SPORT SNIPPETS by Bill Byham

Sport announcer and writer Bill Byham

Sport announcer and writer Bill Byham

King’s College (Pa.) head football coach, Rich Mannello, really knows how to toss a Going Away party. The 16-year Monarch head man had posted only one win over the season and followed that by losing seven straight times before hosting high riding Lycoming in the last home game of the 2008 season.He opened the party by honoring his 11 seniors to the great joy os Monarch fans. Then he introduced sophomore QB Corey Lavin who was starting his first game of the season he followed that up by unleashing junior Claude O’Connor who was his second ever start as a running back, he added freshman Richard Maerten as a back up running back. He even brought Allan Neuendorf, all 6-4, 310 pounds of him in leading a sparked up offense. To make he party a huge success he added a Tom Tulaney led defense.

Lycoming played their part by forgetting to bring their game getting off the bus as the Monarchs handled their party guests with ease in winning by a 24-7 score in the MAC Conference Upset of The Year. For the first time all season an opponent out gunned Lycoming with over 400 yards of offense.

Coming in Lycoming was running with a 4-1 Conference record and a 6-2 overall mark. They were tied for the league lead with Albright and had a built in edge over the Lions if tie breaking rules had to be applied. When the day was over Albright defeated Widener 21-0 to raise their league record to 5-1 that puts them into first place all alone.

Maerten had 26 carries for 121 yards and 2 scores. O’Connor was 11 for 60 yds and Lavin rushed for 48 yds on 11 rushes. He scored once on a run and passed for 160 yards on an 11 for 24 day. Lycoming rushed for 129 yds (Josh Kleinfelter (18-98) and passed for 222 yards (Colin Dwyer 23-49 and 4 interceptions).

That leaves the 2008 conference and an automatic NCAA D-3 bid to a pair of games this Saturday. Lycoming hosts Lebanon Valley (4-2/ 6-3) while Albright (5-1/7-2) travels to Delaware Valley (4-2/ 6-3). The Warriors must win to hold any post season hope and it would be great if Del Valley beats Albright.

Lycoming County has four high school football teams left in post season football. Loyalsock Twp.(2A) remains in the Eastern Conference play while Jersey Shore (District 4 3A) and Montoursville (District 4 2A ) remain in the hunt for District titles.

Here is how they will line up ;
Jersey Shore at Selinsgrove – D-4, 3A Final
Montoursville at Athens – D-4, 2A semis
Line Mt at Southern Columbia – D-4, Single A Final
Eastern Conference –
Division 2 – Loyalsock at Tamaqua
All games are Friday and will kickoff at 7 P.M.

Tuesday evening two long time arch rivals meet at Hughesville to determine which one of the teams will play this coming weekend in the PIAA State soccer championship.
Montoursville and Loyalsock Twp. will meet for the third time this season in the big event for Lady Soccer. Montoursville won their regular season meeting. Loyalsock defeated Montoursville in the District 4 2A championship. They both won Eastern Pa. semi finals this past weekend to advance to this Eastern final. One will go to the state title game while the other comes home.

A third soccer rival, South Williamsport, won it all in 2006.

Penn College opened its 2008-09 basketball season Monday night at home with the women, led by Erica Logan’s 23 points, winning 89-28 over Central Penn. The Wildcat men, Joe Simon scoring 21, won over Central penn 103-80.

This weekend, at Lycoming’s Lamade Gymnasium, Guy Rancourt’s Warriors will hold their Tip Off Classic with games at 6 P. M. and around 8 P.M. on Saturday. Scranton meets Hood College (Md) in the first game while Lycoming plays PSU-Hazleton in the nightcap. On Sunday the Saturday losers play at 2 P.M. and the Saturday winners play at 4 for the tourney title.

Rancourt, in his first season as head coach, has seen his team get 2nd place votes in the Commonwealth League pre-season rankings. The Widener Pride, defending MAC Conference champions, gained 43 points and Lycoming was second at 34 points. Lebanon Valley, Albright, Messiah, Elizabethtown and Arcadia, a league newcomer, follow.

Lycoming’s wrestling team is opening its new season ranked 30th in the D-3 wrestling nation. Roger Crebs and his team opened the active season in the Baldwin Wallace Duals on November 8th. Lycoming defeated Thiel 24-18 and Baldwin Wallace 30-10 before losing to Mt. St. Joseph 22-10.
Bryan Kopesky (197) and Chris Dahlheimer (165) each posted three wins on the day.

The Lycoming men and womens swim teams are 2-1 after three outings in their new season. In their last match they defeated Elizabethtown by scores of 117-60 and 105-100. Their one loss to date came at Albright when both teams lost versus the Lions

Penn College has completed its Fall Sports which was highlighted by having four PSUAC state champions in golf (18-1-1) , men’s soccer (11-0), men’s cross country (16-0) and team tennis (17-2). Four teams were invited to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association nationals with two of them reaching semi final levels.

The women’s soccer team reached the semis with a 6-0 win over Vermont Tech and Bridget Metzger (Montoursville) had two goals and an assist. They were eliminated 2-0 the next day. The two cross country teams ran very well for coach Mike Paulhamus. the men, with Mark Coderio (Canton) finishing 9th (28:40), finished third with 86 points and the women, with Tamara Pavlov (Lewisburg) finishing eighth (27-24), also finished third.

The West Branch Chapter, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame installed its 2008 Class Sunday at the Genetti Hotel in Wiliamsport.

The Class consists of Jim Bergen (football, Montoursville), Amanda Eddinger (basketball, Montgomery), Charles Dawson (football-wrestling, Williamsport), Dennis Hammond (football- coaching, Loyalsock Twp.), James Fisher (Football – Basketball-Track,Williamsport), Carl Nolan (basketball, South Williamsport), Kristi Rosenbaum Hammaker (swimming, South Williamsport), Jim Nolan (basketball, South Williamsport), Bill Graff (deceased, basketball, coaching Jersey Shore) and Sam Scopa (deceased, softball administration, Williamsport.

That’s 30

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