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Sansky Claims Santa 5K Win

Jason Sansky won the Santa 5K run in Scranton on Dec. 10 with a time of 18:17. Tony Korch was second in 18:43, followed by Chris Clark in 18:57.

Jill Matthews was the women’s winner, finishing in 21:06. Jen Stec-Gagliardi was second in 21:16 and Jackie Stevenson was third in 23:23.

 

Stephens Tournament Discontinued

The Joel Stephens Invitational baseball tournament, traditionally held over the July 4 weekend in Mansfield and Tioga, PA, since its inception in 1998, will be discontinued. Many Wyalusing and Bradford County baseball players participated and starred in the showcase event, which attracted teams from as far away as Canada during its 13 year run.

Founded in 1998 to honor the memory of Joel Stephens and other players from the Twin Tiers, the tournament had more than 13,000 players participate through the years and helped raise more than $60,000 for several charities and causes through the Joel Stephens Foundation.

 

PFBC Finalizes Walleye Plan

After reviewing more than 30 public comments and incorporating various suggestions, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has finalized its fisheries management plan for inland walleye and has placed the plan on its website for public use. The 73-page plan is available online at http://fishandboat.com/walleyeplan.htm.

An executive summary highlights the plan’s four priorities:

• Determine the levels of walleye natural reproduction in major river sections that were formerly stocked with walleye;

•Assess “last chance” waters and decide if the waters should remain in the stocking programs. These are waters which have not yet yielded catches that meet the minimum standards in the plan;

• Update existing infrastructure and fish culture techniques to increase walleye fingerling production to exceed two million per year, and

• Perform creel surveys and angler opinion surveys to determine how definitions of high-quality walleye fisheries conform to anglers’ experiences and opinions.

 

Misericordia Men Win Twice

The Misericordia men’s basketball team, coached by Wyalusing Valley graduate Trevor Woodrufff, defeated Lebanon Valley, 67-54, behind a 25-point effort from Ethan Eichhorst on Dec. 18. Eichhorst also grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory.

On Dec. 19, the Cougars defeated Marywood, 75-57, as Justin Grotevant netted 18 points.

Misericordia enters the Christmas break with an 8-3 record. The Cougars will return to action on Jan. 2 in the Sponaugle Tournament at Franklin & Marshall.

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