PICCO NAMED SECOND-TEAM CLASS B ALL-STATE

PICCO NAMED SECOND-TEAM CLASS B ALL-STATE

July 15, 2021 Tim Birney

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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CLEAN SWEEP! PICCO WINS PRINCIPAL'S AWARD, WRIGHT WINS FORBES AWARD

CLEAN SWEEP! PICCO WINS PRINCIPAL'S AWARD, WRIGHT WINS FORBES AWARD

June 22, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — It was a clean sweep in 2020-21 as Waverly athletes were crowned the top female and male three-sport athletes in the Valley.

Senior Gabby Picco was announced as the Valley Principal’s Award winner Tuesday night at the annual Waverly All-Sports Banquet, while her classmate Collin Wright was announced as the Gary Forbes Memorial Award Winner.

Picco, who is in the Top 10 in her class and a member of the National Honor Society,  earned five letters for varsity soccer, and four for golf.

She is a two-time all-state performer on the soccer pitch — third-team as a sophomore, and fourth-team as a junior. (There were no all-state teams compiled this year.)

On the links, she a four-time state qualifier, and a four-time team Section IV champion. She also defied the odds (67 million-to-1), and holds a state record for two holes-in-one in the same round.

As a senior, Picco switched from golf to track & field, and earned a pair of Section IV medals for the Lady Wolverines.

She also won the 2020-21 All-State Heisman High School Scholarship Award.

In the fall, Picco will play Division I soccer at LaSalle, where she will major in business.

Wright,  who is Top Ten in his class and a member of the National Honor Society, holds the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase,  and the 3,200-meter run for both indoor and outdoor track programs.

Wright is a three-time qualifier for the New York State Cross Country Championships, and a state qualifier as a sophomore in the steeplechase. (His final two seasons to duplicate the feat were wiped out by the Covid-19 pandemic — no season in 2020, and no postseason in 2021.)

In the fall, Wright will attend Binghamton University to major in Biology on the pre-Med track.

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WAVERLY LANDS TWO ON DIVISIONAL ALL-STAR TEAM; THREE RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTION

WAVERLY LANDS TWO ON DIVISIONAL ALL-STAR TEAM; THREE RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTION

June 16, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly landed two players on the IAC South Large School Divisional all-star team, and three more on the honorable mention list in recent voting by the division’s coaches.

Junior Aubrey Ennis and freshman Olivia Robinson earned first-team honors, while senior Alyssa Sindoni and Sidney Tomasso, and junior Bella Romano received honorable mention recognition.

FIRST TEAM
Aubrey Ennis, junior, catcher, Waverly:
A powerhouse at the plate, Ennis led the Wolverines in nearly every category at the plate. She hit a team-leading .475, and led the team with 29 hits (61 at-bats), seven doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI, an .836 on-base percentage, and a 1.385 OPS. She also scored 18 runs and stole two bases.

Olivia Robinson, freshman, outfield, Waverly: Fast hands and a quick bat, Robinson hit line drives for the Lady Wolverines from Day 1 of her varsity season. She was second on the with a .379 average (22 hits in 58 ABs), with three doubles, one triple, eight RBI, two stolen bases, and 19 runs scored. She also walked seven times, was hit by pitches six times, and had a .493 on-base percentage.

Other players to receive first-team divisional honors were: Olivia Switzer, Lawson Bigelow, Ava Mustico, and Shannon Maloney — Notre Dame; Gabby Milazzo, Payton Littlefield, Sidney Cooper, and Leah Austin-Whittaker — Thomas A. Edison; Allie Wandell and Brianna Beebe — Newark Valley.

HONORABLE MENTION
Alyssa Sindoni, senior, second base, Waverly:
A good glove at second base, Sindoni hit .283 (16 hits in 56 ABs) with three doubles, 14 runs scored, and three stolen bases. She was second on the team with 17 RBI. She drew 12 walks, and had an on-base percentage of .412.

Sidney Tomasso, senior, shortstop, Waverly:
In her only season of varsity softball, Tomasso enjoyed a good all-around season. She hit .338 (24 hits in 71 ABs) with three doubles, and eight RBI. She led the team with three triples, 24 runs scored, and six stolen bases.

Bella Romano, junior, third base, Waverly: A very good defensive third baseman, Romano hit .350 (21 hits in 60 ABs) with five doubles, 15 RBI, seven runs scored, and three stolen bases.

Other players to receive honorable mention recognition were: Payton Miller, Ana Milazzo, and Ellie Mustico; Bailey Mahwir and Mallory Mowchan — Thomas A. Edison; Haley Beebe — Newark Valley.

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WHEELER WINS GOLD, WRIGHT BRONZE TO LEAD STRONG WAVERLY EFFORT AT SECTION IV SHOWCASE

WHEELER WINS GOLD, WRIGHT BRONZE TO LEAD STRONG WAVERLY EFFORT AT SECTION IV SHOWCASE

June 12, 2021 Tim Birney

MARATHON — Senior Caden Wheeler won a gold medal, and his classmate Collin Wright won a bronze here Saturday to lead a strong Waverly effort at the Section IV Track & Field Showcase, which featured athletes from nearly every school — 499 in all, regardless of size.

