ATHENS HOLDS OFF WYALUSING, 9-5

ATHENS HOLDS OFF WYALUSING, 9-5

May 12, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens jumped ahead 7-0 early, but needed four scoreless innings of relief from sophomore Cam Sullivan to hold off Wyalusing in a 9-5 win here Wednesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.

Sophomore Mason Lister led off the bottom of the second inning with his first varsity home run to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

With one out in the second, sophomore Jaren Glisson worked a six-pitch walk, and Kaden Setzer singled. With two outs, Glisson scored on a passed ball, and Setzer scored one an error to make it 3-0. After a walk to junior Karter Rude, sophomore Cade Nichols stroked a two-run single to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.

In the third inning, Kyler Setzer ripped a two-RBI single to extend the Athens lead to 7-0.

The Rams plated five runs in the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 7-5, but Athens answered with two runs in the fifth inning to provide the final margin. Kaden Setzer and Carson Smith provided the RBI hits.

Lister started for the Wildcats, allowing five runs — four earned Ø on four hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Sullivan earned the win, allowing two hits over four innings, with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Kyler Setzer singled twice, scored one run, and drove in two runs, while Kaden Setzer singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked in one run, and Lister homered and singled, scored once, and drove in one run to pace Athens’ 10-hit attack.

Nichols singled and drove in two runs in the win, while Glisson singled and scored three runs, Smith singled and knocked in a run, Sullivan added a single, and sophomore Gage Warner and Rude each scored a run.

Athens, now 10-7, travels to Corning Thursday.

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WYALUSING BLANKS ATHENS, 4-0

WYALUSING BLANKS ATHENS, 4-0

May 12, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Danella Cornell’s two-run home run in the third inning was all the run support Hailey Jayne would need, but Wyalusing would tack on a couple of insurance runs in a 4-0 win over Athens here Wednesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division softball action.

Jayne was in control throughout, tossing a 3-hitter, while striking out 12 and walking none to earn the win. The Wyalusing defense committed just one error behind her.

Athens starter sophomore Aliyah Butler retired the first six batters she faced, but London Edwards reached base to lead off the third inning after her fly ball was dropped in the outfield.

Two pitches later, Cornell blasted a shot over the fence in left-center field to give the Lady Rams a 2-0 lead.

Wyalusing tacked on an unearned run in the fifth inning. Imogen Herbert reached base on a two-out error, then Jayne and Sydney Friedlander stroked consecutive singles to make it 3-0.

The Lady Wildcats had their best scoring opportunity of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when senior Mallory Mummert led off with a double.

Moments later, sophomore Addy Repsher ripped a line drive up the middle, but Jayne snared it. An alert Mummert was able to get safely back to second base, but Jayne retired the next two batters to preserve the 3-0 lead.

The Lady Rams tacked on a run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Edwards.

Mummert doubled, and senior Harley Sullivan, and junior Caydence Macik each singled to account for Athens’ three hits.

Butler was tagged with the loss. She allowed four runs — two earned — on six hits, while striking out four and walking none in 5 2/3 innings of work. Macik pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, with one walk.

Athens, now 14-4, hosts North Penn-Liberty Monday.

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UNBEATEN ATHENS CLINCHES REGULAR-SEASON TITLE WITH WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

UNBEATEN ATHENS CLINCHES REGULAR-SEASON TITLE WITH WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

May 11, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Asher Ellis, junior Kyle Anthony, and sophomore Jaden Wright were triple-winners to lead Athens to a regular-season championship-clinching, 80-69, win over Williamson in NTL boys track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

Junior Justin Lynch and freshman Ryan LaSusa were double-winners for the Wildcats, who finish the season at 9-0. Williamson falls to 8-1.

Ellis led a sweep in the shot put with a heave of 45-feet, 1/4-inch, while senior Ian Wright was second at 38-feet, 11 3/4-inches, and senior Lucas Aquilio was third at 35-feet, 11 1/2-inches.

Ellis led a sweep in the discus with a toss of 125 feet, 7-inches, while Aquilio was second at 115-feet, 1-inch, and Ian Wright was third at 106-feet, 6-inches.

Ellis won the javelin with a throw of 149-feet, 1-inch, and senior Zach Stafursky was second at 122-feet, 7-inches.

Jaden Wright won the 100-meter dash in 12.14 seconds. Wright also won the 200-meter dash in 24.33 seconds, and senior Joe Toscano was third in 25.19 seconds.

Wright teamed with junior Levi Kuhn, Toscano, and junior Ryan Thompson to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 47.59 seconds.

Anthony teamed with Justin Lynch, junior Matt Gorsline, and senior Connor Dahl to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 10:26.0.

Lynch, Thompson, Anthony, and LaSusa teamed to win the 1,600-meter relay in a tie of 3:43.67.

Anthony won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:06.86, and Lynch was third in 2:12.44.

LaSusa won the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.25 seconds, and Anthony was third in 55.69 seconds.

Kuhns finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 19.29 seconds.

Gorsline finished second in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:36.31, and Dahl was third in 10:59.79.

Sophomore Ethan Denlinger finished second in the high jump at 5-feet. He also finished second in the pole vault at 8-feet, 6-inches.

Dahl finished third in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:50.15.

Connor Brown finished third in the long jump with a leap of 17-feet, 1/2-inch. He also finished third in the triple jump at 34-feet, 6-inches.

