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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: IT'S "ALL-VALLEY" WEEK (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — “All-Valley” week begins today and stretches through Sunday, honoring the top athletes and newcomers in each sport, as well as “Crystal Ball” prognostications for the 2017-18 winter season.

The week wraps up Sunday with “The Final Word” on the 2016-17 winter season.

The schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY
All-Valley Bowling Super 7;

Super 7 All-Valley Girls Swimming.

All-Valley Girls Basketball Super 7;

Crystal Ball: Look ahead at 2017-18 girls basketball season.

THURSDAY
All-Valley Boys Swimming Super 7;

All-Valley Boys Basketball Super 7;

Crystal Ball: Look ahead at 2017-18 boys basketball season.

FRIDAY
All-Valley Wrestling;

Crystal Ball: Look ahead at 2017-18 wrestling season;

SATURDAY
Super 7 Newcomers of the Winter (Male & Female);

Super 7 Storylines of the 2016-17 winter season.

SUNDAY
Super 7 “Female Athletes of the Winter;”

Super 7 Male Athletes of the Winter;”

‘The Final Word’ on the 2016-17 winter season. ...more

PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD (2017-03-17)
GIRLS BASKETBALL
PIAA Class AA
Round-of-16

SAYRE ........ 37
W.CATHOLIC . 51

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PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL: SAYRE RETURNS TO ACTION THIURSDAY — NEW SITE, TIME (2017-03-13)
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — It will be Thursday before Sayre returns to action against Western Catholic of Philadelphia in the "Sweet 16" of the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs.

The game will now be played at Weatherly High School in Weatherly. Game time is 6 p.m. ...more

(UPDATED) POSTPONEMENT: SAYRE GIRLS "SWEET 16" STATE PLAYOFF GAME POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY (2017-03-13)
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Sayre will have to wait another day (or two) to continue on its historic trek in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball state playoffs.

With Winter Storm Stella expected to dump more than one foot of snow (up to two feet in the Valley) on much of the Northeast, Sayre's second round playoff game against West Catholic of Philadelphia at Hazelton High School has been postponed.

(UPDATE) — PIAA has postponed all Tuesday and Wednesday games. Sayre's game will likely by played Thursday, but the site and time could change. ...more

PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL: WEATHER PERMITTING, SAYRE WILL PLAY "SWEET 16" GAME IN HAZELTON TUESDAY EVENING (2017-03-12)
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — If Mother Nature allows, Sayre will travel to Hazleton High School Tuesday night to square off with West Catholic (Philadelphia) in the second round of the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs. Game time is 5 p.m.
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PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS FINISHES 10TH IN TEAM STANDINGS (2017-03-12)
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens finished 10th in the team standings here this weekend at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships at the Giant Center.
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PIAA WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: ATHENS IN 12TH PLACE IN TEAM STANDINGS... AND MORE (2017-03-11)
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Heading into Saturday’s placement round at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships, Athens is in 12th place in the team standings. ...more

PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD (2017-03-10)
GIRLS BASKETBALL
PIAA Class AA Playoffs
Opening Round

SAYRE ..... 36
ELK LAKE . 31
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 BOYS BASKETBALL SEASON (2017-03-23)
All four boys basketball teams in the Valley qualified for the postseason, but there’s a great deal of room for improvement next season for three of the four.
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SCHOLASTIC BOYS BASKETBALL: BURGER KING RALLIES, BUT FALLS LATE IN 99-97 DECISION (5 PHOTOS) (2017-03-23)

WAVERLY'S WARD, BODINE COMBINE FOR 23 POINTS IN LOSS

Valley Sports Report

JOHNSON CITY — Burger King, coached by Waverly’s Lou Judson trailed by 10 points with 3 1/2 minutes left, but rallied to take the lead only to drop a 99-97 decision to Tri-Town Insurance, coached by Maine-Endwell’s Bill Ocker, in the championship game of the 18th annual Stars & Stripes Classic. ...more

