ATHENS TOPS TOWANDA, 103-47

ATHENS TOPS TOWANDA, 103-47

April 13, 2021 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Athens won 12 events of 18 events, and swept five of them, en route to a 103-47 win over Towanda here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division track & field action.

Senior Asher Ellis won three individual events, and junior Kyle Anthony won two.

Ellis won the discus with a toss of 143-feet, and senior Ian Wright was second at 112-feet, 6-inches.

Ellis also won the shot put with a heave of 48-feet, 2-inches, and Ian Wright was second at 36-feet, 11-inches.

Ellis won the javelin with a throw of 162-feet, 2-inches, and Ian Wright was third at 111-feet, 11-inches.

Anthony led a sweep in the 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:16.9, with senior Connor Dahl second at 2:20.7, and junior Justin Lynch third in 2:23.8.

Anthony also led a sweep in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:06.0. Dahl was second at 5:08.8, and junior Kaden Gorsline was third in 5:10.2.

Junior Matt Gorsline led a sweep in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:07.9, with Anthony second at 12:30.7, and Dahl third at 12:37.3.

Sophomore Jaden Wright won the 100-meter dash in 11.5 seconds, and freshman Ryan LaSusa was third in 12.0 seconds.

LaSusa led a sweep in the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.3 seconds, with senior John Ayres second in 25.8 seconds, and junior Ryan Thomson third in 26.5 seconds.

Lynch led a sweep in the 400-meter dash in a time of 59.4 seconds, while Ayres was second in 59.5 seconds, and sophomore Ethan Denlinger was third at 1:00.3.

The Wildcats also won the 400-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter relays. (No names provided.)

Denlinger finished second in the high jump at 5-feet, 2-inches, and junior Brendan Jones was third at 4-feet, 10-inches.

Brendan Jones was second in the triple with with a distance of 32-feet, 6 1/2-inches. He finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.3 seconds.

Jaden Wright finished second in the long jump with a leap of 15-feet, 8-inches, and junior Connor Brown was third at 15-feet 6 3/4-inches.

Junior Levi Kuhns finished third in the pole vault at 8-feet, 6-inches, and senior Carter Jones finished third in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 20.5 seconds.

Athens returns to action Friday at Williamson.

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WELLSBORO RALLIES, HANDS ATHENS FIRST LOSS OF SEASON

WELLSBORO RALLIES, HANDS ATHENS FIRST LOSS OF SEASON

April 13, 2021 Tim Birney

WELLSBORO — Wellsboro rallied from a three-run deficit to hand Athens its first setback of the season, 5-4, here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School Division softball action.

“Our defense played their best game of the year,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “Wellsboro’s defense was even better than ours, and I flat out got out-coached — this loss is on me, not my kids.
 
“We played hard with a lot  of heart and desire it just wasn't meant to be,” added Farrell. “Hats off to (Wellsboro), they deserved the win. We will be better next time.”

Senior Harley Sullivan led off the game with a solo home run to give Athens a quick 1-0 lead, but they didn’t manage another hit off Wellsboro’s Kerrah Clymer until sophomore Aliyah Butler’s two-out double in the fourth inning.

Athens sophomore Addy Repsher kept Wellsboro off the scoreboard until the fourth inning when a walk and hit batter led to the Lady Green Hornets’ first run.

In the top of the sixth inning, Sullivan, senior Aubrey Hatch, and junior Caydence Macik hit consecutive singles to give Athens a 2-1 lead.

A wild pitch plated Hatch, and Butler knocked in a run with a groundout to push the lead to 4-1.

With one out in the home half of the sixth inning, Jordyn Abernathy reached and scored on a two-run home run by Klymer — Wellsboro’s first hit — to trim the deficit to 4-3.

After Clymer retired the Lady Wildcats in order in the top of the seventh, Madeline Bordas led off the home half of the inning with a double. With one out, Riley Boyce tied the game with a fielder’s choice groundout.

After a sacrifice bunt by Abbye Cavanaugh moved Boyce to second base, Abernathy delivered the walk-off RBI single.

Sullivan homered and singled, scored two runs, and drove in one to pace Athens at the plate, while Hatch singled twice and scored one run, Macik singled and drove in one run, and Butler doubled and knocked in one run.

Repsher logged 5 1/3 innings for Athens, allowing three runs on one hit, while striking out four and walking two.

Macik was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings.

Clymer earned the win for Wellsboro, allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking one in seven innings in the circle.

Athens’ game at Wyalusing on Wednesday has been postponed due to Covid protocols. The Lady Wildcats, now 6-1, return to action next Tuesday at North Penn-Mansfield.

