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Opinion

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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FROM THE PRESS BOX: THOUGHT ON TIOGA'S DOMINANCE AT STATES ... AND MORE ON POSTSEASON WRESTLING (2022-03-07)
I love my annual trips to Albany and Hershey for the state wrestling championships.

With Albany in the rear-view mirror, and Hershey looming just a few days away, I wanted to share a few thoughts.

Tioga coach Kr ...more

THE FINAL WORD: PA. NEEDS THE SHOT CLOCK; SAYRE BOYS IN PLAYOFF HUNT ... AND MUCH MORE (2022-02-10)
For the love of all that is good in the world — and I’m talking directly to PIAA officials — please institute a shot clock.
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THE FINAL WORD: TIOGA WRESTLING LOCOMOTIVE KEEPS ROLLING ... AND MUCH MORE (2022-02-07)
The Tioga wrestling locomotive kept rocketing forward Saturday, advancing all 14 of its wrestlers to Saturday’s Section IV, Division 2 Championships.
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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE WAVERLY-NOTRE DAME RIVALRY... AND MORE (2022-02-02)
Neither of the games were particularly competitive Tuesday night, but it wasn’t long ago that the Waverly-Notre Dame boys and girls basketball games were the best ticket in the area. ...more

THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON HISTORIC DAY FOR WAVERLY SWIMMING, AND A FEW HOOP STORYLINES (2022-02-01)
I’ve long said there are two sports — wrestling and swimming.— that require total dedication in order to be the best.
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THE FINAL WORD: AN IMPRESSIVE WEEKEND OF WRESTLING FOR STATE CHAMPS TIOGA, AND ATHENS (2021-01-31)
Saturday was quite a day for local wrestling fans.

Tioga was simply dominant in winning its first-ever New York State Duals title, while Athens had a tremendous showing, placing third at the rugged Bedford Tournament. ...more

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 ...more

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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