WAVERLY SWEEPS WATKINS GLEN IN SEASON OPENER

WAVERLY SWEEPS WATKINS GLEN IN SEASON OPENER

March 17, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly pulled out a tightly-contested second set on its way to a 3-0 season-opening sweep of Watkins Glen here Wednesday night in IAC volleyball action.

The Lady Wolverines opened the night with a 25-16 win, then held off the Lady Senecas in a 26-24 decision. They finished off the sweep with a 25-13 win.

Caitlin Bakley led Waverly with 13 service points, including 11 aces, three digs, and two kills, while Emilee Little had 10 points, including five aces, and seven kills, and Aryan Peters had eight points (two ace), 12 setter assists, and three digs.

Aubrey Ennis had seven points, three kills, and five digs in the win, while Sidney Tomasso added seven points (two aces) and two digs, Michaella Lauper had six points (two aces) and three digs, and Sydney Nierstedt chipped in with two kills.

Colby Depree led Watkins Glen with 10 points, while Carlie Baker registered three kills, four blocks, and three digs, Sarah Jones had five assists, and Kelsey Demillo added three aces.

Waverly returns to action Friday at Thomas A. Edison.

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WATKINS GLEN RALLIES TO TOP WAVERLY JV, 2-1

WATKINS GLEN RALLIES TO TOP WAVERLY JV, 2-1

March 17, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly won the first set, but Watkins Glen rallied for a 2-1 win here Wednesday evening in IAC junior varsity volleyball action.

The junior Lady Wolverines rolled to a 25-11 win in the opening set, but the Lady Senecas rebounded with wins of 25-21 and 25-16 for the victory.

Brilynn Belles led Waverly with six service aces and two digs, while Erica Ryck had five aces, four setter assists, and two digs, and Lainey Teeter aded four aces.

Waverly returns to action Friday at Thomas A. Edison.

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WAVERLY SCRIMMAGES AT O-M / WATKINS GLEN

WAVERLY SCRIMMAGES AT O-M / WATKINS GLEN

March 14, 2021 Tim Birney

WATKINS GLEN — Longtime Waverly coach Jason Miller started the preseason with a young team, and not a great deal of time to prepare for Friday’s season-opener against Tioga.

The Wolverines were busy this weekend, scrimmaging against Binghamton Friday, and here against O-M / Watkins Glen Sunday afternoon.

“We need the work,” laughed Miller.

“We’ve had a good weekend, and played a lot of football in the last week.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we wanted to create an intense situation — a game-type of situation, and I thought our kids responded pretty good,” said Miller.

“For the limited time we’ve had, the circumstances, the condition, and everything else … there are a lot of things I’m going to be unhappy about, but there a lot of things I’m going to be happy about,” he added.

Each varsity team had two sets of 10 downs on offense. Waverly scored in its second possession against the Seneca Indians defense, while O-M / WG offense scored on both of its possessions agains the Wolverine defense

“We haven’t had a lot of inside contact like this,” said Miller. “(O-M / WG) has some stout kids in there, and some pretty good players … and they did a pretty good job.

“We have not practiced one bit against an odd-stack like that, or that type of offense with the wide alignments,” added Miller.  “And, when we put some of the young guys in it wasn’t as good as it should be.”

Strong gusting winds that made the 33-degree temperatures made it feel like 18 degrees also had an impact.

“Obviously the conditions were not conducive for throwing the ball, and that’s what we like to do,” said Miller.

After the junior varsity portion of the scrimmage, the two teams had two possessions in a “live” scrimmage.

Waverly put together a pair of time-consuming scoring drives, while the Wolverine defense forced a pair of turnovers on downs without allowing a first down.

“We played much better in the live situation,” said Miller.

“We ran the ball pretty effectively … methodically,” noted Miller. “We didn’t pick up big chunks of yards, but we were getting four or five yards a crack, and that’s OK — that’s what we want to do.

“We have young linemen. This is the first time they’ve really been in this mix. They did a decent job.

“And, I’m pretty happy with certain kids on defense who performed well,” he added.

Waverly opens the truncated 2021 season Friday when it hosts Tioga. Game time is 6 p.m.

“We have a huge week ahead of us,” said Miller. “We are going to do everything we possibly can to prepare for Friday.”