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: TIOGA GRAD WOOD TOSSES FOUR INNINGS OF SHUTOUT RELIEF FOR ST. BONAVENTURE (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Tioga grad Sam Wood, a freshman on the St. Bonaventure softball team, pitched four scoreless innings in a 5-0 loss to Youngstown State here Thursday afternoon in collegiate softball action.
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S BODINE HEADLINES BOYS BASKETBALL SUPER 7 AS "PLAYER OF YEAR" — JUDSONS, SUTRYK ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Hunter Bodine was the key cog in the best two-year stretch in more than 60 years of the storied history of the Wolverines’ program to repeat as the Valley Sports Report boys basketball “Player of the Year.”
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VALLEY BOWLING CENTER: WALTERS ROLLS HIGH SERIES IN MEN'S AND SENIOR MEN'S DIVISION IN WEEK 26 OF LEAGUE BOWLING (2017-03-23)

HIGH SCORES FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 4— MARCH 10

Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY —   VBC veteran Mark Walters topped the charts in both the men’s and senior men’s divisions in Week 26 of league bowling here at the Valley Bowling Center. ...more

SECTON IV GIRLS BASKETBALL: WAVERLY'S NITTINGER NAMED TO "ALL-SECTION IV" TEAM (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — Waverly junior Elle Nittinger has been named to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) girls basketball “All-Section IV” team.

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SECTION IV BOYS BASKETBALL: WAVERLY'S BODINE NAMED CLASS B "CO-PLAYER OF YEAR" — JUDSON "COACH OF YEAR" AND WARD NAMED TO ALL-SECTION TEAM (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
BINGHAMTON — Waverly senior Hunter Bodine and Norwich senior Chris Jeffrey have been named the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) boys basketball Section IV, Class B “Co-Players of the Year.”
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' GAO HEADLINES SUPER 7 AS "MALE SWIMMER OF YEAR" — WAVERLY'S WHEELER TOP NEWCOMER (2017-03-23)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Jeff Gao swam in two events at the PIAA meet and set school records in both to earn Valley Sports Report’s 2016-17 “Male Swimmer of the Year” honors.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A LOOK AHEAD TO THE 2017-18 GIRLS BASKETBALL SEASON (2017-03-22)
When it comes to the girls basketball in the Valley, 2017-18 couldn’t possibly get any better than this year, could it?

I mean all four teams qualified for the postseason, and three of the four won 19 games or more. ...more

SCHOLASTIC GIRLS BASKETBALL: WAVERLY'S NITTINGER, TOMASSO HELP DUNKIN' DONUT TO STARS & STRIPES CLASSIC TITLE GAME (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
JOHNSON CITY — Dunkin’ Donut, coached by O-M’s Greg Gavich, took an early double-figure lead and never trailed in an 83-68 win over Leonard Bus in girls basketball action at the Stars & Stripes Classic here at Davis College Wednesday night. ...more

VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S NITTINGER EARNS TOP HONOR ON GIRLS BASKETBALL "SUPER 7" — SPARDUTI, TRACY, MANWARING ALSO EARN HONORS (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — In a banner year for girls basketball in the Valley, Waverly junior Elle Nittinger is the 2016-17 Valley Sports Report “Player of the Year.”
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VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' LANE TOPS SUPER 7 AS "FEMALE SWIMMER OF YEAR" — SAYRE'S SHAY TOP NEWCOMER (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Taylor Lane — the 2016-17 Valley Sports ReportFemale Swimmer of the Year — ended her swim career in much the same fashion she began it, setting records for the Lady Wildcats. ...more

VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S WOODCOCK, CANFIELD EARN TOP HONORS IN 2016-17 BOWLING "SUPER 7" (2017-03-22)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Tim Woodcock was on top of his game the entire season and was a driving force in the Wolverines’ first Section IV title since 2012, earning 2016-17 “Bowler of the Year” honors in the process. ...more

SCHOLASTIC BOYS BASKETBALL: WAVERLY'S WARD, BODINE IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN BURGER KING'S WIN IN STARS & STRIPES CLASSIC SEMIFINALS (2017-03-21)
Valley Sports Report
JOHNSON CITY — Ithaca junior Jordanny Cuebas-Marte poured in 25 points to lead Burger King, coached by Waverly’s Lou Judson, to a 101-73 win over Carson Family, coached by Unadilla Valley’s Matt Osborne, Thursday night here at Davis College in the semifinals of the 18th annual Stars & Stripes Classic. ...more

NTL BOYS BASKETBALL: LANE LEADS THREE WILDCATS ON LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STAR TEAMS (2017-03-21)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens junior Ethan Lane was named an NTL Large School first-team all star, and a pair of his teammates received second-team honors in recent voting by the league’s coaches.

