ATHENS ADVANCES FOUR TO SEMIFINALS OF BEDFORD TOURNAMENT; THREE ALIVE IN WRESTLEBACKS

ATHENS ADVANCES FOUR TO SEMIFINALS OF BEDFORD TOURNAMENT; THREE ALIVE IN WRESTLEBACKS

January 28, 2022 Tim Birney

BEDFORD, Pa. — Athens advanced four wrestlers to the semifinals, has three alive in wrestlebacks, and sits in fourth place after Day 1 at the rugged Thomas Chevrolet Tournament.

Powerhouse Chestnut Ridge leads the 31-team field with 132 points, well ahead of runner-up Bethlehem-Center, which has 82 points, and third-place Burrell, which has 81. Athens has 79.5 points, while Greenville is in fifth with 78.5 points, Northern Garrett is in sixth with 76.5 points, Penn Cambria is in seventh with 76, and Huntingdon is in eighth place with 75.5 points.

Seniors Gavin Bradley, Karter Rude, and Kaden Setzer, along with junior Jake Courtney are in the semifinals, while sophomore Josh NIttinger, freshman Caleb Nason, and senior Collin Rosh are alive in the consolation bracket.

Bradley, who is ranked No. 1 in the state at 113 pounds, is the second seed in the 120-pound bracket.

Bradley opened Friday with a 44-second fall over Greenville’s Liam Richardson, then, after building a 10-1 lead, decked Aaron Ickes of Chestnut Ridge in 2:00.

He will face third-seeded Ross Dull of Chestnut Ridge in the semifinals. Dull narrowly escaped the quarterfinals with a 6-4 overtime win over sixth-seeded Davis Stepp of Bethlehem-Center.

At 132 pounds, Setzer, the third seed, opened with a pin of North Star’s Braden Livingston in 2:37.

In the quarterfinals, Setzer scored a pair of third-period takedown to break a 2-2 tie in a 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Niko Ferra of Burrell.

Setzer will face second-seeded Kyle McCollum of Beth-Center in the semifinals.

At 138 pounds, Courtney, the second seed, opened with a 19-2 technical fall of Bedford’s Camryn Steinbuch in the pigtail round, then forged an 11-1 major decision, thanks in large part to a third-period takedown and two sets of swipes, over Chestnut Ridge’s Mason Weyant in the round-of-16.

In the quarterfinals, Courtney scored a takedown of 10th-seeded Ayden Sprague of Williamson in the middle of the first period, and turned him for a fall at 1:25.

Courtney will face third-seeded Chad Weist of Tussey Mountain in the semifinals.

At 152 pounds, Rude, the third seed, decked Milton’s Aidan Keiser in 25 seconds in the round-of-16.

In the quarterfinals, Rude scored a takedown of sixth-seeded Tanner Trybus of Cambria Heights in the first 30 seconds, then turned him three times to build a 10-0 lead after the first two minutes. Rude scored a quick takedown in the second period, and turned Trybus for a fall at 2:17.

Rude will face second-seeded Jack Moyer of Chestnut Ridge in the semifinals.

At 189 pounds,
Rosh, the 11th seed, decked Trey Looney of Northern Garrett in 56 seconds in the pigtail round, but lost via second-period fall to sixth-seeded Austin Wagner of Penn Cambria in the round-of-16.

In the consolation bracket, Rosh pinned Southern Huntingdon’s Noah Rice in 2:47, then he scored an escape midway through the third period to take a 7-6 lead on West Greene’s Johnny Lampe, and finished off the 11-7 win with two takedowns in the final 54 seconds.

Rosh will face eighth-seeded Nick Presell of Chestnut Ridge in the “blood round.”

At 215 pounds, Nason, the ninth seed, scored a reversal midway through the first period, and turned into a fall in 1:17 against eighth-seeded Mason Raymond of Penn Cambria.

In the quarterfinals, top-seeded Mikey Sipps of Williamson scored a 15-0 technical fall of Nason in 4:00.

