|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAMBRELL TOPS 'SUPER 7' AS "FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE SPRING" (7 PHOTOS) (2016-06-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — For the second year in a row, Athens sophomore Breana Gambrell won a PIAA gold medal in the long jump. And, for the second year in a row, she is the Valley Sports Report “Female Athlete of the Spring.”
Once again, Gambrell qualified for the PIAA Championships in four events, and for the second year in a row, she brought home two medals, including another gold medal in the long jump with a school-record leap of 19-feet, 4 3/4-inches, to give her four medals in her career.
Gambrell was dominant throughout the season, despite battling a nagging leg injury early on. She consistently won three or four events during the dual season, capping the NTL season with four gold medals at the league meet.
She currently holds the school record in the long jump and triple jump, and was a part of this year’s record-setting 400-meter relay team that earned a fifth-place medal at States.
The remainder of the "Super 7" is as follows:
Malley Bowen, senior, Tioga: Bowen, who narrowly missed a trip to States in the 100-meter hurdles as a junior, was a force in the IAC during the regular season, routinely winning three or four events at duals. At the IAC Championships, she won the 100 hurdles, was second in long jump and pole vault, and third in triple jump.
Bowen won the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault at the Class C meet and finished seventh in the triple jump. She won the 100-meter hurdles at Section IV meet.
She finished third at States in the 100-meter hurdles, and graduates as school record-holder in 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump — an event she only participated in four times.
Kate Oteng-Bediako, sophomore, Waverly: Oteng-Bediako missed more than a month of the season with a knee injury, but came back just in time to win a Section IV gold medal in the triple jump with a mark of 37-feet, 4-inches.
At States, Oteng-Bediako earned a fifth-place medal, eclipsing her school record with an effort of 37-feet, 5 3/4-inches.
Oteng-Bediako, whose family is moving out of the area, leaves Waverly as the school record-holder in the triple jump and long jump.
Capria Picco, sophomore, Waverly: Picco, who set the school record with a round of 38, finished second at the IAC Championships.
She won the Section IV Championships, winning a four-way playoff on the first hole, and finished 67th at the New York State Championships.
Alex Tomasso, freshman, Waverly: Tomasso, who set the school record with a 38, won the IAC Championships.
She finished second at the Section IV Championships (in a four-way playoff), and finished 51st at the New York State Championships.
Sam Wood, senior, Tioga: The St. Bonaventure-bound Wood posted a 12-4 record and a 2.20 ERA with 116 strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle. She graduates as the school record-holder with 12 no-hitters and seven perfect games; and is second all-time with 63 wins and 666 strikeouts.
At the plate, Wood hit a school record .565 (39 hits in 69 ABs) with 44 runs scored and a team-high 30 RBI. She graduates with school records in hits (169), RBI (141) doubles (32), runs scored (174), and hits in a season (45).
Shailei Kraft, junior, Waverly: Kraft led the Lady Wolverines in nearly every offensive category. She hit .567 with 38 hits, including 12 doubles, four triples, and three home runs, in 67 at-bats. She also scored 33 runs, had 29 RBI, and stole nine bases.
Kraft enjoyed success in the pitcher’s circle. In five appearances, Kraft posted a 3-0 record with a 2.47 ERA. She allowed 11 hits and 21 walks in 17 innings, while striking out 27.
IN PHOTO 1: Athens’ Breana Gambrell. IN PHOTO 2: Tioga’s Malley Bowen. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly’s Kate Oteng-Bediako. IN PHOTO 4: Waverly’s Capria Picco. IN PHOTO 5: Waverly’s Alex Tomasso. IN PHOTO 6: Tioga’s Sam Wood. IN PHOTO 7: Waverly’s Shailei Kraft. …. VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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