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Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 Lycoming Football Video - Why Freshman DB Eric Wagner likes Lycoming

#4 Fr DB Eric Wagner - Warriors Mark, Pa. / Tyrone Area

Freshman defensive back Erik Wagner was not even coming to Lycoming College and frankly Lycoming wasn't even on his college radar, but he is glad he is a Warrior.

Volleyball - Warriors set to move up the ranks in 2014

Sophomore Kristine Jahn posted 22 kills and 33 digs to lead the Warriors past Baptist Bible and Wilkes.
(Photo courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After back-to-back 20-win seasons which includes the best record in 14th-year head coach Tim McMahon’s career, the Lycoming College volleyball team is ready to continue to move up the ranks in the competitive Commonwealth Conference.

The Warriors, who finished 25-11 in 2013, will need to replace an all-conference setter in Katelyn McKillop and one of the top right side hitters in school history in Shelby Gear, but seven significant contributors return, led by a Second Team All-Commonwealth Conference selection in junior captainBethany Richardson (York, Pa./West York).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Video - Coach Clark on injuries, polls, expectations and Susquehanna

Lycoming Head Football Coach Mike Clark (Photo by John Green)

The Warriors are again picked to win the MAC. Head football coach Mike Clark talkes about the season

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cross Country - Growing cross country program ready for new heights in 2014

Sophomore Jacob Miller and the Warriors start the 2014 season on Saturday at Delaware Valley.
(Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With her third season as head coach of the Lycoming College cross country team looming on the horizon on Saturday, Aug. 30, it’s easy to see the culture shift that Regina Collinshas implemented in the program. With a school-record 33 runners enlisted to lace up their sneakers in 2014 and the women’s program coming off a record 37th-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regionals, the program is ready to again reach for new heights.

“Our runners are so excited and you can see that carry over into the general population at Lycoming,” Collins said. “This week, we were running all together to East End Park to do a speed workout and as we ran down Lincoln Avenue, our men’s captain Jacob Miller turned around and said , ‘Coach, look, we’re an Army!’ Everybody looked at this mass of runners. The people who have been around for a few years, they are so excited to have that many people and as a result, we are attracting some very serious runners.”

From a squad of five women four years ago to one of 17 this year, the increase in both the men’s and women’s squad has helped her reorganize the squad into running groups. Like many of the best running teams in the nation, the Warriors will use the groups as a tool during meets to push comfortable paces and help lead the team to better results.

“We’ve been working hard at staying in these groups so that we can pace each other,” Collins said. “My hope is that the results will be quite good because they won’t be running as individuals. They will be running as a team to get everybody in their group to the finish line in a good time. Having that camaraderie is really going to lift their spirits.”

Women’s Preview
With six of the team’s top seven runners returning, the Warriors will have an experienced group to push the pace for the team.

“I am excited about this group because the team’s energy motivates everyone on the team,” Collins said. “They are competing amongst themselves and they are also trying not to disappoint themselves. If we have a group of strong runners that can help each other, it makes training so much easier and the level of support intensifies for everyone on the team.”

Junior Lindsay Decker (Shapleigh, Maine/Massabesic) developed into the team’s top runner by the end of the 2013 season, dropping more than six minutes off her 6K time throughout the season before finishing 193rd at the NCAA Mideast Regionals with a time of 25:27.

“Lindsay Decker travelled a bit this summer, doing May term in Germany and then a dig in Ireland in August,” Collins said. “The first couple races might be a little tough for her, but knowing how hard she works and the kind of competitor she is, she will come into her own once we get three or four weeks into the season.”

Sophomore Sarah Donovan (Bergen, N.Y./Byron-Bergen) ran at the top of the lineup all season and enters her second season in the program looking to be the team’s top runner again. Donovan finished 10th at her first collegiate race at Delaware Valley and finished her season by notching a time of 25:41 at the regionals.

“Sarah worked hard all summer, so I am expecting great things from her,” Collins said. “You may remember, last year, she medaled at Delaware Valley, so I know she is gunning to go back and repeat that.”

Senior Kelsey Rawson (Waldorf, Md./North Point) has also developed into one of the team’s top runners, as she dropped 6:30 off her 6K time in 2013, finishing the year with a 26:08 run at regionals. Sophomore Victoria Wilson (Ringwood, N.J./Lakeland) moved into the team’s top five in the second half of the 2013 season, finishing in 26:28 at regionals.

Also competing for spots in the top five in the team’s lineup are juniors Rachel Salmon (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) and Anna Summers (Shamokin, Pa./Shamokin Area). Salmon notched a career-best time at the regionals, finishing in 26:38 while Summers also has the ability to notch solid times, finishing in the top 25 at Delaware Valley in 2013 and posting a time of 26:25 at the Lock Haven race.

A pair of freshmen have also worked their way into the team’s top group early in preseason in Lindsay Smith (Easton, Pa./Easton) and Sarah Toth (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial), who was a three-time state qualifier.

Sophomore Jacqueline Croteau (Islip, N.Y./Islip) also returns to the squad with a year of experience and three newcomers have varsity experience. Two were members of the women’s soccer program in junior Erin Hale (Oakfield, N.Y./Oakfield-Alabama) and Samantha Stropko (Sayre, Pa./Athens) andJamy Fite (Belleville, Pa./Indian Valley) was a member of the swim team.

