ATHENS BLANKS WELLSBORO, 2-0

ATHENS BLANKS WELLSBORO, 2-0

September 27, 2021 Tim Birney

WELLSBORO — Senior Hannah Walker scored one goal, and assisted on the other to lead Athens to a 2-0 win over Wellsboro here Monday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action.

With the win, Athens improves to 4-0 in league play, and leads the NTL by 1 game over Wyalusing.

Overall, the Lady Wildcats are 5-4, with losses to Vestal, Fayetteville-Manlius, and New Hartford, as well as a 6-1 loss at Shikellamy Saturday.

Athens coach Rich Pitts said his team’s tough non-league slate paid dividends in the win.

“I thought we had good possession, and our build-up was pretty good,” he said. “And, I thought our speed of play was better because of the tough games we’ve been playing.

“We came out today after a tough game Saturday, but the speed of play for us was on, and I thought that showed through for the whole match,” added Pitts.

Athens took the lead in the 8th minute when Walker drove toward the end line, and sent a pass into the box, where junior Alli Thoman one-touched it past the Wellsboro keeper.

“We talked about wanting to test (Wellsboro) down the flank a little bit,” said Pitts. “And, we switched our formation from what we played them last time. We played a 4-4-2 last time, and today went back to a 4-5-1.

“We got into space, and Hannah (Walker) was able to beat the girl around the corner,” added Pitts. “She picked her head up and Alli (Thoman) made a great driving run to it, got her foot on it, and knocked it in. It was a great goal.”

With 6:11 remaining in the first half, Walker drove home a free kick from just outside the 18 to make it 2-0.

“That’s Walker’s third free kick goal,” said Pitts. “I would have liked it a little farther to the far post, but it was a good stiff hit. It was a nice goal.”

Athens had a 13-4 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Pitts paid props to Wellsboro keeper Lilly Abadi, who had 11 saves.

“Last time we played them, we had a lot of good chances, but we weren’t clinical enough in front of the net and put balls on the frame,” said Pitts. “We talked about it on the bus ride here, that we had to test (Abadi) … I thought she stood on her head tonight.

“They play good defense in front of her,” added Pitts. “They’re very courageous and throw their bodies in front of ball so things don’t get to her, but when things get to her, she’s good. She had a great game tonight."

Athens travels to Towanda tonight.

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ATHENS RIDES BIG SECOND HALF TO 5-0 WIN OVER NEB

ATHENS RIDES BIG SECOND HALF TO 5-0 WIN OVER NEB

September 27, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens scored four goals in the second half to pull away from Northeast Bradford in a 5-0 win here Monday afternoon in NTL boys soccer action.

With the win, the Wildcats improve to 4-1 in league play, and knock the Panthers, now 3-1-1 in the NTL, from the ranks of the unbeaten. Wellsboro leads the league with a 4-0-1 record.

After more than 28 minutes of scoreless action to start the game, senior Daniel Horton put the Wildcats on the board with 10:30 remaining in the first half.

Senior Mason Hughey made it 2-0 with 27:10 remaining in the contest, and junior Brayden Post scored to up the lead to 3-0 about eight minutes later.

With 14:05 remaining, senior Tucker Brown gave Athens a 4-0 lead, and Hughey capped the scoring with 9:23 left in the game.

Athens had a 13-4 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

Grant Liechty recorded three saves for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 5-4 overall, travels to Corning Tuesday.

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SHIK KNOCKS OFF ATHENS, 6-1

SHIK KNOCKS OFF ATHENS, 6-1

September 25, 2021 Tim Birney

SUNBURY, Pa. — Athens took the early lead, but Shikellamy scored three quick goals late in the first half, then three more late in the game on its way to a 6-1 win here Saturday afternoon in non-league girls soccer action.

“The first half of both halves we played really well and we were ahead early,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “But we made some mistakes and it continues to cost us goals against the good teams.

“Compare this weekend to last weekend though, and we are stringing longer periods of good play together as we head toward league play and districts,” added Pitts.