In all, the Wolverines won six medals — three by the boys team and three by the girls team.

Wheeler won two medals, including one on a relay, while senior Gabby Picco, junior Abby Knolles, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook were all part of two medal-winning relays for the Lady Wolverines.

BOYS
Wheeler won the long jump with a personal-best 21-feet, 1-inch, but noted he didn’t quite meet his goal.

“It’s a good feeling to win,” said Wheeler. “I didn’t quite get the results I was looking for in terms of distance and overall performance, but I’m happy.”

Wheeler said he had his sights set on the school record of 22-feet, 1-inch.

“I’m not exactly sure what happened, maybe it was the weather,” said Wheeler. “I just don’t put it all together.

“My first and fourth jumps were the only ones marked, I faulted the other four times,” added Chandler. “I believe one of the ones I faulted on may have been it.”

Chandler was pleased to have the opportunity to compete.

“It was good to have a season,” he said. “Last season got cut, so it made us worry we wouldn’t have a season. Just to be out here, even with a short season, was nice.”

Wright finished third in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:41.4.

“I felt great,” said Wright. “I feel like I ended on the right note for my career.

“I wanted to PR and cut down my time a little bit, and I definitely did that,” added Wright, who knocked more than two seconds off his previous-best time.

Wright ran in third of fourth place for the first two laps, but dropped to fifth early in the third lap. About midway through the final lap, Wright made his more and passed a pair of runners.

“Once the pack condensed a little bit, that’s what prepped me for the move I made on the last lap.

That was the last lap of my high school career, so in that last 150 or so, I just wanted to give it everything I had,” said Wright. “I feel like I laid it down pretty good.”

Like Chandler, Wright was pleased to have the opportunity to compete in 2021.

“It was awesome. It was a crazy year, but I’ll take everything we had,” said Wright. “I really appreciate the opportunity to run, to do what I love doing.”

Wheeler teamed with freshman Micah Chandler, junior Sam VanDyke,and senior Alex Gadow to finish fifth in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:37.24.

VanDyke finished 12th in the 400-meter dash in 54.87 seconds

GIRLS
Picco, Knolles, and Kennedy Westbrook teamed with sophomore Natalie Garrity to finish fifth in the 400-meter relay in a time of 53.94 seconds.

The trio teamed with 8th-grader Addison Westbrook to finish fifth in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:28.23,

Junior Olivia NIttinger also won a fifth-place medal, clearing the bar in the pole vault at 8-feet.

Eighth-grader Harper Minaker finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:29.41.

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

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

June 11, 2021 Tim Birney

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.

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MISSED OPPORTUNTIES PROVE COSTLY; WAVERLY FALLS TO SUS. VALLEY IN CLASS B SEMIFINALS

MISSED OPPORTUNTIES PROVE COSTLY; WAVERLY FALLS TO SUS. VALLEY IN CLASS B SEMIFINALS

June 10, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — Waverly’s 11-9 loss to Susquehanna Valley Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the Section IV, Class B baseball playoffs was a case of missed opportunities.

The Wolverines left 12 runners on base, including 11 in scoring position. They left the bases loaded three times, including in the sixth and seventh innings.

“We had a lot of opportunities, and we didn’t take advantage of enough of them,” said Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee.

“I think we had a runner at third with less than two outs four times, and we just couldn’t get them in.

“It’s hard to say we lost because of one particular thing, but that timely hitting that we’ve displayed all season just didn’t show up today,” noted McDuffee.

“This is a pressure cooker for a young team. I think they now see that those little things we can get away with in some games; you’re not going to get away with in the postseason,” added McDuffee. “Those things are going to get exposed. And, Susquehanna Valley exposed them today.”

Waverly had its ace on the mound in junior Caden Hollywood, who entered the game with a 6-0 record this season, and a record of 13-0 for his career.

Hollywood struggled to consistently throw strikes, but battled through five innings. He suffered his first career loss, allowing six runs — three earned — on four hits, while striking out eight and walking seven in five innings. He threw 118 pitches.

“Today was not Caden (Hollywood) … but he kept us in the game,” said McDuffee. “When he’s a little off, he still battles, and he did that today.”

Hollywood walked two of the first three batters he faced, and SV had runners on first and third with one out, but he escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts.

In the bottom of the first, SV’s 6-10 right-hander Nick Stilloe retired Waverly’s first two batters, but freshman Joey Tomasso and Hollywood worked back-to-back walks, and sophomore Ty Beeman laced a line-drive RBI single to left field to plate the game’s first run.

Hollywood retired the first two batters he faced in the second inning, then walked back-to-back batters, before finishing off the inning with his fifth strikeout.

The Wolverines appeared poised for a big rally in the second inning, but only managed one run.

Juniors Kaden Wheeler and Brady Blauvelt led off the frame with back-to-back singles, then senior Nick VanHouten laid down a sacrifice bunt, but SV failed to cover first base, and he reached to load the bases.

