WILDCATS RIDE SULLIVAN'S ARM TO WIN OVER NEB

WILDCATS RIDE SULLIVAN'S ARM TO WIN OVER NEB

April 28, 2021 Tim Birney

ROME — Athens overcame an early deficit, thanks in large part to a strong pitching performance by sophomore Cameron Sullivan, in a 10-4 win over Northeast Bradford here Wednesday afternoon in NTL baseball action.

Junior Karter Rude walked to lead off the game, stole second and third base, then scored on an error to give the Wildcats a quick 1-0 lead.

NEB answered quickly with first-inning doubles by Lucas Crown and Clay Wiggins to tie the game at 1-1. Wiggins would later score on an error to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the second inning, senior Kyler Setzer singled, stole second, and later scored to tie the game at 2-2, but the Panthers answered with two runs to take a 4-2 lead.

A one-out single by Cayden McPherson was the only hit in the rally. Four consecutive walks forced home two runs to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead.

Sullivan entered the game after the fourth walked, and escaped the jam without further damage.

Sullivan finished off the game to earn the win. He tossed 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits, while striking out six and walking none.

The Wildcats tied the game in the top of the third inning on a two-out, two-RBI triple by senior Kaden Setzer.

In the top of the fourth, Rude ignited a rally with a one-out double, and scored on back-to-back singles by sophomore Caleb Nichols and Sullivan that left runners on first and third. Moments later, Nichols scampered home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Mason Lister to make it 6-4.

Sophomore Jaren Glisson’s lead-off home run in the top of the fifth extended Athens’ lead to 7-4.

The Wildcats added three runs in the sixth inning in a rally capped by Glisson’s two-RBI double.

Glisson homered and doubled, scored two runs, and collected three RBI to pace the Wildcats at the plate, while Rude tripled and doubled, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Nichols singled twice, stole two bases, and scored two runs.

Kaden Setzer tripled and drove in two runs in the win, while Lister singled, scored two runs, and knocked in one run, Sullivan singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, sophomore Lucas Kraft singled and knocked in a run, Kyler Setzer singled and scored one run, and senior Ben Vough added a single.

Crown doubled and singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Wiggins doubled, scored one run, and knocked in one run to pace NEB’s five-hit attack.

Athens, now 6-6, returns to action Friday at Towanda.

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ANTHONY, ELLIS LEAD UNBEATEN WILDCATS TO WIN OVER WELLSBORO

ANTHONY, ELLIS LEAD UNBEATEN WILDCATS TO WIN OVER WELLSBORO

April 27, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Kyle Anthony won four events, and Asher Ellis swept the throwing events to lead Athens to a 99-51 win over Wellsboro here Tuesday afternoon in NTL boys track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

The Wildcats improve to 6-0 with the win, while Wellsboro falls to 4-2.

Anthony led a sweep in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:57.21, while Connor Dahl was second in 5:03.01, and Matt Gorsline was third in 5:05.15.

Anthony also led a sweep in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:32.65, with Sander Bertsch second in 2:33.52, and Justin Lynch third in 2:37.3.

Anthony, Lynch, Gorsline, and Dahl teamed to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 8:49.13

Anthony and Lynch teamed with John Ayres, and Ryan LaSusa to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:49.44.

Ellis led a sweep in the discus with a toss of 136-feet, 1-inches, while Lucas Aquilio in second at 98-feet, 8-inches, and Ben Pernaselli was third at 96-feet, 9-inches. Ellis also won the shot put with a heave of 44-feet, 4 1/4-inches.

Ellis won the javelin with a throw of 149-feet, 8-inches, and Zach Stafursky was third at 113-feet, 4-inches.

Gorsline led a sweep in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:15.27, with Dahl second in 11:28.65, and Izaak Hobday third in 13:00.84.

LaSusa led a sweep in the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.19, while Ayres was second in 58.58 seconds, and Lynch was third in 59.67 seconds.

Brendan Jones led a sweep in the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 34-feet, 2 1/2-inches, while Connor Brown was second at 33-feet, 2 3/4-inches, and Carter Jones was third at 32-feet, 7-inches.

Jaden Wright recorded three of the Wildcats’ six second-place finishes.

Wright finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.75 seconds, and LaSusa was third in 11.79 seconds. Wright also finished second in the 200-meter dash in 24.69 seconds, and LaSusa was third in 24.89 seconds.

Wright finished second in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 8 1/4-inches, and Joe Toscano was third at 15-feet, 10 1/2-inches.

Levi Kuhns finished second in the 110-meter hurdles, and Carter Jones was third in 20.31 seconds. Kuhns was second in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.66 seconds, and Carter Jones was third in 53.66 seconds.

