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THIS WEEK (2017-08-21)

AUG. 21 — AUG. 26

MONDAY
No Games Scheduled.

TUESDAY
GOLF
NTL Match at Shepard Hills, 2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
No Games Scheduled.

THURSDAY
No Games Scheduled.

FRIDAY
FOOTBALL
Cowanesque Valley at Athens, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY
No Games Scheduled.
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2017 FALL SPORTS COACHES (2017-08-03)
FOOTBALL — JACK YOUNG

BOYS SOCCER — JAKE LEZAK

GIRLS SOCCER —
RICH PITTS

CROSS COUNTRY  — SCOTT RILEY and MIKE BRONSON

GOLF — JEFF NOVAK
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2017 ATHENS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Varsity, JV, Junior High) (2017-08-13)
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2017 ATHENS BOYS SOCCER SCHEDULE (2017-08-13)
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2017 ATHENS GIRLS SOCCER SCHEDULE (2017-08-18)
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2017 ATHENS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE (2017-08-13)
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2017 ATHENS GOLF SCHEDULE (2017-08-13)
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2017 ATHENS CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE (2017-08-13)
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YOUTH SOFTBALL (16U): ATHENS' BENNETT EARNS SPOT ON ARMOUR 16U NATIONAL SHOWCASE TEAM (2017-08-21)
Valley Sports Report
ALBANY — Athens sophomore Megan Bennett will be part of the Under Armour 16U National Showcase team playing in Savannah, Ga. Nov. 15-19.

Bennett was selected after a try-out here earlier this month. She was one of 60 athletes in attendance, including one of 16 pitchers.< ...more

YOUTH SWIMMING: ATHENS DUO WINS MULTIPLE MEDALS / RIBBONS AT AAU USA SUMMER JUNIOR OLYMPICAS (2 PHOTOS) (2017-08-21)
Valley Sports Report
ROCHESTER, Mich. — Athens 7th-grader Teagan Williams, and Athens senior Shawn Shaw both won multiple medals July 27-30 at the AAU USA Summer Junior Olympics, held here at the Oakland University.
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PIAA SOFTBALL: ATHENS' ADAMS NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-STATE IN CLASS AAAA BY PA. SOFTBALL COACHES (2017-08-16)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Athens sophomore Emma Adams was recently named to the 2017 Pa. High School Softball Coaches Association Class AAAA first-team all-star team as a designated hitter / designated player.

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NTL GIRLS SOCCER: ATHENS' NUMBERS 'DOWN A BIT,' BUT STILL GOOD HEADING INTO 2017 SEASON (17 PHOTOS) (2017-08-15)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Second-year Athens coach Rich Pitts said his numbers are down a bit, but still good heading into what he expects to be a successful 2017 season.
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NTL FOOTBALL: ATHENS' YOUNG NOT CONCERNED WITH LOW NUMBERS HEADING INTO 2017 SEASON (12 PHOTOS) (2017-08-14)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Longtime Athens coach Jack Young knows his numbers are low heading into the 2017 season, but he’s not overly concerned about it.

“Our numbers are down. We have a couple classes with real low numbers … we’re around 40, which is really low,” said Young. “Today, we only have 31 in uniform due to injuries and other things. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: VALLEY SPORTS REPORT KICKS OFF NINTH SEASON — WELCOMES S-VE / SVEC TO THE COVERAGE BASE (2017-08-14)
Today marks the start of the ninth year of coverage of high school and youth sports for Valley Sports Report.

Later today, we’ll post our first article on our newest coverage area Spencer-VanEtten and the merged S-VE / Candor sports programs.
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JEFF TERPKO (PART IV / EPILOGUE): AN UNLIKELY PATH TO MAJORS — SHOULDER INJURY FORCES RETIRMENT, BASEBALL LIFE COMES FULL CIRCLE (2017-08-13)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Following the 1972 season, for a variety of reason, Jeff Terpko walked away from his professional baseball career. His return was facilitated by the same person who nearly derailed his career before it even started — his mother. ...more

JEFF TERPKO (PART III): THREE YEARS AFTER PITCHING IN AAA, A TROUBLED TERPKO WALKS AWAY FROM BASEBALL (2017-08-12)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — In the summer of 1967, Jeff Terpko, now 15, played semi-pro baseball for the Elmira-based VOA Chiefs. During that summer he would meet a Major League scout named Jocko Collins, who would later play a major role in one of the biggest days of Terpko’s young life.
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JEFF TERPKO (PART II): ROOKIE SAYRE BASEBALL COACH RALPH HENDERSHOT PROVES TO BE JUST WHAT TERPKO NEEDS (2017-08-11)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — In the spring of 1966, Jeff Terpko was the sophomore ace of the Sayre pitching staff, and Ralph Hendershot, fresh out of Wilkes College, was the new Redskin baseball coach.

