NEWARK VALLEY — Athens freshman Sara Bronson, and Waverly freshman
Harper Minaker each finished in the Top 10 here Friday afternoon here at
the Bob Greene / Newark Valley Cross Country Invitational.
Bronson finished sixth in a time of 21:19.8, and Minaker was ninth in the field of 124 runners in a time of 21:39.9.
The Lady Wildcats, running without No. 2 runner junior Emma Bronson, finished 12th in the team standings with 255 placement points. U-E won the team title with 79 points, while Elk Lake was second with 97, and Delhi was third with 99.
Also for the Lady Wildcats, sophomore Thea Bentley was 49th in 25:38.2, sophomore Cailyn Conklin was 79th in 28:22.3, sophomore Emily Henderson was 94th in 29:57.0, and senior Ruby Kinsman was 113th in 34:08.4.
For the Lady Wolverines, senior Olivia Nittinger was 26th in 23:51.3, and sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn was 41st in 24:56.8.
NEWARK VALLEY — Athens had three runners place in the top 14 to fuel a
fourth-place finish, while senior Nate Ackley paced Waverly’s efforts
here Friday afternoon at the Bob Greene / Newark Valley Cross Country
Senior Matt Gorsline finished sixth in a time of 18:13.9 to lead the Wildcats, while junior Ethan Denlinger was 11th in 18:25.5, and senior Kyle Anthony was 14th in 18:35.5.
Athens placed fourth with 116 points, well behind first-place Vestal, which had 44 placement points.
Freshman Carter Lewis was 47th for the Wildcats in 19:57.5, while sophomore Nate Prickitt was 50th in 20:08.5, senior Izaak Hobday was 65th in 20:43.7, and senior Sander Bertsch was 78th in 21:39.7.
Ackley finished 12th for the Wolverines in a time of 18:27.9, and senior Gavin Schillmoeller was 75th in 21:25.0.
Senior Brendan Jones was 37th in a time of 24:12.4 to pace Athens in the JV race, while freshman Pierce Oldroyd was 48th in 24:51.2, freshman Ryan Gorman was 53rd in 25:27.5, and freshman Lohith Kinthala was 72nd in 30:18.4.
ATHENS — Athens bounced back from its first league loss Tuesday with a
dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Northeast Bradford here Thursday
night in NTL girls soccer action.
“It’s a great bounce-back win for us,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “We played amazing soccer throughout the match.
“We feel like we are hitting our stride at the right time, but understand after Tuesday night, we have no room for error,” noted Pitts in reference to the Lady Wildcats’ 3-2 home loss to Wyalusing.
“We played a really talented NEB team tonight and performed at a great level,” added Pitts. “We were able to go deep into our bench and allow players who have been working very hard to get valuable playing time for the future.”
The Lady Wildcats took an early lead when sophomore Kendra Merrill took a through-ball from senior Delaney Stedge and deposited it into the back of the net.
In the 27th minute, senior Hannah Walker took a feed from freshman Addison Wheeler and beat the NEB keeper for the first of her three goals in the game to make it 2-0.
About six minutes later, sophomore Mya Thompson set up Walker for a point-blank shot extend the lead to 3-0, which is where it stood at the half.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Walker returned the favor and set Thompson up for a close-range shot that found the net to make it 4-0.
Walker finished off her hat trick with an unassisted goal about three minutes later to push the Lady Wildcat lead to 5-0.
Holly Towner put NEB on the board in the 75th minute to provide the final margin.
Athens had a 12-8 advantage in shots-on-goal, but NEB had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Junior Karlee Bartlow registered five saves in net for Athens.
The Lady Wildcats, now 8-5 overall, are 6-1 in the league and tied atop the NTL standings with Troy. They play at Troy Saturday morning.
WELLSBORO — Sophomore Evan Cooper fired a career-best round to lead
Athens to a win here Wednesday in the final NTL golf match of the
season. The Wildcats also claimed the league title with their second
Athens went 6-0 on the day with a four-player aggregate score of 383 — 26 strokes better than runner-up Wellsboro. Wyalusing was third with a 413, while Towanda was fourth with a 415, Cowanesque Valley was fifth with a 427, and Sayre, playing without three of their top five scorers, shot a 470 to go 1-5 on the day. North Penn-Mansfield, who had just two golfers in action, carded a 572.