Ethan Denlinger was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet. He was third in the pole vault at 7-feet.

Athens returns to action next Tuesday when it hosts North Penn-Mansfield.

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ROE, THOMPSON LEAD ATHENS TO WIN OVER WELLSBORO

ROE, THOMPSON LEAD ATHENS TO WIN OVER WELLSBORO

April 27, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Emma Roe and freshman Mya Thompson won four events apiece to lead Athens to a 97-51 win over Wellsboro here Tuesday afternoon in NTL track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

Junior Hannah Walker, sophomore Emma Bronson and freshman Emily Henderson were triple-winners as the Lady Wildcats improved to 5-0-1 on the season.

Roe won the 100-meter dash in 12.81 seconds, and Hannah Walker was second in 13.06 seconds. Roe won the 200-meter dash in 29.04 seconds, and Cassy Friend was third in 30.68 seconds.

Roe also won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:07.37, and Abby Prickitt was third in 1:18.24.

Roe and Thompson teamed with Henderson and Walker to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:39.38.

Thompson won the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 9-inches, and Friend was third at 13-feet, 3-inches. She also won the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 32-feet, 8 3/4-inches.

Thompson and Henderson teamed with Friend and Walker to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 55.54 seconds.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 54.4 seconds, and Henderson was second in 56.88 seconds.

Henderson won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18.3 seconds

Bronson won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:50.01, and Cailyn Conklin was third in 7:32.29 Bronson won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 13:13.88, and Conklin was second in 15:38.17.

She also won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:39.55.

Shelby Morris won the pole vault at 5-feet, by virtue of fewer misses. Emily King was third at 5-feet. Morris finished second in the high jump at 3-feet, 6-inches.

Olivia Bartlow won the discus with a toss of 87-feet, 7-inches, while Emma Pernaselli was second at 80-feet, 3-inches, and Meltem VanHelden was third at 76-feet, 1-inches.

Emma Pernaselli was second in the javelin with a throw of 72-feet, 4-inches. She also finished in the shot put with a heave of 26-feet, 8 1/2-inches.

Athens returns to action next Tuesday when it hosts North Penn-Mansfield.

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ATHENS RIDES BIG INNING TO 18-8 WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

ATHENS RIDES BIG INNING TO 18-8 WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

April 26, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens erupted for 10 runs in the third inning to blow open a tie game en route to an 18-8 five-inning win over Williamson here Monday afternoon in NTL softball action.

The Lady Warriors struck for three runs in the top of the first inning, thanks in part to a pair of Athens errors, and RBI singles by Mikenna Buchanan and Skylar Smith, but the Lady Wildcats answered with three runs in the home half of the frame.

With two outs, Mallory Mummert one-hopped the right field fence for a two-RBI triple, then scored on an RBI single by Addy Repsher.

Ashlyn VanFleet drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the second, and later scored on a wild pitch to give Athens a 4-3 lead.

Skylar Smith’s RBI single in the top of the third tied the game at 4-4, but the Lady Wildcats blew the game open in the bottom of the frame.

Mummert gave Athens the lead for good with a two-run home run to make it 6-4. The rally also featured a two-run home run by Caydence Macik, a two-run double by Harley Sullivan, a two-run single by Repsher, and a run-scoring single by Megan Collins.

A solo home run by Audrey Hatch put Athens ahead 15-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Moments later, Sullivan tripled and scored on a throwing error on the play to make it 16-4.

Williamson scored four runs in the top of fifth inning to trim the deficit to 16-8, but Athens scored two runs in the bottom of the inning — on a sacrifice by Marissa Butler and an RBI single by Hatch — to close out the game via the “mercy” rule.

Hatch had four hits, including a home run, two runs scored and two RBI to lead Athens at the plate, while Repsher stroked three singles, scored two runs, and drove in three runs, and Aliyah Butler singled three times and scored one run.

Mummert homered and tripled, scored three runs, and had four RBI, and Sullivan tripled and doubled, scored three runs, and drove in two runs for the Lady Wildcats, while Macik hit a solo home run, Collins singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, VanFleet and Alli Thoman each scored two runs, and Marissa Butler drove in one run.

Repsher earned the win in relief for the Lady Wildcats. She allowed three runs — all unearned — on two hits, while striking out four and walking two.

Athens, now 10-2, travels to Wyalusing Tuesday for the first of five road games in five days.

