|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: GAMBRELL TOP GIRLS NEWCOMER IN 2014-15 — LUNGER EARNS HONORABLE MENTION (2015-06-29)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — It’s not often a freshman makes an immediate impact in three sports, but Athens’ Breana Gambrell did just that, shining on the soccer field and hardwoods before making her biggest mark at the PIAA Track & Field Championships to earn the 2014-15 Valley Sports Report "Girls Newcomer of the Year."
Gambrell opened the 2014-15 campaigns as a defender on the Lady Wildcats’ NTL championship soccer team. She earned first-team all-NTL honors and first-team Valley Sports Report all-Valley honors.
On the hardwoods, Gambrell was a key cog coming off the bench for an Athens team that reached the NTL Showdown championship game and the District 4 Class AAA championship game, as well as the PIAA playoffs. She was named the NTL’s “Sixth Player of the Year” and was selected to the All-Valley all-rookie team.
In the spring, Gambrell was a triple-winner in her first varsity meet and never slowed down, capping her season with a pair of PIAA medals.
She qualified for States in four events after winning three gold medals and a bronze at the District 4 Championships.
Gambrell, who scratched out of the 200-meter dash at the PIAA Championships, won the gold medal in the long jump and the silver medal in the 100-meter dash. She finished 12th in the triple jump.
She also won the 100 at the NTL Championships and was second in the 200, long jump and triple jump.
Gambrell earned multiple honors from Valley Sports Report this spring, including “Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year,” “Female Track & Field Newcomer of the Year,” “Newcomer of the Spring” and “Female Athlete of the Spring.”
While Gambrell’s accomplishments were eye-popping, she was not a clear-cut choice for “Newcomer of the Year,” considering the accomplishments of her teammate in all three sports — fellow freshman Emily Lunger.
Lunger opened the 2014-15 campaigns with a hat trick in her first varsity soccer game. She finished the season with 10 goals and six assists and was named the Valley Sports Report “Newcomer of the Year,” as well being an All-Valley selection and a first-team all-NTL pick.
Lunger also provided quality minutes off the bench for the Lady Wildcats in helping the team to a state playoff berth. She was an All-Valley All-Rookie team selection.
In the spring, Lunger was a consistently a quad-winner or triple-winner on the track for the Lady Wildcats. She qualified for three events.
Lunger won District 4 gold in the 400-meter dash, silver in the 200-meter dash and bronze in the high jump. At States, Lunger earned a fourth-place medal in the 400. She was also a four-time winner at the NTL Championships.
Lunger was a member of the “Super 7” female track athletes and female athletes of the spring.
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