|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S HAMMOND, ATHENS' HUTCHISON SHARE 2015-16 "FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR" HONORS (2016-06-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly freshman Wendi Hammond and Athens freshman Rachel Hutchison made their presence felt immediately in a pair of varsity sports and are co-winners of the 2015-16 Valley Sports Report “Newcomer of the Year” award.
Hammond, who started on the Waverly soccer team as an 8th-grader, was a major contributor at key positions — point guard in basketball and pitcher in softball.
Hutchison became an instant offensive force on the soccer field in her first season, and finished off the year by qualifying for the PIAA Track & Field Championships in two events.
Wendi Hammond, freshman, Waverly: Hammond was second-team all-IAC on defense for the Lady Wolverines soccer team in the fall, as well as a member of the Valley Sports Report All-Valley team. She scored one goal and had four assists.
After playing in a handful of games at the varsity level as an 8th-grader, Hammond was a first-team all-IAC performer on the hardwoods.
A top-notch defender, Hammond averaged 9 points, 5.2 steals, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. She also drained 22 3-pointers on the season.
She was a member of the Valley Sports Report girls basketball “Super 7” and the “Newcomer of the Year.”
This spring, she was a first-team all-IAC selection on the diamond. In her first year in the pitcher’s circle, Hammond posted a 9-8 record with one save and a 1.77 ERA. She allowed 99 hits and walked 28 in 106 1/3 innings, while striking out 94.
Offensively, Hammond hit .348 on the season (24 hits in 69 ABs) with two doubles and two triples, and five RBI. She scored 26 runs and stole 10 bases.
Rachel Hutchison, freshman, Athens: In the fall, Hutchison was a first-team NTL all-star, as well as a member of the Valley Sports Report All-Valley girls soccer team.
Hutchison is speed personified with the foot skills and soccer smarts to match. She scored 16 goals and had 10 assists in her first varsity season.
Hutchison was the Valley Sports Report ‘Newcomer of Year” and “Newcomer of the Spring” for her efforts on the track.
Hutchison burst onto the scene and was an immediate contributor for the Lady Wildcats in their NTL championship season, regularly winning three or four events. She placed in four events at NTL Championships, including a pair of first-place finishes
Hutchison finished third in the 400-meter dash at the District 4 Championship and hit state standard to qualify for the PIAA Championships. She was also a part of the gold-medal winning 400-meter relay team.
She finished fifth in her 400-meter heat at States and was on the record-setting 400-meter relay team that finished with a fifth-place medal.
Honorable mention: Waverly 7th-grader Sidney Tomasso (basketball and golf), Athens freshman Ariana Gambrell (soccer, basketball, and track & field), and Athens freshman Emma Adams (soccer, basketball, and track & field).
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Wendi Hammond (left) and Athens’ Rachel Hutchison. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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