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Opinion

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 5 PICKS — TWO OUT OF THREE FOR VALLEY TEAMS? (2022-09-23)
Football Friday is upon us, and all three Valley teams are in action under the lights on a Friday for the first time this season. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 4 PICKS — ANOTHER PERFECT WEEKEND FOR VALLEY FOOTBALL? (2022-09-16)
Week 4 of the high school football season is upon us, and a week after all three Valley teams were on the road, only Waverly is at home tonight.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 3 PICKS — LOOKS LIKE AOTHER BIG WEEKEND FOR VALLEY TEAMS (2022-09-09)
The high school football season rolls on with all three Valley teams on the road in Week 3 (Week 1 in N.Y. — Week 2 in Pa.)

Waverly makes the short trip East to the Tioga County seat to take on Owego tonight, while Athens travels to Wyalusing. On Saturday, Tioga is on the road to face arch-rival Newark Valley. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: WHAT DOES CRYSTAL BALL HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TIOGA, WAVERLY FOOTBALL IN 2022? (2022-09-02)
The New York State football season opens this weekend for teams that have Week Zero games, and fortunately for Valley fans, both Tioga and Waverly are on the schedule.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WEEK 2 PICKS — A CLEAN SWEEP FOR VALLEY TEAMS? (2022-09-02)
It’s Week 2 of the high school football season for Valley fans, but Week 1 in Pa., and Week Zero in N.Y. Don’t ask.

Athens opens a busy weekend of action tonight when it hosts Cowanesque Valley, then Tioga and Waverly play in a much-anticipated doubleheader Saturday at Memorial Stadium. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: ATHENS FOOTBALL IN THE CRYSTAL BALL, A PICK FOR TONIGHT'S GAME, AND THOUGHTS ON SAYRE FOOTBALL (2022-08-26)
Another football season is upon us, and it looks quite a bit different with the Lockhart Street Bowl set to sit idle on Friday nights. (More on that later.)
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: VALLEY SPORTS REPORT'S 14TH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL COVERAGE BEGINS TODAY (2022-08-15)
The 2021-22 high school sports year in the Valley, especially the fall and winter seasons, was one to remember, and this year could be unforgettable as well — and it all starts today. ...more

VALLEY SPORTS REPORT MARKS 13TH ANNIVERSARY (2022-08-10)
Thirteen years ago today, Valley Sports Report was born, and it’s been quite a ride.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: PUTTING A BOW ON AN INCREDIBLE 2021-22 SPORTS YEAR (2022-06-22)
The 2021-22 school year was one for the ages.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: TIOGA WRESTLING, FOOTBALL TOP 'BAKER'S DOZEN STORYLINES OF 2021-22' (2022-06-21)
I've talked about storylines in the past and how they normally come in one of four realms: the start of a storyline, the continuation of one, the likely culmination of one, or a storyline totally out of the blue. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: PUTTING A BOW ON THE 2021-22 SPRING SPORTS SEASON (2022-06-18)
It was great to have a normal spring. This group of seniors lost its sophomore season (2020) to Covid, and the seniors from Waverly and Tioga played a truncated season last year.

While dealing with the early-season frigid temperatures and snow flurries, and the rain later in the season was a little frustrating, it was normal for a spring season in the Northeast. It was normal, and there's a lot to be said for that these days. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2023 BASEBALL SEASON (2022-06-14)
It was another good year for Valley baseball teams, with all four qualifying for the postseason.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2023 SOFTBALL SEASON (2022-06-13)
Just two — Waverly and Tioga — of the four Valley softball teams qualified for the playoffs in 2022, and only Tioga managed a win — two actually — in the postseason. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: PUTTING A BOW ON A MEMORABLE 2021-22 WINTER SPORTS SEASON (2022-03-27)
Somehow, the winter sports seasons just keep getting better.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WRESTLING DOMINATES 'SUPER 7 STORYLINES' OF INCREDIBLE WINTER SEASON (2022-03-26)
The 2021-22 winter sports season was one for the record books — from the wrestling mats to the basketball hardwoods to the swimming pool, records were broken, milestones were hit, and state titles were won. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2022-23 WRESTLING SEASON (2022-03-25)
It was an incredible wrestling season in the Valley.

Athens senior Gavin Bradley achieved a longtime goal of winning PIAA gold, while Tioga had seven state medalists, including a pair of state champs in sophomores Gianni Silvestri and Ousmane Duncanson, a pair of runners-up in sophomore Caden Bellis, and junior Donovan Smith, and a third-place finisher in 8th-grader Jayden Duncanson. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2022-23 BOYS BASKETBALL SEASON (2022-03-24)
All four Valley boys basketball teams qualified for the playoffs, but it was Athens that stole the postseason spotlight.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2022-23 GIRLS HOOP SEASON (2022-03-23)
The 2021-22 girls basketball season in the Valley was definitely a story of ups and downs.

As in two programs in an upward trajectory, and two programs that failed to reach the postseason, including one that, hopefully, hit rock bottom. ...more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: ATHENS' BRADLEY REACHES HIS GOAL ... THOUGHTS ON BURKHART AND COURTNEY (2022-03-18)
Athens senior Gavin Bradley has had one goal in mind since he stepped on the varsity wrestling mat as a freshman — win a state title.
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THE FINAL WORD: HISTORY MADE BY ATHENS BOYS, WAVERLY SWIMMERS ... AND MORE (2022-03-09)
One of the reasons I love my job is that I’m constantly seeing something I’ve never seen before. Things most people have never seen before.
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