Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — If the Waverly girls basketball team was to be successful this season, junior Sidney Tomasso would need to shoulder much of the load. She came up aces, leading the Lady Wolverines to a 15-5 season and the Section IV, Class B quarterfinals, and is the 2019-20 girls “Athlete of the Winter” season.
Tomasso, who is a heady defender, created easy points for herself and her teammates in transition, was an aggressive defender in the man-to-man and zone defenses.
Tomasso can score with equal aplomb from behind the 3-point arc, with the mid-range jumper, or taking the ball to the hoop. She also showed a nose for the ball on the boards as well.
Tomasso averaged a Valley-best 19.8 points and 6 rebounds per game, as well as 4 assists and 4 steals per game. She made 48 3-pointers on the season, and shot 85 percent from from the free-throw line.
The remainder of the “Super 7 Girls Athletes of the Winter” season are:
Taegan Williams, freshman, Athens: Williams won four medals at the District 4 Swimming & Diving Championships, and was named the VSR girls “Swimmer of the Year,” “Newcomer of the Year,” and the girls “Newcomer of the Winter.”
Williams won the bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle at the District 4 Championships in a school-record time of 5:34.15. She finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:06.61. She also swam on a pair of medal-winning relays at Districts.
At the NTL Championships, Williams won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:02.31, and was third in the 200-yard freestyle. She also swam on a pair of gold-medal relays.
Kayleigh Miller, junior, Athens: A heady player, Miller made teams pay when they gave her even a glimpse of an open look.
She averaged 12.8 points per game, including a Valley-best 70 3-pointers, as well as 3.2 steals, and 2.6 assists per game.
Jillian Shay, senior, Sayre: Shay, who had the best time on the Lady Redskins in four different events, finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle at the District 4 Championships in a personal-best time of 2:05.33. She also finished seventh in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:39.69.
At the NTL Championships, Shay won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:06.81. She finished second in the 500-yard freestyle.
Sheridan Talada, senior, Waverly: Talada put her name in the WHS record book three times early this season, but her season was derailed by an injury that hampered her after the New Year’s break.
She had three top-four finishes to help Waverly to first-ever Section IV Indoor Track & Field, Division 2 team title. She finished second in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:47.4, was fourth in the 1,500-meter run in 5:05.26, and ran on the first-place 3,200-meter relay team.
In December, Talada set school records in the 1,500-meter run (4:55.45) and the 3,000-meter run (10:36.09), She also teamed with fellow seniors Melina Ortiz, Cora Smith, and Elizabeth Fritzen to set a school-record in the distance medley relay in a time of 13:00.29 — breaking the previous record set in 2000 by more than 19 seconds.
Melina Ortiz, senior, Waverly: Ortiz had three top-five finishes to help Waverly to first-ever Section IV Indoor Track & Field, Division 2 team title. She placed third in the 300-meter dash in 43.83 seconds, fourth in the 55-meter dash in 7.68 seconds, and fifth in the 600-meter run in a time of 1:44.1.
At the State Qualifier, Ortiz finished third in the 55-meter dash in 7.62 seconds, and fourth in the 200-meter dash in 44.0 seconds.
Early in the season, Ortiz teamed with fellow seniors Sheridan Talada, Cora Smith, and Elizabeth Fritzen to set a school-record in the distance medley relay in a time of 13:00.29 — breaking the previous record set in 2000 by more than 19 seconds.
Victoria Houseknecht, freshman, Waverly: Victoria Houseknecht logged the third-highest average in the IAC at 176.1.
She posted the high series in IAC this year with a 649 and the high game with a 279.
IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Sidney Tomsso.
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