WAVERLY'S PICCO NAMED DIVISIONAL CO-MVP; SIX TEAMMATES EARN ALL-STAR HONORS

By: Tim Birney | WaverlyAthletics.com | June 11, 2021 | Photo courtesy Mike Lubertowicz

 
WAVERLY'S PICCO NAMED DIVISIONAL CO-MVP; SIX TEAMMATES EARN ALL-STAR HONORS
 

WAVERLY — Waverly had three first-team selections, including co-MVP senior Gabby Picco, and and four second-team selections to the IAC South Large School all-star teams in recent voting by the division’s coaches.

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.

Notre Dame senior midfielder Ellie Mustico was also named co-MVP.

FIRST TEAM
Forward

Leah Williams, senior, Newark Valley.
Leila Vargas, sophomore, Notre Dame.

Midfield
Emma Miller, sophomore, Newark Valley.
Rachel Simpson, junior, Notre Dame.

Midfield / Defense
Brianna Beebe, senior, Newark Valley.

Defense
Kennedy Westbrook, sophomore, Waverly:
“She played every minute of every game,” said Waverly coach Tara Hogan. “Ideally she would be up top, but we needed a strong, reliable, and versatile player in the back."

Westbrook had one assist on the season.

Mackenna Nechwedowich, senior, Newark Valley.
Amanda Simpson, junior, Notre Dame.
Shannon Maloney, sophomore, Notre Dame.
Maddie Watts, senior, Notre Dame.

Keeper
Kait Clark, senior, Waverly:
A fourth-year starter, Clark was “incredibly reliable.

“She had some very notable saves this year,” said Hogan, “One being our first against Newark Valley. Another where she took on a player 1-v-1 and did a split to save the shot.”

SECOND TEAM
Forward
Addison Westbrook, 8th-grader, Waverly.
Lea VanALlen, freshman, Waverly.


Midfield
Ava Mustico, sophomore, Notre Dame.
McKenna Keogh, 8th-grader, Notre Dame.
Caroline Horton, 8th-grader, Notre Dame.

Defense
Paige Robinson, freshman, Waverly.
Bella Romano, junior, Waverly.

Maris Aylesworth, senior, Newark Valley.
Hayley Beebe, sophomore Newark Valley.
Isabella Sheil, sophomore, Newark Valley.
Ella Chicone, sophomore Notre Dame.

Keeper
Anna Milazzo, senior, Notre Dame.

 

About the Author

Tim Birney Author Bio
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.