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SOPHOMORE DUO COMBINE OF FOUR-HITTER; ATHENS BLANKS WILLIAMSON, 9-0

SOPHOMORE DUO COMBINE OF FOUR-HITTER; ATHENS BLANKS WILLIAMSON, 9-0

April 26, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens sophomore Gage Warner and Cam Sullivan combined on a four-hit shutout to help the Wildcats snap a four-game losing streak with a 9-0 win over Williamson here Monday afternoon in NTL baseball action.

Warner scattered three hits over five innings, while striking out three and walking two to earn the win for the Wildcats. Sullivan allowed one hit and one walk, and struck out two in two innings of work.

Athens jumped on the Warriors early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Junior Karter Rude led off the game with a single, and ended up on third base after sophomore Caleb Nichols and Sullivan were hit by pitches.

Rude scampered home on a passed ball for the game’s first run, then sophomore Mason Lister made it 2-0 with an RBI single. With two outs, Warner helped his own cause to make it 4-0.

Williamson starter Cody Fleming settled down after the first inning. He allowed just a second-inning single by Nichols before running into trouble again in the fourth inning.

Kyler Setzer led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single, stole second, and scored on an RBI double by Kaden Setzer to make it 5-0.

With one out, Nichols was hit by a pitch again to put runners on first and second. The runners moved to second and third, then scored on a ringing two-run double by Sullivan to extend the lead to 7-0.

After a Lister single and stolen base, pinch-hitter senior Tanner Dildine capped the rally with a two-RBI double.

Lister singled twice, scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in one run, and Kyler Setzer singled twice and scored one run to lead Athens’ 10-hit attack, while Sullivan doubled, scored two runs, and collected two RBI, Kaden Setzer doubled, scored one run, and knocked in one run.

Dildine doubled and drove in two runs in the win, while Warner singled and knocked in two runs, Nichols singled and scored two runs, and Rude singled and scored one run.

Athens, now 5-6, travels to Towanda Wednesday for the first of four road games in four days.

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ATHENS SPLITS A PAIR OF GAMES AT CENTRAL COLUMBIA TOURNAMENT

ATHENS SPLITS A PAIR OF GAMES AT CENTRAL COLUMBIA TOURNAMENT

April 24, 2021 Tim Birney

BLOOMSBURG — Athens bounced back from an opening-round loss to Selinsgrove to top Milton in the consolation game of the Central Columbia Tournament here Saturday in non-league softball action.

Selinsgrove 14, Athens 9
Selinsgrove’s bats came alive late in a come-from-behind, 14-9, win over Athens in the opening round of the Central Columbia Tournament.

“Defensively we were terrible, and our base-running was even worse,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “We didn’t deserve to win.

“The good thing is these are things we can correct,” added Farrell.

Trailing 1-0, the Lady Wildcats put together four consecutive two-out hits in the bottom of the second inning.

Mallory Mummert walked to lead off the second inning, and moved to second on a grounder off the bat of Addy Repsher.

With two outs, Carlie Simpson stroked an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Ashlyn VanFleet ripped an RBI double to give Athens the lead, then scored on an RBI single by Macie Coyle to make it 3-1.

Harley Sullivan capped the rally with an RBI single to plate Coyle.

Selinsgrove trimmed the deficit to 4-2 with a run in the top of the third inning, but Athens answered with two runs in the home half on a two-RBI single by Megan Collins.

The Lady Seals scored two runs in the top of the fourth to trim the lead to 6-4, but an RBI single by Mummert in the bottom of the fourth gave Athens a 7-4 lead.

Selinsgrove tied the game with three runs in the fifth inning, and took an 11-7 lead with four runs in the sixth inning.

Athens battled back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth in a rally that featured a double by Audrey Hatch, and an RBI single by Mummert, but Selinsgrove put the game away with three runs in the seventh inning.

Collins had two hits and two RBI, while Hatch doubled and singled, and scored two runs, and Coyle singled twice, scored one run, and drove in one run to lead Athens’ 12-hit attack.

Mummert singled, scored three runs, and knocked in one run for the Lady Wildcats, while VanFleet doubled, scored one run, and drove in one run, Simpson singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, Sullivan and Repsher each singled and drove in one run, and Aliyah Butler singled and scored one run.

Athens 14, Milton 4
Athens banged out 17 hits, and Aliyah Butler turned in a strong pitching performance to lead Athens to a 14-4 six-inning win over Milton in the consolation game of the Central Columbia Tournament.

“We started slow, then came on strong,” said Farrell. “Again, we were shaky on defense, but we hit well and took advantage of a lot of (Milton’s) mistakes.”

The Lady Wildcats took an early lead with three runs in the first inning in a rally featured an RBI single by Addy Repsher and and RBI double by Ashlyn VanFleet.

