WAVERLY'S LEWIS SIGNS TO PLAY COLLEGIATE VOLLEYBALL AT DeSALES UNIVERSITY

WAVERLY'S LEWIS SIGNS TO PLAY COLLEGIATE VOLLEYBALL AT DeSALES UNIVERSITY

March 28, 2020 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly senior Paige Lewis signed a National Letter-of-Intent Thursday to play college volleyball at DeSales University.

Lewis said DeSales, located in Center Valley, Pa., offers the perfect blend of academics and athletics.

“DeSales is a high-caliber Division III volleyball program, and they also have a hands-on learning program,” said Lewis, who will major in Sports & Exercise Philosophy, which is part of the physical therapy program.

“By majoring in that I can get my Master’s in PT (physical therapy) and play four years of volleyball,” said Lewis, noting many of the students in the program select the three-year degree and only play three years of volleyball.

“We won’t have any seniors next year because several of the girls were (in the three-year program),” Lewis added.

Lewis was impressed by the camaraderie surrounding the volleyball program during her visits.

“They are a very tight-knit group,” she said. “They are always communicating … the coaches are always communicating, and are always there for the players.”

Lewis said she’s not sure where she’ll playing.

“They like my versatility — how I can play outside or the middle,” she said. “They said I could be a powerful outside hitter for them, or I could also be an easy middle, who can get the steps in and go for it.”

She said getting use to playing at the next level will be her biggest adjustment.

“I need to work on going at a faster tempo,” said Lewis. “The high school game is slower. I have to make myself quicker, and get use to speed of the game.”

Former Waverly volleyball coach Kesha Sinsabaugh, who stepped down after the 2019 season, said Lewis needs to focus on the mental aspect of the game.

“Keeping her head in the game will be key for her,” said Sinsabaugh. “She know’s that, it’s been the thing we’ve focused on for the five years she was with me.

“She can dominate the court, as long as she keeps her head,” Sinsabaugh added.

Sinsabaugh has little doubt Lewis will be successful at the next level.

“She’s coachable.

“Her strong suit, is she doesn’t give up,” said Sinsabaugh. “She likes to practice, and she works hard.

Like so many of her peers, Lewis sums up the quarantine, and he shut down of schools and athletics, including travel volleyball, succinctly.

“It sucks.

“I’d like to see my friends, and finish my senior year,” she said. “Who knows if we’re going have a senior trip, or even a graduation. I want a (graduation ceremony), so I can see my friends one last time before we all disperse.”

Lewis is also missing her senior softball season, and her travel volleyball season.

“Our (softball) team is very close, it sucks that we may not have a season.

“And, it’s cut our travel (volleyball) schedule short,” noted Lewis. “Regionals was coming up, and everyone that plays travel would be there, and college coaches came come to that too, so I would have seen the DeSales coach and the assistant coach and talked to them.

“I just want to hit a volleyball … I want to be active,” added Lewis. “I miss it, I love playing more than one sport at a time.”

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SECTION IV FOOTBALL: NEW DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENTS, 2020 SCHEDULES RELEASED

SECTION IV FOOTBALL: NEW DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENTS, 2020 SCHEDULES RELEASED

March 13, 2020 Tim Birney

THE VALLEY — The 2020 Section IV football divisional alignments and schedules have finally been released, with Waverly getting what appears to be a favorable division draw, but opening the season with back-to-back games against defending state champions, while Tioga is joined in its division by arch-rival Newark Valley.

With an adjustment in state classification numbers for the 2020 season, Waverly, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Norwich, and Oneonta will drop from Class B to Class C, while Newark Valley, Sidney, and Harpursville / Afton will drop to Class D.

Class C and Class D — both broken into two division — will play an eight-game regular-season schedule with the top two teams in each division advancing to a two-week playoff.

The 8-man ranks also continues to swell. Greene and Moravia drop from Class D to the 8-man division to bring its total to nine teams.

CLASS C
Waverly opens the season at home against defending Class C state champion Susquehanna Valley, then travels to defending Class B state champion Chenango Forks in Week 2.

