After 21 years, the Waverly baseball team has finally been crowned champions of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Sophomore pitcher Bradey Roney gave up only three hits in a complete game shutout and senior Zach VanHouten drove in two runs as Waverly defeated Union Springs 7-0 in last night’s Large School Championship at Dunn Field in Elmira. In the small school title game, Tioga gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they lost to Trumansburg 2-1. In softball, Tioga won their fourth-straight IAC title with a 15-1 blowout of Moravia at Cornell. Pitcher Mariah Culver fired a one-hitter.
The Owego Free Academy Athletics Department recognized 11 student-athletes yesterday who are planning to participate in college athletics next year. All 11 signed their commitment letters in the OFA Lobby yesterday in front of the student body. Here is the full list of the student-athletes and where they will be attending:
- Cole Paradies, Basketball, Wells College (Div. 3)
- Caleb Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Micah Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Mason Ford, Lacrosse, Maryville University (Div. 2)
- Joe Kuchinski, Lacrosse, Wilkes University (Div. 3)
- Tyler Short, Track & Field, Bryant and Stratton College (ICA)
- Clayton Wolfe, Track & Field, University at Buffalo (Div. 1) or Binghamton University (Div. 1)
- Bella Coleman, Volleyball, University of Virginia (Div. 1) or University of Rochester (Div. 3)
- Makenna Kallin, Volleyball, Fredonia State (Div. 3)
- Savannah Terry, Volleyball, Elmira College (Div. 3)
- Devin Horton, Wrestling, Alfred State (Div. 3)
The Seton Catholic Central girls basketball team can now say they are the best in New York after crushing the two downstate champions in the state’s Federation Tournament. The Saints demolished Long Island’s Aquinas 83-43 yesterday at the Glens Falls Civic Center to wrap up a 28-1 season. After losing to Susquehanna Valley in December, the Saints reeled off 26 straight victories to end their season. With yesterday’s win, Seton becomes the second in Section 4 girls basketball history to win the Federation championship, joining the 1997-98 Oneonta team. Senior Lexi Levy was named Federation Tournament MVP. She will be continuing her career at George Washington next year.
In basketball, Andrew White scored 40 points to lead Syracuse past Georgia Tech 90-61 yesterday as the Orange wrapped up the regular season. Syracuse is seeded eighth for the ACC Tournament and will play Miami Wednesday at 12pm live on WEBO.
In high school, the Vestal girls won their third-straight Section 4 Class A title with a victory over Maine-Endwell on Saturday. Johnson City beat Vestal in the boys game. Waverly’s season ended at the hands of Norwich, as the Wolverines lost the Class B game Friday. Seton won the girls title.
The Section 4 boys all-star team won the New York State Bowling Championship yesterday in Syracuse. The team included Jake Robertson from Tioga, Tim Sladish of Union-Endicott, Trevor Kimble from Windsor, Zach Bobbett of Union Springs, Derek Lisi from Corning, and Sam McDonald of Elmira.
The numbers are in, and the OFA Sports Booster Club raised over $12,000 at their annual dinner auction on Saturday. The event featured live and silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals to benefit the booster club. More than 130 people attended the event at the Owego Treadway Conference Center. The money will be used to support all 22 sports at Owego Free Academy, and the booster club thanks the community for their generosity. WEBO’s own Chris Schmidt and Jake Reynolds served as the hosts for the event.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team will host 10th-ranked Duke tonight in the Carrier Dome, and the game will be heard live on WEBO. The Orange are looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Blue Devils, who they defeated 64-62 in their only meeting last year. IMG coverage of tonight’s game will begin at 6pm.
The IAC has announced their all-star teams for basketball. Waverly’s Hunter Bodine was named the MVP for the Large School South Division, while teammates Jon Ward and Gavin Judson were named to the first team. Tioga’s Nick Klossner and Connor Hutchinson were selected to the Small South first team while Candor’s Steven Kern was selected to the second team. For the girls, Waverly’s Elle Nittinger was named MVP while teammate Alex Tomasso made the first team. Sarah Hollenbeck from Tioga and Shaylin Heidl from Candor were selected to the Small South first team.
Section 4 has announced that 23 people will be inducted into the Section 4 Hall of Fame this year. Elmira Notre Dame graduate and two-time Olympian Molly Huddle headlines this year’s class, which includes 16 athletes, two coaches, and four contributors. Another member of this year’s class is the former Megan Shay of Candor. The basketball standout scored 2,205 points in her five-year career, third-best in Section 4 history, and was named the state’s Class C Player of the Year in 2005. Former Windsor three-sport star and current Wagner College head football coach Jason “Hoss” Houghtaling will also be inducted this year. The hall of fame class will be honored between basketball championship games at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on March 4.
It was a good night for Waverly basketball, as both the girls and boys won IAC Large School Championships. The girls blitzed Whitney Point for a 20-3 lead to begin the game and carried that momentum to a 71-39 victory and the program’s first IAC title since 2013. The boys repeated as IAC champs with a 60-40 win over Trumansburg. The victory was their 19th in a row, setting a new school record. Both the girls and boys will host sectional games next Friday.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team will be back in action Sunday, as the Orange travel to Georgia Tech for a nighttime game. Syracuse has lost two straight after posting a five-game win streak. IMG coverage will begin at 5:30pm on WEBO.