In the consolation bracket, Nason will face Chestnut Ridge’s Alex Crist in the “blood round.”

At 285 pounds,
Nittinger, the 13th seed, decked Southern Huntingdon’s Jeremiah Barron in 60 seconds in the pigtail round, then lost via third-period fall to fourth-seeded Gunner Singleton of Huntingdon in the quarterfinals.

Nittinger bounced back in wrestlebacks with a pin of Chestnut Ridge’s Matt Davis in 2:18. He followed that up with a 6-1 decision of Beth-Center’s Josh Deems.

Nittinger will face Milton’s Paul Rohland in the “blood round.”

At 172 pounds, senior Cameron Whitmarsh went 2-2 on the day.

Whitmarsh won his pigtail-round match by fall in 18 seconds over Northeast Bradford’s Dominic Clark, but lost via first-period fall to second-seeded Aaron Bowers of Northern Bedford in the round-of-16.

In his first wrestleback bout, Whitmarsh scored takedowns late in the first and second periods to build a 4-0 lead of Central’s John Pulcine. Whitmarsh took Pulcine down again midway through the third period, then turned him for a fall at 4:48.

Whitmarsh’s day came to an end when Greenville’s Bennett Hayne took him directly to his back for a fall at 1:47.

At 145 pounds,
freshman Keegan Congdon went 1-2 on the day. After losing by first-period fall in the pigtail round, Congdon decked Southern Huntingdon’s Aiden Hollibaugh in 2:03. He was eliminated via second-period fall in his next bout.

Also at 145 pounds, senior Lucas Forbes lost via fall in the pigtail round, then issued a medial forfeit in his first wrestleback bout.

Action begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

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ATHENS BUILDS BIG LEAD EARLY IN 47-12 WIN OVER COWANESQUE VALLEY

ATHENS BUILDS BIG LEAD EARLY IN 47-12 WIN OVER COWANESQUE VALLEY

January 28, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens kept Cowanesque Valley off the board in the first quarter, and built a quick double-digit lead en route to a 47-12 win here Friday night in NTL girls basketball action.

Freshman Addy Wheeler knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points, and senior Caydence Macik added four points as the Wildcats opened the game with a 16-0 blitz.

The Indians scored in the opening moments of the second quarter, and the teams played even the rest of the quarter, and Athens took a 26-8 lead into the halftime locker room.

Macik and junior Emma Bronson scored seven points apiece in the third quarter, and junior Karlee Bartlow drained a 3-pointer to fuel a 19-2 blitz that extended the lead to 45-10 heading into the final eight minutes.

Macik led Athens with 14 points, while Wheeler scored 11 points, and Karlee Bartlow had eight points, and Bronson added seven points.

Athens, now 11-4, hosts Towanda Monday in a rematch of its 52-25 loss at Towanda Thursday.

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TOWANDA CRUISES TO 52-25 WIN OVER ATHENS

TOWANDA CRUISES TO 52-25 WIN OVER ATHENS

January 27, 2022 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Athens dug itself a big hole early, and Paige Manchester and Porscia Bennett made sure the Lady Wildcats wouldn’t get out of it, leading Towanda to a lopsided 52-25 win here Thursday night in a key NTL Large School girls basketball match-up.

“(Towanda) came ready to play, and we didn’t,” said Athens coach Brian Miller. “Porscia (Bennett) and Paige (Manchester) had 18 of their 26 points in the first half … they stepped up in the big game and did a great job — kudos to them.

“We got in a hole, and against two good players like that, it’s tough to get out of that hole,” he added.

Miller made no excuses after the loss.

“(Towanda) outplayed us,” he said. “Their game plan was to pressure the ball to get some turnovers, and it worked.

“Their plan was to focus on Caydence (Macik), and make other girls hit some shots, and, unfortunately, we didn’t hit those open shots,” Miller noted.

“When Caydence Macik only gets six shots, that is not a good thing for us,” he continued. “They were focused on her, and Bennett did a good job on her …  she used her quickness and athleticism to make things difficult.

