WAVERLY CROWNS THREE CHAMPS; FINSIHES THIRD AT ONEONTA ROTARY TOURNAMENT

WAVERLY CROWNS THREE CHAMPS; FINSIHES THIRD AT ONEONTA ROTARY TOURNAMENT

January 8, 2022 Tim Birney

ONEONTA — Waverly crowned three champs, and had four other wrestlers place in a third-place finish here over the weekend at the 32nd annual Oneonta Rotary Tournament.

Juniors Connor Stotler, Braedon Hills, and Ty Beeman each won titles for the Wolverines, while junior Gage Tedesco was a runner-up, freshman Kam Hills was a third-place finisher, junior Landon McCarty earned a fifth-place medal, and senior Andrew Kimble reached the podium with a sixth-place finish.

Chenango Forks won the team title with 153 points, while Unatego-Unadilla Valley was second with 144 points, and Cobleskill-Richmondville and Waverly were tied for third with 139 points. Walton-Delhi was fifth with 122 points.

Stotler, the third seed at 132 pounds, went 3-0 to earn his title. He opened with a 91-second pin of Cobleskille-Richmondville’s Dominic Scolaro in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Stotler forged a 12-5 decision over second-seeded Christopher Vogt of Duanesburg to earn a trip to the finals against top-seeded T.J. O’Connor of Cooperstown.

Stotler earned the 132-pound title with an impressive 11-4 decision over O’Connor, who is a former state qualifier.

Beeman, the second seed, went 3-0 to win the 215-pound title. He opened with a 45-second fall over Saugerties’ Keegan Bondar, then edged third-seeded Will Petite of Walton-Delhi, 3-1, in the semifinals.

Beeman faced Oneonta’s Jaden Bellissimo in the finals. Bellissimo advanced to the championship match by edged top-seeded Kamdyn Dorchester of Carthage, 6-5, in the semifinals.

Beeman scored a fall in 3:19 to earn the 215-pound title.

Hills, the top seed at 152 pounds, needed just two wins to claim his title.

Hills opened with a pin of fourth-seeded T.J. Hasbrouck of Oneonta in 2:50, then forged a 15-4 major decision over third-seeded Jeremy Rehberg of Duanesburg.

Tedesco, the second seed at 172 pounds, scored a pair of falls to get to the finals. He decked Elmira’s Tyler Keefe in 5:17 in the quarterfinals, then flattened third-seeded Henry Loeffler of Cooperstown in 1:10 in the semifinals.

In the finals, top-seeded Xander Arnold of Chenango Forks pinned Tedesco in 4:32 to win the 172-pound crown.

Freshman Kam Hills, the 12th seed, went 4-1 on the day to finish third in the 285-pound weight class.

Hills opened with a 6-1 win over fifth-seeded Jayden Zakala of Oneonta in the opening round, then pinned fourth-seeded Bennett Howell of Chenango Forks in 61 seconds in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, top-seeded Mason Cooper of Cobleskill-Richmondville pinned Hills in 1:31.

He bounced back in wrestlebacks, pinning third-seeded Ethan Richards-Follett of Chenango Valley in 4:25 in the consolation semifinals.

In the third-place match, Hills decked Howell again, this time in 2:05.

McCarty, the 10th seed at 118 pounds, opened with a pin of seventh-seeded J.T. Guyette of Elmira in 2:48 to advance to the quarterfinals, where he lost via fall to second-seeded Dylan Furman of Chenango Forks in 3:36.

In wrestlebacks, McCarty decked Saugerties’ Zach Burns in 36 seconds, then dropped a 7-1 decision to Carthage’s Shay Sinitiere. In the fifth-place match, McCarty received a medical forfeit from Furman.

Kimble, the second seed, went 1-3 to finish sixth at 189 pounds. HIs lone win was his first match in wrestlebacks, where he pinned Chenango Valley’s Anthony Holt in 1:26.

Senior Austin Ingham was 1-2 at 126 pounds, and junior Braedon Nichols 1-2 at 138 pounds, while
7th-grader Nico Rae 0-2 at 102, and freshman Jake Besecker 0-2 at 126.

