|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAMBRELL NAMED GIRLS "ATHLETE OF THE SPRING' FOR FOURTH TIME (2018-06-21)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Breana Gambrell added two PIAA gold and two silver medals to her collection, and is the Valley Sports Report Girls “Athlete of the Spring” for the fourth time.
Breana Gambrell became the third athlete in PIAA history to win four gold medals in the same event — the long jump — and set a Class AA state record in the process. She also won her second gold medal in the triple jump, and her third silver medal in the 100-yard dash.
Breana Gambrell’s other silver medal this spring was in the 400-meter relay with junior Ariana Gambrell, junior Rachel Hutchison, and senior Emily Lunger. The foursome ran a school-record time of 47.75 seconds. The foursome also set a new District 4 record at 48.42 seconds in a gold-medal performance.
Breana Gambrell now has 11 career PIAA medals, including six gold and four silver. Her other medal was a fifth-place medal in the 400 relay her sophomore year.
Breana Gambrell won four more District 4 gold medals to bring her career D4 medal haul to 15 — 14 gold and one bronze.
The remainder of the “Super 7 Girls Athletes of the Spring” are:
Wendi Hammond, junior, Waverly: Hammond, the VSR “Softball Player of the Year,” posted an 11-5 record with a 0.40 ERA in the pitcher’s circle. She allowed 45 hits and 24 walks in 105 innings, while striking out 177. Opposing batters hit just .119 against her.
At the plate, Hammond hit .537 (36 hits in 67 ABs) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs, 20 RBI, 33 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. She also walked eight times for a .597 on-base percentage with a .791 slugging percentage and a team-best 1.388 OPS.
Emily Lunger, junior, Athens: Lunger qualified for the PIAA, Class AA Championships in three events, and brought home a pair of silver medals.
Lunger, who set a new school record in the long jump at the District 4 Championships, won a silver medal in the high jump at the state meet, and was part of the silver-medal winning 400 relay team. She now has five PIAA medals, including two silver and a bronze.
Lunger won three gold medals at the District 4 Championships to end her career with 10 medals — six gold, two silver, and two bronze.
Elle Nittinger, senior, Waverly: Nittinger’s specialty heading into her senior season was the 800-meter run, but a 19 1/2-foot improvement — from 97-feet 1-inch at last year’s Class B Championships to a school-record 116-feet, 7-inches as this year Class B meet — sent her to States for the first time in any sport.
Nittinger won a Division 2 gold medal at the Section IV State Qualifier in the discus to earn a berth at States, where she finished ninth.
At the Class B Championships, Nittinger won the discus with a school-record throw of 116-feet, 7-inches, and was third in the 800. She also ran on the winning 3,200 relay, and the second-place 1,600 relay
Alex Tomasso, junior, Waverly: Alex Tomasso, who shot a school-record 35 early this season and matched it twice later in the season, finished second at the IAC Girls Golf Championships.
Alex Tomasso finished sixth at Section IV Championships to qualify for the New York State Championships for the fourth time. She finished 28th at States.
Emma Adams, junior, Athens: Adams, the VSR softball “Offensive Player of the Year,” hit .500 on the season with 28 hits in 56 at-bats.
Also a dynamic presence defensively in center field, Adams had seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 21 RBI, 27 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases. She also walked 11 times and had an on-base percentage of .582.
Capria PIcco, senior, Waverly: A four-time New York Girls Golf state qualifier and former Section IV Champion, Picco won the IAC Championships with an 83, matching Alex Tomasso’s record set in 2017.
Picco finished fourth at the Section IV Championships, and 50th at the New York State Championships.
IN PHOTO: Athens’ Breana Gambrell.
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