Athens hosts the NTL Championships Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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LADY WILDCAT FINISH UNBEATEN SEASON WITH 81-69 WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

LADY WILDCAT FINISH UNBEATEN SEASON WITH 81-69 WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

May 11, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Already the NTL regular-season champion, Athens finished off the 2021 campaign at unbeaten 8-0-1 with an 81-69 win over Williamson in girls track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

Sophomore Emma Bronson and senior Emma Roe were triple-winners for the Lady Wildcats, while juniors Hannah Walker and Olivia Bartlow, and freshman Mya Thompson were double-winners.

Bronson won the 1,600-meter run in 6:02.26, and Abby Prickitt was third in 7:35.52. She also won the 3,200-meter run in 13:27.66.

Bronson won the 800-meter run in 2:44.38, and Cailyn Conklin was third in 3:02.75.

Roe won the 400-meter dash in 1:03.78, and Thompson was third in 1:05.98.

Roe also won the 200-meter dash in 28.234 seconds, edging Williamson’s Scout Abel by 0.004 seconds. Roe finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.84 seconds.

Roe teamed with Walker, Thompson, and senior Leah Liechty to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:37.25.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in 51.32 seconds.

Bartlow won the shot put with a heave of 26-feet, 6-inches, and freshman Emma Pernaselli was third in 22-feet, 6-inches.

Bartlow also won the discus with a toss of 85-feet, 2-inches, and Pernaselli was second at 82-feet, 2-inches. Pernaselli also finished second in the javelin with a throw of 86-feet, 10-inches.

Thompson led a sweep in the triple jump with an effort of 31-feet, 10 1/2-inches, while Bronson was second at 28-feet, 9-inches, and sophomore Cassy Friend was third at 22-feet, 11 1/4-inches. Thompson was second in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 4 3/4-inches.

Freshman Emily Henderson finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.25 seconds

Liechty finished second in the high jump at 4-feet, 4-inches. Liechty also finished second in the pole vault at 6-feet, and sophomore Shelby Morris was third at 5-feet, 6-inches.

Athens hosts the NTL Championships Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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ADY WILDCATS WIN FINAL RELAY TO EDGE TROY, 76-74; UNBEATEN BOYS WIN BIG

ADY WILDCATS WIN FINAL RELAY TO EDGE TROY, 76-74; UNBEATEN BOYS WIN BIG

May 7, 2021 Tim Birney

TROY — The Lady Wildcats won the meet-closing 400-meter relay to pull out a 76-74 win over Troy, while the unbeaten Athens boys cruised to a 107-42 victory here on a rainy Friday afternoon of NTL track & field action.

GIRLS
Athens 76, Troy 74

Senior Emma Roe, sophomore Emma Bronson, and freshman Mya Thompson were triple-winners to lead the Lady Wildcats, now 7-0-1, to the narrow win over the Lady Trojans (6-2).

Roe, who ran the anchor, and Thompson, who ran the opening leg, teamed with senior Leah Liechty, and junior Hannah Walker to win the 4-x-4 in a time of 4:31.6.

Roe won the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.86 seconds, and Walker was third in 28.84 seconds. Roe also won the 400-meter dash in 1:05.47, and Thompson was second in 1:06.44.

Roe finished second in the 100-meter dash in 13.63 seconds, and Walker was third at 13.81 seconds

Athens held an 18-9 points advantage in the sprints.

Bronson was a big contributor in the win with a sweep of the distances races.

Bronson won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:58.5, and won the 3,200-meter run in 13:05.02. She also won the 800-meter run in 2:38.52.

Thompson won the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 9-inches. She also won the triple jump with an effort of 31-feet, 9 1/4-inches, and Bronson was second at 29-feet, 1-inch.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 53.58 seconds.

Freshman Emma Pernaselli won the discus with a toss of 83-feet, 11-inches, and sophomore Meltem VanHelden was third at 63-feet, 1-inch.

Pernaselli also won the javelin with a throw of 70-feet, 4-inches. She was third in the shot put with a heave of 25-feet, 2-inches.

Freshman Emily Henderson was second in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 19.09 seconds

Liechty was second in the high jump at 4-feet, 6-inches, and sophomore Shelby Morris was third at 3-feet, 6-inches.

Junior Emily King finished third in the pole vault at 5-feet, 6-inches

BOYS
Athens 107, Troy 42

The Wildcats won 14 of 18 events, including seven sweeps, to post a convincing 107-42 win over the Trojans.

Junior Kyle Anthony was a triple-winner, and seven of his teammates — senior Asher Ellis, juniors Levi Kuhns, Justin Lynch, Matt Gorsline, and Ryan Thompson, sophomore Jaden Wright, and freshman Ryan LaSusa, were double-winners for Athens, which is now 8-0.

Anthony led a sweep in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:10.46, while jLynch was second in 2:19.59, and sophomore Ethan Denlinger was third in 2:20.22.

Anthony teamed with Lynch, junior Matt Gorsline and senior Connor Dahl to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 9:27.0.

Anthony and Lynch teamed with junior Ryan Thompson, and LaSusa teamed to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:44.9.

Gorsline led a sweep in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:42.0, while Dahl was second in 10:46.0, and junior Izaak Hobday was third at 12:16.0.

Levi Kuhns won the 110-meter hurdles in 19.69 seconds, and senior Carter Jones was third in 20.45 seconds. Kuhns finished second in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.44 seconds.

Kuhns teamed with senior Joe Toscano, junior Ryan Thompson, and sophomore Jaden Wright to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 47.56 seconds.

Jaden Wright led a sweep in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 25.16 seconds, while freshman Ryan LaSusa was second in 25.33 seconds, and Toscano was third at 25.92 seconds. Wright was second in the 100-meter dash in 12.11 seconds.

