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By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | February 1, 2022 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


WAVERLY — Waverly raced out to a 19-2 lead, and cruised to a 60-29 win over Notre Dame to clinch the junior varsity boys basketball IAC South Large School Division title.

The division title is 10th in 14 years for coach Michael Croft, who registered his 200th career win earlier this season.

Carter George scored five points, including an old-fashioned three-point play, and Jake VanHouten added four as the Wolverines opened the game with a 15-2 first-quarter run.

Jon Searles added a bucket, and VanHouten made two free throws in the opening minute of the second quarter to stretch lead to 19-2.

George added a 3-pointer in the second quarter in a 13-8 spurt to extend the lead to 28-10 at the half.

Searles scored six points in the third quarter, and Nehemiah Anthony connected on a 3-pointer in a 15-10 advantage that gave the Wolverines 43-20 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Bryce LaForest knocked down a 3-pointer and scored five points in the final stanza, and Searles added five points as Waverly put the game away with a 17-9 run.

Searles led Waverly with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot, while VanHouten had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and LaForest had nine points and three boards.

George added eight points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the win, while Anthony chipped in with seven points and five rebounds, and Ben Shaw pulled down four boards.

Jeremiah Parker led Notre Dame with 10 points.

Waverly is scheduled to play at Watkins Glen Friday.


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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).