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WAVERLY PREPARING FOR SPRING FOOTBALL OPENER ON MARCH 19

WAVERLY PREPARING FOR SPRING FOOTBALL OPENER ON MARCH 19

March 9, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Spring is in the air, and that means baseball and softball … except in New York, where in the wacky year of Covid — it’s time for some football.

And longtime Waverly coach Jason Miller is happy to be back on the field, but he concedes spring football is challenging, especially under the present circumstances.

“It’s different,” said Miller. “To me, there’s such an immense amount of pressure to prepare kids to play a football game in a such short period of time; that’s going to be the challenge.”

The Wolverines, without their wrestlers or basketball players, actually practiced outside last week in the bitter cold.

“We were outside every day last week, but we only had a fraction of our team, without the winter sport athletes,” said Miller. “It was cold … it was cold, but we made it through. We got some conditioning in, and saw some positive things.

“It’s a little better this week, we’re just getting into it,” Miller added.

Miller notes his numbers aren’t where he’d like them to be.

“We’re missing some kids … kids decided not to come out,” he said. We wish they were playing, but you’re either all in, or all out.

“We’re a little down in numbers,” noted Miller. “Our JV numbers are going to be a little low.

“Collectively, we’re OK. We’re somewhere around 45,” added Miller. “We’d like to see around 15 kids per class, and we don’t have that right now.”

Miller believes the pandemic is partially responsible for the dip in numbers.

“For a lot of people, Covid was a life-changing moment, and it’s not any different for 18-yard-old kids.

“We are in session five days a week, but we do have kids who are on virtual learning, and those kids are the ones we haven’t gotten back,” Miller said.

“But I’m not going to worry about them, I’m going to worry about the 45 we have here,” added Miller. “Right now, they are working hard.”

The Wolverines host Tioga March 19 at 6 p.m. in the 2021 season opener.

“We have a tough schedule,” said Miller. “For this team, and who we play, it’s going to be a tough schedule.”

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WAVERLY FALLS TO ELMIRA IN FINAL GAME OF SEASON

WAVERLY FALLS TO ELMIRA IN FINAL GAME OF SEASON

March 6, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Elmira got off to a fast start, then blew the game open in the third quarter on its way to a 60-48 non-league girls basketball win over Waverly here Saturday afternoon on the final day of the 2021 season.

Mea Abrams scored five points in the first quarter, and Megan Fedor added four as the Express jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes.

The Lady Wolverines, playing without senior Gabby Picco, managed just one field goal in the opening stanza — a 3-pointer by freshman Peyton Shaw late in the quarter.

Eighth-grader Addison Westbrook knocked down a 3-pointer and had five points in the second quarter, and senior Sidney Tomasso added four points, but Abrams scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and four of her teammates added buckets as the Express added to its advantage, taking a 30-20 lead into the halftime locker room.

Abrams canned two more 3-pointers, and pumped in 10 points in the third quarter, and Fedor added five points, including an old-fashioned three-point play, to fuel a 23-12 run that gave Elmira a 53-32 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Shaw scored five points in the third quarter for the Lady Wolverines, while Tomasso added four free throws, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook chipped in with a conventional three-point play.

Tomasso, who had just one field goal in the first three quarter, broke loose in the fourth quarter, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 12 points as Waverly cut into the Elmira lead with a 16-7 run.

Tomasso, who finished the season averaging 24.2 points per game, led Waverly with 22 points, while Shaw scored 11 points, Kennedy Westbrook added eight points, and Addison Westbrook chipped in with five.

Abrams led Elmira with 24 points and five 3-pointers, and Fedor added 14 points.

Waverly wraps up the 2021 season with an 11-2 record.

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WAVERLY RALLIES TO DEFEAT S-VE, 58-46, IN SEASON FINALE

WAVERLY RALLIES TO DEFEAT S-VE, 58-46, IN SEASON FINALE

March 6, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Spencer-Van Etten started out hot, but Waverly was able to cool the Panthers off to post a 58-46 victory on the final day of the shortened season here Saturday.

S-VE jumped in front, 26-17, on the strength of five 3-pointers before the Wolverines were able to regroup. The Panthers' largest lead of the game came on Matt Merrick's third trey of the day with 3:19 remaining in the first half.

With the Wolverines down nine, Brennan Traub scored a basket and Liam Traub followed with a three a minute later, igniting the Waverly comeback.

