STATE-RANKED MAINE-ENDWELL USES THREE SECOND-HALF GOALS TO TOP ATHENS, 4-1

STATE-RANKED MAINE-ENDWELL USES THREE SECOND-HALF GOALS TO TOP ATHENS, 4-1

September 30, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens played state-ranked Maine-Endwell even for nearly 47 minutes, but the Spartans scored three goals in a 10-minute span on its way to a 4-1 win here Thursday night in non-league boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

William Napierala scored about seven minutes into the game to give M-E a quick 1-0 lead, but the Wildcats kept the high-scoring Spartans, ranked second in Class A in New York state, off the board for the remainder of the first half.

With 6 minutes remaining in the first half, senior Mason Hughey made a strong run down the left flank, and fired a shot to the far post that eluded the keeper and found the net to tie the game at 1-1.

With about 33 minutes left in the contest, Jack Colling gave M-E a 2-1 lead with a penalty kick, and 5 1/2 minutes later, Naperala scored again to make it 3-1.

With 23 minutes remaining, Justin Coleman added an insurance goal to provide the final margin.

M-E had a 14-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.

Levi Kuhns registered seven saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 5-6, returns to action Saturday morning when it hosts NTL rival North Penn-Liberty.

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WYALUSING HOLDS OFF ATHENS, 3-1

WYALUSING HOLDS OFF ATHENS, 3-1

September 28, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Wyalusing won a pair of close decisions, then fought off an Athens comeback bid in a 3-1 win here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Rams won the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-22, before the Lady Wildcats extended the match with a 25-19 win in the third set. Wylausing closed out the match with a 25-20 victory in the fourth set.

“We are having moments here and there,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “However, in between those moments. the opponent is getting 4 to 6 points, so we are going to have to figure out a way to break it up.

“It's not unforced errors,” she added. “It seems like we are making lots of forced errors and that really brings morale down. We need to believe in 'together we are amazing' versus 'Look at what I did.’”

Jenny Ryan led Athens with eight service pints, including three aces, a team-high 13 kills, 18 digs, and 14 setter assists, while Caddy Friend had eight points (three aces), seven kills, and four digs, and Kassie Babcock had eight points, four digs, and three kills, and one block.

Taylor Walker had seven points, four digs, and three kills for the Lady Wildcats, while Braelynn Wood had seven points, four digs, and three kills, Ally Martin had five points, including four aces, six kills, and seven digs, Ella Coyle had two points, and 10 digs, and Cailin McDaniel chipped in with two digs.

Athens, now 2-4, returns to action Thursday at Troy.

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ATHENS TOPS TOWANDA, 5-1, IN ANNUAL 'PINK OUT' GAME

ATHENS TOPS TOWANDA, 5-1, IN ANNUAL 'PINK OUT' GAME

September 28, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Hannah Walker netted a hat trick, and junior Alli Thoman had two goals and two assists to lead Athens a 5-0 win over Towanda in its annual “Pink Out” game here Tuesday evening in NTL girls soccer action.

The “Pink Out” game is played annually each year to honor the memory of former Athens Area standout Sarah Reid, a 2021 graduate who was tragically killed in an auto accident shortly after graduation.

Walker scored her first goal, off a feed from Thoman, gave the Lady Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the 8th minutes, but Towanda’s Kelsea Allen-Smith scored about 4 1/2 minutes later to tie the game at 1-1.

Midway through the half, Walker took a through-ball from Thoman and beat the keeper to make it 2-1.

Thoman tacked on unassisted goal to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-1 halftime lead.

About 6 1/2 minutes after the intermission, Thoman scored on a header to make it 4-1. Waker and freshman Addison Wheeler were both credited with assists.

Walker capped the scoring late in the game with a direct kick from 25 yards out.

Towanda had a 10-9 edge in shots-on-goal, while Athens had a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior Karlee Bartlow recorded nine saves in net for Athens.

Athens improves to 5-0 in league play, and 6-4 overall.

The Lady Wildcats return to action Oct. 5 when it hosts Wyalusing.

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ATHENS BOYS, GIRLS, JUNIOR HIGH TEAMS SWEEP WELLSBORO, NP-MANSFIELD

ATHENS BOYS, GIRLS, JUNIOR HIGH TEAMS SWEEP WELLSBORO, NP-MANSFIELD

September 28, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — The Bronson sisters — junior Emma and freshman Sara — finished 1-2, and the Athens boys once again flashed their depth as both teams logged wins over Wellsboro and North Penn-Mansfield here Tuesday afternoon in NTL cross country action at Round Top Park.

BOYS
Athens 20, NP-Mansfield 41
Athens 17, Wellsboro 43

North Penn-Mansfield’s Noah Sheddon earned the victory, but Athens, still without its top runner — senior Kyle Anthony, had five of the next seven runners to cross the finish line to post bigs wins over Wellsboro and NP-M.

Sheldon clocked in at 16:51, with Athens senior Matt Gorsline second in 17:55, junior Ethan Denlinger third in 18:08, and freshman Carter Lewis was fourth in 19:41.

Junior Nate Prickitt was sixth in 20:03, senior Isaak Hobday was seventh in 20:18. senior Sander Bertsch was ninth in 21:06, and freshman Lohith Kinthala was 13th in 32:40.

