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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' MILLER IS 'COACH OF THE WINTER' (2021-08-07)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens girls basketball coach Brian Miller has led the Lady Wildcats deep into the postseason in both his seasons at his alma mater, and is the 2020-21 Valley Sports Report “Coach of the Winter.”

Miller directed the Lady Wildcats to a 17-7 record in 2020-21, including a 54-42 win over Milton in the District 4, Class AAAA quarterfinals. The season ended in the semis with a 32-25 loss at Shamokin.

Athens is 39-12 under Miller the last two seasons.

2020-21 All-Valley Coaches of the Winter:
Brian Miller, girls basketball, Athens:
See above.

Bob Kelly, girls basketball, Waverly: Kelly directed the Lady Wolverines to an 11-2 record against a very tough schedule. The Lady Wolverines split their season series against Elmira and IAC powerhouse Newark Valley, swept Horseheads, and also added a win over Corning.

Kelly earned his 300th career win, and now has 304. He is 136-27 in eight seasons at Waverly.

Jim Lister, boys basketball, Athens:
In his first year on the Athens sidelines, Jim Lister directed the Wildcats to a 13-9 regular-season mark.

Athens tacked on a win over Lewisburg in the Class 4A quarterfinals, before bowing out of the postseason with a loss at Danville to finish at 14-10.

Lou Judson, boys basketball, Waverly:
Judson guided the Wolverines to an 8-4 record, with all four of their losses coming to Class AA schools — two to Horseheads, one to Elmira, and one to Corning.

Waverly was 8-0 against its IAC competition.

Shawn Bradley, wrestling, Athens:
Bradley advanced six wrestlers to Districts this season, and two — Gavin Bradley and junior Kaden Setzer — to the Northeast Regionals. Gavin Bradley went on to finished second in the state at 113 pounds.

The Wildcats finished 15-9 in dual meets this season, against some very tough non-league competition. In the NTL, Athens finished 7-1, and beat Wyalusing for the first time in 12 years.

Kris Harrington, wrestling, Tioga: The Tigers finished 6-0, and finished first in its season-ending round-robin tournament. Tioga had seven wrestlers with at least seven matches go unbeaten.

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