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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' SULLIVAN TOPS SUPER 7 AS FEMALE 'ATHLETE OF THE SPRING' (2021-08-14)

Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Harley Sullivan capped a brilliant softball career with a tremendous season, leading the Lady Wildcats to the District 4, Class 4A semifinals. She is the 2021 Valley Sports Report Female “Athlete of the Spring.”

A tremendous all-around player,  Sullivan hit .569 (37 hits in 65 at-bats) with 10 doubles, two triples, three home run, 21 RBI, 39 runs scored, and three stolen bases.

Sullivan also drew 23 walks and had a .682 on-base percentage, to go along with a .923 slugging percentage, and an impressive 1.605 OPS.

A virtual brick wall at the dish, Sullivan allowed only a handful of passed balls this season, and used a strong arm to slow down the opposition’s run game.

She was the VSR Softball “Player of the Year,” and “Defensive Player of the Year.”

Super 7 Male Athletes of Spring:
Harley Sullivan, senior, Athens:
See above.

Kindra Wessels, senior, Tioga: Wessels led the Lady Tigers in the pitcher’s circle, and at the plate.

In the circle, Wessels was 9-4 with a 2.98 ERA. She struck out 116 and walked 24 in 94 innings. Opposing batters hit .234 against her.

Wessels hit a team-high .583, and led the team with 35 hits (in 60 ABs), eight doubles, four home runs, 12 stolen bases, and 32 runs scored. She was second the team with three triples, and 29 RBI. She had a 1,017 slugging percentage, and a 1,649 OPS.

She was the “Pitcher of the Year.”

Julia Walsh, junior, Tioga:
Walsh turned in a strong postseason, including three medals at the Section IV Showcase,

Walsh finished third in the 400-meter hurdle, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles, and sixth in the pole vault at the Section IV Showcase.

To get to the Showcase, Walsh won the 400-meter hurdles, placed second in the 100-meter hurdles, and was fifth in the pole vault at the Class C Championships. She also ran on a fourth-place 400-meter relay.

At the IAC Championships, Walsh won a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles, a silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles, and a fourth-place medal in the pole vault. She also collected three wins at the IAC South Small School Divisional meet, winning the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, and running on the winning 400-meter relay team.

She was the Track & Field “Athlete of the Year.”

Audrey Hatch, senior, Athens: A versatile defender, Hatch hit .465 (40 hits in 86 ABs) with four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI, 39 runs scored and seven stolen bases.

She had a .477 on-base percentage and a .616 slugging percentage for a 1.093 OPS.

Aubrey Ennis, junior, Waverly: A powerhouse at the plate, Ennis led the Lady Wolverines in nearly every category at the plate. She hit a team-leading .475, and led the team with 29 hits (61 at-bats), seven doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI, an .836 on-base percentage, and a 1.385 OPS. She also scored 18 runs and stole two bases.

She was the “Offensive Player of the Year.”

Caydence Macik, junior, Athens: A tremendous all-around athlete with a powerful swing, Macik hit .500 (27 hits in 54 ABs) with five doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 33 RBI, 27 runs scored and two stolen bases.

She also drew 11 walks for a .585 on-base percentage, to go along with a 1.018 slugging percentage, and a 1.603 OPS.

Mya Thompson, freshman, Athens:  Athens freshman Mya Thompson placed in four events at the District 4 Championships

Thompson placed sixth in the triple jump, and sixth in the long jump at Districts, and also ran on a pair of fifth-place relays — the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events.

Thompson won a silver medal in the in the long jump at the NTL Coaches Invite, and was eighth in the triple jump. She also ran on a pair of gold-medal relays — the 400- and 1,600-meter events.

She was the Track & Field “Newcomer of the Year,” and the “Newcomer of the Spring.”

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IN PHOTO: Athens’ Harley Sullivan.

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