Author: David Bohr


Fort Cherry quarterback Matt Sieg carries past Steelton-Highspire’s James Evans III during the PIAA Class A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Steelton-Highspire tops Fort Cherry to defend PIAA Class A football title
December 7, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Fort Cherry’s record-setting football season reached its final act Thursday, but Steelton-Highspire got to write the final scenes.

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Camp Hill’s Richard Lutkins heads the ball past Quaker Valley goalkeeper Nathan Pribik to score in double overtime of the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Camp Hill tops Quaker Valley in double overtime of PIAA Class 2A boys soccer title game
November 17, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Quaker Valley held a lead in the PIAA Class 2A boys soccer final for 57 minutes, but in a game that would ultimately last 108 minutes, that was not enough.

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Central Columbia’s Haley Bull battles Avonworth’s Minah Syam for possession during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Avonworth shut out by Central Columbia in PIAA Class 2A girls soccer final
MECHANICSBURG — Avonworth has more than proven its quality in girls soccer in recent years.

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Union’s Olivia Benedict is consoled by teammates after the Scotties’ 6-3 loss to Tri-Valley in the PIAA Class A state championship game on Friday, June 16, 2023, at Penn State.
Historic year for Union girls ends with loss to Tri-Valley in PIAA softball championship game
June 16, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK – A historic softball season — and a historic year for Union girls athletics in general — came to an end Friday afternoon as the Scotties lost the PIAA Class A softball championship game to Tri Valley, 6-3, at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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South Fayette’s Ava Leroux battles Archbishop Wood’s Deja Evans for a rebound during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Archbishop Wood stops South Fayette in PIAA Class 5A girls title game
March 25, 2023
HERSHEY – South Fayette’s first trip to the PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship game started off well enough, with Erica Hall scoring on the Lions’ first possession and Maddie Webber adding a couple field goals quickly after that.

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Blackhawk’s Aubree Hupp is fouled by Lansdale Catholic’s Jaida Helm during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Blackhawk sees halftime lead vanish in PIAA championship loss to Lansdale Catholic
HERSHEY — Blackhawk, looking for the fifth state title in program history, came up a bit short in the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball finals Saturday afternoon as Lansdale Catholic defeated the Cougars, 53-45.

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Union’s Kylie Fruehstorfer (4) celebrates with Kelly Cleaver after defeating Lourdes in the PIAA Class A state championship game on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Union rolls past Lourdes Regional to claim 1st PIAA girls basketball championship
March 24, 2023
HERSHEY — Union’s girls basketball team was unbeatable for 16 straight games in reaching the PIAA finals, and finished off that winning run with a historic victory on the biggest stage in Pennsylvania.

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Norwin girls shut down Central Dauphin in state tournament
March 10, 2023
HARRISBURG — Brian Brozeski knew where Norwin would have to succeed to win in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball playoffs.

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The Seneca Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Lower Merion in the PIAA Class 4A final on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Balanced attack leads Seneca Valley to blowout win over Lower Merion in PIAA boys soccer final
November 19, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — If there were any memories of last year’s 1-0 loss to Conestoga in the state finals, Seneca Valley’s boys soccer team used them for motivational purposes only.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moon girls claim 2nd straight state title with thrilling comeback victory
November 18, 2022
MECHANICSBURG – There may have been easier ways for Moon to take another girls soccer state championship, but few more dramatic.

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Winchester Thurston’s Thomas Gordon battles Moravian Academy’s Trey Sheeler for possession during the PIAA Class A boys state championship game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moravian Academy stops Winchester Thurston’s bid to repeat as PIAA Class A soccer champ
MECHANICSBURG – Winchester Thurston’s drive to a second straight boys soccer state championship came up just barely short Friday afternoon, as the Bears fell to Moravian Academy, 2-1, in double overtime in the PIAA Class A final.

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Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher hugs Shaye Bailey after time expired in the PIAA Class A girls state championship game against Southern Columbia on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Southern Columbia tops Freedom in PIAA Class A girls soccer championship
MECHANICSBURG — Entering halftime of the PIAA Class A girls soccer final, Freedom was down but hardly out.

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Mt. Lebanon seniors Reagan Murdoch, Brooke Collins and Ashleigh Connor hug at midcourt after time expired in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh derails Mt. Lebanon in Class 6A state title game
March 26, 2022
HERSHEY – Mt. Lebanon fell in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship game 60-40 to Plymouth-Whitemarsh at the Giant Center on Saturday evening.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page hugs Natalia Palumbo as they leave the court after the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Cardinal O’Hara shuts down Chartiers Valley in state title game again
March 25, 2022
HERSHEY – For the second consecutive year, Chartiers Valley lost to Cardinal O’Hara in the PIAA girls basketball Class 5A championship game, dropping a 42-19 decision Friday evening at Giant Center.

