Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley



THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON WRESTLING WEEKEND (2019-02-13)
It was quite a weekend of wrestling at Windsor High School for the Section IV, Division II Championships.

The majority of the finals went according to the seedings with the top seeds prevailing, including Tioga senior Austin Lamb and junior Brady Worthing winning their weight classes.
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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE WINTER SEASON AS IT WINDS DOWN ó PART II (2019-02-07)
With the end of the high school basketball season in sight, five of the eight Valley teams have qualified for the playoffs. The remaining three (Waverly and Sayre boys, and Tioga girls) still have a chance.
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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE WINTER SEASON AS IT WINDS DOWN ó PART I (2019-02-06)
Itís hard to believe, but the winter season in winding down to a conclusion.

This is the final full week of the regular-season in New York, while Pa. teams have one more week of games. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A WISH LIST FOR 2019 ... AND NEW YORK NOTES (2019-01-01)
I normally submit my wish list to Santa before Christmas, but I know he was pretty busy so Iíll send it to him today and let him take care of it at his leisure in 2019. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A BAKER'S DOZEN ó THE TOP STORYLINES OF 2018 (2018-12-31)
While 2018 may not be remembered kindly by a majority of Americans, Valley sports will look back fondly on 2018.
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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE VALLEY CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT, AND OTHER HOLIDAY ACTION (2018-12-31)
Always a great event, the Valley Christmas Tournament is always a place to catch up with old friends in town for the holidays, and to watch some intense basketball action between teams that know each other very well. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: BEATING A GOOD BIG MAN (OR TWO) ... AND MORE THOUGHTS ON THE WINTER SEASON (2018-12-19)
The easiest way to beat a big man is to keep the ball out of his hands. Tioga did just that Tuesday night in a surprising 73-55 win over Waverly.

The Tigers used their experience advantage in the backcourt to force Waverly into a myriad of turnovers. They seemed to get their hands on nearly ever Wolverine attempt at an entry pass, keeping Waverly out of any type of offensive rhythm. ...more

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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