Freshman Addison Wheeler collected a rebound off a hard shot, and gave Athens an early 1-0 lead, but Shik’s Averi Dodge scored the first of her four goals in the 17th minutes to tie the game.

Wiley Egan scored about five minutes later, and Dodge scored again in the 29th minute to give the Lady Braves a 3-1 lead it would carry into the intermission.

With 16 minutes remaining in the game, Dodge finished off her hat trick to make it 4-1.

McKenna Zellers scored three minutes later for Shik, and Dodge capped the scoring with 5 minutes remaining in the contest.

Shik had an 18-4 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

Junior Karlee Bartlow recorded 12 saves in net for the Lady Wildcats.

Athens, now 4-4, returns to action Monday at Wellsboro.

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ATHENS GIRLS, BOYS TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCES AT OWEGO INVITATIONAL

ATHENS GIRLS, BOYS TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCES AT OWEGO INVITATIONAL

September 25, 2021 Tim Birney

OWEGO — Freshman Sara Bronson and junior Emma Bronson finished 3-4 in the girls race, and senior Matt Gorsline and junior Ethan Denlinger each finished in the top 10 in the boys race to pace the Athens contingent here Saturday morning in the Large School race at the Owego Cross Country Invitational.

GIRLS
Sara Bronson clocked in 20:18.1, and Emma Bronson finished in 20:56.6, well off the pace of Bainbridge-Guilford / Afton / Harpursville standout Ethne Degan, who won in a time of 19:20.5, and runner-up, Owego 8th-grader Jaelyn Chrysler, who finished in 19:37.5.

Sophomores Cailyn Conklin (27:20.7), and Emily Henderson (27:25.4) finished 36th and 37th, respectively, for the Lady Wildcats, who did not field enough runners for a complete team.

BOYS
Gorsline finished fifth in 17:24.3, and Denlinger was seventh in 17:47.7 to lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the team standings.

Again competing without their top runner (senior Kyle Anthony), the Wildcats finished with 92 placement points. Vestal won the team title with 38 points, and Binghamton was second with 68.

Freshman Carter Lewis was 22nd for the Wildcats i 19:11.9, while junior Nate Prickitt was 39th in 19:29.6, and freshman Ethan Hicks (19:36.7) and senior Izaak Hobday (19:41.4) were 33rd nd 34th, respectively. Senior Sander Bertsch was 42nd in 20:01.6.

JV BOYS

Freshman Aiden Oldroyd finished 14th in the JV race in a field of 56 runners  in a time of 21:46.7, while senior Brendan Jones was 17th in 22:01.2, and freshman Pierce Oldroyyd was 25th in 23:39.8.

Freshman Lohith Kinthala was 48th in 29:34.7.

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ATHENS RIDES FAST START TO 46-6 ROUT OF WYALUSING

ATHENS RIDES FAST START TO 46-6 ROUT OF WYALUSING

September 24, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens scored on all seven of its first-half possessions en route to a 44-0 halftime lead, and a 46-6 win over Wyalusing here Friday night in NTL Large School Division football action at Alumni Stadium.

The Wildcats led 14-0 less than five minutes into the contest.

“We talked about starting fast,” said Athens coach Jack Young. “We wanted to do some no-huddle stuff, and play fast.

“We did exactly what we wrote up.

“We took a little bit of a beating up front last week, and we didn’t execute real well on either side of the ball,” noted Young.

“Our goal this week was to be 1-0 and to execute better,” he added. “I think we did that.”

After forcing Wyalusing into a three-and-out, Athens took over at its 45 on its first possession of the night.

Senior tailback Shayne Reid carried the ball four times for 27 yards, and caught a 9-yard pass from junior QB Mason Lister to move the ball to the Wyalusing 17.

Reid then bobbed-and-weaved his way through the Ram defense on a 17-yard TD run, then added the extra point to make it 7-0 with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter.

Things went from bad to worse on Wyalusing’s first play following the ensuing kickoff.