Stilloe buckled down and nearly escaped unscathed, but a passed ball allowed Waverly to up its advantage to 2-0.

Stilloe’s efforts seemed to turn the tide of momentum in the game.

“Sometimes when that happens, teams can rally behind it, and I think you saw that a little bit,” said McDuffee. “I think that motivated Sus. Valley … it’s like ‘hey we just avoided a big inning, let’s go get them now.’

“(Sus. Valley) was playing their infield up in the second inning, and I think that’s because they knew how we’d been hitting the ball, and they didn’t want to fall too far behind.

“I wish we could have responded a little better,” added McDuffee. “A couple hits there and it’s a different ball game.”

The Sabers took advantage of a two-out error in the third inning to score a pair of runs, tying the game at 2-2.

The Wolverines went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third — the only time either team was retired in order in the contest.

Susquehanna Valley scored three times in the top of the fourth inning, a rally capped by a two-run inside-the-park home run by Logan Haskell, who hit a rocket well over the head of Waverly center fielder Thomas Hand, to make it 5-2.

The rest of the game was a series of near-misses for the Wolverines.

Wheeler and Blauvelt led off the home half of the fourth inning with back-to-back singles,, and Hand’s one-out single loaded the bases.

Freshman Jay Pipher plated a pair of runs with a two-run, line-drive single to center field to close the gap to 5-4, and knock Stilloe out of the game.

Reliever Quinton Bowman retired the next two Waverly batters to preserve the lead.

The Sabers used a walk, a stolen base — one of the team’s 12 steals in the game — and an error in the fifth inning to up its lead to 6-4.

Beeman walked and stole second to lead off the bottom of the fifth, then took third on a single by Brennan Traub, who stole second moments later.

With one out, Beeman scored on a wild pitch, but Bowman retired the next two Waverly batters to keep SV on top, at 6-5.

The Sabers upped its lead to 7-5 in the top of the sixth against Waverly reliever Jay Pipher, then tacked on three more runs with two outs on a hit batsman and two walks that forced home runs to make it 10-5.

Hand and Pipher drew walks for the Wolverines to start the home half of the sixth, prompting Sus. Valley to hand the ball to its third pitcher of the game — Scotty Howard.

With the score at 10-6 following a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of freshman Joey Tomasso, Hollywood stroked a line-drive single to right field, and Beeman followed with an RBI single to left field to make it 10-7.

After Traub was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Hollywood scooted home on a wild pitch to trim the deficit to 10-8. A walk to Blauvelt re-loaded the bases, but Howard induced an inning-ending grounder to first base to avoid further damage.

SV tacked on a run in the top of the seventh to increase its lead to 11-8, but Waverly wouldn’t go quietly.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hand was hit by a pitch, Pipher walked, and Tomasso lined a single to left field to load the bases with no outs.

Two pitches later, Hand attempted to score on a wild pitch, but was cut down at the plate.

Hollywood then walked to re-load the bases, and Beeman drew a four-pitch walk to bring home another run, closing the gap to 11-9.

The Sabers then handed the ball to its fourth pitcher — Haskell, and he responded by getting an infield pop and a groundball to third base for a force out to end the game.

“It’s a tough way to lose,” said McDuffee. “But, we didn’t stop playing and battling. We pressed (SV) hard — every out was hard for them to get.

“I’m proud of my kids,” he noted. “This is a young team, and we’re going to do some damage over the next few years.

“You know what was key today? Maybe we didn’t win today, but the program won because we’re prepared for Sectionals for the next three years,” added McDuffee. “This was a good experience for all these kids.”

Beeman had two hits, one run scored, and three RBI to pace Waverly’s 12-hit (all singles) attack, while Wheeler singled twice and scored two runs, and Blauvelt singled twice and scored one run.

Pipher singled, scored one run, and drove in two for the Wolverines, while Tomasso singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run, Hollywood and Hand each singled and scored one run, and Traub and VanHouten each added one hit.

Pipher was tagged for four runs on three hits and three walks in one inning of relief for the Wolverines, while Beeman allowed one run on one hit and one walk in one inning.

Waverly wraps up its season at 15-5, and will return eight starters in 2022, as well as several grads from a JV team that finished the season at 11-2.

“We have a nice 9th and 10th-grade crew coming in, and they will be competing with these guys for spots,” said McDuffee. “I’m really excited about that.

“You’re going to be hearing about this team for the next few years,” he added.

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GAMBLE PAYS OFF; WAVERLY TOPS DRYDEN, 9-1, IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS

GAMBLE PAYS OFF; WAVERLY TOPS DRYDEN, 9-1, IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS

June 8, 2021 Tim Birney

WAVERLY — With an abbreviated postseason in 2021, Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee gambled on a freshman and it paid off with a 9-1 win over Dryden here Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Section IV, Class B baseball playoffs.

With the semifinals slated for Thursday, McDuffee chose to hand the ball to freshman Joey Tomasso Tuesday for his first varsity start, instead of his ace, junior Caden Hollywood, who was 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA heading into today’s action.

