|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S JUDSON, SAYRE'S SHAY 2016-17 TOP "NEWCOMERS OF THE WINTER" (2017-03-25)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly sophomore sharpshooter Gavin Judson, and Sayre freshman distance ace Jillian Shay put together stellar initial varsity campaigns and have been recognized as the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report Male and Female “Newcomers of the Winter.”
Judson got better and better as the season progressed and was the boys basketball “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 averaged 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.
Shay followed the perfect blueprint and improved as the season went on, peaking for the postseason and turning in a near record-performance in the 500-yard freestyle at the District 4 meet. She clocked in at 5:39.33 — just a second off the school record and more than 18 seconds faster than her time at the NTL meet three weeks prior.
Shay also finished ninth at Districts in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:08.34.
“2016-17 Male Newcomers of the Winter”:
Gavin Judson, sophomore, Waverly: See above.
Kaden Wheeler, 7th-grader, Waverly: Wheeler made an instant impact and was a consistent point-getter for the Wolverines, and was the boys swimming “Newcomer of the Year.”
Wheeler finished ninth in the 100-yard backstroke at the Class B Championships in a time of 1:05.36.
He finished second in the 100 fly at the IAC Championships, and was fifth in 100-yard backstroke.
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.
Ben Gates, senior, Waverly: Gates decided he’d give wrestling a shot prior to his senior season — not an easy task for anyone, much less someone who would end up bouncing back and forth between 182 pounds and 195 pounds, weight classes usually occupied by experienced wrestlers.
Gates, with a combination of speed and raw power, posted a solid 17-19 record in his only varsity season, including 14 wins by fall, to earn the wrestling “Newcomer of the Year” award. He was 2-2 at the Section IV, Division 2 championships.
Derrick Canfield, freshman, Waverly: Canfield started the season on a high note and finished strong with a 189 average to earn the bowling “Newcomer of the Year” honor.
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.
Dawson Leiser, freshman, Athens: Stepping into a varsity line-up as a freshman in the upper weights is not an easy task, but Leiser answered the call and was 7-6 before an injury derailed his first varsity campaign.
“Super 7 Female Newcomers of the Winter”:
Jillian Shay, freshman, Sayre: See above.
Grace Manwaring, junior, Tioga: A dangerous 3-point shooter and strong rebounder, Manwaring was second on the Lady Tigers at 6.1 points per game. She knocked down 18 3-pointers and grabbed 3.2 rebounds per game.
She was the “Newcomer of the Year” for girls basketball this season.
Lauren Nevill, freshman, Athens: Nevill qualified for the District 4 Championships in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.9 seconds, and the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:10.04.
Sierra Ardrey, freshman, Athens: Ardrey qualified for the District 4 Championships in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:16.20 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:13.64.
Zayta Hall, sophomore, Waverly: She ran on the gold-medal winning 800-meter relay at the Section IV, Division 2 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The same relay finished fourth at the State Qualifier.
She also ran on the 1,600-meter relay that finished second at the 607 Small School Invite.
Reagan Vaughn, freshman, Waverly: She ran on the gold-medal winning 3,200-meter relay at he Section IV, Division 2 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The same relay finished sixth at the State Qualifier.
Vaughn also finished second in the 1,000-meter run at the 607 Small School Invite, and the 3,200-meter relay team also finished second.
Chenelle Huddleston, junior, Waverly: Huddleston had a solid first varsity season for the Lady Wolverines, with a 140 average. Her high series of the season was a 480 and she a high games of 223.
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