ATHENS JVs TOP BENTON; FALL AT NP-MANSFIELD

ATHENS JVs TOP BENTON; FALL AT NP-MANSFIELD

January 22, 2022 Tim Birney

BENTON — Athens took the lead early, maintained the lead throughout, and pulled out a 27-20 win over Benton here Saturday afternoon in non-league junior varsity girls basketball action.

Sara Bronson scored five points in the first quarter to help Athens to a 10-7 lead after the first seven minutes.

Both teams struggled to score in the second quarter, with Athens outscoring Benton, 3-1, to take a 13-8 lead into the halftime locker room.

Bronson scored four more points in the third quarter in a 6-5 advantage to stretch the lead to 19-12 entering the final stanza.

Mya Thompson scored five points int he fourth quarter, including an old-fashioned three-point play to help Athens maintain the lead.

Thompson had nine points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and five blocked shots, and Bronson had nine points, seven rebounds, and six steals to lead Athens.

Izzy Davis had six points and five rebounds in the win, and Ella Coyle grabbed five rebounds.

Athens returns to action Wednesday at North Penn-Liberty.

North Penn-Mansfield 36, Athens 26

At Mansfield, Athens fell behind early, and never made up the difference in a 36-26 loss at North Penn-Mansfield Thursday.

NP-M led 115 after the first quarter, and 17-10 at the half. The Lady Tigers stretched their lead to 12 points, at 28-16, with an 11-6 run in the third quarter.

Sara Bronson led Athens with 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and nine steals, while Mya Thompson had six points, four steals, and two blocked shots, Ravyn Glisson had six points and two assists, and Ella Coyle grabbed five boards.

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MACIK HAULS DOWN MILESTONE REBOUND IN ATHENS' 50-16 WIN OVER BENTON

MACIK HAULS DOWN MILESTONE REBOUND IN ATHENS' 50-16 WIN OVER BENTON

January 22, 2022 Tim Birney

BENTON — Senior Caydence Macik scored 22 points, and hauled down her 600th career rebound to lead Athens in a 50-16 win over Benton here Saturday afternoon in non-league girls basketball action.

With 5:37 remaining in the first quarter, Macik pulled down the milestone carom.

“Congrats to Caydence on a great achievement,” said Athens coach Brian Miller. “Rebounding is about effort and attitude, and Caydence plays that game at a high level.

“I’m so proud of her,” added Miller.

The Wildcats limited the Tigers to just one field goal in the first quarter, and one in the entire second half.

“We played great team defense tonight, and had some great fast-break passing in transition,” said Miller.

Junior Karlee Bartlow scored five points in the first quarter, and Macik added four points to fuel a game-opening 14-3 blitz.

Five different Lady Wildcats found the scoring column in the second quarter, but they were only able to add one point to their advantage, taking a 24-12 lead into the halftime locker room.

Macik pumped in 12 points in the third quarter, and Karlee Bartlow added four in an 18-2 run that gave Athens a 42-14 lead entering the final eight minutes.

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ATHENS GIRLS TOP LEWISBURG; BOYS DROP CLOSE DECISION

ATHENS GIRLS TOP LEWISBURG; BOYS DROP CLOSE DECISION

January 22, 2022 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — Senior Brooke Kopatz, and juniors Taegan Williams and Taylar Fisher were double-winners to lead Athens to a 60-36 win over Lewisburg here Saturday afternoon, while the Wildcat boys dropped a 53-48 decision in non-league swimming action.

Lewisburg was also swimming against Towanda at the meet.

GIRLS
Athens 60, Lewisburg 36

Athens won six events, and also had seven second-place finish in the three-team meet, pulling out a 60-36 win over Lewisburg.

Williams won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:10.39, and sophomore Emily Marshall was third in 1:24.04.

Fisher won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:38.62, and Kopatz was second in 2:41.89.

Kopatz won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:17.43, and junior Alli Thoman was second in 1:21.93.