Waverly hosts Tioga Thursday, then hosts the first annual Jim McCloe Memorial Tournament.

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SECOND-QUARTER RUN PROPELS WAVERLY TO 71-29 WIN OVER LANSING

SECOND-QUARTER RUN PROPELS WAVERLY TO 71-29 WIN OVER LANSING

January 7, 2022 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly closed the second quarter with a 23-2 run to blow open a close game en route to a 71-29 win over Lansing here Friday night in IAC Large School crossover girls basketball action.

Waverly scored the first eight points of the game, including a 3-pointer by senior Olivia Nittinger, but Lansing answered with eight straight points to tie the game with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.

Seventh-grader Ryleigh Judson gave Waverly a 10-8 lead with a short jumper for her first varsity points with 55 seconds remaining, but Lansing answered with a bucket to tie the game at 10-all after the first eight minutes.

Lansing took a 12-10 lead in the opening moments of the second quarter, but freshman Addison Westbrook cashed a steal into a lay-up to give the Lady Wolverines the lead for good, at 13-12, with 6:32 left in the half.

Moments later, NIttinger scored in transition to make it 15-12.

Junior Kennedy Westbrook made it 21-12 with a 3-point bomb, and an old-fashioned three-point play with 4:12 remaining in the half.

Kennedy Westbrook capped her own eight-point run with a lay-up in transition to extend the lead to 23-12 with 3:58 left.

Addison Westbrook capped the 15-0 run with a lay-up in transition to make it 25-12.

After Lansing scored to stop the run, Waverly closed out the quarter with an 8-0 spurt to take a 33-14 lead into the halftime break.

The Lady Wolverines kept it rolling in the third quarter as Addison Westbrook knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored 12 points to fuel a 21-6 run to take a 54-20 lead into the final eight minutes.

Addison Westbrook led Waverly with 23 points, while Nittinger scored 18 points and canned a trio of 3-pointers, Kennedy Westbrook had 13 points, Judson added nine points, including her first 3-pointer, and sophomore Peyton Shaw chipped in with four points.

Sydney Burke led Lansing with 12 points.

Waverly, now 6-3, travels to S-VE Tuesday.

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WAVERLY RIDES FAST START TO 66-32 ROUT OF LANSING

WAVERLY RIDES FAST START TO 66-32 ROUT OF LANSING

January 7, 2022 Tim Birney

LANSING — Waverly canned six 3-pointers in the first quarter, and raced out to a 22-point lead en route to a 66-32 win over Lansing here Friday night in IAC Large School crossover boys basketball action.

“This is the team I expected to have this year, and they showed up tonight,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson.

“We came out blazing … on-fire, we had six 3-pointers in the first quarter,” he noted. “We shot the ball really well, and we were connected on the defensive end, and created a lot of havoc there.

“Going up 27-5 at the end of the first quarter, I think just kind of took their spirit away,” added Judson.

The Wolverines improve to 7-3 on the season, while Bobcats fall to 7-3.

“Lansing is a pretty good basketball team … they are honorable mention in the state in Class C,” said Judson.

“We knew going in on their home floor, it wasn’t going to be easy, but we came out with a lot intensity and a lot of energy.

“We played really well tonight … there’s just a different feel to the team these last three or four games,” added Judson. “We’re trending in the right direction.”

Sophomore Joey Tomasso drained a pair of 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the opening stanza, while senior Brennan Traub connected a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Senior Davis Croft added a 3-pointer as Waverly built a 27-5 lead after the first eight minutes.

Brennan Traub scored six more points and knocked down his fourth 3-pointer in a 12-7 second-spurt that sent the Wolverines into the halftime locker room with a 39-12 lead.

The Wolverines shot 56 percent (15 of 27) from the field in the first half, including 54 percent (7 of 13) from behind the 3-point arc. For the game, Waverly shot 53 percent (25 of 47) from the field, and 50 percent (10 of 20) from behind the arc.

Senior Liam Traub joined the 3-point barrage in the third quarter, knocking down a pair of treys and scoring eight points as Waverly added one point to its advantage and led 50-22 entering the final eight minutes.

