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THE WEEK AHEAD: TRACK AND FIELD HEAD TO DISTRICTS; BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL WRAP UP THEIR SEASONS (2024-05-12)

Northern Tier Sports Report
The week every track fan has been waiting for - the District IV Championships. The best in the district will be on display down at Williamsport on Thursday and Saturday with a trip to Shippensburg on the line. Baseball and softball will wrap up their seasons this week, with some baseball playoff games this Saturday.

The Class AA baseball playoffs will begin on Saturday with the quarterfinals as the higher seed hosts. Coming into this week Troy is the second seed, Canton third, and Wyalusing fifth, though they can all change depending on what happens between now and Wednesday, the final day games count.


TRACK & FIELD

Thursday, May 16 & Saturday, May 18

District IV Championships at Williamsport: The activities begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Several area athletes have high hopes and plenty more are right on the cusp of making states.


BOYS’ TENNIS

Monday, May 13

District IV Doubles at Williamsport, 9 a.m.: Towanda will have two teams at the D4 Championships, which begin Monday and will finish on Wednesday.


BASEBALL

Monday, May 13

Canton (14-4) at Montoursville (12-3), 4:30 p.m.: Canton has two road games left and they’re doozies. Montoursville is the second seed in the Class 4A standings, and has won nine of their last 11 games. Canton is coming off a tough loss to Wyalusing.


Troy (13-4) at Sayre (5-10), 4:30 p.m.: A win by Troy clinches the NTL Division-I title for them, it tightens their hold on the second seed, and it ends any chance of Sayre making districts.


SVEC (2-15) at NEB (11-6), 4:30 p.m.: NEB still has a shot to catch Millville for the top seed in the playoffs, and likely home field for the final if neither Benton nor CV can sneak in. This is one of three games left on the docket for the Panthers.


Tuesday, May 14

CV (9-10) at Troy (13-4), 4:30 p.m.: Its simply for CV, win and you’re in, lose and you’re out. If Troy finishes with a perfect week they likely keep the second seed, but things are so tight 2-through-5 anything combination can still happen.


Canton (14-4) at Athens (8-10), 4:30 p.m.: Athens needs to win their final two games to make districts. They’re the favorites against Edison, but this will be a tough one for them. If Canton goes 0-2 this week there’s a good chance they could fall to the five seed and have to hit the road for the first round of districts.


NEB (11-6) at Wellsboro (6-11), 4:30 p.m.: A win by NEB would give them a big boost in the ratings as they chase Millville. Wellsboro has gone 1-3 over their last four games.


Sayre (5-10) at Towanda (5-12), 4:30 p.m.: Neither team is likely headed to the playoffs but both can still set the tone for next year. Towanda recently got a nice win at CV last week.


Wednesday, April 15

Wyalusing (14-5) at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.: The Rams are exceptionally close to getting a first round home game after it looked like they would be on the outside looking in. A win over always tough Elk Lake, with a little help, could see them heading home one more time.


NP-Mansfield (11-6) at NEB (11-6), 4:30 p.m.: Three games in three days for NEB so it’ll remain to be seen what they have left for pitching. The Tigers are trying to hold off Warrior Run for the third seed in Class 3A, and a possible bye into the semifinals. 


Thursday, April 16

Williamson (2-15) at Towanda (5-12), 4:30 p.m.: The Knights get one more home game to finish the season out strong. Williamson hasn’t won since April 19th.


Saturday, April 18

The first round of the Class AA playoffs will be this day. Right now the standings are:

Montgomery (16-1, .676 - rating)

Troy (13-4, .611)

Canton (14-4, .600)

South Williamsport (15-4, .592)

Wyalusing (14-5, .591)

Muncy (12-5, .535)

S. Columbia (10-6, .516)

Northwest (11-6, .481)

The quarterfinals will have the higher seed host before they move to a neutral site for the semifinals.


SOFTBALL

Monday, April 13

Canton (4-13) at Towanda (9-8), 4:30 p.m.: A win by the Knights clinches their district berth. They have a few games this week to try and move up the standings, they’re currently seventh.


NEB (10-7) at Sayre (3-11), 4:30 p.m.: NEB clinched their district spot last week, so now they’re be focused on. moving up the standings. They’re currently seventh but very close to East Juniata in sixth.


Tuesday, May 14

CV (16-2) at Troy (14-2), 4:30 p.m.: This will likely decide the third seed for the district playoffs. Troy (14-2, .697) is currently third with CV (16-2, .680) sitting in fourth.


NEB (10-7) at Wellsboro (4-12), 4:30 p.m.: Another good opportunity for the Panthers to pick up a win and move up the ladder in the district standings. The Hornets are 1-4 in their last five games.


Sayre (3-11) at Towanda (9-8), 4:30 p.m.: Another good opportunity for the Knights to pick up a win. If they win out this week they could get as high as fifth.


Canton (4-13) at Athens (10-7), 4:30 p.m.: Another tough test for a young Canton squad. The Wildcats are one of the hotter teams right now, going 7-2 over their last nine, and giving undefeated NPL their toughest game yet.


Wednesday, May 15

Troy (14-2) at Sayre (3-11), 4:30 p.m.: A make-up and a chance for the Trojans to get another win. If they win out this week they could still catch second seed Muncy (17-0, .720), who has a couple tough games left.


NPL (15-0) at NEB (10-7), 4:30 p.m.: NEB gets their shot at the undefeated Mounties. NPL has rolled through the NTL so far this season.


Thursday, May 16

Williamson (7-9) at Towanda (9-8), 4:30 p.m.: A big game for both teams. Williamson is still alive for the playoffs, but need to win three of their last four games. One of those games is NPL so that pretty much means beating everyone else. The Warriors are riding a 5-game win streak.


Canton (4-13) at Montgomery (12-5), 4:30 p.m.: Canton ends the season taking on D4 Class A power Montgomery, giving them a measuring stick to see how far they’ve come this season.


Tunkhannock at Wyalusing (9-10), 4:30 p.m.: Wyalusing’s Pink Game. A win and they clinch a playoff berth, and loss and they need some help, likely in the form of Line Mountain winning out to be .500. 


Friday, May 17

Troy (14-2) at Jersey Shore (12-5), 4:30 p.m.: Jersey Shore is the top ranked team in the Class 4A playoffs. It’ll be a good test for the Trojans right before districts.



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