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ATHENS BOYS, GIRLS TOP SAYRE IN SEASON-OPENER

ATHENS BOYS, GIRLS TOP SAYRE IN SEASON-OPENER

April 9, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — The Athens boys and girls opened the 2021 season with wins over crosstown rival here Friday afternoon in NTL track & field action at Alumni Stadium.

The Athens boys topped Athens 96-45, while the Lady Wildcats won 94-11.

BOYS
Athens 96, Sayre 45

Jaden Wright , Justin Lynch, and Asher Ellis were triple-winners for the Wildcats, while Kyle Anthony and Matt Gorsline were double-winners in a 96-45 win over the Redskins.

Tavone McClenny was a triple-winner for the Sayre, and Bobby Benjamin was a double-winner.

Jaden Wright led a sweep for the Wildcats in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 12.06 seconds, with Ryan Lasusa second in 12.42 seconds, and Joe Toscano third at 12.61 seconds.

Jaden Wright also won the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.57 seconds, while Lasusa was second in 25.79 seconds, and Toscano was third in 26.5 seconds.

Jaden Wright teamed with Levi Kuhns, LaSusa, and Ryan Thompson to win the 400-meter relay in a time of 49.36 seconds.

Lynch led a sweep in the 800-meter run, winning in a time of 2:24.39, while Sander Bertsch was second in 2:32.24, and Ethan Denlinger was third in 2:33.84.

Lynch, teamed with Gorsline, Anthony, and Connor Dahl to win the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:01.85. He teamed with Ethan Denlinger, Joe Toscano, and Sander Bertsch to win the 3,200-meter relay in a time of 9:48.34.

Ellis won the shot put with a heave of 45-feet, 11 1/2-inches, while Sayre’s Zach Belles was second at 44-feet, 7 1/2-inches, and Athens’ Ian Wright was third at 36-feet, 4-inches.

Ellis also won the discus with a toss of 125-feet, 3-inches, while Belles was second at 113-feet, 3-inches, and Ian Wright was third at 106-feet, 5-inches.

Ellis won the javelin with a throw of 147-feet, 2 1/2-inches, while Ian Wright was second at 110-feet, 7-inches, and Zach Stafursky was third at 102-feet, 5inches.

McClenny won the 400-meter dash in a time of 57.73 seconds, while Sayre’s Mason Hughey was second in 59.71 seconds, and Toscano was third in 1:02.67.

McClenny won the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 7 1/2-inches, while Sayre’s Connor Young was second at 16-feet, 6 1/2-inches, and Athens’ Connor Brown was third at 15-feet 5 3/4-inches.

McClenny also won the triple jump with a hop, skip, and jump of 36-feet, while Connor Young was second at 35-feet, 10-inches, and Athens’ Brendan Jones was third at 31-feet, 9 1/2-inches.

Sayre’s Bobby Benjamin won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 50.21 seconds, while Jones was second in 52.33 seconds, and Carter Jones was third at 52.37 seconds.

Benjamin also won the pole vault at 9-feet, 6-inches, while Athens’ Levi Kuhns was second at 8-feet, 6-inches.

The Wildcats swept the 1,600-meter run, with Kyle Anthony winning in a time of 4:54.05, Connor Dahl finishing second in 4:57.81, and Matt Gorsline placing third in 5:00.14.

The same trio swept the 3,200-meter run, with Gorsline winning in a time of 11:00.02, while Anthony placed second in 11:08.09, and Dahl in third at 11:14.27.

Athens’ Carter Jones won the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 21.43 seconds.

Connor Young won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet.

GIRLS
Athens 94, Sayre 11

The Lady Wildcats won all 13 events, led by four-time winner Emma Roe, and triple-winners Emma Bronson and Emma Pernaselli.

Roe led a sweep in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.16 seconds, with Hannah Walker second in 13.39 seconds, and Mya Thompson third in 13.76 seconds.

Roe won the 200-meter dash in a time of 29.13, while Cassy Friend was second in 32.02 seconds, and Emily King was third in 35.43.

Roe also won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:06.03, and Thompson was second in 1:08.81.

Roe teamed with Abby Prickitt, Cailyn Conklin, and Walker won the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 5:25.15.

Bronson won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:45.38, while Conklin was second in 3:13.45, and Prickitt was third in 3:13.55.

Bronson won the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:53.93, while Conklin was second in 7:18.83, and Sayre’s Corey Ault was third in 7:26.81.

Bronson also won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:53.33, and Ault was second in 16:42.57.

Emma Pernaselli won the shot put with a heave of 25-feet, 8 3/4-inches, while Sayre’s Ellie Boyle was second in 20-feet, 7 1/4-inches, and Athens’ Rachel Jelliff was third in 18-feet, 4 1/4-inches.

Pernaselli also won the discus with a toss of 69-feet, 3-inches, while Boyle was second at 53-feet, 10-inches, and Jelliff was third at 51-feet, 3-inches.

