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Opinion

FROM THE PRESS BOX: TIOGA FOOTBALL, ATHENS' BRADLEY, SAYRE BASEBALL TOP 'BAKER'S DOZEN TOP STORIES OF 2021' (2022-01-01)
The first half of 2021 saw the return of high school sports in New York State, and PIAA's perseverance in giving the student-athletes every opportunity to have a somewhat normal season and a postseason.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST MONTH OF THE HIGH SCHOOL HOOP SEASON (2021-12-31)
The Valley Christmas Tournament marks the end of the first month of basketball season, and to this point, there have been some interesting results.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WHAT WE'VE SEEN TO THIS POINT IN THE WINTER SEASON — PART I (2021-12-29)
My New Year's Resolution is to offer up my observations and opinions on a more regular basis, like I use to, as we head into 2022.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLARING OMISSION IN OUR TOP COACHES LIST; 'LETTER TO SANTA' TOUCHES ON WRESTLING TOURNEY, SUPPORT FOR OFFICIALS ... AND MORE (2021-12-25)
The Sports Report recently recognized our All-Region teams for the fall sports. The student-athletes on those teams were from our coverage areas - 24 school districts in five counties....more

THE FINAL WORD: TIOGA'S STATE TITLE RUN WAS SIMPLY DOMINANT (2021-12-24)
It's not easy to win a state title, but Tioga kind of made it look that way.

If there's one word to describe Tioga's 2021 state title run, it was: dominance.
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THE FINAL WORD: PUTTING A BOW ON THE 2021 FALL SEASON (2021-12-05)
What a fall sports season, it's one that will be remembered for a long time.

Football was front and center, with all four Valley teams qualifying for the postseason.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2022 FOOTBALL SEASON (2021-12-04)
It was quite a season of high school football in the Valley.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: TIOGA, WAVERLY FOOTBALL TOP SUPER 7 'STORYLINES OF THE FALL' (2021-12-03)
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.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2022 VOLLEYBALL SEASON (2021-12-02)
Tioga made a run at the Class D championship to highlight the 2021 volleyball season in the Valley, while Athens and Waverly made early exits in the postseason, and Sayre's struggles continued.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: PIGSKIN PICKERS UNANIMOUSLY BEHIND TIOGA; MAJORITY LIKE CANTON, FORKS, M-E (2021-12-02)
It's championship weekend in New York State, with Tioga one win away from the second state title in program history. Section IV powers Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell also look to add to their historic totals.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLIMPSE INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL AT THE 2022 SOCCER SEASONS (2021-12-01)
The soccer scene in the Valley was a little barren with Sayre not able to field a boys or girls team in 2021. It could have been worse, however, if the Tioga boys hadn't pieced a team together to play a non-league schedule....more

THE FINAL WORD: TIOGA FOOTBALL — 'THE FAST AND THE PHYSICAL;" A LOOK BACK AT 'CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTIONS' (2021-11-27)
If I was to pen a Hollywood screenplay about the 2021 Tioga football Tigers, it would have to be titled "The Fast and The Physical," or perhaps, "Too Fast, Too Physical."
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: WITH THANKSGIVING DINNER DOWN, IT'S TIME TO GIVE THANKS (2021-11-26)
Thanksgiving.

It's a day set aside for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, carrots, more stuffing, more mashed potatoes, more gravy, apple pie, pumpkin pie, perhaps a piece of four-berry pie and, of course, whipped cream....more

FROM THE PRESS BOX: PIGSKIN PICKERS LIKE TIOGA, FORKS, M-E; SPLIT ON CANTON IN STATE PLAYOFFS (2021-11-25)
Tioga is just one away from playing for a state title, but that one game could be a very entertaining one against Oakfield-Alabama-Elba.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: PIGSKIN PICKERS NEARLY UNANIMOUS BEHIND TIOGA, SVEC, AND CANTON (2021-11-19)
Tioga and SVEC were crowned Section IV champs last weekend, while Canton won a District 4 title. Now, the games get even bigger as we go.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: PIGSKIN PICKERS PROGNOSTICATE ON POSTESEASON PLAY (2021-11-12)
Six Section IV football titles will be on the line this weekend, and Canton is playing for a District 4 title, while Troy is in action in the Class AA semifinals.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: POSTSEASON FOOTBALL IS UPON US — WIN OR GO HOME (2021-11-05)
It's that time of the year, postseason football - win or go home.

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FROM THE PRESS BOX: SAY WHAT? THIS IS THE END OF THE REGULAR SEASON? (2021-10-29)
It's hard to believe, but the regular season comes to a close tonight on both sides of the border.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: PIGSKIN PICKERS FORECAST ANOTHER MOSTLY-GOOD WEEK FOR VALLEY FOOTBALL TEAMS (2021-10-22)
It's Week 9 South of the Border, and Week 7 on the North side, and all four Valley teams are aiming to strengthen their postseason resumeS.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: PIGSKIN PICKERS FORECAST A MOSTLY-GOOD WEEKEND FOR VALLEY TEAMS (2021-10-15)
It's Week 8 South of the Border, and Week 6 on the North side, and there are three big games involving Valley teams tonight.

Waverly is on the road at Watkins Glen / O-M in a game to decide the Section IV, Division V title, while Tioga hosts Harpursville-Afton in a game with big Division VI title implications, and Athens hosts NTL large School-leading Canton. The six teams have a combined record of 32-3....more

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