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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of college — and most likely high school — athletics seasons, leaving the athletes to wait another year for their sport to roll around, or potentially even never compete again.

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Steve Piatt spent 19 years working at the then-Evening Times, first as sports editor and ultimately as managing editor. He and his wife Paula departed the Valley in 1997 for the Adirondacks of northern New York, and for the past 16 years he served as editor of New York Outdoor News, a popula…

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania deer hunters bagged 389,431 whitetails last season, the highest total in 15 years, according to figures from the state’s Game Commission.

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COVID-19 has, sadly, brought a whole new meaning to the term “spring fever.” And while it has disrupted everyone’s daily life, along the way it has also impacted the sporting community, notably as anglers eye the opening of the New York and Pennsylvania trout seasons.

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ATHENS — Maryellen Rhodes, a teacher at Athens Area High School, has hosted the Jean and Pete Memorial Event since 2011. The event is usually a 5K run, but will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced colleges and their athletic programs to shut down all across the country. Winter sports championships were canceled, and some conferences chose to cancel all spring sports as well.

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PORT ROYAL, PA — With the recent threat of the COVID-19 virus, local, state and national sports have all come to a screeching halt. The local motorsports scene and racing statewide in the Commonwealth appears to now have all been affected as “social distancing” and unnecessary gatherings are…

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Athens High School graduate Tyler Forbes was just beginning his final baseball season at West Chester University when the outbreak of COVID-19 brought everything to a halt.

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The Northern Tier League announced its 2020 wrestling All-Stars recently. Troy’s Sheldon Seymour was named the NTL Wrestler of the Year by the league’s coaches. Seymour finished the year 39-1 and earned his second straight PIAA title. Canton’s Lyle Wesneski was named the Coach of the Year. W…

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Breana Gambrell was a four-time PIAA state champion with the Athens High School Track and Field team, and was about to start her sophomore outdoor season at Penn State later this month, after finishing seventh in the long and triple jumps at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

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With the 2020 high school season set to open on April 2, the Athens baseball team was set to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next week for a series of preseason games and workouts run through Ripken Baseball. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the trip was canceled, and now the…

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Gov. Tom Wolf issued a directive to shut down all non-essential businesses in the state of Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon. This followed an order on Friday to shut down schools for two weeks amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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WAVERLY — Waverly’s Scott Woodring had more to overcome than just opposing teams when the 2019-2020 season started. Waverly’s senior center injured a knee last season after the Christmas tournament and lost the remainder of that season. He also injured the same knee in football in the fall. …

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WAVERLY — There weren’t many lofty expectations placed on Waverly’s girls basketball team in the 2019-2020 season. The Lady Wolverines lost Alex Tomasso and Wendi Hammond from the season before to graduation and Elle Nittinger the year before them. That trio had done a lot for Waverly’s squa…

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TIOGA CENTER — When it comes to choosing the Morning Times’ Athletes of the Month, it can often be a difficult decision between two players with similar stats. In the case of Tioga’s Gianni Silvestri, he made it pretty easy.

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VALLEY — Even with most players, coaches and officials still healthy, professional and collegiate leagues are feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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WAVERLY — Watkins Glen may have won the league title, but the Senecas definitely did not have the most dominant player in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference’s South Large School division.

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TOWANDA — Big bucks and big bears are showing up more frequently in the harvest during Pennsylvania’s most popular hunting seasons, and with it, a big interest in scoring them. Antlers and skulls that might be potential record book entries must be officially measured before submitting to any…

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Cup Series returns to the East Coast this week after a three-week early season run out West on three different styles of venue from the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, to the two-miler in California, to the one-miler in Phoenix on Sunday that many believe …

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SCRANTON — A strong start for the Sayre Redskins was not enough to stay in the game, as they were eliminated from the PIAA State Basketball tournament by District Two Champion Holy Cross, falling 72-35 on Saturday.

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HERSHEY — Keegan Braund entered his senior season in the Athens wrestling room with a career record of 39-43 — and he wasn’t on anyone’s list of potential state qualifiers.

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OLD WESTBURY — If there was smoke on the water at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Saturday, Waverly's Mike Atanasoff certainly had a hand in it.

The Wolverines senior placed in two events and set two school and interscholastic Athletic Conference records in the process.

Atanasoff posted a 50 free time of 21.10 seconds in the final of that event on Saturday to place third in the NYSPHSAA Championships and fifth in the Federation (NYSPHSAA, PSAL, CHSAA and AIS) meet. That time set new school and league records.

A little later in the day, Atanasoff ripped off a 46.61 100 free, good for sixth in NYSPHSAA. That time is also a school and an IAC record.

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HERSHEY — Most returning state champions would be considered the favorite to win the title the next season. For Troy’s Sheldon Seymour, a move from the 106-pound weight class — where he won a title last year — to the 120-pound division made him the underdog in some wrestling experts’ minds.

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BINGHAMTON — In the Section IV Class B Girls basketball playoffs, the Newark Valley Cardinals defeated Waverly in the quarterfinals, and then Owego in the semifinals. Their run came to an end on Sunday as they fell to the Norwich Purple Tornado by a score of 58-46 for Norwich’s second straig…

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STATEN ISLAND — Waverly’s Isaac Chandler has been a man on a mission since the end of last season. That mission has been to improve. Chandler has done just that and in record-setting fashion.

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TOWANDA — Allentown Catholic Central is one of those programs you really don’t want to see as a first-round opponent in the state playoffs.

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SCRANTON — All but one of Valley View’s players gathered in their locker room at Lackawanna College Student Union.

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PITTSBURGH — It has taken a couple years, but Athens High graduate and two-time PIAA champion Brian Courtney is finally getting his shot to compete in the postseason for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

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HERSHEY — Some wrestlers will be overwhelmed by wrestling under the bright lights of the PIAA Championships for the first time. For Athens senior heavyweight Keegan Braund, that wasn’t the case, as he made his opponent see the lights in his first-ever match at the Giant Center in Hershey on …

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HERSHEY — The Athens wrestling program will come home from Hershey with a pair of state medalists after sophomore Gavin Bradley and senior Keegan Braund both secured hardware on Friday morning.

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HALL OF FAME: The Sayre Redskin Club is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame. Nominees must have graduated from Sayre High School more that 10 years ago, played sports and was a first team all-star or went to districts or beyond. The nominator must include statistics and contact in…

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Alex Bowman has the timing down and the impact up. The 26-year old Hendrick Motorsports driver earned his second career NASCAR Cup Series win at California’s Auto Club Speedway last weekend – hoisting the trophy just days before he comes to Arizona for Sunday’s FanShiel…

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These swimmers are part of WAAC Waverly Area Aquatic Club and earned their berths in the Gold meet, a Niagara Championship meet, to be held in Ithaca this coming weekend. Swimmers must qualify in the events in order to be eligible to swim. The 12 and under age group consists of Scarlet Reyno…