigtail bracket match Monday at 6 p.m. Wyalusing (20-2), which beat Athens 40-34 for third place, will travel to the home of the District Three runnerup Monday in another pigtail match.
Southern, which beat Towanda 55-18 in the quarterfinals and Wyalusing 35-30 in the semifinals, had a seemingly insurmountable 31-10 lead in the final after freshman Lear Quinton (14-10) knocked off Ethan Long 6-3 at 195. Long, 25-10 entering the day, had a rough 0-3 afternoon.


Hepler becomes four-time league wrestling champion


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler works on turning over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh during the 138-pound final at the Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championship Jan. 21 at Jim Thorpe Area High School. Hepler won the bout by major decision 11-3 to become a four-time Schuylkill League wrestling champion and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

JIM THORPE — Tri-Valley’s Sammy Hepler became the 14th wrestler since 1985 to become a four-time Schuylkill League Champion.
Hepler, who was named the outstanding wrestler at this past weekend’s Comprehensive Women’s Health Services Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships at Jim Thorpe Area High School, won the 138-pound title with an 11-3 major decision over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh, raising his record to 21-1.
His win, along with titles from Kolt Schaeffer and Dan Scheib, helped Tri-Valley to a third-place finish in the standings. Upper Dauphin, who crowned two champions in Brandon Garber and Jackson Kennerly, finished second in the standings with 173. Pottsville was named team champions.
The area’s other Schuylkill League Champion was Halifax’s Jakob Paul, winning the 220-pound title while remaining undefeated on the season.
Championship finals
106: Wi. Kahler (PO) dec. Paul (UDA), 4-2 SV; 113: Onea (PO) dec. Schoffstall (TV), 7-5 SV; 120: Garber (UDA) dec. Green (PO), 7-3; 126: Mason (BM) pinned Rupp (UDA), :27; 132: Madden-Edwards (NS) tech. fall L. Bruner (HAL), 19-4 5:42; 138: Hepler (TV) maj. dec. McHugh (TAM), 11-3; 145: Bentz (PO) pinned Gehring (SH), 2:25; 152: T. Kennedy (PV) dec. Scherer (LEH), 4-3; 160: Kennerly (UDA) dec. Fegley (MAH), 7-6; 170: Painter (PO) dec. Lewandowski (MAH), 9-3; 182:


Williams Valley boys win 10th of season


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Levi Engle goes up for a layup with Panther Valley’s Anthony Micholik trying to block the shot in boys basketball action Jan. 16 in Tower City.

Williams Valley 66, Panther Valley 52
TOWER CITY — Williams Valley won its 10th game of the season with a win over Panther Valley on Jan. 16.
Five Viking players were in double digits in scoring in the win, led by Colin Weist with 16 points. Levi Engle chipped in 15 while Jake Wolfgang had 13, Brent Reinoehl and Kenny Reed scored 11 apiece.
PANTHER VALLEY (52) — Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Micholik 3 3-6 12, Turner 0 0-0 0, Figueroa 3 2-5 8, Distler 2 0-0 4, White 0 0-0 0, Blasko 8 2-2 18, Perez 4 1-2 10, Morgans 0 0-0 0, Stilitino 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 8-15 52.
WILLIAMS VALLEY (66) — Ulsh 0 0-0 0, Reinoehl 4 0-0 11, Weist 6 3-6 16, Engle 5 5-6 15, D. Wolfgang 0 0-0 0, J. Wolfgang 5 3-4 13, Raho 0 0-0 0, Reed 4 2-2 11, Joseph 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 13-18 66.
Panther Valley — 7 8 17 20 — 52
Williams Valley — 13 17 20 16 — 66.
3-point FGs: Micholik 3, Perez, Reinoehl 3, Weist, Reed.