LaSusa led a sweep in the 400-meter dash in 55.62 seconds, while Lynch was second in 59.65 seconds, and freshman Korey Miller was third in 1:01.17.

Ellis led a sweep in the shot put with a heave of 47-feet, 4-inches, while senior Ian Wright was second at 36-feet, 3 1/2-inches, and senior Lucas Aquilio was third at 33-feet, 6-inches.

Ellis also led a sweep in the javelin with a throw of 125-feet, 6-inches, while senior Ben Pernaselli was second at 94-feet, 2-inches, and Ian Wright was third at 90-feet, 9-inches.

Ian Wright won the discus with a toss of 107-feet, 3-inches, and Aquilio was second at 102-feet, 4-inches.

Hobday won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 6:30.27, with Gorsline second in 6:30.52, and junior Sander Bertsch third in 6:30.57.

Denlinger won the high jump at 5-feet. He was second in the pole vault at 8-feet, 6-inches.

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ATHENS RALLIES TO EDGE WELLSBORO, 3-2

ATHENS RALLIES TO EDGE WELLSBORO, 3-2

May 6, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — It wasn’t a perfect day for Mason Lister, but when the Wildcats needed him most, the sophomore came up big — on the mound and at the plate — to lead Athens to a, 3-2, come-from-behind win over Wellsboro here Thursday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.

The win avenges a 10-run early-season loss at Wellsboro.

“They beat us 11-1 the first time we played them, that’s one heck of a bounce-back win,” said Athens coach Charlie Havens.

“The kids were really excited about this win,” Havens added. “It’s a good win for us.”

The Wildcats took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Junior Karter Rude led off the inning with a line-drive single to centerfield, and scored on a  one-out RBI double by sophomore Cameron Sullivan.

After the first inning, Athens had just two hits off Wellsboro starter Brock Hamblin until the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, Wellsboro had plenty of runners reach base, but only managed two runs off Lister.

Isaac Keane and Kaiden Mann reached base on errors to lead off the top of the second inning, and Hamblin flared a single to right field to load the bases.

After Lister hit Dylan Abernathy with a pitch to force home a run, he induced a pop fly on the infield, and registered two strikeout to escape further damage.

Darryn Callahan homered to dead center field to lead off the third to put Wellsboro up 2-1.

The Green Hornets maintained the lead until the bottom of the sixth inning.

“(Hamblin) kept us off balance. We were out in front quite a bit,” said Havens.“He had a really nice curve ball that kept buckling us.

“He had us guessing, so we really didn’t have a lot of good at-bats.

“They also ran down a lot of balls tonight,” noted Havens. “Their center fielder killed us in the first game, too.

Rude led off the sixth with a  double, and scored moments later on an RBI double by sophomore Caleb Nichols to tie the game at 2-2.

With one out, Lister, who had struck out in his first two at-bats, ripped an RBI double off the fence in left field to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

“In the sixth, (Rude and Nichols) hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game, then Lister hit a bomb — I don’t know how it didn’t get out,” said Havens.

“(Lister) had a rough night at the plate, but he came through in the sixth inning,” added Havens.

Hamblin led off the top of the seventh with a single, but was wiped off the bases on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Connor Adams. After a walk to Callahan, the runners advanced to third on a groundout off the bat of Cameron Brought.

With Lister at the pitch-count limit, Sullivan relieved and induced a fly ball to left field on his second pitch to end the game and record the save.

“(Lister) pitched out of a few jams … when he had to be tough tonight, he was,” said Havens. “He did a great job.

“And, our defense played well behind him,” added Haven. “Our defense is really coming around. We’re really improving there.”

Wellsboro left eight runners on base, including five in scoring position.

Sullivan doubled and singled, and drove in one run, and Rude singled twice and scored two runs to lead Athens at the plate, while Nichols singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, Loister doubled and knocked in one run, and Kaden Setzer added a double.

Lister allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits, while striking out five and walking three to earn the win.

Athens, now 9-7, are scheduled to host Wyalusing Friday.

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ATHENS SLAMS WELLSBORO, 13-3, TO AVENGE EARLY-SEASON LOSS

ATHENS SLAMS WELLSBORO, 13-3, TO AVENGE EARLY-SEASON LOSS

May 6, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Junior Caydence Macik slugged a grand slam and collected seven RBI to lead Athens to a, 13-3, five-inning win over Wellsboro here Thursday afternoon, avenging an early-season NTL Large School softball loss.

Athens coach Mickey Farrell believes there were several factors in play for the Lady Wildcats, who dropped a 5-4 decision at Wellsboro on April 13 for their first loss of the season.

“I think the fact our kids understand more of how important these games are now. They’ve been working their tails off,” he said.

“The difference tonight was we were very aggressive at the plate. (Kerrah) Clymer pitched very well against us over there,” noted Farrell. “I think what helped us tonight was facing (Waverly’s Hali) Jenner, (Tioga’s Kindra) Wessels, and (Towanda’s Maddie) Maynard in the last three games. We’ve seen some really good pitching, and we’ve hammered all of it.

“The confidence level of these girls right now is huge,” added Farrell. “I think that made a big difference, too.”

Wellsboro took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, but the Lady Wildcats answered in the third inning.

Senior Mallory Mummert led off the third with a single, and ended up on third base after a two-out single by senior Audrey Hatch, and a walk to senior Harley Sullivan to load the bases.

Macik then knocked a 2-1 over the fence to give the Lady Wildcats the lead for good.