Athens added two more runs in the second inning, then pulled away with three runs in the fifth innings, and five runs in the sixth inning to invoke the 10-run “mercy” rule.

Audrey Hatch had four hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning, scored three runs, and drove in one run, while Harley Sullivan singled twice, scored three runs, and had two RBI, and Coyle singled twice and scored two runs.

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ATHENS DROPS 6-2 DECISION AT WYALUSING

ATHENS DROPS 6-2 DECISION AT WYALUSING

April 24, 2021 Tim Birney

WYALUSING — Wyalusing took the lead in the bottom of the first inning, and never relinquished it en route to a 6-2 win over Athens here Saturday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.

With seven of his teammates, including four starters and the team’s ace pitcher, out due to Covid-19 quarantine, Wyalusing’s Nick Kelly stepped up with a strong pitching performance, and several of the remaining Ram hitter delivered key two-out hits.

Kelly earned the win, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits, while striking out five and walking four in 6 2/3 innings of work. Trehnon Hugo worked around a walk to record the final out.

Athens took the early lead on an RBI single by Cam Sullivan in the top of the first inning, but the Rams answered with two runs in the home half of the inning.

With two outs, an Athens error extended the inning. After a single by Spencer Krewson and a walk loaded the bases, C.J. Carr delivered a two-run single to left field to put the Rams up 2-1.

Wyalusing added three runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. All three runs came with two outs, and the rally included RBI singles by Chase Houser and Krewson.

Wyalusing tacked on a run in the third inning on a two-out error by Wildcats to extend the lead to 6-1.

Athens got a run back in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Lucas Kraft, but he was left stranded at third base, and the Wildcats managed just a pair of singles over the final three innings.

Sullivan had two hits and drove in one run, while Caleb Nichols singled twice, and Kraft doubled and drove in one run to account for Athens’ five hits.

 Kraft was tagged with the tough-luck loss. He allowed six runs — all unearned — on 10 hits, while striking out two and walking two in five innings of work. Gage Warner allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless inning of relief.

Houser stroked three singles and drove in one run, while Carr had two hits and two RBI, Krewson had two hits, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Kelly singled twice and scored one run in Wyalusing’s 11-hit attack.

Athens, now 4-6, hosts Williamson Monday.

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BIG INNING PROPELS SAYRE TO 12-2 FIVE-INNING WIN OVER ATHENS

BIG INNING PROPELS SAYRE TO 12-2 FIVE-INNING WIN OVER ATHENS

April 23, 2021 Tim Birney

 SAYRE — Sayre scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to invoke the 10-run “mercy” rule in a 12-2 win over Athens here Friday afternoon in NTL baseball action on Ralph Hendershot Field at Riverfront Park.

The Redskins entered the game having outscored their opponents, 109-15, in a 6-0 start, but led just 4-2 after 3 1/2 innings.

“I felt our hitters were a little off-balance early on,” said Sayre coach Jamie VanDuzer. (Mason Lister) pitched well … I think they had a few of us guessing at the plate.

“We eventually got things together and got some big hits down the stretch,” added VanDuzer. “Overall, it’s a big win for us.”

The Wildcats committed three errors, leading to three of Sayre first four runs.

“Sayre is a tough team with an excellent coaching staff,” said Athens coach Charlie Havens. “They took advantage of the mistakes we made. We had a tough time getting the third out in every inning.

“Sayre did the majority of its damage with two outs,” added Havens.

After Sayre sophomore Lucas Horton pitched around a single by sophomore Caleb Nichols in the top of the first inning, the Redskins took a 3-0 lead in the home half of the inning.

Senior Jake Burgess reached on an error, and junior Brayden Horton worked a four-pitch walk to set the table, and Lucas Horton helped his own cause with a two-run line-drive double to right field.

Junior David Northrup was then hit by a pitch, and senior Zach Moore walked to load the bases, but Lister settled in allowed just one more  run on a one-out groundout off the bat of junior Kannon VanDuzer.

With two outs in the bottom of the third base, sophomore Zach Garrity walked,then scored on an outfield error to make it 4-0.

Sophomore Cam Sullivan led off the top of the fourth inning with a single, but was immediately replaced on the base paths on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Lister. With two outs, sophomore Jaren Glisson ripped an RBI single up the middle.

After a single by Kyler Setzer moved him to third base, Glisson scored on a passed ball to trim the deficit to 4-2.

Sayre responded in the home half of the inning with two runs. With two outs, Brayden Horton lined a double to right field, and was moved to third base on back-to-back walks to Lucas Horton and Northrup that loaded the bases.