Terpko would become the best player to ever don a Redskin baseball uniform, and Hendershot would become the longest-tenured (31 years) and winningest coach (more than 350 wins) in the program’s history. ...more

JEFF TERPKO (PART I): THE EARLY YEARS — HIS PARENTS, THE EAST SIDE, AND SIGNS OF THINGS TO COME (2017-08-10)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — On June 2, 1977, Jeff Terpko walked off the mound at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium for what would be the final time in his Major League Baseball career.

Terpko played for parts of three seasons in the Majors — two for the Texas Rangers and one for the Montreal Expos. He pitched in 48 games, posting a 3-4 record with a 3.14 ERA in 80 1/3 career innings.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF SITE IS A BITTERSWEET MILESTONE (2017-08-10)
Today marks the eighth anniversary of Valley Sports Report.

With the passing of my father on Wednesday, it’s a bittersweet anniversary. My father, Jim Birney, and my mother — his wife of nearly 64 years, Liz Birney were instrumental in making Valley Sports Report a reality. For that, I will always be grateful. ...more

YOUTH BASEBALL (13U): STEALIN' HOME FINISHES THIRD AT SEASON-ENDING HAPPY VALLEY SHOWDOWN (17 PHOTOS) (2017-08-07)
Valley Sports Report
STATE COLLEGE — The Athens-based Stealin’ Home 13U travel baseball team finished third over the weekend at the season-ending Happy Valley Showdown.

Stealin’ Home went 3-1 in pool play before being eliminated in the semifinals. Both losses came to Beach Lake, Pa.-based Northeast Pride. ...more

YOUTH SOFTBALL: EYOTA TRAVEL TEAMS HOLDING TRYOUTS THIS WEEK (2017-08-02)
Valley Sports Report
ENDICOTT — The Eyota Fastpitch travel softball teams are hosting more tryouts this week for the 2017-18 season here at Glendale Park.
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YOUTH SOFTBALL (18U): CONKLIN RAIDERS GOLD WINS SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP IN TWO WEEKS (8 PHOTOS) (2017-08-01)
Valley Sports Report
PLAINVILLE, Mass. — The Conklin Raiders Gold 18U earned their second consecutive championship here Sunday with a 3-2 win over Top Gun in the title game at the New England’s Finest Showcase.

The Raiders Gold, who won the Tom Doyle Invitational in Toms River, N.J. last week, features a quartet of Valley standouts in Waverly’s Wendi Hammond and Shailei Kraft, Athens’ Emma Adams, and Tioga’s Mariah Culver. ...more

YOUTH BASEBALL (13U): STEALIN' HOME FALLS IN SEMIFINALS AT GOLDEN SPIKES TOURNAMENT (20 PHOTOS) (2017-08-01)
Valley Sports Report
SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Stealin' Home 13U travel baseball team lost in the semifinals at the Golden Spikes Tournament here over the weekend with both losses coming to the Michigan Mudcats.
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YOUTH SOFTBALL (18U): CONKLIN RAIDERS GOLD 3-0 IN POOL PLAY AT NEW ENGLAND'S FINEST SHOWCASE (2017-07-30)
Valley Sports Report
PLAINVILLE, Mass. — The Conklin Raiders Gold 18U travel softball team continued its torrid play here Friday and Saturday in pool play with three consecutive wins at the New England’s Finest Showcase.

The Raiders Gold, who went 9-0 in winning the Tom Doyle Invitational in Toms River, N.J. last weekend, have won 12 consecutive decisions and feature a quartet of Valley standouts in Waverly’s Wendi Hammond and Shailei Kraft, Athens’ Emma Adams, and Tioga’s Mariah Culver. ...more

YOUTH SOFTBALL (18U): CONKLIN RAIDERS GOLD WINS NINE STRAIGHT TO CLAIM TITLE AT TOM DOYLE INVITATIONAL (2017-07-24)
Valley Sports Report
TOMS RIVER, N.J. — The Conklin Raiders Gold 18U travel softball team, which features a quartet of Valley standouts, went 9-0 over the weekend here  to win the Tom Doyle Invitational for the third consecutive season. ...more

YOUTH SOFTBALL (14U): VALLEY STORM FINISHES 9TH AT EASTERN NATIONALS (2017-07-23)
Valley Sports Report
SALISBURY, Md. — The Valley Storm 14U travel softball team finished its 2017 summer campaign with a ninth-place finish here this weekend at the USSSA Eastern Fastpitch World Series at the Snow Hill Softball Complex.
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YOUTH FOOTBALL: JUNIOR WILDCAT REGISTRATION CLOSING JULY 31 (2017-07-21)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — The Athens Junior Wildcats Football Association 2017 registration remains underway, and is open to youths in kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration will close July 31. ...more

YOUTH SOFTBALL (14U): VALLEY STORM ADVANCES TO 'SWEET 16' AT EASTERN NATIONALS (24 PHOTOS) (2017-07-21)
Valley Sports Report
SALISBURY, Md. — The Valley Storm 14U travel softball team earned two more wins here Thursday to advance to the “sweet 16” at the USSSA Eastern Fastpitch World Series at the Snow Hill Softball Complex.
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