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This Week in NTL West SPORTS Wednesday, Feb. 13


Wellsboro @ TROY, 6 p.m. Cowanesque @ LIBERTY, 6 p.m. North Penn @ WILLIAMSON, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14


North Penn @ WELLSBORO, 6 p.m. Liberty @ MANSFIELD, 6 p.m. Williamson @ WYALUSING, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15


North Penn @ WELLSBORO, 6 p.m. Liberty @ MANSFIELD, 6 p.m. Williamson @ WYALUSING, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6


Galeton @ STJ NEUMANN, 1 p.m.


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The Williamson Lady Warriors started off with an 11-0 lead over Wellsboro, but ended up battling from behind late into the fourth quarter, before garnering their first NTL West championship since 2002, with a 50-41 victory over the Lady Hornets. From the tip off, junior Lori Horton shot the pass around the arch to Cheyenne Jones who pushed the ball inside to senior Kim Daugherty to start the scoring, 2-0. Williamson capitalized off of Wellsboro’s missed layups and loose handling as Horton scored on a re-

bound, followed by Daugherty hitting two-for-two from the line, taking a 6-0 lead within the first three minutes of the game. With a quick in-bound pass, Horton again went up underneath, followed by Daugherty taking a long three from the top of the arch for an 11-0 lead over the Lady Hornets before Wellsboro’s head coach Mary Grab called a time out. Within seconds of the timeout, freshman Sarah Ingerick passed inside to Jordan Butters, scoring on the layup, followed by senior Mackenzie Marple driving through the paint on the next possession, hitting off the glass, trailing

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Wellsboro Little League to close registration

The Wellsboro Little League board will close the 2013 registration on Saturday, Feb. 24. Individuals may register their players by visiting online at www. Online registration is powered by A copy of the parents’ vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, along with the parents’ drivers license, and the registered child’s birth certificate is required for registration. If registering from home, mail your copies to Wellsboro Little League, P.O. Box 585, Wellsboro, PA 16901. Costs will include $30 for the first family member, $25 for any additional; and $20 for all players registering for Tee-Ball. For more information, contact Wellsboro League President, Art Rice at (570) 724-4347.

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WeLLSBoRo’S HaNNaH ZUCHoWSKI snags the rebound as Williamson’s Cheyenne Jones and Lori Horton battle underneath. placing Wellsboro in a four point advantage, 17-13. The Lady Hornets continued their pressure, capitalizing on a long three

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4-11 to end the first quarter. In the second quarter, Kiana Acorn dropped one through the net to start the Lady Hornets off, followed by Daugherty on the line with one. Marple hit back-to-back layups from underneath, followed by Ingerick with another inside pass to Kiana Acorn, and an immediate steal from Acorn enabled the long pass down court to Ingerick underneath placed the Lady Hornets in the first lead of the night, 14-13 over Williamson. Williamson’s Jenna Hugic sent Butters to the line, hitting one for two, followed by Marple banking the shot and two-for-two on the foul from Horton,

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Lady Warriors clinch NTL West Championship

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NeW CoveNaNT aCademy senior, Kyle Williams stands with his parents, Keith and Kathy Williams as he was presented the game ball after capturing his 1,000 career point recently on the hardwood.

Williams reaches career milestone by RoBIN e. PaLmeR

Kyle Williams, son of Keith and Kathy Williams of Marsh Creek, and senior at New Covenant Academy, Mansfield, reached a milestone most recently, posting his 1,000 career point on the hardwood, Thursday, Jan. 24, as the squad secured a win over Northumberland. Williams transferred to New Covenant Academy

this past summer, from Leesburg, Va., when his father assumed the duties as pastor at the Marsh Creek Baptist Church, Wellsboro. He averaged 19 points per game at Leesburg Christian School, Va., posting 211 points as a freshman, 201 as a sophomore and 323 as a junior. As a senior, and 5’9” point guard, at New Covenant Academy, Williams (See WILLIamS page 3B)

