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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' FAUVER BOYS 'PLAYER OF YEAR' — TIOGA'S KLOSSNER, WAVERLY'S MITCHELL TOP 'NEWCOMERS," AND WAVERLY'S SUTRYK TOP DEFENDER (4 PHOTOS) (2015-03-10)

By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Senior Brandon Fauver will leave Athens as a 1,000-point scorer and as Valley Sports Report’s 2014-15 boys basketball “Player of the Year.”

A deadly 3-point shooter throughout his career, Fauver became more adept each of his four varsity seasons taking the ball to the hole and pulling up for mid-range jumpers.

 While he could hurt you in any number of ways on the offensive end, he was a sound defender as well.

Fauver averaged 17 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game, while knocking down 40 3-pointers on the season.

It was a tumultuous 2014-15 season on the boys hardwoods.

A promising season for Sayre was derailed early by a season-ending injury to two-time Valley Sports Report “Player of the Year” Nate Williams, who is a three-time member of the “Super 7,” and Marshall Higley, a “Super 7” selection last year.

Off-the-court issues cost Waverly the service of three players late in the season and likely contributed to the Wolverines’ three-game losing streak to end the season.

With Higley and Williams sidelined for the majority of the season, this year’s “Super 7” contains six new names with Fauver the only player on the list to repeat.

Tioga freshman Nick Klossner and Waverly junior Jeff Mitchell are the 2014-15 “Co-Newcomers of the Year.

Klossner was forced into a starting role at the point guard due to illness and never relinquished the responsibilities. He is quick, sees the floor exceptionally well and is posed beyond his years. It also appears he’ll be one of the better defenders in the area as well.

A newbie to the Waverly program, Mitchell went from the fourth guard to start the season to the team’s leading scorer over its final six games. Quick, extremely athletic and an explosive leaper, he was nearly unstoppable going to the hole and showed he could knock down the 3-pointer.

Waverly sophomore Garrett Sutryk is Valley Sports Report’s 2014-15 “Defender of the Year.

Sutryk was always tasked with guarding the opposition’s best perimeter player and was generally a shut-down defender. He’s quick and strong and uses both to his advantage.

The 2014-15 “Super 7” is as follows:

Brandon Fauver, senior, Athens: See above.

Peyton Miller, junior, Waverly: Very quick and very strong, Miller hit 3-pointers in bunches at times, but also showed the ability to hit the floater in the lane, while also handling the point guard duties. He was also a tireless defender.

Garrett Sutryk, sophomore, Waverly: A top-notch defender, Sutryk is smooth on the offensive end and can score and distribute with equal aplomb. He is on the best all-around players in the area.

Nick Sweet, senior, Sayre: With injuries to Williams and Higley, Sweet was forced to become the go-to guy offensively and handle the job fairly well. If there was a “hustle award,” Sweet would get it as ever stopped moving on either end of the floor.

Austin Lister, junior, Athens: Lister started the season of fire with several double-doubles, including a pair of 20-rebound games. He’s grown into a big man’s body, but he still plays like a guard at times with the ability to shoot the 3-pointer and slash to the hole.

Jeff Mitchell, junior, Waverly: See above.

John Dougherty, senior, Tioga: Dougherty was Tioga’s most consistent scorer for the last two seasons. He can knock down  the 3-pointer and is good in transition.

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Nick Klossner, freshman, Tioga:
See above.

Jeff Mitchell, junior, Waverly: See above

Jordan Rockwell, freshman, Sayre: Extremely quick, Rockwell hit some big shots in his limited time on the floor for the Redskins this season. He’s going to be a mainstay on the floor for the next few years.

Zach VanHouten, sophomore, Waverly: Long and athletic, VanHouten was a solid contributor for the Wolverines this season. He’s going to make a much bigger impact next season.

Gavin Stein, freshman, Athens: Possession a high basketball IQ and a fire in his game, Stein gave the Athens backcourt valuable minutes down the stretch this season. He’ll be a mainstay there for the next three years.

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Garrett Sutryk, sophomore, Waverly:
See above.

Joe Moyer, junior, Athens: Long and athletic for his 6-5 frame, Moyer led the Valley in blocked shots and likely in altering shots as well.

Nick Sweet, senior, Sayre: A non-stop whirlwind of activity, Sweet was at the heart of Sayre’s improved defense this season.

Tyler Forbes, senior, Athens: Another player who sacrifice offense to defend against the opposition’s top scorer, Forbes used quickness and strength to defend on the perimeter.

Marcos Velazquez, senior, Sayre:
Very athletic, Velazquez used his quickness to his benefit in the low-post and led the Redskins in blocked shots.

FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2015-16
Nate Sweet, freshman, Sayre:
With graduation taking a toll on the Redskins, Sweet will have ample opportunity to shine and with his skills and determination, he could be their leading scorer next year.

Jalen Powers, freshman, Sayre: Again, Powers will get plenty of court time to prove his worth. He has good hands and feet for his size and could blossom into a low-post presence for the Redskins.

Matt VanHouten, freshman, Waverly: Like his brother, VanHouten is long and athletic and score on the inside and from the outside. He’ll have to earn his time on a loaded Waverly team, but he appears to be up for the challenge.

Ethan Lane, freshman, Athens:
He saw limited playing time as a freshman, but showed he’ll be a major contributor and with graduation taking a toll in the backcourt, his time appears to be next year.

Connor Hutchinson, sophomore, Tioga:
The Tigers lose a lot to graduation and Hutchinson was the top scorer on the JV team. He can shoot and is not afraid to go to the bucket. He should contribute immediately.

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IN PHOTO 1: Athens' Brandon Fauver. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly's Jeff Mitchell. IN PHOTO 3: Tioga's Nick Klossner. IN PHOTO 4: Waverly's Garrett Sutryk defends against Notre Dame's Darius Garvin. ... VSR STOCK PHOTOS.


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