Pernaselli won the javelin with a throw of 56-feet, 5-inches, while Jelliff was second at 47-feet, 7-inches, and Boyle was third at 44-feet, 9-inches.

Walker won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 53.43 seconds, and Emily Henderson was second in 1:06.36.

Thompson won the long jump with a leap of 14-feet, 5 1/2-inches, and Friend was second at 13 feet.

Henderson won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 20.96 seconds.

Athens returns to action Tuesday at Towanda, while Sayre hosts NP-Mansfield and Towanda on Friday.

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NINE ATHENS GRAPPLERS HONORED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AS DISTRICT 4 ALL-STARS

NINE ATHENS GRAPPLERS HONORED FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AS DISTRICT 4 ALL-STARS

April 8, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — The Athens varsity wrestling team had nine members earn District 4 All-Academic team honors, including six to make the first team, which requires a 3.8 or higher grade-point average.

Senior Zach Stafursky, juniors Gavin Bradley and Karter Rude, and sophomore Chris Bathgate each had 4.0 GPAs, while sophomore Jake Courtney registered a 3.9 GPA, and junior Kaden Setzer carried a 3.8 GPA to earn first-team honors.

Senior Kyler Setzer qualified for second-team honors with a 3.6 GPA, and freshmen Josh Courtney (3.1 GPA) and Mason Vanderpool (3.0) earned honorable mention recognition.

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ATHENS PLATES 10 RUNS IN SIXTH INNING; TOPS TROY, 18-9

ATHENS PLATES 10 RUNS IN SIXTH INNING; TOPS TROY, 18-9

April 8, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens scored 10 runs in the home half of the sixth inning to pull out an 18-9 win over Troy here Thursday afternoon in NTL Large School Division softball action.

The Lady Wildcats battled back from a four-run deficit to improve to 6-0 on the season. Just nine days ago, Athens blanked Troy, 13-0.

Senior Harley Sullivan walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning, and eventually scored on a passed ball to give Athens a 1-0 lead.

Junior Caydence Macik and sophomore Aliyah Butler stroked RBI singles to make it 3-0.

Troy tied the game in the top of third on RBO doubles by Olivia Tate and Tyra Williams, and an RBI single by A Wilcox.

Tate and Williams did more damage for the Lady Trojans in the fourth inning, with Tate belting a two-run double, and Williams stroking a two-run single to give them a 7-3 lead.

The Lady Wildcats answered with four runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Sullivan slammed a two-out, three-run home run to make it 7-6, and after senior Audrey Hatch reached on an error, Macik ripped an RBI double to left field to tie the game.

Sullivan worked a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to force home Butler, who led off the inning with a single, putting the Lady Wildcats up 8-7.

Troy answered with two runs in the top of the sixth — on a two-out single by Lindsay Steele, and a two-run blast by Williams — to take a 9-8 lead.

In the home half of the sixth, the wheels fell off the wagon for the Lady Trojans, who committed seven errors in Athens’ 10-run onslaught.

Senior Mallory Mummert and junior Macie Coyle each delivered RBI singles in the rally, and Sullivan belted an RBI double.

Sullivan homered and doubled, scored three runs, and had six RBI to lead Athens at the plate, while Macik doubled and singled, scored three runs, stole two bases, and drove in two run, Mummert singled twice, scored two runs, and drove in three runs, and Butler singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked in two runs.

Senior Megan Collins singled, scored one run, and drove in one run in the win, while Coyle singled, scored one run, and drove in one run, Hatch scored three runs, freshman Ashlyn VanFleet scored twice, and sophomore Addy Repsher scored one run, and drove in one run.

Repsher earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out four and walking two in 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Williams homered, doubled, and singled, scored two runs, and collected five RBI, and Tate doubled twice, scored two runs, and drove in three runs to lead Troy’s 11-hit attack.

Athens returns to action Monday at Wellsboro.

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ATHENS HOLDS OFF TROY, 14-9

ATHENS HOLDS OFF TROY, 14-9

April 8, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens raced out to a 13-1 lead, thanks in large part to a nine-run third inning, then held on for a 14-9 win over Troy here Thursday afternoon in NTL Large School baseball action.

Troy struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. Caleb Binford led off the game with a single, and later scored on a dropped third strike with two outs that allowed Jake Dietrick to reach base.

The Wildcats answered immediately. Junior Karter Rude singled to lead off the home half of the first inning, and sophomore Jaren Glisson followed with a walk. With one out, sophomore Mason Lister ripped a two-run double to left field to put Athens ahead 2-1.

With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, senior Ben Vough scampered home on a dropped third strike that allowed Glisson.

Sophomore Lucas Kraft and senior Kyler Setzer led off the home half of the third inning with singles, and junior Kaden Setzer stroked a line-drive RBI single to left field to make it 4-1.

