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Derek Levarse

Position: Reporter/Sports
E-Mail Address: dlevarse@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (570) 991-6396
Derek Levarse on Twitter: @TLdlevarse

About Derek Levarse

Derek Levarse has been The Times Leader's Penn State football beat writer since 2007 and has covered the program for various outlets since the 2003 season, including while serving as a writer and editor for four years at The Daily Collegian in State College. A Pittsburgh native and Penn State alum, Derek also covers Wyoming Valley Conference high school baseball and Freedom Conference college basketball. A lifelong Pittsburgh Penguins fan, he believes there is no name in sports history greater than Zarley Zalapski.

Latest Stories by Derek Levarse

James Franklin played his college ball an hour away from Wilkes-Barre but didn't have much occasion to head up into the Wyoming Valley.
Since graduating from East Stroudsburg and becoming a football coach, Franklin is changing that.
As the Nittany Lions' recruiting presence in the area increases, so does the program's visibility. To that end, Fra

Registration open for PSU event downtown

James Franklin played his college ball an hour away from Wilkes-Barre but didn't have much occasion to head up into the Wyoming Valley. Since graduating from East Stroudsburg and becoming a football coach, Franklin is changing that. As the Nittany Lions' recruiting presence in the area increases, so does the program's visibility. To that end, Fra

A season of change for WVC baseball

A parking lot. An elementary school playground. The track by the high school. Berwick has had to get a little creative with its venues to prepare for the start of baseball season. Plenty of Wyoming Valley Conference programs are dealing with changes with opening day for the league scheduled for Monday, weather permitting. But the Bulldogs top the

The last stop on Penn State's annual Coaches Caravan will have some of the school's biggest names. Now it has a venue as well.
Penn State announced Monday that the May 21 event in Wilkes-Barre will be held at the F.M. Kirby Center for an evening reception.
Scheduled to join Nittany Lions coach James Franklin will be his two most successful peers

Franklin, PSU coaches scheduled for Kirby Center

The last stop on Penn State's annual Coaches Caravan will have some of the school's biggest names. Now it has a venue as well. Penn State announced Monday that the May 21 event in Wilkes-Barre will be held at the F.M. Kirby Center for an evening reception. Scheduled to join Nittany Lions coach James Franklin will be his two most successful peers

In snowy State College, Connor McGovern delivered the message to James Franklin personally.
Lake-Lehman's junior center had been to Penn State plenty of times before, including a weekend trip earlier this month. But this visit ended with a hug from the Nittany Lions coach.
Five months after his recruitment exploded with scholarship offers from mo

Lehman's McGovern commits to PSU

In snowy State College, Connor McGovern delivered the message to James Franklin personally. Lake-Lehman's junior center had been to Penn State plenty of times before, including a weekend trip earlier this month. But this visit ended with a hug from the Nittany Lions coach. Five months after his recruitment exploded with scholarship offers from mo

Last spring was about learning. Adapting to yet another coaching staff and yet another system with its own terminology.
This spring, James Franklin hopes, will be about growing.
Penn State opens spring ball today with its first of 15 practices, culminating in the Blue-White Game on April 18. And the Nittany Lions' second-year coach is looking to

Spring brings clean slate for PSU offense

Last spring was about learning. Adapting to yet another coaching staff and yet another system with its own terminology. This spring, James Franklin hopes, will be about growing. Penn State opens spring ball today with its first of 15 practices, culminating in the Blue-White Game on April 18. And the Nittany Lions' second-year coach is looking to

For James Franklin, a recent column written about the start of spring practice crystallized his situation.
“Joe (Paterno) was here 62 years,” Franklin said Tuesday. “I've been here 62 weeks.
“Puts things in perspective.”
As the Penn State coach prepares for his first practice of 2015 on Friday, Franklin said he's mo

Penn State aiming for continuity

For James Franklin, a recent column written about the start of spring practice crystallized his situation. “Joe (Paterno) was here 62 years,” Franklin said Tuesday. “I've been here 62 weeks. “Puts things in perspective.” As the Penn State coach prepares for his first practice of 2015 on Friday, Franklin said he's mo

BETHLEHEM — The buzzer sounded. Neumann-Goretti players ducked for cover.
The Saints knew what was coming.
Handfuls of Hershey's Kisses came raining down on top of them from the bleachers in honor of their second straight trip to Hershey for Friday's state championship.
One of the main reasons that it's Neumann-Goretti and not Holy Redeeme

Saints' depth overwhelms Holy Redeemer

BETHLEHEM — The buzzer sounded. Neumann-Goretti players ducked for cover. The Saints knew what was coming. Handfuls of Hershey's Kisses came raining down on top of them from the bleachers in honor of their second straight trip to Hershey for Friday's state championship. One of the main reasons that it's Neumann-Goretti and not Holy Redeeme

The majority of Penn State's just signed recruiting class won't arrive until the summer. James Franklin has already put them to work.
The task? Helping bring in the players who might replace them.
“I told these (2015 recruits), we're going to go out and recruit a class next year of guys to come in and take their jobs,” Franklin said.

PSU looks to the future

The majority of Penn State's just signed recruiting class won't arrive until the summer. James Franklin has already put them to work. The task? Helping bring in the players who might replace them. “I told these (2015 recruits), we're going to go out and recruit a class next year of guys to come in and take their jobs,” Franklin said.

Misericordia eliminated by dominant Wooster

MARIETTA, Ohio — Misericordia had expected a challenge. In all likelihood, the toughest of the season. But not this. Not an 84-59 blitzing from Wooster, which played well above even the team's No. 22 national ranking. What had felt like plenty of other games for the Cougars this year quickly dissolved after halftime. Misericordia's season w

MU says goodbye to influential seniors

MARIETTA, Ohio — Friday night brought one of the rarest sights of Misericordia's season — Joe Busacca coming off the court with time still left on the clock. With 1:28 remaining in an NCAA tournament loss to Wooster, the moment had come. An emotional Busacca came to the bench one final time, got a hug from coach Trevor Woodruff and sat

Wooster certainly has the history.
Misericordia's opening opponent in the NCAA tournament has made 13 straight trips to the dance, the longest active streak in the nation for Division III. Twenty-four NCAA bids altogether. Three stops at the Final Four since 2003 and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011.
“The winningest N

Cougars set for decorated Wooster squad

Wooster certainly has the history. Misericordia's opening opponent in the NCAA tournament has made 13 straight trips to the dance, the longest active streak in the nation for Division III. Twenty-four NCAA bids altogether. Three stops at the Final Four since 2003 and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011. “The winningest N





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