|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAMBRELL HEADLINES SUPER 7 FEMALE 'ATHLETES OF THE SPRING' (2017-06-18)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Breana Gambrell’s list of accomplishments continue to grow.
The Athens junior won two more PIAA gold medals, as well as a silver medal to earn the 2017 Valley Sports Report Female “Athlete of the Spring.”
Gambrell, who set an unofficial state record in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 8 1/2-inches at the Wyalusing Lasagna Invite, set school records this season in the long jump, triple jump, and the 100-meter dash.
She won NTL gold in the 100-meter dash in a school-record time of 11.96 seconds, and in the triple jump with a school-record mark of 38-feet. She also won the long jump with an NTL-meet record of 20-feet, 4-inches. She was second in the 200-meter dash.
Gambrell won District 4 gold with a D4-record long jump of 19-feet, 10 3/4-inches — topping the old mark by 12 1/4-inches, and won gold in the 100-meter dash, running a D4-record time of 12.11 in the preliminaries. She also won gold in the triple jump with a school-record effort of 38-feet, 2 1/4-inches — 25 inches better than the runner-up.
At the state meet, Gambrell won her third career gold medal in the long jump with a mark of 19-feet, 5-inches, and won her first triple jump medal, also a gold, with a school-record mark of 38-feet, 8 3/4-inches. She also won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.1 seconds.
Gambrell now has seven PIAA medals in her career, including four golds, two silvers, and a fifth-place medal.
Super 7 Female Athletes of the Spring
Breana Gambrell, junior, Athens: See above.
Emily Lunger, junior, Athens: After taking a year off from the sport, Lunger returned this season and qualified for the PIAA Championships in four events.
She won four gold medals at the NTL Championships, winning the 200- and 400-meter dashes, and the high jump. She also ran a leg on the winning 1,600-meter relay team.
Lunger won District 4 gold in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 4-inches. She finished second in the 200-meter dash, and third place in the 400-meter dash — qualifying for the PIAA Championships in both events.
Lunger also ran a leg in the silver-medal winning 1,600-meter relay in a school-record time of 4:04.71.
At the state meet, Lunger earned a sixth-place medal in the 200-meter dash in 25.85 seconds, and ran a leg on the bronze-medal winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran a school-record time of 4:02.34.
During the season, Lunger also established a school record in the high jump at 5-feet, 5-inches. She is currently second all-time in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
Shailei Kraft, senior, Waverly: Kraft, a slick-fielding shortstop with a cannon of an arm, hit an astounding .689 on the season with 42 hits in 61 at-bats, including 19 extra-base hits. She had 13 doubles, and five triples, 34 RBI and 36 runs scored, and struck out just three times in 68 plate appearances.
During her five-year varsity career, Kraft hit .498 with 137 hits in 275 at-bats, including 39 doubles, 12 triples, and five home runs. She also had 105 RBI, and scored 120 runs.
She did not commit an error in 48 chances this season.
Alex Tomasso, sophomore, Waverly: Tomasso finished off a strong season with a 20-place finish at the New York State Championships to earn all-state honors. She shot a school-record two-day total of 163 with rounds of 83 and a school-record 80.
She won the IACs with an 84, by one stroke over teammate Capria Picco, and finished third at Section IV Championships, 1 stroke back of runner-up Capria Picco
Tomasso shot a team-low round of 38 this season.
Capria Picco, junior, Waverly: Capria Picco won the Section IV Championships with an 89, beating teammate Alex Tomasso by 1 stroke. She finished second at IACs, 1 shot behind teammate Alex Tomasso.
Capria Picco, who did not play at States this season, had a season-low round of 39.
Aubrey Allen, senior, Athens: A dangerous hitter from the first day she stepped on the field for the Lady Wildcats, Allen found her groove in the pitcher’s circle late int he season and pitching them into the District 4, Class AAAA semifinals.
Allen posted a 4-2 record in the pitcher’s circle with a 1.16 ERA. She allowed 39 hits in 42 2/3 innings pitched, while striking out 24 and walking just six.
At the plate, Allen hit .463 with 31 hits, including six doubles and six triples, She scored 23 runs and stole five bases.
Wendi Hammond, sophomore, Waverly: Hammond posted a 9-6 record with a 2.04 ERA. She allowed just 78 hits in 92 2/3 innings pitched, while striking out 109 and walking just 27. Opposing batters hit just .216 against her.
Hammond hit .527 on the season with 29 hits, including five doubles, three triples, and two home runs. She scored 33 runs, had 14 RBI, and 22 stolen bases. She struck out just five times in 68 plate appearances.
IN PHOTO: Athens’ Breana Gambrell.
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