Looking for that one last victory that would advance them into the District IV playoffs this season, the Mansfield Tigers finally secured their chances and knocked out the win over Sayre on Wednesday night, Feb. 6, with a battle to the end, 51-47 over the Redskins. Sayre took a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, still leading at the half with a 27-22 halftime advantage. Returning in the second half, Mansfield battled back and outscored the Redskins with a 15-11 third quarter, and secured the final minutes with a 14-9 fourth quarter win. Although celebrating the win and advancing into the District playoffs, the Tigers also held a moment of silence at this one special game — in remembrance of one fan, parent, supporter, that passed away suddenly on Monday, Feb. 4. Hanging on the wall, above the Tigers’ bench, said it all — We You Mrs. B! Whether in the stands, or watching from home, a moment of silence in remembrance for Margaret Berguson, a mother of four former Mansfield student athletes, two of which achieved 1,000 career points in basketball, and also a teacher at Wellsboro High School, was remembered by all. The Tigers were led in

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maNSFIeLd’S Sam RoTeLLa drives in from the side for the layup, as Sayre’s defender attempts the block at the shot. scoring by Taylor Hillson with a game high of 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Mansfield also secured a 70-33 victory over Cowanesque Valley on Mon-

day, Feb. 11 in a postponed game from Friday, Feb. 8, and will host Liberty in their final regular season matchup on Friday night, Feb. 15, before heading into District IV play next week.

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WeLLSBoRo’S eLI KeNNedy tangles on the mat with Williamson’s Dakota Bolt during the match on Thursday, Feb. 7, in Elkland. Kennedy secured the fall over Bolt in the second period.

In their last regular match of the season, Wellsboro traveled to Elkland to face off with Williamson on Thursday night, Feb. 7, dropping a 22-53 to the dominant Warriors. Williamson, who was seeded second in the District and most recently made the tough decision to drop out of the Team Duals after suffering injuries and bouts with the flu, returned to the mats with the Hornets. At 106 pounds, Roger Neal posted a fall over Wellsboro’s Nate Logan in 33 seconds, while Tyler Evans posted points on the Hornets scoreboard with a fall over Caleb Robbins in a time of 3:03, at 113 pounds. Carl Gorg secured a 10-2 decision over Adam Cleveland, for the Warriors, at 120 pounds, while at 126 pounds, teammate Logan Everett garnered the 14-5 decision over junior Nate Ingerick. Both Herman Briggs and Trevor McWhorter posted a win by forfeit for the Warriors, at 132 and 138, respectively, while Wellsboro’s Brandon Owlett secured the 10-2 decision over Hunter Hilfiger, at 145 pounds. At 152 pounds, Garrett Heffner put Williamson on the scoreboard with an 8-5 decision over Jack Chambers, while teammate Michael Presto secured the fall over Trev(See WReSTLING page 5B)


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Lady Tigers split week; prepare for District play by ROBIN E. PALMER

Mansfield split this past week with a 26-37 loss to the Lady Redskins of Sayre on Tuesday, Feb. 5, before

pulling out a final fourth quarter 58-55 victory over Cowanesque Valley on Thursday, Feb. 7. On Tuesday, facing off with Sayre, Mansfield fell

to a 8-12 deficit in the first quarter, before outscoring the Lady Redskins 10-6 in the second quarter for a halftime tie, at 18. Sayre came back out in

the third quarter to outscore the Lady Tigers 12-3 enroute to a 37-26 final victory. Leading the Lady Tigers on the scoreboard included Molly Wood with 11 points, while Emily James racked up seven points and four steals. “It was a great defensive game. We really worked well in the half court defensively, but we just couldn’t keep Robinson under control,” stated Mansfield Head Coach Jason Dominick. “I was really proud of our team effort, and it was good for us to play that type of game before the playoffs.” Back in action on Thursday, Feb. 7, the Lady Tigers

came out in NTL West action to take a one point advantage in the first quarter, leading 18-17 over Cowanesque Valley, while keeping a tight 12-12 second quarter heading into the halftime break. The Lady Indians returned in the third quarter to outscore Mansfield 17-16, and tie the score at 46, while the Lady Tigers opened up the fourth quarter with control of the ball and took a 12-9 lead, squeezing out a last minute 58-55 victory. Four Lady Tigers led the scoring in double figures including Emily James and Jackie Hillson combining for 26 points, while Ali Hillson and Molly Wood com-

bined for 24 points. Defensively, Wood added in with nine rebounds, while Jackie Hillson posted three steals. “Cowanesque Valley really played hard, and did a great job making us work for everything,” stated Dominick. “They are really well coached, and are a very difficult team to beat.” Mansfield has two games remaining on their schedule with a road trip to Williamsport on Tuesday, Feb. 12, while playing host to Liberty on Thursday, Feb. 14 to conclude their regular season. The Lady Tigers advance into District IV playoffs to be announced next week.