Kopatz, Williams and Fisher teamed with Marshal to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:57.14.

Sophomore Grace Cobb won the 500-yard freestyle in a mite of 6:43.28, and freshman Elizabeth Talada was second in 7:08.07

Freshman Abby Panek won the 1-meter diving competition with 181.35 points.

Williams finished second inn the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:14.78, and Cobb was fourth in 2:28.83.

Fisher finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:14.73, and Marshall was third in 1:21.40.

Thoman finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 30.78 seconds, and Talada was fourth in 33.15 seconds.

Senior Hannah Walker finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:16.98.

BOYS
Lewisburg 53, Athens 48

Junior Ethan Denlinger was a double-winner, but Athens came up just short in a 53-48 loss to powerhouse Lewisburg in the three-team meet that also included Towanda.

Denlinger won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:05.7, and junior Joe Blood was fourth in 2:32.77. Denlinger finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:52.34.

Chris DeForest won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 24.0 seconds, and freshman Ryan Gorman was third in 27.35 seconds. DeForest finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.64.

Freshman Ethan Hicks won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:06.08. He was third in 200-yard IM in a time of 2:27.57, and freshman Ronel Ankam was fourth in 2:46.11.

Ankam won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:21.44, and Gorman was third in 1:28.38.

Denlinger teamed with Blood, senior Reuven Gifeisman and freshman Aiden Oldroyd to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:23.5.

Freshman Treyvon Simpson was second in the 1-meter diving competition with 131.25 points, and freshman Carter Lewis was third with 100.05 points.

Gifeisman finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:02.33, and Lewis was fourth in 1:04.63.

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ATHNES EDGES WYALUSING, 32-30

ATHNES EDGES WYALUSING, 32-30

January 21, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — There are two keys to winning dual meets: unheralded wrestlers stepping up with big wins, and those same wrestlers avoiding giving up bonus points if they don’t win.

Athens checked both those boxes Friday night in a 32-30 win over Wyalusing in NTL wrestling action.

“It was a great team effort. We wrestled well today,” said Athens coach Shawn Bradley. “We beat a really good team that has a really good record.

“We had to move around a lot today, so we had a lot of guys step up.

“Lucas Forbes and Cameron Whitmarsh came up big, and Keaton Sinsabaugh won the darn match,” added Bradley. “Those kids don’t get a lot of the accolades or the glory, but the bottom line is to win dual meets everyone has to perform.”

With the win, the Wildcats improve to 7-2.

“We’re trying to get to Milton (District 4 Duals semifinals) for the first time,” said Bradley. “In order to do that, we have to win some dual meets.”

Senior Kaden Setzer opened the match with a 36-second pin of Isaac Shaffer at 132 pounds, and junior Jacob Courtney locked up Cade McMicken in a cradle at 4:35 in their 138-pound match to put the Wildcats up 12-0.

“Two of our hammers (Kaden Setzer and Jake Courtney) got us started,” said Bradley.

Skyler Manahan won by fall at 145 pounds to put the Rams on the board, then Hunter Manahan topped Lucas Forbes, 7-2, at 152 pounds, to close the gap to 12-9.

Senior Karter Rude put Wildcats back up by nine, at 18-9, with a pin of Jordan Lamb at 160 pounds.

Alex Hunsinger triggered a mini run for the Rams with a 5-1 decision over Whitmarsh at 172, and Brian Arnold followed with a 56-second fall at 189 to tie the match at 18-18.

Nicholas Woodruff received a forfeit at 215 pounds to give Wyalusing a 24-18 lead, but sophomore Josh Nittinger tied it at 24-24 with a 61-second fall over Zach Fenton at 285 pounds, setting the stage for Sinsabaugh.

Evan Johnson scored the first takedown in the 106-pound bout, but Sinsabaugh battled back. In the closing seconds of the third period, Sinsabaugh went head-hunting and flipped Johnson, who was riding top, off his back for a reversal to win an 8-6 decision, giving the Wildcats a 27-24 lead.