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Neshannock’s Mairan Haggerty (34) celebrates with Megan Pallerino and Addilae Watts after defeating Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Neshannock girls capture 1st PIAA Class 2A championship
HERSHEY — Neshannock returned to Giant Center 12 months after losing in the state final and redeemed itself on Friday afternoon, defeating Southern Columbia, 62-56, to claim its first PIAA Class 2A girls championship.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (left) celebrates with Holden Pritts as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game against Archbishop Wood on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Hampton boys soccer claims state championship with shutout
November 20, 2021
HERSHEY — Hampton won the PIAA Class 3A boys soccer title 1-0 over Archbishop Wood on Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium, capping a successful weekend of WPIAL soccer that saw five state championships for local teams.

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The Mars girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Radnor, 2-1 in double overtime, in the PIAA Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mars edges Radnor in double overtime to secure PIAA girls soccer 3-peat
HERSHEY — Mars won its third straight PIAA Class 3A girls’ soccer title, but Saturday’s win held as much drama as the first two championships combined.

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Conestoga’s Jayce Tharnish (left) celebrates his goal next to Seneca Valley’s Nathan Prex during the PIAA Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
In battle of unbeatens, Conestoga gets past Seneca Valley in 4A boys state final
November 19, 2021
HERSHEY – Two unbeaten combatants, no matter how good, cannot not both escape a state title game undefeated.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Conestoga, 2-0, to win the PIAA Class 4A final on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Rising up to the challenge, Moon girls soccer team wins 1st Class 4A state title
HERSHEY – Moon has a new trophy, and it may look a touch different from the ones the Tigers earned in the past.

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Pennsylvania blanks Maryland in annual Big 33 football game
May 31, 2021
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania defeated Maryland, 20-0, in the 64th Annual Big 33 Classic on Monday afternoon at Central Dauphin Middle School.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado removes his headgear after being defeated by Caleb Dowling of St. Joseph’s in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Corrado, Oswalt come up short in quest for PIAA wrestling gold
March 7, 2020
HERSHEY — Burrell came home from the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday with two silver medals.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Adam Jacob of East Pennsboro in a Class AA 132-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA championships Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Corrado, Oswalt to wrestle for PIAA Class AA gold
March 6, 2020
HERSHEY — Burrell will have two wrestlers competing for gold medals Saturday at the PIAA Class AA championships at Giant Center.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer listens to coach instruction while wrestling against Colby Romjue of Susquehannock in the PIAA championships Friday, March 6, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer dominant in PIAA wrestling quarterfinals victory
HERSHEY — Jack Blumer of Kiski Area is making his last wrestling trip to Hershey a memorable one.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer works against Lower Merion’s James Lledo in the 160-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer stays alive at PIAA wrestling tournament
March 5, 2020
HERSHEY — Six Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers entered the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament Thursday, and all six still were in the mix for medals at deadline. However, only one still is contending for a gold medal.

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Burrell senior Ricky Feroce talks with coach Josh Shields as Kane senior Cameron Whisner gets checked for injury during their bout at 182 pounds at the PIAA tournament Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trio of Burrell wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Burrell had a strong start at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Thursday afternoon, advancing three wrestlers to Friday’s quarterfinals.

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North Hills’ Lirion Murtezi (Center) holds the Big 33 trophy with teammates Monday, May 27, 2019.
Pennsylvania avenges loss, defeats Maryland in Big 33 game
May 27, 2019
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania defeated Maryland, 21-0, in the Big 33 Football Classic on Monday afternoon at Landis Field, avenging a 9-6 loss last season.

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North Catholic’s Dani Short hugs head coach Molly Rottmann after leaving the game late in the PIAA Class 4A girls state final against Bethlehem Catholic Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
North Catholic falls to Bethlehem Catholic in PIAA Class 4A championship
March 23, 2019
HERSHEY — North Catholic fell in the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball finals to Bethlehem Catholic, 60-49, Saturday afternoon at Giant Center.

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The Peters Twp. girls basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Garnet Valley in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Marisa scores 29, Peters Township caps perfect season with 1st PIAA title
March 22, 2019
HERSHEY — Peters Township completed a perfect season with a 62-49 win over Garnet Valley in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball finals Friday night at Giant Center.