Prior to Tuesday, Tomasso had just 7 2/3 innings to his name with an ERA of 4.57.

“I was hoping we could avoid throwing (Caden) Hollywood at all,” said McDuffee. “The plan was to go with Joey, get the lead and use someone else to finish.

“But, it was a close game and we had to go to Hollywood,” noted McDuffee. “You have to play to win the game, or else you don’t play tomorrow.

“The kids responded well, and we were able to limit (Hollywood’s) pitches,” he added.

Tomasso did not get a decision, but he threw four innings, allowing one run on two hits. He fanned four and walked seven.

“The attention today should be on Joey Tomasso,” said McDuffee. “He’s a freshman, and he came in here today in a real hot spot. He had no idea he was pitching until about 40 minutes before the game.

“He jumped on the mound, and got the job done,” noted McDuffee. “He pounded the strike zone.

“I really felt if he got through four or five innings, and just gave up three runs, we should be OK.

“He gave up one run over four innings, then got the big hit that got us the lead,” continued McDuffee. “The sky is the limit for that kid. I look forward to watching him grow for the next three years.

“Joey really set us up for the remainder of the Sectionals,” added McDuffee.

The Wolverines entered the game with a 14-4 record, including two wins over Dryden — both close games.

“We beat this team twice in the regular season, and it’s hard to beat a good team three times, especially when the third time is in Sectionals,” said McDuffee. “It’s only happened a couple times in my career.”

While the game ended with Waverly on the plus-side of a 9-1 decision, Dryden had the game’s only run after 4 1/2 innings.

“That is definitely one of the more misleading final scores you will ever see,” said McDuffee.

“Hats off to Dryden,” noted McDuffee. “It’s the coach’s (Andrew Lampman) last year, and I think he did a nice job of turning that program around. I feel bad to see them go home.”

Tomasso look unhittable at times. He struck out the side in order in the first inning, and retired the first seven batters he faced before encountering problems in the third inning.

With one out in the third, Owen Strickland legged out an infield single. With two outs, Tomasso walked Nolan Weik and Colton Dow to load the bases.

Tomasso appeared poised to escape the jam, but hit Connor Boothroyd on the hand with an 0-2 pitch to force home a run. He retired the next batter on a groundout to end the inning.

In the fourth inning, Tomasso retired the first two batters he faced, but an error kept the inning alive for the Purple Lions. After walks to Strickland and Wyatt Morgan loaded the bases, Tomasso registered a strikeout to leave the bases loaded for the second inning in a row.

In the top of the fifth, Tomasso struck out the first batter, but Boothroyd followed with a single to left field, and McDuffee made the move for Hollywood.

Hollywood quickly picked Boothroyd off first, then induced a groundout to end the inning with just three pitches under his belt.

Dryden starter John Pascarella, meanwhile, handcuffed Waverly for the first four innings, allowing bloop singles to Hollywood, and junior Kaden Wheeler, and an infield single to junior Thomas Hand. Pascarella, a 6-3 lefty, picked two of the three runners off first base.

With one out in the fifth inning, senior Nick VanHouten worked a walk. Hand then pounded a pitch into the plate down the third-base line. With Dryden’s third baseman ready to pounce once it rolled foul, the ball rolled until it hit third base, giving Hand a single and advancing VanHouten to second base.

“The ball rolling up the line was a big play,” said McDuffee. “If that ball rolls foul, who knows what happens; it could have changed the game.

“And, give Thomas Hand a lot of credit, he really hustled down the line,” added McDuffee.

With two outs, Tomasso hammered a 1-0 pitch over the center fielder’s head for a two-RBI double to give the Wolverines a 2-1 lead. After fouling off five pitches, Hollywood drove home Tomasso with an RBI single up the middle to make it 3-1.

McDuffee credits a new approach this season to his team’s hitting success with two outs.

“We have a really young team, and we’ve been trying to teach the mental approach to the game.

“When we brought in coach (Brendon) Hitchcock that was his angle, teach the mentality of the game, and teach it to the younger kids,” said McDuffee.

“I thought it would take a year or so, but they took to it and really got it in four or five weeks,” he added. “Next thing you know, we’ve had two-out hits left and right; and there’s nothing better than two-out hits.”

Hollywood retired the Purple Lions in order in the top of the sixth, and the Wolverines blew the game open in the home half of the frame.

Junior Brennan Traub reached on a dropped third strike to lead off the inning, but was quickly replaced on the base paths by Wheeler on a fielder’s choice.

After a single by junior Brady Blauvelt put runners on first and second, a potential double-play ball turned into a run when it was misplayed. It also spelled the end of the day on the mound for Pascarella.

After a walk to Hand loaded the bases, freshman Jay Pipher stroked a line-drive RBI single to center field, and Tomasso worked a walk to force home a run to up the Waverly lead to 6-1.

Hollywood provided the big blow in the inning with a groundball single up the middle to plate two runs for an 8-1 advantage. A two-out error plated Waverly’s final run to make it 9-1.