“We had our opportunities. We made 1 of 10 free throws in the first half … and we missed some open shots, but their role players made some key 3s.

“Kudos to Coach (Rob) Gentile and his girls.,” added Miller. “They played good, and we did not.”

Bennett scored seven points in the first quarter, while Manchester added four, and Destiny Brennan canned a 3-pointer to help Towanda to a 16-4 lead after the first eight minutes.

Manchester scored four points in the second quarter, and Aziza Ismailova drained a 3-pointer in a 10-5 spurt that gave the Knights a 26-9 lead at the break.

Bennett scored from close range, and Manchester drained a 3-pointer and made 1 of 2 free throws to give Towanda a 32-9 lead with 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Junior Karlee Bartlow led Athens with eight points and four rebounds, while senior Caydence Macik had seven points, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots, and freshman Addy Wheeler added five points and four rebonds.

Senior Olivia Bartlow had five boards and one blocked shot for the Wildcats, and junior Natalee Watson grabbed three rebounds.

Manchester led Towanda with 20 points, and Bennett added 19.

Athens, now 10-4, hosts Cowanesque Valley Friday night.

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ATHENS RIDES BIG FIRST HALF TO 62-40 WIN AT COWANESQUE VALLEY

ATHENS RIDES BIG FIRST HALF TO 62-40 WIN AT COWANESQUE VALLEY

January 27, 2022 Tim Birney

WESTFIELD — Athens used a 9-0 run early in the first quarter, and a 16-2 blitz that bridged the first two quarters to build a 26-point halftime lead in a 62-40 win over Cowanesque Valley here Thursday night in NTL boys basketball action.

With the scored tied at 2-2, senior Troy Pritchard, off a feed from senior J.J. Babcock, scored to give Athens the lead for good, at 4-2.

Moments later, Babcock scored back-to-back buckets, and senior Tucker Brown, off a feed from senior Nalen Carling, capped the nine-point run that left Athens up 11-2 midway through the opening stanza.

After a pair of free throws by McGwire Painter trimmed Athens’ lead to 14-6, Babcock scored back-to-back buckets, then assisted junior Mason Lister on a bucket in transition to make it 20-6 at end of the first eight minutes.

Painter scored a bucket in the opening moments of the second quarter, but Athens scored 10 straight points, including six by junior Chris Mitchell, to take a 30-8 lead.

Gage Tilton stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer to make it 30-11, but the Wildcats closed the first half with a 9-2 spurt, thanks in large part to a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by sophomore Korey Miller, to make it 39-13 at the half.

Athens kept it rolling in the third quarter as Lister scored a pair of buckets to spark a 10-2 spurt that gave the Wildcats its biggest lead of the game — at 49-15 — with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Cowanesque Valley closed the gap to 19, at 58-39, in the final minute.

Babcock led Athens with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots, while Mitchell had 10 points and four rebounds, and Lister had nine points, three assists, and one blocked shot.

Brown had six points, four rebounds, and four assists in the win, while Pritchard had six points and five rebounds, Carling added five points, three assists, and three steals, and Miller chipped in with five points.

Painter led CV with 17 points, and Tilton added nine — all on 3-pointers.

Athens, now 12-4, hosts powerhouse Dallas Saturday in a non-league contest.

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 BRONSON POWERS ATHENS TO 32-11 WIN OVER TOWANDA

BRONSON POWERS ATHENS TO 32-11 WIN OVER TOWANDA

January 27, 2022 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Sara Bronson pumped in 22 points to lead Athens to a 32-11 win over Towanda here Thursday evening in NTL Large School junior varsity girls basketball action.

Bronson scored four points in the first quarter as Athens took an 8-2 lead, then scored 10 points in a 10-2 run in the second quarter that pushed the junior Wildcat lead to 18-4 at the half.

Bronson scored eight more points in the second half as Athens continued to add to its lead.