“Today was a good day for the boys,” said Athens boys coach Mike Bronson.  

“The junior high boys had a really nice team race with five of the first six finishers,” he noted. “The varsity guys put in a solid, workmanlike effort.  

“As they have all season, Matt (Gorsline) and Ethan (Denlinger) led the team up front and then our pack of guys filled in,” he added. “We got some good work in today and are looking forward to racing at the McQuaid Invitational this weekend.”

GIRLS
Athens 20, Wellsboro 35
Athens 26, NP-Mansfield 29

Emma Bronson and Sara Bronson finished 1-2 with identical times of 22:26 to lead the Lady Wildcats to a pair of wins.

Sophomore Thea Bentley was fourth in 24:43, while sophomore Cailyn Conklin was 11th in 27:37, sophomore Emily Hendershot was 12th in 27:52, and Ruby Kinsman was 20th in 32:43.

“The girls teams all picked up big wins today,” said Athens girls coach Scott Riley.

“The junior high was led by Addison Bruns and Olivia Cheresnowsky, with Victoria (Gao) and Kayla (Marshall) we close behind to create a close pack.

For the varsity, Emma and Sara Bronson led the way,” noted Riley. “Thea Bentley had a big race today to help scoring.

“Cailyn (Conklin) and Emily (Hendershot) ran together to close out the top five, and put the team in a good position,” he added. “Ruby Kinsman ran a great first race of the season on a tough course.”

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

Athens 15, NP-Mansfield 50
Athens 17, Wellsboro 40

Graham Wanck won the junior high boys race, and four of his Athens teammates finished third through sixth, respectively, to lead the junior Wildcats to a pair of big wins.

Wanck clocked in at 10:28, while Eli Hicks finished third in 11:00, Ty Lezak was fourth in 12:19, Zach Fisher was fifth in 12:41, and Charan Venkataswamy was sixth in 13:09.

Isaac Roy (14:56), Andrew DeForrest (15:30), and Arayan Guar (19:15) finished 10th through 12th, respectively, for Athens.

JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS

Athens 23, NP-Mansfield 32
Athens 14, Wellsboro 22

Athens had four runners in the top six, led by second-place finisher Addison Bruns, to pull out wins in modified scoring.

Bruns clocked in at 12:35, while Olivia Cheresnowsky was fourth in 14:29, Victoria Gao was fifth in 15:14, and Kayla Marshall was sixth in 15:30.

Athens returns to action Saturday at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

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CORNING RIDES QUICK START TO 6-0 WIN OVER ATHENS

CORNING RIDES QUICK START TO 6-0 WIN OVER ATHENS

September 28, 2021 Tim Birney

CORNING — Corning scored 49 seconds into the match, and cruised to a 6-0 win over Athens here Tuesday night in non-league boys soccer action.

Carter Rosno, off a feed from Jaylen King, gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first minute, then scored about three minutes later, on an assist from Aidan Crane, to make it 2-0.

Luke Johns, off a feed from Rosno, made it 3-0 midway through the first half.

Crane finished off the first-half scoring late in the first half, off another assist from Rosno.

Lenard Jensen and Micah Cornfield added second-half goals for the Hawks. rosin recorded his third assist on Jensen’s goal, and Johns had an assist on the final goal of the game.

Corning had a 19-2 advantage in shots-on-goal, and an 8-0 edge in corner kicks.

Junior Grant Liechty registered 11 saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens falls to 5-5 on the season.

The Wildcats host powerhouse Maine-Endwell Thursday.

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ATHENS BLANKS WELLSBORO, 2-0

ATHENS BLANKS WELLSBORO, 2-0

September 27, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athens travels to Towanda tonight.

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

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

September 27, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant Liechty recorded three saves for the Wildcats.

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

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SHIK KNOCKS OFF ATHENS, 6-1

SHIK KNOCKS OFF ATHENS, 6-1

September 25, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ATHENS GIRLS, BOYS TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCES AT OWEGO INVITATIONAL

ATHENS GIRLS, BOYS TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCES AT OWEGO INVITATIONAL

September 25, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

JV BOYS

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

Freshman Lohith Kinthala was 48th in 29:34.7.

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ATHENS RIDES FAST START TO 46-6 ROUT OF WYALUSING

ATHENS RIDES FAST START TO 46-6 ROUT OF WYALUSING

September 24, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

“We did exactly what we wrote up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The second half was played entirely in running time.

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

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

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

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

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WILLIAMSON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

WILLIAMSON SWEEPS PAST ATHENS

September 23, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athens, now 2-3,hosts Wyalusing Tuesday.

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

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

September 23, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

“It was a Sweet 16,” said Lezak.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant Liechty had three saves in net for the Wildcats.

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

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ATHENS EDGES WELLSBORO, 1-0

ATHENS EDGES WELLSBORO, 1-0

September 22, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ATHENS SWEEPS PAST SAYRE

ATHENS SWEEPS PAST SAYRE

September 21, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ATHENS TOPS WYALUSING, TOWANDA; LADY 'CATS SPLIT

ATHENS TOPS WYALUSING, TOWANDA; LADY 'CATS SPLIT

September 21, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

BOYS
Athens 25, Wyalusing 33
Athens 19, Towanda 40

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

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

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

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