VanHouten pitched around of walks in the seventh inning to close out the win for the Wolverines.

McDuffee tipped his cap to Pascarella after the game.

“No excuses, we just took a while to figure it out,” he said.  “(Pascarella) hit his spots. He did a nice job today.”

Hollywood earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief. He threw just 13 pitches. VanHouten walked two in a scoreless inning of relief.

Hollywood had three hits and three RBI to lead Waverly at the plate, while Hand singled twice and scored two runs, and Tomasso singled, scored two runs, and had three RBI.

Freshman Jay Pipher singled, scored one run, and drove in one run in the win, while Wheeler and Blauvelt each singled and scored one run, and VanHouten scored a pair of runs.

The second-seeded Wolverines are still awaiting their semi-final opponent as the Susquehanna Valley-Oneonta game was postponed Tuesday. The third-seeded Sabers (8-6) will host the Yellowjackets (7-7) Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s all hands on deck now. We have to get through the next game,” said McDuffee. “The hardest game is always the next one.

“We’re either going to get Sus. Valley or Oneonta. They both come out of the STAC, so we’re going to get a quality opponent,” noted McDuffee.

“It’s usually us going to Oneonta every year. Every sport in this school goes to Oneonta,” laughed McDuffee. “Now, they can get on a hot bus and ride two hours to get here.

“Or, if it’s Sus. Valley … well, they eliminated us two years ago,” added McDuffee.

Waverly will host the winner of the Oneonta-Susquehanna Valley game Thursday at 5 p.m.

An added element in the Class B playoffs was eighth-seeded Greene-Oxford’s upset, 4-1, win over top-seeded Windsor Tuesday. Waverly is now the highest seed remaining and will play at home as long as it wins.

“Thursday’s game is even bigger now,” said McDuffee.

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WAVERLY ADVANCES THREE AND A RELAY TO 'SHOWCASE

WAVERLY ADVANCES THREE AND A RELAY TO 'SHOWCASE

June 8, 2021 Tim Birney

TRUMANSBURG — Waverly senior Caden Wheeler and junior Sam VanDyke each qualified for Saturday’s Section IV Track & Field Championships in two events, while junior Matt Watson and freshman Valentino Rossi will be Tioga’s lone representatives at the meet.

Under COVID rules in 2021, the top two finishers in each event here at Tuesday’s Class C Championships advance to Saturday’s “Showcase.”

Wheeler won the long jump with a leap of 21-feet, while Rossi was fifth at 19-feet, 6-inches and Watson was sixth at 19-feet, 3 1/2-inches.

The Waverly foursome of freshman Micah Chandler, senior Alex Gadow, VanDyke, and Wheeler won the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:33.88.

VanDyke placed second in the 400-meter dash in 53.95 seconds, and Waverly sophomore Treyton Moore was fifth at 55.4 seconds.

Waverly senior Collin Wright is also headed to Saturday’s “Showcase: after finishing second in the 1,600-meter run in a time of 4:42.2.

Watson finished third in the 200-meter dash in 23,74 seconds.

The Waverly foursome of Wheeler, Chandler, senior Ryan Lambert, and Moore finished fourth in the 400-meter relay in a time of 45.91 seconds, and Tioga’s quartet of Watson, senior Nate Jaye, junior Chris Walsh, and Rossi finished fifth in 47.14 seconds.

Waverly junior Ryan Clark finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 96-feet, 5-inches. He was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 33-feet, 4 1/2-inches.

VanDyke was seventh in the high jump at 5-feet, 6-inches.

The Section IV Showcase will be held Saturday at Marathon High School.

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MINAKER, 1600 RELAY ADVANCE TO SECTION IV TRACK & FIELD SHOWCASE

MINAKER, 1600 RELAY ADVANCE TO SECTION IV TRACK & FIELD SHOWCASE

June 8, 2021 Tim Birney

TRUMANSBURG —  Waverly 8th-grader Harper Minaker, and the 1,600-meter relay team will represent Waverly at Saturday’s Section IV Track & Field Championships.

Under COVID rules in 2021, the top two finishers in each event here at Tuesday’s Class C Championships advance to Saturday’s “Showcase.”

Minaker finished second in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 5:34.24.

The Waverly foursome of junior Abigail Knolles, 8th-grader Addison Westbrook, senior Gabby Picco, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook finished second in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:28.22.

Knolles finished third in the 400-meter dash in 1:06.52, and Waverly 8th-grader Paige Robinson was sixth in 1:08.53.

The Waverly foursome of Knolles, sophomore Natalie Garrity, Picco, and Kennedy Westbrook finished third in the 400-meter relay in a time of 53.25 seconds, and the Tioga quartet of Nichols, junior Kate Burrowes, senior Jenna Smolinsky, and Walsh finished fourth in 56.2 seconds.

Waverly junior Olivia Nittinger placed fourth in the pole vault at 8-feet, 6-inches, and Walsh was fifth at 8-feet. Robinson finished tied for sixth at 7-feet.

Garrity finished fifth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.56 seconds, and Kennedy Westbrook was sixth in 13.64 seconds.

Garrity tied for eighth in the long jump at 13-feet, 7-inches.

Nittinger finished eighth in the shot put with a heave of 22-feet, 4-inches. She was ninth in the discus.

The Section IV Showcase will be held Saturday at Marathon High School.

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HUDDLESTON SECOND, CROFT AND SHAMBO FOURTH AT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT; WESTERVELT WINS NOVICE TITLE

HUDDLESTON SECOND, CROFT AND SHAMBO FOURTH AT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT; WESTERVELT WINS NOVICE TITLE

June 8, 2021 Tim Taylor

ODESSA — Waverly's singles player Sheldon Huddleston, and the doubles pairing of Ashlen Croft and Rachel Shambo had to wait a day to finish their brackets at the IAC Tennis Championships.

Huddleston would finish second, falling to the top seed in three sets, while Croft and Shambo placed fourth.

"Unfortunately, we didn't come out victorious, but they were very happy with how they played and how well they fought in their matches," Waverly coach Kathy Girolamo said.

Huddleston faced Edison's Cyrus Albertalli in the fourth singles championship match. The Spartan standout came into the finals without dropping a set in his first two matches, winning 6-0, 6-0, and 6-1, 6-1.

He would find quickly that Huddleston would pose a greater challenge as the Wolverine player would win the opening set by a 6-4 score. Albertalli would rally to take the next two by 6-4 verdicts.

The tournament started Monday at Newark Valley and Huddleston started his day with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Trumansburg's Drew Civiletto in the quarterfinals.

He took on Elmira Notre Dame's Kate Welliver in the semifinals, winning, 6-1, 6-3.

Croft and Shambo took on the T-burg duo of Jaedyn Everhart and Julia Wright in the third-place match, falling by 6-3 and 6-4 scores.

"It was a well-fought match," Girolamo said. "It just didn't go their way."

The Wolverine tandem bested Southern Cayuga's Emma Gentry and Beverly Perez in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 7-5.

They met Notre Dame's Jade Nordin and Jeremy Qin in the semis and won by a pair of 6-4 scores.

Waverly's other singles players fell in the quarterfinals.

At first singles, Collin Keefer lost to ND's Alexandra Meier, 6-4, 6-2; Preston Tompkins dropped a pair of 6-1 decisions to Edison' Maren Lutz at second singles; and at third singles Maddy Goodwin fell to T-burg's Ryan Petty, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

The Novice tournament didn't count toward team scoring, but Waverly boasted a Boys Singles Novice champion in Candor Westervelt.

He defeated three Edison players to claim the boys singles title. He beat Elijah Reed, 6-0, Nick Overstreet, 6-2, and Benton Good, 6-2.

Hayden Larson played in Boys Singles Novice also, dropping a 6-1 match to Good.

Josie VanDyke competed in Girls Singles Novice. She won her first match, 6-1, over Edison's Raffaella Mannino, then lost to the Spartans' Imogen Reed (no score reported).

In Doubles Novice, Bryanna Talada and Maggie Whitley lost to Edison's Mason Barchet and Andrew Timofeef, 6-4.

Girolamo also wanted to thank O-M Superintendent of Schools Christopher Wood and Athletics Director Greg Gavich for allowing the finalists involved to play at a neutral site.

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WINDSOR BLANKS WAVERLY, 4-0, IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS

WINDSOR BLANKS WAVERLY, 4-0, IN CLASS B QUARTERFINALS

June 7, 2021 Tim Birney

WINDSOR — Second-seeded Windsor scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, and that was all it needed, although the Lady Knights added three runs late in the game for a 4-0 win over Waverly here Monday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Section IV, Class B playoffs.

Windsor senior Kalista Holt spun a two-hitter, striking out 12 and walking just one in a complete-game, seven-inning performance to earn the win.

Senior Alyssa Sindoni was the only Lady Wolverine to reach base in the first five innings. She reached on a lead-off walk in the second inning, but Holt retired the next three batters.

After giving up the first-inning run, Waverly senior Hali Jenner kept pace until the sixth inning.

In the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Michaela Lauper broke up the no-hitter with a line-drive, one-out double to center field.

Moments later, Sidney Tomasso reached on a dropped third strike that allowed Lauper to advance to third base. However, Holt registered her third strikeout of the inning, and induced a flyball to escape the jam unscathed.

Windsor added three insurance runs in the home half of the sixth to take a 4-0 advantage.

Junior Bella Romano ripped a two-out double in the seventh for Waverly’s second hit of the game.

Jenner was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs — all earned — one eight hits in six innings of work. She struck out three and walked none.

Waverly finishes the season at 8-11.

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WAVERLY TOPS OWEGO IN 8 INNINGS IN MUST-WIN GAME

WAVERLY TOPS OWEGO IN 8 INNINGS IN MUST-WIN GAME

June 5, 2021 Tim Taylor

WAVERLY — Heading into the weekend, it appeared the Waverly softball team would need a victory to qualify for the Section IV Class B tournament.