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NTL GIRLS BASKETBALL: ATHENS' BAGLINI NAMED LEAGUE MVP — BURKHART EARNS 'COACH OF YEAR' HONORS, FOUR OTHER LADY WILDCATS ARE LARGE SCHOOL ALL-STARS (2017-03-21)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Athens senior Shanell Baglini was recently named the NTL’s “Most Valuable Player” in voting by the league’s coaches. ...more

NTL GIRLS BASKETBALL: TRACY, LANE, SPARDUTI EARN LEAGUE HONORS — FOUR OTHER LADY REDSKINS NAMED SMALL SCHOOL ALL-STARS (3 PHOTOS) (2017-03-21)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — To the victor go the spoils and for the Sayre Lady Redskins that translated into a trio of NTL postseason honors, and four Small School all-star selections in recent voting by the league’s coac ...more

NTL BOYS BASKETBALL: SAYRE'S BAUMAN, ROCKWELL EARN SMALL SCHOOL ALL-STAR HONORS (2017-03-21)
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Sayre sophomore Marcus Bauman and junior Jordan Rockwell earned NTL Small School all-star recognition in recent voting by the league’s coaches.

Bauman was named a first-team all-star, while Rockwell earned second-team recognition.

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THE FINAL WORD: THOUGHTS ON THE SAYRE GIRLS' HISTORIC SEASON ... AND MORE (2017-03-19)
While there will likely be debate about where this Sayre girls basketball teams falls in terms of talent in comparison to its predecessors, there is one thing no one can debate: this Lady Redskins team accomplished several things no other team could.

Those accomplishments include a school-record 23 wins, the program’s first-ever District 4 title, and the first state playoff win in program history. ...more

PIAA BOYS SWIMMING: SAYRE'S McCLELLAND, ATHENS' GAO SET SCHOOL RECORDS AT DAY 2 OF STATE MEET (3 PHOTOS) (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
LEWISBURG — Sayre junior Caleb McClelland and Athens senior Jeff Gao each set school records here Friday at Day 2 of the PIAA, Class AA boys swimming championships.

McClelland knocked a little more than four seconds off his previous school record of 4:55.05 and finished 14th in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:50.96. ...more

PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL: SLOW START SINKS SAYRE IN STATE 'SWEET 16' LOSS TO WEST CATHOLIC (24 PHOTOS) (2017-03-17)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HAZLETON — Slow starts normally don’t translate into postseason success.

Sayre overcame slow starts in its last two games, but Friday night West Catholic of Philadelphia took advantage and posted a 51-37 win over the Lady Redskins in the round-of-16 in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs. ...more

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: TIOGA GRAD VERGASON'S FRESHMAN SEASON AT KEUKA OFF TO GOOD START (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Tioga grad Brittany Vergason, a freshman on the Keuka softball team, is off to a good start in his her first collegiate campaign.
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COLLEGE BASEBALL: SAYRE GRAD SKERPON BACK ON THE DIAMOND AT ITHACA COLLEGE (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
ITHACA — After several years of adversity, Sayre grad Nicholas Skerpon, a junior on the Ithaca College baseball team, is on a baseball diamond again.
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COLLEGE BASEBALL: ATHENS GRAD FORBES OFF TO STRONG START AT NORTHAMPTON (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Athens grad Tyler Forbes. a sophomore on the Northampton baseball team, was been a big part of the Spartans’ recently-completed season-opening 6-1 spring trip to the Ripken Complex.
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ON TAP TODAY: SAYRE GIRLS FINALLY SET TO PLAY "SWEET 16" GAME — DAY 2 OF BOYS SWIMMING STATE MEET (2017-03-17)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — It appears Sayre will finally get on the court tonight to take on District 12 champion West Catholic of Philadelphia in the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs, while the boys swim season comes to an end with Athens senior Jeff Gao and Sayre junior Caleb McClelland in action at the PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell. ...more

PIAA BOYS SWIMMING: ATHENS' GAO BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD, FINISHES 17TH IN 200 IM AT STATE MEET (2 PHOTOS) (2017-03-16)
Valley Sports Report
LEWISBURG — Athens senior Jeff Gao finished 17th in the 200-yard IM at the PIAA, Class AA Swimming Championships here at Bucknell University.