An RBI single by Moore, and a bases-loaded walks to Garrity pushed the lead to 6-2.

The Redskins loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning on a pair of walks, sandwiched around a double by junior Mason Houseknecht. With one out, Lucas Horton walked to force home a run, and Northrup flared a two-RBI single to left field to make it 9-2.

An RBI single by Moore pushed the lead to 10-2, and Garrity was hit by a pitch to re-loaded the bases.

After a balk made it 11-2, Houseknecht walked to load the bases again, and sophomore Jackson Hubbard stroked an RBI single to right field to end the game via the mercy rule.

“I was proud of our boys for showing up to compete,” said Havens. “We talked at practice about keeping the game within reach and pushing them a bit. We did that for four innings, but we couldn't close.

“We are improving, but still have work to do,” added Havens.

Moore singled twice, scored one run, and had two RBI, while Brayden Horton doubled and singled, and scored three runs, and Hubbard doubled and singled, scored one run, and drove in one run to pace Sayre’s eight-hit attack.

Lucas Horton doubled, scored three run, and had three RBI, and Northrup singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs in the win, while Garrity scored one run and drove in one run, Houseknecht and Burgess scored one run, and Kannon VanDuzer knocked in a run.

Lucas Horton earned the win for the Redskins. He allowed two runs — one earned — on six hits, while striking out five and walking none in a complete-game five-inning effort.

“I thought Luke pitched good,” said VanDuzer. “They hit the ball pretty good, but he was able to limit any big innings.”

Nichols and Kaden Setzer each singled twice to pace Athens’ six-hit attack, while Glisson singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, Sullivan added a single, and Lister scored one run.

Lister was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs — one earned — on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of work. He fanned four and walked two. Three Athens relievers allowed eight earned runs on six hits.

Sayre, now 7-0, hosts Troy Saturday afternoon, while Athens, now 4-5, travels to Wyalusing.

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ATHENS POUNDS OUT 18-0 WIN OVER SAYRE

ATHENS POUNDS OUT 18-0 WIN OVER SAYRE

April 23, 2021 Tim Birney

SAYRE — Athens pounded out 14 hits in an 18-0 three-inning win over Valley rival Sayre here Friday afternoon in NTL softball action.

The Lady Wildcats improve to 8-1 on the season, while the Lady Redskins fall to 0-7. Despite the difference, Athens coach Mickey Farrell said he told his team to disregard the records.

“Before the game, I told the girls that Sayre is not a team to take lightly, they gave Northeast (Bradford) and Towanda all they could handle,” said Farrell. So it's pedal-to-the-metal and let's not give them a chance to hang with us. They are our number one rival, so we need to bury them from the start.

“It was the loudest our dugout has been all year, they were really into it,” added Farrell. “I couldn't be prouder.”

Athens took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-RBI single by Mallory Mummert.

Sayre had a pair of singles (by Madison Smith and Hailey McCaig) and a walk in the home half of the inning, but had two runners wiped out on the base paths, and did not score.

The Lady Wildcats took advantage of a pair of walks and two Sayre errors to plate seven runs in the second inning to take a 9-0 lead. Macie Coyle and Aliyah Butler delivered RBI singles in the rally.

Athens scored its first three runs in the third inning scored on an outfield error with the bases loaded. They added runs on RBI singles by Aliyah Butler and Carlie Simpson, and a two-RBI double by Ashlyn VanFleet, who scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Coyle.

Mummert singled twice, scored two runs, and had three RBI, while Audrey Hatch had two hits, three runs scored, and two RBI, and VanFleet doubled and singled, scored three runs, and drove in two runs to lead Athens at the plate.

Coyle singled twice, scored two runs, and drove in two runs in the win, while Butler singled twice and drove in one run, Simpson singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run, Harley Sullivan singled, scored three runs, and knocked in one run, Alli Thoman singled and scored two runs, Marissa Butler added a single, and Addy Repsher and Megan Collins each scored one run.

Aliyah Butler earned the win for the Lady Wildcats, allowing four hits in three shutout innings.

Smith, McCaig, Lizzy Shaw, and Olivia Corbin accounted for Sayre’s four hits.

Athens returns to action Saturday at the Central Columbia Tournament, while Sayre hosts Troy at 1 p.m.

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THOMPSON, BRONSON LEAD ATHENS TO WIN OVER WYALUSING

THOMPSON, BRONSON LEAD ATHENS TO WIN OVER WYALUSING

April 23, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Freshman Mya Thompson won four events, and sophomore Emma Bronson was a triple-winner to pace Athens in an 82-67 win over Wyalusing here Friday afternoon in NTL girls track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

Thompson won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:05.72, and sophomore Abby Prickitt was third in 1:23.38.