The Wolverines will play divisional games at home against Dryden and SVEC, and divisional road games against O-M / Watkins Glen, and Whitney Point.

Waverly’s other non-divisional games will be at home against Windsor, and on the road against Class B Owego.

Class C, Division III
Chenango Forks
Susquehanna Valley
Chenango Valley
Norwich
Oneonta
Windsor

Class C, Division IV
Waverly
Dryden
SVEC
O-M / Watkins Glen
Whitney Point

CLASS D
The big news is Newark Valley dropping to Class D, and into the same division with Tioga. They will be joined in Division VI by Bainbridge-Guilford, Groton, and Harpursville-Afton.

Tioga will open the 2020 season at home against Delhi in a rematch of the 2019 Section IV, Class D championship game.

Tioga’s home divisional game are against Harpursville-Afton and B-G in the season finale, while its divisional road games are at Groton and Newark Valley.

The Tigers’ other non-divisional home game is against Sidney, while they will play non-divisional roes Deposit-Hancock, and Walton on the road.

Class D, Division V
Delhi
Deposit-Hancock
Sidney
Unatego-Franklin
Walton

Class D, Division VI
Tioga
Newark Valley
Bainbridge-Guilford
Groton
Harpursville-Afton

2020 SCHEDULES
WAVERLY
Sept. 11-12 . vs. … Susquehanna Valley

Sept. 18-19 . at  … Chenango Forks
Sept. 25-26 . at  … O-M / Watkins Glen
Oct. 2-3 .….. vs. … Windsor
Oct. 9-10 …. vs. … Dryden

Oct. 16-17 … at  … Whitney Point
Oct. 23-24 … at  … Owego
Oct. 30-31 … vs. … SVEC

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S-VE, CANDOR MERGER LEADS TO DIVISIONAL RE-ALIGNMENT

S-VE, CANDOR MERGER LEADS TO DIVISIONAL RE-ALIGNMENT

March 11, 2020 Tim Birney

THE VALLEY — The merger of the S-VE and Candor baseball programs has caused a slight realignment of the three divisions in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

Last year, S-VE was in Division 2 and Candor in Division 3. The combined SVEC entry will move to Division 1, bumping Notre Dame into Division 2, which IAC baseball coordinator Kyle McDuffee, who is also Waverly’s head coach, describes as a “Murderer’s Row.”

“What the realignment does is puts all the Class B schools in the same division, and it sets up the (Class) B teams for quality points going into Sectionals,” said McDuffee.

“There are going to be some good games involving Tioga, Lansing, Edison, and Trumansburg,” noted McDuffee. “You’re really looking at some of the best teams in Section IV. Every year, those four teams are right in the mix for a Class C title.

“The only downside is they’ll end up playing each other in Sectionals because they are all Class C,” added McDuffee.

Notre Dame’s shift to Division 2 will make it even tougher, says tMcDuffee.

“You can never take Notre Dame lightly,” he said, “I know when we play them, we almost always have great games with them. We’ll miss that rivalry.”

The IAC baseball alignment for the 2020 season:

DIVISION 1
Waverly
SVEC
O-M / Watkins Glen
Newark Valley
Dryden
Whitney Point

DIVISION 2
Tioga
Notre Dame
Lansing
Trumansburg
Thomas A. Edison

DIVISION 3
Marathon
Moravia
Newfield
Groton
S. Cayuga

McDuffee believes the IAC could see more postseason success this season.

“I think there’s good chance we could get a Section IV champ coming out of the IAC in Class C this year,” he said. “And, I think you may see an opportunity for one of our teams in Class B to get a championship.”

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WAVERLY'S CHANDLER CAPTURES BRONZE WITH RECORD-SETTING EFFORT AT STATE MEET

WAVERLY'S CHANDLER CAPTURES BRONZE WITH RECORD-SETTING EFFORT AT STATE MEET

March 7, 2020 Tim Birney

OCEAN BREEZE PARK, N.Y. — Waverly senior Isaac Chandler put the finishing touches on a record-setting indoor track & field season with a bronze medal in the pole vault here Saturday at the New York State Championships at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Facility on Staten Island.

