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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S BODINE LEADS STRONG SUPER 7 AS 2016-17 "MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR" (2017-06-21)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Hunter Bodine leads a strong crop of three-sport athletes in the Super 7 and is the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report “Male Athlete of the Year.”

Bodine was the VSR “Basketball Player of the Year,” and was an “All-Valley” wide receiver and place-kicker on the gridiron. He was also one of the top newcomers on the baseball diamond this spring.

A dynamic player on the offensive end, Bodine scored 17 points per game and knocked down 45 3-pointers on the season, and shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 35 percent from 3-point range. He set a school-record with 45 points and a Section IV record with 11 3-pointers in one game.

Bodine also led the Valley with 5.2 assists per game, and grabbed an astounding 4.6 rebounds per game for a point guard. His on-ball defense was also the best of his career and he averaged 2.7 steals per game.

He was also named 13th-team all-state, and was the Section IV, Class B “Co-Player of the Year.”

On the football field, Bodine was an athletic force on the outside for the Wolverines, consistently pulling down passes over defender. He led the Wolverines with 46 catches for 703 yards and six TDs, and also completed his only pass attempt of the season for 44 yards.

Bodine also  converted 18 of 20 extra-point kicks and made 4 of 5 field-goal attempts, including a long of 37 yards.

In the spring, Bodine, who had not played baseball since 8th-grade, returned to the diamond and was an all-IAC Large School first-team all-star. He hit .344 (21 hits in 61 ABs) with five doubles and two triples. He had 16 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 16 runs scored.

(NOTE: Three-sport athletes are given preference over one- or two-sport athletes in this Super 7.)

“Super 7 Male Athletes of the Year”

Hunter Bodine, senior, Waverly: See above.

Kalen Keathley, senior, Athens: Perhaps the best pure athlete in the Valley, Keathley was the VSR “Track & Field Athlete of the Year.”

Keathley won the 100- and 200-yard meter dashes at the District 4 meet to earn his second trip to the PIAA Class AAA Championships. He also won a silver medal at the D4 meet in 400-meter relay. A hamstring injury just three days before States resulted in a slower run in the 100, and forced him to scratch from the 200.

He also won gold in the 100, 200, and 400-meter relays at the NTL Championships this season.

On the gridiron, Keathley was a threat to take the ball to the end zone each time he touches it. He hauled in 47 receptions for 900 yards and 10 TDs, and also rushed for a score.

Keathley also returned a pair of kickoffs for TDs this season

Keathley was a VSR “All Valley” selection at wide receiver, defensive back, and kick returner on the gridiron.

Keathley was also a defensive presence and contributor on the hardwoods for the Wildcats.

Jonny Polo Rankin, senior, Tioga: Polo Rankin was a three-sport standout for the Tigers, and saved his best for last this year.

A top point-getter for the Tigers in a number of events throughout the track & field season, Polo Rankin found his niche late in the season in the 400-meter hurdles.

In just his second time running the 400 hurdles this season, Polo Rankin broke the school record in winning the Class C Championships. The next week, Polo Rankin won a Section IV gold, lowering his school record by 1.62 seconds to 56.83 seconds.

He closed out his career with a sixth-place medal at the New York State Division 2 Championships.

On the bowling lanes, Polo Rankin had a strong regular season and finished seventh in the IAC with a 201.7 average. He had the third-highest series in the league with a 770 and third-highest game with a 290.

In the fall, Polo Rankin was a major presence on the field for the Tigers from end to end, playing 80 minutes per game. He scored four goals and had four assists

Polo Rankin was a VSR “All-Valley” selection in soccer, and was a “Super 7” selection in bowling and  track & field.

Conner Joseph, senior, Waverly: Joseph was an all-IAC performer in three different sports, but his time on the bowling lanes garner him the most acclaim.

One of the most decorated bowlers in the storied history of Waverly bowling program, Joseph made his fifth trip to States after the Wolverines won the Section IV title.

He was fifth in the IAC this season with a 206.8 average. He had a high series of 733 and a high game of 278, and finished 10th at the Class B Championships and 11th at the New York State Championships.

In the fall, Joseph scored 12 goals and six assists and was an all-IAC Large School all-star.

In the spring, Joseph led the Waverly golfers in scoring average and shot an 88 to finish 9th at the IAC Large School Championships. He was a second-team all-IAC selection.

Joseph was a VSR “All-Valley” selection in soccer, and “Super 7” selection in bowling.

Jordan Rockwell, junior, Sayre: Another three-sport standout, Rockwell was an NTL all-star in three sports.

In the fall, Rockwell used extreme quickness and a deep understanding of the game to earn first-team NTL honors. He scored a career-high 26 goals and dished out a career-high eight assists.  For his career, Rockwell has 50 goals and 12 assists.

This spring, Rockwell was a first-team NTL selection for the District 4 champion Redskins. He posted a 1.30 ERA on the season, striking out 47 and walking just 15 in 48 1/3 innings on the mound. He allowed 43 hits.

At the plate, Rockwell hit .414 with 29 hits, including two doubles. He scored 26 runs, and had 11 RBI.

This winter, Rockwell was a second-team all-NTL Small School all-star. Rockwell led the Redskins with 5 assists and 2 steals per game, and was second on team at 6.4 points per game. He also knocked down a team-high 25 3-pointers, and grabbed 2.2 rebounds per game.

Rockwell was a VSR “Super 7” selection in soccer and baseball.

Garrett Sutryk, senior, Waverly:
Sutryk was a three-sport standout for the Wolverines, and defense was a recurring theme for the senior.

On the gridiron, Sutryk was a force for the Wolverines. He missed missed three games due to an injured shoulder, but still ended up sixth on the team with 53 tackles, including 43 solo stops, which was second on the team. He was a VSR “All Valley” selection on defense on the gridiron.

On the hardwoods, Surtyk was a staple on the VSR “All-Defensive” team for four years, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” for the second time in his career this winter.

This spring, Sutryk was a consistent point-winner for the Wolverines throughout the season. He finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the Class B Championships, and ran a leg on 1,600-meter relay  that finished fourth at the Class B and IAC Championships.

Ethan Lane, junior, Athens: A three-sport standout for the Wildcats, offense was a recurring theme for the junior.

In the spring, Lane scored 22 goals and doled out 11 assists to help Athens to its first-ever District 4 boys soccer title.

This winter, Lane averaged 17 points, 2.8 assists, 3 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game and made 32 3-pointers for the Wildcats.

In the spring, Lane finished seventh in the 800-meter run, and 10th in the 1,600-meter run at the District 4 Championships. He also ran on a pair of relays that finished in the top six at the D4 meet.

Lane was a VSR “All-Valley” selection in soccer and a “Super 7” selection in basketball.

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IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Hunter Bodine.

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