Monthly Archives: December 2008

Patriots Humble Millionaires 72-57

Ken Myers

Ken Myers

By Ken Myers
Williamsport, PA-Another lethargic effort by the Millionaires proved costly as they lost to the Penn Wood Patriots 72-57 in the championship of the Best Western/WRAK Shootout at the Magic Dome last night at the Williamsport Area High School gymnasium in front of another near capacity crowd. The Patriots are now 8-0, while the Millionaires fall to 7-2 ending their 6 game winning streak.

Tournament MVP Tyree Johnson led the victorious Patriots with 20 points, while Duane Johnson added 14, Aaron Brown added 13, and Thomas White added 11. The Millionaires were led by Isaiah Twine with 13 points and Thomas James with 12.

The opening period was a close one similar to a heavyweight title fight with plenty of action. The Patriots opened up the scoring on a bucket by Thomas White 28 seconds into the game. Jadiah Lynch would tie the game up for the Millionaires 36 seconds later. Tyree Johnson put the Patriots back into the lead 45 seconds later. That started an all too familiar trend for the Millionaires and their faithful of many lead changes and ties before things were settled for good. After an opening stanza where neither team led by more than 3 points in the period, the Patriots led 15-14.

The second period was more of the same that took place in the opening period. Neither team could get a good run going due to missed shots and numerous turnovers. The lead would change hands several times, and at halftime, the Patriots led 30-29. The Millionaires were not out of it.

In the third period, the Millionaires would wake up for most of the period and lead for most of the time. Their biggest lead during the period was 4 points. The Patriots would regain the lead for good on a Shawn Oakman basket with 30.1 seconds left in the period. At the turn for home, the Patriots led 45-42.

The Millionaires would run out of gas in the final period being outscored by the Patriots 27-15. The biggest lead for the Patriots was the final margin of 15 points. There was a crazy 18 lead changes and 7 ties in the game before things were settled.

In the consolation hame, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons beat the Owen J. Roberts Wildcats in a thrilling game 70-62. The Barons (5-3), coached by 1976 Williamsport graduate Steve Thompson, were led by Nate Koenig with 29 points, while Jerome Seagears added 16, and George Smith added 12. The Wildcats (8-2) were paced by David Vining with 19 and Seth McNaughton with 18.

There were no JV games played during the tournament. The next JV game for the Millionaires will be Friday, 1/2/09, when the Millionaires make the ride to Bradford County to play Wyalusing @ 6 pm. The next varsity game will be Saturday, 1/3/09, when the Millionaires make the ride to a familiar spot in Schuylkill County, Martz Hall on the campus of the DH Lengel Middle School in Pottsville, to play the Pocono Mountain East Cardinals from Swiftwater in Monroe County. The game is scheduled to start @ 7 pm. There will be no JV game Saturday.

Linescore of consolation game:

Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 18-14-15-23= 70
Owen J. Roberts: 15-9-22-16=62

Linescore of championship game:

Penn Wood: 15-15-15-27=72
Williamsport: 14-15-13-15=57

All tournament team:
Dontahe Jordan-Williamsport
Thomas James-Williamsport
Duane Johnson-Penn Wood
Nate Koenig-Bethesda-Chevy Chase
David Vining-Owen J. Roberts
Sportsmanship award-Isaiah Twine-Williamsport
MVP-Tyree Johnson-Penn Wood

Millionaires Edge Wildcats 79-63, Face Penn Wood For Tourney Title

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

By Ken Myers
Williamsport, PA-In a somewhat lethargic effort, the Williamsport Millionaires beat the Owen J. Roberts Wildcats 79-63 last night in the nightcap of the Best Western/WRAK Shootout at the Magic Dome held at the Williamsport Area High School gymnasium. The Millionaires are now 7-1 with a 6 game winning streak, while the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season falling to 8-1.

Darryl Worthy led the Millionaires with 18 points off the bench. Dontahe Jordan added 14, and Jadiah Lynch added 10. For the Wildcats, David Vining led the way with 20 points. Tyler Setzler added 16, and Ryan Brumfield added 12.

