Sports announcer, writer Bill Byham and famous for "That's 30" signoff

Sports announcer, writer Bill Byham and famous for "That's 30" signoff

The Valley sports, somewhat scrambled by winter weather, is back in full force after the holiday break.

One of the early big stories happened last night in a jam packed Hughesville gymnasium as the Spartans played host to Loyalsock Twp. in a big game of local powers. The Lancers were looking for their 10th win of the season and were able to hold off the hard driving home team in a nip and tucker type of game as the Lancers won it 59-57.

The major sidebar story of the game was the fact that Ron Insinger, the dean of all Lycoming County coaches, won his 700th game in boys basketball. Insinger, known better as “CI” , has been credited with all of those wins in coaching the Loyalscok Twp. Lancers. He thus becomes the all time winningest coach in Lycoming County history. During his early days of coaching he also was the head man for the Lady Lancers and he posted well over 100 wins in that poisition.

The late Charlie Blackburn, who coached St. Joes and Williamsport, won over 500 gmes.

Speaking of Loyalsock Twp. and Williamsport high school basketball these two teams will meet at Williamsport on Monday, February 2nd. The game was orginally scheduled for this past Saturday night but the heavy snows caused the game to be postponed. The two teams are, if we go by records, the best in the Valley so the contest will certainly draw a large crowd.

There is another story running here regarding the Millionaires. This coming Saturday night Williamsport will play highly regarded Central Dauphin. But at the half of that game, time will be set for a reception of the two Millioniare teams that have won the PIAA State championships. The 1984 team, coached by Pete White, finished the year with a 30-0 record. At the end of the 1999 season Williamsport, coached by Mike Bailey, won it all with a 29-2 record. Basketball fans of Williamsport will tell you names from both teams and it is hoped that many of them will be on the court Saturday night. After the game there will be a community reception in a cafeteria nearby.

Lycoming College wrestlers and basketball teams came out of a very interesting week with some high notes to talk about. The wrestling team was half of the Pennsylvabnia entry in the annual PA/NY Duals which was hosted by R.I.T. (Rochester Instiute of Technology). Kings College and Lycming teamed up to post a 4-0 record versus the two schools from New York (R.I.T and SUNY- Oswego). They came home late in the week to play host to the 21st edition of the Budd Whitehill Duals at Lamade Gymnasiumn. Twenty of the top NCAA D-3 wrestling powers made up the tourney. Wisconsin-Whitewater won the tourney with Ithaca finishing second. The rest of the top finishers were The College of New Jersey, Wilkes, John Carroll, Lycoming, Springfield and Messiah.

The men and women’s basketball teams finished their non conference play and opened the MAC Commonewealth League versus Elizabethtown. E-town won both ends of the double header. The Lady Warrior loss broke up an eight game winning streak. At the end of the week Widener came toi play a Sunday afternoon double header.

The Lycoming women shot a run of perfect foul shooting over the last minutes of play to beat the Lady Pride 69-62. The men’s game was tight all the way with several lead changes. With the score standing at 53-53 sophomore Will Kelly (Loyalsock Twp) hit a 3-pointer to send the Warriors on to a 60-53 win.

Add this. A year ago Lycoming won the Commonwealth League. In the post season they won a playoff game that set up a home game between visiting Widener and Lycoming for the overall MAC championship plus a spot in the D-3 national playoff tourney. The Pride won that game to end the Warrior schedule so this win on Sunday was big to Lycoming, 1-1 in conference play as they head for Lebanon Valley on Wednesday The Lady Warriors will be on the same bus with their 9-2, 1-1 record.

Penn College’s two basketball teams, both with 3-1 conference records, will open their 2009 season with homes games Wednesday night versis PSU Du Bois.

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