A pair of walks, sandwiched around a wild pitch, gave Athens a 5-1 lead. With one out, Glisson stroked a two-run single up the middle to extend the lead to 7-1, and sophomore Cameron Sullivan followed three pitches later with a two-RBI single to left field.

The Wildcats added runs on a fielder’s choice grounder of the bat of Kyler Setzer, and RBI single by Kaden Setzer, and a passed ball to extend the lead to 12-1 after three innings.

Sullivan, the Athens starter, pitched around a double in the fourth inning, and junior Tucker Brown stroked an RBI single to score Rude, who led off the inning with a single, to make it 13-1.

Sullivan retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth, and was one out away from ending the game via the 10-run “mercy” rule, but the Trojans’ offense roared to life and scored five runs on five consecutive hits and an error.

Sullivan retired the side in order in the sixth, and the first batter in the seventh inning, but Troy put together three straight hits, and Rude was brought on in relief.

A pair of walks and a wild pitch brought home two Trojan runners in the top of the seventh inning, but Rude induced a groundball to Cameron, who moved from the mound to shortstop, to end the game.

Sullivan had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI, and Rude had two hits, two runs scored, and four stolen bases to lead the Wildcats’ 12-hit attack, while Lister doubled and singled, scored one ru, and drove in two runs, and Kaden Setzer singled twice, scored one run, and had two RBI.

Glisson and Kyler Setzer each singled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs in the win, while Brown singled and drove in one run, Kraft singled and scored one run, and Vough and senior Tanner Dildine each crossed the plate once.

Sullivan earned his first varsity win, allowing eight runs — seven earned — on 11 hits, while striking out three and walking none. Rude walked two and allowed an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning on the mound.

Morgan Madigan had three hits, including a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI to lead the Trojans at the plate.

Athens, now 4-2, returns to action Monday at Wellsboro.

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ATHENS PUTS IT TOGETHER IN 8-1 WIN OVER TOWANDA

ATHENS PUTS IT TOGETHER IN 8-1 WIN OVER TOWANDA

April 7, 2021 Chris Manning

ATHENS — It’s been an up-and-down start to 2021 for the Athens baseball team, but in its 8-1 win over Towanda on Wednesday, coach Charlie Havens believes things are starting to come together.

“That was by far the best game we’ve played,” he said. “No errors today. You get behind (Mason) Lister with what he was doing today, it made it easy on us.”

Lister went 6 1/3-innings for the win, striking out 10 while allowing four walks, one hit and one earned run. Karter Rude came on for the final two-thirds, striking out one with one walk and a hit.

“He did a lot of work today,” Havens said about Lister, who also had a few putouts from the mound. “And when he’s on the mound, we just have a little bit different energy. We just came to play today.”

Six players had the seven hits for Athens, as Kaden Setzer (2-for-2) with two RBI, and a run scored led the way. Rude (1-for-2), Ben Vough (1-for-2), Cameron Sullivan (1-for-3), Lister (1-for-3) and Kyler Setzer (1-for-2) also had hits.

Rude also had a double with two RBI and a run scored, and Sullivan had a run scored and an RBI. Vough, Lister, Jaren Peterson and Kyler Setzer all scored runs. Lucas Kraft scored a run and knocked one in for Athens as well.

Mason Johnson (1-for-3) and Aaron Bardell (1-for-3) had the two Towanda hits. Bardell had an RBI, and Austin Fowler scored their run.

Octavious Chacona started and went four innings and was tagged with the loss. He struck out seven while allowing two walks, five hits and six runs, four of which were earned.

Ethan Sparrow finished, striking out two with one walk, two hits and two unearned runs.

Nobody scored until the bottom of the second. Lister led off with a single, and Kyler Setzer had a two-out single, followed by a Kaden Setzer, which scored Lister and Kyler Setzer to make it 2-0.

Two batters later, Rude doubled in Kaden Setzer and Peterson for a 4-0 lead.

Towanda would threaten in the top fourth, getting two runners in scoring position with one out, but Lister got a strikeout, then a put out to end the threat.

Athens scored four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Rude led off with a walk. Vough then singled, advancing Rude to third base.

Rude would score on a Sullivan single for a 5-0 lead. Two batters later, an error off the bat of Kraft scored Vough and Sullivan to make it 7-0.

Three batters later, a two-out double from Kaden Setzter scored Kraft for the 8-0 advantage.

The Knights would get a run in the seventh as Chase Parker walked to lead off the at bat. Three batters later a two-out Bardell singled in Fowler, who was running for Parker, to make it an 8-1 final.

Havens hopes this brings some stability to the team as the Wildcats have had an uneven start to the season.