Wyalusing had an opportunity to send Clayton Carr out to receive a forfeit at 113 pounds, but chose to bump him up to face senior Gavin Bradley at 120 pounds.

The unbeaten Bradley put on a takedown clinic, scoring 11 takedowns in a 23-8 technical fall in 5:18 to sew up the win for the Wildcats.

Wyalusing’s Ayden Hunsinger closed out the match with a third-period pin of sophomore Mason Vanderpool to provide the final margin.

Athens returns to action Tuesday at Waverly.

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IN PHOTO 1: Athens senior Gavin Bradley. … PHOTOS BY DAVID ALLIGER — TRAVELING PORTRAITS.

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ATHENS 32, WYALUSING 30
132: Kaden Setzer (A) by fall over Isaac Shaffer (W), 0:36;
138: Jacob  Courtney (A) by fall over Cade McMicken (W), 4:35;
145: Skyler Manahan (W) by fall over Gavin McGrath (A), 3:12;
152: Hunter Manahan (W) dec. Lucas Forbes (A), 7-2;
160: Karter Rude (A) by fall over Jordan Lamb (W), 3:13;
172: Alex Hunsinger (W) dec. Cameron Whitmarsh (A), 5-1;
189: Brian Arnold (W) by fall over Landen Kizer (A), 0:56;
215: Nicholas Woodruff (W) by forfeit;
285: Joshua Nittinger (A) by fall over Zachary Fenton (W), 1:01;
106: Keaton Sinsabaugh (A) dec. Evan Johnson (W). 8-6;
113: No Match;
120: Gavin Bradley (A) tech. fall Clayton Carr (W), 23-8 @ 5:18;
126: Ayden Hunsinger (W) by fall over Mason Vanderpool (A), 4:46.

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 ATHENS RIDES DEFENSE AGAIN; ROLLS TO 56-21 WIN OVER NP-MANSFIELD

ATHENS RIDES DEFENSE AGAIN; ROLLS TO 56-21 WIN OVER NP-MANSFIELD

January 21, 2022 Tim Birney

MANSFIELD — Athens limited North Penn-Mansfield to just two first-half field goals, and built a 19-point lead on its way to a 56-21 win over North Penn-Mansfield her Friday night in NTL girls basketball action.

“I thought we played a great team game, especially on the defensive end,” said Athens coach Brian Miller. “We played very physical defense on our end  

“Mansfield played a physical game, too,” noted Miller. “The only thing we didn't do great tonight was make some open looks, but that's part of the game. Sometimes they fall, sometimes they don't.

“But the rest of our game was top-notch,” added Miller. “It was nice to see us play this way two games in row.”

Senior Caydence Macik scored five points in the first quarter, including an old-fashioned three-point play late in the stanza to help the Lady Wildcats to an 11-2 lead.

Junior Emma Bronson had five points, including a conventional three-point play, in the second quarter, and freshman Addy Wheeler canned a 3-pointer to fuel a 14-4 run that extended the Athens lead to 25-6 at the half.

Macik scored nine more points in the third quarter, including her third three-point play of the game, and Bronson added four points in a 16-11 advantage in the stanza to help the Lady Wildcats to a 41-17 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Junior Karlee Bartlow had six points — on a 3-pointer and a three-point play — in the fourth quarter, and Macik canned a 3-pointer and scored five points in a 15-4 run in the final eight minutes.

Macik led Athens with 22 points, including a 5-for-5 effort at the free-throw line , six rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot, while Bronson had 13 points, four steals, and one blocked shot, and Karlee Bartlow had 10 points and five boards.

Wheeler added six points, eight rebounds, four assists, and seven steals in the win, while senior Olivia Bartlow hauled down 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots, and sophomore Mya Thompson and junior Natalee Watson each had three rebounds, and one blocked shot.

Ella Swingle led NP-M with five points.

Athens, now 8-3, travels to Benton Saturday. The JV game tips off at noon.