Thompson led a sweep in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 1 1/2-inches, while sophomore Cassy Friend was second at 14-feet, 9 1/2-inches, and freshman Abbie Panek was third at 12-feet, 5-inches. Thompson also won the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 30-feet, 2 1/2-inches, and Friend was third at 25-feet, 11-inches.

Thompson teamed with freshman Emily Henderson, senior Hannah Walker, and Friend to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 1:24.22.

Bronson won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:35.93, and the 1,600-meter run in 5:51.01. Bronson finished off a sweep of the distance events, winning the 3,200-meter run in a time of 13:03.45.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 56.83 seconds, and Henderson was second at 1:04.45.

Henderson won the 100-meter hurdles in 19.59 seconds, and sophomore Shelby Morris was second at 22.13 seconds.

Junior Olivia Bartlow won the discus with a toss of 88-feet, 2-inches, and freshman Emma Pernaselli was second at 82-feet, 1-inch.

Walker finished second in the 100-yard dash in 13.68 seconds, and Panek was third in 15.19 seconds. Walker also finished second in the 200-meter dash in 28.3 seconds, and Friend was third in 30.71 seconds.

Pernaselli finished second in the javelin with a throw of 69-feet, 9-inches. Pernaselli also finished second in the shot put with a heave of 25-feet, 6-inches, and Bartlow was third at 25-feet. 3 1/2-inches.

Morris was third in the high jump at 3-feet, 10-inches, and junior Emily King was third in the pole vault at 5-feet, 6-inches.

Athens, now 4-0-1, hosts Wellsboro Tuesday.

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ELLIS PACES ATHENS TO FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN TO OPEN SEASON

ELLIS PACES ATHENS TO FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN TO OPEN SEASON

April 23, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Asher Ellis won three events to help Athens to its fifth straight win to open the season — an 85-64 win over Wyalusing — here Friday afternoon in NTL Track & Field action at Alumni Stadium.

Ellis led a sweep in the discus with a toss of 140-feet, 7-inches, while senior Lucas Aquilio was second at 105-feet, 8-inches, and senior Zach Stafursky was third at 105-feet, 1-inch.

Ellis won the javelin with a throw of 151-feet, 7-inches, and senior Ian Wright was third at 116-feet, 11-inches. Ellis also won the shot put with a heave of 45-feet, 3 1/4-inches, and Wright was third at 38-feet, 1/2-inch.

Sophomore Jaden Wright won the 200-meter dash in a time of 24.7 seconds, and freshman Ryan Lasusa was second in 25.28 seconds. Wright finished second in the 100-meter dash in 12.28 seconds, and Lasusa was third at 12.59 seconds

Lasusa led a sweep in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 55.55 seconds, while Kyle Anthony was second at 56.53 seconds, and Justin Lynch was third at 57.42 seconds.

Gorsline led a sweep in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:00.21, while sophomore Izaak Hobday was second in 12:20.92, and Dahl was third in 14:31.31.

Lynch, Dahl, Anthony, and Lasusa teamed to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:48.59.

Lynch teamed Sander Bertsch, Ethan Denlinger, and Dahl to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 9:42.56.

Junior Levi Kuhns won the pole vault at 7-feet, 6-inches, and sophomore Ethan Denlinger was second at 7-feet. Kuhns was second in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.08 seconds.

Anthony finished second in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:09.58, and Lynch was third in 2:20.76.

Dahl finished second in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:53.73, and Gorsline was third in 5:02.49.

Brendan Jones was second in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 10 1/2-inches. He was third in the triple jump at 34-feet, 7 1/2-inches.

Carter Jones was third in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 20.86 seconds.

Athens hosts Wellsboro Tuesday.

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ATHENS GIRLS, BOYS POST LOPSIDED WINS OVER CANTON, NEB

ATHENS GIRLS, BOYS POST LOPSIDED WINS OVER CANTON, NEB

April 20, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — The Athens girls and boys both posted dominant wins over Canton and Northeast Bradford here Tuesday afternoon in NTL track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

Senior Emma Roe, junior Hannah Walker, and freshman Mya Thompson were quad-winners, and sophomore Emma Bronson and freshman Emily Henderson were triple-winners to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 114-20 win over NEB, and a 110-32 win over Canton.

Senior Asher Ellis and junior Justin Lynch were triple-winners to lead a balanced boys team to a 97-44 win over Canton, and a 107-24 win over NEB.

