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THE FINAL WORD: 2016-17 WAS A YEAR FOR THE AGES, HEADLINED BY ATHENS' COURTNEY, GAMBRELL (2017-06-21)
The 2016-17 school year was one for the ages.

Athens senior Brian Courtney wrapped up a historic career on the mats, and Athens junior Breana Gambrell continues to write a legacy that may never be equaled in the Valley. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: 'BAKER'S DOZEN TOP STORYLINES OF THE 2016-17 SPORTS YEAR' (2017-06-20)
Iíve talked about storylines in the past and how they normally come in one of four realms: the start of a storyline, the continuation of one, the likely culmination of one, or a storyline totally out of the blue.

The 2016-17 sports year was dominated by dynamic seniors writing the final chapters to their legacies. It was also a year of firsts.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: THE SUPER 7 'STORYLINES OF THE SPRING' (2017-06-17)
Iíve talked about storylines in the past and how they normally come in one of four realms: the start of a storyline, the continuation of one, the likely culmination of one, or a storyline totally out of the blue.

This spring season is no different. ...more

THE CRYSTAL BALL: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017 BASEBALL SEASON (2017-06-16)
The 2017 baseball season in the Valley was one for the ages with all four schools qualifying for the postseason, and Athens and Sayre both winning District 4 titles.

The four teams combined for a 70-20 record. ...more

THE CRYSTAL BALL: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2018 SOFTBALL SEASON (2017-06-15)
Spring 2017 was a solid season for softball teams in the Valley with three of four qualifying for the postseason. All three won their first game, but lost the second.

The crystal ball has come into focus momentarily and in its eye I can see the 2018 season: ...more

THE CRYSTAL BALL: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2018 TRACK & FIELD SEASON (2017-06-14)
Weíre just finishing up with the 2017 track & field season, and the 2018 season is still 10 months away, but itís never too early to take a look into the crystal ball and see what it foretells.
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THE FINAL WORD: PIAA GOLD, DISTRICT 4 TITLES, AND A SECTION IV TITLE (2017-06-01)
The last week has been historic for Valley high school athletics with two PIAA gold medals, two District 4 titles, and letís not forget a Section IV title.
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THE FINAL WORD: A PERFECT AFTERNOON ON THE POSTSEASON DIAMONDS (2017-05-24)
I think I have a finger on the pulse of whatís going on in the high school sports world. And, I pride myself on my insight .

While Tuesday will go down as one of the best days in postseason history for Valley baseball and softball teams, it was a confidence-shattering afternoon for yours truly. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: A FEW THOUGHTS ON 'COACH HENDERSHOT,' AND THE SPRING SEASON (2017-04-28)
I was fresh out of college, working at The Daily Review and at my first non-game assignment.

I walked into the Towanda High School cafeteria for the NTL East baseball all-star meeting, conducted by the coaches, and didnít really know any of the coaches. Back in the days before the Internet, we had to attend those meetings, or it could take awhile to get the results. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: QUITE A START TO BASEBALL SEASON IN VALLEY ... AND MUCH MORE (2017-04-18)
The Valley baseball teams are off to quite a start in the 2017 campaign, posting a combined 25-3 record.

More impressive is that all three losses come to each other, with Sayre beating Athens 7-1, Athens edging  Waverly 3-1, and Waverly topping Tioga 12-5. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SPRING SEASON (2017-04-05)
Typical for this time of year, the spring season has been adversely affected by Mother Nature, but itís not as bad as you might think.

Last year, several teams in the area were not able to get a game in until April 11. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: PUTTING A BOW ON THE 2016-17 WINTER SEASON (2017-03-26)
The 2016-17 winter season will long be remembered for a number of reasons.

It marked the end of stellar careers for a number of remarkable athletes in an array of sports. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: ATHENS' COURTNEY, LADY REDSKINS TOP "SUPER 7 STORYLINES" OF WINTER SEASON (2017-03-25)
Iíve talked about storylines in the past and how they normally come in one of four realms: the start of a storyline, the continuation of one, the likely culmination of one, or a storyline totally out of the blue.

This winter season is no different. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 WRESTLING SEASON (2017-03-24)
There were some highs and lows associated with the 2016-17 wrestling season.

Athens enjoyed its best season in years and had four wrestlers advance to States, while Tioga continued its march toward Section IV dominance. However, Waverly and Sayre each suffered through another year with low numbers and few highlights. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 BOYS BASKETBALL SEASON (2017-03-23)
All four boys basketball teams in the Valley qualified for the postseason, but thereís a great deal of room for improvement next season for three of the four.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 GIRLS BASKETBALL SEASON (2017-03-22)
When it comes to the girls basketball in the Valley, 2017-18 couldnít possibly get any better than this year, could it?

I mean all four teams qualified for the postseason, and three of the four won 19 games or more. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE SAYRE GIRLS' HISTORIC SEASON ... AND MORE (2017-03-19)
While there will likely be debate about where this Sayre girls basketball teams falls in terms of talent in comparison to its predecessors, there is one thing no one can debate: this Lady Redskins team accomplished several things no other team could.

Those accomplishments include a school-record 23 wins, the programís first-ever District 4 title, and the first state playoff win in program history. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: ON BRIAN COURTNEY AND A SPECIAL GROUP OF SENIORS ... AND MORE (2017-03-13)
During the last four wrestling seasons, Iíve had the privilege of covering Athens senior Brian Courtney.

I watched in awe as a skinny, floppy-haired freshman bounced back from a late-season appendectomy to win the North Section, District 4, and North Region titles. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: A WILD POSTSEASON RIDE ON THE HARDWOODS (2017-03-03)
And then there were three.

Three Valley hoop teams remain alive in the postseason with the Sayre girls winning the programís first-ever District 4 title, the Waverly boys playing tonight for their first Section IV title in 21 years, and the Athens boys are one win away from a state playoff berth. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: WRESTLING, MORE WRESTLING, AND A LITTLE HOOP (2017-02-27)
Wrestling was on center stage on both sides of the border this weekend and the Valley grapplers represented themselves and their programs quite well.

Tioga had a pair of state medal-winners at the New York State Championships, while Athens crowned a pair of District 4 champs and had six advance to this weekendís Regional tournament. ...more

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