“We need to keep focusing on our defensive game,” he said. “We need to know what to do with the ball when it’s hit to us. We’ve got a lot to learn, and I think that’s the biggest thing. When we’re consistent defensively we’ll be pretty tough.”

Athens, now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in NTL Large School play, hosts Troy Thursday.

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ATHENS CONTINUES HOT HITTING IN 19-9 WIN OVER TOWANDA; IMPROVES TO 5-0

ATHENS CONTINUES HOT HITTING IN 19-9 WIN OVER TOWANDA; IMPROVES TO 5-0

April 7, 2021 Chris Manning

ATHENS — It was a hitter’s type of day as Athens stayed unbeaten, topping Towanda, 19-9, in five innings during NTL Large School Division softball action Tuesday.

“I never thought it was going to happen,” said coach Mickey Farrell. “Again our bats were on fire here. It’s the same old, same old; our defense has got to get better, and we can not be walking 7-8-9 hitters, and we’re doing that a lot.

“But to be undefeated at this point, how can you not be happy?”

The Wildcats used a 10-run first inning to take a 10-2 lead, then simply went back and forth with Towanda from there on out.

Caydence Macik (2-for-3) had a home run, double, two runs scored and two RBI for the Wildcats, while Audrey Hatch (2-for-4), Aliyah Butler (2-for-3) and Macie Coyle (2-for-4) all had multi-hit games. Hatch had three runs scored with an RBI, Butler crossed home three times, and Coyle had a double with two runs and three RBI.

Harley Sullivan (1-for-3) and Mallory Mummert (1-for-2) each scored three times and  had two RBI, while Addy Repsher (1-for-3) and Megan Collins (1-for-3) both scored and Megan Collins also had an RBI. Carlie Simpson (1-for-1) had an RBI, with Ashlyn VanFleet knocking in two runs while also scoring.

Macik got the win, striking out one with eight walks.

Lizzy Matera (3-for-3) and Maddie Maynard (3-for-3) led Towanda. Maynard had a double with two runs, and Matera scored one run.

Jocelyn Bennett (2-for-4) and Athena Chacona (2-for-2) also had multi-hit games with Chacona adding a double.

Shaylee Greenland (1-for-2), Paige Perry (1-for-2) and Saige Greenland (1-for-2) also had hits. Shaylee Greenland doubled and scored two runs, and Perry and Saige Greenland both scored. Brea Overpeck crossed home twice as well.

Maynard gets the loss, striking out three with eight walks.

Towanda started off strong as Chacona hit a two-out double to put the Knights up 2-0.

In the bottom half of the inning, though, Athens batted around. At one point seven straight batters came around to score. Macik punctuated the rally with a two-out home run to right field, avenging a strikeout from earlier in the inning.

Towanda didn’t lie down, though, as Shaylee Greenland led off the next inning with a single and eventually scored, cutting it to 10-3.

The Wildcats would add on with a two-out rally in the second inning, as Coyle reached on an error, followed by Sullivan getting a single and Hatch doubling. All three would end up scoring in the inning to make it 13-3 Athens.

In the bottom of the third, the Wildcats went up 15-3 as Butler and Mummert led off with back-to-back walks. After two outs were record, Coyle doubled them in.

Towanda came back in the top of the fourth, scoring four runs. Saige Greenland started the rally with a one-out walk. Two batters later, Matera and Overpeck drew walks, setting the table for Maynard, who doubled all three in. She would later score on a Chacona single to cut it to 15-7.

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ATHENS SOFTBALL PROGRAM DONATES $1,600 TO VALLEY FOOD PANTRY

ATHENS SOFTBALL PROGRAM DONATES $1,600 TO VALLEY FOOD PANTRY

April 7, 2021 Tim Birney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ATHENS WIN SLUGFEST AT COW. VALLEY, 18-10

ATHENS WIN SLUGFEST AT COW. VALLEY, 18-10

April 5, 2021 Tim Birney

WESTFIELD, Pa. — Sophomores Lucas Kraft and Jaren Glisson, and senior Kyler Setzer combined for 11 hits and 11 RBI to lead Athens to an 18-10 win over Cowanesque Valley here Monday afternoon in NTL baseball action.

There were a lot of offensive fireworks in the early innings.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Indians answered with seven runs in the home half of the second inning, but Athens answered with seven runs in the top of the third to take a 10-7 lead.

Leading 11-8, Athens pushed five runs across the plate in the top of the sixth inning to take a commanding 16-8 lead.

Sophomore Lucas Kraft had four hits, including a double, two runs scored, and six RBI, and sophomore Jaren Glisson stroked four singles, scored two runs, and knocked in one run to pace Athens’ 18-hit attack, and senior Kyler Setzer had three hits, including two doubles, two stolen bases, and four RBI.

