|NTL GIRLS SOCCER: ATHENS' HUTCHISON EARNS LEAGUE'S TOP HONORS; GAMBRELL, PITTS ALSO HONORED (2017-11-07)
SEVEN LADY WILDCATS, THREE LADY REDSKINS EARN ALL-STAR RECOGNITION
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens junior Rachel Hutchison was the NTL Coaches first selection as “All-State Player,” and was also named the “Player of the Year,” while her teammate senior Breana Gambrell was again named “Defensive Player of the Year” in recent voting.
Troy junior Riley McClellan was the coaches second selection as “All-State Player,” and also earned “Offensive Player of the Year” honors.
Athens coach Rich Pitts was again named “Coach of the Year.”
Hutchison was allowed to freelance in the midfield this season, and used her blazing speed, great foot skills, high soccer IQ, and great vision to carve up opposing defense for 32 goals and 22 assists.
Gambrell, now a three-time NTL “Defensive Player of the Year,” used her sprinter’s speed and great instincts as the last line of defense for a Lady Wildcat defense that allowed just 16 goals in 19 games, and had 11 shutouts.
Pitts directed the Lady Wildcats 14-3-2 record, another NTL title and another trip to the District 4, Class AAA playoffs.
Emily Lunger, senior, Athens: Another Lady Wildcat with sprinter’s speed, Lunger also used good foot skills and a scorer’s mentality to tally 26 goals and dole out 11 assists, despite playing the early portion of the season with a foot injury.
Morgan Ferguson, senior, Athens: Ferguson used deceptive quickness and her soccer smarts to be in the right place at the right time on more occasions than not. It was a gift that helped her to 17 goals and 16 assists this season.
Also named to the first team were Troy’s Riley McClellan, and Troy freshman Nicole McClellan.
Abby Sindoni, sophomore, Athens: Fast and possessing good foot skills, Sindoni is a finisher. She scored 17 goals, and also dished out 14 assists.
Madisyn Wheeler, senior, Sayre: Wheeler plays the game with a fierce determination that few can match. She scored 22 goals and had three assists.
Also named to the second team were Troy’s Morgan Graybill, and Wellsboro’s Kailee Clymer.
Rachel Hutchison, senior, Athens. See above.
Ariana Gambrell, junior, Athens: Fast and physical with a great head for the game and a great vision of the field, Gambrell scored nine goals and dished out 14 assists.
Stephanie Klovekorn, junior, Sayre: Physical, with a good head for the game and good vision of the field, Klovekorn had 14 goals and six assists.
Also named to the first team was Towanda’s Teagan Willey.
Abby Moliski, sophomore, Sayre: Moliski has good foot skills, great field vision, and a sky-high soccer IQ. She scored three goals and had 11 assists.
Also named to the second team were NEB’s Erika Vough, Wellsboro’s Emma Poirier, and Williamson’s Kristen Green.
Breana Gambrell, senior, Athens: See above.
Jules Sporn, senior, Athens: Sporn always seems to be where she should be, which is a great attribute for a defender. She had one assist this season.
Also named to the first team were Troy’s Emma Shedden, and NP-Mansfield’s Zoie McDermott.
Named to the first team were Wellsboro’s Kaitlyn Kramer, and Elizabeth Poirier, NEB’s Josie Haverly, and Troy’s Nicole Spaulding.
The first-team keeper was Troy’s Brianna Rathbun.
The second-team keepers were NP-Mansfield’s Alaina McKee, and NEB’s Kiah Russell.
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