Senior Tyler Talada connected on Waverly’s 10th 3-pointer of the game in the fourth quarter, and seven different Wolverines put their name in the scoring column in the final eight minutes, led by senior Declan Murphy’s four points.

Tomasso led Waverly with 19 points and five rebounds, while Brennan Traub had 17 points, including four 3-pointers, three rebounds, and three assists, and Liam Traub had 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot.

Senior Brady Blauvelt had four points, four boards, and two assists in the win, while Murphy scored four points, Croft had five rebounds, and three assists, and junior Isaiah Bretz had four rebounds and three assists.

Waverly returns to action Jan. 15 at S-VE.

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DOUBLE-WINNERS MINAKER, WARD PACE WAVERLY AT WINTER CLASSIC

DOUBLE-WINNERS MINAKER, WARD PACE WAVERLY AT WINTER CLASSIC

January 7, 2022 Tim Birney

CORTLAND — Freshman Harper Minaker and junior Kelsey Ward were each double-winners to pace Waverly’s efforts Friday here at the Winter Indoor Track & Field Classic at SUNY Cortland.

Minaker won the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:33.55, and Ward won the 600-meter run in a time of 1:58.72.

Minaker and Ward teamed with sophomore Allison Barrett, and freshman Kendal Shafer to finish first in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 5:10.03.

Freshman Haylie Davenport won the 1,500-meter race walk in a personal-best time of 10:09.67, and 8th-grader Emma Vanderhoof was second on 10:58.12.

Davenport, Minaker, freshman Kiley Stillman, and Vanderhoof teamed to finish third in the 800-meter relay in a time of 2:12.85.

Barrett finished third in the 55-meter dash in a personal-best 8.33 seconds, and freshman Kiley Stillman was fifth in a personal-best time of 8.51 seconds.

Shaffer finished fifth in the 300-meter dash in a personal-best 52.72 seconds, and Stillman was fifth in the high jump with a personal-best height of 4-feet, 4-inches.

Ward finished 10th in the long jump at 11-feet, 1-inch, while freshman Teigan Allen finished 14th in the shot put with a personal-best heave of 17-feet.

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Junior John Price finished fifth in the 300-meter dash in a time of 43.47 seconds.

Senior Gavin Schillmoeller finished seventh in the 1,000-meter run in a personal-best time of 3:08.68. He finished eighth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:31.89.

Waverly returns to action Saturday at the Section IV Classic.

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WAVERLY TAKES EVERY EVENT IN 110-38 EVENT OVER DRYDEN

WAVERLY TAKES EVERY EVENT IN 110-38 EVENT OVER DRYDEN

January 6, 2022 Tim Birney

DRYDEN — Sophomore Liam Wright won four events, and three of his teammates — senior Zack Wheeler, and juniors Oscar Williams and Jerrell Sackett — were triple-winners as Waverly won every event in a 110-38 victory over Dryden here Thursday afternoon in IAC boys swimming action.

Juniors Ryan Clark and Sheldon Huddleston, and freshman Jason Marrone were each double-winners for the Wolverines, who improve to 3-1 on the season.

Wright won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:02.34. He also won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:04.06, and Marrone was third in 2:38.78.

Wright teamed with Huddleston, Marrone, and junior Ryan Shepard teamed to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:44.82.

He teamed with Huddleston, Marrone, and Sackett to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:47.77.

Wheeler won the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:13.23. He also won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:09.21, and Marrone was third in 1:21.82.

Williams won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.19 seconds, and Clark was second in 23.23 seconds.

Williams also won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:06.38, and Huddleston was third in 1:25.62.

Sackett led a sweep in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 51.46 seconds, while Huddleston was second in 1:00.6, and Shepard was third in 1:12.35.

Clark won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:57.05, and junior Simon Stevens was third in 8:30.97.

Sackett, Clark, Wheeler, and Williams teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:30.63.

Waverly returns to action Wednesday at Southern Cayuga.