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Fort Cherry quarterback Matt Sieg carries past Steelton-Highspire’s James Evans III during the PIAA Class A state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Steelton-Highspire tops Fort Cherry to defend PIAA Class A football title
December 7, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Fort Cherry’s record-setting football season reached its final act Thursday, but Steelton-Highspire got to write the final scenes.

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Camp Hill’s Richard Lutkins heads the ball past Quaker Valley goalkeeper Nathan Pribik to score in double overtime of the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Camp Hill tops Quaker Valley in double overtime of PIAA Class 2A boys soccer title game
November 17, 2023
MECHANICSBURG — Quaker Valley held a lead in the PIAA Class 2A boys soccer final for 57 minutes, but in a game that would ultimately last 108 minutes, that was not enough.

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Central Columbia’s Haley Bull battles Avonworth’s Minah Syam for possession during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
Avonworth shut out by Central Columbia in PIAA Class 2A girls soccer final
MECHANICSBURG — Avonworth has more than proven its quality in girls soccer in recent years.

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Union’s Olivia Benedict is consoled by teammates after the Scotties’ 6-3 loss to Tri-Valley in the PIAA Class A state championship game on Friday, June 16, 2023, at Penn State.
Historic year for Union girls ends with loss to Tri-Valley in PIAA softball championship game
June 16, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK – A historic softball season — and a historic year for Union girls athletics in general — came to an end Friday afternoon as the Scotties lost the PIAA Class A softball championship game to Tri Valley, 6-3, at Penn State’s Beard Field.

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South Fayette’s Ava Leroux battles Archbishop Wood’s Deja Evans for a rebound during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Archbishop Wood stops South Fayette in PIAA Class 5A girls title game
March 25, 2023
HERSHEY – South Fayette’s first trip to the PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship game started off well enough, with Erica Hall scoring on the Lions’ first possession and Maddie Webber adding a couple field goals quickly after that.

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Blackhawk’s Aubree Hupp is fouled by Lansdale Catholic’s Jaida Helm during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Blackhawk sees halftime lead vanish in PIAA championship loss to Lansdale Catholic
HERSHEY — Blackhawk, looking for the fifth state title in program history, came up a bit short in the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball finals Saturday afternoon as Lansdale Catholic defeated the Cougars, 53-45.

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Union’s Kylie Fruehstorfer (4) celebrates with Kelly Cleaver after defeating Lourdes in the PIAA Class A state championship game on Friday, March 24, 2023 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Union rolls past Lourdes Regional to claim 1st PIAA girls basketball championship
March 24, 2023
HERSHEY — Union’s girls basketball team was unbeatable for 16 straight games in reaching the PIAA finals, and finished off that winning run with a historic victory on the biggest stage in Pennsylvania.

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Norwin girls shut down Central Dauphin in state tournament
March 10, 2023
HARRISBURG — Brian Brozeski knew where Norwin would have to succeed to win in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball playoffs.

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The Seneca Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Lower Merion in the PIAA Class 4A final on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Balanced attack leads Seneca Valley to blowout win over Lower Merion in PIAA boys soccer final
November 19, 2022
MECHANICSBURG — If there were any memories of last year’s 1-0 loss to Conestoga in the state finals, Seneca Valley’s boys soccer team used them for motivational purposes only.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moon girls claim 2nd straight state title with thrilling comeback victory
November 18, 2022
MECHANICSBURG – There may have been easier ways for Moon to take another girls soccer state championship, but few more dramatic.

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Winchester Thurston’s Thomas Gordon battles Moravian Academy’s Trey Sheeler for possession during the PIAA Class A boys state championship game on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moravian Academy stops Winchester Thurston’s bid to repeat as PIAA Class A soccer champ
MECHANICSBURG – Winchester Thurston’s drive to a second straight boys soccer state championship came up just barely short Friday afternoon, as the Bears fell to Moravian Academy, 2-1, in double overtime in the PIAA Class A final.

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Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher hugs Shaye Bailey after time expired in the PIAA Class A girls state championship game against Southern Columbia on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Southern Columbia tops Freedom in PIAA Class A girls soccer championship
MECHANICSBURG — Entering halftime of the PIAA Class A girls soccer final, Freedom was down but hardly out.

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Mt. Lebanon seniors Reagan Murdoch, Brooke Collins and Ashleigh Connor hug at midcourt after time expired in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh derails Mt. Lebanon in Class 6A state title game
March 26, 2022
HERSHEY – Mt. Lebanon fell in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship game 60-40 to Plymouth-Whitemarsh at the Giant Center on Saturday evening.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page hugs Natalia Palumbo as they leave the court after the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Cardinal O’Hara shuts down Chartiers Valley in state title game again
March 25, 2022
HERSHEY – For the second consecutive year, Chartiers Valley lost to Cardinal O’Hara in the PIAA girls basketball Class 5A championship game, dropping a 42-19 decision Friday evening at Giant Center.

