Penguins open postseason play tonight

Tonight the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN 1050, 1600, 104.1 and 92.7.

ESPNWilliamsport wins multiple PAPBA Awards

Staff Reports

The Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters Association is pleased to announce the winning stations in the 2013 PAPBA News Awards contest. Entries were judged by members of The Associated Press in Louisiana. The awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania.

“For our peers to recognize the amazing depth of talent that is assembled at ESPN Radio Williamsport is very rewarding to me,” according to General Manager Todd Bartley.

The order in which the winners finished (first, second or third place), the judges’ comments will not be announced until the presentation at the awards banquet on Saturday, May 31, at the Penn Stater in State College.

ESPN Radio Williamsport (WLYC) competes in Division RADIO B – MEDIUM AND SMALL MARKET STATIONS (Which is every market other than Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).

Brian Williams will be awarded for his Local SportsCenter from September 8, 2013 in the Best Regularly Scheduled Sportscast category. This is the second PAPBA Award for Brian Williams since joining ESPN Radio Williamsport and first as an individual entrant.

“For Brian Williams to win this award is a career highlight. Since hiring him in the early days of ESPN Radio Williamsport he has overcome so many challenges put in front of him and been so selfless in the face of those challenges. He continues to put in the time and effort to get better every day; his story and this award are simply inspiring!” Bartley said.

Additionally, Ian Catherine will be awarded for his call of the 2013 Saint John Neumann Boys Basketball District IV Class A Championship game win in the Best Sports Play-By-Play category.

Tom Ferguson will also be awarded  in the Best Sports Play-By-Play category for his call of the 2013 USCAA National Championship game at PSU Fayette featuring the Warren Wilson College victory.

These are also the first PAPBA Awards for Ian Catherine and Tom Ferguson since joining ESPN Radio Williamsport.

“It proves year in and year out that our staff is the best in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and we are setting a high standard for each other to strive towards. The true winners in this competition are the student athletes that we cover on a daily basis and the fans who tune into those broadcasts,” Bartley added.

Since re-joining the PAPBA in 2011 ESPN Radio Williamsport has now brought home 8 awards including 5 Best Sports Play-By-Play (Todd Bartley, Trevor Turner, Joe Putnam, Ian Catherine and Tom Ferguson), 2 Best Regularly Scheduled Sportscast (Trevor Turner and Brian Williams), as well as a Best Regularly Scheduled Sports Talk Show Award for the Jed Donahue Show (Host Jed Donahue, Co-Host Phil Grosz, Executive Producer Brian Williams).

Howard Named Full-Time Head Baseball Coach at Penn College

Staff Reports

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has elevated head baseball coach Christopher H. Howard to full time starting in the 2014-15 academic year. The coaching position is the first of three being changed for the upcoming year.

“As Penn College moves forward in its NCAA endeavors, an important component is maximizing the value of competing in Division III athletics,” athletic director Scott E. Kennell said. “There is probably no other area as important to the future success of our programs as quality coaching. As a result, we are thrilled to increase our support to three full-time coaches starting this fall.”Christopher H. Howard

“Coach Howard has given our program a tremendous lift since his arrival to Penn College, both on and off the field,” Kennell added. “Over the years, I have been extremely impressed by his enthusiasm to work with his student-athletes and his commitment to continue the tradition of combining excellence in the classroom with competitiveness on the playing field.”

“When I was named the head baseball coach eight years ago, it was a hope of mine that this could someday turn in to a full-time position,” Howard said.  “I can’t tell you what an honor it is for me to be named full time as we head in to the next phase of Penn College Athletics and our entrance into the NCAA. I am very thankful to Penn College and the administration for giving me the opportunity to do what I love on a full-time basis.”

Howard, a native of San Diego, Calif., and a former major league baseball player, will concentrate most of his efforts on recruiting and coaching in the full-time position, but will have responsibilities with game-day management of the college’s other intercollegiate programs.