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HOUSEKNECHTS LEAD WAVERLY SWEEP OF NEWARK VALLEY

HOUSEKNECHTS LEAD WAVERLY SWEEP OF NEWARK VALLEY

January 6, 2022 Tim Birney

NEWARK VALLEY — Junior Victoria Houseknecht and sophomore Rachel Houseknecht paced Waverly to a sweep of Newark Valley here Thursday afternoon in IAC Large School Division girls bowling action at Cardinal Lanes.

The Lady Wolverines won two of the three game by 200-plus pins, with the closest decision at 97 pins in a 2,288 to 1,673 total-pinfall victory.

Victoria Houseknecht shot a 516, and Rachel Houseknecht, who had the high game in the match with a 191, rolled a 508 to pace Waverly, while junior Shatilly Decker had a 445, freshman Serenity Conklin added a 433, and senior Sage Garrison tacked on a 386.

Alyssa Brown led Newark Valley with a 466.

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VANDERPOOL BANGS OUT 700 TO LEAD WAVERLY IN SWEEP OF NEWARK VALLEY

VANDERPOOL BANGS OUT 700 TO LEAD WAVERLY IN SWEEP OF NEWARK VALLEY

January 6, 2022 Tim Birney

NEWARK VALLEY — Junior Zach Vanderpool banged out another 700 series to lead Waverly to a sweep of Newark Valley here Thursday afternoon in IAC Large School Division boys bowling action at Cardinal Lanes.

The Wolverines opened with a 1,003-878 win in the first game, then closed out the match with wins of 872-767 and 881-855 fora total-pinfall victory of 2,756 to 2,500.

Vanderpool rolled games of 240, 225 and 246 for a 711 series — his third 700 series of the season, while 8th-grader Tristan Campbell shot a 528, and junior Ashton Pritchard had a 499.

Eighth-grader Derek Johnson shot a 489 in the sweep, while sophomore Trent Sindoni added a 475, and freshman Dom Wood tacked on a 455.

John Umiker led NV with a 612 series, and John Fiasco added a 520.

Waverly returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Owego at Valley Bowling Center.

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WAVERLY LOSS AT NEWARK VALLEY COMES DOWN TO FINAL BOUT

WAVERLY LOSS AT NEWARK VALLEY COMES DOWN TO FINAL BOUT

January 5, 2022 Tim Taylor

NEWARK VALLEY — Wednesday's battle between Waverly and Newark Valley for the top spot in IAC Division I wrestling went down to the final bout. The Cardinals would pull out a 39-36 victory on their Senior Night to improve to 3-0 in the division while the Wolverines slipped to 2-1.

"The kids really stepped up, but we're pretty short-handed right now," NV coach Mike Daly said, noting the Cardinals were without several wrestlers, including five regulars.

"It was nice to see the kids step up. We haven't been able to necessarily to close the deal sometimes all year and in some of the matches we were able to close the deal tonight. Proud of them. They battled out there and kept doing what they do well."

Despite an impressive win in the evening's marquee match-up, the setback left a bitter taste in Waverly coach Devan Witman's mouth.

"This one stings. We came in here very much expecting to win, not to say that we were going to come in here and blow them out, but we definitely came in here expecting to win," he said.

"Newark Valley does what Newark Valley does. They came in, they cradled us and they pinned us. We have to do a better job of defending that cradle. I'd rather get cradled and pinned here tonight than cradled and pinned in the section qualifier or sectionals.

"Our end goal isn't here at Newark Valley. Our end goal is definitely at sectionals and I think some of our guys made some pretty big strides to get there."

The most anticipated meeting of the night came at 132 pounds where NV senior Mark Vosburgh would square off with Wolverine junior Connor Stotler. In the end, Stotler would emerge with a fall in 5:27 — and it was a battle for both grapplers.

Stotler would try a throw about a minute into the match, but was unsuccessful — and he wasn't having any luck on a few double leg takedown attempts either. With six seconds remaining in the second period, he was able to take Vosburgh to the mat for a 2-0 lead.

He would make it 3-0 on an escape 39 seconds into the third period, then tack on another takedown for a 5-0 advantage with 1:05 to go. Stotler would put Vosburgh to his back and score the pin with 33 seconds left on the clock.