Liberty’s final farewell home game photo by ROBIN E. PALMER

MANSFIELD’S JACKIE HILLSON drives around her opponent just inside the arch, pushing inside to the basket.

Champs . . . (continued from page 1B) through the remaining seconds of the half, concluding with the Lady Hornets leading 22-17. As the teams entered the third quarter, Wellsboro jumped out to a 32-23 lead before Daugherty added from the foul line, followed by both Hugic and Cook with back to back layups off the glass to bring within a 28-32 deficit to end the third. In the fourth, Horton dropped one over the rim, followed by Wellsboro’s Hannah Zuchowski with the rebound and a four point advantage over Williamson. Daugherty returned to the foul line, immediately with the rebound and score, landing her with another foul, and the tie at 34. Teammate Cheyenne Jones bounced one off the glass and through the net on the next possession for the Warriors, taking Williamson into the first lead since the first quarter, 36-34 over Wellsboro, followed by Horton, again back-toback buckets, 40-34. Marple jumped back into action with another long three with just under four minutes remaining, trailing 37-40. Daugherty connected on the pass, while turning and off the glass to score, followed by Wellsboro’s possession sending Marple the pass inside to Jada Jackson off the glass. Hugic pressed the shot off the glass inside for the 44-39 lead with 1:45 left on the clock, just as Marple found an open look on the drive through the paint and eased the shot over the rim, 41-44.

Williamson added one from the foul line off of Cook, followed by Horton on the line with two, and Daugherty with one, as the clock counted below 30 seconds remaining. With a 48-41 lead, Hugic added an insurance bucket off the glass and secured the 50-41 victory over Wellsboro. “I am very proud of the effort that the girls’ put on the floor last Thursday,” stated head coach Corey Mosher. “It was wonderful that our seniors were able to play their last game at home and win the title! “Every player gave it everything they had and never gave up throughout the game. I had talked to them in the locker room before the game about the fact that a basketball game usually has its ups and downs and it was important to play hard every minute of the game, whether or not we had the momentum, and to stay positive, and if they did those things they would put themselves in position to get the win. “Even though we started fast, with an 11-0 run I knew that we dumped a lot of adrenaline to start the game, and knew Wellsboro would come fighting back as they are a resilient team,” continued Mosher. “Both teams never gave up and I felt that both teams left everything they had on the basketball floor that night. “When Wellsboro came back and took the lead I used some encouragement for our team as I knew they were thinking about the last time we played Wellsboro and our embarassing offensive effort. I continued to praise them on their defense and encouraged them

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WELLSBORO’S SARAH INGERICK blocks the shot of Williamson’s Cheyenne Jones during the NTL West matchup on Thursday, Feb. 7.

