|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S WARD, HAMMOND "NEWCOMERS OF THE WINTER" (2 PHOTOS) (2016-03-26)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — There were a number of varsity newcomers to have an impact this winter sports season, but none had a bigger impact on their respective Waverly basketball teams than Valley Sports Report's 2015-16 Boys “Newcomer of the Winter” Jon Ward of Waverly, and Girl “Newcomer of the Winter” Wendi Hammond.
The Boys and Girls “All-Valley Super 7 Newcomers of the Winter” are:
Jon Ward, junior, Waverly: 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 Boys Basketball “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.
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.
Mike Atanasoff, 8th-grader, Waverly: Atanasoff emerged as a major contributor this season for the Wolverines and was the Boys Swimming “Newcomer of the Year.”
Atanasoff finished eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 24.59 seconds at the Section IV, Class B Championships and was 14th in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.27 seconds. He was eighth in the 50 free and 12th at the Class B prelims.
He also won three silver medals at the IACs and earned a pair of third-place finishes at the Valley Christmas Meet.
David Galasso, freshman, Athens: Athens freshman David Galasso finished up his first varsity season with a 15-7 record, including a key, 3-2, win over Troy’s Hunter Cohick in the Wildcats’ 42-38 win over their NTL rival.
He was the Wrestling “Newcomer of the Year.”
Wrestling up at 160 pounds, Galasso went 1-2 at the North Section Tournament.
Josh McClelland, freshman, Sayre: McClelland enjoyed a strong freshman season for the Redskins, registering several regular-season wins.
He was 10th in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:31.13 and 15th in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.73 seconds at the District 4 Championships. He also swam on a fourth-place 200-yard freestyle relay and a sixth-place 400-yard free relay.
McClelland won the 200-yard IM at the NTL Championships in a time of 2:34.72 and was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. He was also on the gold-medal winning 400-yard free relay team and the second-place 200-yard free relay team.
Brady Worthing, 8th-grader, Tioga: Worthing lost four of his first six varsity matches, but bounced back to post a 16-8 record, including 11 wins by fall — eight in the first period — and a technical fall, before his season came to a premature end in early January with a broken arm.
Worthing was 4-1 at the Elmira Christmas Tournament and finished fourth at the North Country Invitational and fourth at the Fallen Heroes Tournament.
Connor Hutchisnon, sophomore, Tioga: Hutchinson immediately stepped into the Tiger line-up and became the go-to scorer.
He can knock down the 3-pointer, take the ball to the bucket, or score in transition, and averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game.
Wendi Hammond, freshman, Waverly: Waverly freshman Wendi Hammond played in a few games at the end of her 8th-grade season, but gave no indication of the impact she would have on the Lady Wolverines this season.
She was named the Girls Basketball “Newcomer of the Year.”
A relentless and very quick defender with a long reach, Hammond led the Lady Wolverines with 5.2 steals and 4 assists per game and also had 3 deflections per game, as well as 9 points and 4 rebounds.
Her offensive game improved as the season went on as she displayed the ability to knock down the 3-pointer (22 on the season) and go to the bucket in the half-court set or in transition.
Camry Lane, freshman, Sayre: A solid defender, Lane is a scorer, who can put points on the board via the jumper or by penetrating to the bucket. She is also a solid defender and rebounds well from the guard position.
Lane was a major contributor for the Lady Redskins this season and will continue to be for the next three season.
Kayla Kittle, freshman, Sayre: Kittle was 12th at the District 4 Championships in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 27.23 seconds, and was 10th in the 100-yard freestyle in 58.99 seconds.
She was the Girls Swimming “Newcomer of the Year.”
Kittle won the 50 free at the Valley Christmas Meet and was second in the 100 free. She was second in the 100 free at the NTL Championships and third in the 50 free.
Stephanie Hyland, freshman, Waverly: Hyland finished sixth in the 600-meter dash at the Section IV, Division 2 Championships. She was eighth at in the 600 and 12th in the triple jump at the State Qualifier.
During the season, Hyland finished fourth in the 600-meter run at Section IV Small School meet and was seventh in the triple jump. She was also sixth in the 600 at the rugged Finger Lakes Invitational
Sheridan Talada, 8th-grader, Waverly: Talada was sixth in the 3,000-meter run at the Division 2 Championships and was on a third-place 3,200-meter relay team. At State Qualifier, she was 11th in the 3,000 and ran on a seventh-place 3,200-meter relay team.
Earlier in the season, Talada was third in 3,000-meter run at Section IV Small School meet, and was eighth in the 1,500-meter run. She was 12th in the 3,000 at the Finger Lakes Invitational, and was 19th in the 3,000 in the rugged Southern Tier Invite.
Sydeny Tomasso, 7th-grader, Waverly: Being a bit under-sized didn’t deter Tomasso from contributing for the Lady Wolverines as a 7th-grader. She can knock down the 3-pointer and has a quick release with her mid-range jumper, which allows her to get her shot off over taller defenders in the paint. She is also a very good ball-handler and will only see her minutes increase in the future.
Olivia Howland, junior, Tioga: After missing her entire sophomore season with a knee injury, Howland came back this season and got better as the season progressed. She could develop into a force in the low-post and has the potential for a double-double most nights.
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