Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly sophomore Gavin Judson was top newcomer in two different sports this year to earn the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report “Male Athlete of the Year.”
On the gridiron in the fall, Judson took over the starting job in Week 4 and led Waverly to a 5-2 record in its final seven games.
Quick and elusive, Judson sported an accurate arm, completing 52.5 percent of his passes (83 of 158) for 1,197 yards and 13 TDs, while being intercepted just three times. He also rushed for 147 yards and one TD.
In the winter, Judson got better and better as the season progressed and as the season wore on, Judson’s offense developed from primarily a 3-point shooter to a real danger to take the ball to the hoop, or to pull up for the mid-rage jumper.
Judson averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals per game and also set a new school-record for the Wolverines with 55 3-pointers in 2016-17.
“The 2016-17 Super 7 Male Newcomers of the Year”
Gavin Judson, sophomore, Waverly: See above.
Damian Hudson, freshman, Athens: Hudson showed flashes of what he may become on both the gridiron and hardwoods — an electric performer and major contributor — in limited varsity action this season, but in the spring, he made an immediate impact.
Hudson was the 2017 boys track & field “Newcomer of the Year” after finishing fifth in the 200-meter dash, and eighth in 100-meter dash at the District 4 Championships, as well as running a leg on the silver-medal winning 400-meter relay.
A major point-winner for the Wildcats during the regular season, Hudson finished third in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the NTL Championships, and ran a leg on the winning 400-meter relay team.
Quinn Hanafin, freshman, Sayre: Hanafin, who shored up the Redskin infield defense with a shift to shortstop late in the season, made an immediate impact at the plate with clutch hit after clutch hit through his team’s run to a District 4 championship.
Hanafin, who was VSR’s “Offensive Newcomer of the Year,” hit .464 with 32 hits in 69 at-bats, including 10 doubles. He had 27 RBI, scored 20 runs, and struck out just 7 times in 74 plate appearances.
In the fall, Hanafin also saw time and contributed on the defensive end for the Redskins soccer team.
Bradey Roney, sophomore, Waverly: Roney pitched in big game after big game for the Wolverines and won them all to earn the 2017 Valley Sports Report Male “Newcomer of the Spring.”
Roney, who pitched complete-game shutouts in the IAC Large School title game and a Class B playoff game, pitched 50 innings this season, allowing 27 hits and walking just 15 batters, while fanning 47. Opposing batters hit just .153 against him.
At the plate, Roney hit .262 (16 hits in 61 ABs) with three doubles, 13 RBI, and 17 runs scored.
Aaron Lane, freshman, Athens: Lane saw plenty of action in the fall during the Wildcats’ run to the school’s first-ever District 4 soccer title, and was a major contributor.
Lane has a nose for the ball, possesses good quickness and foot skills and plays well beyond his years. He had four goals and six assists, which was fifth on the team.
Lane also saw action during the winter on the hardwoods.
David Scheftic, freshman, Athens: Scheftic, who was the VSR boys soccer top newcomer, is fast and physical with a strong leg, and played a big role defensively in the Wildcats’ success this season.
Lucas Klossner, freshman, Tioga: A deadly 3-point shooter, Klossner made an immediate impact for the Tigers and wrote his name into the record book in his first varsity season with 65 3-pointers, including a school-record eight in one game.