“Macik ignited everything for us,” said Farrell. “We loaded the bases, and she popped one out to put us up 4-2, and we steamrolled them from there.”

Athens added five more runs in the fourth inning in a rally that featured an RBI single by Mummert, and a two-run double by Macik to cap the scoring.

After Wellsboro plated a run in the top of the fifth, Athens scored four times in the home half of the stanza to invoke the 10-run “mercy” rule. The fourth run was scored on a bases-loaded walk to Macik.

Sophomore Aliyah Butler earned the win for the Lady Wildcats. She allowed three runs on five hits, while striking out one and walking four in a complete-game, five-inning effort.

Farrell said Athens played well in every facet of the game.

“Butler did a nice job, she pitched pretty well,” he said. “She wasn’t at her best, but she went all five innings for us.

“And, our defense played well behind her,” Farrell added.

Farrell pointed out a pair of defensive plays in the outfield — by Alli Thoman and Macie Coyle.

“We had two outstanding catches by our left fielders,” said Farrell.

“Alli Thoman jumped as high as I’ve her seen her jump, and snagged one out of the air,” he noted. “It was going for a double, maybe a triple, if she doesn’t catch it.”

“A ball was hit over (Macie Coyle’s) head … she took off and made an over-the-shoulder catch,” added Farrell. “She had her glove hand stretched out as far as it would go. That was an ESPN-highlight catch right there, it was a great catch.”

Mummert was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and one RBI, and Macik homered — her fourth in the last three games — and doubled, scored one run, and drove in seven to lead Athens at the plate, while sophomore Addy Repsher singled twice and scored one run, and Coyle singled twice and scored two runs.

Hatch singled and scored two runs in the win, while Butler added a single, Sullivan scored two runs and drove in one run, and freshman Ashlyn VanFleet and Mackenzie Morgan each scored one run.

With the win, Athens improves to 14-3 on the season, and takes a 2-game lead over Wellsboro in he Large School standings. Wyalusing has been limited to just one divisional game.

“It’s a big win for us in the division,” said Farrell. “Wyalusing hasn’t played much at all — they have a lot of games to make up, but we have a two-game cushion over Wellsboro.

“These kids deserve this,” noted Farrell. “They know a lot of people didn’t have high expectations for them … they’ve worked really hard because they want to win badly.

“They’re having a lot of fun,” he added. “They practice hard, and they play hard; that’s all I can ask.”

Athens is scheduled to host Wyalusing Friday afternoon.

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WRIGHT, ROE LEAD ATHENS BOYS, GIRLS TO LOPSIDES WINS OVER NP-M

WRIGHT, ROE LEAD ATHENS BOYS, GIRLS TO LOPSIDES WINS OVER NP-M

May 4, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Sophomore Jaden Wright and senior Emma Roe each won four events to lead the unbeaten Athens boys and girls, respectively, to lopsided wins over North Penn-Mansfield in NTL track & field action here Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.

The boys, now 7-0, registered a 112-33 win, while the Lady Wildcats won 108-39.

BOYS
Athens 112, North Penn-Mansfield 33

Wright was joined in the winner’s circle by senior Asher Ellis and junior Levi Kuhns, who were triple-winners, and junior Kyle Anthony, sophomore Ethan Denlinger, and freshman Ryan Lasusa, who were double-winners.

Wright led a sweep in the 100-meter dash in 11.56 seconds, with senior John Ayers second at 11.78 seconds, and senior Joe Toscano third at 11.87 seconds.

Wright also won the 200-meter dash in 24.37 seconds, and Toscano was second in 25.19 seconds.

Wright won the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 4 1/2-inches, and Kuhns was third at 16-feet, 11-inches.

Wright, Kuhns, Toscano, and junior Ryan Thompson teamed to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 47.57 seconds.

Kuhns won the 110-meter hurdles in 18.43 seconds, and senior Carter Jones was second in 20.06 seconds.

Kuhns led a sweep in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.62 seconds, with junior Brendan Jones second in 52.78 seconds, and Carter Jones third in 54.66 seconds.

Ellis won the discus with a toss of 142-feet, 8-inches, and senior Ian Wright was second at 114-feet, 10-inches. Ellis also won the javelin with a throw of 151-feet, 5-inches.

Ellis led a sweep in the shot put with a heave of 45-feet, 6 1/2-inches, while Wright was second at 37-feet, 9-inches, and senior Lucas Aquilio was third at 36-feet, 8 1/4-inches.

Lasusa led a sweep in the 400-meter dash in 54.19 seconds, while junior Justin Lynch was second in 57.54 seconds, and Ayers was third in 58.34 seconds.

Lasusa teamed with Lynch, Ayers, and Anthony to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:49.58.

Anthony led a sweep in the 800-meter run in 2:10.16, while Justin Lynch was second in 2:23.83, and sophomore Nate Prickitt was third in 2:29.25.

Denlinger won the pole vault, clearing the bar at 7-feet. He was second in the high jump at 5-feet.

Brendan Jones, Prickitt, junior Sander Bertsch, and Denlinger teamed to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 11:02.1.

Anthony was second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:48.89, and senior Connor Dahl was third in 5:04.55.

Junior Matt Gorsline was second in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 10:40.86, and Dahl was third in 11:06.07.

Brendan Jones was third in the triple jump at 32-feet, 8 1/2-inches.

GIRLS
Athens 108, North Penn-Mansfield 39

Roe was joined as a multiple-winner by senior Leah Liechty, sophomore Emma Bronson, and freshmen Emily Henderson and Mya Thomson, who were triple-winners, and junior Hannah Walker, who was a double-winner.