Bronson had four rebounds to go along with her 22 points, while Izzy Davis had four points and seven rebounds, Mya Thompson added two rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocked shots, Ella Coyle had three rebounds, six steals, and one blocked shot, and Ravyn Glisson chipped in with three steals and two assists.

Athens returns to action Friday when it hosts Cowanesque Valley.

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BIG FIRST HALF PROPELS ATHENS JVs TO 62-40 WIN OVER COWANESQUE VALLEY

BIG FIRST HALF PROPELS ATHENS JVs TO 62-40 WIN OVER COWANESQUE VALLEY

January 27, 2022 Tim Birney

WESTFIELD — Athens used a big second-quarter run to take total control of the game on its way to a 62-40 win over Cowanesque Valley Thursday evening in NTL junior varsity boys basketball action.

Korey Miller scored six points in the first quarter, and Jase Babcock canned a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to help Athens to a 20-11 lead.

Miller scored seven more points, including a 3-pointer, in the second quarter, and Connor Mosher added five points, including a 3-ball, to fuel a 21-5 blitz that put the Wildcats up 41-16 at the half.

Xavier Watson scored four points in the third quarter, and Mat Aquilio knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game in a 15-11 spurt that extended the lead to 56-27 heading into the final seven minutes.

The Wildcats saw 11 of the 12 players on their roster put their name in the scoring column.

Miller led Athens with 15 points, three assists, and three steals, while Mosher had seven points and four assists, and Watson had six points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots.

Peter Jones and Aquilio scored six points apiece in the win, while Kolsen Keathley added five points, five boards, three steals, and one blocked shot, and Troy Rosenblpom chipped in with four points and three rebounds.

Athens returns to action Saturday when it hosts Dallas.

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TOWANDA HOLDS OFF ATHENS, 34-29

TOWANDA HOLDS OFF ATHENS, 34-29

January 26, 2022 Chris Manning

ATHENS — Despite having a gauntlet of matches at the end of the season, Towanda had a goal of finishing their NTL schedule strong, and they accomplished that on Wednesday with a 34-29 win over Athens.

The victory pushes the Knights into second place in the league behind Canton, and sees them end the dual meet regular season on a three-match winning streak with victories over Wellsboro, Wyalusing and the Wildcats.


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ATHENS ROLLS TO 58-21 WIN OVER NORTH PENN-LIBERTY

ATHENS ROLLS TO 58-21 WIN OVER NORTH PENN-LIBERTY

January 26, 2022 Tim Birney

LIBERTY — Athens raced out to a quick double-digit lead, and blew the game wide open by halftime on its way to a 58-21 win over North Penn-Liberty here Wednesday night in NTL girls basketball action.

Junior Emma Bronson scored seven points in the first quarter, while senior Caydence Macik had six points, and junior Karlee Bartlow add four points in a 17-6 run in the opening stanza.

Freshman Addy Wheeler canned a trio of 3-pointers in the second quarter, and Macik added six points to fuel a 24-6 blitz to extend the lead to 41-12 at the half.

Athens’ starters played just three minutes in the third quarter, and exited the game with the Lady Wildcats up 54-16.

Macik led Athens with 16 points, five rebounds, and five steals, while Wheeler had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and three assists, and Karlee Bartlow had 11 points, seven assists, and four steals.

Bronson added seven points and three boards in the win, while junior Natalee Watson chipped in with four points and three rebounds, senior Olivia Bartlow grabbed six rebounds, sophomore Mya Thompson had five rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot, and Izzy Davis pulled down four rebounds.

Elizabeth Ritchie and Jaclyn Nelson led NP-L with seven points apiece.

Athens, now 10-3, returns to action Thursday at Towanda.

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ATHENS JVs SHUTS OUT NP-L IN SECOND HALF OF 25-12 WIN

ATHENS JVs SHUTS OUT NP-L IN SECOND HALF OF 25-12 WIN

January 26, 2022 Tim Birney

LIBERTY — Athens held North Penn-Liberty scoreless in the second half to pull away for a 25-12 win here Wednesday night in NTL junior varsity girls basketball action.