Gao, who finished seventh in his heat, moved up six spots from his 23rd seed and clocked in with a school-record time of 2:01.6, eclipsing his own record of 2:02.2. ...more

YOUTH BASKETBALL: TRIO OF VALLEY SHOOTERS WIN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE-THROW CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONAL TITLE — ADVANCE TO REGIONALS (2017-03-16)
Valley Sports Report
ROCHESTER — Three Valley youngsters won the sectional round of The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships here Saturday and advance to Regionals in Syracuse later this month.

Tioga’s Lauryn Jones and Athens’ Jase Babcock and Mason Lister will compete in Syracuse for a chance to participate in the State competition at West Point in April. ...more

PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL: SAYRE GAME BACK TO HAZLETON FRIDAY EVENING (2017-03-16)
Valley Sports Report
HAZLETON — The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Tonight's PIAA Class AA girls basketball "Sweet 16" match-up between Sayre and West Catholic of Philadelphia, originally scheduled for Tuesday at Hazleton High School, has been postponed and re-scheduled for Friday — once again at Hazleton High School.

Game time is 5 p.m.

The winner advances to the quarterfinals Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
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SCHOLASTIC WRESTLING: ATHENS' COURTNEY WILL REPRESENT PA. AGAINST USA ALL-STARS AT PITTSBURGH WRESTLING CLASSIC (2017-03-15)

ATHENS SENIOR WILL FACE 4-TIME NEW YORK STATE CHAMP

Valley Sports Report

Athens senior Brian Courtney, a two-time PIAA Class AA champion, has been selected to represent Pennsylvania against the U.S. All-Stars here March 25 at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Complex at the Fitzgerald Field House on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. ...more

VALLEY BOWLING CENTER: THREE MORE PERFECT GAMES IN WEEK 25 OF LEAGUE BOWLING (2017-03-14)

HIGH SCORES FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 25 — MARCH 3

Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY —   There were a trio of perfect games rolled, but only a few scores cracked the Top 25 for the season here in Week 25 of league bowling here at the Valley Bowling Center. ...more

PIAA SWIMMING: STATE MEET ADJUSTS SCHEDULE, FORMAT DUE TO WINTER STORM (2017-03-14)
Valley Sports Report
LEWISBURG — Due to Winter Storm Stella, the PIAA Class AA Swimming & Diving Championships have been pushed back a day and will be held here at Bucknell University Thursday and Friday.
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NTL WRESTLING: ATHENS' COURTNEY, WYALUSING'S EDSELL HEADLINE NTL ALL-STAR TEAMS (2017-03-14)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY —Athens and Wyalusing dominated the NTL wrestling all-star team with 12 of the 14 first-team selections, led by state champions Brian Courtney and Creighton Edsell as “Co-Wrestlers of the Year.”
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THE FINAL WORD: ON BRIAN COURTNEY AND A SPECIAL GROUP OF SENIORS ... AND MORE (2017-03-13)
During the last four wrestling seasons, I’ve had the privilege of covering Athens senior Brian Courtney.

I watched in awe as a skinny, floppy-haired freshman bounced back from a late-season appendectomy to win the North Section, District 4, and North Region titles. ...more

SCHOLASTIC WRESTLING: TRIO OF LADY WILDCAT WRESTLERS BRING HOME STATE MEDALS (2017-03-12)
Valley Sports Report
HARRISBURG— A trio of Athens Lady Wildcats made the podium and brought home state medals Sunday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation girls state championships here at Susquehanna Township High School. ...more

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: ATHENS' GAMBRELL FINISHES 13TH AT NEW BALANCE INDOOR NATIONALS (2017-03-12)
Valley Sports Report
NEW YORK CITY — Athens junior Breana Gambrell finished 13th in the long jump at the New Balance Indoor Track & Field championships here Saturday at The Armory Indoor Complex.
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PIAA WRESTLING: FOUR DISTRICT 4 WRESTLERS, INCLUDING ATHENS' COURTNEY AND WYALUSING'S EDSELL, BRING HOME PIAA GOLD (2017-03-11)
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Brian Courtney and Wyalusing junior Creighton Edsell delivered the NTL’s only gold-medal winning performances of the weekend here Saturday afternoon in the PIAA Class AA championships at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' COURTNEY DOES IT AGAIN — WINS SECOND STATE TITLE (2017-03-11)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Brian Courtney found himself in an unfamiliar position, trailing 3-0, but in an instant he cinched in his patented cradle for a second-period pin and his second consecutive PIAA Class AA title here Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center. ...more

