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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly sophomore Micah Chandler qualified for the New York State Track & Field Championships in three events, and won the only state medal by a local athlete this spring. He is the 2022 Valley Sports Report Boys “Athlete of the Spring.”

Chandler won the 400-meter hurdles at the Section IV State Qualifier, then finished fifth in the event at the state meet.

He ran on Waverly’s winning 400- and 1,600-meter relays at the State Qualifier, but was injured running the hurdle event, and did not run in the relays at States.

Chandler also won the 400-meter hurdles, and ran on the winning 400- and 1,600-meter relays at the Class C Championships, and the IAC Championships.

The 2022 Super 7 Boys “Athletes of the Spring”
Micah Chandler, sophomore — track & field, Waverly:
See above.

Brayden Horton, senior — baseball, Sayre: 
Brayden Horton had a season for the ages at the plate. He hit .509 (28 hits in 55 ABs) with 40 runs scored, seven doubles, four triples, six home runs, and 33 RBI.

Horton walked 25 times (and struck out just six times) and was hit by a pitch nine times for a .674 on-base percentage. He had a slugging percentage of 1.109, and a staggering OPS of 1.783.

A slick-fielding catcher with a strong arm, teams only attempted six stolen bases against him on the season. He threw out one runner attempting to steal, and picked three off the bases.

So valued behind the plate, Horton only appeared on the mound once this season. He threw five shutout innings for the win, striking out 11, walking two and allowing just two hits.

Brayden Horton was the VSR Baseball “Player of the Year,” and “Offensive Player of the Year.”

Kayleb Bechy, junior — track & field, Waverly: Junior Kayleb Bechy gave track & field a try this spring for the first time, and by the end of the season found himself at the New York State Championships in two events.

Bechy finished second in the 100-meter dash at the Section IV State Qualifier to earn a trip to States, where he finished 20th in a personal-best time of 11.15 seconds.

Bechy won the 100-meter dash title at the Class C Championships, and was second in the 200-meter dash at the IAC Championships. He won the 100- and 200-meter sprints at the IAC South Large School Divisional meet

Bechy ran the opening leg on Waverly’s 400-meter relay team that won the IAC title, the Class C title, and won the gold at the Section IV State Qualifier. The relay finished 10th at States.

He was the VSR “Newcomer of the Spring.”

Lucas Horton, junior — baseball, Sayre: Lucas Horton was the best two-way baseball player in the Valley.

He hit .467 (28 hits in 60 ABs) with 35 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, two home runs, and 33 RBI. He walked 27 times and was hit by pitches twice for an on-base percentage of .620. He also had a .733 slugging percentage for an OPS of 1.353.

On the mound, Horton posted a 6-0 record with a 0.83 ERA. He fanned 67 and walked 13 in 42 1/3 innings, allowing only 33 hits. Opponents hit .200 against him.

He was the VSR “Pitcher of the Year.”

Jay Pipher, sophomore — baseball, Waverly:
Pipher was was 4-2 with a 0.88 ERA. He struck out 52 in 40 innings, and opponents hit .122 against him.

At the plate, Pipher hit .358 (24 hits in 67 ABs) with 23 runs scored, two doubles, one triple, 19 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. He walked 15 times and was hit by four pitches for a .500 on-base percentage, and a .918 OPS.

Evan Sickler, sophomore — golf, Tioga: Sickler had a nine-hole average of plus-8.1 strokes, which roughly translates to an 88.2 scoring average over 18 holes.

Sickler had a remarkably consistent season. He shot a season-best 42 in the season finale at the Tioga Golf Course, and four times shot rounds of 43.

He shot an 88 for fourth place at IAC Championships at Soaring Eagles, and shot a 94 at SUNY Delhi Course to finish ninth at Section IV, Class D Championships.

David Northrup, senior — baseball, Sayre:
Northrup hit .417 (25 hits in 60 ABs) with 28 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, one home run, and 31 RBI. He also walked 19 times and was hit by pitches four times for an on-base-percentage of .578, and an OPS of 1.128.

On the mound, Northrup was 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA. He fans 37 and walked 17 in 30 innings, allowing 21 hits, with opponents hitting .186 against him.


IN PHOTO: Waverly’s Micah Chandler.

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