|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S WOODCOCK, CANFIELD EARN TOP HONORS IN 2016-17 BOWLING "SUPER 7" (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Tim Woodcock was on top of his game the entire season and was a driving force in the Wolverines’ first Section IV title since 2012, earning 2016-17 “Bowler of the Year” honors in the process.
Power personified, Woodcock finished the season with an IAC-high 219.8 average, which included the second-highest series (777) and game (299) of the season.
He finished second at the IAC Championships, then won the gold medal at the Class B Championships, and rolled the high nine-game set at the Section IV State qualifier.
He finished 17th in his first trip to the New York State Championships.
Waverly freshman Derrick Canfield started the season on a high note and finished strong with a 189 average to earn 2016-17 “Newcomer of the Year” honors.
Canfield led the Wolverines to a sweep in his first varsity match with a 669 series. He followed it up a day later with a 629.
His top series of the season was a 685 and his high game was a 269. He finished 18th at IACs, and 22nd at the Class B match.
The 2016-17 “Bowling Super 7”:
Tim Woodcock, senior, Waverly: See above.
Jake Robertson, junior, Tioga: Amazingly consistent, Robertson battled Woodcock for the high average in the IAC, finishing second at 215.5. His high series for the season was 754 and his high game was 279.
Robertson finished fourth at the IAC Championships, won Class C gold, and finished fifth at the State Qualifier to punch his ticket for a return trip to States, where he won a gold medal with the Section IV team. He finished fifth out of six on the Section IV team at States with a 188.3 average in six games.
Cassy Bowman, junior, Waverly: Another very consistent bowler, Bowman was tops among IAC girls with a 191.5 average. Her high series for the season was a 692 and her high game was 258 — both tops in the IAC.
She finished second at IACs, second at Class B, and was ninth at the State Qualifier, missing out on States by 14 pins.
Conner Joseph, senior, Waverly: One of the most decorated bowlers in the storied history of Waverly bowling, Joseph made his fifth trip to States after the Wolverines won the Section IV title.
He was fifth in the IAC this season with a 206.8 average. He had a high series of 733 and a high game of 278, and finished 10th at the Class B Championships and 11th in the New York State Championships.
Nick Briggs, junior, Waverly: Ever-improving, Briggs finished the season fourth in the IAC with a 210 average, including a high series of 730 and a high game of 276.
He was 15th at the IACs, 14th at Class B, and eighth at the State Qualifier.
Jonny Polo Rankin, senior, Tioga: Polo Rankin had a strong regular season and finished seventh in the IAC with a 201.7 average. He had the third-highest series in the league with a 770 and third-highest game with a 290.
Rubina Tracy, senior, Waverly: Tracy finished her high school career with a strong season, finishing fifth on the season with a 168.9 average. She had the second-highest game in the league this season with a 246 and her high series was a 569.
She was 11th at IACs, 12th at Class B and 31st at the State Qualifier.
A quick glimpse into the crystal ball and the 2017-18 season:
Waverly: Some forecast Waverly’s dominance to come to an end this season. Not only did Waverly capture the IAC regular-season title, it won the Section IV State Qualifier and finished seventh at States.
The Wolverines lose a pair of dominant bowlers in Tim Woodcock and Conner Joseph, but return a trio of bowlers in Nick Briggs, Chris Johnson, and Derrick Canfield, who should be among the best in the IAC next year.
The key will be the development of Logan Bowman, who rolled a 624 high series this season, and others who didn’t see consistent time or may not even be in the program yet.
Success for the Wolverines has been measured at the Section IV level, but next year could be a struggle within its own division.
Tioga: The Tigers dominated their division this year, and with nearly everyone back next year should be a repeat.
Jake Robertson, Eric and Jason Sherman, Kolton Pond, and Trenton Perrota all return. Youngster Dylan Slater won’t replace Jonny Polo Rankin or Nick Welch, but could help soften the blow of the graduation losses.
Tioga is the early favorite to win everything in the IAC next year, and possibly make a run at States as a team.
Waverly: The Lady Wolverines won their 14th consecutive division title this season, but that streak is in serious jeopardy with just four girls returning from the roster of seven.
Cassy Bowman will vie for a trip to States and Tiffany Czebiniak was one of the most improved bowlers in the league, but the team could struggle for the first time.
Tioga: The Lady Tigers return four starters next year and should be in the mix for a division title.
Taylor Robertson and Emily Birney, who saw her average jump 36 pins from her sophomore to junior season, should be 1-2 next season, and Mackenzie Robinson could be the one poised to make a big jump in average.
Quality depth is a concern, but if the last two years is any indication, Tioga will have numbers to pull from.
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