The Wildcats finish the season at 34-7 to claim the NTL crown, while Wellsboro was second at 32-9, Sayre dropped to third at 26-10, Wyalusing was fourth at 26-15, Towanda was fifth at 13-28, CV was sixth at 10-31, and NP-M was seventh at 0-41.
“We really finished strong, winning all six in the last two matches,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. “Going into the last two matches, we knew we had to win out.
“It was great to see all of our guys improve and peak at the right time.
“It’s a great group of kids, and they are all back next year,” added Pientka.
Cooper finished third on the day with an 82, behind low-medal winner Andrew Green of NP-Mansfield, who fired a 79, and Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer who shot an 81.
Athens junior Cameron Sullivan finished fourth with an 88, and Sayre senior Dylan Seck was seventh with a 94.
Athens junior Lucas Kraft was 14th with a 103, and freshman Dylan Saxon was 20th with a 110.
Sophomore Nicholas Jacob added a non-scoring round of 112 for the Wildcats, and freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh carded a 129.
Sophomore David Hall added a 147 for the Redskins, and David Hall Jr. tacked on a 148.
LEAGUE AWARDS: Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer earned the league MVP Award, and repeated as the “Scott Taylor Award” winner, which is given to the NTL Sportsman of the Year. … Athens sophomore Evan Cooper was named the “Most Improved Player,” and Athens freshman Dylan Saxon is the “Rookie of the Year.”
VanDuzer, Athens junior Cameron Sullivan, and Cooper earned first-team NTL all-star honors, and Saxon was named to the second team.
ROME, Pa. — Neither team was able to get off many shots, but Athens made
the most of theirs in a 3-0 win over Northeast Bradford here Wednesday
afternoon in NTL boys soccer action.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 6-1 in NTL play, and remain just 1/2-game behind first place Wellsboro (6-0-1).
Senior Daniel Horton scored in the 10th minute of the game — on the Wildcats’ third, and final, shot-on-goal of the first half — to give Athens a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats only managed three shots in the second half, too, but senior Nate Quinn found the back of the net with the last two — in the 60th minute and the 68th minute — to extend the lead to 3-0.
Northeast Bradford only got off three shots-on-goal — two in first half, and one in the second — in the 80 minutes.
NEB had a 7-6 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Levi Kuhns had three saves in net for Athens, while Garrett Cooper had three for the Panthers.
Athens, now 7-6 overall, returns to action Saturday when it hosts Williamsport.
ATHENS — Wyalusing made the most of its three shots-on-goal as Olivia
Haley scored in the final two minutes of the game to lift the Lady Rams
to a 2-1 win over Athens here Tuesday afternoon in NTL girls soccer
action at Alumni Stadium.
The loss is the first in league play for the Lady Wildcats, who are now 5-1. They fall into a first-place tie with Troy. Wyalusing and NEB are 1 game back.
“I thought the girls executed our game plan and we played great ‘soccer,’” said Athens coach Rich Pitts.
“We faced a lot of adversity throughout the game, but nothing we haven’t seen before when playing them the last two years,” noted Pitts.
“I am proud of the girls, and how they handled themselves to the end,” he added. “We will get back to work and prepare for NEB.”
The Lady Wildcats struck first midway through the first half when senior Hannah Walker set up freshman Addison Wheeler for a goal to make it 1-0.
Layla Botts tied the in the 30th minute, and the game went to the half tied at 1-1.
With 1:57 remaining in the game, Haley scored an unassisted goal to give the Lady Rams a 2-1 lead.
Athens had a 7-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Pearl O’Connor had six saves for Wyalusing, while Karlee Bartlow had one for Athens.
Athens, now 7-5 overall, hosts NEB Thursday night.
TROY — The unbeaten Athens boys swept the top four spots in a 16-47 win
over Troy, while the Lady Wildcats dropped a 26-32 decision here Tuesday
afternoon in NTL cross country action at Mt. Pisgah State Park.
WAVERLY — Athens shot four rounds in the 80s to win the NTL golf match
here at Tomasso’s Golf Course on a rainy Monday afternoon, while Sayre
senior Kannon VanDuzer shot a season-best round to earn low-medal
The Wildcats shot a four-player aggregate score of 340, with runner-up Sayre shooting a 347. Wellsboro was third at 354, while Wyalusing was fourth at 355, Cowanesque Valley was fifth at 427, Towanda was sixth at 455, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 546.