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WYALUSING TAKES ADVANTAGE OF TECHNICAL; TOPS ATHENS, 66-61

WYALUSING TAKES ADVANTAGE OF TECHNICAL; TOPS ATHENS, 66-61

January 21, 2022 Chris Manning

WYALUSING — Athens may have played one of its best first halves offensively this season, taking an 8-point lead on Wyalusing, but couldn’t continue it in the second half as the Rams chipped away at the lead. Then, with both teams going back-and-forth in the final minutes, a technical foul against Athens set them back, and Wyalusing pulled out a 66-61 win in NTL boys’ basketball action Friday.


“I thought both teams played very, very well,” said Wildcat coach Jim Lister. “I give a lot of credit to Wyalusing, they came to battle tonight.

“(Grady) Cobb was hot from the outside in the first half, and we made some adjustments to change that — we went to a man defense, it kind of slowed him down a little bit, but (Blake) Morningstar got us underneath, so it just wasn’t our night.”

Athens was down 60-58 with 50.2 seconds to play when Athens was called for a technical foul after a foul call against the Wildcats. The personal foul put them in the bonus, and Cobb went 3-for-4 from the line, extending the Ram lead, and Athens never recovered.

“I’m frustrated with that type of foul at the end of the game,” Lister remarked. “You just don’t make that call with 45 seconds left to go in the game. The player said ‘it was a travel,’ he didn’t say anything bad. You know, you don’t make that call — that won the game. If we had a shot, you know, that was gone at that point.”

Lister was pleased with how well his team shot the ball — the ‘Cats were 6-for-11 from deep, and 45.5 percent overall.

“We’re going to get our points underneath because were long and tall, but we have to be able to hit the outside shot, which we’re starting to do now,” he said.


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MILLER LIFTS ATHENS JVs LATE IN 36-33 WIN OVER WYALUSING

MILLER LIFTS ATHENS JVs LATE IN 36-33 WIN OVER WYALUSING

January 21, 2022 Tim Birney

WYALUSING — Korey Miller hit a pair of free throws to tie the game, then knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer in the final 90 seconds to lift Athens to a 36-33 win over Wyalusing here Friday night in NTL junior varsity boys basketball action.

Troy Rosenbloom scored Athens’ only four points in the opening stanza, but the Wildcat defense was up to the task and the score was tied at 4-4 after the opening seven minutes.

Noah Hobday knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points in the second quarter, and Miller connected on a 3-pinter to help Athens to a 14-13 lead at the half.

Wyalusing outscored Athens, 12-10, in the third quarter, despite six points by Xavier Watson, to take a 25-24 lead into the final seven minutes.

Watson scored five points early in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer, by Wyalusing led 33-31 with 1:30 left in the game, when Miller knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game.

With a little less than a minute remaining, Miller drained a 3-pointer to make it 36-33.

Watson led Athens with 11 points and three rebounds, while Miller had 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists, Hobday added five points, Rosenbloom chipped in with four points and two assists, and Connor Mosher had four assists and two steals.

Athens returns to action Monday when it hosts Troy.

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ATHENS EARNS PAIR OF WINS; SHUTS OUT NEB, SAYRE

ATHENS EARNS PAIR OF WINS; SHUTS OUT NEB, SAYRE

January 20, 2022 Tim Birney

SAYRE — Athens needed little time in disposing of Northeast Bradford and Sayre Thursday night, beating both NTL wrestling rivals, 66-0.

Athens 66, NEB 0
In their first match of the night, the Wildcats won all six contested weight classes by first-period falls against Northeast Bradford. They also collected five forfeits from the Panthers.

Sophomore 285-pounder Josh Nittinger scored a quick takedown of Kamden Ricci, then locked him in a quick cradle near the boundary for two near-fall points. Less than a minute later, NIttinger finished off the fall at 1:24 to put the Wildcats up 18-0.

Freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh followed with a 59 second fall at 106 pounds to make it 24-0.