"We didn't play well up until that point," Waverly coach Lou Judson said. "We just kind of got a spark going and kind of found a way to get back in the game. We knew going into the second half that we didn't play well and if we could play up to our capability we would be fine.

"Certain guys were maybe shooting the basketball too soon or too often, and the ball was not finding the right guy. Today in the second half, the ball found the right guy at certain moments.

Davis Croft scored following a Panther turnover and Joey Tomasso out-jumped Jewell for a defensive rebound, then turning it into a bucket moments later to knot the score at 26. Logan Jewell would find the hole with a free throw with 5.4 seconds left in the half, but Waverly raced to the other end with Brennan Traub getting open in the paint for a buzzer beater to put the Wolverines on top to stay, 28-27.

"I've been doing a lot of substitutions all year long and allowing guys to start that maybe wouldn't have started in a regular season, so it gets you out of the flow a little bit," Judson said of the slow start.

Waverly remained hot after the break as Tomasso put in a follow-up and Ryan Lambert scored on a fast break to make it 34-27. Marcus Brock got a point back for Spencer on a free throw, but Tomasso flipped in an easy shot in the paint and canned a three, the Kobe Decker added a bucket to push the Wolverine advantage to 43-28.

"We started out really strong," S-VE coach Cliff Pierce said. "I think fatigue actually hurt us a little bit as we got going. The first quarter we were pretty fresh, played pretty well. The last two minutes of the second quarter, that hurt us. We turned the ball over a bunch of times. We didn't really run a good offensive set.

"We gave up a bunch of threes there toward the end of the first half and then Waverly was able to take that momentum and come out in the second half and kind of ride that wave. The third quarter really hurt us. I think they outscored us, 22-6. Other than that, we played pretty well the rest of the quarters."

James Sutherlin stopped the assault with a three, then made two of three foul shots 47 seconds later to cut the gap to 43-33 with 2:49 left in the third period.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, Waverly responded with a basket and a steal and layup by Tomasso, and a trey from Croft to close out the period with a 50-33 cushion.

Aidan Westbrook and Liam Traub combined for three free throw points, offsetting a foul shot by Dominic Grier to make it 53-34 early in the final stanza.

"We really worked through Aidan Westbrook in the post in the second half," Judson said. "He found cutters and he was able to get to the rim and do some good things for us there.

Matthew Byrne knocked down the first of his two fourth-quarter treys, then Jewell added a free throw to keep the difference at 15. Brennan Traub canned a trey at the 3-minute mark and Croft tallied Waverly's final points with 2:34 to go to push the lead to 2:34 on the clock for a 58-38 lead.

"I was pleased with our team defense today," Judson said. "We knew James Sutherlin and Matthew Byrne, and those guys are tough, and James Sutherlin being one of the better guards in Section IV, so we knew we had our hands full today."

Sutherlin added a basket and a trey, and Byrne nailed his third three of the day to close out the scoring.

The game had several lead changes in the first two minutes as Tyler Doster and Sutherlin scored the first two buckets. Aidan Westbrook converted a conventional three-point play and Decker scored to make it 5-4 Waverly. The lead changed twice on threes by Merrick and Decker, then went back in S-VE's favor on a basket by Sutherlin.

The Panthers would tack on treys by Byrne and Brock to go up, 17-12, at quarter's end. A trey and layup by Merrick offset a reverse layup from Westbrook and a three by Peyton Bowen, then a Sutherlin free throw and another Merrick three gave S-VE its biggest lead of the game at 26-17.

Tomasso led the Wolverines with 15 points. He also had a pair of steals. Decker and Westbrook contributed nine points each. Croft and Brennan Traub chipped in with seven points apiece. Croft added five rebounds and two assists, and Traub handed out two assists.

Liam Traub tacked on four points and two steals, Bowen had three points and eight boards, Lambert added two points and two assists, and Brady Blauvelt tacked on two points and a blocked shot.

Sutherlin led all scorers with 17 points, Merrick scored 11 and Byrne chipped in with nine. The trio combined to sink eight 3-pointers, three each by Merrick and Byrne. Brock added four points, Doster and Jewell had two apiece and Grier scored a point.

Waverly closed out the season with an 8-4 record, all its losses coming to Class AA teams.