Junior Karter Rude banged out a pair of doubles, scored two runs, and drove in one run in the win, while sophomore Cameron Sullivan singled twice, scored one run, and knocked in two runs, Dylan Merritt singled and scored two runs, junior Tucker Brown singled and scored one run, junior Kaden Setzer singled and drove in one run, and sophomore Mason Lister scored three runs.

Kraft earned the win in relief. He allowed three runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking five in 5 1/3 innings.

McGuire Painter and Tucker St. Pierre had two hits and three RBI apiece to lead CV at the plate.

Athens, now 2-2, hosts Towanda Tuesday.

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ATHENS EDGES CV, 14-13, IN 8 INNINGS

ATHENS EDGES CV, 14-13, IN 8 INNINGS

April 5, 2021 Tim Birney

WESTFIELD, Pa. — Senior Audrey Hatch delivered the game-winning hit, and sophomore Addy Repsher preserved the win with a defensive gem here Monday afternoon in Athens’ wild, 14-13, eight-inning win over Cowanesque Valley in NTL softball action.

“It was a crazy back-and-forth game,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “It was exciting.

“Twice, the bottom of our line-up — Mallory Mummert, Ashlyn VanFleet, and Macie Coyle — turned it over to the top of our line-up, and our top four hitters did what they were suppose to do,” noted Farrell.

“I told (the bottom of the order) this win was as much them, as it was the top of our order,” added Farrell, noting the top four hitters combined for 12 hits, nine runs scored, and 12 RBI.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, a hustling Coyle beat out a grounder to shortstop that was mishandled. Senior Harley Sullivan singled to advance Coyle to third base, and Hatch plated her with a single.

In the bottom of the inning, junior Caydence Macik, in her second inning of relief, struck out the first batter, but then gave up singles to the eight and nine hitters — Autumn Outman and Keyana Thomas.

CV lead-off hitter Katie Adams then ripped a line drive toward right field, but a leaping Repsher at first base, snared the liner and tagged the runner coming back to the bag for the game-ending double play.

“That was a really nice, heads-up play by Addy,” said Farrell. “It was a great play.”

Athens took a quick 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning in a rally that featured an RBI single by Macik and a two-run home run by Repsher.

Cowanesque Valley, however, answered with five runs in the home half of the first. Makayla Vargeson provided the key hit with a three-run home run — the first of two long balls in the contest.

The Lady Indians scored two runs in the second and another in the third to take an 8-5 lead.

“They shut us down until the sixth inning … keeping it close was the key,, though” said Farrell. “I feel if we keep it close, we can come back on anybody.”

Athens scored twice in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Macik and an RBI single by Repsher, but Vargeson’s two-run homer in the home half of the inning pushed the lead back to 10-7.

Mummert led off the top of the seventh inning with a single, and VanFleet and Coyle worked walks, sandwiched around an out, to load the bases for the top of the line-up.

Sullivan ripped a two-run double to trim the deficit to 10-9, and Hatch tied the game with an RBI single. Macik then drove a 3-1 pitch over the fence to give the Lady Wildcats a 13-10 lead.

“(Caydence) Macik hit a bomb — I think it’s still going,” said Farrell.

The bottom of the CV line-up answered as Thomas belted a two-run triple to trim the lead to 13-12, and Adams delivered an RBI single to tie the game.

Hatch stroked four singles, scored three runs, and drove in two runs, Macik had three hits, including a home run, two runs scored and four RBI, and Sullivan had three hits, including a double, three runs scored, and three RBI to lead Athens’ 16-hit attack.

Repsher homered and singled, scored once, and drove in three runs in the win, while sophomore Aliyah Butler singled twice, Mummert singled and scored one run, Coyle doubled and scored two runs, and Ali Thoman crossed the plate once.

Macik earned the win for Athens, pitching two innings of shutout ball. She allowed three hits, and struck out two.

“Caydence did an awesome job,” said Farrell. “She wasn’t warmed up at all, and came in and threw strikes.

“She earned the start tomorrow against Towanda — it’s a big game for us,” Farrell added.

While Athens is off to a 4-0 start, Farrell said his team is not clicking on all cylinders.

“We can score with anyone,” he said. “Defensively, however, we’re not playing with enough urgency. I think at times we’re unsure what to do with the ball, and I think a lot of that comes from the fact we’ve had two practices outside.

“We’re where we need to be hitting-wise, but we still have a long ways to go defensively.”

Farrell also had words of praise for Cowanesque Valley.

“(CV coach Mike Vargeson) does a nice job,” said Farrell. “That teams is one of the best two-strike approach teams I’ve ever seen. They put the ball in play almost every time we had them 0-2, or 1-2.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, (CV) will win the NTL Small School Division. They just have too much hitting.

“And, (Makayla) Vargeson is going to be in the hunt for league MVP,” added Farrell. “She is really good.”

Athens returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Towanda.

