|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' ARNOLD, SUMNER SHARE TOP HONORS AS 'MALE ATHLETE OF THE FALL" (2018-12-01)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY Juniors Luke Arnold and Jesse Sumner formed a dynamic 1-2 punch for Athens this season, leading the Wildcats to the most successful season in program history, and so share the honor of Valley Sports Report Male Athlete of the Fall.
Arnold dominated the center of the field for the Wildcats this season, with great foot skills, a high soccer IQ, and one of the strongest legs east of the Mississippi, while Sumner brought speed, foot skills, soccer smarts, and an unmatched intensity to the pitch each match.
Arnold scored 24 goals and had 20 assists this season, while Sumner had 23 goals and 14 assists.
The remainder of the Super 7 Male Athletes of the Fall:
John Worthing, senior, Tioga: At 140 pounds, Worthing rushed for 1,050 yards and 13 TDs, with the large majority of them coming between the tackles. He led the Tigers with 17 receptions for 232 yards and three TDs.
Worthing was also among the team leaders in tackles, led the team in interceptions, returned punts, and handled the long-snapping chores.
Worthing is also the VSR football Player of the Year.
Collin Wright, sophomore, Waverly: Wright, who narrowly missed qualifying at the Section IV meet, ended up qualifying for States for the second straight year after a runner withdrew. He finished 57th in a time of 18:15.3, which was 13 seconds faster than 2017.
Wright won the Tom Koons Valley Invite, finished fourth at the IAC Championships, and was eighth at the Section IV Championships.
Wright repeated as VSRs boys cross country Runner of the Year.
David Scheftic, junior, Athens: Scheftic, who was VSRs top newcomer as a freshman, is a leader on the field by example and vocally. He is ultra-athletic, with a very strong leg, and incredible ability in the air.
Scheftic finished the season with six goals, including two in the postseason, and one assist.
He repeated as boys soccer Defensive Player of the Year.
Emmett Wood, freshman, Tioga: Only a freshman, Emmett Wood led Tiogas potent ground game, easily topping the 1,000-yard plateau. He is the Newcomer of the Fall.
Wood, using a blend of speed, power and instincts, led the Tigers with 1,416 yards and 15 TDs, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. His freshman yardage ranks second only to Jesse Manuel, who had 1.535 yards and 22 TDs, in the Tioga record books.
Wood, who also returned kickoffs for the Tigers, was among the team leaders in tackles and interceptions.
Austin Lamb, senior, Tioga: A standout two-way performer, Lamb was an All-Valley selection as an offensive lineman and linebacker. He was also the VSR Postseason Player of the Year.
Lamb was key component on a Tioga offensive line that paved the way to 332 yards per game on the ground, and 55 rushing TDs on the season. On defense, he was also among the team leaders in tackles for the Tigers.
IN PHOTO: Athens juniors Luke Arnold (left) and Jesse Sumner.
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