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RECORD-SETTING ATANASOFF WINS TWO MEDALS, INCLUDING BRONZE, AT STATE MEET (

RECORD-SETTING ATANASOFF WINS TWO MEDALS, INCLUDING BRONZE, AT STATE MEET (

March 7, 2020 Tim Birney

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — Waverly senior Mike Atanasoff capped a brilliant high school career with two more record-setting performances and a pair of state medals Saturday at the New York State Swimming & Diving Championships here at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

“Mike Atanasoff is the fastest swimmer in the history of the IAC, and in the top three all-time in Section IV,” said Waverly coach Dave Mastrantuono.

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ATANASOFF ADVANCES TO FINALS IN 50 AND 100 FREESTYLE SPRINTS

ATANASOFF ADVANCES TO FINALS IN 50 AND 100 FREESTYLE SPRINTS

March 6, 2020 Tim Birney

LONG ISLAND — Waverly senior Mike Atanasoff advanced to Saturday’s finals in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle sprints, while senior diver Gage Streeter saw his career come to an end here Friday in Day 1 of the New York State swimming & diving championships here at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

Atanasoff posted the sixth fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 21.39 seconds, and will swim in the championship finals on Saturday. He had the third-fastest times among public school competitors.

Atanasoff will swim in the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. He finished 11th in a time of 47.12 seconds.

Atanasoff is the school-record holder in the 50 free in 21.29 seconds, and the 100 free in 46.97 seconds.

Streeter, who broke the school record in a second-place finish at the Section IV meet, finished 47th in the 1-meter diving competition with a five-dive score of 151.7 points.

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WAVERLY BOWS OUT OF CLASS B PLAYOFFS WITH LOSS TO UNBEATEN NEWARK VALLEY

WAVERLY BOWS OUT OF CLASS B PLAYOFFS WITH LOSS TO UNBEATEN NEWARK VALLEY

February 29, 2020 Tim Taylor

NEWARK VALLEY — Newark Valley held the Waverly offense in check early and gradually pulled away for a 55-37 victory in the Section IV Class B girls basketball playoffs here Saturday evening.

The unbeaten Cardinals, ranked fourth in the state, grabbed a 12-6 lead after one quarter of action on the strength of four points from Mackenna Nechwedowich, and one 3-pointer each by Bri Beebe and Kendra Morris. Sidney Tomasso had four of the Wolverines' points.

Allie Wandell scored half of NV's second-quarter points as it built a 28-18 lead at the half. Gracie Gardner added four more. Paige Lewis sank four free throws to pace Waverly in the period.

The Cardinals came out of the break and threw down a trio of treys, by Beebe, Hannah Ferguson and Taylor Benjamin, to increase their lead to 41-28 heading into the final frame. Ferguson had five of NV's points. Lourden Benjamin had a three for Waverly.

Ferguson would knock down two more threes in the fourth quarter and Beebe added another, giving both players three apiece. The Wolverines received a trey from Emma Adams, and three points apiece from Tomasso and Lewis.

Tomasso led the Waverly scoring effort with 11 points. Lewis had nine, going 5-for-7 at the free throw line. Adams and Benjamin contributed five points each; Kennedy Westbrook recorded three, and Gretchen Sowle and Gianna Picco tacked on two apiece.

NV had four players score in double figures, including a pair of double-doubles. Nechwedowich blocked 12 shots and scored 10 points while Wandell pulled down 13 rebounds to go with 10 points. Nechwedowich also contributed seven boards, two assists and two steals, and Wandell had a blocked shot.

Ferguson had 11 points, five boards, three steals and two assists; and Beebe added 12 points and four rebounds. Morris pitched in with four points and three assists; Gracie Gardner had four points and a block, Taylor Benjamin added three points and a block; and Makana Gardner had one point and two blocks.

Waverly ends the season with a 15-5 record.