QB Blake Morningstar was flushed out of the pocket, and threw a ball up for grabs. Senior linebacker Troy Jennings picked off the pass and returned it 15 yards to the Ram 32.

The Wildcat pressure on Morningstar was a recurring theme throughout the game.

“We talked about putting pressure on him,” said Young. “(Morningstar) is not a runner, he’s not going to take off with it.

“We wanted to be in his face, and make him uncomfortable.

“He didn’t have a couple of his weapons with him tonight, but at the same time I thought we executed much better,” added Young.

The Wildcats needed just one play to add to their lead as Lister found senior wideout Karter Rude near the goal line for a 32-yard TD strike. Reid again split the uprights to make it 14-0 with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter.

After picking up its initial first down of the contest on its next possession, Wyalusing turned the ball over on downs at its 42.

Athens needed just four plays to find paydirt this time. Reid started the drive with a 13-yard run, and capped it with a 3-yard TD run. In between, a scrambling Lister found Rude near the sidelines with a 26-yard pass to the Ram 3.

Reid’s PAT kick made it 21-0 with 2:56 remaining in the first quarter.

Nolan Oswald returned the ensuing kick 37 yards yards to the Athens 49, but the Rams failed to pick up a first down. A 31-yard punt by Morningstar pinned the Wildcats at their own 18.

The Wildcats quickly moved the ball down the field on a drive that featured runs of 8 and 31 yards by Rude, and 11-yard run by Reid, a 9-yard run by Jennings, and an 8-yard pass from Lister to Babcock, but a pair of penalties bogged the drive down at the Wyalusing 22.

Reid’s 39-yard field goal gave Athens a 24-0 lead with 10:46 left in the first half.

On its ensuing possession, Wyalusing netted just seven yards on three plays and lined up to punt facing 4th-and-3 at its own 27. The Rams appeared on the brink of a long TD when a receiver broke free behind the Wildcat defense on the fake punt, but he was unable to haul the pass in, and Athens took over on downs.

Junior Caleb Nichols reeled off 26 yards on three carries, and Lister finished off the short scoring drive with a 1-yard TD to push the lead to 30-0 midway through the second quarter.

Wyalusing drove into the red zone on its next possession, but turned the ball over on downs at the Wildcat 18.

On second-and-10, Reid ripped off a 33-yard run to the Wyalusing 49, and two plays later — following a holding penalty — hauled in a 59-yard TD pass from Lister. Reid’s PAT made it 37-0 with 3:12 remaining in the first half.

The Wildcat defense forced another punt on Wyalusing’s next possession, and following a short punt, the Athens offense took over at its 49.

Athens needed just four plays to finish off the first-half scoring. The drive featured a 10-yard run by Reid, and a 23-yard pass to Rude, and culminated with a 15-yard pass from Lister to 6-5 J.J. Babcock, who won a jump ball in the back corner of the end zone for the score.

Reid’s extra point kick made it 44-0 with 11 seconds remaining in the half.

Reid rushed for 120 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in the first half, caught two passes for 69 yards and one TD, and booted a 39-yard field goal. He also knocked two kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, and consistently pinned Wyalusing deep its own territory on kickoffs.

“Shayne Reid played a great game tonight,” said Young. “He ran hard, and he kicked the ball very well.

“He was out here yesterday kicking 50-yard field goals, and he hit a big one for us tonight.

“He is so talented, and he never takes a play off — in a game or in practice,” added Young.

Lister completed 9 of 14 passes for 182 yards and three TDs.

Rude, who also carried the ball twice for 39 yards, led all receivers with five grabs for 90 yards and one TD, and Babcock added two catches for 23 yards and one TD.

The second half was played entirely in running time.

The Wildcats tacked on a safety late in the game, while Wyalusing’s score came on a 5-yard TD pass from Morningstar to Oswald with 1:21 remaining in the contest.