Freshmen Rachel Ham (San Antonio, Texas/Home-schooled) and Rachel Fritz (Honesdale, Pa./Honesdale) will also see time on the course while sophomores Alysha Ardell (South Williamsport, Pa./South Williamsport) and Lauren Reevie (Edison, N.J./Edison) and junior Abigail O’Connor (Mt. Holly Springs, Pa./Home-schooled) also joined the team.

Men’s Preview
While the women’s team may be high on experience, the men’s squad will be loaded with talent, but only three runners with experience at the NCAA Regionals returns for the team.

However, two of those runners have been the team’s top runners in the past two years, with sophomore captain Jacob Miller (Cooperstown, N.Y./Cooperstown Central) dropping nearly four minutes off his 8K time as a rookie, finishing the year with a time of 30:08 at the regionals.

“Jake is a natural leader,” Collins said. “He’s been doing a marvelous job mentoring the younger runners. This year, because we are running in groups, Jake has really taken the lead with our younger freshmen men.”

Junior Peter Rittenhouse (Green Lane, Pa./Quakertown Community) crossed the 30-minute mark once as a freshman in 2012 and Collins said he entered camp in great shape to get back to that type of performance this year.

“I am looking for good things from Pete again this year,” Collins said. “He is reenergized as a cross country runner and he is doing well in the top group. He is a competitor.”

Running with the pair of veterans is a solid group of freshmen is James Hamm (Turbotville, Pa./Warrior Run), Sean Hastings (Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) and Joseph Ingrum (Lodi, Calif./Lodi).

“James has been racing 5Ks all summer and he is a very serious competitor,” Collins said. “He is going to have to make the transition to five miles, but he has handled everything I have thrown at him so far. Joey Ingrum is only a couple steps behind James.”

Sophomore Bryant Dietrick (Muncy, Pa./Muncy) has begun to turn a corner after converting from track and field to cross country. He posted a season-best time of 32:14 at the Lock Haven meet and also has experience at regionals, where he notched a time of 32:39. Sophomore John Woodburn(Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend) has also impressed early in the preseason after notching a season-best time of 33:04.

“John is competitive and he is working as hard as he can to get into the top group,” Collins said. “Bryant, with a little help in the pacing department, I think we will see good things from him. His goal is to break 30 minutes this season.”

Sophomore Donald Keys (Erie, Pa./Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy) and junior Jacob McClain (Cogan Station, Pa./Jersey Shore Area) also return with collegiate experience. Three others will join the team with varsity experience, as both sophomore Joshua Cram (Lock Haven, Pa./Central Mountain) and senior T.J. Guminski (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) are swimmers and senior Luke McGreevy (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) played lacrosse.

Sophomore Dan Yoder (Montoursville, Pa./Home-schooled), freshmen Trenton Jones (Houston, Texas/KIPP Sunnyside), Antoine Sales (Washington, D.C./KIPP College Prep), Alexander Wherthey(Johnstown, Pa./Bishop McCort) will also see time on the course.

Soccer - Yeboah’s dagger lifts Warriors past Ursinus

Keenthy Yeboah
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – There wasn’t a lot of space between freshman Keenthy Yeboah (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) and the Ursinus College defender. There also wasn’t a lot of space between the crossbar and the goalie’s hands, but in each case there was just enough for the ball to slip past for the lone goal in the Lycoming College men’s soccer team’s 2014 opener, winning 1-0, on a beautiful Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

With a large crowd of 370 out to watch the defending Commonwealth Conference champions, the Warriors (1-0 overall) dialed up a shutout for the win over Ursinus (0-1 overall), allowing just seven shots, three in the second half while firing 12 shots on the Bears.

The game winning play occurred in the 60th minute, as freshman Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) made a move past a defender and fired a low, quick pass to Yeboah in the middle of the field. Yeboah connected and sent the ball high into the upper part of the center of the net.

Soccer - Defending conference champs set for more success in 2014

Senior Connor Keenan and the Warriors open the 2014 season on Friday against Ursinus at 5 p.m.
(Photo Courtesy of Lycoming Sports Information)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Coming off a fairytale season in 2013, the Lycoming College men’s soccer team may be content with the state of the program. But second-year head coach Nate Gibboney isn’t one to rest on previous laurels, even if they include beating the eventual national champions in the Commonwealth Conference semifinals and reaching the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Most-watched Little League World Series Ever on ESPN Networks

Mo'ne Davis - Taney Little League Philadelphia, PA (Photo by John Green)
South Williamsport, PA - The 2014 Little League World Series was the most-watched ever on ESPN networks (ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 combined) according to Nielsen. The average audience of 1,724,000 viewers (P2+) is up 71 percent from 2013. The Little League World Series across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 consisted of 54 games, including the regionals and the Williamsport, Pa. competition.

Readers can share eBook experiences on Sept. 18 for a chance to win a free device

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Every reader has a book they love, a favorite reading spot or has been moved by powerful prose. All of these make up who we are as readers and even shape who we are as people.

What was the first book you read? What is your favorite story and why? On Sept. 18, share your eReading experience at using the hashtag #eBookDay and you can be entered to win a tablet or device from OverDrive. OverDrive is the North Central Library District’s distributor of e-books and audiobooks. The 40 libraries in the North Central Library District, which includes the Lycoming County Library System, are eligible to enter at