Isaac Keane put together a strong sophomore campaign and even though wasn’t asked to do as much in the passing game with NTL leading-rusher Aidan Hauser in the backfield, expect this season to be when he starts to come into his own as a quarterback.
Keane completed over 53% of his passes in 2019 with just over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air. With a majority of the Hornets plays designed to highlight their running back, now the offense seems like it will be in the hands of Keane.
In his best contest of the season, Keane showed that he can sling the ball when asked to. Against the Canton Warriors in a big-time win, Keane was able to throw for three touchdowns and 212 yards on just 17 attempts.
Darryn Callahan is another young player who should be taking a much larger role for the Hornets in 2020. Callahan had a very strong sophomore campaign in 2019 and despite limited touches on the offensive side of the football he more than made them count.
Callahan rushed for 227 yards on just 30 carries while scoring three touchdowns. He was able to do a majority of that damage in a game where Aidan Hauser was injured early at home against Wyalusing. During that contest he feasted on the Rams defense to the tune of 125 yards on just 10 carries with two touchdowns.
With a vacancy in the running back position, expect Callahan to either be the lead back, or be an intrical part of a running back committee.On defense is another area where Callahan will be a big contributor, and last season was huge for the Hornets at the linebacker position. Callahan led the team in interceptions with three, blocked an incredible four punts while racking up 26 tackles.
Kaeden Mann had an outstanding junior season for the Hornets on his way to a team-high 25 goals as well as 13 assists during the 2019 season.
Mann used his quickness to constantly beat defenders to the ball and that should continue into the 2020 season with a Hornets roster who are returning so many seniors and have gathered a lot of important experience last season in their District Playoff run.
Mann was able to score goals in all about five games during the season and racked up an incredible four games with three plus goals during the season. His production was the catalyst behind an offense that averaged an absurd 5.6 goals per contest and 112 goals last season.
With his offensive running mate Will Poirier also returning, look for the Hornets offense to continue to be explosive behind one of the best offensive tandems in the entire NTL.
Will Poirier was the other end of the dynamic offensive duo who helped propel one of the top NTL offenses in the league.
Poirier was rightfully named NTL Offensive Player of the Year this past season as well as Tioga Publishing’s Soccer Player of the Year for his performance on the field and could put up record numbers in 2020.
While Mann was the main scorer, Poirier was unequivocally the best setup man in the whole league and racked up an NTL-leading 33 assists (with the second best being Mann with 13) to go along with an impressive 16 goals as well.
He also topped the 50 assist mark in his career this season, which is extremely impressive seeing as he still has a whole season left to play.
As crazy as it might sound, expect Poiriers numbers to go up even further in 2020 and help make the Wellsboro soccer team a true contender for a District Title.
Kerrah Clymer missed the entirety of the 2019 season, but don’t be mistaken she should be hitting the ground running in 2020.
Two seasons ago, Clymer put together a monster season as just a sophomore and scored a team-high 25 goals as well as a team-high 13 assists and was a big part in the success the team had that season.
Looking back even further in her freshman season she scored 16 goals and six assists, so if history has any bearing on the future, expect Clymer to have a career-year in 2020 and lead Wellsboro to a run in the District Playoffs.
As a junior, Jena Boyce was able to lead the Wellsboro Lady Hornets on the offensive side of the field with an impressive 12 goals and despite the team faltering in the final four games of the season, the Lady Hornets played a strong first half of the year.
Despite her numbers dropping from her sophomore year to her junior year, Boyce was still effective on offense and with Clymer returning in 2020, expect a major spike in her assists number. When both were on the field Boyce added 10 assists compared to only one last season.
With a more intact roster, expect the Lady Hornets to be much more effective on offense and for Boyce to benefit from that.
As just a freshman, Lilli Abadi had one of the toughest jobs imaginable last season for the Lady Hornets in 2019, and that was to hold down the goal on the varsity level.
Abadi responded by having a fantastic season and recorded 161 saves while allowing an outstanding 1.71 goals per contest in just her first season.
Though the offense struggled at times for the Lady Hornets, Abadi was stalwart in the goal for the team and will look to improve on an already stellar start to her varsity career.