The teams played to a 6-6 draw in the first quarter, but Mya Thompson scored six points in the second quarter to help Athens to a 14-12 halftime lead.

Six different Lady Wildcats put their name in the scoring column in the second half, outscoring NP-L after the break.

Thompson led Athens with 10 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and two blocked shots, while Izzy Davis had four points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot, and Sara Bronson had four points, eight rebounds, and six steals.

Ella Coyle added three rebounds, five steals, and one blocked shot in the win, while Ravyn Glisson had three rebounds and two assists, and Savannah Persun had three boards.

Athens returns to action Thursday at Towanda.

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ATHENS TOPS NP-LIBERTY, 66-59, FOR SECOND BIG WIN IN 24 HOURS

ATHENS TOPS NP-LIBERTY, 66-59, FOR SECOND BIG WIN IN 24 HOURS

January 25, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens overcame a slow start with a big third quarter, let a 14-point lead slip through its fingers, then pulled out a 56-49 win over North Penn-Liberty here Tuesday night in NTL boys basketball action.

It was the second win in as many nights for the Wildcats, who topped division-leading Troy Monday night.

“Whenever you win a big game, like we did (Monday) night, you’re always concerned when you have to come back and play another game 24 hours later, especially against a good team,” said Athens coach Jim Lister.

“It’s just not easy, but the kids battled through it tonight, and I’m proud of them.

“I hate to say it, but most times when you come off a big win that next game can be a bit of a struggle,” noted Lister.

“For us, it was a struggle offensively in the first half, but we had a big third quarter,” continued Lister. “We started pounding the ball inside and getting some lay-ups.

“We got a little sloppy and let them back into the game, but the kids were able to close it out,” added Lister. “Like I said, it’s not easy to come back and win 24 hours after a big win like last night.”

The win is also a bit of redemption for the Wildcats, who lost at North Penn-Liberty in each of the last two years.

“We’ve had to play down there (Liberty) the last two years, and we’ve lost down there the last two years.,” said Lister. “They’ve had our number.

“We did not take them lightly,” noted Lister. We knew they are a good team, and they are well-coached. We knew we’d have to play well to beat them.

“The kids are responding right now. I’ve been saying all season the NTL is extremely tough, there’s a lot of good basketball here, and you have to play well every night,” added Lister. “And, we’ve played pretty well the last two nights.”

Babcock knocked down a 3-pointer early in the first quarter, and scored five points to help to a 12-8 lead after the first eight minutes.

The Mountaineers rallied with a 15-10 run in the second quarter, taking the lead, at 23-22, in the closing moments of the first half on a pair of free throws by Derek Litzelman.

Athens re-gained the lead on its opening possession of the second half on a lay-up by senior Troy Pritchard, off a nice feed from Babcock.

The teams traded multiple turnovers over the next two minutes, before senior Nalen Carling came up with a steal and lay-up to make it 26-23 with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter.

After a bucket by Babcock in transition made it 28-23, NP-L’s Noah Shedden made 1 of 2 free throws to stem the tide momentarily.

Moments later, Babcock fed Carling for an uncontested lay-up, then a blocked shot by junior Mason Lister turned into a fast-break dunk by Babcock to make it 32-24 with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

Consecutive buckets in quick succession by Carling, Lister and Babcock made it 38-24 with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Hunter Thompson’s 3-pointer with 3:04 left in the stanza was NP-L’s first field goal of the half, and also triggered a 17-2 run that gave the Mounties a 41-40 lead early in the fourth quarter. The run was capped by Kyle Davis’ 3-pointer with 6:58 remaining in the contest.

With 6:25 remaining, Babcock tipped-in an errant shot to give the Wildcats the lead for good, at 42-41. Carling, off a feed from Babcock, up the lead to 44-41 with 5:48 left.

Thirty seconds later, Carling scored from point-blank range, and added the free throw to complete the three-point play to extend the lead to 47-42.

A pair of free throws, and a driving lay-up by Litzelman closed the gap to 47-46 with 4:08 left in the contest.