"(I was) very pleased with our performance and very please with the season," said Judson. "I just wished we could have gone a little bit further this year."

S-VE finished at 4-2, playing a limited schedule due to its season being cut short by a COVID quarantine.

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WAVERLY JV CLOSES SEASON WITH 60-42 WIN OVER S-VE

WAVERLY JV CLOSES SEASON WITH 60-42 WIN OVER S-VE

March 6, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly built a double-digit lead at the half, and pulled away for a 60-42 win over S-VE in the season finale for both teams here Saturday afternoon in IAC junior varsity boys basketball action.

Jay Pipher knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the first quarter, and Isaiah Bretz added four points to help Waverly to a 16-10 lead after the first eight minutes.

Pipher and Keaton Anderson scored four points apiece, and the junior Wolverines defense limited S-VE to just five points in a 10-5 spurt that extended the lead to 26-15 at the half.

Bretz canned a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Pipher also scored six points as the scoring pace picked up. Waverly outscored S-VE, 17-14, in the stanza to take a 43-29 lead into the final eight minutes.

Bretz scored seven points in the fourth quarter, and Carter George added six as Waverly added four points to its lead with a 17-13 advantage in the stanza.

Pipher led Waverly with 18 points and five steals, while Bretz had 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three steals, and Anderson had eight points and three boards.

Nate DeLill had seven points, seven steals and six rebounds in the win, while George added six points and four boards, and Kayleb Bechy chipped in with four points and three steals

Jack Stahl led S-VE with 12 points, and Tyler Stahl and Nathan Gillette added 10 points apiece.

Waverly finished the season at 6-5, with a 6-2 record in Tioga County Division play.

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WAVERLY WINS 13 OF 24 BOUTS AGAINST OWEGO, ELMIRA IN FINAL MATCH

WAVERLY WINS 13 OF 24 BOUTS AGAINST OWEGO, ELMIRA IN FINAL MATCH

March 6, 2021 Tim Birney

OWEGO — Waverly wrapped up its truncated 2021 wrestling season Saturday, winning 13 of 24 bouts in a tri-match here against Elmira and Owego.

Sophomore Connor Stotler, who finished the shortened season with a 17-3 record, led the Wolverines with a 4-0 record. He registered four falls, including three in the first period.

Sophomore Landon McCarty, who had not wrestled since 5th grade prior to this season, was 3-0 on the day, including two falls. McCarty, who was 9-8 on the season, including five wins in his last six bouts, was 9-8 on the season.

Senior Kam Peters, junior Andrew Kimble, sophomores Gage Tedesco, Ty Beeman, and Anthony Speer, and 8th-grader Derek Thorp each recorded one win for the Wolverines.

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Waverly vs. Owego, Elmira
110: Jonathan Guyette (E) over Derek Thorp (W) (Fall 1:54)
110: Derek Thorp (W) over Don Bollinger (E) (Fall 1:10)
118: Landon McCarty (W) over Lucas Reilly (OFA) (Dec 8-1)
118: Landon McCarty (W) over Jonathan Guyette (E) (Fall 1:41)
118: Landon McCarty (W) over James Klotz (E) (Fall 3:26)
118: James Klotz (E) over Derek Thorp (W) (Fall 1:15)
132: Connor Stotler (W) over Drew Arnold (E) (Fall 3:50)
132: Connor Stotler (W) over Matt Laubach (OFA) (Fall 1:43)
132: Connor Stotler (W) over Mason Cardinale (E) (Fall 1:30)
132: Matt Laubach (OFA) over Derek Bartlett (W) (Fall 1:57)
132: Jozsiah Varga-Flynn (OFA) over Derek Bartlett (W) (Fall 0:14)
138: Connor Stotler (W) over Owen Weigle (E) (Fall 1:46)
138: Drew Arnold (E) over Derek Bartlett (W) (Fall 1:20)
172: Andrew Kimble (W) over Caleb Hoover (OFA) (Fall 1:15)
172: Zach Miner (OFA) over Andrew Kimble (W) (Fall 1:58)
189: Gage Tedesco (W) over Matt Gatto (OFA) (Fall 4:45)
189: Matt Gatto (OFA) over Andrew Kimble (W) (Fall 3:25)
215: Cam Bundy (OFA) over Gage Tedesco (W) (Fall 5:24)
215: Cam Bundy (OFA) over Ty Beeman (W) (Fall 3:39)
215: Ty Beeman (W) over Nathan Armstrong (OFA) (Fall 1:10)
215: Cam Bundy (OFA) over Anthony Speer (W) (Fall 1:48)
285: Kamden Peters (W) over Nathan Armstrong (OFA) (Dec 9-2)
285: Logan Bailey (OFA) over Kamden Peters (W) (Fall 0:40)
285: Anthony Speer (W) over Nathan Armstrong (OFA) (Fall 2:15)