The fall avenged a loss by pin to Vosburgh last season.

"Connor wrestled probably the best I've seen him all year, against a tough Vosburgh kid that beat him last year, so we definitely are making strides toward that end goal of our section tournament, but this one still stings.This one's going to keep me up tonight."

Stotler's triumph would knot the team score at 18, but NV would win the next three matches to build a 36-18 lead.

Senior Noah Waterman would dispatch freshman Seth Noto in 1:32 at 138, then sophomore Connor Vanzile decked freshman Dustyn Gingerich in 1:19 at 145, both using those cradles Witman had referenced.

At 152, freshman John Turnbull and sophomore Braeden Nichols went deep into the second period before Turnbull ended the bout with a fall at 3:32.

Just when it appeared Newark Valley might run away with the dual meet, the Wolverines came storming back.

Waverly junior Braedon Hills hit sophomore Kaiden Pado with a headlock for a pin 43 seconds into their 160-pound bout, then junior Gage Tedesco (172) and senior Andrew Kimble (189) received forfeits to create a deadlock at 36 apiece.

The final match of the night came at 215 where NV senior Nate Demmer scored an 8-2 decision over 8th-grader Troy Beeman. Demmer rode a pair of takedowns and a near fall to build a 7-1 cushion after one period. Following a scoreless second period, Demmer added an escape in the third, then surrendered a stalling point.

The dual started at 285, where Waverly junior Ty Beeman pinned sophomore Seth Northrop in 1:56 to give the Wolverines the initial lead.

Freshman Logan Woodin (102) scored a 52-second fall to tie the match at six, then NV freshman Trevor Middendorf (110) and Waverly junior Landon McCarty (118) traded forfeits to make it a 12-12 battle.

NV 8th-grader Cadin Creeley picked up a pin over senior Austin Ingham in 2:19 to put the Cardinals ahead, 18-12.

The Cardinals wrestled well on their feet, recording the initial takedown in six of nine matches, and would win each of those bouts.

"That's the goal," Daly said. "Big match. We're a young team, so we're not going to get it all the time, but we're big matches are won on the feet and that's my philosophy. It's a little slower when you want to win matches by neutral. It takes a little longer to teach kids to get that position, but I believe that's where section titles and state titles, and so on are won. So, that's our focus and it's really just a tribute to the kids to put in the time and the extra time to get that done."

Waverly will host the Jim McCloe Memorial Tournament Jan. 15.

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WAVERLY CRUISES PAST NEWARK VALLEY, 79-32

WAVERLY CRUISES PAST NEWARK VALLEY, 79-32

January 5, 2022 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — For the second game in a row, Waverly’s defense created scoring opportunities, and the Wolverines cashed in on the majority of them in a 79-32 win over Newark Valley here Wednesday night in IAC South Large School boys basketball action.

“I thought we did a good job pressuring their guards, and I thought my guards played well, especially in the second half. and did a good job at being at the forefront of our defense, so our wings could overplay,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson.

“It was very similar to the Edison game (Monday night), where we got out in transition and ran, and made some good decisions.

“We’ve been focused on turning the ball over, and we only had seven turnovers in the game,” added Judson.

Sophomore Joey Tomasso scored eight points in the first quarter, while senior Liam Traub knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points, and seniors Brennan Traub and Davis Croft, who canned a 3-pointer, scored four points apiece in a 24-9 game-opening run.

The Wolverines’ advantage could have been even bigger, but they made just 4 of 10 free-throw attempts in the first eight minutes.

Brennan Traub scored eight points in the second quarter, and Croft added four as Waverly added four points to its lead, taking a 40-21 lead into the halftime locker room.

Tomasso canned a pair of 3-pointers and pumped in 12 points in the third quarter, and junior Isaiah Bretz and Brennan Traub each scored four points to fuel a 27-6 blitz that gave the Wolverines a 67-27 lead entering the final eight minutes.

“We played well tonight — 1 through 10, all 10 guys played well,” said Judson.