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STOTLER FALLS IN SEMIS; BATTLES BACK FOR FOURTH PLACE AT STATES

STOTLER FALLS IN SEMIS; BATTLES BACK FOR FOURTH PLACE AT STATES

February 29, 2020 Tim Birney

ALBANY — Waverly senior Ethan Stotler dropped a hard-fought decision in the semifinals, but bounced back for a fourth-place finish here Saturday afternoon in the 160-pound bracket at the New York State Division 2 Championships at the Times-Union Center.

“I am super-proud of Ethan,” said Waverly coach Devan Witman. “He came in here with a goal, and we didn’t quite get there, but that doesn’t take anything away from this tournament.

He did an awesome job (Friday), and he did a good job today.

“Ethan had an amazing season, and a great career, especially considering where he came from in 7th- and 8th-grade,” added Witman. “To place fourth here, in one of the toughest weight classes, is just awesome.”

Stotler, the 11th seed, dropped a 4-1 decision to second-seeded Eden senior Giovanni Schifano, in a match shrouded by a bit of controversy.

Schifano scored a takedown midway through the first period to take a 2-0 lead, and rode out the final 57 seconds of the period.

Schifano chose bottom to start the second period, and twice Stotler was penalized one point for an illegal slam on a mat return to extend Schifano’s lead to 4-1

Witman disagreed on both calls.

“It’s not a trapped arm if you don’t lock your hands,” said Witman. “The first time, he never left his feet, and (the official) called it an illegal slam, even though he returned him the way you’re suppose to. But, his head slapped off the mat and made it look worse than it was. I think that’s why they got the call.

“The second time is was a full-on lift and return to the shoulder, it wasn’t on top of the head,” he noted. “Everything was legal.

“Obviously the officials did not agree with me, and there’s nothing I could do about it, but I thought it was a poor job of officiating,” Witman added.

Witman notes it wasn’t just about the two points.

“It’s a huge change in the dynamics of the match,” he said. “It’s 4-0, instead of 2-0, and now we’re questioning whether we go top or bottom. It changes everything.”

Schifano rode Stotler for the majority of the third period, before the Waverly senior escaped for his only point in the match.

“(Schifano) was certainly tough on top,” said Witman. “If you’re going to wrestle at this level, you have to be able to get off the bottom.

“And, things certainly weren’t going our way with the calls,” he added.

In the consolation semifinals, Stotler ran into sixth-seeded Justin Smith of Marcus Whitman / Penn Yan. Stotler pinned Smith in 5:33 in the opening round.

After a scoreless first period, Smith scored a takedown 15 seconds into the second period, Stotler reversed him 25 seconds later to make it 2-2.

Stotler chose bottom to start the third period, and finally shook free from Smith with 6 seconds remaining for a 3-2 win.

“Ethan kept working hard on the bottom, and finally got his point,” said Witman.

In the third-place match, fifth-seed Andrew Englerth, who was 49-0 prior to a semi-final loss to top seed Jacob Null of Dolgeville, dominated Stotler in an 18-3 technical fall in 3:43.

“(Englerth’s) counters were on-point in that match,”” said Witman.

“Ethan got deep in on legs, and instead of following through, he was pulling back, and (Englerth) was able to suck in underhooks and take Ethan to his back three times,” added Witman.

Stotler wrapped up his senior season with a 44-3 record, and finished his career with 177 wins.

“It’s been him, to rebuild this program,” said Witman. “We get a lot of compliments on how far we’ve come, but really Ethan has to take a lot of that credit because he stuck with us when he was the only returning wrestler.

“He continued to get better year in, and year out,” added Witman. “Kids are going to follow that, he was a leader on our team for four years.”

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WAVERLY'S SEASON COMES TO AN END AT ONEONTA IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS

WAVERLY'S SEASON COMES TO AN END AT ONEONTA IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS

February 28, 2020 Tim Birney

ONEONTA — Senior Scott Woodring closed out his high school career with another monster double-double, but it wasn’t enough as fourth-seeded Oneonta ousted fifth-seeded Waverly from the Section IV, Class B boys basketball playoffs with a 65-53 win here Friday night.

Woodring, who knocked down 16 of 24 shots from the field, poured in 36 points, and pulled down 13 rebounds. Woodring finished the season with a single-season school-record 552 points.