After an Athens turnover, senior Tucker Brown came up with a steal and converted it into a lay-up to make it 49-46 with 3:40 left in the game.

Following a defensive stop, the Wildcats extended the lead to 51-46 on a tip-in by Babcock on the offensive glass.

After an exchange of turnovers, Lister converted an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 54-46 with 1:55 left in the game.

Davis drained a 3-pointer to close the gap to 54-49 with 1:16 left in the game, but Brown scored moments later, off a feed from Babcock to push the lead back to seven, at 56-49.

After NP-L missed its next shot, Athens rebounded and was able to run out the clock.

Babcock had 17 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and two blocked shot, and Carling had 17 points and four boards to lead the Wildcats.

Brown had eight points, four rebounds, four assists, and five steals for the Wildcats, while Lister added seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, and Pritchard chipped in with five points and five rebounds.

Shedden led NP-L with 17 points, and Litzelman added 13 points.

Athens, now 11-4, travels to Cowanesque Valley Thursday.

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ATHENS WINS FINAL SIX BOUTS IN 51-18 WIN OVER WAVERLY

ATHENS WINS FINAL SIX BOUTS IN 51-18 WIN OVER WAVERLY

January 25, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens won the final six bouts of the night to top Waverly, 51-18, here Tuesday night in non-league wrestling action.

The Wildcats also picked up key wins early in the match from senior Collin Rosh, and freshmen Caleb Nason, and Keaton Sinsabaugh.

Senior Karter Rude received a forfeit to open the match at 152 pounds to give the Wildcats a quick 6-0 lead.

Junior Braeden Hills tied the bout quickly, scoring a quick five-point move with a headlock in the opening second of his 160-pound bout with freshman Landon Kizer. After Kizer worked his way off his back, Hills turned him again for the fall at 30 seconds.

At 172 pounds, junior Gage Tedesco put the Wolverines ahead 12-6 with a pin of senior Cameron Whitmarsh in the third period.

Tedesco scored a pair of takedowns, and two near-fall points for a 6-1 lead at the end of the first period. He recorded three more takedowns in the second period, and led 12-3 entering the final two minutes.

At 189, Waverly scored the initial takedown for a 2-0 lead over Rosh, but Rosh scored a reversal and three near-fall points for a 5-2 lead, then turned Kimble to his back for a fall at 1:35 to tie the match at 12-12.

At 215 pounds, Waverly junior Ty Beeman built a 6-2 lead with takedown and two near-fall points late in the second period.

Beeman started the third period on the bottom, and scored a reversal with 1:35 remaining to up his lead to 8-2.

Midway through the third period, Nason escaped, then caught Beeman in a headlock moments later, taking him directly to his back for a fall at 5:29 to give the Wildcats an 18-12 lead.

At 285 pounds, Waverly freshman Kam Hills slapped a headlock on Athens sophomore Josh Nittinger, taking him directly to his back near the edge of the circle for a 5-0 lead.

Moments later, Hills returned Nittinger to the mat and directly to his back for a fall at 1:31 to tie the match at 18-18.

Sinsabaugh, who won a pivotal match in the Wildcats’ 32-30 win over Wyalusing last week, gave up takedowns to Waverly 7th-grader Nico Rae in each of the first two period, and trailed 4-0 entering the final two minutes.

Sinsabaugh scored a takedown early in the third period to close the gap to 4-2, but was penalized for a “full nelson” and trailed 5-2.

After the re-start, Sinsabaugh locked in a half and turned Rae for the fall at 5:34 to give the Wildcats a 24-18 lead.

Sophomore Mason Vanderpool extended Athens’ lead to 30-18 with a 46-second pin of freshman Jake Besecker.

Athens senior Gavin Bradley, ranked No. 1 in the state at 113 pounds, pinned freshman Payton Fravel in 43 seconds at 126 pounds to make it 36-18.

In the marquee match-up of the night at 132 pounds, Athens senior Kaden Setzer used a pair of first-period takedowns, and two sets of swipes to take a 9-1 lead on junior Connor Stotler after the first two minutes.

