Valley Sports Report for Penn York Valley



THE FINAL WORD: POSTSEASON WRESTLING, PLAYOFF BASKETBALL, AND MUCH MORE (2018-02-13)
It was quite a weekend of wrestling in the Section IV, Division 2 championships at the Watkins Glen Field House.

Iíll have at least three wrestlers to cover at States thanks to their Section IV gold-medal performances, and thereís a good chance that two or three, possibly even four more could earn wild cards. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A BAKER'S DOZEN ó THE TOP STORIES OF 2017 (2017-12-31)
While 2017 may not be fondly remembered by the majority of Americans, Valley sports fans will have plenty of fond memories of 2017 for years to come.
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THE FINAL WORD: A GAME FOR THE AGES, AND MORE HOOP AND WRESTLING TALK ... (2017-12-31)
Athens senior Gavin Stein had a night for the ages Wednesday night in the opening round of the Valley Christmas Tournament at Waverly.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: MY CHRISTMAS WISHES FOR 2018 (2017-12-24)
Itís hard to believe that another Christmas is here.

While all my Christmas shopping is done, there are a few things on my list that Iím hoping Santa will deliver in 2018.
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THE FINAL WORD: TALKING HOOPS, WRESTLING, AND MORE ... (2017-12-22)
Last week I talked a little about the Ďsenior thing,í which I believe is the natural progression of a player simply because itís his or her senior year. The improvement that comes about through confidence because itís his / her time. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON TUESDAY'S ACTION (2017-12-13)
Ten of the 11 Valley teams in action Tuesday notched wins, with the Tioga boysí four-point loss at state-ranked Newfield, ranked third in Class D, the lone blemish.
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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE WEEKEND'S ACTION ... AND MORE (2017-12-10)
There were some interesting results in every sport over the last several days.

Letís start on the hardwoods with the Waverly boys, who may have salvaged their season with a big fourth quarter Tuesday in a win over divisional rival Notre Dame. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: SOME EARLY OBSERVATIONS AND A FEW BOLD PREDICTIONS FOR WINTER SEASON (2017-12-05)
The winter sports season hasnít even started in Pa., but New York has already provided some interesting results.
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THE FINAL WORD: PUTTING A BOW ON THE FALL SEASON (2017-11-24)
When the 2017 fall postseason rolled around there were a lot of familiar faces, and programs leaving indelible marks for future athletes and teams to strive for.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2018 FOOTBALL SEASON (2017-11-22)
The 2018 football season is more than nine months away, but the crystal ball is already starting to come into focus as we look ahead.

The crystal ball forecasts three of the five Valley teams improving on their 2017 records ó with one advancing to the state playoffs, while two teams will take a step back. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: THE "SUPER 7 STORYLINES" OF THE 2017 FALL SEASON (2017-11-21)
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. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2018 VOLLEYBALL SEASON (2017-11-21)
The 2018 volleyball season is nine-plus months away, so the view into the crystal ball is a bit murky.

Four of the Valley teams will look to bounce back from losing seasons, while Tioga could take a step back after heavy graduation losses. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2018 BOYS & GIRLS SOCCER SEASONS (2017-11-20)
The 2018 soccer season is still nine-plus months away, so the crystal ball is a bit cloudy, but it appears there will only be minor shifts in the power structure of Valley soccer.
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THE FINAL WORD: FINAL THOUGHTS ON FRIDAY'S GAME, TIOGA FOOTBALL SEASON (2017-11-19)
The Tioga Tigers definitely exceeded my expectations for the 2017 season. Prior to the season, I forecast an 8-2 record and a loss to Sidney in the Section IV, Class D championship game.

I wasnít too far off in terms of record, but I was way off in terms of how good this team actually was. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 13 PICK: CAN TIOGA GET BACK TO STATE FINALS? (2017-11-17)

Tioga is one win away from a return trip to the Carrier Dome, and a crack at the programís second state title.

BUT, that one game ó this afternoon against Maple Grove at U-Eís Ty Cobb Stadium ó is going to be a tough one. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: TIOGA FOOTBALL BACK IN FAMILIAR POSITION ... END OF AN ERA FOR TIOGA VOLLEYBALL (2017-11-15)
Friday proved to be a familiar refrain for the Tioga football team.

For the sixth time in seven years, the Tigers won a regional championship. And, just like the first five times, they dismantled the Section III champion, this time Dolgeville in a not-as-close-as-it-looks 46-16 win.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 12 PICK ó†WILL TIOGA MAKE IT 6-FOR-6 IN CLASS D QUARTERFINALS? (2017-11-10)
For the sixth time in seven years, Tioga is playing for a berth in the New York State, Class D semifinals.

The Tigers  are 5-0 in quarter-final games. From 2011-15, they were the immoveable object and the irresistible force all wrapped into one for Section III opponents, outscoring them by an average of 49.6 to 21.2. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: TIOGA FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL ARE PROGRAMS TO EMULATE ... AND MORE (2017-11-06)
It was a pretty good weekend for Tioga sports with the Tiger football team returning to the top of the heap in Section IV, Class D, winning its sixth title in seven years, and Lady Tiger volleyball team winning its third title in a row, and fifth in six y ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 11 PICKS ó WILL FOOTBALL SEASON IN THE VALLEY END TONIGHT? (2017-11-03)
The remainder of the high school season, including tonightís Week 11 games, is win-or-go-home for the locals.

It begs the question, will any Valley teams be playing postseason football in Week 12? ...more

THE FINAL WORD: ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER ON THE SOCCER PITCH, TIOGA VOLLEYBALL, AND THE FIRST FOOTBALL PICK OF THE WEEKEND (2017-11-02)
For the second time in five nights, the Athens soccer community suffered a heart-wrenching defeat in the District 4 playoffs, this time a 1-0 loss by the boys in the Class AAA finals.
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