Athens sophomore Evan Cooper and freshman Dylan Saxon tied for fourth with rounds of 83, while junior Cameron Sullivan was sixth with an 85, and sophomore Lucas Kraft was tied for 11th with a career-best round of 89.
Sullivan had two birdies in his round, while Cooper, Saxon, and Kraft each had one.
“It was a team effort,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. “Lucas Kraft had his best round this year, but so did Evan Cooper, Dylan Saxon, and Cameron Sullivan.
“It was difficult playing conditions and they all came through with their best rounds of the year,” added Pientka. “I am really proud of all of them, including Nick Jacob and Keaton Sinsabaugh, who both played well.”
Sophomore Nick Jacob added a non-scoring round of 112, and freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh tacked on a 113 for the Wildcats.
VanDuzer fired a 75 in a round that including one birdie, and 10 pars. Senior Dylan Seck shot an 89 for the Redskins, while junior Jackson Hubbard carded a 91, and senior Dom Fabbri had a 92.
Sayre remains in first place in the league standings with a 25-5 record, with Athens movie into second place at 28-7. Wellsboro is in third with a 27-8 record.
The NTL wraps up its regular season Wednesday at Tyoga Country Club in Wellsboro.
ATHENS — Athens scored three goals late in the game to pull out a 3-0
win over North Penn-Liberty here Saturday morning in NTL boys soccer
action at Alumni Stadium.
With the win, Athens (6-6 overall) improves to 5-1 in league play, and trails Wellsboro (5-0-1) by 1/2-game.
After nearly 69 minutes of scoreless action, junior Brayden Post found the back of the net with 11:04 remaining in the game to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Senior Mason Hughey was credited with an assist.
With 7:22 remaining, senior Daniel Horton scored an unassisted goal to give Athens a 2-0 lead.
Hughey finished off the scoring three minutes later.
Athens had a 14-1 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 10-2 edge in corner kicks.
Senior Levi Kuhns had one save in net for Athens.
Athens returns to action Wednesday at NEB.
TIOGA JUNCTION — Freshman Addison Wheeler scored the game’s lone goal
about 10 1/2 minutes in to lift Athens to a 1-0 win over Williamson here
Saturday afternoon in NTL girls soccer action.
“I thought we played really good soccer,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “We put the ball on the floor, and moved it up an down the field better than we have all year.
“We were not quite good enough on the final shot, or final pass in there end though,” noted Pitts. “So, we will work on that this week.
“Big props to Williamson and that coaching staff,” added Pitts. “He has made them a very formidable program in a short time. I was impressed with how they played the game the entire 80 minutes.”
Wheeler took a cross from senior Hannah Walker, and knocked it past the Williamson keeper to put the Lady Wildcats up 1-0 with 29:33 remaining in the first half.
Athens outshot Williamson, 15-3, and had an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.
Karlee Bartlow had three saves in net for the Lady Wildcats, while Ashley Woodring recorded 14 saves for Williamson.
Athens is now 7-4 overall, but is atop the NTL standings at 5-0 — 1 game ahead of Troy.
“Overall, I am happy where we are in the league, and I’m looking forward to a tough week upcoming.”
The Lady Wildcats host Wyalusing Tuesday and NEB Thursday, before closing out the week Saturday morning at Troy.
ROCHESTER — The Athens duo of freshman Sara Bronson and junior Emma
Bronson, and Waverly freshman Harper Minaker all finished in the top 20
in the Small Schools race at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational here
Saturday at the Genesee Valley Park.
Athens finished 18th in the team standings in a race that featured 30 complete teams, and a field of 260 runners.
“McQuaid is always a great experience for the kids,” said Athens coach Scott Riley. “It’s the largest field size they compete in all season.
“This gives all the kids other runners to race with throughout their race,” he noted. “Saturday was no different, and we saw strong efforts from all the kids as we head into the last few weeks of the regular season.
“These were very competitive races with schools from all around the region,” added Riley.
Sara Bronson finished 12th in 20:01.5, and junior Emma Bronson was 16th in 20:13.4 to lead the Lady Wildcats, while sophomore Thea Bentley was 147th in 24:12.0, sophomore Emily Henderson was 215th in 26:17.3, and sophomore Cailyn Conklin was 217th in 26:24.0.
Minaker led the Lady Wolverines with a 23rd-place finish in 20:28.9, while sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn was 62nd in 22:02.6, senior Olivia Nittinger was 126th in 23:40.3, and sophomore Ally Barrett was 210th in 26:02.1.