GIRLS
Athens 110, Canton 32
Athens 114, NEB 20

The Lady Wildcats won 15 of 18 events to post a pair of big wins.

Roe and Walker tied for first in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.9 seconds.

Roe won the 200-meter dash in a time of 28.91 seconds, and freshman Cassy Friend was third in 31.14 seconds. She also won the 400-meter dash in 1:05.15.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in 50.88 seconds, and freshman Emily Henderson was second in 1:01.79.

Roe and Walker teamed with Thompson and Henderson to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:41.35.

Walker and Thompson teamed with Henderson and Friend to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 56.34 seconds.

Thompson won the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 4 1/3-inches, and Friend was second at 12-feet, 8 1/2-inches.

Thompson led a sweep in the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 30-feet, 6-inches, while Bronson was second at 28-feet, 11-inches, and Friend was third at 27-feet, 5-inches.

Henderson won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 21.11 seconds, and sophomore Shelby Morris was second in 22.86 seconds.

Bronson won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:35.62. She also won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:43.07.

Bronson won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 13:51.37, and freshman Cailyn Conklin was second in 16:37.02.

Junior Emily King won the pole vault at 5-feet, 6-inches, and Morris was second at 5-feet.

Morris won the high jump at 3-feet, 6-inches.

Freshman Emma Pernaselli won the javelin with a throw of 84-feet, 9-inches

Junior Olivia Bartlow finished second in the discus with a throw of 84-feet, 10-inches, and Pernaselli was third at 79-feet, 10-inches.  Bartlow was third in the shot put with a heave of 25-feet, 2-inches.

BOYS
Athens 97, Canton 44
Athens 107, NEB 24

Athens had eight different athletes win individual events in lopsided wins over Canton and NEB.

Ellis won the discus with a toss of 139-feet, 7-inches, and the javelin with a throw of 150-feet, 2 1/2-inches. He also won the shot put with a heave of 44-feet, 4-inches.

Junior Justin Lynch won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.33, and sophomore Ethan Denlinger was third in 2:27.29.

Lynch teamed with senior Connor Dahl, junior Kyle Anthony, and freshman Ryan Lasusa to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:51.88.

Lynch teamed with sophomore Ethan Denlinger, junior Sander Bertsch, and sophomore Nate Prickitt to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 9:52.82.

Dahl led a sweep in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:56.31, while junior Matt Gorsline was second in 4:59.37, and Bertsch was third in 5:34.41.

Gorsline led a sweep in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:17.6, while Dahl was second in 11:37.55, and Anthony was third in 12:03.35.

Jaden Wright won the 100-meter dash in 12.51 seconds, and Daniel Horton was second in 12.73 seconds.

Senior Joe Toscano led a sweep in the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.02 seconds, while senior John Ayres was second in 26.31, and Horton was third at 26.37 seconds

Junior Levi Kuhns led a sweep in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in with a time of 51.87 seconds, while junior Brendan Jones was second in 51.89 seconds, and junior Ryan Thompson was third in 54.09 seconds.

Lasusa won the 400-meter dash in 55.84 seconds, and Kyle Anthony was third in 56.2 seconds.

Senior Carter Jones was second in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 20.87 seconds, and Brendan Jones was third in 21.99 seconds.

Junior Connor Brown finished second in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 9 1/2-inches, and Toscano was third at 16-feet, 3-inches.

Brendan Jones finished third in the triple jump with an effort of 33-feet, 2-inches.

Athens returns to action Friday when it hosts Wyalusing.

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MACIK POWERS ATHENS TO 5-3 WIN OVER NP-LIBERTY

MACIK POWERS ATHENS TO 5-3 WIN OVER NP-LIBERTY

April 20, 2021 Tim Birney

LIBERTY — Junior Caydence Macik starred at the plate, and in the pitcher’s circle, leading Athens to a 5-3 win over North Penn-Liberty here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division softball action.

"It was a really good game, and we did just enough to pull it out," said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. "Caydence (Macik) did a great job in relief to earn the save."

Macik doubled and singled, and had three RBI to lead the Lady Wildcats at the plate, and also pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief — allowing three hits, with three strikeouts — to earn the save.

Macik gave the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with an RBI double.

After NP-L tied the game with a run in the home half of the second inning, Athens took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the third.

Senior Harley Sullivan singled and moved to third on a single by senior Audrey Hatch. After Hatch stole second base, Macik plated a run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Sophomore Aliyah Butler made it 3-1 with an RBI groundout.

Mallory Mummert led off the top of the fourth with a single, stole second, and later scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to 4-1.

The Lady Mountaineers plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the deficit to 4-3, but Macik drove in another run in the top of the fifth with an RBI single.

