|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: SAYRE'S DUTRA LEADS 2016-17 SUPER 7 AS "FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR" (2017-06-19)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — At 5-foot, 4-inches, Sayre freshman Madaleine Dutra doesn’t fit the profile of a dynamic hitter on the volleyball court, but she had arguably the biggest impact of any newcomer to a varsity sport in 2016-17 to earn the Valley Sports Report “Female Newcomer of the Year.”
Dutra complimented senior Molly Ball in the front row and was a key component for the Lady Redskins in their run to a first-ever NTL Small School title and their first-ever appearance in the District 4, Class A championship game.
Dutra lacks the height you expect from a hitter, but her leaping ability and timing more than make up for it. And, Dutra is not a one-trick pony, she is also very good in the back row and at the service line.
For the season, Dutra was second on the Lady Redskins with 197 kills and 193 digs. She also had 212 points, including 45 aces, and eight setter assists.
“2016-17 Super 7 Female Newcomers”
Madeleine Dutra, freshman, Sayre: See above.
Riley Hall, freshman, Waverly: Hall stepped into the Lady Wolverine line-up and made an immediate impact, helping them reach the postseason and earning the 2017 Valley Sports Report “Softball Newcomer of the Year,” and Female “Newcomer of the Spring."
A solid defender at the hot corner, Hall hit .519 with 28 hits in 54 at-bats, including nine doubles and three home runs. She had 25 RBI and scored 12 runs.
Marissa Howe, junior, Tioga: Perhaps the breakout player of the year, Howe was a force at the plate for the Lady Tigers this season.
Howe hit .439 on the season with 29 hits, including 20 extra-base hits (15 doubles, three triples, and two home runs.) She also had 24 RBI, 19 runs scored, and six stolen bases.
Olivia Ayres, 8th-grader, Tioga: Fast, aggressive and more physical than her slight frame would indicate, Ayres made an immediate impact for a young Tioga field hockey that was hit hard by graduation the previous year.
Ayres scored five goals and had three assists for the Lady Tigers.
Jordan Mente, sophomore, Waverly: Mente was a major contributor for the Lady Wolverines on the volleyball hardwoods, and the softball diamond in 2016-17.
In the fall, Mente was second on the team with 88 kills and third on the team with 10 blocks. She also had 70 service points, including 47 aces, and 27 digs.
In the spring, Mente hit .300 in her first varsity campaign on the softball diamond with 12 hits, including two doubles, in 40 at-bats. She had 10 RBI and scored 11 runs.
Jillian Shay, sophomore, Sayre: This winter, Shay was the Valley Sports Report female swimmer “Newcomer of the Year,” and the female “Newcomer of the Winter” after her efforts in her first varsity season in the pool.
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.
Cora Smith, freshman, Waverly: In her first varsity season, Smith played a key role in Waverly’s first-ever appearance in the Section IV, Class B championship game, and was named VSR’s “Newcomer of the Year” for girls soccer.
Smith is athletic, aggressive and tough. She often moved the ball up field into the offensive end from her defensive position, playing with a confidence well beyond her years.
IN PHOTO: Sayre's Madaleine Dutra.
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