“Scotty was huge tonight against a very good Oneonta big (man) inside,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson. “(Scotty) just manhandled their inside game tonight. He was dominant, and played one of his best games from the field. He was very efficient.

“He went out and ended his career on a high note,” noted Judson. “I can’t say enough about Scotty … he’s a class act. He goes about his business and is a leader.

“I know he’s going to do special things at the next level because of his work ethic, and his dedication to basketball and in the classroom,” he added.

It’s the fourth time in Judson’s tenure the Wolverines have had their season end in the postseason at Oneonta.

“Oneonta is good. They are really good on their home floor. It’s a very tough place to play,” said Judson.

Oneonta closed the first quarter with five straight points to take a 20-12 lead.

“To be honest, I subbed out some of our starters, and I don’t know if they weren’t ready to play, or the moment was a little too big,” said Judson of the mini-run to end the first quarter.

“We’re young and inexperienced at certain positions, and that kind of got us tonight,” he noted.

“(Oneonta) had an experienced point guard who made plays when they needed them, and we had some inexperienced guys commit some turnovers at inopportune times that hurt us,” Judson added. “We couldn’t maintain any type of momentum we had.”

The Yellowjackets stretched their advantage to 38-25 at the half, but Waverly chipped away at the lead in the second half

Woodring, who had 18 points in the first half, pumped in 11 points, including a 3-pointer, in the third quarter, and 8th-grader Joey Tomasso knocked down a 3-pointer in a 19-13 run that trimmed the deficit to 51-44 entering the final eight minutes.

The Wolverines trimmed the Oneonta lead to five points early in the final stanza, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Kevin Kurkowski and Graham Wooden pushed the lead to 11 points.

“We played a very good third quarter,” said Judson.

“We were playing great defense … they had a broken play, and a loose ball rolls to one of their role players (Kevin Kurkowski) and he hits a 3,” said Judson.

“We go down court and don’t score,” added Judson. “(Oneonta) goes down and hits another 3 (Graham Wooden), and that’s pretty much the nail in the coffin.”

“We had our chances, we just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch,” said Judson.

Tomasso had seven points, four assists, and three rebounds in the win, while junior Aidan Westbrook added four points, three rebounds, and two assists, and junior Peyton Bowen chipped in with three rebounds, three assists, and one blocked shot.

Wooden led Oneonta with 24 points, while Zyeir Lawrence added 16 points, and Khi Aitchison added 14, including a trio of 3-pointers.

The Wolverines finish off the season at 15-6.

“Before the season, I always write down what I think our record will be, and I was very close,” said Judson. “I would've liked to have thought we would win our division, and overall league title. We were probably one possession away from that happening.

“It was a special season. The kids played extremely hard.

“I’d say the key moments were beating Athens in the Valley Christmas Tournament, and playing in front of some big crowds against Watkins Glen at home late in the season,” added Judson.

The longtime Waverly coach believes the future is bright for the Wolverines.

“I’d like to see some of our guards on the perimeter develop an overall game, from shooting to making some individual moves, and making plays off the bounce,” he said.

“I think we have some kids coming through the JV program that will help there as well.

“I look forward to the next couple years. I think we have some nice pieces that will fit in nicely with what we have returning,” added Judson.

Woodring isn’t the only senior Judson will miss.

“It’s bittersweet because we’re losing Scotty and Jalen (McCarty), who just three years ago was wrestling and who has made himself into a very good basketball player at the high school level,” noted Judson. “He’s a tenacious defender.”

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STOTLER MAKES QUICK WORK OF THIRD SEED IN STATE QUARTERINALS

STOTLER MAKES QUICK WORK OF THIRD SEED IN STATE QUARTERINALS

February 28, 2020 Tim Birney

ALBANY — After a slow start in his opening-round match, Waverly senior Ethan Stotler, the 11th-seed at 160 pounds, left little doubt in the quarterfinals of the 160-pound bracket, decking third-seeded Onteora junior Pat Ross in 67 seconds to advance to Saturday’s semifinals at the New York State Division 2 Championships at the Times-Union Center.