ON TAP TODAY: ATHENS' COURTNEY SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT STATE TITLE (2017-03-11)
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Brian Courtney, already assured of his fourth PIAA medal, will vie for his second consecutive state title this afternoon, while classmate Kaidon Winters is already guaranteed of a fifth-place medal.
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PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL: SAYRE TOPS ELK LAKE, 36-31, FOR FIRST-EVER STATE PLAYOFF WIN (10 PHOTOS) (2016-03-10)
Valley Sports Report
TROY — Eight days after winning the program’s first-ever District 4 title with a come-from-behind win over East Juniata, Sayre made history again with a 36-31 win over District 2’s Elk Lake in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA girls basketball playoffs. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' WINTERS FALLS IN SEMIS, AGAIN IN CONSOLATIONS — BRINGS HOME FIFTH-PLACE MEDAL (20 PHOTOS) (2017-03-10)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Kaidon Winters dropped a pair of decisions here Friday night, but he’ll leave his first and only visit to the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here at the Giant Center with a fifth-place medal. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: COURTNEY ONE WIN AWAY FROM STATE TITLE REPEAT — ADVANCES TO THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE MATCH WITH 5-3 DECISION (17 PHOTOS) (2017-03-10)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — It wasn’t easy, but Athens senior Brian Courtney earned his third straight berth in the state finals with a 5-3 decision over Carnell Andrews of Bishop McCort here Friday night at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: SEASONS END FOR ATHENS' BURKHART, BRADLEY IN SUDDEN, DRAMATIC FASHION (22 PHOTOS) (2017-03-10)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens juniors A.J. Burkhart and Nate Bradley both saw their seasons come to sudden and heart-breaking conclusions with a pair of losses Saturday at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: WINTERS ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS WITH DRAMATIC WIN AT BUZZER (10 PHOTOS) (2017-03-10)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Kaidon Winters never lost his cool and it paid off in a 5-3 win over West Branch’s Derek Yingling in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here Friday morning at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' COURTNEY ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS WITH TECH FALL WIN (12 PHOTOS) (2017-03-10)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Defending state champion Brian Courtney is halfway to repeating after a 22-7 technical fall win over Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here Friday morning.
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PIAA WRESTLING: DAY 2 OF PIAA CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPLETE (2017-03-10)
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — We will be updating regularly throughout the morning session of Day 2 of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here Friday. All four Athens wrestlers — seniors Brian Courtney and Kaidon Winters, and juniors A.J. Burkhart and Nate Bradley — and seven other NTL wrestlers will be in action.
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ON TAP TODAY: FOUR ATHENS WRESTLERS VIE FOR SEMI-FINAL BERTH AT STATES — SAYRE GIRLS EYE FIRST-EVER STATE PLAYOFF WIN (2017-03-10)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — All four Athens wrestlers will look to advance to the semifinals with wins this morning at the PIAA Class AA wrestling Championships in Hershey, while the Sayre girls look to notch the program’s first-ever state playoff win at Troy.
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PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' BRADLEY 'GUTS OUT' WIN IN OPENING ROUND — CAPS OFF PERFECT DAY AT STATES FOR WILDCATS (14 PHOTOS) (2017-03-09)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens junior Nate Bradley used a third-period escape to pull out a 4-3 decision over Chartiers-Houston’s R.J. Hall in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: ATHENS' WINTERS DOMINANT IN FIRST MATCH AT STATES — ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS WITH 10-1 WIN (15 PHOTOS) (2017-03-09)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Kaidon Winters made his first step onto the stage at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships a successful one with a 10-1 major decision over Moshannon Valley’s Jon Dale Thursday morning at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' COURTNEY ON THE OFFENSIVE — RECORDS PIN IN FIRST ROUND (16 PHOTOS) (2017-03-09)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens senior Brian Courtney was on the offensive from the outset and it paid off with a second-period pin of Marion Center’s Charlie Beatty in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here Thursday morning at the Giant Center. ...more

PIAA WRESTLING: ATHENS' BURKHART OPENS FIRST TRIP TO HERSHEY WITH WIN (11 PHOTOS) (2017-03-09)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
HERSHEY — Athens junior A.J. Burkhart jumped out to a 6-0 first-period lead en route to a 6-2 decision over Westmont-Hilltop’s Derrick Christie in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships here Thursday morning at the Giant Center. ...more

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