“I look forward to devoting all of my professional time to building not only a strong baseball program but a strong athletic department at Penn College,” Howard added.

Rita’s Classic Rosters announced

During a live draft this afternoon on ESPN Radio Williamsport the follwing teams were chosen for this Saturday’s Rita’s Classic All-Star Games to be played at Ron “CI” Insinger Gymnasium at the Loyalsock Middle School.

2014 Rita’s Classic Boys’s Roster:

Team Bartley:
Alize Johnson – St. John Neumann (1st Overall Pick)
Wil Sigl – Lewisburg
Nick Ring – Muncy
Richard Allen – St. John Neumann
Tyler Mitcheltree – Hughesville
Saabir Gibson – Loyalsock
Wes LaPoint – Loyalsock
Cory Young – Loyalsock
Kamaal Burkholder – St. John Neumann
Sean Flannery – Sullivan County
Bob Polcrack – Sullivan County
Sean McCormick – South Williamsport

Team Masse:
Isaiah Washington – Williamsport (2nd Overall Pick)
Riley Hengler – South Williamsport
Conner Wylie – Sullivan County
Austin Stine – Shamokin
Joey Doganero – Wellsboro
Josh Papas – Shamokin
Ben Scicchitano – Mount Carmel
Payton Aucker – Central Columbia
Jeremy Uscowskas – Mifflinburg
Callen Foresman – Warrior Run
Zach Miller – Warrior Run
Clark Sheakley – Mifflinburg


2014 Rita’s Classic Girl’s Roster:

Team Masse:
Lori Horton – Williamson (1st overall pick)
Ericka Heath – Danville
Allie Pagana – Loyalsock
Sara Stauffer – Mifflinburg
Briana Lutz – Mount Carmel
Raven Fatool – Shikellamy
Mackenzie Clark – Southern Columbia
Teanna Shutt – Southern Columbia
Amy Sothard – Williamsport

Team Bartley:
Emily Shoulder – St. John Neumann (2nd overall pick)
Mackenzie Hafer – Athens
Molly Moroney – Central Columbia
Liz Pavis – Danville
Paige Hornung – Mount Carmel
Jenn Jackson – South Williamsport
Roxie Hengler – South Williamsport
Lydia Whaley – Williamsport
Amy Southard – Williamsport

PIAA Scoreboard March 18, 2014

PIAA Final Four

Class A Boys

Math, Civics & Science 76 Saint John Neumann 53

Saint John Neumann ends season 30-1

PIAA Scoreboard March 14, 2014

Class A Boys - Elite 8

Saint John Neumann 78 New Hope 68

at Hazleton High School

Math, Civics & Sciences 47 Church Farm 46

at Archbishop Ryan High School

Final 4

Saint John Neumann vs Math, Civics & Sciences

Tuesday at TBA, Time, TBA

Alize Johnson and the Knights one win from Class A Final Four

Coverage of New Hope vs Saint John Neumann in the PIAA Boys Basketball Elite 8 starts from Hazleton High School on Friday at 5:45 p.m. on ESPN 1050, 1600, 104.1, 92.7 and streams 4 & 1.

PIAA Scoreboard March 12, 2014

PIAA Second Round

Class A-Girls

Jenkintown 49 Saint John Neumann 41

Class AA-Boys

Delaware Valley Charter 46 Loyalsock 45

PIAA Scoreboard March 11, 2014

PIAA Second Round

Class A-Boys

Saint John Neumann 51 Phil-Mont Christian 48

Math, Civics & Sciences 57 Sullivan County 39

PIAA second round basketball details released

Tuesday, March 11

Class A-Boys

Phil-Mont Christian vs Saint John Neumann, 6:00 p.m. at Central Dauphin East

Wednesday, March 12

Class A-Girls

Jenkintown vs Saint John Neumann, 6:00 p.m. at East Pennsboro

Class AA-Boys

Delaware Valley Charter vs Loyalsock, 7:00 p.m. at Cumberland Valley