The Lady Wildcats won 16 of 18 events to improve to 6-0-1 on the season.
 
Roe won the 100-meter dash in 13.11 seconds, edging Walker, who was second in 13.12 seconds.

Roe led a sweep in the 200-meter dash in 28.32 seconds, while Walker was second in 28.77 seconds, and sophomore Cassy Friend was third in 28.96 seconds.

Roe also won the 400-meter dash in 1:07.31, and Thompson was second in 1:07.93

Bronson won the 1,600-meter run in a time  of 5:58.98. She also won the 3,200-meter run in 13:21.81.

Bronson won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:40.6.

Henderson won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18.3 seconds, and sophomore Shelby Morris was third in 21.64 seconds.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 51.34 seconds, and Henderson was second in 1:09.47

Henderson and Walker teamed with Thompson and Friend to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 55.62 seconds.

Henderson and Roe teamed with freshman Abbie Panek and Liechty to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:53.71.

Liechty won the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-feet, 6-inches, and Morris was third at 3-feet, 10-inches.

Liechty and junior Emily King led a sweep in the pole vault, tying for first at 5-feet, 6-inches. Morris was third at 5-feet.

Thompson led a sweep in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 4-inches, while Friend was second at 14-feet, 3/4-inches, and Panek was third at 13-feet, 3 3/4-inches.

Thompson won the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 31-feet, 7-inches.

Emma Pernaselli won the discus with a toss of 77-feet, 10-inches, and sophomore Meltem VanHelden was third. She also won the shot put with a heave of 28-feet, 11 1/4-inches.

Pernaselli was second in the javelin with a throw of 76-feet, 6-inches, and Rachel Jelliff was third at 55-feet, 10-inches.

Athens returns to action Friday at Troy.

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ATHENS DROPS 5-4 DECISION TO TIOGA AT 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

ATHENS DROPS 5-4 DECISION TO TIOGA AT 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

May 1, 2021 Tim Birney

TIOGA CENTER — Eighth-grader Conlan Taylor pitched a complete game in his first varsity start, leading Tioga to a 5-4 win over Athens here Saturday afternoon in the nightcap of the “Battle at the Border” baseball showcase.

Taylor allowed four runs — three earned — on six hits, while striking out three and walking just one. He threw 86 pitches.

“He was outstanding,” said Tioga coach Kevin Evanek. “We knew he was that good. He works hard at it … he’s here every morning hitting off a tee. He does a lot of work in the offseason … he puts the time in, and it shows.

“And, he swings the bat as well as anyone. He’s going to be a great player, we’re fortunate to have him.”

“I’m looking forward to coaching him for five years,” added Evanek.

Athens coach Charlie Havens was impressed as well.

“He kept the ball on our hands, he kept us off balance, and he worked quick.

“He had a really good approach to the game,” added Havens. “He’s going to be fun to watch the next few years.”

After Taylor worked around a two-out single by Athens sophomore Cam Sullivan in the top of the first inning, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first.

With one out, junior Cobe Whitmore walked, stole second and moved to third base on a single by Taylor. Whitmore scored on an errant pickoff throw to first.

Senior Derrick Gage followed with a singled to put runners on first and third, but the Wildcats turned a 4-6-3 (Sullivan to junior Karter Rude to sophomore Mason Lister) to avoid further damage.

Taylor worked around an error in the top of the second, then the Tigers extended the lead in the bottom of the frame.

With two outs, senior Cole Williams singled up middle. After Williams moved to second on a wild pitch, and third base on a passed ball, junior Gavin Godfrey worked a seven-pitch walk.

Bailey then ripped a two-run double down the right-field line to make it 3-0.

Athens got on the board in the top of the third inning on a two-out RBI single by Sullivan.

The Wildcats tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on another two-out hit.

Dylan Merritt led off the stanza with a single, but was immediately replaced on the base paths by Kyler Setzer via a fielder’s choice groundout. Rude then belted a double to right field to put runners on second and third.

With two outs, Sullivan lined a two-RBI single to left field to make it 3-3.

Tioga answered quickly, however, with two runs in the home half of the inning.

Bailey reached on an infield single that was lost in the sun by an Athens infielder, and scored when Whitmore belted the first pitch he saw to deep left field for an RBI double.

With two outs, freshman Ethan Perry ripped an RBI double to center field to make it 5-3.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Kaden Setzer and Merritt reached on back-to-back errors that put runners on first and third. Kyler Setzer then ripped a single up the middle that ricocheted off Taylor, allowing Kaden Setzer to score, and leaving runners on first and third.

After Kyler Setzer stole second, Rude hit a grounder up the middle that Perry, at shortstop, fielded and fired to first base. Williams picked a low throw out of the dirt for the out on a bang-bang play.

“We thought we should have had a tie ball game, but we didn’t get the ball,” said Havens.

Taylor retired the Wildcats in order in the seventh to preserve the win.

Despite the loss, Havens is pleased with the way his team is playing.

“There’s nothing to be upset about with the way we played. It was a one-run ball game.

“We had some good hitting, and our defense is really coming around,” said Havens. “I’m pretty happy with how we’re playing right now. We had a 4-1 week.”

Evanek was pleased with with the win, but knows his team needs to improve.

“The bottom of our line-up struggled, but our top five hitters looked good.

“We were swinging late, and it really goes back to not seeing a fastball for two years,” said Evanek. “Our timing got better as the day went on, and I think it will continue to get better.”