“I’ve been pleased with how Isaiah Bretz is starting to buy in. He was a late addition to our team, and he’s starting to figure things out,” noted Judson. “And, we’ve playing Nate DeLill a lot at the small forward spot, and he’s been playing well.

“I think these games are going  to help us down the road,” added Judson. “It allows these guys to get a taste of it, and make them understand they’re as big a part of our success as anyone else.”

Tomasso led Waverly with 22 points, three steals, and two assists, while Brennan Traub had 16 points, five steals, and two assists, and Croft had 11 points, seven boards, two assists, and one blocked shot.

Junior Isaiah Bretz scored nine points in the win, while Liam Traub had seven points and three rebounds, junior Nate DeLill added six points, sophomore Jake Benjamin grabbed four rebounds, and senior Declan Murphy blocked two shots.

Waverly, now 6-3, travels to Lansing Friday night.

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WAVERLY JV ROLLS PAST NEWARK VALLEY, 63-41

WAVERLY JV ROLLS PAST NEWARK VALLEY, 63-41

January 5, 2022 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly raced out to an 18-point first-quarter lead, and led by 34 points at halftime on its way to a 63-41 win over Newark Valley here Wednesday evening in IAC South Large School junior varsity boys basketball action.

Jake VanHouten pumped in nine points and Carter George scored eight points to fuel Waverly’s 23-5 first-quarter blitz.

The junior Wolverines kept it rolling in the second quarter. VanHouten scored seven points and Nehemiah Anthony added five points in a 23-7 run that extended Waverly’s lead to 46-12 at the half.

VanHouten led Waverly with 21 points and six rebounds, while George had 12 points and three rebounds, and Nehemiah had nine points and four rebounds.

Thomas Morley scored seven points in the win, while Bryce Laforest had six points, three steals, and two assists, Alex Burgess added four points and six rebounds, and Jon Searles scored four points and hauled down 10 rebounds.

Waverly returns to action Friday at Lansing.

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WAVERLY SWEEPS NOTRE DAME

WAVERLY SWEEPS NOTRE DAME

January 4, 2022 Tim Birney

WAVERLY —  Junior Victoria Houseknecht led a balanced Waverly line-up in a sweep of Notre Dame here Tuesday afternoon in IAC Large School Division girls bowling action at the Valley Bowling Center.

The Lady Wolverines opened with a 704-612 win in the first game, then closed out the sweep with wins of 753-670 and 754-722 for a total-pinfall victory of 2,211 to 2,004.

Victoria Houseknecht closed out her 508 series with a 200 game, while sophomore Rachel Houseknecht shot a 483, junior Shantilly Decker rolled a 441,  freshman Serenity Conklin added a 418, and senior Sage Garrison tacked on a 361.

Jade Nordin led Notre Dame with a 499 series.

Waverly returns to action Thursday when it hosts Newark Valley at the Valley Bowling Center.

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VANDERPOOL LEADS WAVERLY IN SWEEP OF NOTRE DAME

VANDERPOOL LEADS WAVERLY IN SWEEP OF NOTRE DAME

January 4, 2022 Tim Birney

WAVERLY —  Junior Zach Vanderpool topped three Waverly bowlers with 600 series in a sweep of Notre Dame here Tuesday afternoon in IAC Large School Division boys bowling action at the Valley Bowling Center.

The Wolverines topped the short-handed Crusaders by at least 402 pins in all three games for a total pinfall victory of 3,065 to 1,728.

Vanderpool rolled games of 206, 199, and 279 for a match-high 684 series, while junior Ashton Pritchard shot games of 201, 206, and 199 for a 505 series, and sophomore Trenton Sindoni also rolled a 606 on games of 197, 209, and 200.

Eighth-grader Tristan Campbell added a 596 for the Wolverines, including a 243 in the opening game, while 8th-grader Derek Johnson added a 538, including a 204 in the second game, and freshman Dom Wood tacked on a 489 series.

Ashton Colonio led Notre Dame with a 508 series.

Waverly returns to action Thursday when it hosts Newark Valley.