Setzer stretched his lead to 13-2 with a pair of second-period takedowns, but Stotler scored a reversal late in the period to close the gap to 13-4 entering the final two minutes.

Stotler started the third period on bottom, scored an escape, and then used a headlock to take Setzer down to close the deficit to 13-7. Setzer was able to stay off his back, and preserve a 13-7 decision to give the Wildcats an insurmountable to 39-18 lead.

Junior Jake Courtney and senior Lucas Forbes closed out the match with first-period pins at 138 and 145 pounds.

Athens, now 8-2, returns to action when it hosts Towanda Wednesday night, while Waverly (8-11) hosts Owego Thursday.

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IN PHOTO 1: Waverly junior Ty Beeman and Athens freshman Caleb Nason. … PHOTOS BY DAVID ALLIGER — TRAVELING PORTRAITS.

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ATHENS 51, WAVERLY 18
152: Karter Rude (A) by forfeit;
160: Braeden Hills (W) by fall over Landen Kizer (A), 0:55;
172: Gage Tedesco  (W) by fall over Cameron Whitmarsh (A), 5:20;
189: Colin Rosh (A) by fall over Andrew Kimble  (W), 1:35;
215: Caleb Nason (A) by fall over Troy Beeman  (W), 5:29;
285: Kam Hills (W) by fall over Joshua Nittinger (A), 1:31;
106: Keaton Sinsabaugh (A) by fall over Nico Rae (W), 5:34;
113: No Match;
120: Mason Vanderpool (A) by fall over Jake Besecker (W), 0:46;
126: Gavin Bradley (A) by fall over Payton  Fravel  (W), 0:43;
132: Kaden Setzer (A) dec. Connor Stotler (W), 13-7;
138: Jacob  Courtney (A) by fall over Seth Noto (W), 0:52;
145: Lucas Forbes (A) by fall over Braeden Nichols  (W), 1:11.

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ATHENS JVs ROLL OVER NORTH PENN-LIBERTY, 44-20

ATHENS JVs ROLL OVER NORTH PENN-LIBERTY, 44-20

January 25, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens used a strong second half to blow open a close game on its way to a 44-20 win over North Penn-Liberty here Tuesday evening in NTL junior varsity boys basketball action.

Kolsen Keathley scored five points in the first quarter, and Troy Rosenbloom knocked down a 3-pointer to help Athens to a 14-8 lead after the opening stanza.

The two teams played the second half evenly, and the Wildcats led 21-15 at the half, but Connor Mosher scored five points, including a 3-pointer, in the third quarter, and Keathley added four points in an 11-2 run that upped the lead to 30-17.

Matt Aquilio converted a rare four-point play in the fourth quarter, and Jack Cheresnowsky scored four points in a 12-3 run that put the game away.

Keathley led a balanced Athens attack with nine points and three rebounds, while Mosher had seven points, four assists, and four steals, and Korey Miller had six points, five rebounds, four assists, and six steals.

Aquilio had six points and four rebounds in the win, while Rosenbloom had four points, three steals, and one blocked shot, and Cheresnowsky had four points, three boards, and three steals.

Athens travels to Cowanesque Valley Thursday.

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ATHENS EDGES TROY, 61-57, IN MUST-WIN GAME

ATHENS EDGES TROY, 61-57, IN MUST-WIN GAME

January 24, 2022 Chris Manning

ATHENS — With two league losses already, and playing league unbeaten Troy, Athens knew this game was do-or-die if it wanted to stay in the hunt for an NTL title. And, with their backs against the wall, the Wildcats did that, beating the Trojans 61-57 in boys basketball action Monday.

“We’ve been preparing all last week, and this week,” said Athens seniorJJ Babcock, who finished with 14 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a block. “We had a couple of games last week, but we were still preparing for tonight.”