Morningstar completed 9 of 31 passes for 73 yards and one TD, while being intercepted twice. Oswald led Rams receivers with five grabs for 24 yards, and Joey Gonsauls had two catches for 45 yards.

Adam Hunsinger led Wyalusing’s ground game with 15 carries for 49 yards.

Athens, now 3-2, returns to action Friday at Hughesville.

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WILLIAMSON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

WILLIAMSON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

September 23, 2021 Tim Birney

TIOGA JUNCTION, Pa. — Williamson swept past Athens in straight sets here Thursday night in NTL volleyball action, but Lady Wildcat coach Heather Hanson said her team did itself no favors.

Our own errors cost us the match,” she said. “Athens dominated beating Athens tonight. We made so many errors … all Williamson had to do was get the ball over to our side.

“Our serve receive was brutal,” noted Hanson. “If we had the pass, we couldn't set; if we had the set; we couldn't hit; and if we got the hit, we were in the net.

All our error added up to Williamson beating us in three,” added Hanson. “We need to find a way or make one.”

Williamson won by scores of 25-17, 25-13, and 25-13.

Jenny Ryan led Athens with three service points, 14 digs, five setter assists, two kills, and two blocks, while Taylor Walker had nine digs, three kills, and two blocks, and Ella Coyle had 20 digs.

Audrey Clare recorded 16 digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Ally Martin had 12 digs, Kassie Babcock had six digs, and Cailin McDaniel and Braelynn Wood each added three digs.

Athens, now 2-3,hosts Wyalusing Tuesday.

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'SWEET 16' FOR VAN HOLDEN; ATHENS BLANKS WILLIAMSON, 6-0

'SWEET 16' FOR VAN HOLDEN; ATHENS BLANKS WILLIAMSON, 6-0

September 23, 2021 Tim Birney

TIOGA JUNCTION, Pa. — Junior Levent Van Holden netted a hat trick, and Athens scored five second-half goals in a 6-0 win over Williamson here Thursday afternoon in NTL boys soccer.

“It’s a good win after Tuesday,” said Athens coach Jake Lezak in reference to the Wildcats’ 5-3 home loss to Wellsboro.

“We know we need to win out (in the league),” he added. “I hope this (win) helps the guys settle down, and get focused.”

Van Holden’s first varsity hat trick made for a “good birthday present for him,” said Lezak.

“It was a Sweet 16,” said Lezak.

“He definitely gave us a spark,” noted Lezak. “We know he’s capable of doing just what he did tonight.

“He very much doesn’t give himself enough credit,” continued Lezak. “Before the game we talked about what we needed him to do.

“In the first half, it was a different position for him, we didn’t train him there, but he has a high soccer IQ, he understands the game very well,” added Lezak. “We talked at the half … getting him to make adjustments, and he went out and did it.”

VanHolden scored midway through the first half to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, which it would take into the half.

The Wildcats put the game out of reach quickly in the second half. Van Holden scored another unassisted goal two minutes after the intermission, then scored again about four minutes later, off a feed from senior Mason Hughey, to make it 3-0.

Sophomore Korey Miller scored twice in a 2 1/2-minute span to give Athens a 5-0 lead with 26:06 remanning in the game. The first goal was assisted by junior Brayden Post, and the second by Hughey.

With 17:04 remaining in the match, Hughey capped the scoring, off an assist from Van Holden.

The Wildcats were playing without their leading scorer, and Lezak said that played a part in their slow start.

“We didn’t have Nate Quinn tonight, so we shuffled a couple of guys around,” he said. “It took them a while to get settled in, in the first half.

“We were putting some good pressure on, but we weren’t being really dangerous,” Lezak noted. “We were taking a lot of shots, and they were all on target … we had some good chances in the first half.

“We talked about what we needed to do at halftime, and the guys adjusted … and they responded the right way,” Lezak added.

Athens had a 22-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, while both teams had three corner kicks.

Grant Liechty had three saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 4-4, hosts Northeast Bradford Monday.

