|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S NITTINGER TOPS LIST OF "SUPER 7 FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE WINTER" (2017-03-26)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly junior Elle Nittinger led the Valley in scoring and registered her 1,000th career point. She is the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report “Female Athlete of the Winter.”
A skilled all-around player, Nittinger is a prolific scorer, capable of scoring from behind the 3-point arc, on the boards, going to the bucket, or in transition. She averaged a Valley-high 19.4 points per game and connected on 38 3-pointers this season. She became the seventh Lady Wolverine to reach the 1,000 career point milestone.
Nittinger is also an aggressive rebounder and defender, and an under-rated passer. She averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals, and 2.7 assists per game.
The 2016-17 "Female Super 7 of the Winter":
Elle Nittinger, junior, Waverly: See above.
Taylor Lane, senior, Athens: Lane, who set a new school record in the 200-yard individual medley in her first varsity event as a freshman, set two individual record and swam on a record-setting relay in her last meet — the District 4 Championships.
Lane finished fourth at Districts in the 100-yard butterfly in a record time of 1:00.91, and also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in a record time of 1:01.75.
Lane, who was the “Female Swimmer of the Year,” also teamed with seniors Maggie Cole, Katie Phykitt, and Selkie Bishop to place fourth at Districts and break the school record in the 200-yard medley relay team in a time of 1:59.13 to earn “Relay Team of the Year.”
Melina Ortiz, freshman, Waverly: Ortiz peaked at the right time, running a personal-best time of 43.43 seconds in the 300-meter dash for a second-place finish at the Section IV Indoor Track & Field State Qualifier. It also earned her a return trip to the New York State Championships.
In her first trip to States, she ran a personal-best time of 27.66 seconds in the 200-meter portion of the medley relay. This year, she finished 28th in the 300 in a time of 44.43 seconds — a full second off the personal-best time she ran two weeks prior at the State Qualifier.
Ortiz finished third in the 300-meter dash in 45.17 seconds and was part of the gold medal-winning 800-meter relay at the Section IV, Division 2 Championships.
Emily Lunger, junior, Athens: Hard-nosed and aggressive, Lunger is a force on both ends of the floor for the Lady Wildcats basketball team, and is especially dangerous in the open floor.
A tremendous all-around athlete, Lunger averaged 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 2.1 assists per game.
Cassy Bowman, junior, Waverly: A 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.
Kayla Kittle, sophomore, Sayre: Another record-setter and strong sprinter, Kittle placed in the top 10 in both of the freestyle sprints at the District 4 meet.
She finished seventh in the 50 free in 26.36 seconds and was 10th in the 100 free in a time of 57.73 seconds.
At the NTL Championships, Kittle was second in the 50 free in 26.15 seconds, and third in the 100 free in a school-record time of 56.38 seconds.
Stephanie Hyland, sophomore, Waverly: Hyland was a consistent point-getter for the Waverly indoor track & field team.
She placed in three events at the Section IV State Qualifier. She finished sixth in the 600-meter run and the triple jump, and also ran on the fourth place 800-meter relay team.
She finished second in the 600 at the Division 2 Championships and third in the triple jump. The 800-meter relay team won a gold medal.
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Elle Nittinger.
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