JUNIOR HIGH RACE
Athens finished 17th out of 21 complete teams, while Waverly was incomplete. There were 181 runners in the field.
Waverly 7th-grader Lauren Gorsline finished 15th in a time of 10:57.4, while 7th-grader Taylor Sinsabaugh was 82nd in 13:11.2, and 8th-grader Sophie Williams was 134th in 14:51.0.
Eighth-grader Addison Bruns finished 16th in 10:58.6 to lead the junior ‘Cats, while 8th-grader Olivia Cheresnowsky was 67th in 12:39.9, 8th-grader Kayla Marshall was 97th in 13:34.6, 8th-grader Victoria Gao was 100th in 13:40.9, and 8th-grader Madeline Henderson was 170th in 18:22.2.
ROCHESTER — Senior Matt Gorsline finished 16th to lead Athens to a
seventh-place finish in its Small Schools race at the prestigious
McQuaid Invitational here Saturday at the Genesee Valley Park.
Waverly senior Nate Ackley finished 30th in a race that featured 38 complete teams, and a field of 317 runners.
We always look forward to going to McQuaid, it is a great opportunity for our kids to test themselves against really top-flight competition,” said Athens coach Mike Bronson. “We had a really successful day, the boys placed seventh as a team, which is our best team showing at McQuaid.
“Matt Gorsline placed higher than any Athens boy has in the years we have been attending,” noted Bronson. “Ethan Denlinger ran a really good race, this is only his second year running, so 37th is a great finish.
“It is good to have Kyle Anthony back, he just needs another race or two to get back to full strength,” continued Bronson.
“In the junior high boys race, Eli Hicks ran a tremendous race, he's only a 7th-grader, but he finished ninth in his race and ended up running the 9th-fastest time of the day for all junior high boys,” added Bronson.
Southwestern (NY) won the team title with 131 points, while North East (Pa.) was second with 156, and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (NY) and Alden (NY) tied four third with 170 points. Athens finished with 276 points.
Gorsline clocked in at in 17:00.9, while junior Ethan Denlinger was 37th in 17:48.0, freshman Carter Lewis was 53rd in 18:09.4, and senior Kyle Anthony was 77th in 18:29.6.
Senior Izaak Hobday finished 110th in a time of 19:06.3 for the Wildcats, while sophomore Nate Prickitt was 115th in 19:15.6, and senior Sander Bertsch was 138th in 19:37.9
Ackley clocked in at 17:41.8, while senior Sam VanDyke was 223rd in 21:09.6, and sophomore Brayden Hurd was 239th in 21:33.2
BOYS JV RACE
Athens finished 20th out of 21 complete teams. There were 213 competitors in the field.
Freshman Aiden Oldryod led the junior ‘Cats with a 138th-place finish in 22:12.9, while senior Brendan Jones was 145th in 22:32.4, freshman Pierce Oldroyd was 159th in 23:37.6, freshman Ryan Gorman was 184th in 25:19.3, and freshman Lohith Kinthala was 206th in 28:09.1.
JUNIOR HIGH RACE
There were 18 complete teams and 212 runners in the field in the junior high race. Athens and Waverly both were incomplete.
Seventh-grader Eli Hicks led Athens with a ninth-place finish in a time of 8:28.8, while 8th-grader Charan Venkataswamy was 72nd in 10:02.1, and 8th-grader Arayan Gaur was 192nd in 13:53.3.
Seventh-grader Chase Hine led Waverly with a 47th-place finish in a time of 9:26.0, while 8th-grader Finn Wiliams was 62nd in 9:45.9, and 7th-grader Mark Myers was 191st in 13:51.6.
HUGHESVILLE — It was a night of big plays for Athens, which scored five
TDs on plays of 34 yards or more, in a 50-0 demolition of Hughesville
here Friday night in non-league football action.
“We came in and we executed,” said Athens coach Jack Young. “We got sloppy a couple times, but we made plays. That is what good teams have to do.”
The Athens defense made the first big play of the game, stopping the Spartans on downs at their own 45 on the first possession of the contest.
Junior QB Mason Lister put the Wildcats on the board quickly, connecting with senior Karter Rude on a 45-yard TD pass on their first play from scrimmage. Senior Shayne Reid’s PAT kick made it 7-0 with 8:06 remaining in the first quarter.
The Spartans put together their best drove of the night on their next possession, behind the hard running of Brenden Knight, but missed a 29-yard field.