Tip-Off tournaments highlight start of girls basketball season

Williams Valley, Halifax earn runner-up trophies


LON ZEIDERS/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Mya Achenbach drives for a layup through the defense of Kutztown’s Gretta Bankes and Selena White during action Dec. 9 at the Upper Dauphin Tip-Off Tournament in Elizabethville. Williams Valley would win this game, thanks to Achenbach’s 22 points, by a 45-44 score but then lost in the championship game to Shenandoah Valley.

Pine Grove 49, Schuylkill Valley 22
PINE GROVE — The Cardinals opened their season in a big way starting with a 20-2 run in the first quarter to rout Schuylkill Valley in non-league action Dec. 12.
Rachel Edge led the Pine Grove effort with 14 points while Faith Shiffer contributed nine points for the Cardinals.
Schuylkill Valley (22) — Davis 0 0-0 0, Himmelberger 3 3-4 9, Brzostek 1 0-0 2, Sisko 1 1-2 3, Kowalski 0 4-5 4, Rittenhouse 0 0-0 0, Cerankowski 1 1-2 3, Civil 0 1-2 1. Totals 6 10-15 22.
Pine Grove (49) — Conrad 4 0-0 8, Edge 7 0-1 14, Shiffer 3 2-2 9, Flick 0 0-0 0, Butler 2 0-0 4, Kaufman 1 0-0 2, Sleva 2 1-1 5, Betz 1 0-0 3, Frew 0 0-0 0, Boyer 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 3-4 49.
Schuylkill Valley — 2 8 5 7 — 22
Pine Grove — 20 10 14 5 — 49
3-point FGs — Shiffer, Betz.
Delone Catholic 64, Halifax 17
CAMP HILL — Halifax was outscored 30-4 in the first half as Delone Catholic dropped the Wildcats in the finals of the Camp Hill Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 10
Six different players scored for Halifax with Brynn Miller and Hannah Custer leading the way with four points each.
Halifax (17) — Spicher 1 0-0 2, Ashberry 0 0-0 0, Egli 0 0-0 0, Turner 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 0-1 4, Starr 0 0-0 0, Davis 1 0-2 2, Custer 2 0-0 4, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Acri 1 0-0 3, Bingaman 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 0-3 17.


Millers model for PA Game News cover


Submitted Photo The Miller Family is featured on Pennsylvania Game News. Ken Miller and his dad Jim and brothers, Glenn, Barry and Darryl are all featured in the scene .

MILLERSBURG – Since 2011, Millersburg native artist Dana Bellis has been illustrating for PA Game News Magazine. From the beginning, Dana chose to use family members as models for most of the illustration work for the publication.
The October 2012 PA Game News issue, his first cover, featured his uncle Larry Bellis, cousin David Bellis and David’s son, Colt as the subjects in the painting entitled “Through the Generations.” It was painted to represent three generations of PA Game News readers and, as Dana notes, “it actually did!”
In 2014, Dana painted his first “throwback” cover titled, “Days Gone By,” requested by the magazine to recreate a hunting scene from 1964. Now, the artist has produced his sixth Game News cover, entitled “Deer Camp Memories” to be published in the December 2016 issue.
For this latest piece, Dana was approached by the magazine’s Senior Associate Editor and asked to create a 1966 deer camp theme similar to his popular December 2014 cover. He was told by the editor, the editorial staff and readers really enjoyed that cover and the magazine was hoping for something with a similar nostalgic feel.


Williams Valley falls short in state quarterfinals

Last-minute scores gives Steel-High 24-20 win


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Levi Engle (11) tries to position himself to stop Steelton-Highspire’s Lathaniel Webster-Spencer during the PIAA Class A quarterfinal game Nov. 25 at Kemp Memorial Stadium, Shamokin. Steel-High won the game 24-20 to advance in the tournament, ending Williams-Valley’s season at 12-2. At left, The Williams Valley faithful stand up and cheer after the Vikings football team scored a touchdown in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals. The fans packed the home bleachers to support the team in the contest, outnumbering the Steel-High fans at least 10 to 1.