With a lot of firepower graduating this year for the Hornets, it will come down to other players stepping in and making a big impact in 2020. Bailey Monks is a player who is set to make that leap and after a strong 2019 she will be looked to be a leader for the Hornets this season.
Monks put up a team-high 44 blocks in 2019, as well as a team second best 100 kills. Monks was strong at the net and will need to make the next step as a player if Wellsboro wants another shot at Liberty in the District Championship.
As one of the six seniors on the Wellsboro roster, look for Monks to be one of the leaders on the court and vocally for a revamped Hornets team.
Another player coming into her senior season as a Hornet, Breghanna Kemp will be crucial to the success of the Hornets in 2020.
Last season, Kemp was the top server for the Hornets as she led the team in aces with 38 and had a solid ace percentage with 11.3. She was also top four on her team in kills with 60, recorded 130 digs and also added 11 blocks in her junior season.
Kemp will need to continue to improve in 2020 for the Wellsboro Lady Hornets volleyball team to continue their long history of success on the volleyball court.
Wellsboro golf enjoyed a very strong season in 2019 winning the NTL, but with top performers Ty Morrall and Joseph Prophetta graduating, some of the younger golfers like Brock Hamblin will have to up their game to repeat as champions this season.
Hamblin averaged a solid 88.7 on the season which was good for eighth best in the entire NTL. With consistency being key in his 2019 season, Hamblin very rarely strayed from his mark of 88.7 but will need to improve in order to lead a young team of golfers in 2019.
Look for Hamblin to step and play a similar role to Morrall in 2020 as the Hornets attempt to claim another NTL title as well as compete for a District Championship.
Dylan Abernathy had a strong season in 2019 averaging 94 an outing as just a sophomore, but showed flashes of being able to be a top-guy for the Hornets throughout the season.
Abernathy had a few really strong rounds on the course last season, and shot a season low of 79 at Tomasso’s Country Club. The Hornets will need rounds very similiar to that in 2020 with no clear cut top golfer in the season.
If Abernathy can consistently shoot near the top of his game next season, he could be slated for one of the best seasons in not only Wellsboro, but the entire NTL.
Madeline Gage hit the ground running (literally) as a freshman and as just a first-year runner on the varsity level led her team at almost every meet of the season.
Gage put together a jaw-dropping four first place finishes and two more finishes at second place and in her first meet of the season set the bar for possible expectations running an extremely impressive 19:22.
At the NTL Coaches meet she also was able to take home second place and put together possibly the best season for a freshman runner in the entire NTL.
At the District 4 Championships she put together another solid outing, and took home a top 50 finish with a time of 23:39.
If Gage can further improve, she could be one of the best runners in not just Wellsboro, but all of District 4.
Heading into his senior year, Aidan Fletcher is coming off a quality year for the Wellsboro Hornets and will be looked to lead the charge in 2020.
Fletcher put together four top 10 finishes last season with his best coming in his first meet of the season where he posted a great time of 18:01 and took home a second place finish.
Fletcher also took home a top 40 finish in the NTL Coaches Meet as well as a top 50 finish in the District 4 Championships this past season.
With top-runner Austin Richards graduating, look for Fletcher to step up and lead the pack for the Hornets in 2020.
With almost the entire roster graduating, Alyssa Wagman will be the sole senior on the Wellsboro Lady Hornets tennis team and will need to step up as a leader if Wellsboro wants to be competitive in 2020.
Wagaman was solid throughout the season and in singles posted a 4-2 record and also picked up five wins during double play as well.
With no other player having as much experience, look for Wagaman to fill the leadership void for Wellsboro with a young roster.
In limited action in her freshman season, Anna Perry will be another player for the Wellsboro Lady Hornets in 2020 that will need to step up.
Perry put together more playing time than any other freshman on the team, and despite only playing in doubles put together a 3-2 record including an especially deadly pairing with Alyssa Wagaman as they went undefeated as a team.
With a roster of one senior and three sophomores as the only players with experience at the varsity level, look for Perry to step up her game in a big way in 2020.