Bailey doubled and singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs, and Taylor singled twice to lead Tioga’s nine-hit attack, while Whitmore doubled, scored two runs, and knocked in one run, and Perry doubled and drove in one run.

Williams singled and scored a run in the win, while Josh Reis and Gage each added a single, and Godfrey scored one run.

Sullivan stroked three singled and drove in three runs to lead Athens’ six-hit attack, while Rude doubled and scored two runs, Kyler Setzer singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Merritt added a single. Kaden Setzer scored a run.

Sullivan was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out three and walking one. Sullivan pitched two perfect innings of relief in the first game of the “Battle of the Border” earlier Saturday.

“Sullivan is eating a lot of innings for us, and saving our big arms for the games we need them in,” said Havens. “He’s really done a good job.”

Athens, now 8-7, hosts Wellsboro Wednesday, while Tioga, 1-1, travels to Newark Valley Monday.

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ATHENS DOWNS TIOGA, 10-5, TO GO 2-0 AT 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

ATHENS DOWNS TIOGA, 10-5, TO GO 2-0 AT 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

May 1, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Athens took advantage of fourth-inning opportunities to rally past Tioga, 10-5, here Saturday and finish the "Battle at the Border" with a 2-0 record.

Trailing, 3-2, the Wildcats parlayed back-to-back singles, two hit batters, a walk, an error and a trio of run-scoring fielder's choices into a half dozen runs to take control of the game in the top of the fourth inning.

"We've been doing that," Athens coach Mickey Farrell said of the come-from-behind victory. "We've fallen behind, but we have a lot of bats, and we score a lot of runs. The key is putting the ball in play and that's what we do best."

"We had an inning with some mental errors," Tioga coach Heather Klossner said. "I've got a lot of girls in new positions, so first time out in new positions, just some different positioning type things, and unearned runs. Errors kill you."

MacKenzie Morgan started the rally off with a single out of the 9-slot and lead-off hitter Audry Hatch followed with a base hit. After Harley Sullivan was hit by a pitch, Caydence Macik worked a walk to tie the game at three. Aliyah Butler and Addy Repsher hit into fielder's choices, each scoring a run.

With one away, Ashlyn VanFleet took one for the team to give Athens a 6-3 lead. A fielder's choice off the batt of Mallory Mummert and and an error on Morgan's second at-bat of the inning pushed the advantage to 8-3.

The Tigers kept plugging away, however, and picked up a pair of runs back in their half of the fourth. Abby Foley legged out an infield single, Olivia Ayres moved her over with a ground ball to third and Austyn Vance brought her home with a single up the middle.

Vance moved to second on the throw home trying to get Foley and Kindra Wessels smacked a double over the left fielder's head to plate Vance and close the gap to 8-5.

The Wildcats added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a Macik hone run. Sullivan hit the left field line, narrowly avoiding a potential shoestring catch by the outfielder, then kicked the ball out of a Tioga player's glove as she slid into second. Macik followed by hitting an 0-1 pitch out of the park.

Sullivan put Athens on the board first, walking and scoring on Aliyah Butler's single up the middle. With runners at first and second, Wessels got out of trouble by striking out the next batter.

Tioga struck quickly in its half of the inning as Ayres led off with a walk and Vance doubled to left center to tie the score. A Wessels bloop hit over the shortstop gave Tioga a 2-1 lead. She bolted toward second on the throw in from the outfield and was safe on a play at second while Vance raced home to give the Tigers a 2-1 edge.

Repsher walked MJ Thetga, Molly Bombard and Julia Bellis in succession with the base on balls to Bellis scoring Wessels for a 3-1 lead.

The Wildcats pulled within a run in the second when Mallory Mummert capitalized on two errors and two stolen bases to trim the lead to 3-2.

Macik, who contributed the homer and two runs to the offensive effort, played a key role in the circle and recorded seven strikeouts, fanning four Tigers in a row to end the game. Tioga managed to put just one runner in scoring position during that stint.

"We've done that all year long," Farrell said. "Caydence is our closer. This I think is her fourth save this year. She comes in and she nails it down for us. She's done a really good job of that.

"I use all three of them. I don't have one pitcher. I use all three (Repsher, Macik and Aliyah Butler)."

Repsher picked up the win, overcoming seven hits and five walks in the process.

Wessels went the distance for Tioga, scattering 11 hits while striking out five.

The Tiger hurler also contributed a pair of hits, as did Ayers and Vance. Thetga and Abby Foley had Tioga's other hits.

Eight Wildcats hit safely at least once while Sullivan, Macik and Morgan collected two hits apiece.

Macik's long home run and Morgan's hitting didn't go unnoticed by Farrell.

"MacKenzie Morgan, that was her first actual start at hitting," he said. "I usually let her just play the field and I believe she had two hits. The one started off a rally where we scored all those runs, so it was good to see her do that.

"Like I told the girls, it was a total team victory. This whole weekend, beating Towanda Friday night, then beating Waverly and this game. I said our total team won all three of these games."

The Tigers fell to rival Waverly earlier in the day, 7-5, while Athens downed the Wolverines, 14-3.

"Kind of what I expected," said Klossner. "I expected to see some rust, some mental errors, but I think we did some good things. Overall, I think we played two good teams pretty solid. Obviously, not the outcome we would have liked to see, but not a bad weekend to start and playing two good teams to start makes the rest of the season seem a little better. I think we did some good stuff."

On Wednesday, Athens (13-3) hosts Wellsboro, and Tioga (0-2) hosts Spencer-Van Etten.

