It’s been quite a weekend for Southern Columbia wide receiver and five-star college recruit Julian Fleming.
After catching just three passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns during the Tigers’ 48-0 rout of Shamokin while Penn State head coach James Franklin looked on from the sidelines Friday night, Fleming announced that he received an offer from the University of Miami and then was spotted Saturday on the Penn State sidelines during the Nittany Lions dominating victory over Kent State.
Fleming attended the game with several of his teammates, including classmates Max Tillett and Gaige Garcia.
Southern girls undefeated
Since the fall sports season began two weeks ago, Southern Columbia girls soccer is the lone remaining undefeated team among all sports, excluding football.
The Tigers have built a 4-0 overall record and are expected to be a prime contender to win the HAC-III crown after building a 3-0 conference record to date.
South Williamsport (4-0, 1-0 HAC-III) are the only other team in the conference that has, thus far, shown it is capable of competing for the title.
The two teams will meet twice during the regular season, with the first meeting set for the turf at Southern Columbia at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and then a month later in South Williamsport on Oct. 11.
Southern assistant coach Jen Stine said the meeting could be the start of a new rivalry after the Tigers lost its main rival Warrior Run, which was bumped to HAC-II for this season.
“Warrior Run got bumped to HAC-II after winning our division last season, and we don’t have them scheduled for a non-league game, which is pretty disappointing because it was a great rivalry.”
Stine said she expects Wednesday’s matchup against the Mounties to be a closely-fought battle.
“(South Williamsport) is relatively new to us, there’s not much history between the two teams. We’re expecting a clean, solid game. They have had the same crew starting for two or three years now so it should be a good matchup,” she said.
The Tigers have outscored their opponents 14-2 with junior forward Morgan Marks leading the team in scoring with four goals. Senior Kari Cambria, who was named homecoming queen on Friday, is leading the team in assists with four.
Southern Columbia junior goalkeeper Rilyn Wisloski has only managed 17 saves through four games due to the lack of shots on goal allowed by the Tiger defense.
High school football, for all but the most dominant of programs, is at least a little bit cyclical, but what is happening in the Tri-Valley League takes things to a whole new level.
After several seasons of dominant regular-season performances from Newport, Williams Valley, Tri-Valley and Juniata, the tables been almost completely turned.
Newport and Juniata are both winless through the first four weeks of competition, while Tri-Valley and Williams Valley have hung on to share a 2-1 conference record.
The biggest surprise, however, has been the resurgence of teams that just a year or two ago were about as low as low can get and have found recent success with new head coaches.
Pine Grove, a 1-9 team last year, is off to a 3-1 start under first-year head coach Frank Gaffney. Halifax, which produced a 3-7 record last season, is now 3-0 under new head coach Earl Mosley. The Wildcats’ game at Millersburg scheduled for Friday was postponed due to mold at the school.
Southern boys hot start simmers
Southern Columbia’s boys soccer team returned back to Earth after a hot start that began with a stunning 2-1 overtime win over Milton to open the season.
After going 3-0 in the opening week, the Tigers fell to South Williamsport, 3-1, Tuesday and then failed to score against Hughesville on Thursday, which led to a 0-0 tie.
Saturday’s non-conference match against Muncy ended with a 3-1 loss after Mike Adamski scored the lone goal for Southern.
The Tigers are now 3-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in HAC-III competition.
Below are the overall and conference records of each fall sports team in The News-Item’s coverage area: