|ON TAP TODAY: POSTSEASON BASEBALL, TRACK & FIELD, GIRLS GOLF HIGHLIGHT FRIDAY'S SLATE (2017-05-19)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Postseason baseball, track & field, and girls golf on the docket for Friday afternoon.
Athens baseball can also clinch a division title this afternoon with a win at Wyalusing.
Section IV Playoffs
Class C Opening Round
11-Groton (8-7) at 6-Tioga (12-6), 4:30 p.m.: The Tigers are coming of lopsided wins over Newark Valley and S-VE at the S-VE Wood Bat Tournament Saturday, while Groton ended the regular season with wins over Marathon and Dryden.
Tioga is seeking its third straight Section IV title.
The winner travels to third-seeded Trumansburg Monday for the quarterfinals.
Athens at Wyalusing, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are coming off a 19-5 thrashing of crosstown rival Sayre Wednesday afternoon, and can clinch the Large School Division with a win today.
A loss could drop them into a tie with Mansfield.
Cowanesque Valley at Sayre, 4:30 p.m.: The Redskins are coming off a 14-2 win over NEB Thursday, while the Indians dropped a 2-1 decision NEB Tuesday.
Athens (8-8) at Wyalusing (9-7), 4:30 p.m.: The Lady Wildcats are coming off a 14-3 win over Sayre Wednesday, and need to win two of its final three games to qualify for the postseason.
Athens hosts Western Wayne Saturday in a doubleheader.
Cowanesque Valley (6-9) at Sayre (1-16), 4:30 p.m.: The Lady Redskins are coming off a 12-1 loss to Small School Division champs NEB Thursday, while the Lady Indians dropped a 4-2 decision to NP-Liberty.
TRACK & FIELD
Waverly, Tioga at IAC Track & Field Championships, 3 p.m. @ Trumansburg: With the first day of the meet Thursday being postponed, it will now be a one-day meet. All running events will be timed finals.
Freshman Isaac Chandler, junior Dalton Loper, and senior Jon Ward are likely the Waverly boys’ best bets to reach the podium Thursday and / or Friday, while junior Elle Nittinger, freshman Melina Ortiz, and senior Fallon Huck are the Lady Wolverines’ top candidates for a medal.
Seniors Jonny Polo Rankin and Zach Blayda, and junior DeMario Chambers are the Tioga boys’ best bets for the podium, while freshman Chloe Bellis, juniors Rachel Whitcomb, Joanna Wood and Martha Schumacher, and senior Kayla Staples are the Lady Tigers’ top candidates for a medal.
IAC Championship at Tomasso’s Golf Course, 9 a.m.: The defending IAC tournament champion Waverly Lady Wolverines will get a little home cooking with the league meet again being held on their home course.
Once again, the title will be decided in 18 holes.
Waverly is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as champion with junior Capria Picco, sophomore Alex Tomasso, freshman Gianna Picco, and 8th-graders Sidney Tomasso, and Gabby Picco.
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