The early part of the game definitely showed that this was the first ever game between Williamsport and Owen J. Roberts. The Millionaires opened up the scoring on a foul shot by Shariff Monroe with 5:08 left in the opening stanza. After another 1:29, the Wildcats would answer back and take the lead on a 3 pointer by David Vining. The Millionaires would tie it up on a basket by Thomas James 20 seconds later, then the Wildcats would regain the lead for what turned out to be the rest of the opening period on a basket by Kevin Henry. Both teams were feeling each other out seeing what the other would do but also missing very easy shots. After the first period, the Wildcats led 15-10 making the near capacity crowd very nervous.

There were several more lead changes in the second period as the Millionaires would cut the Wildcats’ lead and regain the lead on their own. The Wildcats would answer back in kind to regain the lead, but the Millionaires’ strong offense and tight pressure defense would hold the Wildcats to only 9 points in the second period. The Millionaires would regain the lead for good on a basket by Jadiah Lynch with 1:20 left in the first half. At halftime, the Millionaires led 30-24.

The Millionaires would break things open in the third period but could not make the Wildcats roll over and play dead. They broke open their lead increasing it as high as 13 points, but the Wildcats would always mount a comeback to try to regain the lead. The closest they would get for the game was an 8 point deficit halfway through the third period. After three periods, the Millionaires led 56-43 when Darryl Worthy hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer from midcourt. What would the final period bring for the Millionaires?

The Millionaires finally put things away in the final period outscoring the Wildcats 23-20. The Millionaires increased their lead as high as 19 points in the final stanza. There were 9 lead changes and 1 tie in the game before the Millionaires took the lead for good. The game was also marked with numerous delays due to the roof over the Williamsport gym leaking due to recent snowmelt and cleaning up the wet spots on the court.

The Millionaires will be meeting the Penn Wood Patriots in the championship of the Best Western/WRAK Shootout at the Magic Dome on Tuesday, 12/30/08 @ 7:30. The Patriots (7-0) destroyed the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons (4-3) out of suburban Washington, DC 89-48 in a game that was finished under the mercy rule for the final 16 seconds. The meeting between the Millionaires and the Patriots will be the second ever meeting between the two schools and the first ever during the regular season. In the only ever meeting between the Millionaires and Penn Wood, the Millionaires beat them in a state playoff game in 1992 that was played on a snowy night @ Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. The consolation game between Owen J. Roberts and Bethesda Chevy Chase will start @ 6 pm.

Linescore of Williamsport game:

Owen J. Roberts: 15-9-19-20=63
Williamsport Area: 10-20-26-23=79

Everett’s Jersey Shore Office Now Open Full Time

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming)

Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming)

HARRISBURG – Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today announced that his district office in Jersey Shore will switch from part-time to full-time starting Jan. 5.”Having two full-time district offices will make me and my staff’s services to constituents that much more accessible to the residents of Jersey Shore and the western part of Lycoming County,” Everett said. “I want it to be convenient for the people I represent to meet with me and my staff about any state-related matters, concerns, or questions that they may have. I encourage them to stop by either of the district offices.”

Everett’s office will continue to be located at the Tiadaghton Valley Mall, Room 105. The mailing address is 701 Allegheny Street, Box 4, phone 570-398-4476 and the fax number is 570-398-5963. The office, which will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be staffed by Kathy Koch, a 21-year veteran who worked for both former Sen. Rodger Madigan and former Rep. Steven Cappelli.

“Kathy brings many years of experience and is eager to continue helping the residents of Jersey Shore and its surrounding communities,” Everett added. “Not only does she bring a wealth of knowledge about state government issues, she is a native and resident of Jersey Shore and will easily be able to work with the folks from the area. I am really excited that she has joined our staff.”

“Historically, former Representative Feese and I only had the Jersey Shore office open on Thursdays and it has been manned by our district administrator, Charley Hall,” said Everett. “Over the years, Charley has come to be known as the ‘Mr. Jersey Shore’ of the 84th District. The good news is that the residents of the Jersey Shore area are not losing Charley – he will still be in the office on Thursdays as he always has been. They are gaining Kathy on the other four days of the week.”

Everett’s other district office is located in the Penn Hills Plaza, Suite 2, 21 Kristi Road in Muncy. The telephone number is 570-546-2084 and the fax number is 570-546-5220.

