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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | July 15, 2021 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


SYRACUSE — Waverly grad Gabby Picco was recently received second-team Class B all-state recognition for the 2021 spring season, as selected by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.

Selections were edited by Perry Novak, president and founder of NYSSCOGS. Four of the five classes in New York had first-team and second-team selections. Class D included only a first team.

Picco, a polished all-around player with a sky-high soccer IQ, “consistently controlled the midfield and made all her teammates better.”

In her five seasons on varsity, PIcco played nearly every position on the field.

This season, she scored six goals and had one assist to give her 60 goals and 39 assists in her career.

In the fall, Picco will play Division 1 soccer at LaSalle.

The Section 4 first-team selections both played for Oneonta: senior forward Hannah Johnson and senior midfielder Anika Buzzy.

Second-team all-state honors also went to Chenango Valley senior midfielder Kerri Hayes, and Norwich senior midfielder Sydney Coggins.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.