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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S BODINE HEADLINES "ALL-VALLEY SUPER 7" AS "BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR" — ATHENS' MOYER, WAVERLY'S WARD ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (7 PHOTOS) (2016-03-23)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly junior Hunter Bodine helped the Wolverines to their best start to a season in school history (18-0) and was one of the most explosive players in the region and is the Valley Sports Report 2015-16 “Boys Basketball Player of the Year.”

Bodine’s selection was a difficult one, edging out both teammate Peyton Miller and Athens senior Austin Lister for the honor.

Bodine is tremendously quick with the ability to shoot from any angle and has an uncanny ability to get the ball to the bucket in traffic against taller defenders. He is also a physical defender and creates a lot of fast-break opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Bodine packed the stat line nearly every night, averaging 13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game. He also connected on 39 3-pointers this season.

Bodine saved his best for last this season, pumping in a career-high 30 points in a 77-67 loss to Seton Catholic in the Section IV, Class B quarterfinals.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Waverly junior Jon Ward was a major contributor on both ends of the floor and, by far, was the most improved player in the region this season to earn the “Newcomer of the Year” award.

Ward is 6-4 and can play inside or on the perimeter. He can score from anywhere on the floor and did a good job on the boards and blocking and altering shots with his length.

Ward scored 11.5 points points per game, led his team with 7 rebounds per game and also blocked a team-high 21 shots this season. He also shot 44.1 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Runner-up: Ethan Lane, sophomore, Athens.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Athens senior Joe Moyer was force in the low post this season, dominating the boards, blocking shots and altering many, many more.

Moyer averaged 8.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shot per game, as well as 8.2 points, 2 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

The remainder of the “All-Valley Super 7” are as follows:

Austin Lister, senior, Athens:
At 6-4, Lister ran the floor like a guard and was very dangerous slashing his way to the rim. He was also a big presence in the low-post for the Wildcats.

He averaged a double-double at 12.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, to go along with 3.1 assists, 2.7 blocks and 2 steals per game.

Peyton Miller, senior, Waverly:
Miller was a strong defender on the perimeter, a dynamic floor general and could score from the perimeter or taking the ball to the bucket.

He averaged 11.9 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals per game, and knocked down 24 3-pointers.

Jon Ward, junior, Waverly: See above.

Ethan Lane, sophomore, Athens:
A tremendous ball-handler and facilitator with a deadly mid-range jumper, Lane was also a very good defender on the perimeter.

He scored 10.6 points and dished out 4.4 assists per game and also averaged 3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Nick Klossner, sophomore, Tioga:
Possessing incredible quickness, Klossner is a blur in transition and a solid defender on the perimeter. He also has tremendous out vision, is a fantastic passer, and has a very high basketball IQ.

He averaged 12 points, 4 assists and 2 steals per game.

Joe Moyer, senior, Athens: See above.

All-Newcomer Team

Jon Ward, junior, Waverly:
See above.

Ethan Lane, sophomore, Athens: See above.

Connor Hutchinson, sophomore, Tioga: Hutchinson can knock down the 3-pointer, take the ball to the bucket, or score in transition.

He averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game as a shooting guard.

Marcus Bauman, freshman, Sayre: Very athletic, Bauman plays taller than his 6-2 frame would indicate. He can score from the perimeter, taking the ball to the bucket, in transition and by working the offensive boards.

He also displayed the ability to knock down clutch shots throughout the season. He average 5.2 points and 1 steal per game and canned 14 3-pointers on the season.

Matt VanHouten, sophomore, Waverly: Despite battling injuries this season, VanHouten was a strong presence off the bench for the Wolverines.

He can score from the perimeter, going to the bucket and in transition, and is a solid defender.

All-Defensive team

Joe Moyer, senior, Athens:
See above.

Garrett Sutryk, junior, Waverly: A strong and physical defender on the perimeter, Sutryk has been one of the better defender in the region for three years.

Hunter Bodine, junior, Waverly: See above.

Kalen Keathley, junior, Athens: Very quick and strong, Keathley often came off the bench to guard the opposition’s best scorer.

Chris Ray, junior, Sayre: Very quick and relentless, Ray usually drew the opposition’s best offensive player and normally held them below their average output.

All-overlooked team

(This honors players who don’t get headlines, but do the little things coaches love)

Aaron Barry, senior, Athens: Physical and always willing to bang in the low-post, Barry was a solid contributor on the boards, had good touch around the bucket and with his jumper. He usually gave the Wildcats a spark coming off the bench.

Matt McFarland, senior, Waverly: Big and physical, McFarland set tough picks, banged in the low-post , altered shots and hit the boards hard.

Michael Shaw, junior, Sayre: Capable of knocking down the 3-pointer, Shaw was a solid defender, a capable ball-handler, and was always willing to hit the floor for a loose ball.

Adam Zwierlein, senior, Tioga: A bit under-sized in the low post, Zwierlein wasn’t afraid to bang in the blocks as he worked the boards. He set big picks and was on the floor for loose balls as much as anyone in the area.

Jalen Powers, sophomore, Sayre: A true big man, Powers hit the boards hard, and showed good hands and nice touch in the low post.

Payers to Watch in 2016-17

Pierce Hendershot, freshman, Tioga: Hendershot scored in bunches at the JV level this season — from the perimeter, slashing to the hoop and knocking down 3-pointers. He also used his defense to create points on the break.

Lucas Klossner, freshman, Tioga: A tremendous 3-point shooter, Klossner could make an immediate impact next season as a spot-up shooter with Klossner slashing to the hoop and distributing the ball.

Eithan McEnulty, sophomore, Waverly:
The Wolverines will have ample opportunities available for guards with the graduation of Miller and Jeff Mitchell, and McEnulty is athletic, a solid defender, can score in transition and can knock down an occasional jumper.

Ryan Murrelle, sophomore, Sayre: Murrelle is always a 3-point threat, but displayed the ability to take the ball to the bucket at the JV level. Minutes may be tough to come by on a young Sayre squad, but Murrelle could contribute.

Jason Jequinto, sophomore, Waverly: A bit under-sized, Jequinto displayed the ability to score, distribute the ball and even rebound for the junior Wolverines. Again, young guards will have an opportunity to earn minutes for coach Lou Judson next season.

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 IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’’s Hunter Bodine. IN PHOTO 2: Athens’ Austin Lister. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly’s Peyton Miller. IN PHOTO 4: Waverly’s Jon Ward. IN PHOTO 5: Athens’ Ethan Lane. IN PHOTO 6: Tioga’s Nick Klossner. IN PHOTO 7: Athens’ Joe Moyer. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.

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