Sports Snippets by Bill Byham

Sport announcer and writer Bill Byham

Sport announcer and writer Bill Byham

Williamsport – Mike Clark, at his weekly press conference, noted that he and his Lycoming College Warriors are facing “an uphill battle” in their regular season finale when they face Lebanon Valley at Person Field Saturday at 1 P.M.”We are facing them a week after our worst game of the year (losing to Kings 24-7) and put ourselves in a very tough position of where we must win and hope that Albright loses down at Delaware Valley.”

The scenario is this. There is no wiggle room for Lycoming now. They must defeat the Dutchmen to have any chance of winning the MAC. A loss in this game ends the season.

The loss to the Monarchs plus an Albright win leaves the Lions on top with just one MAC loss. Lycoming has lost two conference games (Wilkes/Kings/ both in Luzerne County). A Lycoming win versus Lebanon Valley plus an Albright loss to Delaware Valley puts Lycoming in as champion (plus the automatic NCAA D-3 bid to play in the post season tournament) because Lycoming has already defeated Albright and owns points in the MAC tie breaker rules. A Delaware Valley defeat of Albright plus a Lycoming win would bring the Aggies into a tie for the league lead but, here again, Lycoming owns tie breaker points with their regular season win over the Aggies. In fact, even Lebanon Valley, with a win over Lycoming, can move into a league tie record if all the chips fell their way.

To make it simple. Albright needs to win at Delaware Valley and they get the crown and post season bid. Lycoming’s only hope is a win versus Lebanon Valley and an Albright loss DV.

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.met for the third time this season in the big event for Lady Soccer. Montoursville won the game 1-0 to advance to the PIAA state championship game Saturday, 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 Friday. Scranton meets Hood College (Md) in the first game while Lycoming plays PSU-Hazleton in the nightcap. On Saturday 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).

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