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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Only an 8th-grader, Waverly’s Joey Tomasso was a major contributor at the two of the toughest positions in sports — quarterback and point guard — and is the 2019-20 Valley Sports Report Boys “Newcomer of the Year.”

Poised beyond his years, with a quick release and an accurate arm, Tomasso led the Wolverines to a 4-5 record on the gridiron against rugged competition in Section IV, Class B.

Tomasso threw for 1,307 yards and 10 TDs, with eight interceptions. He completed 49.5 percent (110 of 222) of his throws.

On the hardwoods, Tomasso did a good job running the Wolverine offense, and knocked down some big shots in his first varsity season.

He averaged 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, and  made 24 3-pointers on the season.

Tomasso started at second base for the varsity baseball team as a 7th-grader.

He was the VSR All-Valley Football “Newcomer of the Year.”

The remainder of the Super 7 Boys Newcomers of the Year are:

Mason Lister, freshman, Athens: A strong-armed quarterback, Lister improved as the season went on. He threw for 1,273 yards and 11 TDs, with nine interceptions. He also ran for five TDs.

On the hardwoods, Lister can handle the ball, shoot the 3, take the ball to the bucket, and hit the boards. He is also a strong defender.

He averaged 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, and knocked down 23 3-pointers this season.

The cancellation of the spring season prevented Lister from being a three-sport breakout performer.

Lucas Horton, freshman, Sayre: In the fall, Horton impacted the Redskins in all three phases of the game.

Offensively, he hauled in 11 receptions for 248 yards (team-high 22.5 yards per catch) and three TDs. As back-up QB, he was 3-for-6 for 36 yards and one TD, and ran for 76 yards and one TD on 12 carries. Defensively, he averaged 1.6 tackles per game.

VSR’s first-team All-Valley punter, Horton averaged 33.5 yards per punt on 29 attempts, with five punts being downed inside the 20.

This winter, Horton made the most of his time on the basketball court, scoring from the perimeter and in transition.  He averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, and canned nine 3-pointers on the season.

The cancellation of the spring season kept Horton from playing baseball, which is likely his best sport.

Dom Fabbri, sophomore, Sayre: An athletic all-around player, Fabbri scored taking the ball to the bucket, and from behind the 3-point arc, as well as creating easy scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates with his defense.

Fabbri averaged 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, and knocked down 35 3-pointers this season.

He was the VSR boys basketball “Newcomer of the Year.”

Sloan Manuel, junior, Tioga: After stepping away from the gridiron for 1 1/2 seasons, Manuel returned for his junior season and made an immediate impact for the Tigers.

A hard-hitting linebacker, Manuel was second on the Tioga team with 7.4 tackles per game, including 2.1 solo stops per game, and six tackles-for-losses on the season. He also had one QB sack.

Offensively, Manuel proved to be an effective lead-blocker, while running for 145 yards and one TD on just 32 carries. He also had three catches for 58 yards and one TD.

Manuel was the VSR Football “Defensive Newcomer of the Year.”

Jake Courtney, freshman, Athens: Courtney finished his first varsity season with a 13-9 record. He placed third at the North Section Tournament to advance to the District 4 Championships.

During the regular season, Courtney finished fifth at the Oneonta Rotary Tournament, including two wins over New York State qualifier T.J. O’Connor of Cooperstown.

He was the VSR wrestling “Newcomer of the Year.”

Gavin Godfrey, sophomore, Tioga: Godfrey finished fifth on the Tioga team in tackles with 61 (5.1 per game), and also recorded two fumble recoveries, one interception, and several pass break-ups. Offensively, he carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards, and had one reception for 46 yards.

On the hardwoods, Godfrey was a hard-nosed and physical defender. Offensively, he could knock down the open jumper, and score in transition.


IN PHOTO: Joe Tomasso.

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