For six innings, the Wolverines had it, then they lost it. However, the hosts would battle back to send the game into extra innings and finally nip Owego, 3-2, in eight innings here Saturday.

"I think that shows a sign of a good team for moving ahead in sectionals," Waverly coach Brian Wendela said. "I think a lot of it had to do with playing Maine-Endwell last night in a tough game, turning around in the heat again.

"I think we got a little fatigued, a little flat, but they didn't give up. Our pitcher, (Hali) Jenner, pitched a hell of a game and the girls kept battling. I liked our chances there at the end."

Owego appeared to suffer as well as a schedule which had the Indians playing 12 games in the past 26 days, appeared to show as the Indians looked a little flat throughout the contest.

"I felt we were flat from the start from the very first pitch of the game," Owego coach Brent Doane said. "We just didn't have a lot of energy, a lot of life, and we couldn't seem to generate either as the game got going along until the very end when we finally scored those couple of runs late to try to get ahead.

"We finally got a little bit of momentum going, a little bit of energy, and then it was quickly squashed and allowed them back into the game.

Waverly would fall behind, 2-1, in the top of the eight, but was able to regroup in the bottom of the inning to pull out the win.

Michaela Lauper would lead off with a double to left center field to start the comeback and score while Sydney Tomasso was hit in the head by the throw after laying down a bunt single. Tomasso shook it off, advanced on an Olivia Robinson sacrifice, bunt then score the game-winning run on an Aubrey Ennis base hit.

The bunts were key to securing the victory.

"We talked about that prior to the game, that we needed to play some small ball," Wendela said. " It was just tough getting some runners on. We had a couple bad bunts beginning of the game and we made adjustments, and we did a good job of putting it in play and making them try to get us out and fortunately they weren't able to."

At the top of the inning, the Indians' Macy Gibson was hit by a pitch, but would get caught in a rundown. She slipped trying to get back to first on a pickoff attempt, but made it safely to second when the second baseman dropped the throw from the first baseman.

With one away, Emma Howe blooped a single behind first base and Jordan Greeno bunted safely, and the duo would advance to third and second, respectively. Alex Aubel would lay down a sacrifice bunt, but Howe would get thrown out attempting to score. Jenner would retire the next batter on a ground out.

Owego tied the game in the seventh when Taylor Dalton reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third on a passed ball after Aubel walked and scored on Sarah Terry's infield single.

The Indians would leave the bases loaded, however, giving them nine base runners stranded in scoring position for the game.

"It was a tough day," Doane said. "That was one of the things we talked about in post-game. We got runners on base and we're taking pitches, we're missing pitches. We've got to be able to capitalize there, whether it's getting the bunt down or making contact with the ball and putting it in play on the right side with the runners, we just didn't get the job done."

"I think they had a couple mental lapses on their base-running and I think we did a good job of making the outs, making sure they were simple outs and doing a good job of taking care of the ball," Wendela said.

Waverly would grab the early lead as Sydney Tomasso was hit by a pitch in the first. She would advance on a Robinson single to shallow center field and an Aubrey Ennis sacrifice fly to center, then score when an Owego pick-off attempt at second went awry.

The Indians left runners at second base in the second, third and fourth innings. Waverly's Olivia Robinson was stranded at third in the third after her booming triple took Owego center fielder Maddie Bennett tumbling over the fence and the Wolverines left a runner at second in the fourth.

Both pitchers retired five batters in a row in the fourth and fifth innings, then the Indians would strand four more runners in scoring position by game's end while Waverly left two hanging.

Owego had five hits through seven innings and finished the game with seven. Waverly had four hits in regulation and three more in the extra inning. Jenner struck out four and walked three while Lauren Gilbert fanned eight and walked one. Only one of the Wolverines' runs was earned. Both pitchers scattered seven hits.

Waverly now awaits its postseason fate.

"It's not 100 percent, but I'm pretty sure that's a ticket into the sectionals," Wendela said of the win. "We'll see what happens."

The Indians had qualified for sectionals before the game and are anxious to see who their opponent will be.

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WAVERLY EDGES T-BURG, 4-2, FOR THIRD LEAGUE TITLE IN FOUR SEASONS

WAVERLY EDGES T-BURG, 4-2, FOR THIRD LEAGUE TITLE IN FOUR SEASONS

June 5, 2021 Tim Birney

TRUMANSBURG — Freshman Jay Pipher pitched out of trouble early, and threw five innings of scoreless relief to help Waverly to a 4-2 win over Trumansburg here Saturday afternoon in the championships game of the IAC baseball tournament.

The win was Waverly’s second straight overall IAC title, and third in four seasons.

“This was a well played game by both sides,” said Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee. ”When you play against Coach Voorhees-coached team, you know you are in for an excellent game.”

With Dunn Field unavailable, the IAC North schools had home-field advantage in this year’s championship games.

“Winning an IAC championship game is hard to do on a neutral field,” said McDuffee. “Winning at T-Burg was even harder.