At 120 pounds, sophomore Mason Vanderpool built a 6-0 lead on Brock Fenton with a takedown and two sets of swipes, then finished off the bout with a power-half for a fall at 1:58.

Moments later, senior Gavin Bradley scored a quick takedown in his 126-pound bout against Tyler Russell, then locked in a power half for a 40-second fall.

At 138 pounds, senior Kaden Setzer used the arm bar for a pin of Noah Billings at 33 seconds to make it 42-0.

Senior Cameron Whitmarsh finished off the match with a 69-second fall of Dom Clark at 172 pounds.

Athens 66, Sayre 0
The Wildcats collected nine forfeits from the Redskins, and won both contested weight classes by fall.

At 132 pounds, Setzer locked Cam McCutcheon in a cradle for a takedown and fall in 13 seconds.

At 189 pounds, Athens senior Collin Rosh and Sayre senior Josh Rosh traded takedowns and escapes for the first two periods.

Rosh’s escape off the whistle to start the third tied the bout at 4-4. Moments later, Rosh hooked a leg for a takedown directly into a cradle for a fall at 4:40.

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ATHENS ROLLS TO WINS OVER TOWANDA

ATHENS ROLLS TO WINS OVER TOWANDA

January 20, 2022 Tim Birney

TOWANDA — The Athens girls and boys both turned in strong performances in convincing wins over Towanda here Thursday in NTL swimming & diving action.

The Lady Wildcats won by a lopsided tally of 93-32, while the boys won, 94-46.

GIRLS
ATHENS 93, TOWANDA 32

Four different Lady Wildcats — senior Brooke Kopatz, juniors Taegan Williams and Taylar Fisher, and sophomore Grace Cobb —  were double-winners to lead Athens to a 93-32 win over Towanda.

Kopatz won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 28.76 seconds, and junior Alli Thoman was third in 31.28 seconds.

Kopatz led a sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:18.06, while Thoman was second in 1:21.79, and sophomore Emily Henderson was third in 1:42.3.

Williams won 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:11.06, and Cobb was third in 2:28.75. Williams also won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:03.07

Fisher won the 100-yard butterfly in a district-qualifying time of 1:14.02, and freshman Elizabeth Talada was second in 1:35.94.

Fisher led a sweep in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:13.37, while sophomore Emily Marshall was second in 1:20.81, and freshman Maryrose Bertsch was third in 1:50.03.

Cobb won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:35.98, and Marshall was second in 6:38.55

Cobb, teamed with Bertsch, Talada, and sophomore Rebecca Gifeisman to win the 400-yard freesrtle relay in a time of 5:21.8.

Sophomore Abby Panek won the 1-meter diving competition with 171 points

BOYS
ATHENS 94, TOWANDA 46

Juniors Ethan Denlinger and Chris DeForest were quadruple-winners, and freshmen Ronel Ankam and Ethan Hicks were double-winners in Athens’ 94-46 win over Towanda.

Denlinger won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:27.5, and Hicks was second in 2:28.16.

Denlinger also won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:12.92, and freshman Pierce Oldroyd was third in 2:11.94.

DeForest won the 100-yard freestyle in a district-qualifying time of 1:03.07.

Deforest, and Denlinger teamed with Hicks and Ankam to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:04.81. The same foursome won the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:44.38.

DeForest teamed with Ankam, Hicks, and senior Reuven Gifeisman to  win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:01.97.

Freshman Ryan Gorman won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.01 seconds, and Gifeisman was second in 27.57 seconds. Gorman finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:28.51.

Freshman Carter Lewis won the 1-meter diving competition with 88.25 points

Ankam finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:18.75, and Gifeisman finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:04.45.

Junior Joe Blood finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:47.15.

Athens returns to action Saturday against Lewisburg at Towanda.

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BALANCED ATHENS JVs ROLL TO 45-28 WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

BALANCED ATHENS JVs ROLL TO 45-28 WIN OVER WILLIAMSON

January 20, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens took a big lead early, and used balance scoring to pull away from Williamson in a 45-28 win here Thursday night in NTL junior varsity boys basketball action.

