Merry Christmas From Bill Byham

Merry Christmas From Bill Byham

CAN WE HOLD ON TO THE SNOW? – Right now, those who look for a traditional White Christmas, are excited about the amount of snow that came to the Valley over the past few days.Some six inches of snow was counted in one storm and then another three inches were put on top of that.  All of that snow has to be a boon for those people who are hunting deer in this hunting season. And how about those who love to ski at the many ski slopes close by? Those people should really be enjoying the early start on the ski season.

LOCAL SPORTS WILL SLOW DOWN SOME – The winter break will happen this coming week. Schools will be closing for a few days so that everyone can enjoy the holidays. That does not mean the players will just sit down in their big fluffy chairs and rest, eat and just hang out. All of those who are on winter sport teams will be heading out for practice sessions plus being in various tournaments where they will get to showcase their talents.

ONE DID AND TWO DIDN’T – On this past Saturday three of our best basketball teams drove down Rt 15 as participants in a SPORTSFEVER one day six team show held at Bucknell University.

Montoursville played basketball power Susquehanna Twp in the first game. The PIAA 3A power team found the Warriors of Jaime Spencer a tough test to get by. Montoursville trailed the favorites by just five points in the fourth period but could not hold on any longer as Susquehanna Twp. went on to win it 57-44. Hughesville played the middle game versus a great PIAA basketball power in Prep Charter. Prep opened with a 16-7 first period and then ran into a determined Spartan team that ran off a 20-9 second period. In the second half Prep Charter came out, took command and scored a 17-4 third period as they went on to win the game 58-43. Williamsport played Steelton-Highspire in the 3rd game . Steelton is a 1A PIAA size∂ school but challenges, by its own decision, the 3A classification in basketball. In fact, they won the 3A state championship a year ago. As a result of their longer than normal football season in 2008 their basketball team is still forming as this was only their second game of the hoops season.

With that said Williamsport came to the SPORTSFEVER “hot” and did what they have been doing all season. They played their game and the one time they lost that focus, coach Allan Taylor called a time out to reset the focus and it was a no contest from there as the Millionaires, raising their record to 6-1 with a 93-67 win.

If there was a game issue it came from the officials who called 81 fouls which disrupted both teams that play the game full court and fast breaking. Williamsport won that “game” with a 30 of 35 from the line. They also won the 3-Pt “game” 9-1.

PENN COLLEGE BASKETBALL – The Penn College basketball teams have closed down the 2008 portion of their schedules. The Wildcat men closed out at 5-5 for coach Gene Bruno. They are 3-1 in PSUAC play and will return to the court on January 1 when they will host Penn State Du Bois,.

In a pre season poll the PSUAC coaches picked what they feel will be the All Conference team, Joe Simon and Craig Flint were named to the team first team. Greg Solyak and Tom Little were named Hon orable Mentions. Mike Knbepp and Neil Baskerville were named to the All Freshman team. Leroy Joiner was named as an honorable mention freshman.

The Lady Wildcats finished 2008 at 6-5 and also carried a 3-1 conference record. They will host Penn State Dubois in a 6 P. M. start.

LYCOMING BASKETBALL – The Warrior men played 7 games in the 2008 portion of their scheduled and closed that out with a 5-2 record. They are being led by senior Greg Sye, junior Eric Anthony and sophomore Will Kelly. Sye is shooting at a 15.9 per game pace. Anthony is the scoring leader with a 18.4 per game average. Kelly is finding his way with a 9.9 per game average.

The Lady Warriors are off to the best start they have had in many years. At this holiday break they are 6-1 with junior Allison Mock leading in scoring with a 15.9 per game average. Rebecca Reid is averaging 11.1 off the bench and Andrea Cooper, the only senior on the roster, is averaging 10.7 points per game.

Neither team has played a conference count game yet. On their return they will play PDU Altoona and then take on the Commonwealth Conference teams in their 7 final starts starting on January 7th with a home gamed versus Elizabethtown.

That’s 30

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