SPORT SNIPPETS by Bill Byham

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

Bill Byham (WOL File Photo)

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES DATES FOR 2009 – The dates of the 2009 Little League world series have been announced.

The tourney will open on Friday, August 21st and is scheduled to close on Sunday, August 30th. The games will be played on two stadiums (Volunteer/ Howard J. Lamade) in the International Little League complex in South Williamsport, Pa.

The championship games for the USA and International brackets will be played at Howard J. Lamade on Saturday, the 29th. The world’s championship game will be held on Sunday on the same field.

This will be the 63rd annual world series for players aged 11-12. 16 teams will come to South Williamsport to compete.
LOCAL SMALL COLLEGE BASKETBALL – With all of the area high school football teams out of the running for state honors the local sports attention has been following the Lycoming College and Penn College basketball teams in the early part of their seasons.

The Lady Wildcats of Penn College have a very rugged road in front of them as they head for the end of their first semester for the 2008-09 full term.

They will bring a 4-3 record into this week (Dec 1-Dec 6) with a trip to NCAA D-2 Mansfield Monday night. They will play at home Tuesday night versus PSU Hazelton (6 P.M.). Keep them at Bardo for a game Saturday versus PSU Mount Alto (1 P.M.). They will then wrap up their 3 game week with a trip Sunday to Penn State Beaver. Games against the PSU schools are PSUAC Conference games.

The Wildcat men, coached by the veteran Gene Bruno, are at 3-3 after losing last week to Lycoming 78-56. The Wildcats will challenge three PSUAC teams this new week and will add to that by playing NCAA D-2 Mansfield.

Starting Tuesday the Wildcats will play home to Penn State Hazelton (8 P.M.). On the 4th they travel to Mansfield and then will finish out their week with a Saturday trip to Penn State Mount Alto.

Both the men and women will take a break before both head off to Penn State Beaver on Sunday, December 14th.

LYCOMING COLLEGE – Across town the two Warrior teams have been having a bust schedule.

The Lycoming women ran their record to 3-1 with a close game win versus Misericordia 60-58 a week ago Tuesday, Lycoming had to come from behind late in the second half to pull out the win. They trailed by eight inside the 10 minute mark but then ran off a 16-2 run to go ahead. The Lady Warrior lead then went to eight points before Misericordia made their last run only to run out of time.

State College product, Allison Mock, led Lycoming with 23 points and they included five 3-pointers.

Lycoming is playing this Tuesday as they will host Susquehanna in a 7 P.M. start in Lamade Gymnasium. The Lady Warriors will have three more 2008 games to play. PSU Hazelton (12/4), at home with conference opponent Delaware Valley (12-6) and at Kings (12-13)

That same night the Warrior men scored their second win of the season by beating Penn College 78-56. Lycoming opened the game with a fast breaking 19-2 burst.

The Wildcats found their game and made runs at the Warrior lead and trailed by only seven at the half. In the second 20 minutes Penn College cut it down to just two points before Lycoming surged again with a 30-5 run and never looked back.

Eric Anthony led with 26 points and that included six 3-pointers which tied the school single game 3-point record. Greg Sye chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Leroy Joiner from Williamsport led the Wildcats with 15 points.

This past weekend the Warriors played in the Holiday Inn Airport Classic and split their two games. They won their opener and then lost in the championship game 63-59 after training in the second half by as many as 16.

What made Coach Guy Ranncort smile was the break out play of four year starter Greg Sye. The post player had that double double versus Penn College and then posted back to back 22 point nights in the tourney. He finished with those 44 points and 16 combined boards to become an All Tourney selection. The Commonwealth League of the MAC, even though there has not been a conference game played yet, announced that Sye was their league Player of The Week.

The other smile for the rookie Warrior coach was the play of sophomore Will Kelly as he was also chosen to the All Tourney team after scoring 28 points (16/12) over the two nights.

Lycoming has a game Wednesday at Elmira to wrap up this position of the season.

The men will finish 2008 with games versus Shenadoah (12-6), at Susquehanna (12-14) and home with Cabrini (12-17.

That’s 30

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