Athens took over at its own 20, and Reid broke loose on an 80-yard TD run on the the first play of the possession. Reid tacked on the extra point to make it 14-0 with 3:06 left in the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Rude intercepted a long pass at the Wildcat goal line, and returned it to the Athens 45.
The Wildcats put together a 10-play drive, capped by a 10-yard TD run by Reid, whose PAT kick made it 21-0 with 5:46 remaining in the first half.
Athens’ first two possessions in the second half ended in frustration.
The Wildcats were stopped at the Hughesville 1 on its first possession, then missed a 28-yard field goal on its second.
Moments later, however, a big hit resulted in a fumble, which Hughesville recovered in the end zone for a safety that gave Athens a 23-0 lead.
The rest of the game was an avalanche of points for the Wildcats.
Athens took the ensuing free kick, and drove for a score. Reid capped the drive with a 23-yard TD reception from Lister to make it 30-0 with 2:39 left in the third quarter.
The Spartans returned the ensuing kickoff into Wildcat territory, but the Athens defense shut down the possession quickly.
Athens put together a five-minute drive, capped by a 34-yard TD connection from Lister to 6-5 senior J.J. Babcock to make it 36-0 with 9:32 remaining in the contest.
After a Jared Peterson interception on Hughesville’s next possession gave the Wildcats the ball back, junior Caleb Nichols broke loose on a 70-yard TD run with 6:51 left in the game.
The Athens defense got the ball back one last time, and freshman Kolsen Keathley found paydirt on a 40-yard TD run. Reid’s seventh PAT in eight attempts made it 50-0 with 1:35 remaining.
The Wildcat ground game churned out 321 yards on 31 carries. Reid led the way with 185 yards and two TDs on 17 carries, while Nichols added 81 yards and one TD on three carries, and Keathley chipped in with 41 yards and one TD on two carries.
Lister completed 11 of 16 passes for 203 yards and three TDs, without being intercepted.
Babcock led Athens with four catches for 63 yards and one TD, while Reid had four receptions for 60 yards and one TD, and Rude added three grabs for 76 yards and one TD.
Knight led Hughesville with 129 rushing yards on 27 carries.
Athens, now 4-2, hosts NTL Large School rival North Penn-Mansfield Friday.
TROY — Athens fended off a late comeback bid to post a 3-1 win over Troy
here Thursday night in NTL Large School volleyball action.
“The girls, as a team, played really well,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “It was super-refreshing to watch them play with more relentlessness.”
Hanson said the Lady Wildcats made a couple of adjustments after Tuesday’s loss.
“We tried a couple different things tonight, and that seemed to help out,” she said. “I was glad to hear them be so loud, especially with a super-loud Troy crowd.”
The Lady Wildcats won the first two sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-15, but the Lady Trojans forced a fourth set with a 25-18 win in the third set. Athens closed out the match with a 25-20 victory.
Jenny Ryan led Athens seven points — all aces, 14 kills, 12 setter assists, and 18 dig, while Ally Martin had 12 points, six kills, and 12 digs, and Kassie Babcock had eight points, six kills, and 11 digs.
Taylor Walker had four points, five kills, and 11 digs in the win, while Braelyn Wood had four points, six assists, two kills, and 13 digs, Cassy Friend added three points (three aces), and four digs, Ella Coyle recorded 12 digs, and Cailin McDaniel chipped in with one block.
Athens, now 3-4, returns to action Tuesday when it hosts North Penn-Liberty.
EAGLES MERE, Pa. — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer led a trio of Valley
golfers in the top 20 Thursday afternoon in Day 1 of the District 4,
Class AA boys golf championships here at the Eagles Mere Country Club.
VanDuzer shot an 88 on the 5,890-yard, par-71 course, and is in a four-way tie for seventh place.
Athens junior Cameron Sullivan shot a 93 and is tied for 14th, and Athens sophomore Evan Cooper shot a 94 and is in a four-way tie for 16th in the 52-player field.
The top seven after Saturday’s second round will advance to Regionals.
Sayre senior Dylan Seck carded a 107 and is tied for 33rd place, while Athens sophomore Nicholas Jacob shot a 109 and is tied for 36th, and Athens freshman Dylan Saxon had a 110 and is tied for 38th.
Sayre junior Colton Watkins and sophomore Jackson Hubbard shot 116 and 117, respectively, while Athens sophomore Lucas Kraft had a 121.
Saturday’s second round tees off at noon.