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WOLVERINES RIDE SEECOND-HALF WAVE TO 71-41 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME

WOLVERINES RIDE SEECOND-HALF WAVE TO 71-41 WIN OVER NOTRE DAME

March 5, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly did a lot of things teams need to do to win games: created turnovers, limited its turnovers, and pounded the offensive glass being among them.

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SIDNEY TOMASSO'S 42 TIES SCHOOL RECORD IN WAVERLY'S 71-48 WIN OVER OWEGO

SIDNEY TOMASSO'S 42 TIES SCHOOL RECORD IN WAVERLY'S 71-48 WIN OVER OWEGO

March 4, 2021 Tim Birney

OWEGO — Senior Sidney Tomasso poured in 42 points, including 24 in the third quarter, to tie the school record in Waverly’s 71-48 win over Owego here Thursday night in IAC Tioga County Division girls basketball action.

She tied the record set in the 1993-94 season by Becky Baker.

Tomasso, who entered the night averaging 22.8 points per game, scored just six points in the first quarter, helping Waverly to a 12-8 lead after the first eight minutes.

Tomasso scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the second quarter, and senior Gabby Picco drained a trio of 3-pointers in a 22-10 run that pushed the Lady Wolverine advantage to 34-18 at the halftime intermission.

Tomasso, who scored the last seven points of the first half, pumped in the first 10 points of the third quarter for the Lady Wolverines on her way to 24 points in a 28-12 blitz that extended the lead to 62-30 entering the final eight minutes.

She tied the school record with a pair of free throws in the opening moments of the fourth quarter.

Picco, who canned four 3-pointers, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook added 12 points apiece in the win.

Maggie Huizinga and Evee Coleman led Owego with 16 points apiece.

Waverly, now 11-1, closes out the 2021 campaign at home Saturday against Elmira.

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STRONG DEFENSE CARRIES WAVERLY IN 61-48 WIN OVER OWEGO

STRONG DEFENSE CARRIES WAVERLY IN 61-48 WIN OVER OWEGO

March 4, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly used balanced scoring and a strong defensive outing, and improved to 6-0 in IAC “Tioga County Division” play here Thursday night with a 61-48 boys basketball win.

“It was probably our most complete game all year long, against a quality opponent,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson. “We put it all together.

“I thought our defense was the best its been the entire season,” noted Judson. “We were really locked int tonight defensively, and really connected … we were helping when we were suppose to be helping.

“I was really pleased with how we played defensively,” he added.

The Wolverines improved to 6-4 on the season, including a 6-0 mark in the division. Their losses have come to Class AA Horseheads (twice), Corning, and Elmira.

“I think our strength of schedule helped us with playing them tonight,” said Judson. “I really think we’ve been battle tested this year. We’ve played some quality opponents, which has made us tougher in situations like tonight.

“We’re a good basketball team, we’ve just played against some very good basketball teams,” Judson added.

The Indians were coming off a win over Horseheads on Monday.

“I watched (Owego) play Horseheads Wednesday, and they played very well,” said Judson.

“I knew we were going to have our hands full, especially with their size,” he noted. “Their back line is 6-5, 6-5 and 6-2 … I knew weren’t going to be able to get many offensive rebounds.

“And when we were on defense, I knew they would really try to pound it inside on us, but we really created a lot ball pressure, and they had a hard time getting it inside,” Judson added.

Freshman Joey Tomasso and senior Ryan Lambert scored four points apiece in the first quarter, and junior Davis Croft drained a 3-pointer, but Owego had five players score, and the two teams battled to a 14-14 draw after the first eight minutes.

Tomasso scored eight points in the second quarter, including four from the free-throw line, as Waverly crept ahead, 27-24, at the half.