“Before he went out (on the mat), I told him ‘I need 12th-grade Ethan, not 8th-grade Ethan,’ and that’s what I got,” said Waverly coach Devan Witman.

“In the first match, he looked like 8th-grade Ethan for the first two periods, and I’ll attribute that to nerves,” he noted. “In the third period, though, he pulled it together.

“This time, he was cool, calm, and collected,” added Witman. “We were joking around while we were waiting for the opponent’s coach to get in the corner. Right then, I knew he was calmed down, and he was ready.”

The bout was delayed about five minutes while Ross waited for one of his coaches, who were busy coaching Ross’s brothers — junior Nick at 152 pounds, and senior Nate at 170 pounds — on two other mats.

Stotler made quick work of Ross, hitting on a takedown 24 seconds into the bout, and locking up a cradle, and maneuvering it into a fall at 1:07.

“He hit the shot right off the whistle, like he told me he was going to,” said Witman. “He didn’t get it, but nothing hurt.

“He hit one more, didn’t get it. Tried another, and it works. You just have to stay active, let them work — that’s what we drill for,” Witman added.

Witman noted Stotler was actually patient in getting to his cradle.

“Being on top, and getting that cradle is definitely something Ethan has become very good at.

“I knew (Ross) was pretty explosive off bottom,” said Witman. “(Ross) hit that switch, and Ethan’s arms are just so long he wrapped him up with that tight waist … once (Ross) starting turning in I knew it was time because that’s what Ethan is looking for. He wraps his long arms around his head and knee, and once he gets his hands locked there aren’t many people who can get out of that cradle.

“This one was a bit awkward,” noted Witman. “He didn’t get the cradle locked right away. He had the head and arm encircled and was pulling it to his knee. When he let go to try and get the leg, (Ross) kind of blasted into him a little, almost like a double.

“Ethan reacted really well, put pressure back into him, pulled the head to the knee, so he could lock up the cradle,” added Witman.

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STOTLER WIPES OUT EARLY DEFICIT WITH PIN; ADVANCES TO STATE QUARTERFINALS

STOTLER WIPES OUT EARLY DEFICIT WITH PIN; ADVANCES TO STATE QUARTERFINALS

February 28, 2020 Tim Birney

ALBANY — Waverly senior Ethan Stotler had faith in his cradle, and it paid off in a third-period pin of Marcus Whitman / Pen Yan senior Justin Smith in the opening round of the 160-pound bracket here Friday morning at the New York State Division 2 Championships at the Times-Union Center.

Smith, the sixth seed, scored a pair of first-period takedowns, and another midway through the second period to build a 6-1 lead.

Stotler, the 11th seed, scored a reversal with just 3 seconds remaining in the second period to trim the deficit to 6-3, and that seemed to spark the Waverly senior.

“He has incredible grit, you can never count him out,” said Waverly coach Devan Witman.

Stotler chose down to start the third period, and scored an escape to make it 6-4. Just nine seconds later, he scored on a double-leg takedown to tie the bout at 6-6, but was whistled for a “locked hands” violation to give Smith a 7-6 lead with 1:09 remaining.

Stotler chose not to cut Smith loose, instead he cinched up his cradle for a fall with 28 seconds remaining.

“Give credit to him, I asked him if we should take it back to the feet when we were down one … cut him to go down two and look for the takedown, but he shook his head no and said, ‘I’m gonna pin this kid,” and that’s exactly what he did,” said Witman.

“He knew where he was at, and where he’s at his best,” added Witman. “He had a minute to work and go after it, and he got it done.”

Witman noted the cradle is somewhat new to Stotler’s arsenal.

“He has really developed that move in the last year-and-a-half. He started working on it last year .. he’s doing a great job with it.

“His arms are so long, and he’s put in so much time in the weight room,” said Witman.

“Those arms are like anaconda coming around your neck,” added Witman. “I’ve been in that position, and it’s not pleasant.

Stotler, now 42-1, will now face Onteora junior Pat Ross (36-3) in the quarterfinals.

