Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Freshman Kennedy Westbrook was something of an unknown commodity entering Waverly’s preseason practice, but turned out to be a major contributor on the soccer pitch for the Lady Wolverines, and is the 2019 Valley Sports Report Girls “Newcomer of the Fall.”
Westbrook, a bundle of energy who never seems to slow down, played tirelessly from end line to end line, and was a major facilitator in the Waverly offense.
She scored 14 goals and doled out 10 assists in her first varsity season, and was the VSR Girls Soccer “Newcomer of the Year.”
The “Super 7” Girls Newcomers of the Fall are:
Kennedy Westbrook, freshman, Waverly: See above.
Lea VanAllen, 8th-grader, Waverly: VanAllen utilized good speed and a strong leg to become a deadly finisher in the Lady Wolverine offense on the soccer pitch.
She lead Waverly with 20 goals, and also had two assists.
Emma Bronson, freshman, Athens: Bronson led the Lady Wildcats in every dual meet of the season, and was the VSR Girls Cross Country “Newcomer of the Year.”
Bronson finished fourth at Tom Koons Valley meet, 15th at McDaniel-Baxter Invite, 28th at Forbes Invitational, 33rd at Bob Greene Invitational, 42nd at Owego Invite, and 51st at the rugged McQuaid Invitational. She finished 34th at the District 4, Class AA Championships.
Jenny Ryan, freshman, Athens: Smooth and athletic, with a good head for the game, Ryan made an instant impact on the volleyball hardwoods for the Lady Wildcats, and was the VSR Volleyball “Newcomer of the Year.”
She had 86 service points, including 43 aces, 100 digs, 60 kills, 23 blocks, and 15 setter assists.
Gabriella Foley, sophomore, Tioga: A first-year soccer player, Foley quickly settled into the goalkeeper position, and helped the Lady Tigers to their best season since 2014.
Foley recorded 134 saves on the season, and the team posted a 4-8 record with her in net.
Aryan Peters, sophomore, Waverly: Playing libero, Peters improved as the season progressed, and played in 96 of the 99 sets the Lady Wolverines played in 2019.
She had 211 digs 13 service points, including six aces, and three assists.
Ally Thoman, freshman, Athens: Fast, heady, and scrappy, Thoman played valuable minutes for a Lady Wildcats team that won District 4 gold.
She scored one goal and dished out five assists this season.
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Kennedy Westbrook.
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