Senior Aidan Westbrook scored six points in the third quarter, and Croft and junior Brennan Traub each knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points apiece to fuel a 20-9 run that gave the Wolverines a 47-33 lead entering the final eight minutes.

The Wolverines made just 5 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, but it was enough to help preserve the win.

Tomasso led Waverly with 17 points, while Westbrook had nine points, five rebounds, and two assists, Croft had nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and three rebounds, and Lambert had eight points, three steals and two assists.

Brennan Traub added seven points and one blocked shot in the win, while senior Kobe Decker chipped in with four points, and senior Peyton Bowen grabbed eight rebounds.

Brad Palmer and Joe Bangel led Owego with 10 points apiece, and

Waverly finishes Tioga County divisional play with a perfect 6-0 record, while Owego (8-1 overall) is 6-1.

“I guess you could call us (Tioga County champs),” said Judson. “We haven’t lost to a Tioga County team.

“That’s kind of how we approached tonight’s game,” he noted. “You have to take small successes out of this weird season, and that’s one of them.

“I would like to think we came out on top,” added Judson.

Waverly hosts Notre Dame Friday night, then closes the regular season Saturday at home against S-VE.

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WAVERLY JV HANDS OWEGO FIRST LOSS, 53-52

WAVERLY JV HANDS OWEGO FIRST LOSS, 53-52

March 4, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly led by nine points with 2:50 remaining, then held on to top previously-unbeaten Owego, 53-52, here Thursday night in IAC junior varsity boys basketball action.

Jay Pipher knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the first quarter, while Nehemiah Anthony added four points, and Jake Benjamin canned a 3-pointer to help the junior Wolverines to a 17-10 lead.

Pipher buried a pair of 3-pointers and Anthony scored six points in the second quarter, but Owego trimmed one point off the lead. Waverly led 34-28 at the half.

The scoring pace slowed in the third quarter as Waverly outscored Owego, 9-8, to take a 43-36 lead into the final eight minutes.

Pipher and Nate DeLill scored four points apiece as Waverly stretched its lead to 53-44 with 2:50 remaining in the game.

Owego scored seven straight points to trim the deficit to 53-51. With 6 seconds remaining, Waverly was whistled for a blocking foul, and a technical foul. With the Indians in double-bonus, they had four free throws, but made just the first to cut the lead to 53-52.

After getting the ball as a result of the technical foul, Owego missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.

Pipher led Waverly with 21 points, including six 3-pointers, fur steals, and three rebounds, while DeLill had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Anthony had 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

Bretz chipped in with four points and five steals, and Jake Benjamin grabbed five boards.

Waverly closes out the regular season Saturday when it hosts S-VE.

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CORNING ROLLS TO 66-34 WIN OVER WAVERLY

CORNING ROLLS TO 66-34 WIN OVER WAVERLY

March 3, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Corning built a comfortable cushion through three quarters, then blew the game open in the fourth quarter of a 66-34 win over Waverly here Tuesday night in non-league IAC junior varsity boys basketball action.

The junior Hawks jumped out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter, and stretched the lead to 10 points, at 29-19, at the half.

Isaiah Bretz led Waverly with eight first-half points, and Nehemiah Anthony added five.

Corning added to its lead in the the third quarter with a 14-10 spurt, then put the game away with a 24-7 blitz in the final eight minutes.

Waverly, which made 5 of 6 free throws in the first half, connected on just 1 of 8 free thro attempts in the second half.

Bretz led Waverly with eight points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Anthony had seven points and three boards, and Keaton Anderson scored seven points.

Jake Benjamin had six points and three rebounds, while Nate DeLill hauled down six rebounds, and Jay Pipher registered four steals.

Waverly returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Owego.

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WAVERLY WINS 13 OF 18 BOUTS AGAINST THOMAS A. EDISON

WAVERLY WINS 13 OF 18 BOUTS AGAINST THOMAS A. EDISON

March 3, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Paced by sophomores Conner Stotler, Ty Beeman and Anthony Speer, Wavily won 13 of 18 bouts here Wednesday night in its non-league wrestling match against Thomas A. Edison.

Stotler was 3-0 — all via first-period falls, while Beeman — via pins in 26 and 41 seconds, and Speer, who registered a pair of second-period pins, were both 2-0.

All 13 of Waverly’s wins were by pin fall.