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ATHENS EDGES WELLSBORO, 1-0

ATHENS EDGES WELLSBORO, 1-0

September 22, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Hannah Walker scored late in the first half, and the Athens defense made the stand for the final 41-plus minutes in a 1-0 win here Wednesday night in NTL girls soccer action.

The Lady Wildcats, coming off back to-back losses to N.Y. state powers Fayetteville-Manlius and New Hartford, in which they were outscored 11-1, bounced back with a “big league win.”

“I thought we did some really nice things tonight, then I thought we looked a little off after a long weekend,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts.

“I was proud of the girls,” he noted. “They worked hard even if they were not as sharp as they have have been.

“It’s a good win in the league,” added Pitts. “Now, we have to prep for a good (Class) AAA match-up with Shik(ellamy) on Saturday.”

Walker found the back of the net, off an assist from junior Alli Thoman, with 1:40 remaining in the first half. The final 41:20 was a scoreless battle.

The Lady Wildcats dominated play with 13 shots-on-goal to just two for Wellsboro. Both teams had three corner kicks.

Lilly Abadi had 12 saves in net for Wellsboro, while junior Karlee Bartlow had just two for Athens.

Athens, now 4-3, is on the road at Shikellamy Saturday.

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ATHENS SWEEPS PAST SAYRE

ATHENS SWEEPS PAST SAYRE

September 21, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens dominated the first two sets, and fended off a Sayre rally in the third set to post a sweep of its crosstown rival here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Wildcats, now 2-2, won by scores of 25-14, 25-11, and 25-21.

“The girls played well tonight,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “I was pleased with their performance and they should be pleased with how they played.”

Audrey Clare led Athens with nine service points, including seven aces, six digs and two hits, while Jenny Ryan had six points, including five aces, five kills, and four digs, and a team-high 13 setter assists, and Kassie Babcock added three points (two aces) and three kills.

Ally Martin contributed five kills and five digs in the win, while Taylor Walker had two points, two digs, and a team-high nine kills, Ella Coyle had two points and two digs, Cailin McDaniel added two kills and two digs, and Braelynn chipped in with two points (two aces).

Rachel Vandermark led Sayre with four service aces and two digs, while Emma Smith had three aces, two aces, and two digs, Gabby Shaw registered three blocks and two digs, Alexis Frisbie recorded eight digs, Aliyah Rawlings added three digs, and Maddison Belles chipped in with one block.

Athens travels to Williamson Thursday, while Sayre, now 1-5, travels to Wyalusing.

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ATHENS TOPS WYALUSING, TOWANDA; LADY 'CATS SPLIT

ATHENS TOPS WYALUSING, TOWANDA; LADY 'CATS SPLIT

September 21, 2021 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Athens, running without their top runner Kyle Anthony, earned wins over Wyalusing and Towanda here Tuesday afternoon, while the Lady Wildcats split a pair of decisions in NTL cross country action.

The Athens boys topped Wyalusing, 25-33, and Towanda, 19-40, while the Lady Wildcats dropped a 27-29 decision to Wyalusing, and bested Towanda, 24-31.

BOYS
Athens 25, Wyalusing 33
Athens 19, Towanda 40

Wyalusing standout Zion Laudermilch ran away from the field, but Athens had five runners in the top 11 to pull out a pair of wins.

Laudermilch clocked in at 18:14, 63 seconds ahead of runner-up Athens senior Matt Gorsline, who crossed the finish line in 19:17.

Junior Ethan Denlinger was third for the Wildcats in 19:34, while freshman Ethan Hicks was sixth in 20:08, freshman Carter Lewis was eighth in 20:46, senior Izaak Hobday was 10th in 21:26, and senior Sander Bertsch was 11th in 21:27.

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WELLSBORO RALLIES IN SECOND HALF; TOPS ATHENS, 5-3

WELLSBORO RALLIES IN SECOND HALF; TOPS ATHENS, 5-3

September 21, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Four different players scored goals, including three in a 4 1/2-minute span, to lead Wellsboro to a, 5-3, come-from-behind win over Athens here in NTL boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

“Truthfully, it is unacceptable on our part,” said longtime Athens coach Jake Lezak. “Mentally, the guys have to get it figured out.

