Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Sayre freshman Rozlyn Haney was the top newcomer in two sports — soccer and track & field — in 2018-19, and is the Valley Sports Report Girls “Newcomer of the Year.”
Just a single one-sport athlete made the “Super 7,” but it does include a first in the 10 years of Valley Sports Report’s existence — a set of twins.
Haney stood the Valley soccer world on its ear this season with a school-record 39 goals and five assists.
Haney, who possesses sprinter's speed, tremendous foot skills, size and strength, and a soccer IQ well beyond her years, set the school record for most goals in a game with seven. She also set a school record with six goals in a District 4 playoff game.
This spring, Haney burst on to the track & field scene for the Lady Redskins, collecting points in nearly every meet in the sprint events.
At the NTL Championships, Haney won the 400-meter dash, finished second in the 200-meter dash, and was third in the 100-meter dash.
At the District 4 Championships, Haney won her first medal, finishing fifth in the 400 in a time of 1:00.79 — missing the state standard by less than one second. She finished ninth in the 100 and 11th in the 200.
Hampered by injuries through the basketball season, Haney was a top-notch defender with the ability to get to the bucket when she was on the floor.
The remainder of the 2018-19 Girls "Super 7 Newcomers of the Year" is:
Caydence Macik, freshman, Athens: The Girls Basketball “Newcomer of the Year,” Macik was also a major contributor on the Lady Wildcats’ first-ever NTL Large School softball title team.
Macik made an immediate impact for the Lady Wildcats on the hardwood, providing a low-post presence on both ends of the floor. She averaged 8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.8 steals per game.
This spring, Macik was hampered by an injury late in the season, but still hit .303 (10 hits in 33 ABs) with two doubles, three home runs, nine RBI, 10 runs scored, and one stolen base.
Macik also saw a great deal of time on defense on the soccer pitch last fall.
Olivia Ayres, sophomore, Tioga: Already an all-star on the field hockey team, Ayres made her presence felt in a big way on the basketball hardwoods, and the softball diamond.
Ayres got better and better as the hoop season progressed, and as her confidence grew she became as dangerous as anyone in the area from behind the 3-point arc. She averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 assists per game, and knocked down 36 3-pointers on the season.
A strong fielder at shortstop and a very good slap-hitter, Ayres hit .441 (30 hits in 68 ABs) on the season with one double, nine RBI, 21 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases.
Julia Bellis, freshman, Tioga: Bellis was a three-sport newcomer, contributing on the volleyball and basketball courts, but making her biggest impact on the softball diamond.
A good glove at third base, Bellis hit .390 (23 hits in 59 ABs) with four doubles, 21 RBI, 15 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. She walked 12 times and had an on-base percentage of .507, with a slugging percentage of .458, and an OPS of .965.
Bellis was also a major role player on both the volleyball and basketball teams.
Hannah Walker, freshman, Athens: This spring, Hannah Walker advanced to States as part of the Lady Wildcat 1,600-meter relay team that finished 10th despite running a season-best time.
Hannah Walker was a solid contributor throughout the track & field season, helping the Lady Wildcats to their fifth straight NTL Championships with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the league meet.
A well-seasoned freshman, thanks to the premier travel soccer circuit, Hannah Walker made an instant impact for the Lady Wildcats. She scored four goals and doled out five assists this fall.
Taylor Walker, freshman, Athens: In one of the more intriguing stories of the winter season, Taylor Walker, a first-year diver, qualified for the PIAA Diving Championships, and was named the Girls “Diver of the Year.”
Walker, who played basketball through 8th grade, finished second in her first-ever competition, a meet against Sayre on Dec. 12. She finished second in the next two meets, then registered her first win on Jan. 11 against Elk Lake, and went on to take first place in the final five dual meets.
Just 11 days after a third-place finish at the NTL Championships, Walker finished second at the District 4 Championships to earn a trip to States, where she finished 23rd.
Taylor Walker also contributed on the track & field team this spring, picking up points in the jumps through the season. She finished ninth in the high jump at the NTL meet.
Kindra Wessels, sophomore, Tioga: Wessels made an immediate impact for the Tioga softball program — both at the plate and in the pitcher’s circle, and was named VSR’s Softball “Newcomer of the Year.”
Wessels was a driving force in the circle for the Lady Tigers. She was 13-6 with a 1.82 ERA, recording 148 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings. She walked 32 and allowed 93 hits. Opponents hit .193 against her this season.
At the plate, Wessels hit .508 (32 hits in 63 ABs) with 12 doubles, three triples, 20 RBI, 31 runs scored, and eight stolen bases. She waked 11 times for an on-base percentage of .587, had a slugging percentage of .794 and an OPS of 1.380.
IN PHOTO: Sayre’s Rozlyn Haney.
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