Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley



THE FINAL WORD: A HEART-WARMING STORY ... AND THOUGHTS ON THE WINTER SEASON (2018-12-11)
Every once in a while you see something that reminds you of what high school sports can be at its best.
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THE FINAL WORD: PUTTING A BOW ON THE 2018 FALL SEASON (2018-12-02)
Fall of 2018 was a championship season.

Tioga football put another notch on its belt, while the Athens boys soccer program put its name on the map as a District 4 power with the its second title in three years.

The Athens girls soccer program got off the schneid, winning its first D4 title since 2000, and the Waverly volleyball team captured its first-ever Section IV title. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2019 FOOTBALL SEASON (2018-11-29)
It was a pretty good year for Valley football. All four teams qualified for the postseason ó Athens doing so with a losing record.

Tioga won its seventh Section IV, Class D title in eight years, and advanced to its seventh state semifinal in that stretch, while Waverly returned to the Section IV, Class C championship game, where it faced eventual state champion Susquehanna Valley.

Sayre closed out the regular season with five wins in its final six games, capping a 6-4 regular season (improving from 1-9 in 2017) with its firs win over Athens since 2001. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: THE 'SUPER 7 STORYLINES OF THE FALL' (2018-11-29)
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 yearís ďSuper 7 Storylines of the FallĒ is dominated by continuing storylines, but has others sprinkled in. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2019 SOCCER SEASON (2018-11-28)
The 2019 season on the soccer pitch was a mixed bag for the Valley teams.

Both the Athens boys and girls won District 4 titles, while the Waverly girls reached the Section IV finals for the third consecutive season, and the Sayre girls qualified for the postseason again.

On the flip side, the Waverly and Sayre boys, and the Tioga girls each posted just one win on the season. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2019 VOLLEYBALL SEASON (2018-11-27)
It was an eventful season on the Valley volleyball courts.

Waverly won its first-ever Section IV, Class C title, while Tioga saw its five-year, 87-match win streak come to an end against Small School rival Candor, but beat the Lady Indians when it mattered most to advance to their eighth consecutive Section IV title match.

Athens, under the direction of first-year coach Heather Hanson, qualified for the District 4 playoffs for the first time since 2009, while Sayre struggled to a 3-15 mark in 2018. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: CAN TIOGA GET BACK TO THE STATE FINALS? (2018-11-16)
Tioga has reached the state semifinals six times, but has just one trip to the state finals to show for it. Thatís not intended to be critical, more a statement of fact in how difficult it is to reach a state championship game. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: TIOGA FOOTBALL DOMINANCE, END OF HISTORIC SEASONS FOR ATHENS BOYS SOCCER, WAVERLY VOLLEYBALL (2018-11-15)
With Tioga in its final preparations for its seventh state semi-final game in eight years, letís take a look back at the complete domination that was the Tigersí 56-6 rout of Section III champ Onondaga Friday night at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: CAN TIOGA MAKE IT 7-0 IN THE STATE QUARTERFINALS? (2018-11-09)
The high school football season is down to one team as Tioga plays in the New York State Class D quarterfinals for the seventh time in the last eight years.

The Tigers are 6-0 in their first six state quarter-final games, and have outscored their Section III counterparts by an average of 49 to 20.3. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: HISTORIC WEEKEND FOR VALLEY SPORTS ... AND MORE (2018-11-05)
It was a historic weekend with four Valley teams winning Section IV or District 4 titles, and advancing to their respective state playoffs.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 11 PICKS: ALL FOUR VALLEY TEAMS IN POSTSEASON PLAY (2018-11-02)

Postseason football is in full swing in Week 11 with all four Valley schools in the win-or-go-home phase of their schedules.

Waverly and Tioga are playing for Section IV titles, while Sayre is playing for a chance to play in the District 4 title game, and Athens is two wins away from a title game. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON FOOTBALL WEEKEND ... AND MUCH MORE (2018-10-31)

The ďRusty RailĒ rivalry and a pair of New York State playoff games gave me the rare opportunity to see all four Valley teams in the same weekend, and it was an entertaining two days of football. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: DISTRICT 4 SCHEDULING AND EARLY PLAYOFF ACTION (2018-10-26)
Iím beginning to wonder what District 4 has against teams from the Northern Tier. To be honest, Iíve been wondering it for years.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 10 PICKS ó CAN SAYRE END 'THE STREAK' ó†N.Y. POSTSEASON KICKS OFF (2018-10-26)
The ďRusty RailĒ rivalry game, and playoff football in New York state are upon us as we kick off Week 10 of the high school football season.
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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE FOOTBALL WEEKEND ... AND SOME SOCCER (2018-10-23)
Week 9 of the high school football season featured a couple of surprises, a bit of ugliness, and something special, but something thatís becoming commonplace.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 9 PICKS ó CAN TIOGA WIN ANOTHER DIVISION TITLE? (2018-10-19)
Week 9 of the high school football season is upon us. Itís the final week of the regular season in New York state, and the penultimate week in Pa.
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THE FINAL WORD: A LOOK BACK AT THE FOOTBALL WEEKEND ... AND MUCH MORE (2018-10-18)
As we prepare for the final week of the regular season in New York state, and the penultimate week of the football season in Pa., I have to take a few moments to look back at last weekendís action.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 8 PICKS ó WAVERLY-TIOGA A MUST-SEE (2018-10-12)

Itís Week 8 of the high school football season and that means itís time for the highly-anticipated match-up between state-ranked teams óWaverly and Tioga ó at Memorial Stadium. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: THOUGHTS ON THE FOOTBALL WEEKEND ó EATING A BIT OF CROW (2018-10-09)
When you do what I do for as long as Iíve been doing it, you occasionally put your foot in it, and have to eat a little crow.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 7 PICKS ó DIVISION TITLE ON LINE AT WAVERLY (2018-10-05)
Itís Week 7 of the high school football season in Pa., and Week 6 in New York, and things are beginning to get very interesting.

Waverly can clinch its division with a win, while Athens and Sayre are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the postseason, and need wins to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. ...more

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