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WAVERLY BATTLES TOUGH BEFORE FADING AGAINST TOP-RANKED NEWARK VALLEY

WAVERLY BATTLES TOUGH BEFORE FADING AGAINST TOP-RANKED NEWARK VALLEY

January 4, 2022 Tim Taylor

NEWARK VALLEY — Waverly climbed out of an early 11-point deficit, but could not match Newark Valley's 12-3 run midway through the game as the Cardinals eventually pulled away for a 72-52 IAC South Large School victory here Tuesday.

"It's a great rivalry," NV coach Greg Schweiger said. "It's great to have them to push us and us to push them, and you get pretty good basketball. That was a fun game to be part of and coach.

"I told the girls before it that it takes four quarters to beat a team like that, and that's absolutely what it takes. So I'm real proud of my guys."

Schweiger also credited the effort of the Wolverines.

"Hats off to them," he said. "They're going to shoot threes and they made a lot. (Olivia) Nittinger had an impactful game for them, but we just had to keep working, and taking whatever they threw at us and try to give some of it back to them.

"That's the type of opponent and that's the type of game that makes your team better."

Waverly coach Bob Kelly commended Newark Valley's effort.

"They handled the pressure pretty well," he said. "They get in the passing lanes and they do a good job Obviously, some easy buckets inside."

The coach also applauded his own team's effort.

"They play hard. It's a tough group," Kelly said. "Trying to juggle in the foul troubles and trying to deal with that, it's tough because it takes away from your game plan, but we fought hard. It was an uphill battle against a very good team."

The visitors battled back a couple of times to keep NV's lead to single digits, but the Cardinals' size, depth and experience eventually began wearing the Wolverines down. It didn't help that Waverly had just two reserves on the bench.

The first separation began when Hayley Beebe's steal and layup with 52 seconds remaining in the half gave NV a 38-28 lead. The Cardinals pushed their lead to 13, but Addison Westbrook drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to make it a 41-31 game at the half.

Newark Valley took control in the first minute of the second half with 7-0 run to make it 48-31.

"That's when they were going a little bit over the top of us and getting some shots inside, made for difficult things," Kelly said. "You want to come out of that halftime with a good start. We kind of dug ourselves a little hole there. It was a battle from that point on."

"That's kind of our motto, coming out in the third quarter and taking control of the game, especially a tight game like that," Schweiger said. "But again, they answered too.

"We want to come out and, maybe change some things up, make some adjustments at half time, show them something different they haven't seen, and really come with the intensity in that first couple of minutes of the third to establish this is our game and we're going to do what we can do to take it."

Still, the Wolverines refused to break and trimmed the lead to 49-42 with the help of two treys from Kennedy Westbrook and another by Nittinger in a 51-second span.

The Cardinals closed out the final five minutes of the third period with a 14-2 surge, then scored the first seven points of the final frame to build a 70-44 cushion and put the game out of reach.

Newark Valley went on a 9-0 tear early in the contest. Hannah Ferguson knocked down a trey and followed that with a basket off a teammate's miss to start the scoring. Taylor Benjamin scored on a layup and Cha Gardner put back a rebound.

Nittinger would finally get the Wolverines on the scoreboard around the 5-minute mark with the first of her four threes.

Following another Ferguson trey and bucket which made it a 14-3 game, Waverly sank four consecutive free throws by Peyton Shaw and Kennedy Westbrook, then Paige Robinson added three straight baskets to cut the lead to 16-13.

Ferguson, who pumped out a game-high 31 points, made it 18-13 at quarter's end with a late bucket.

"Hannah has had some cold nights here recently, so it was great to see her break out, but it's balance," Schweiger said. "You saw it in the score. We've got that balance going on."

A Ferguson three in the second quarter pushed the lead to 25-15, but a Nittinger trey and Addison Westbrook basket closed the gap to 25-20.

Ferguson capped a 6-point burst with a three, making it 31-20. Back-to-back treys by Shaw and Nittinger narrowed the lead to 36-28 heading into the final minute.

In what was a very physical contest, the Wolverines committed 22 fouls with two players drawing four violations and four others having three apiece.