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WHEELER, ATANASOFF, BENNETT LEAD WAVERLY TO THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHEELER, ATANASOFF, BENNETT LEAD WAVERLY TO THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 22, 2020 Tim Birney

WATKINS GLEN — Sophomore Kaden Wheeler recorded four top-three finishes, and senior Mike Atanasoff and junior Ryan Bennett each had four top-six finishes to lead Waverly to third place in the team standings here Saturday at the Section IV, Class B boys swimming championships.

The Wolverines will advance two athletes to the New York State Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island on March 6-7.

Atanasoff hit the state cut in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle sprints during the season, thus qualifying for both events, and senior diver Gage Streeter is also headed to States by virtue of topping the state cut at Thursday’s Section IV Diving Championships.

The Wolverines, who dominated the Class C meet last year, turned in a solid performance, according to longtime coach Dave Mastrantuono.

"Third place overall in Class B, which is a huge step up from last year when we dominated the Class C meet, so obviously this is an entirely different meet,” he said. “Going in, we believed that we could be a top-three team and we did that.

“Our 500 free guys, and our 50 free guys scored a lot of team points for us,” noted Mastrantuono. “They were big for us.

"We did not have our best performances throughout all the events, but overall a very solid team performance,” added Mastrantuono.

Wheeler placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.89 seconds, and Bennett was fifth at 58.95 seconds. Junior Dillon Madigan finished 16th in 1:07.39.

Wheeler placed third in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.07, and Atanasoff was sixth in 1:03.11. Freshman Jerrell Sackett finished 13th in a time of 1:09.21.

Atanasoff finished second in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 22.13 seconds, and Bennet was third in a time of 22.93 seconds. Sackett finished 11th in 25.33 seconds.

The foursome of Wheeler, Atanasoff, Bennett, and Sackett placed second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:32.52.

Wheeler, Atanasoff, and Bennett teamed with Brandon Clark to finish third in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:30.21.

Freshman Oscar Williams placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:26.99, and  junior Collin Keefer finished sixth in 5:28.62. Eighth-grader Liam Wright was 13th in a time of 5:43.23.

Williams finished ninth in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:02.88, while Keefer was 11th in 2:04.23, and senior Nick Janzen was 14th in 2:07.42.

Brandon Clark teamed with Sackett, freshman Ryan Clark, and junior Max Pan to finish sixth in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of of 1:55.27.

Brandon Clark finished 10th in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 56.34 seconds, and Janzen was 11th in 56.43 seconds.

Pan finished 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:1705, and Ryan Clark was 14th in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:28.13.

Despite a large group of seniors, Mastrantuono expects the Wolverines to return a strong unit.

"We've got a lot of talent coming back next year, although we do lose five seniors,” he said. “That's the most seniors we've had in quite a few years, but we have a lot of underclassmen who are very, very strong."

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WAVERLY'S VICTORIA HOUSEKNECHT PLACES 13TH AT STATE QUALIFIER, RACHEL HOUSEKNECHT FINISHES 37TH

WAVERLY'S VICTORIA HOUSEKNECHT PLACES 13TH AT STATE QUALIFIER, RACHEL HOUSEKNECHT FINISHES 37TH

February 22, 2020 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Freshman Victoria Houseknecht was less than 50 pins away from a berth at States here Saturday at the Section IV State Qualifier at the Valley Bowling Center.

Houseknecht finished 13th in the field of 55 bowlers, rolling a nine-game set of 1,757, while 8th-grader Rachel Houseknecht was 37th with a 1,587.

Victoria Houseknecht rolled a 564 series at the Class C Championships last weekend at Midway Lanes in Vestal that carried over to the State Qualifier. On Saturday, she rolled series of 612, which included a 253, and 585.

Rachel Houseknecht, who had a 530 last weekend, rolled series of 484 and 573 on Saturday.

Union-Endicott won the Division 1 team title, topping Elmira by 85 pints, while Maine-Endwell will represent Division 2 at the state tournament after topping runner-up Hancock by 99 pins.

Susquehanna Valley’s Lyndsie Jicha won individual gold at the State Qualifier with a nine-game set of 2,062, while Hancock’s Breanna Gleim won silver with a 2,015, and U-E’s Ashley Cicciareli won the bronze medal with a 1,985.

