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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Freshman Kennedy Westbrook made an immediate impact at Waverly, helping both the Lady Wolverine soccer and basketball teams to the postseason, and earning the 2019-20 Valley Sports Report Girls “Newcomer of the Year.”

On the soccer pitch, 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,” and the “Newcomer of the Fall.”

Westbrook, a hard-nosed defender, was a constant source of energy for the Lady Wolverines on both ends of the basketball court. She was the VSR girls basketball “Newcomer of the Year.”

She averaged 10 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds per game.

The remainder of the Super 7 Girls Newcomers of the Year 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,” and “Newcomer of the Winter.”

She 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.

During the fall, Williams saw limited action on Athens’ District 4, Class AAAA soccer team. She scored one goal.

Emma Roe, junior, Athens: Roe, who consistently earned first-place points in dual meets during the regular season, finished fourth at the District 4 Diving Championships with 314.6 points. She also won the NTL Diving Championships with 160.85 points.

She was the VSR girls “Diver of the Year.”

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 led 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.

Ally Thoman, freshman, Athens: This winter, Thoman was a consistent points-winner for the Lady Wildcats in the pool.

Thoman swam on Athens’ gold-medal 200-yard medley relay at the NTL Championships, and finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke. She swam on a seventh-place relay, and finished 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke at the District 4 meet.

In the fall, Thoman, who is fast, heady, and scrappy, played valuable minutes for a Lady Wildcats soccer team that won District 4 gold. She scored one goal and dished out five assists on the season.

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