Seven different junior Wildcats found the scoring column in a 16-4 blitz in the opening eight minutes.

The second quarter was much the same as six different Athens players scored two points apiece, and stretched their lead to 28-11 at the half.

Conner Mosher led Athens with eight points, while Xavier Watson had seven points, three rebounds, and Kolsen Keathley had six points, three rebounds, and four steals.

Korey Miller scored five points and dished out four assists in the win, while Jase Babcock added four points, four steals, and one blocked shot, Nicholas Jacob and Matt Aquilio chipped in with four points apiece, and Jack Cheresnowsky grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

Athens returns to action Friday at Wyalusing.

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ATHENS ROLLS PAST WILLIAMSON, 58-28

ATHENS ROLLS PAST WILLIAMSON, 58-28

January 20, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Caydence Macik and junior Emma Bronson helped Athens off to a fast start, and the Lady Wildcats rolled to a 58-28 win over Williamson here Thursday night in NTL girls basketball action.

Macik and Bronson scored seven points apiece in the first quarter, and junior Karlee Bartlow added five points to help Athens to a 21-9 lead.

Macik scored seven more points in the second quarter, and five of her teammates also found the scoring column in an 18-5 run that extended the lead to 39-14 at the half.

Bartlow and Emma Bronson combined for nine points in the third quarter as Athens used a 15-7 run to push its lead to 54-21 entering the final eight minutes.

Macik led Athens with 14 points, five rebounds, and six steals, while Bronson scored 13 points, and Karlee Bartlow had 10 points, three rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Freshman Addy Wheeler had eight points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals, and one blocked shot in the win, while senior Olivia Bartlow had five points and four boards, sophomore Mya Thompson had four points, six rebounds, three steals, and one blocked shot, and junior Natalee Watson chipped in with four points and one blocked shot.

Athens, now 7-3, returns to action Saturday at Benton.

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ATHENS DEFENSE STIFLES WILLIAMSON IN 30-11 WIN

ATHENS DEFENSE STIFLES WILLIAMSON IN 30-11 WIN

January 20, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Athens limited Williamson to two first-half field goals on its way to a 30-11 win here Thursday night in NTL junior varsity girls basketball action.

Mya Thompson scored six points in the first quarter to fuel an 11-2 run in the opening stanza.

The junior Wildcats used a 7-2 spurt in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 18-4 at the half.

Ella Coyle and Thompson scored four points apiece in the third quarter to help Athens to a 26-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Thompson led Athens with 12 points, three rebounds, and five steals, while Coyle had 10 points, four rebounds, seven steals, and one blocked shot, Bronson had four points, four assists, seven steals, and three blocked shots, and Izzy Davis hauled down eight rebounds.

Athens returns to action Saturday at Benton.

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ATHENS RUNS OVER WILLIAMSON, 92-37

ATHENS RUNS OVER WILLIAMSON, 92-37

January 19, 2022 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Seniors Tucker Brown and J.J. Babcock combined for 22 points in the first quarter to help Athens to a 19-point lead en route to a 92-37 win over Williamson here Wednesday night in NTL boys basketball action.

“I’m very pleased with my team’s Intensity tonight.,” said Athens coach Jim Lister. “We played very good defense, moved the ball very well on offense, and got a very nice team win.”

Senior Troy Pritchard scored the first bucket of the game for the Wildcats, then Brown scored eight of Athens’ next 10 to give the Wildcats a 12-1 lead.

After a pair of free throws by Williamson, Babcock scored back-to-back buckets to make it 16-3.

The Warriors trimmed the lead to 18-9, and the teams traded buckets until it was 22-13.

Junior Chris Mitchell scored on an offensive rebound to trigger a 10-0 run to close out the first quarter. Brown scored the final two buckets of the stanza to give the Wildcats a 32-13 lead.