In the home half of the fifth, NP-L had three hits, but had a runner cut down at third base, and Macik was able to escape unscathed.

After retiring the side in order in the bottom of the sixth, Macik pitched around a one-out error in the seventh to preserve the win.

Senior Megan Collins doubled and singled for the Lady Wildcats, while Sullivan singled, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Hatch and Mummert singled and scored one run, and Butler drove in one run.

Repsher started in the circle, and picked up the win for Athens. She allowed three runs — two earned — on six hits, while striking out five and walking three in 3 2/3 innings.

Athens, now 7-1, returns to action Thursday at Sayre.

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NP-MANSFIELD WALKS OFF WITH 6-5 WIN OVER ATHENS

NP-MANSFIELD WALKS OFF WITH 6-5 WIN OVER ATHENS

April 20, 2021 Tim Birney

MANSFIELD — Coleman Jeliff delivered a two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift North Penn-Mansfield to a 6-5 win over Athens here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.

Athens took a 1-0 lead in a back-and-forth affair in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore Mason Lister.

The Tigers answered with two runs in the home half of the inning. Noah Spencer led off the game with a single and a stolen base, then scored on an RBI single by Blaze Deitrick to tie the game at 1-1. One out later, Logan Choplosky ripped an RBI double to make it 2-1.

Athens tied the game with a run in the second inning, and took a 3-2 in the top of the third on an RBI double by Lister.

NP-M scored twice in the bottom of the fifth on just one hit to take a 4-3 lead.

Jaren Glisson and Gage Warner opened the top of the sixth inning with singles. A double steal, and a throwing error on the play plated Warner to tie the game at 4-4.

Cameron Fabian led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, stole second and third, and scored on an RBI single by Hunter Thompson to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

Lister, who entered in relief of starter Lucas Kraft with a runner on, avoided further damage, and left the bases loaded.

A pair of of NP-M errors in the top of the seventh resulted in a run that allowed the Wildcats to tie the game at 5-5.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Bryan Bogacyzk reach base on an error, moved to second on a two-out walk to Thompson, and scored when Jeliff stroked the second pitch he saw to right field for the game-winner.

Lister had three hits, including a double, and two RBI to lead Athens at the plate, and sophomore Gage Warner singled twice, stole two bases, and scored one run.

Juniors Karter Rude and Tucker Brown each singled and scored one run for the Wildcats, while Kaden Setzer and Kraft each added a singled, and junior Caleb NIchols and sophomore Cam Sullivan each scored one run.

Lister was tagged with the tough-luck loss, allowing an unearned run on one hit, while striking out two and walking three in 1 2/3 innings on the mound.

Kraft allowed five runs — three earned — on eight hits, while striking out seven and walking one in five innings of work.

Jeliff had two hits and one RBI, and Deitrick had one hit and two RBI to pace the Tigers at the plate.

Spencer earned the win for N-PM. He allowed two runs — both unearned — on four hits, while striking out five and walking none in three innings of relief.

Athens, now 4-4, travels to crosstown rival Sayre Thursday afternoon.

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ATHENS, TOWANDA BATTLE TO 70-70 DEADLOCK

ATHENS, TOWANDA BATTLE TO 70-70 DEADLOCK

April 13, 2021 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Senior Emma Roe and sophomore Emma Bronson were triple-winners for Athens, while Towanda won 10 of 18 events, but the two rivals battled to a 70-70 draw here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division track & field action.

Roe won the 100-meter dash in 12.9 seconds, and junior Hannah Walker was second in 13.0 seconds

Roe also won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:04.0, and the 200-meter dash in 27.4 seconds.

Roe and Walker were also part of the winning 400-meter relay that clocked in with a time of 55.2 seconds. (Not all names provided.)

Bronson won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:41.2, and freshman Cailyn Conklin was second at 3:16.8.

Bronson won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:56.2, and Conklin was second in 7:23.3. She also won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:54.6,, and Conklin was third in 16:26.1.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 52.2 seconds.

Freshman Emma Pernaselli won the shot put with a heave of 27-feet, 5 1/2-inches, and Olivia Bartlow was second at 26-feet, 5-inches. Pernaselli finished third in the javelin with a toss of 69-feet, 2-inches.

Bartlow finished second in the discus with a throw of 73-feet, and Pernaselli was third at 68-feet, 2-inches.

Freshman Mya Thomson was second in the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 27-feet, 1 1/4-inches. Thompson also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 14-feet, 1-inch.

Junior Destiny Henderson finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 198 seconds.

Athens returns to action Friday at Williamson.

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