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

SHAMOKIN – It was a scene that played out several times this season, Williams Valley drives with time winding down in the game, getting that go-ahead score that pulled out the victory.
In this game, though, Williams Valley found itself on the wrong end of the comeback, as Steelton-Highspire scored with 90 seconds left in the game to pull out a 24-20 win in the PIAA Class A football quarterfinals at Kemp Memorial Stadium, Shamokin on Nov. 25.
Williams Valley head coach Tim Savage, dejected after the game, said he understands the heartbreak that several teams that played against the Vikings this season felt.
“You feel what Marian felt, what Tri-Valley felt,” Savage said. “You know what the people we’ve done it too feel. To come so close, and see it all slip away like that.”
With Williams Valley leading 20-17 with six minutes left in the game, the Vikings went into ball control amassing first downs and keeping the ball out of Steel-High’s hands.


Tri-Valley grad invited to USA Softball tryout

Weber invited to camp at start of 2017


Photo courtesy of the University of South Florida Tri-Valley graduate Juli Weber watches a hit from last season playing for the University of South Florida softball team. Weber was one of 43 players invited to try out for the USA Softball Women’s National Team at a camp Jan. 1-5 in Clearwater, Fla.

TAMPA – A former Tri-Valley High School sports standout will be a part of a tryout in January for the country’s national softball team.
Juli Weber, a 2013 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and senior softball player for the University of South Florida, was named in the initial pool of 43 players invited to try out for 17 roster spots for the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Weber is among four players connected to the school invited to the camp, which will take place Jan. 1-5, 2017 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Weber was the 2016 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, a first-team all-region member and had two SportsCenter Top 10 plays during her junior year. She led the conference with a .406 average, 49 runs, 78 hits, 18 doubles and 117 total bases in 2016, career highs for her. The outfielder scored in five straight games, three different times during the season. This is her first invitation to the selection camp.


Vikings rally for title

Williams Valley scores 20 in last five minutes for District XI title

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •


MIKE LEITER/For The Citizen-Standard Williams Valley’s Dylan Rabuck runs over Marian’s Mike Neary for what ended up being Williams Valley’s first touchdown en route to a 34-31 come-from-behind victory in the District XI Class A championship game Nov. 11. Rabuck rushed for 219 yards in the game and went over the 2,000-yard mark for the season.

PINE GROVE – The 2016 District XI Class A title game will be one that many will remember for a long time to come.
Those that left the game early missed an incredible effort by the Williams Valley Vikings, erasing a 17-point deficit in the final five minutes to win the championship with a 34-31 win over Marian at Cardinal Stadium, Pine Grove.
“It’s very important to me that every class has a district gold medal, and this is the fourth year for the senior class, so we wanted to get this one for them,” Williams Valley coach Tim Savage said. “The kids answered the call tonight. These kids have a drive that I don’t see in a lot of teams.
With Marian’s Ethan Kuczynski scoring on a 66-yard touchdown run to make the score 31-14 with seven minutes to play and Williams Valley being intercepted by the Marian defense, hope was slipping away from the Vikings.


Line Mountain wins District IV field hockey crown

By Chuck Souders
and Tim Zyla
For The Citizen-Standard


Larry Deklinski/For The Citizen-Standard Line Mountain field hockey head coach Ashtin Klinger and team members charge the field after winning the PIAA District 4 Class A title against Bloomsburg Thursday on a penalty corner by Sierra Bobb at the end of overtime.

ALMEDIA — Sixth-seeded Line Mountain’s improbable run to its first field hockey district championship since 2000 culminated in a most improbable way Thursday.
Sierra Bobb scored a goal off a penalty corner with no time left on the clock at the end of the first overtime period to give the Eagles a 2-1 win over top-seeded Bloomsburg, but the win was even more improbable than that goal suggests.
Bloomsburg outshot the Eagles, 16-7, and had an 11-3 edge in penalty corners, including 8-0 in the second half. In addition, things looked very dark when Bloomsburg’s Lauren Brouse finally broke a scoreless tie with just 7:36 remaining in the game.