Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley




NTL BOYS SOCCER: ATHENS' LANE, SAYRE'S ROCKWELL EARN TOP LEAGUE HONORS; LEZAK ALSO RECOGNIZED (2017-11-07)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Ethan Lane and Wellsboro senior Gabe Leach were the NTL coaches’ choice as "All-State Player,” and Sayre senior Jordan Rockwell was named “Player of the Year” in recent all-star voting.

Wellsboro’s Tanner Runyan was the “Offensive Player of the Year,” and Liberty’s Riley Walker and Troy’s Kaden Murray shared “Defensive Player of the Year” honors.

Athens’ Jake Lezak was again honored as “Coach of the Year.

A speedy player with great foot skills, great instincts, and a high soccer IQ, Lane scored an NTL-high 36 goals, and doled 10 assists.

Leach had 11 goals and a league-high 27 assists in 2017 for the Green Hornets.

Rockwell, a speed demon with great foot skills, a strong leg, and a sky-high soccer IQ, had 25 goals and 12 assists this season.

Runyan scored 29 goals and dished out 15 assists for the Green Hornets.

Lezak directed the Wildcats to a 16-2-2 record, and back into the District 4, Class AAA championship game, a year after the Wildcats won their first-ever district title.

FORWARDS
First Team
Ethan Lane, senior, Athens:
See above.

Also named to the first team were Galeton’s Isaiah Shoemaker, Wellsboro’s Tanney Runyan, and Williamson’s Andrew Learn.

Second Team
Willey Tilley, junior, Athens:
One of the hardest-working players in the NTL, Tilley has the talent to go along with it. He scored 17 assists, and doled out 14 assists in 2017.

Also named to the second team were NEB’s Jude Jampo, Wellsboro’s Kaeden Mann, and Liberty’s Luke Yoder.

MIDFIELD
First Team
Jordan Rockwell, senior, Sayre:
See above.

Also named to the first team were Wellsboro’s Gabe Leach and Brett Rudy, and Williamson’s Simon Fish.

Second Team
Brad Cardona, senior, Athens:
A heady player with good foot skills and great vision of the field, Cardona had 11 goals and nine assists.

Also named to the second team were Wellsboro’s Noah Fitch, Liberty’s Nathaniel Johnson, and Williamson’s Sam Fish.

DEFENSE
First Team
David Scheftic, sophomore, Athens:
Possessing great foot skills, and a high soccer IQ, Scheftic added another offensive weapon to the Wildcat arsenal with his play. He had six goals and seven assists on the season.

Brandon Hunsinger, senior, Athens: Fast and not afraid of contact, Hunsinger was one of the more consistent performers for the Wildcats. He had one assist on the season.
 
Also named to the first team were Troy’s Kaden Murray, and Wellsboro’s Cameron Tennis.

Second Team
Doug Vosburg, sophomore, Athens:
Fast and physical, Vosburg scored one goal this season.

Also named to the second team were Williamson’s Andrew Hackett, Galeton’s Evan Brooks, and Towanda’s Zach Sims.

GOALKEEPER
First Team

The first team keeper was Liberty’s Riley Walker.

Second Team
Braden Priester, senior, Athens:
Priester recorded 51 saves, and allowed just eight goals on the season.

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IN PHOTO: Athens’ Ethan Lane (left) and Sayre’s Jordan Rockwell (right).

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