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The Sports Reports
Our region was blessed with quite a crop of talented freshmen girls during the 2021-22 sports year as evidenced by the fact that all 13 of the Baker’s Dozen All-Region “Girls Newcomers of the Year” are freshmen.

Wellsboro freshman Paige Logsdon leads the way as The Sports Reports 2021-22 “Girls Newcomer of the Year.”

A force at the net, Logsdon registered 125 kills and 92 blocks in 82 sets during the fall volleyball season. She also had 78 service points, including 30 aces.

Logsdon was an impressive presence in the paint for the 11-11 Lady Hornets during her inaugural varsity basketball season. She averaged 8.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and one block per game.

This spring, more than half of Logsdon’s 26 base hits on the season were for extra bases, as she had 12 doubles, two triples and two home runs while batting .441 with a .507 OBP, an .814 slugging percentage, and a 1.321 OPS. She added 17 runs scored and 21 RBI, and also pitched 9 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.

The focus for the year-end awards is on three-sport athletes, but there are some athletes recognized who thrive in two sports. Occasionally, someone will make the grade for just one sport.

The 2021-22 Baker’s Dozen All-Region “Girls Newcomers of the Year”
Paige Logsdon, freshman, Wellsboro:
See above.

Megan Wolf, freshman, Horseheads: Wolf made an impact for the Blue Raiders on the diamond, and the basketball hardwoods.

Wolf played a key role in helping the Blue Raiders win the sectional title. The freshman pitched both the sectional semifinal and final, and in the sectional final she also hit a game-tying home run. She had a 2.71 ERA with 47 strikeouts for the Blue Raiders this year, in a season that included a no hitter.

On the hardwood, Wolf scored 104 points this year and had the assignment of guarding the other teams best players. She defended girls going to Penn State and Fordham and many players who will be all conference. selections.

Madison McEvoy, freshman, Owego:
On the hardwoods this winter,  McEvoy led the Indians with 10.5 points and 3.5 assists per game. She also averaged 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.  She was named a Southern Tier Athletic Conference All-Central all-star.

With her lacrosse stick, she scored a team-high 44 goals, and also had 10 assists and 35 draw controls.

Alyssa Parks, freshman, Troy: Parks had success in all three sports she competed in this year.

Parks made her biggest impact in the fall, where she led the Trojan cross country team to an NTL Large School title. She was a district runner-up to qualify for States.

This winter, she was a freshman starter for a revamped Troy basketball team that finished above .500 during the regular season, earning Bradford County All-Star honors.

She didn’t have the quite same success in track, but was a still meet scorer in the distance events, and the 300 hurdles.

Sara Bronson, freshman, Athens: Bronson made a big impact for the Athens cross country and track & field teams, and got a taste of life on the varsity basketball hardwoods.

During cross country season, Bronson won the Tom Koons Valley Invite and the NTL Coaches Invite, finished ninth at the District 4 Championships, and was 99th at the PIAA Championships.

On the track this spring, Bronson finished second in the 3,200-meter run in a school record time at the District 4 Championships. She placed seventh in the 1,600-meter run. At the NTL Championships, Sara Bronson won the 1,600-meter run, placed second in the 800- and 3,200-meter runs, and was on the winning 3,200-meter relay.

During the winter season, she saw limited action the basketball hardwoods, but was a above-average defender.

Addie Wheeler, freshman, Athens: Wheeler was a major contributor on the basketball hardwoods, and the soccer pitch for the Wildcats, and earned a few place-finishes in sprint events for the track team.

Wheeler, a skilled ball-handler with a basketball IQ beyond her years, averaged 7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals, and 2.7 assists per game. She was also a threat from behind the 3-point arc, connecting on 21 3-pointers, and a top-notch defender.

Athletic, physical, and seasoned beyond her years on the soccer pitch, Wheeler scored seven goals and dished out five assists.

Sophia ReSue, freshman, Corning: ReSue was a major contributor for the Corning track & field teams — both inside and outside.

ReSue helped lead Corning to a state medal in the 1600 relay and she was also a state qualifier in the high jump, with a top jump on the year of 5-feet, 3-inches. She was also a freshman All-American.

In the indoor season, it took ReSue little time to make an impact in a new sport as she was a state qualifier for the Hawks. She made states in the high jump this season and also made it as a member of the 4x200 relay for the Hawks.

Ashley Woodring, freshman, Cowanesque Valley / Williamson: Woodring was a three-sport contributor this season, but really made her bones this spring on the softball diamond.

Woodring burst onto the NTL softball scene quickly in her inaugural season, racking up hits (36) and batting .578, while getting on base at a .670-clip. She equaled her 18 singles on the year with 18 extra-base hits (nine doubles, three triples, and six home runs) to compile a 1.078 slugging percentage. She also had 36 runs scored, 21 RBI and just four strikeouts.

She was the goalie this season for a Williamson team that posted a 7-8 record.

Woodring averaged 5.5 points and 5 rebounds per game on the hardwoods.

Gracelyn Laudermilch, freshman, Northeast Bradford: Laudermilch was a state qualifier in two different sports.

She battled through an injury-plagued cross country season to help the Panthers claim the NTL, Small School title, and then placed fourth at Districts.

This spring, she earned a state berth on the track by finishing second in the 3200 at Dstricts, while boasting the top mile time in the NTL.

Anna Dunn, freshman, Towanda: Dunn made a major impact in two sports — track & field and soccer — for the Lady Black Knights.

This spring, Dunn qualified for States in the open 400, and anchored the Towanda 4x400 relay in its fourth-place finish at the PIAA Track & Field Championships.

She was also the top NTL newcomer in girls’ soccer, helping to solidify a young soccer Black Knight soccer team.

Kendall Kitchen, freshman, Canton: Kitchen made a major impact for Canton on the hardwoods this winter, and the track this spring.

Kitchen led the Warriors in points per game (9.6) as she helped lead them back to the playoffs, and a playoff win. As a freshman she also added 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game, playing both the off-guard and point guard positions

This spring, she she led the NTL in the pole vault at 9-feet, and was a district qualifier.

Lexi Herceg, freshman, Owego: Herceg was a major contributor the Owego lacrosse and volleyball teams, and saw some time on the varsity hardwoods as well.

Herceg, an attacker on the lacrosse team, scored 29 goals and dished out six assists to help Owego qualify for the postseason.

She was also a contributor to the volleyball team’s Section IV Class B championship, and was the first player called up from JV to help the varsity basketball team during a player shortage.

Ella Coyle, freshman, Athens: Coyle started and was a major contributor on the volleyball and softball teams.

With 227 digs, Coyle was among the leaders in the region. She also had  46 service points, including 14 aces, three setter assists, and three kills.

On the softball diamond, Coyle hit .303 (20 hits in 66 ABs) with 20 runs scored, 16 RBI, and six stolen bases.

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