With the cancelation of the Tioga Publishing Winter Sports Awards, the Wellsboro Gazette and Free Press-Courier will announce the All Stars in a four-week series that will cover the All Stars from Tioga County.
During this week’s edition, we will announce the third team All Stars as well as some honorable mention who just missed the cut of the third team.
Over the next three weeks, second and first team players will be announced as well as the players of the year in girls basketball, boys basketball and wrestling.
Boys Third Team
Callahan had an impressive sophomore season with the Wellsboro Hornets as a first-year starter. Callahan played consistently throughout the season and was always able to produce in multiple areas on the court and averaged 5.5 points, almost four rebounds and averaged 0.8 steals per contest and was always a factor for the Hornets on the defensive side of the ball.
Isaac Keane was another sophomore first-year starter for the Wellsboro Hornets and was another young player who made an impact throughout the season. Keane averaged seven points per contest, and was an excellent three-point shooter throughout the year shooting 38%. Keane also was a strong playmaker throughout the season and was second on his team in assists.
Alex Stein ended his season with a bang, and set a new career-high with 20 points and shot perfect from three-point land on the biggest stage the Mansfield Tigers faced all season. Stein had an extremely productive season and averaged 8.6 points-per-contest, nearly four assists and almost five rebounds per game in just his junior season.
Roupp was one of the best shooters the North Penn-Liberty team boasted this season, and continuously was able to hit big shots from deep this season. Roupp connected on 40 three-point shots throughout the season and shot 31% on the year from outside. Roupp averaged 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and one steal per game for the Mounties on their way to a 20-win season.
Kevin Alexander put together a fine junior season, and was one of the many players whose hustle may not have shown on the stat sheets for Liberty, but was a key part of the starting lineup as they racked up 20 wins on the season. Alexander averaged 4.5 points, three rebounds per contest and was a pest on defense, and was always near or around loose balls and was one of the biggest effort players in the NTL this season.
Devin O’Dell finished off a strong sophomore campaign where he was able to score almost five points per game, and near the end of the season came alive on offense including a strong home finale where he dropped 12 points. For the season O’Dell shot a respectable 31% from three-point range and should improve on that number going forward.
Joel Heck was one of the best three-point shooters for the Indians this past season, and when Heck got hot from deep it showed in being able to create for the rest of the Indians team. As only a junior, look for Heck to have a strong senior season for CV.
Dustin VanZile showed some real flashes as a scorer in the 2019-2020 season, and averaged roughly seven points per game, but had ups and downs with a season-high of 20 points and a few games where he couldn’t get on the board. During his senior year as an Indian, VanZile was huge for the Indians in some big games and was a rare combination of size and speed.
Gavin Sykora had a strong year for the Tigers, despite the team finishing the year without a win. Sykora was one of the top three-point shooters around and was one of the top point producers on the team.
Senior Nate DiCamillo put together an impressive senior season with the NCA Lions and was third in scoring for his team with nearly seven points per game and helped lead his team to a strong finish with a 15-10 record. Also DiCamillo one of the top-defenders on his team, a good rebounder and one of the vocal leaders on the Lions team.
Carter Gontarz is just one of the many young wrestlers on the Williamson wrestling team, and put together an impressive freshman year with a 13-12 record as well as some big wins for the Warriors over the season. In his first match of the season, he had to take on Troy’s eventual State Champion Sheldon Seymour, and despite the loss continued to improve as the season moved on. Look for Gontarz to be a big piece in the resurgence of Williamson wrestling.
Sam Cummings started off his junior year slow, but was able to bounce back and bring his record to 13-13 despite facing some tough competition throughout the season that saw him face up with 11 eventual top five finishers from Sectionals. Cummings will boast some quality experience heading into his senior year and will be a strong part of the Williamson team.
Austin Richardson was the only wrestler for the Wellsboro team to pick up a win in the 2019-2020 season. Richardson ended the season with a 2-3 record and with limited action made the best of his chances to get on the mat in the 160, 170-pound weight classes. Both of his two wins of the season came by pin in the first-round.
Roger Learn is one of the only two seniors for Liberty this season, and his production will be greatly missed as he put together an 18-6 record during his final season and racked up 47 wins as a Liberty wrestler for his career.
Kohen Lehman racked up 17 wins in just his freshman year wrestling, and is poised to be a staple in the Liberty wrestling program for years to come. Lehman came up with nine pins during the season and two major decision wins as well. Look for Lehman to be a force on the mat for years to come.
Ty Morral didn’t see a lot of floor-time in his senior year but when he did, he made it count. Morral was a constant threat from the three-point line and kept teams honest throughout the season. He averaged right around five points per game and was lights out from deep hitting on 21 shots during the season.
