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THIS WEEK (2017-03-05)

WINTER SEASON IS COMPLETE.

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2016-17 WINTER SPORTS COACHES (2017-03-25)
BASEBALL — BOB SEYMOUR

SOFTBALL — KIM PESESKY

TRACK & FIELD — ERIC GUTIERREZ

BOYS GOLF — JOSH ROBINSON
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2017 TIOGA BASEBALL SCHEDULE (2017-03-25)
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2017 TIOGA SOFTBALL SCHEDULE (2017-03-25)
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2017 TIOGA BOYS & GIRLS TRACK SCHEDULE (2017-03-25)
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2017 TIOGA BOYS GOLF SCHEDULE (2017-03-25)
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: ATHENS' COURTNEY, LADY REDSKINS TOP "SUPER 7 STORYLINES" OF WINTER SEASON (2017-03-25)
I’ve 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.

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WRESTLING: TIOGA'S WORTHING EARNS ALL-AMERICAN STATUS AT HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS — WILL WRESTLE FOR 7TH PLACE SUNDAY (2017-03-25)
Valley Sports Report
VIRGINIA BEACH — Tioga’s John Worthing has secured All-American status and will wrestle for seventh place here Sunday in the 106-pound sophomore division at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals.
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WRESTLING: TIOGA'S THREE FRESHMEN ELIMINATED AT HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS (2017-03-25)
Valley Sports Report
VIRGINIA BEACH — Tioga’s three freshmen — Jacob Welch, Brady Worthing, and David MacWhinnie — each won at least one match this morning before being eliminated at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals.
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S JUDSON, SAYRE'S SHAY 2016-17 TOP "NEWCOMERS OF THE WINTER" (2017-03-25)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly sophomore sharpshooter Gavin Judson, and Sayre freshman distance ace Jillian Shay put together stellar initial varsity campaigns and have been recognized as the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report Male and Female “Newcomers of the Winter.
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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

WRESTLING: TIOGA'S WORTHING ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS AT HIGH SCHOOL NATIONALS — FIVE TEAMMATES ALIVE IN WRESTLEBACKS (2017-03-24)
Valley Sports Report
VIRGINIA BEACH — Tioga sophomore John Worthing was 4-0 here Friday to advance to the quarterfinals in the 106-pound sophomore division at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals.
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YOUTH BASKETBALL: TIOGA'S JONES ADVANCES TO STATE FINALS IN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIPS (2017-03-24)
Valley Sports Report
SYRACUSE — Tioga’s Lauren Jones won the Knights of Columbus regional free-throw shooting championship here Saturday at Bishop Ludden High School to advance to the state competition at West Point in April. ...more

VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' COURTNEY REPEATS AS "WRESTLER OF YEAR" — TIOGA'S TAYLOR, WAVERLY'S GATES ALSO EARN "SUPER 7" HONORS (2017-03-24)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — A year ago, Brian Courtney made history by beating three defending state champions en route to his first PIAA state title.

This year, the Athens senior made history again, albeit on a smaller scale, by becoming his school’s first two-time state champion, earning him the title of Valley Sports Report “Wrestler of the Year" for the second consecutive year ...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 there’s a great deal of room for improvement next season for three of the four.
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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: TIOGA GRAD WOOD TOSSES FOUR INNINGS OF SHUTOUT RELIEF FOR ST. BONAVENTURE (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Tioga grad Sam Wood, a freshman on the St. Bonaventure softball team, pitched four scoreless innings in a 5-0 loss to Youngstown State here Thursday afternoon in collegiate softball action.
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S BODINE HEADLINES BOYS BASKETBALL SUPER 7 AS "PLAYER OF YEAR" — JUDSONS, SUTRYK ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Hunter Bodine was the key cog in the best two-year stretch in more than 60 years of the storied history of the Wolverines’ program to repeat as the Valley Sports Report boys basketball “Player of the Year.”
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAO HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS "MALE SWIMMER OF YEAR" — WAVERLY'S WHEELER TOP NEWCOMER (2017-03-23)
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THE VALLEY — Athens senior Jeff Gao swam in two events at the PIAA meet and set school records in both to earn Valley Sports Report’s 2016-17 “Male Swimmer of the Year” honors.
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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 couldn’t 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

VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S NITTINGER EARNS TOP HONOR ON GIRLS BASKETBALL "SUPER 7" — SPARDUTI, TRACY, MANWARING ALSO EARN HONORS (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — In a banner year for girls basketball in the Valley, Waverly junior Elle Nittinger is the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report “Player of the Year.”
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S WOODCOCK, CANFIELD EARN TOP HONORS IN 2016-17 BOWLING "SUPER 7" (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Tim Woodcock was on top of his game the entire season and was a driving force in the Wolverines’ first Section IV title since 2012, earning 2016-17 “Bowler of the Year” honors in the process. ...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 program’s first-ever District 4 title, and the first state playoff win in program history. ...more

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: TIOGA GRAD VERGASON'S FRESHMAN SEASON AT KEUKA OFF TO GOOD START (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Tioga grad Brittany Vergason, a freshman on the Keuka softball team, is off to a good start in his her first collegiate campaign.
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ON TAP TODAY: SAYRE GIRLS FINALLY SET TO PLAY "SWEET 16" GAME — DAY 2 OF BOYS SWIMMING STATE MEET (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — It appears Sayre will finally get on the court tonight to take on District 12 champion West Catholic of Philadelphia in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs, while the boys swim season comes to an end with Athens senior Jeff Gao and Sayre junior Caleb McClelland in action at the PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell. ...more

YOUTH BASKETBALL: TRIO OF VALLEY SHOOTERS WIN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE-THROW CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONAL TITLE — ADVANCE TO REGIONALS (2017-03-16)
Valley Sports Report
ROCHESTER — Three Valley youngsters won the sectional round of The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships here Saturday and advance to Regionals in Syracuse later this month.

Tioga’s Lauryn Jones and Athens’ Jase Babcock and Mason Lister will compete in Syracuse for a chance to participate in the State competition at West Point in April. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: ON BRIAN COURTNEY AND A SPECIAL GROUP OF SENIORS ... AND MORE (2017-03-13)
During the last four wrestling seasons, I’ve 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