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Neshannock’s Mairan Haggerty (34) celebrates with Megan Pallerino and Addilae Watts after defeating Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Neshannock girls capture 1st PIAA Class 2A championship
HERSHEY — Neshannock returned to Giant Center 12 months after losing in the state final and redeemed itself on Friday afternoon, defeating Southern Columbia, 62-56, to claim its first PIAA Class 2A girls championship.

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Hampton’s Zach Panza (left) celebrates with Holden Pritts as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game against Archbishop Wood on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Hampton boys soccer claims state championship with shutout
November 20, 2021
HERSHEY — Hampton won the PIAA Class 3A boys soccer title 1-0 over Archbishop Wood on Saturday night at Hersheypark Stadium, capping a successful weekend of WPIAL soccer that saw five state championships for local teams.

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The Mars girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Radnor, 2-1 in double overtime, in the PIAA Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mars edges Radnor in double overtime to secure PIAA girls soccer 3-peat
HERSHEY — Mars won its third straight PIAA Class 3A girls’ soccer title, but Saturday’s win held as much drama as the first two championships combined.

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Conestoga’s Jayce Tharnish (left) celebrates his goal next to Seneca Valley’s Nathan Prex during the PIAA Class 4A championship game on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
In battle of unbeatens, Conestoga gets past Seneca Valley in 4A boys state final
November 19, 2021
HERSHEY – Two unbeaten combatants, no matter how good, cannot not both escape a state title game undefeated.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Conestoga, 2-0, to win the PIAA Class 4A final on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Rising up to the challenge, Moon girls soccer team wins 1st Class 4A state title
HERSHEY – Moon has a new trophy, and it may look a touch different from the ones the Tigers earned in the past.

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Pennsylvania blanks Maryland in annual Big 33 football game
May 31, 2021
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania defeated Maryland, 20-0, in the 64th Annual Big 33 Classic on Monday afternoon at Central Dauphin Middle School.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado removes his headgear after being defeated by Caleb Dowling of St. Joseph’s in the PIAA Class AA 152-pound final Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Corrado, Oswalt come up short in quest for PIAA wrestling gold
March 7, 2020
HERSHEY — Burrell came home from the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday with two silver medals.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Adam Jacob of East Pennsboro in a Class AA 132-pound quarterfinal bout at the PIAA championships Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Corrado, Oswalt to wrestle for PIAA Class AA gold
March 6, 2020
HERSHEY — Burrell will have two wrestlers competing for gold medals Saturday at the PIAA Class AA championships at Giant Center.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer listens to coach instruction while wrestling against Colby Romjue of Susquehannock in the PIAA championships Friday, March 6, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer dominant in PIAA wrestling quarterfinals victory
HERSHEY — Jack Blumer of Kiski Area is making his last wrestling trip to Hershey a memorable one.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer works against Lower Merion’s James Lledo in the 160-pound weight class during the PIAA Class AAA championships Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer stays alive at PIAA wrestling tournament
March 5, 2020
HERSHEY — Six Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers entered the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament Thursday, and all six still were in the mix for medals at deadline. However, only one still is contending for a gold medal.

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Burrell senior Ricky Feroce talks with coach Josh Shields as Kane senior Cameron Whisner gets checked for injury during their bout at 182 pounds at the PIAA tournament Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trio of Burrell wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Burrell had a strong start at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Thursday afternoon, advancing three wrestlers to Friday’s quarterfinals.

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North Hills’ Lirion Murtezi (Center) holds the Big 33 trophy with teammates Monday, May 27, 2019.
Pennsylvania avenges loss, defeats Maryland in Big 33 game
May 27, 2019
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania defeated Maryland, 21-0, in the Big 33 Football Classic on Monday afternoon at Landis Field, avenging a 9-6 loss last season.

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North Catholic’s Dani Short hugs head coach Molly Rottmann after leaving the game late in the PIAA Class 4A girls state final against Bethlehem Catholic Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
North Catholic falls to Bethlehem Catholic in PIAA Class 4A championship
March 23, 2019
HERSHEY — North Catholic fell in the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball finals to Bethlehem Catholic, 60-49, Saturday afternoon at Giant Center.

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The Peters Twp. girls basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Garnet Valley in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Marisa scores 29, Peters Township caps perfect season with 1st PIAA title
March 22, 2019
HERSHEY — Peters Township completed a perfect season with a 62-49 win over Garnet Valley in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball finals Friday night at Giant Center.

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