By: Tim Birney | | April 7, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


ATHENS — The Athens softball program, coached by Mickey Farrell, recently presented the Valley Food Pantry with a donation of $1,600 as part of its annual team fundraising efforts.

“It was a fundraiser for our team, but we split the money raised 50 / 50 with the Valley Food Pantry,” said Farrell.

The varsity and JV team members did several fund-raising activities, including one at the Valley Bowling Center.

“The girls got  people to sponsor them either by flat fee or cents per pin and then we bowled three games. It was a lot of fun, and the Valley Bowling Center, which was one of our sponsors, was a wonderful host,” said Farrell.

Farrell also thanked the other corporate sponsors: The Grille, Reese’s Family Restaurant, Bimbo Bakeries, and Apothecary of Mary .

Farrell said the idea of donating to the Valley Food Pantry this year came from one of his players.

“Last year, we donated $700 to the Wounded Warrior Amputee softball team out of Virginia Beach,” he said. “This year. we wanted to help our community.

“One of my seniors suggested the Valley Food Pantry, because The Rusty Rail Game usually donates to it, but with Covid this year, there wasn’t much done in terms of collecting food items,” added Farrell.

The Athens varsity softball roster consists of Megan Collins, Harley Sullivan, Aubrey Hatch, Mallory Mummert, Carlie Simpson, Macie Coyle, Aliyah Butler, Addy Repsher, Caydence Macik,   Ashlyn VanFleet, Mackenzie Morgan, Marissa Butler, Alli Thoman, and Braelyn Wood.

The junior varsity roster consists of Kaylee Peterson, Destiney Henderson, Haley Schultz, Abby Champion, Ciara Devine, Cailin McDaniel, and Jillian Bradley.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).