Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley


Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Tioga senior Martha Schumacher capped a brilliant varsity career by leading the Lady Tigers to their fifth Section IV title in six years to earn the 2017 Valley Sports Report “Female Athlete of the Fall.”

A dominant player at the net, Martha Schumacher was a major contributor on four Section IV championship teams in her five years on varsity, this year leading the Lady Tigers to Class C state quarterfinals. She was also named the the 2017 Valley Sports Report volleyball “Player of the Year.”

A dynamic hitter with impeccable timing, Schumacher led the Lady Tigers with 203 kills and 48 blocks. A versatile all-around player, she tied for the team lead with 58 digs, and was third on the team with 134 service points.

The remainder of the “Super 7 Female Athletes of the Fall” are:

Rachel Hutchison, junior, Athens: Hutchison led the Valley in goals and assists and was named the Valley Sports Report girls soccer “Player of the Year” and was an All-Valley midfielder.

Hutchison, lightning quick with a strong leg, and sky-high soccer IQ, scored 32 goals and doled out 22 assists to help the Lady Wildcats to a 14-3-2 record in 2017.

Brandi Welch, sophomore, Waverly: Welch, who finished 94th at the New York State Class C Cross Country Championships, was named the Valley Sports Report girls cross country “Runner of the Year.”

Welch was consistently one of the top three runners on the state-ranked Lady Wolverines, finishing fourth at the IAC Divisional meet, and 16th at the IAC Championships. She finished second at the Tom Koons Valley Invite, was 11th at the Windsor Invitational,  and 21st at the Owego Invitational.

Melina Ortiz, sophomore, Waverly:  An All-Valley midfielder, Ortiz was instrumental in Waverly’s run to the Section IV, Class B championship game, and its 17-1 season.

Great foot skills, an off-the-charts soccer IQ, and blazing speed made Ortiz a dominant force in the midfield for the Lady Wolverines. She scored 15 goals and doled out 17 assists.

Kayla Kromelbein, senior, Waverly: 
An All-Valley forward, Kromelbein was a consistent performer for the Lady Wolverines, and shared Valley-high honors in goals.

Fast and agile, Kromelbein had a knack off getting off hard shots from tough angles. She scored 32 goals, and also had five assists.

Anna Schumacher, senior, Tioga: Anna Schumacher played a key role in Tioga’s run to the Class C state quarterfinals, and was named the Valley Sports Report’s “Postseason Player of the Year.”

Like her twin sister, Anna Schumacher is an incredible athlete and versatile player. She was second on the team with 140 service points, third on the team with 117 kills, and fourth on the team with 49 digs and 13 blocks.. She also had two assists.

Kennedy Wheeler, sophomore, Waverly: 
Wheeler won four medals at the Section IV, Class B championships. She finished second in the 100-yard butterfly, and was seventh in the 50-yard freestyle. She also swam on a pair of fifth-place relays.

Wheeler also won four medals at the IAC Championships. She finished first in the butterfly, and second in the 50-yard free. She also swam on second- and third-place relays.


IN PHOTO: Tioga’s Martha Schumacher.

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