Landon McCarty, who traded falls with Spartan 8th-grader Lucas Mosher, was 2-1, while seniors Andrew Kimble and Kam Peters, and sophomore Gage Tedesco were each 2-1.

Junior Derek Bartlett also recorded one win.

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WAVERLY PULLS AWAY FROM OWEGO FOR 10TH VICTORY

WAVERLY PULLS AWAY FROM OWEGO FOR 10TH VICTORY

March 2, 2021 Tim Taylor

WAVERLY — Waverly rode a solid defensive effort, and big scoring nights from Sidney Tomasso and Kennedy Westbrook to a 62-31 IAC victory over Owego here Tuesday evening.

Tomasso pumped out 23 points and Kennedy Westbrook chipped in with 20 more, and the Wolverines held Division I-bound standout Evee Coleman to a season-low 13 points.

The Wolverines struggled with their three-point shooting, but took advantage of Indian turnovers caused by their in-your-face defense to win their 10th game in 11 outings.

"Our defense has been pretty solid the whole year," Waverly coach Bob Kelly said. "We're pretty scrappy. I like our pressure, I like our quickness and they anticipate. They don't give up on it, so it's been very good for us. It's kind of a pain in the rear if you've got somebody in your face tall game long, the way that we have played this year, which is nice to see."

The Waverly defense constantly makes them a tough opponent to deal with.

"Their full-court pressure, and then back into their half-court, they definitely challenge you for 32 minutes," Owego coach Luke McEvoy said. "Bob obviously runs an incredible program here. That's why he has 300-plus wins now.

"It's alway funs to play against, because they're going to challenge you every minute of the game and keep you on your toes. It's a good learning experience for the group of girls that will be coming back into the off-season and to next year, and kind o f shows us where we need to get to."

The Wolverines missed their first seven long-range attempts before Kennedy Westbrook knocked down the first of the night. It came with 46 seconds left in the first period and closed out the scoring with the home team grabbing a 14-5 lead.

Kennedy Westbrook would account for five points in the first frame, Tomasso added three, and Gabby Picco, Paige Robinson and Peyton Shaw tacked on two apiece. Coleman would score Owego's only baskets.

Tomasso turned a pair of steals into three points in the first 30 seconds of the second quarter, and she and Kennedy Westbrook scored 22 seconds apart just past the midway part of the period to extend the Wolverines' advantage to 21-7.

Held to one field goal and one free throw in the first six minutes of the second quarter, Owego would get a trey by Coleman and a field goal apiece from Maggie Huizinga and Maddie Bennett late in the half. However, Waverly would counter with one three each from Picco and Tomasso to make it 29-15 at the half.

The Wolverines would build a comfort zone after the break, outscoring the Indians, 18-7, in the third quarter as Kennedy Westbrook, Picco and Tomasso each drained a trey.

Coleman would score her 1,000th career point on a foul shot with 4:31 remaining in the period, but Waverly would build a 49-25 cushion heading into the final eight minutes of action.

"Obviously, a great individual accomplishment, a well-deserved accomplishment based on the hard work she's put in over the years, let alone the last couple of years, to come back from a couple of knee injuries that she had to be out here doing what she's doing. Definitely a highlight of the season," McEvoy said.

Tomasso scored seven more points in the final frame while Kennedy Westbrook added five more, including her third trey of the game, and Addison Westbrook tacked on a trey.

Waverly, usually pretty accurate from long range, converted less than 30 percent of its 3-point attempts. Kelly attributes that to the fact his team has been playing a lot of games in this shortened season — three of the last five days and five in the last eight.

"I think that can be attributed to the legs and just being dead," Kelly said. "The legs are dead. I just think it has to be just being tired, just being dead-legged. They need a day off. We haven't practice since, I think, last Thursday. We've been playing just games and we could use some time to get a little practice and try to get some legs back.

"I'm very thankful for the season, and I know they are, so there's no complaints here, but we do need some recovery time."

Picco contributed eight points to the win, Addison Westbrook had five, Robinson scored four and Shaw pitched in with two.

Huizinga scored six points for the Indians, who slipped to 4-5. Bennett put up three, Georganna Hankey, Ellie Sherwood, Ava Brown and Lauren Gilbert scored two apiece, and Saylor Ayers had a point.

The two teams meet again Thursday in Owego.

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