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EARLY OUTBURST PROPELS SAYRE TO 16-1 WIN OVER ATHENS

EARLY OUTBURST PROPELS SAYRE TO 16-1 WIN OVER ATHENS

April 3, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — After having three games postponed over the last eight days, Sayre finally got on the field for its 2021 season-opener, and wasted little time in finding its stride, scoring eight first-inning runs on the way to a 16-1 four-inning win over Athens in NTL baseball action.

“We played pretty good for our first game, but it's only one game and got some cleaning up to do,” said Sayre coach Jamie VanDuzer. “I’m very thankful we were able to finally play a game.”

Senior Jake Burgess reached base on an error to lead off the game, and scored on a one-out RBI double by sophomore Lucas Horton in his first varsity at-bat.

Lucas Horton scored an RBI single by junior David Northrup to make it 2-0. After a single by senior Zach Moore, back-to-back walks to sophomore Zach Garrity and junior Kannon VanDuzer to force home a run.

Junior Mason Houseknecht delivered a two-run single to make it 5-0, and junior Brady Horton capped the rally with a two-RBI double. In between, the Redskins plated a run on an error.

“We had some very good at bats,” said VanDuzer. “We didn't chase many pitches.

“We also got some help,” added VanDuzer. “They gave a couple extra outs early in the game.”

Sayre upped its lead to 9-0 with an unearned run in the top of the second inning.

Athens answered with its only run in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Mason Lister worked a lead-off walk, and scored on singles by sophomore Lucas Kraft, and senior Kyler Setzer.

The Redskins added five runs in the third inning, the first two coming on an error, and the last three on a three-run home run by VanDuzer to make it 14-1.

Sayre tacked on two more in the top of the fourth — the first on an error, and the second on a balk.

Northrup earned the win for the Redskins. He allowed one run on two hits, while striking out six and walking two. Moore pitched a perfect inning of relief.

“David Northrup pitched well and was ahead in counts from the get-go,” said VanDuzer.

Lucas Horton doubled twice, scored three runs, and drove in one run, while Moore singled twice and scored two runs, and VanDuzer homered, scored two runs, and had four RBI to lead Sayre’s nine-hit attack.

Burgess singled and scored three runs in the win, while Northrup singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run Brayden Horton doubled, scored one run, and drove in two runs, Houseknecht singled, scored one run, and had two RBI, and Garrity scored two runs.

Setzer singled and drove in one run, and Kraft singled to account for Athens’ two hits.

Sayre returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Canton in a key early-season NTL Small School Division showdown, while Athens, now 1-2, travels to Cowanesque Valley Monday.

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ATHENS ROLLS TO 14-1 WIN OVER SAYRE

ATHENS ROLLS TO 14-1 WIN OVER SAYRE

April 3, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Sayre scored first, but Athens answered with a flurry of runs on its way to a 14-1 four-inning win here Saturday afternoon in NTL softball action.

Madison Smith reached base on an error to lead off the top of the first inning for Sayre, and scored on a two-out RBI double by Hailey McCaig — the Lady Redskins’ only hit of the game.

Harley Sullivan led off the home half of first with a double. It was the first of five hits in a six-run rally that gave the Lady Wildcats a 6-1 lead.

Athens starter Aliyah Butler shut down Sayre in the second and third inning, allowing only a walk to Smith in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, Butler rapped a pair of doubles, the second one driving in two runs, and courtesy-runner Alli Thoman scored a pair of runs, and Mallory Mummert tripled and doubled and knocked in two runs.

In all, Athens scored seven runs on nine hits in the frame to extend its lead to 13-1.

Butler earned the win for the Lady Wildcats, allowing an unearned run on one hit, while striking out three and walking one in three innings of work. Addy Repsher pitched one inning of shutout relief, striking out one and walking two.

Butler also led Athens at the plate. She was 3-for-3 with two doubles, and three RBI, while Mummert tripled and doubled, scored two runs, and drove in two runs, and Repsher singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked in two runs in the Lady Wildcats’ 16-hit attack.

Sullivan doubled twice, and scored one run in the win, while Audrey Hatch singled twice, scored one run, and drove in one run, Ashlyn VanFleet singled twice, scored one run, and had two RBI, and Caydence Macik singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run.

Megan Collins doubled and drove in one run for the Lady Wildcats, while Braelyn Wood singled, Thoman scored three runs, and Devine crossed the plate once.

Athens, now 3-0, returns to action Monday at Cowanesque Valley, while Sayre (0-1) hosts Canton Tuesday.

