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MECHANICSBURG — Whether Southern Columbia was leading or trailing Friday — all the while attempting to solve the strong breezes that blew throughout the match — there were reasons why the ball frequently wound up on Loren Gehret’s skilled left foot.

I sometimes get so deeply sucked into football, especially at this time of the season with the playoffs, all-state nominations, my all-Daily Item team, and previews looming for the boys basketball season.

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS — It sounds trite, and it's probably no solace at all to the Lewisburg boys soccer team, but as winning coach Nate Hunsinger said on turf at North Schuylkill High School: "Awesome, awesome game. It's so unfortunate somebody had to lose this game."

MIDDLEBURG — Despite a testy start to the season — and sporting a lineup featuring seven senior starters — Cory Fronk tried to put his East Juniata soccer program in position to mine as much gold as possible.

BERNVILLE — There was a point during the first half of Tuesday's PIAA Class A boys soccer first-round matchup with the score knotted, that Northumberland Christian had a chance to stay in the game with District 3 champion Tulpehocken.

DANVILLE — Ella Moore netted three goals — the last with 2:44 to play in overtime — as South Williamsport upended two-time defending champion Southern Columbia in the District 4 Class A girls soccer championship game Thursday night at Ironmen Stadium.

MILTON — Lily Persing is just a freshman on Shikellamy’s girls soccer team. She lacks the scars inflicted by their cross-river rivals over the course of recent postseason tournaments.

DANVILLE — East Juniata scored three unanswered goals after falling behind, and knocked off Southern Columbia, 3-2, in the District 4 Class A semifinals on Tuesday night at Danville High School.

WILLIAMSPORT — Northumberland Christian took control of the game in the second half thanks to three Daniel Hayner goals, and the Warriors advanced to their first-ever District 4 Class A championship game with a 4-1 win over South Williamsport on Tuesday night at Loyalsock High School.

MILTON – While others may have been anxious as Shikellamy hustled toward its bench area for the halftime break with a one-goal lead, Elli Ronk wasn’t bothered as she caught a needed breather.

MILTON — To say Nick Koontz left plenty on Milton’s Alumni Field Saturday afternoon would sound rather cliché, but Shikellamy’s senior outside midfielder was sporting a reddening strawberry on his left calf.

DANVILLE — Loren Gehret, Peyton Wisloski, and Ava Yansoskie all had goals in the opening ten minutes as Southern Columbia opened defense of its Class A state championship with a 7-2 victory over Muncy on Saturday afternoon at Danville High School.

MILTON — Behind three goals and two assists from Nick Ritter, Selinsgrove advances to the District 4 Class 3A championship game following its rout of Athens at Milton High School.

HEPBURNVILLE — With two goals each from Easton Erb and Owen Solomon, the sixth-seeded Midd-West had little problems with No. 3-seed Wellboro in a 5-1 victory over the Hornets on Saturday at the Balls Mills Complex in the District 4 Class 2A quarterfinals.

DANVILLE — Kayla Kline scored three goals and assisted on a pair as top-seeded Central Columbia eliminated Warrior Run from the District 4 Class 2A girls soccer tournament by a 7-0 score Wednesday.

MILLERSBURG — Ava Matter's goal with 10 minutes to play was the difference for Millersburg in a 1-0 win over West Perry in Tuesday's District 3 Class 2A first-round girls soccer game.

MIDDLEBURG — Mark Ferster didn’t need to remind his Midd-West youngsters about where they stood, and what they needed to get done if they wanted to reach some of their season-long objectives.