Athens also scored the first seven points of the second quarter, with freshman Kolsen Keathley scoring back-to-back buckets to open the stanza, and Lister capping Athens’ 17-0 run with a 3-pointer to make it 39-13.

Athens stretched its lead to 32 points, at 52-20, with a 7-0 spurt that bridged the second and third quarters.

The Wildcats closed the game with a 32-4 run, including a 24-1 blitz during an 8 1/2-minute span that bridged the third and fourth quarters.

Athens shot 62 percent (42 of 68) from the field in the win,

Babcock, who made 13 of 18 shots from the field, had 28 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and one blocked shot, and Brown had 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals to lead the Wildcats.

Lister had nine points, six assists, four rebounds, four steals, and one blocked shot in the win, while Pritchard and Mitchell each had six points and four boards, and Keathley scored six points.

Senior Nalen Carling had five points, five rebounds and four steals for the Wildcats, while Carson Smith and senior Ryan Thompson added five points apiece.

Tristan Parker led Williamson with 18 points, and Evan Dominick added 11.

Athens, now 9-3, travels to Wyalusing Friday night.

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BRADLEY, SETZER EARN TITLES; FIVE WILDCATS MEDAL AT NEW OXFORD — BRADLEY NAMED ‘MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER’

BRADLEY, SETZER EARN TITLES; FIVE WILDCATS MEDAL AT NEW OXFORD — BRADLEY NAMED ‘MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER’

January 15, 2022 Tim Birney

NEW OXFORD, Pa. — Seniors Gavin Bradley and Kaden Setzer won their weight classes in dominant fashion, and senior Karter Rude was a runner-up here Saturday at the two-day New Oxford Tournament.

Sophomore Josh Nittinger placed sixth for the Wildcats, and freshman Caleb Nason earned a seventh-place medal.

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ATHENS TURNS IN STRONG PERFORMANCE AT ELK LAKE INVITE

ATHENS TURNS IN STRONG PERFORMANCE AT ELK LAKE INVITE

January 15, 2022 Tim Birney

DIMOCK, Pa. — Juniors Taegan Williams and Taylar Fisher won two events apiece to lead Athens’ efforts here Saturday at the Elk Lake Keep the Beat Swimming Invite.

GIRLS
Williams, Fisher, and senior Brooke Kopatz, who also logged one first-place finish, each had four top-two finishes for the Lady Wildcats.

Williams won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.68. and sophomore Grace Cobb was fourth in 2:29.34

Williams also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:56.56, and Cobb was fourth in 6:47.92

Fisher led a sweep of the top three spots in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking int at 1:13.66. Kopatz was second in 1:19.06, while sophomore Emily Marshall was third in 1:22.22, and Macaria Benjamin was fifth in 1:27.58.

Fisher also won the 200-yard IM in 2:34.92.

Kopatz won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:15.84, and junior Allison Thoman was third in 1:24.53.

Fisher, Kopatz, and Williams teamed with Thoman to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.24.

Fisher, Kopatz, and Williams teamed with Marshall to finish second in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 4:21.42.

Marshall finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:116.47

Elizabeth Talada was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:13.06, and sophomore Emily Henderson was sixth in 1:24.97.

BOYS
Ethan Denlinger logged Athens’ only win, and had ta pair of second-place finishes to pace the Wildcats.

Denlinger won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.89, and freshman Ethan Hicks was 2:08.35. He was second in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.34 seconds.

Delninger teamed with Hicks, and freshmen Ronel Ankam and freshman Josh Leonard to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:47.74.

Hicks finished second in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:04.7, and freshman Treyvon Simpson was fifth in 2:13.47.

Ankam finished third in the 50-yard freestyle, and Leonard was sixth in 29.16 seconds.

Ankam also finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:23.91, and junior Travis Webster was fourth in 1:29.28.

Leonard was third in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:12.47, and junior Joe Blood finished third in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:49.79

Athens will travel to Towanda Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. meet.

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