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BIG INNING PROPELS ATHENS PAST WAVERLY, 9-3, AT 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

BIG INNING PROPELS ATHENS PAST WAVERLY, 9-3, AT 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

May 1, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly drew first blood, but Athens used a big fifth inning to break open a tie game en route to a 9-3 win here Saturday morning in the opening game of the “Battle at the Border” baseball showcase.

“After the first inning, we settled down and played great defense the rest of the game,” said Athens coach Charlie Havens. “And, we hit the ball pretty well.”

“We were able to put together a big inning,” added Havens. “We capitalized on a couple of their mistakes and scored some runs with two outs; that was big.”

““Athens took advantage of a couple of our mistakes and had a big inning in the fifth, and that big inning was hard for us to recover from,” said Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee.

Athens improves to 8-6 on the season, while Waverly falls to 0-1.

“I think there were some first-game jitters,” said McDuffee.

Walks to junior Thomas Hand and freshman Jay Pipher, and a single by freshman Joey Tomasso loaded the bases for the Wolverines in the bottom of the first inning.

With one out, Waverly took the lead on an Athens error, and junior Kaden Wheeler followed with an RBI single to give Waverly a 2-0 lead.

Junior Brennan Traub capped the rally with an RBI groundout to make it 3-0.

The Wildcats answered with three runs in the top of the second inning.

Sophomore Lucas Kraft reached on an error lead off the frame, then with one out, junior Kaden Setzer walked and and sophomore Gage Warner reached on an infield single to load the bases.

Senior Kyler Setzer put the Wildcats on the board with an RBI single, and junior Karter Rude tied the game with a line-drive, two RBI double to left field.

Both pitchers — Athens junior Mason Lister, and Traub — settled in and the game remained tied at 3-3 until the fifth inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, Pipher, on in relief for Waverly, retired the first two Athens batters, then ran into trouble.

After sophomore Jaren Glisson walked, Kaden Setzer and sophomore Gage Warner were hit by pitches to load the bases. Kyler Setzer stroked a two-run single to put the Wildcats up 5-3, and Rude followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3.

Two errors led to two more runs and Athens led 8-3 after 4 1/2 innings.

Lister led off the top of the sixth with a double, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Glisson to provide the final margin.

Rude had three hits, including a pair of doubles, scored one run, and collected three RBI, and Kyler Setzer singled twice, scored two runs, and had four RBI to pace Athens’ seven-hit attack.

Lister doubled and scored one run in the win, while Warner singled and scored a run, Kaden Setzer scored two runs, Glisson scored one run and drove in one run, and Kraft crossed the plate once.

Lister earned the win for the Wildcats, allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits, while striking out seven and walking two in five innings of work.

“Lister did a nice job. He kept the ball down, and really kept us off balance,” said McDuffee.

Sophomore Cam Sullivan finished off the game with two perfect innings of relief.

Juniors Caden Hollywood and Traub each singled and drove in a run, while Hand and Tomasso each singled and scored one run, and Wheeler singled to account for Waverly’s five hits. Pipher scored a run.

Traub gave up three runs — all unearned — on three hits, while striking out three and walking two in three innings of work. Pipher was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs — four earned — on four hits, while striking out five and walking one in four innings of relief.

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MACIK POWERS ATHENS TO 14-3 WIN OVER WAVERLY IN 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

MACIK POWERS ATHENS TO 14-3 WIN OVER WAVERLY IN 'BATTLE AT THE BORDER'

May 1, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Junior Caydence Macik supplied the offense, and sophomore Aliyah Butler tossed a complete game to lead Athens to a 14-3 win over Waverly here Saturday afternoon in the second game of the “Battle at the Border” softball showcase.

Macik had three hits, including two home runs, scored three runs, and collected six RBI to lead Athens at the plate, while freshman Ashlyn VanFleet doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, and senior Audrey Hatch doubled and singled, scored three runs, and knocked in one run.

Butler and senior Mallory Mummert each singled twice and scored two runs in Athens’ 17-hit attack, while Braelynn Wood singled twice, senior Harley Sullivan singled scored two runs, and drove in one run, sophomore Addy Repsher singled and drove in one run, and Ciara Devine and sophomore Alli Thoman each added one single.

Butler allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking one in complete-game effort.

The Lady Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on consecutive singles by Mummert, Wood, and Coyle, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hatch.

A pair of error put runners on first and third for the Wildcats to start the third inning, then Repsher lined an RBI single to left field to make it 2-0.

After an RBI groundout off the bat of VanFleet made it 3-0, the Lady Wildcats scored a pair of runs on a two-out error to make it 5-0.

Bella Romano put Waverly on the board in the home half of the third inning with a two-run single to trim the deficit to 5-2, but that is as close as the Lady Wolverines would get.

Hatch led off the top of the fourth inning with a double, and Sullivan reach on an error. Macik’s first home run — a line drive over the center-field fence — made it 8-2.

An RBI double by VanFleet, and an RBI single by Wood pushed the lead to 10-2.

Michaela Lauper’s RBI double in the bottom of the inning cut the lead to 10-3, but back-to-back singles by Hatch and Sullivan and Macik’s second three-run shot — a drive over the left-field fence, made it 13-3.

Athens tacked on an unearned run in the sixth inning to provide the final margin.

Sidney Tomasso singled twice and scored one run, and Romano singled and drove in two runs to pace Waverly’s six-hit attack, while Lauper doubled and drove in one run, Ennis singled and scored one run, freshman Peyton Shaw added a single, and Alyssa Sindoni scored one run.