“(Wellsboro) capitalized on some very poor team defending, and individual defending … and took advantage of miscues and bad plays.

“I mean, we gave up five goals, four in the second half — three within about five minutes, and it was 100 percent on us,” added Lezak. “The guys have to take ownership of it, and do a better job with the mental side of the game.”

Lezak said there was some good in the game for the Wildcats, but once it went bad, his team did not respond.

“In my opinion, we had the better of the play for all, but about 12 minutes of the game, most of that in the second half.

“We have all the tools to be successful. We had all the tools tonight to win, and we simply did not put it together for 80 minutes,” said Lezak. “It’s not like you have to play a mistake-free game, but you certainly can’t fold like that.

“We didn’t play a team game, and (Wellsboro) did,” noted Lezak. “When we started making mistakes, guys started standing and watching.

“You can’t win games with 11 guys working together,” he added.

Wellsboro’s Sam Rudy scored about 7 1/2 minutes into the game, and Green Hornets held the lead for more than 25 minutes.

With 6:38 remaining in the half, senior Nate Quinn, off a feed from senior Daniel Horton, found the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Three minutes later, Quinn, off an assist from senior Mason Hughey, ripped a shot into the net gain to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.

About 4 1/2 minutes into the second half, Jacoo Abadi scored for the Green Hornets to tie the game at 2-2.

Hughey put Athens ahead 3-2 with a goal about 14 minutes later, but Wellsboro answered with a trio of goals in rapid succession.

With 19:03 remaining, Matthew Richards found the back of the net to tie the game at 3-3. Just 41 seconds later, Rudy gave the Green Hornets the lead for good, at 4-3.

Jack Poirer added an insurance goal less than four minutes later to put Wellsboro up 5-3.

“We created opportunities and finished our shots tonight, a combination we have been missing. The boys continue to play with great resolve,” said Wellsboro coach Todd Fitch.

Lezak, now in his 17th season, said he’s not sure the last time Athens gave up five goals in an NTL match.

“I would say you would have to go back to my first couple years, when Troy was dominating the league.”

Wellsboro had a 16-15 edge in shots-on-goal, while Athens had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Grant Liechty had five saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 3-4 overall and 2-1 in NTL play, travels to Williamson Thursday.

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ATHENS WINS AT TOWANDA CC; EDGES SAYRE BY 1 STROKE

ATHENS WINS AT TOWANDA CC; EDGES SAYRE BY 1 STROKE

September 20, 2021 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Twice in four matches, Athens came up short of the top spot by 1 stroke. Monday, the Wildcats edged arch-rival Sayre by 1 stroke to win the fifth NTL golf match of the season here at Towanda Country Club.

Athens tallied a four-player aggregate scoring of 369, with Sayre finishing at 370. Wellsboro finished third at 386, Wyalusing was fourth at 388, Towanda fifth at 407, Cowanesque Valley was sixth at 420, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 426.

Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer shot a strong back nine en route to low-medal honors, with a round of 79. He shot a 41 on the front nine, including a birdie on the par-4 8th hole, then recorded seven pars on the back nine on his way to a 38.

Athens sophomore Evan Cooper finished second with an 84 in a round that included three birdies, but just two pars.

Athens freshman Dylan Saxon was eighth with a 94, while Athens junior Lucas Kraft, Sayre junior Colton Watkins, and Sayre senior Josh Arnold tied for 10th with rounds of 95.

Athens junior Cameron Sullivan was 13th with a 96, and sophomore Nicholas Jacob was 18th with a non-scoring round of 98.

Senior Dylan Fabbri was Sayre’s fourth scorer with a round of 101, while senior Dylan Seck had a non-scoring round of 108, and junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 127.

Freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh added a non-scoring round of 128 for the Wildcats, while freshman Brady Darrow and junior Isabella Dahl shot nine-hole scores of 52 and 53, respectively, in exhibition.

Sayre sophomores David Hall and Sam Claypool shot 59 and 61, respectively in nine-hole exhibition rounds.

The Redskins improve to 20-4 on the season, and remain in first place, while Athens is 22-7 and takes sole possession of third place — just one game behind Wellsboro, which is now 23-6.

The NTL golfers return to action Sept. 28 at the Tyoga Country Club in Wellsboro.

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ATHENS DROPS TWO AT BALDWINSVILLE TOURNAMENT

ATHENS DROPS TWO AT BALDWINSVILLE TOURNAMENT

September 19, 2021 Tim Birney

BALDWINSVILLE — It was a tough weekend for the Lady Wildcats, who dropped a pair of decisions at the Baldwinsville Tournament.

On Saturday, Fayetteville-Manlius topped Athens, 5-1. Today, state-ranked New Hartford blanked them, 6-0.

“In spite of the score, the girls played their hearts out all weekend,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “We had very good game plans and executed a lot of what I wanted to accomplish.

“We are a better team after this weekend and just like in years passed, this will battle-test us for districts and league,” he noted.

Saturday
Fayetteville-Manlius 5, Athens 1

F-M led 2-0 at the half en route to a 5-1 win over Athens Saturday afternoon

Senior Hannah Walker knocked how a direct kick from 30 yards out to trim the deficit to 2-1 about 5 minutes after the intermission.

F-M answered in the 53rd minute to make it 3-1, and tacked on two goals for the final margin.

F-M had a 25-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

Junior Karlee Bartlow recorded 17 saves in net for the Lady Wildcats

Sunday
New Hartford 6, Athens 0

New Hartford controlled the action on its way to a 6-0 win Sunday afternoon.

“New Hartford to me is a clear favorite to win a state title,” said Pitts. “They would beat every team I can think of in District 4. They are loaded with three or four Division 1 players.  

“I can’t say enough about how well we played,” added Pitts. “Their coach came over after and told me we gave them a really tough match.”

New Hartford had a 26-1 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 10-0 edge in corner kicks.

Bartlow registered 19 saves in net for Athens.

Athens, now 3-3, returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Wellsboro, then travels to Shikellamy Saturday.

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ATHENS FINISHES SECOND IN RACE 1 AT PRE-STATE MEET

ATHENS FINISHES SECOND IN RACE 1 AT PRE-STATE MEET

September 18, 2021 Tim Birney

CHENANGO FORKS — Seniors Kyle Anthony and Matt Gorsline, and junior Ethan Denlinger all finished in the top 20 to lead Athens to a second-place finish in Race 1 here Saturday at the Pre-States McDaniel-Baxter Cross Country Invitational at the Chenango Valley State Park.

There were five boys races, and five girls races. In all, there were 83 boys teams, including 66 complete teams, competing, and 78 girls teams, with 47 complete teams. There 675 boys in the merged field, and 463 girls.

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BRONSONS TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCES AT PRE-STATE MEET

BRONSONS TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCES AT PRE-STATE MEET

September 18, 2021 Tim Birney

CHENANGO FORKS — Athens freshman Sara Bronson and junior Emma Bronson, and Waverly freshman Harper Minaker each finished in the top 15 in Race 2 here Saturday at the Pre-States McDaniel-Baxter Cross Country Invitational at the Chenango Valley State Park.

There were five boys races, and five girls races. In all, there were 83 boys teams, including 66 complete teams, competing, and 78 girls teams, with 47 complete teams. There 675 boys in the merged field, and 463 girls.

Powerhouse Fayetteville-Manlius had seven runners in the top 10 to run away with the team title with 19 placement points, well ahead of runner-up Lake Placid, which had 71 points, and third-place finisher Chenango Forks, which had 102 points. Tioga finished eighth with 243 points, while Waverly and Athens did not field a complete team.

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