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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: SAYRE'S WAMPOLE TOPS "ALL-VALLEY SUPER 7" AS "FEMALE ATHLETE OF WINTER" (7 PHOTOS) (2016-03-26)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Sayre senior Paige Wampole capped a record-setting career with a brilliant senior season to earn not only the “Female Basketball Player of the Year,” but the 2015-16 “Female Athlete of the Winter” as well.

Wampole, a dominating presence in the low post, steadily improved offensively and ended her high school career with the ability to knock down short jumpers and use a variety of moves around the bucket to score.

She averaged 12.5 points per game and led the region in rebounding with 13.8 boards per game. She finished her career with a school-record 941 rebounds.

She also displayed good court vision and averaged 2.6 assists per game.

Possessing deceptive quickness, Wampole neutralized nearly all inside games the Lady Redskins ran up against and is also the 2015-16 “Defensive Player of the Year." She blocked 3.8 shots per game and altered many,many more, and averaged 2.3 steals per game.

The remainder of the “All-Valley Super 7 Female Athletes of the Winter:”

Elle Nittinger, sophomore, Waverly: Nittinger led the Valley in scoring and was the 2015-16 “Offensive Player of the Year.”

Nittinger displayed the ability to score in every facet of the game, whether it’s behind the 3-point arc, driving to the hoop, in transition or by hitting the offensive boards.

She averaged 19 points and 6 rebounds per game and knocked down 39 3-pointers on the season.

Taylor Lane, junior, Athens: Lane qualified for the PIAA Swimming & Diving Championships with a school-record performance at the District 4 Championships and was the 2015-16 Valley Sports Report “Female Swimmer of the Year.”

Lane, who broke the school record the school record in the 200 IM at Athens the first time she dove in the pool as a freshman, finished fifth at the District 4 meet in the 100-yard backstroke with a school-record time of 1:01.96. She finished sixth in the IM in a time of 2:20.85. At States, Lane finished 31st in the backstroke.

Lane also swam on a pair of medal-winning relays at Districts that both set school records. She was a four-time winner at the NTL Championships and a four-time winner at the Valley Christmas Meet.

Genevieve Burnett, sophomore, Tioga: Burnett finished second in the IAC this season with a 189.16 average and also posted the high series in the league with a 758 series. She also rolled the second highest game of the season with a 257.

Burnett won the gold medal at the IAC Championships with a 642 series to help Tioga to a second-place finish. She also won the gold medal at the Class C Championships with a 516 series and was 11th overall in all classes.

At the State Qualifier, Burnett rolled a nine-game set of 1,572 (174.67) to finish ninth. She earned alternate status on the Section IV all-stars, missing the final spot on the team by eight pins.

Melina Ortiz, 8th-grader, Waverly: Ortiz finished third in the 300-meter dash in a personal-best at the Section IV State Qualifier to earn a trip to the New York State Indoor Track & Field Championships, where she ran the fastest leg on the Intersectional Relay team that did not place.

Ortiz finished fourth in the 300-meter dash in a time of 44.19 seconds and ran the anchor leg on the third-place 800-meter relay team at the Section IV, Division 2 Championships

During the season, Ortiz finished fifth in the 300 at the rugged Finger Lakes Invitational and was seventh in a strong field at the Southern Tier Invite.

She was fourth at the Section IV Small School meet.

Karleigh VanNess, senior, Waverly: VanNess led the IAC with a 192.1 average and had the high game of the season with a 269. She also rolled the second-highest series of the year with a 747.

VanNess finished second at the IAC Championships with a 608 series to lead the Lady Wolverines to a league title.

She struggled to a 441 series at the Class B Championships, and led Waverly at the State Qualifier with a nine-game set of 1,505 (167.22), which was good for 22nd overall.

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 2015-16 “Newcomer of the Winter” and 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.

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IN PHOTO 1: Sayre's Paige Wampole. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly's Elle Nittinger. IN PHOTO 3: Athens' Taylor Lane. IN PHOTO 4: Tioga's Genevieve Burnett. IN PHOTO 5: Waverly's Melina Ortiz. IN PHOTO 6: Waverly's Karleigh VanNess. IN PHOTO 7: Waverly's Wendi Hammond. .... VSR STOCK PHOTOS.


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