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Blacksburg is closer to Penn State than most Big Ten cities, but the Nittany Lions have surprisingly never played a game against Virginia Tech.

It will take another decade, but it’s finally going to happen.

Penn State announced Wednesday that it had agreed to a home-and-home series against the Hokies for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The Lions will head to Blacksburg on Sept. 17, 2022 and the Hokies will visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023.

“We are excited to be able to announce this football series with Virginia Tech,” Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said in a statement. “Virginia Tech is an opponent our alumni and fans have been asking about adding to the schedule. I am very appreciative of the efforts of (Virginia Tech athletic director) Jim Weaver to make this long-awaited matchup come to fruition.”

Non-conference scheduling is getting trickier for the Lions, as the Big Ten is getting ready to expand to a nine-game conference schedule, leaving schools with just three games to fill in themselves.

Penn State already has a four-game series with Pitt scheduled for 2016-19. CBS Sports reported last month that Penn State was in negotiations with West Virginia for a possible home-and-home series. If finalized, the games could slot in for 2020 and 2021, leading into the Virginia Tech series.

On Tuesday, Penn State announced it would play host to San Diego State in 2015. The Lions will travel to Ireland next season to play UCF.


West Side 5,

Harveys Lake/Swoyersville 2

West Side advanced to the losers bracket finals of the Swoyersville American Legion Post 644 12-and-under tournament

Ryder Milia scored two runs for West Side while Jake Packer, Zach Davies and Nate Baranski each had one.

Luke Spencer and Connor Smith led the offense for Harveys Lake/Swoyersville.

Mountain Top Red 8,

Kingston/Forty Fort 3

In a game played Tuesday, Chris Argenziano and Kevin Frisbie both blasted home runs to lead Mountain Top Red in the winners bracket final of the Swoyersville American Legion Post 644 12-and-under tournament.

Argenziano finished with three hits, while Frisbie added three runs in the win.

Danny Polachek and Mykolas Bozenka each hit solo home runs for Kingston/Forty Fort.

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