Jicha and Gleim will be joined on the Section IV all-star team by Lindsay VanAlstyne of Horseheads, Erin Howard of Greene, Alex Hutchings of Elmira, and Melissa Sturdevant of Corning.

The New York State Championships will be held at Strike ’N Spare Lanes in Syracuse March 13-15.

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WAVERLY'S WOODRING EARNS SOUTH'S LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION MVP HONORS — TWO WOLVERINES EARN SECOND-TEAM HONORS

WAVERLY'S WOODRING EARNS SOUTH'S LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION MVP HONORS — TWO WOLVERINES EARN SECOND-TEAM HONORS

February 22, 2020 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Six-eight Waverly senior Scott Woodring, who had a potentially historic season derailed by a knee injury last year, bounced back this season to average a double-double and earn MVP honors in the IAC South Large School Division.

Eighth-grader Joey Tomasso and junior Aiden Westbrook received second-team all-star honors for the Wolverines.

Woodring, an athletic low-post player who can handle the ball and knock down the 3-pointer, as well as dominate in the blocks, averaged 25.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. He also averaged 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.

Woodring shot 56.9 percent from the field, and 69 percent from the free-throw line. He also had 10 3-pointers and shot 32.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Woodring averaged 32.7 points and 16.9 rebounds per game through the first seven games of the 2018-19 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

FIRST TEAM

Watkins Glen’s Isaac McIlroy and Owen Scholtisek headlined the first team. They are joined by Edison’s Jack Shaw, Notre Dame’s Brody Nemeir, and Newark Valley’s Donovin Beebe.

SECOND TEAM
Joey Tomasso, 8th-grader, Waverly:
Poised beyond his years, Tomasso averaged 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game in his first varsity campaign. He knocked down 24 3-pointers and shot 33 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Aiden Westbrook, junior, Waverly:
Athletic and energetic, Westbrook averaged 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He shot 46.5 percent from the field.

Also named to the second team were Watkins Glen’s Mitchell Pike, Max Evans, and Adam Pastore, and Notre Dame’s Adam Ward and Joe Sheehan.

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WAVERLY FINISHES FIFTH AT STATE QUALIFIER

WAVERLY FINISHES FIFTH AT STATE QUALIFIER

February 21, 2020 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Junior Matt Mauersberg finished in the top 20 to lead Waverly’s efforts at the Section IV State Qualifier here Friday. The Wolverines finishes fifth in the Division 2 team standings.

Hancock won the Division 2 title with a nine-game set of 3,355, topping runner-up Maine-Endwell by 105 pins. Waverly tallied 3,072 pins.

Mauersberg, who had a 592 that carried over from last week’s Class C Championship, rolled series of 652 series, and 660 for a nine-game set of 1,904 to finish 15th in the Division 2 individual standings. Mauersberg missed out on the final spot on the state team by 41 pins.

Freshman Zach Vanderpool, who had a 568 series last weekend, rolled series of 639 and 657 for a nine-game set of 1,874 to finish 22nd overall, and senior Derrick Canfield, who had a 530 at the Class C Championships, rolled series of 653 and 681 for a nine-game set of 1,864 to finish 24th overall.

Freshman Ashton Pritchard, who led the Wolverines with a 598 series last weekend, rolled a 651 series, and rolled two games of 327 for an eight-game set of 1,576.

Freshman Richard Stevens rolled four games for a 726, and freshman Ethan Roberts rolled a 149 in his only game.

Binghamton’s Tyler McNeill won the individual gold medal with a nine-game set of 2,224, while Hancock’s Anton Leonard won the silver medal with a 2,152, and Maine-Endwell’s Noah McNeill won the bronze with a 2,018.

The McNeills will be joined on the Section IV all-star team by Norwich’s Cameron Birtch, Greene’s Jakob Funnell, Maine-Endwell’s Liam Hadfield, and Susquehanna Valley’s James Pittsley. Binghamton’s Austin Murray is the alternate.

The New York State Championships will be held at Strike ’N Spare Lanes in Syracuse March 13-15.

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