Everett’s district offices can help residents obtain driver’s license and vehicle registration applications, obtain birth and death certificates, assist senior citizens with Property Tax and Rent Rebate applications and PACE forms, provide students with applications for PHEAA grants and loans, provide information on state legislation and assist with any other state-related matters.

Millionaires Tame Little Lions 53-37

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

The Top Hats - Williamsport Millionaires

By Ken Myers

State College, PA-Williamsport vs State College. It’s a rivalry between two schools separated by 60 miles that has seen some good, bad, and ugly basketball over the years. Highlights include a 31 game winning streak by the Millionaires during a 19 year period and a 8 game winning streak by the Little Lions to break the Millionaires’ streak. What could the fans expect this time?

They witnessed one of the ugliest games in recent memory as the Millionaires beat the Little Lions 53-37 last night at the State College Area High School gymnasium. It was the lowest offensive output of the season for the Millionaires (6-1) and the second lowest for the Little Lions (4-3).

The Millionaires were led by Jadiah Lynch with 15 points. Isaiah Twine added 11, and Dontahe Jordan added 10. Jamar Smack was the only Little Lion in double figures with 11 points.

The Millionaires roared out to a quick 9-0 lead, despite the mixture of zone defenses that State College head coach Drew Frank threw at them, on baskets Sean Ruane and Jadiah Lynch. Millionaire fans that made the trip to Centre County were figuring that they were going to witness another blowout like last Saturday vs Steelton-Highspire. The Little Lions would have something to say about that. They would reel off 7 consecutive points and shock all the Williamsport fans in attendance. After the Millionaires put together a baby streak of 4 points to end the period, the Millionaires led the Little Lions 13-7 after the first stanza.

The second period was not much better than the first. Neither team could really hit their shots with any regularity. The Millionaires did open up their lead during the last 2:00, and as the teams went to the locker room at halftime, the Millionaires still led 28-15. Nobody expected the score to be that low at halftime.

The third period was a repeat of the first half as neither team could get a good shooting streak going. Both teams were as cold with their shooting as the frigid weather outside State College High School. In the final period, the Millionaires would steadily increase their lead getting it as high as 17 points early in the final period. The Millionaires led from start to finish.

The offciating crew of Dick Wagner, Gary Zimmerman, and Sean Albright met with much displeasure from both the Williamsport and State College fans over perceived slights in foul calling. They whistled the Millionaires for 3 technical fouls- 1 each on Williamsport coach Allen Taylor, Isaiah Twine, and Codie Engel.

In JV action, the Millionaires edged the Little Lions 57-52. Thomas Burk led the Millionaires with 18 points, while Ben Sallade led the Little Lions with19 points, and Shane Dorner added 18.

The next game for the Millionaires is next Monday, 12/29/08, in the Best Western/WRAK Shootout at the Magic Dome. In the first game at 6 pm, Bethesda-Chevy Chase (MD) out of the Washington, DC suburbs plays Penn Wood out of the Philadelphia suburbs. In the nightcap at 7:30, the Millionaires play Owen J Roberts out of Pottstown. The consolation is at 6 pm on Tuesday, 12/30/08, with the championship to follow.

Linescore of the game:

Williamsport: 13-15-10-15=53
State College: 7-8-9-13=37

Dougherty named to preseason All-America team

Lycoming College - Williamsport, PA

Lycoming College - Williamsport, PA

BALTIMORE – Lycoming junior Mike Dougherty has been named to the 2009 Face-off Yearbook Preseason All-America team, published in Inside Lacrosse magazine. The Division III team was released in the Dec. 22 issue.Dougherty, a native of Berlin, Md., earned Honorable Mention honors at the face-off position after leading the nation in 2008 in ground balls per game.

The top face-off player in the Middle Atlantic Conference, Dougherty posted a .688 win percentage in face-offs last season and picked up a league-best 177 ground balls.

His 177 ground balls in 16 games last year, an average of 11.06 per game, earned him the 2008 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion honor.

The Warriors, led by 2008 MAC Coach of the Year Brian Anken, will open their 2009 season on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when Ithaca travels to Williamsport for a 4 p.m. face-off at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.