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Looking for a sure-fire tip to help put more bass in the boat this season? Be certain that stack of rods lashed to the deck includes one locked-n-loaded with a soft swimbait.            

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West Lebanon broke open a close game by scoring five runs over the fifth and sixth innings in a 7-3 win over Spaghetti Benders in an Indiana County League/Indiana Area Baseball Boosters game Sunday at the White Township Recreation Complex.

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Apollo spotted Lorelli’s four runs in the first inning, forced extra innings in its last at-bat and pulled out a 9-5 win in extra innings an Indiana County League/Indiana Area Baseball Boosters interleague game Sunday at the White Township Recreation Complex.

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WEST LEBANON — Chase Kromer stroked a game-tying single, and Blake Fairman doubled in two runs to key a six-run inning in West Lebanon’s 8-3 victory over Blairsville in an Indiana County League baseball game at Bertolino Park on Thursday.

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Ethan Prugh pitched a complete-game four hitter, the offense produced all of its runs in the third inning, and Young Township beat West Hempfield, 3-1, in a Westmoreland County Independent League baseball game Wednesday at Bertolino Park.

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As we idled along the shoreline of Crooked Creek Lake, the screen of my sonar unit lit up when we passed over a large tree limb imbedded in the lake bottom in 22 feet of water. I lowered a drop-shot rig down to the bottom, cranked it up a few turns of the reel handle and was rewarded with th…

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BLAIRSVILLE — West Lebanon rallied for its runs in the sixth inning after its pitchers shut down Blairsville after the first inning for a 2-1 victory in an Indiana County League baseball game at WyoTech Park on Thursday.

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PITTSBURGH — Indiana’s Matt Holuta, who is playing the Minor League Golf Tour in South Florida, returned to the area this week to play in the Frank Fuhrer Jr. Invitational at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

WEST LEBANON — Anthony Sawl delivered a game-winning TWO-OUT single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Apollo to a 7-6 victory over West Lebanon in an Indiana County League baseball game played Tuesday.

HARRISBURG — The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking a qualified candidate to represent District 2 on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s board of directors.

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On Saturday, Fish-for-Free Day will be held in Pennsylvania, allowing those without a fishing license to enjoy some angling activity.

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Summer is upon us, bringing with it angling opportunities on rivers and reservoirs. In no particular order, here are thoughts on river walleyes, alternative uses for a popular bait, and a look at one of the more productive curly tail grubs on the market.

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Blairsville pounded Apollo, 17-4, in an Indiana County League baseball game Sunday at West Lebanon’s Bertolino Park.

WEST LEBANON — Tanner Yard hit an inside-the-park home run, Devin Fairman pitched four shutout innings and Indiana County League baseball returned to West Lebanon with a 9-2 victory over Apollo on Thursday evening.

I’m not one to put much significance in “personal best” catches — weight-based milestones of a particular species — preferring rather to appreciate the qualities of all fish brought to hand or net. I do, however, recall my biggest smallmouth bass, a 7½-pounder.

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Hunting licenses went on sale Monday for the upcoming 2020-21 hunting seasons and license application processes. A hunting license may be purchased at a participating retailer locally or online through the Pennsylvania Game Commission website ( www.pgc.state.pa.us). Your current hunting lice…

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STUART, Fla. — Indiana’s Matt Holuta finished second in the Minor League Golf Tour’s tournament at The Florida Club on Monday.

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Following the 1909 season, after Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner had outshone Detroit’s Ty Cobb in the World Series and helped bring Pittsburgh its first world championship, the “Flying Dutchman” played a starring role on the silver screen. With a couple of Stooges.

Last week’s column examined the scenario of targeting open-water walleyes keying in on suspended baitfish, just one of the common situations summertime anglers face. Walleyes also relate to bottom cover such as stump fields and submergent weeds.

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Adventure in the outdoors is abundant at this point in the year with the water beckoning to many nature enthusiasts.

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IUP golf coach Dan Braun was named the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of American and presented by Golf Pride Grips.

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Perhaps better known for providing the best sport in spring and fall, when water temperatures are cooler, walleyes often provide good action during the summer period for anglers that focus on the open water basins of lakes and reservoirs, where many of the fish are at this time.

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, and folks regain the confidence to travel to more distant locales, trout fishing the premier streams of north central Pennsylvania becomes a reasonable adventure. Pine Creek and Fishing Creek are excellent early summer destinations.

Hunters who still possess a spring turkey tag have the remainder of this week to harvest a bearded bird.

The minimum number of contests required in Division II for sport sponsorship and championships selection, as well as the maximum number of contests and dates of competition allowed, will be smaller than in years past as a result of financial impacts from COVID-19.

Rated by many anglers as one of their favorite freshwater gamefish, the smallmouth bass boasts many qualities, perhaps its size-to-fight ratio being most often noted. Its generally aggressive nature is another, particularly for river-dwelling fish, though I must remark that the brown bass ha…

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Spring turkey tag holders are now permitted to hunt all day in search of their bearded bird.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Wednesday announced that on Friday it will reopen to the public its Southwest Region Office and reopen shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow phase in the state’s three-phase matrix to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

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