“My kids blocked that element out, and worked like a team to overcome home-field advantage,” added McDuffee.

Pipher entered the game in the third inning with Waverly trailing 2-1 and two runners on. He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, then retired the next three batters he faced without allowing another run.

In his five innings of scoreless relief, Pipher allowed three hits, while striking out three and walking two to earn the win.

“Jay Pipher coming in in relief and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in third inning with no runs was big, especially in a pressure situation as a freshman,” said McDuffee. “He pitched an excellent game.”

Junior Caden Hollywood and sophomore Ty Beeman stroked back-to-back singles to begin the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, junior Brady Blauvelt smacked a two-run double to left field to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead.

In the seventh inning, Pipher ripped a one-out double to center field. Pipher advanced to third on a groundout off the bat of freshman Joey Tomasso, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

“Brady Blauvelt was clutch with a two-out double to score two runs In the sixth inning that put us up by one,” said McDuffee.
 
“Brady has been playing real strong baseball, and at the right time,” added McDuffee.

Waverly took the lead in the top of the first inning, scoring a run with two outs. Tomasso was hit by a pitch, stole second and third base, then scored on an RBI single by junior Caden Hollywood.

Trumansburg’s first three batters in the bottom of the third inning reached to load the bases, then Tanner Potter stroked a two-run single to give Trumansburg a 2-1 lead, and knock Waverly starter Derek Seymour out of the game.

Blauvelt doubled and singled, and drove in two runs, and Hollywood singled twice, scored one run, and knocked in one run to lead Waverly at the plate, while Pipher doubled and scored one run, and Beeman singled and scored one run.

Juniors Thomas Hand and Brennan Traub each singled in the win, and Tomasso scored one run and stole two bases in the win.

Waverly, now 14-4, will likely return to action Tuesday with a home game in the Section IV, Class B playoffs.

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WAVERLY RELAYS BRING HOME HARDWARE FROM 'FAST TIMES INVITE'

WAVERLY RELAYS BRING HOME HARDWARE FROM 'FAST TIMES INVITE'

June 5, 2021 Tim Birney

CORNING —  The Waverly track teams brought home most of its hardware in the realys Saturday at the “Fast Times Invitational, held here at Corning-Painted Post High School.

The boys team finished fifth, without a first-place finish, while the Lady Wolverines were sixth.

BOYS
Corning ran away with the team title with 186.5 points, and Ithaca was second. Waverly was fifth with 46 points in the eight-team field.

The foursome of senior Alex Gadow, freshman Micah Chandler, junior Sam VanDyke, and sophomore Treyton Moore finished second in the 400-meter relay in a time of 47.31 seconds.

The same team finished third in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:40.87.

Senior Collin Wright placed second in the 3,200-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:23.92. He finished fifth in the 800-meter run at 2:12.07 — more than 5 seconds faster than his seed time.

Junior Sam VanDyke finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in 55.3 seconds. He also finished fifth in the high jump at 5-feet, 6-inches.

Chandler was sixth in the long jump at 16-feet, 11 1/4-inches, and Gadow was sixth in the triple jump at 35-feet, 7 1/2-inches.

Sophomore Ryan Clark was sixth in the discus at 104-feet, 3-inches — more than 10 feet ahead of his seed distance.

Senior John Price finished seven in the 100-meter dash in 13.15 seconds. He was also seventh in the 200-meter dash in 27.86 seconds.

GIRLS
Corning ran away with the team title with 197 points, while runner-up Horseheads had 125.5 points. Waverly was sixth with 40 points.

The foursome of junior Abby Knolles, sophomore Natalie Garrity, senior Gabby Picco, and sophomore Kennedy Westbrook brought home Waverly’s lone gold medal of the day, winning the 400-meter relay in a time of 53.32 seconds.

Waverly’s quartet of Knolles, 8th-grader Addison Westbrook, Picco, and Kennedy Westbrook finished second in the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 4:28.97.

Eighth-grader Paige Robinson finished second in the pole vault at 7-feet. Robinson finished sixth in the 400-meter run in 1:09.19, and 8th-grader Addison Westbrook was eighth in 1:10.91.

Sophomore Natalie Garrity finished third in the 100-meter dash in 14.4 seconds. She finished fifth in the long jump at 13-feet, 10-inches

Waverly returns to action Tuesday at the Class C Track & Field Championships at Trumansburg High School.

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WAVERLY FALLS TO U-E, 2-0

WAVERLY FALLS TO U-E, 2-0

June 4, 2021 Tim Birney

ENDICOTT — Union-Endicott scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and made it stand for a 2-0 win over Waverly here Friday afternoon in non-league softball action.

Sophomore Kendra Lee fanned 16 and walked four in a complete-game, seven-inning performance to earn the win.

The Lady Wolverines managed just two hits off Lee — both singles by junior Aubrey Ennis.

Senior Hali Jenner was tagged with tough-luck loss in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Wolverines She allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk in six innings.

Waverly, now 7-10, wraps up the regular season Saturday when it hosts Owego. Game time is noon.

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