Ferguson accounted for all five NV 3-pointers. Cha Gardner contributed a double-double for NV with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Beebe finished with 11 points, Benjamin had 10 and Gracie Gardner tacked on another eight as the Cardinals improved to 9-1 on the season with their eighth straight victory.

Waverly Nittinger and Kennedy Westbrook paced the Wolverines (5-3) with 13 points apiece. Addison Westbrook added nine, Shaw chipped in with seven, Robinson scored six and Lourden Benjamin added four.

While Waverly has some things to work on before the next meeting if these two teams, Kelly couldn't fault the Wolverines' effort against the state's top Class C team.

"It's a good group that works their tails off," he said. "They have no quit in them and they work hard. We just have to continue with it. We'll see them again and we'll see what happens then."

That will be Jan. 19 at Waverly.

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WAVERLY'S DEFENSE LEADS TO 90-30 ROUT OF EDISON

WAVERLY'S DEFENSE LEADS TO 90-30 ROUT OF EDISON

January 3, 2022 Tim Birney

ELMIRA HEIGHTS — Waverly’s defense forced the issue, and the Wolverines blew the game wide open in the second quarter on its way to a 90-30 rout of Thomas A. Edison here Monday night in IAC South Large School boys basketball action.

“I think our depth and our guard play was pretty solid early on,” said Waverly coach Lou Judson. “Our press really bothered them … and a lot of our offense was created from our defense.

“And, we shot the ball pretty good, too,” he added.

The Wolverines shot 56 percent (39 of 70) from the field, including 47 percent (9 of 19) from behind the 3-point arc.

Sophomore Joey Tomasso pumped in 15 points in the first quarter, and seniors Liam Traub and Davis Croft each scored four to help the Wolverines to a 26-13 lead after the first eight minutes.

Senior Brennan Traub buried a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points, and senior Brady Blauvelt added four points in a 21-2 blitz that extended the Waverly lead to 47-15 at the half.

Seven different Wolverines put their names in the scoring column in the third quarter as part of a 26-9 run that put them up 73-24 entering the final eight minutes.

Waverly recorded 23 steals in the game, including 15 in the first half.

Tomasso had 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, seven steals, and four assists, and Brennan Traub scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and dished out four assists to lead Waverly, while Blauvelt had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, 11 rebounds — including eight offensive boards, and one blocked shot.

Liam Traub had 11 points, four boards, four assists, and one blocked shot in the win, while Croft had 11 points, eight rebounds, seven steals, and three assists, sophomore Jake Benjamin chipped in with six points and seven boards, and junior Nate DeLill had four rebounds, four steals, and one blocked shot.

Waverly, now 5-3, hosts Newark Valley Wednesday.

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FIRST-QUARTER BLITZ PROPELS WAVERLY JV TO 69-30 WIN OVER EDISON

FIRST-QUARTER BLITZ PROPELS WAVERLY JV TO 69-30 WIN OVER EDISON

January 3, 2022 Tim Birney

ELMIRA HEIGHTS — Waverly raced out to a 24-point first-quarter lead, and rolled to a 69-30 win over Edison here Monday night in IAC South Large School junior varsity boys action.

Bryce LaForest drained a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the first eight minutes, while Jake VanHouten and Thomas Morley, who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, scored seven points apiece to fuel a 26-2 blitz.

VanHouten scored six more points in the second quarter in a 14-6 run that gave the junior Wolverines a 40-8 lead at the half.

Nehemiah Anthony scored six points in the third quarter, and Carter George added four as Waverly added to its lead with a 17-11 spurt, carrying a 57-19 lead into the final eight minutes.

LaForest led Waverly with 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and four steals while VanHouten had 15 points and nine rebounds,  Anthony had 10 points, four assists, and three steals, and Morley had seven points and three rebounds.

Carter had six points and three steals in the win, while Nick Mattison added five points, Alex Burgess chipped in with four points and 10 rebounds, Jon Searles hauled down 10 rebounds, and Ben Shaw grabbed three boards.

Waverly hosts Newark Valley Wednesday.

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