Valley Sports Report
TIOGA COUNTY — Tioga's Brady Worthing has been selected the 2019-20 Tioga County Male Athlete of the Year, topping some impressive competitors.
A three-sport standout, he was among the best athletes in the state on the gridiron and the mat — and might have also been on the diamond had the coronavirus pandemic not sidetracked his senior season.
While his exploits as one of the area's top quarterbacks brought plenty of attention, it was his play on defense that earned him state recognition. He was chosen a New York State Sportswriters Association Class D first-team defensive back. Worthing averaged 6.3 tackles per game, including 3.7 solo stops. He also snagged four interceptions, including one pick six, and had one fumble recovery.
Under center he led a vaunted Tigers effort which produced an 11-1 record. They won their eighth Section IV championship in the past nine seasons and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the state behind two-time champion Clymer / Sherman / Panama.
Worthing rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns on 87 carries (10.2-yard average), and went 36-for-70 passing (51.4 percent) for 520 yards with nine TDs with three interceptions.
He was also the team's kicker and punter. He went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and was 42-for-52 on extra point attempts. At one point in the season, before Tioga's regular long snapper suffered an injury, he made 31 of 35 PAT attempts.
Worthing also led the Tioga wrestling team to its second straight NYSPHSAA Division II team championship, fourth consecutive Section IV Division II team title, third straight Section IV Division II dual meet crown, third consecutive IAC Division I dual meet title and second IAC tournament championship in three years (the Tigers did not compete in 2019).
Individually, Worthing would advance to the finals of the state tournament for a third straight year, placing second while competing with an injured arm in his final bout. He posted a 45-1 record with eight tournament titles to his credit.
Worthing was also expected to be one of the leaders of Tioga's baseball team, but the defending Section IV Class C champs had their season wiped out by COVID-19.
COVID-19 robbed numerous spring athletes of their opportunity to shine, including several baseball, golf, tennis and track & field athletes who were among those being considered for the top athlete honor.
IN PHOTOS: Tioga's Brady Worthing. ... TIOGA COUNTY SPORTS REPORT STOCK PHOTOS.
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