The Lady Wildcats, now 13-3 (they topped Tioga 10-5 later in the day) hosts Wellsboro Wednesday, while Waverly (1-1) hosts Watkins Glen.

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ATHENS ROLLS OVER TOWANDA, 21-4

ATHENS ROLLS OVER TOWANDA, 21-4

April 30, 2021 Tim Birney

WYSOX — Athens piled 13 runs across the plate in the fourth inning — all with two outs — en route to a 21-4 four-inning rout of Towanda here Friday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.

The Wildcats took banged out nine hits in the win, and took advantage of 11 base on balls, and five Towanda errors.

Athens took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore Cam Sullivan.

Kaden Setzer ripped a two-RBI double in the second inning, and later scored on an error. Junior Karter Rude scored the final run in the rally with a steal of home.

The Wildcats added three unearned runs in the third inning to stretch its lead to 8-0.

Rude, sophomore Caleb Nichols, Dylan Merritt, and Garrett Thetga each had two-run singles in the fourth inning.

Kaden Setzer doubled, scored two runs, and collected three RBI, while Rude singled, scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in two runs, and Nichols singled, scored twice, stole three bases, and knocked in two runs to pace Athens at the plate.

Merritt and Thetga each singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs in the win, while Kyler Setzer singled and scored three runs, sophomore Gage Warner singled, scored twice, and drove in one run, and Carson Smith and Sullivan each singled and knocked in one run.

Sophomore Lucas Kraft scored three runs for the Wildcats, while junior Tucker Brown scored two runs and drove in one run, and sophomore Jaren Glisson, senior Ben Vough and Jared Peterson each scored one run.

Kraft was the beneficiary of the Wildcat offensive onslaught. He allowed four runs — all unearned — on three hits, while striking out four and walking none to earn the win.

The Wildcats, now 7-6, returns to action Saturday. They play at Waverly at 10 a.m., then play at Tioga at 1 p.m.

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ATHENS KNOCKS OFF TOWANDA, 9-5

ATHENS KNOCKS OFF TOWANDA, 9-5

April 30, 2021 Tim Birney

WYSOX — Athens plated three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good on its way to a 9-5 win over Towanda here Friday afternoon in NTL Large School softball action.

Senior Audrey Hatch led off the game with a single, stole second, and eventually scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Wildcats a quick 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, sophomore Addy Repsher walked, and freshman Ashlyn VanFleet hit a line drive to right field that eluded the outfielder, and she circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run to push the lead to 3-0.

Saige Greenland’s RBI double in the bottom of the third inning put Towanda on the board. Greenland later scored on an error to trim the deficit to 3-2.

Athena Chacona a led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double, and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Addie Maynard to tie the game at 3-3.

Athens sophomore pitcher Aliyah Butler was able to escape further damage with a strikeout, and a come-backer to the pitcher’s circle.

Senior Harley Sullivan led off the top of the fifth inning with a double. After junior Caydence Macik walked, Butler laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third.

A pair of wild pitches scored both runners, and allowed senior Mallory Mummert to reach first base on a dropped third strike. Mummert took second on a passed ball, and eventually scored on a steal of home to make it 6-3.

Athens added two runs in the sixth inning on a single by Hatch, a double by Sullivan, and a two-out, two-RBI single by Butler.

Braelynn Wood’s RBI single gave Athens a 9-3 lead after 6 1/2 innings.

Jocelyn Bennett’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning provided the final margin.

VanFleet was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases, and one RBI, while Sullivan doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in one run, and Hatch singled and scored two runs to lead Athens’ 11-hit attack.

Butler singled and drove in two runs in the win, while Macik singled and scored one run, and Repsher and Wood each singled and drove in one run. Mummert scored one run and knocked in one run, and sophomore Alli Thoman crossed the plate once.

Butler earned the win in relief. She allowed two runs — both unearned — on six hits, while striking out two and walking none in four innings of work.

Saige Greenland, Bennett, and Chacona each had two hits to lead Towanda’s nine-hit attack.

The Lady Wildcats, now 11-3, return to action Saturday. They play at Waverly at noon., then play Tioga at Waverly at 2 p.m.

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 FRANKLIN PITCHES NEB PAST ATHENS

FRANKLIN PITCHES NEB PAST ATHENS

April 28, 2021 Tim Birney

ROME — Sophomore Thailey Franklin tossed a four-hitter to lead Northeast Bradford to an 11-1 five-inning win over Athens here Wednesday afternoon in NTL softball action.

“This game is all about pitching, and (Thailey) Franklin is the best pitcher we’ve seen this season,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “She made us look bad, and no one else has been able to do that.”

Northeast Bradford built a 9-0 lead through four innings, then answered Athens’ run in the top of the fifth with two in the home half to invoke the 10-run “mercy” rule.

“They really hurt us with a lot of two-strike hits, and quite a few of them were 0-2 pitches,” said Farrell.

The top two hitters in the Lady Wildcat line-up accounted for all four of their hits. Senior Aubrey Hatch doubled and singled, and scored one run, and senior Harley Sullivan doubled and singled, and drove in one run. The remainder of the Athens line-up was 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts.

Franklin struck out eight and walked one in earning the win.

Northeast Bradford took advantage of 10 base on balls, and four Athens errors.

Maisie Neuber homered and doubled, scored two runs, and drove in three runs, while Mikayla Post doubled and singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs, and Kayleigh Thoman doubled and singled, scored one run, and knocked in one run to pace NEB at the plate.

Athens, now 10-3, travels to Towanda Friday.

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