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ATHENS STARTS FAST IN 12-2 WIN OVER TROY; FIRST WINS FOR HAVENS, LISTER

ATHENS STARTS FAST IN 12-2 WIN OVER TROY; FIRST WINS FOR HAVENS, LISTER

March 30, 2021 Tim Birney

EAST TROY — Athens scored eight runs in the top of the first inning, and sophomore Mason Lister tossed three no-hit innings to earn his first varsity win in a 12-2 five-inning decision over Troy here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School baseball action.

The win was also the first career varsity win for first-year Athens coach Charlie Havens, who spent 20 years (18 at Waverly and two at Corning) as a JV coach.

“I felt like we let one get away from us last week at Canton,” said Havens. “To come back and get that first win out of the way feels pretty good.”

Junior Karter Rude led off the game with a single, and sophomore Jaren Glisson worked a walk. Consecutive wild pitches gave Athens a quick 1-0 lead, and left Glisson at third base.

After a walk to sophomore Cam Sullivan, Lister ripped an RBI double to make it 2-0. Moments later, sophomore Lucas Kraft stroked an RBI single to up the lead to 3-0.

Consecutive walks to junior Kyler Setzer, senior Ben Vough and junior Josiah Stringham forced home two runs to make it 5-0. Rude stroked a two-run single push the lead to 7-0, and Lister capped the rally with an RBI single.

“We really came out swinging and we were aggressive on the base paths,” said Havens. “It was good to get guys moving, and see what we could do.

“We hit the ball really well, especially in that first inning, then we tacked on a few runs throughout the game,” he added.

The Wildcats added a run in the second and two more to extend the lead to 11-0.

Meanwhile, Lister fanned seven and walked four in three innings of no-hit ball.

“He’s thrown six innings of one-hit ball so far this year,” said Havens.

“As the game goes on, and the more pitches he throws, he gets stronger, and really starts pounding the strike zone,” added Havens. “He’s been really good for us.”

Lister has struck out 14 and walked six in six innings this season.

Rude singled twice, scored two runs, and drove in two runs to lead Athens at the plate, while Lister doubled, scored one run, and knocked in two runs, and Kraft singled, scored run, and had one RBI.

Kyler Setzer scored three runs in the win, while Vough had two RBI and one runs scored, Glisson scored two runs, Stringham scored one run and drove in one run, and Sullivan crossed the plate once.

Glisson allowed one run on two hits, while striking out two in one inning of relief, and Rude allowed an unearned run on two hits, with two strikeouts and one walk.

Athens, now 1-1, returns to action Monday at Cowanesque Valley in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday.

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BUTLER EARNS FIRST VARSITY WIN; ATHENS BLANKS TROY, 13-0

BUTLER EARNS FIRST VARSITY WIN; ATHENS BLANKS TROY, 13-0

March 30, 2021 Tim Birney

EAST TROY — Sophomore Aliyah Butler earned her first varsity win in her first varsity start, pitching a two-hitter to lead Athens to a 13-0 win over Troy here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Large School softball action.

“Tonight was all about Aliyah (Butler),” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “She was impressive in her first varsity start.”

Butler struck out seven and walked one, while allowing just a pair of singles.

“(Catcher) Harley (Sullivan) called a really good game,” said Farrell. “She had (Butler) moving the ball all over the place.”

The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Audrey Hatch drove in the first run with an RBI single, Addy Repsher added an RBI single, and Ashlyn VanFleet knocked home a run with an RBI groundout.

Athens put the game away with six runs in the top of the second to take a 9-0 lead.

Caydence Macik and VanFleet collected RBIs with bases-loaded walks to extend the lead to 5-0.

Butler helped her own cause with a three-run double, and scored moments later on an RBI single by Mallory Mummert.

Athens played a bit of long ball in the fifth inning. Mummert led off the frame with a home run, and Hatch capped the rally with a three-run shot to make it 13-0.

“We hit the ball hard today,” said Farrell. “We hit two home runs again … Mallory Mummert crushed one, (Audrey) Hatch hit her second one, and Aliyah helped her own cause with a bases-loaded double.

“We left 12 runners on base (at Canton), but that wasn’t the case tonight,” noted Farrell. “We only left three runners on base, so we did a much better job.

“All week, we stressed putting the ball in play, and making the defense work,” he added. “Tonight, it worked.”

Hatch led Athens at the plate with a home run, a double, three runs scored, and four RBI, while Mummert homered and singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs, and Butler doubled, scored one run, and had three RBI.

Harley Sullivan singled and scored three runs in the win, while Megan Collins singled twice and scored one run, Macie Coyle singled and scored one run, Repsher singled and drove in one run, VanFleet had two RBI and one run scored, and Macik crossed the plate twice.

The Lady Wildcats, who entered the season with very little experience, are off to a 2-0 start.

“As a coaching staff, we’re thrilled to be 2-0, but we know we still have a lot of work to do,” said Farrell.

Athens returns to action Monday at Cowanesque Valley in a game that was originally scheduled for Thursday.

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