Sam Lawrence gave some big minutes off the bench for the Tigers as a senior, and was one of the better bench defenders the Tigers had. He also had some strong nights on offense, scoring 11 points against Towanda and also taking great shots and had a field goal percentage of 72% on the season.
Shedden may not have posted gaudy numbers on the year, but was one of the best hustle players in the entire NTL, and was a key part to the North Penn-Liberty Mounties success this season. Shedden was yet another outstanding effort players on the Liberty squad. Shedden added 4.4 points per contest with 2.6 rebounds.
Girls Third Team
Alicia Walters was one of the bright spots during a tough season for the Williamson Lady Warriors as they ended up winless in the 2019-2020 season. Walters was one of the best hustle players on the team and helped to lead their defense throughout the season.
Abby Ackley was a strong scoring presence for the Lady Indians over the 2019-2020 season where she averaged just over 7 points per game and also had a few big scoring nights where she added double-digit scoring in six separate outings. As a junior, expect Ackley to take another big step as the Indians return almost every starter next season.
Paisley Nudd started to really heat up in the second half of the season, and though she only averaged just over five points per contest, she scored in double digits two out of her last four contests including a breakout 17-point game in the season finale against Liberty. Nudd came into her own as a freshman and will be on the radar for her next few seasons.
Sara Moser may not have scored a ton of points this season (just over one point per game), but Moser impacted the game on almost every other level. Moser led her team in assists on the season with 69 and also had healthy rebounding totals with 61 boards. Her ability to be a second ball-handler beside Cathryn Brought was invaluable for the Lady Hornets on their way to clinching a District playoff appearance.
Another talented freshman, Jordyn Abernathy was able to slowly gain traction as the season went on to aid the District playoff run for the young Lady Hornets team. Abernathy scored just over four points per game to go along with 92 rebounds and 42 assists on the season and was one of the better all-around players on her team. With a young core moving up next season, Abernathy will be looked at to contribute in multiple facets of the game.
Hannah Bowens was a big part of the North Penn-Mansfield Lady Tigers run to the District playoffs in the 2019-2020 season and was one of the top rebounders on the team with 4.4 boards per game. Bowens was also a solid contributor on offense with just over four points per game and was a defensive difference-maker, leading her team in blocks with almost one per contest and snagged 1.4 steals per game on the year.
Emma Palmer ended her senior year as a Tiger with strong contributions all over the floor, and averaged four points per game and also was big on the boards with nearly five rebounds a game throughout the year. She also was able to dish out almost two assists a game while adding 0.9 steals per contest to round out one of the most balanced stat-lines for the Tigers this season.
Senior Shaelyn Berguson ended her season on a strong run for the NP-Mansfield Lady Tigers, and was a rebounding machine over the final six games and averaged an impressive seven boards per contest over that span. Berguson ended the season with a strong stat-line of five points, 3.5 boards and one steal per game to help her team secure a spot in the District playoffs.
Jaclyn Nelson was just one of the many freshmen to have a positive impact on her team this season, and despite a tough year for the Liberty Lady Mounties, Nelson put together a strong year with a few impactful performances throughout. Nelson scored just under three points per game with 4.3 rebound and 0.9 steals. Nelson was also able to score more than five points on five separate occasions for the Mounties and should continue to improve heading into the next season.
Junior Ryann Upham capped off her season in a groove, and after being held scoreless in her first three games was able to get herself on the board in all but three contests over the remainder of the season. Upham averaged 2.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game over the season and will be a much bigger part of the offense next season. Over her last five contests, she ramped up her scoring efforts and averaged over four points per game over that span.
Lauren Sauley is only a sophomore, but was a menace on the court for the young Lady Tigers team. Sauley was a contributor almost everywhere, putting up five points, six rebounds and almost two steals a game over the season. With a mostly returning core for the Tigers, Sauley will be a key returner for Galeton next season.
Esther Allen was the third leading scorer for the Lady Lions in the 2019-2020 season, and helped lead her team to a 9-5 record on the season while scoring 44 points throughout the season. As only a sophomore, the New Covenant team will lean on her a bit more with leading scorer Victoria Scolari set to graduate.
Another young piece of the NP-Liberty Lady Mounties growing team, Sidney Landis had a strong first season as a varsity player.Landis was able to put together a respectable season of just over two points per game, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 steals.
Sarah Spohn gave solid contributions off the bench for the Lady Tigers this season, averaging just under three points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.4 steals per game. As a junior don’t be surprised to see Spohn’s numbers take a massive leap in her senior season.
Sandy Bliss, a junior guard for the Galeton Lady Tigers, gave strong contributions off the bench, scoring nearly two points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game over the season. Bliss also topped the five point mark three times over the season.