CATAWISSA — Southern Columbia has become one of the first teams to qualify for a district playoff berth as the Tigers edged Central Columbia 41-36 in HAC-II on Wednesday.
Southern (11-2, 5-1 HAC-II) outscored Central by eight in the second quarter for a 22-15 halftime lead.
Kayla Lavella led the Tigers with 19 points.
Shikellamy 49, Midd-West 21
SUNBURY — Double-doubles from both Alexis Angstadt and Cory Yerger propelled the Braves.
Angstadt scored 17 points and had 10 steals, while Yerger tallied 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Shik (9-4, 4-2 HAC-I).
Midd-West fell to 5-7.
Lewisburg 45, Loyalsock 30
WILLIAMSPORT — Maria Kelleher’s 25-point day included a 10-for-12 effort from the free throw line, and it helped the Green Dragons win.
Lois Lesher added five rebounds and five blocks to go along with her four points for Lewisburg (9-3, 4-2 HAC-II).
Warrior Run 61, Hughesville 26
HUGHESVILLE — Tay Parker led a trio of Defenders who scored in double figures in the HAC-II win over the Spartans.
Parker had 24 points to almost outscore Hughesville herself, but Abby Fisher and Steph Shamburg each scored 12 points.
Warrior Run improves to 7-5, 1-5 in league play.
Mifflinburg 70, Jersey Shore 43
MIFFLINBURG — Leading by just eight points at the half, the Wildcats poured it on in the second half to rout the Bulldogs.
Mifflinburg, which outscored Jersey Shore 40-21 in the second half, got 21 points from Sara Stauffer, 13 of which came after halftime.
Kayla Kline added 16 points for the Wildcats.
Mount Carmel 39, Montoursville 24
MONTOURSVILLE — Christina Perles and Isabella Stellar combined for 29 points as Mount Carmel rallied from a first-quarter deficit to hand Montoursville its first HAC-II loss.
The Red Tornadoes (9-2, 5-1 HAC-II) outscored the Warriors 28-9 over the final three quarters, including zero points in the fourth.
Upper Dauphin 52, Line Mountain 28
MANDATA — The Trojans dominated in the upper weights to defeat their nearby rival Eagles in a Tri-Valley League match.
Following Trey Campbell’s pin at 195 pounds, Upper Dauphin got pins from Zach Zerby at 220 and Payton Kennerly at 285 to take a 28-12 lead.
Britton Heim (152) and Erik Smeltz (182) both had pins for Line Mountain.
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Shikellamy girls hold off Line Mountain's comeback bid
For three quarters, Shikellamy came away with nearly every loose ball and held a comfortable lead.
School closings cause schedule changes
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Heisman: Winston, Manziel, Lynch among 6 finalists
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College football: Bloomsburg's Quiteh among three Harlon Hill finalists
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Danville's Renz posts 31-14 double-double
Phillies' Halladay retires
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Torre, La Russa, Cox elected to baseball Hall
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Midd-West grad hands Messiah NCAA men's soccer title
Messiah junior Jeremy Payne showed just why he was The Daily Item’s Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year twice while in high school this weekend.
Ex-PSU wrestler holds clinic at Shamokin High School
There’s a very simple explanation as to why Wade Alleman and over 50 wrestlers in the Shamokin High School wrestling program chose to venture out into Saturday’s blustery, winter conditions when staying under those warm blankets certainly had to be a better alternative to shorts and smelly shirts and rolling around on a hard mat: Pride.
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Men's basketball: Susquehanna drops conference opener
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Women's basketball: Strong Bucknell rally can't overcome deficit
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H.S. wrestling: Mifflinburg's Walter shines while winning Top Hat title
Line Mountain freshman Earlston wins 113-pound crown
Men's basketball: Bucknell closes show against Columbia
Chris Hass and Ryan Hill came up with the big plays down the stretch and, despite shooting less than 40 percent from the floor, the Bison held the Lions 13 points under their season average.
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