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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Tioga takes the next step in defense of its New York State Class D football state title tonight, while Waverly freshman Mira Kittle will swim in preliminaries this morning at the New York State Swimming & Diving Championships.

New York State Playoffs
Class D Quarterfinals
Tioga (11-0) vs. Dolgeville (10-0), 5 p.m. @ Cicero-North Syracuse H.S.:
The Tigers are coming off a 42-14 win over Delhi in the Section IV, Class D championship game, while the Blue Devils topped Beaver River, 44-22, in the Section III title tilt.

Both teams were dominant in the regular season. Tioga outscored its opponents by an average of 46.2 to 11.4, while Dolgeville outscored its foes 42.8 to 9.7. Tioga averaged 378.3 yards in total offense per game, including 276.6 on the ground, while Dolgeville averaged 329.7 yards, with 262.7 yards per game coming on the ground.

These two programs are not strangers to each other. They have met three times previously in this round since 2011, with the Tigers winning all three.

In 2014, Tioga prevailed, 46-22, and in 2017, Tioga won 46-16. Last year, the Tigers rolled to a 50-12 win.

Tioga has won 10 of the last 11 Section IV, Class D titles, and has gone on to win all nine games in the state quarterfinals, winning by average of 49.2 to 15.5.

For a full preview of tonight’s game, click here.

New York State Swimming & Diving Championships, 10 a.m. @ the Webster Aquatic Center, Webster, N.Y.:
Mira Kittle became the first Waverly freshman to qualify for the state meet, and she did it in two events — the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Kittle established new school record in both events this season.

She is seeded 20th in the 50 free with a seed time of 24.53 seconds, and 31st in the backstroke with a seed time of 59.92.

The top 16 in each event advance to tomorrow’s championship (top eight) and consolation (9 through 16) finals.

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