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ATHENS BOYS TOP DANVILLE; LADY WILDCATS FALL

ATHENS BOYS TOP DANVILLE; LADY WILDCATS FALL

January 24, 2022 Tim Birney

DANVILLE — Junior Chris DeForest won four events to lead Athens to a 57-37 win over Danville Monday afternoon in non-league swimming action, while the Lady Wildcats dropped a 76-25 decision.

The meet also included Towanda, which was also swimming exclusively against Danville.

BOYS
Athens 57, Danville 37

DeForest won two individual events and was on a pair of winning relays, while junior Ethan Denlinger was a double-winner, swimming on a pair relays.

DeForest won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 24.17 seconds.  DeForest also won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:02.03, and freshman Josh Leonard was second in 1:12.9.

DeForest teamed with Denlinger, and freshman Ethan Hicks and Ronel Ankam to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:42.45. The same foursome won the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:51.13.

Freshmen Pierce Oldroyd, Aiden Oldroyd, Carter Lewis, and Treyvon Simpson won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:44.92.

Denlinger was second in the 200-yard IM in 2:24.20, and Hicks was third in 2:24.26.

Hicks finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:02.75, and Lewis was third in 1:21.85.

Ankam finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 57.16 seconds.

Simpson was third in the 1-meter diving competition with 144.8 points, and Lewis was fourth with 111.25 points.

Junior Joe Blood was third in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:44.56.

Gorman finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:29.64, and Aiden Oldroyd was fourth in 1:38.14.

Senior Reuven Gifeisman finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:30.27.

GIRLS
Danville 76, Athens 25

The Wildcats had three second-place finishes in a 76-25 loss to powerhouse Danville.

Junior Taegan Williams finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.88 seconds, and senior Hannah Walker was fourth in 30.73 seconds.  Williams finished third in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:08.13, and junior Macaria Benjamin was fourth in 1:24.38.

Freshman Abby Panek was second in the 1-meter diving competition with 170.5 points.

Senior Brooke Kopatz finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:15.93, and junior Alli Thoman was third in 1:22.45. Kopatz finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:17.31, and sophomore Grace Cobb was fourth in 2:30.58.

Fisher finished third in the 200-yard IM in 2:34.36, and sophomore Emily Marshall was fourth in 2:56.36. Fisher  (1:13.2)and Marshall (1:19.86) also finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke.

Cobb finished third in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:48.53, and freshman Elizabeth Talada was fourth in 7:08.14.

Athens will compete at the Tunkhannock Swimming & Diving Championships this weekend.

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TROY STARTS FAST, HOLDS OFF ATHENS, 40-33

TROY STARTS FAST, HOLDS OFF ATHENS, 40-33

January 24, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Troy jumped out to a big lead early, then made its free throws down the stretch to hold off Athens for a 40-33 win over Athens here Monday night in NTL Large School junior varsity boys basketball action.

The junior Trojans knocked down five 3-pointers in the opening stanza, including two apiece by Jack Burbage and Joseph Frye, in a 19-10 game-opening run. Korey Miller and Connor Mosher canned 3-pointers for the Wildcats.

Xavier Watson scored five points in the second quarter, and Mosher connected on another 3-pointer, but Athens only trimmed one point off the Troy lead, and trailed 26-18 at the break.

Mosher drained his third 3-pointer in the third quarter to spark a 7-2 spurt that closed the gap to 28-25, but the Wildcats missed a golden opportunity to pull closer, or take the lead by doing 0-for-4 at the free throw line.

Mosher and Troy Rosenbloom made 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but Troy was 8-for-8 from the free throw line, including a 6-for-6 performance by Lance Heasley, to sew up the victory.

Mosher led Athens with 12 points — all on 3-pointers, while Watson had nine points and five rebounds, and Miller had five points, five rebounds, six assists, and nine steals.

Rosenbloom had five points, three steals, and one blocked shot for Athens, and Jase Babcock added six rebounds and one blocked shot.

Heasley led a balanced Troy attack with 10 points, and Burbage added eight.

Athens hosts NP-Liberty Tuesday.

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