|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S BODINE HEADLINES BOYS BASKETBALL SUPER 7 AS "PLAYER OF YEAR" — JUDSONS, SUTRYK ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Hunter Bodine was the key cog in the best two-year stretch in more than 60 years of the storied history of the Wolverines’ program to repeat as the Valley Sports Report boys basketball “Player of the Year.”
A dynamic player on the offensive end, Bodine scored 17 points per game and knocked down 45 3-pointers on the season. He set a school-record with 45 points and a Section IV record with 11 3-pointers in one game. He shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 35 percent from 3-point range.
Bodine also led the Valley with 5.2 assists per game, and grabbed an astounding 4.6 rebounds per game for a point guard.
His on-ball defense was also the best of his career and he averaged 2.7 steals per game.
An injury cost him one game (and part of another) this season and he finished his career with 986 points.
A staple on the All-Defensive team for four years, Waverly senior Garrett Sutryk is the “Defensive Player of the Year” for the second time in his career.
Physical and very athletic, Sutryk has spent his career matching up against some of the best scorers in the IAC and Section IV. Many more times than not, Sutryk held them below their scoring average.
Waverly sophomore Gavin Judson got better and better as the season progressed and is the “Newcomer of the Year.” As the season wore on, Judson’s offense developed from primarily a 3-point shooter to a real danger to take the ball to the hoop, or to pull up for the mid-rage jumper.
Judson average 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals per game and also set a new school-record for the Wolverines with 55 3-pointers in 2016-17.
After several heat-breaks in the Section IV, Class B semifinals, Waverly coach Lou Judson finally got his Wolverines through to the championship game to earn the 2016-17 “Coach of the Year” honors.
The Wolverines felt defending champion Norwich at the Arena, but ended the season at 22-2 and ranked 25th in the state.
The 2016-17 “All-Valley Super 7 Boys Basketball” team:
Hunter Bodine, senior, Waverly: See above.
Jon Ward, senior, Waverly: At 6-5, Ward was a force in the low post and on the boards, but also dangerous behind the 3-point arc, knocking down several 3-pointers at key moments late in the season for the Wolverines.
He came out of nowhere in his junior season and had two fantastic varsity seasons for the Wolverines.
Ward averaged 14.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, and made 21 3-pointers on the season.
Nick Klossner, junior, Tioga: Incredibly quick, Nick Klossner can take the ball to the bucket, or pull up for the mid-range jumper. He’s also a good on-ball defender.
He averaged 14.2 points, 4.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals for the Tigers.
Ethan Lane, junior, Athens: Another lightning-quick guard, Lane can score in transition or from behind the 3-point arc, but is especially dangerous with a quick pull-up mid-range jumper.
He averaged 17 points, 2.8 assists, 3 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game and made 32 3-pointers this season.
Daniel Joyce, senior, Athens: Long and athletic, Joyce was a force on both ends of the floor. While his scoring output suffered in the Wildcats guard-oriented offense, his teammates benefited from his passing abilities.
He averaged 10 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3 blocks, and 2.5 steals per game and also connected on 12 3-pointers this season.
Gavin Stein, junior, Athens: Very quick, Stein showed the ability to score in bunches, whether it was taking the ball to the bucket or knocking down shots from the perimeter. He was also an under-rated defender.
He averaged 16 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3 steals per game, and also knocked down 36 3-pointers on the season.
Marcus Bauman, sophomore, Sayre: Very athletic, Bauman continues to improve and shows flashes of being a dominant player on both ends of the floor. He has already proven he can knock down clutch shots at crucial moments.
He averaged 13.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.6 assists, and 1 block per game, and connected on 25 3-pointers this season.
Gavin Judson, sophomore, Waverly: See above.
Lucas Klossner, sophomore, Tioga: A deadly 3-point shooter, Lucas Klossner made an immediate impact for the Tigers and wrote his name into the record book in his first varsity season with 65 3-pointers, including a school-record eight in one game.
Pierce Hendershot, sophomore, Tioga: Another dangerous 3-point shooter, Hendershot also brings energy to the Tigers and creates a lot of scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates with defense in the passing lanes.
Aric Westbrook, sophomore, Athens: Another energy guy, Westbrook contributed on both ends of the floor for the Wildcats and should be a big piece of the puzzle for Athens next year.
Jans Jequinto, junior, Waverly: He played some key minutes for the Wolverines down the stretch, but next year will likely be the guy running the show. He has a good handle and his decision-making is solid.
Garrett Sutryk, senior, Waverly: See above.
Daniel Joyce, senior, Athens: At 6-5, Joyce blocked 3 shots per game and altered many more each game.
Matt VanHouten, junior, Waverly: Athletic and physical, Matt VanHouten had a nose for the ball and forced many turnovers in Waverly’s pressure defense. He’s also a good on-ball defender.
Chris Ray, senior, Sayre: Quick and relentless, Ray forced a lot of turnovers and created fast-break opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Tyler Whitmore, senior, Tioga: An athletic defender, Whitmore matched up against the other team’s top scorer on a consistent basis and usually held them below their scoring average.
Zack VanHouten, senior, Waverly: There were several players on the Wolverines making headlines ahead of him, but VanHouten was consistently good for close to a double-double. Long and athletic, he could shoot the 3, take the ball to the bucket, and pound the boards.
Isaiah McClenny, senior, Sayre: McClenny’s game took off late in the season. Everything seemed to click on the offensive and defensive ends, on the boards and in the scoring column.
Scott Siberski, junior, Tioga: A solid rebounder with nice touch on his mid-range jumper, Siberski was overlooked by his own teammates at time in the Tigers’ perimeter-oriented offense.
Nate Sweet, junior, Sayre: A physical presence in the low post for the Redskins, Sweet was a good under-sized rebounder and defender.
Kalen Keathley, senior, Athens: A superior athlete, Keathley was a good defender and a threat in transition. He could also take the ball to the bucket on just about anyone.
Players to Watch in 2017-18
Matt VanHouten, junior, Waverly: Like his brother, Matt VanHouten is very athletic and a good all-around player. He can knock down the 3 and can take the ball to the bucket. He could blossom into a consistent scorer next year for the Wolverines.
Scott Woodring, freshman, Waverly: At 6-5, Woodring is long, athletic and still growing. He has the tools — can handle the ball and shoot the 3 — to take big defenders out of the low blocks, but he’ll make his bones in the low post with good hands and a soft touch on his shot. He could be a very good one before he’s done.
Dylan Ward, sophomore, Waverly: He has the size to help on the boards, and can knock down the 3-pointer in bunches. He could make an impact on a good Wolverine team next year.
Ryan Murrelle, junior, Sayre: He can shoot the 3, and take the ball to the bucket. He showed flashes of being a top-notch scorer. With a bit of consistency, he and Bauman could be a pretty good 1-2 punch next season.
Tanner Hollenbeck, sophomore, Tioga: A good athlete, Hollenbeck is a ball of energy on the court. He can shoot the 3, which will give the Tigers another threat from behind the arc when he’s on the floor, and he’ll give them a boost on the defensive end.
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