to stay within our offense and things would start happening. “Once Wellsboro took the time out and made a defensive adjustment we struggled for quite some time getting our offense going again. Wellsboro did a nice job of doubling down on Lori (Horton) and protecting the paint but by doing that it allowed our other players opportunities to get open looks and drive to the basket for lay-ups. “As we went into the locker room at half time we made a few adjustments to our offense to counter Wellsboro’s adjustment and we talked about the importance of execution on offense, which we did on a more consistent basis throughout the whole game. “We needed to play the entire second half as we had played the first quarter and focus on playing clean defense and winning the third and fourth quarter. We also talked about the importance of continuing to get to the foul line and making those free throws,” continued Mosher. “The first time we played Wellsboro we only shot 13 free throws and made only six of those. Going into Thursday’s game our goal was to get to the line more often and in the beginning of the game rather than just at the end like the previous game. We were able to shoot 22 free throws and make 13 of them. One of the other things that made us successful the second time around was that we were able to reduce our turnovers and didn’t give away fast break lay-ups. We were able to create more turnovers this time and then capitalize on them by running the floor well and getting some fast-break lay-ups. “As we entered the fourth quarter I reminded the girls’ that this was the last home game that some of them would be playing and asked them how they wanted to remember it when they came back someday for a class reunion. Did they want to talk about what could have been, or did they want to talk about winning an NTL Title. They responded with a 22-9 fourth quarter which sealed the victory for us,” concluded coach Mosher. Williamson will conclude regular season with a road trip to North Penn on Tuesday night, Feb. 12 and a final NTL East game at Wyalusing on Thursday, Feb. 14, before heading into District IV play next week. Wellsboro’s record stands at 9-11 (6-3 NTL) with two remaining games left vying for that District playoff berth. Tuesday night, Feb. 12, the Lady Hornets play host to Troy, while Thursday night, Wellsboro will host North Penn. Wellsboro suffered a loss to the Lady Panthers earlier this season, and hope to turn the tables at Wellsboro.


The final home game of the year came for the Lady Mounties of Liberty, as they played host to Williamson — and of course, the NTL West leaders this season. The team stood for their final Alma Mater, upon handing flowers to their parents for senior night, followed by the final tip off in center court for any future Lady Mountie basketball squad, as the high school looks to close, and combine with Mansfield and North Penn High Schools. A dominant team to face for their final home game, Liberty fell to a 7-18 deficit in the first quarter, dropping to a 16-31 halftime disadvantage. Williamson outscored the Lady Mounties by ten in the second half, for a 5631 victory, dropping Liberty to a 3-16 overall record. Senior Kim Daugherty posted a game high of 21 points for Williamson, while both Ashley Graham and Kelsea Harer combined for 18 to lead Liberty. “This season was punctuated by numbers. Our roster had between eight to 11 healthy girls throughout the season,” stated head coach Robin Stetter. “In spite of the low numbers, the athletes played hard throughout the season. We were hoping for more wins but knew that

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LIBERTY’S BRITTANY BICKHART pushes in on defense as Williamson’s Cheyenne Jones prepares for the shot off the backboard. we would have to work hard each and every game. “The girls did that with some nice quarters and halves against some of the stronger teams, even though the final column listed losses more often than wins. Both Coach Hill

and I are proud of the girls and wish the seniors well in the commitments and paths they choose in the future. I hope that each underclassman considers going out for the team at whatever school they find themselves at next season.”

Lady Panthers win two; miss District action by ROBIN E. PALMER

North Penn secured two victories this past week with a solid win over Cowanesque, by ten, 63-53 and a win over the Lady Black Knights of Towanda, 64-48 on Thursday, Feb. 7. Even with back to back wins this past week, and two games remaining in their regular season, the Lady Panthers drop to a 7-13 overall record (3-7 NTL West), closing the door on advancing into the District IV playoffs this season. Taking on Cowanesque Valley, the Lady Panthers secured a 13-7 lead in the first quarter, pulling ahead to a 33-19 advantage at the half with scoring led by Kaitlyn Garverick for the night with a team high of 19, followed by Whitney Holdren with 13 and Mariah Berguson, 12. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Lady Panthers returned to action, traveling to Towanda where they trailed by two in the first quarter, advancing to outscore the Black Knights 16-8 for the lead at the half 30-24. North Penn outscored Towanda 34-24 in the second half, while the team was led by Mariah Berguson’s game high of 20 points and Holdren’s 17. The Lady Panthers of North Penn might have missed their chances at

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NORTH PENN’S MARIAH BERGUSON attempts to drive around Cowanesque Valley’s Blair Williams during the matchup on Tuesday night, Feb. 5. the District IV playoffs this season, but have strength returning next season with leading players such as sophomores Mariah Berguson, averaging 13.7 points per game; Whitney Holdren (7.9 ppg) and Kaitlyn Garverick, with 11.2 points per game, to lead the team.

Defensively, the team also has been taking on teams and and handing underneath the net from Kirsten Berguson with 5.7 rebounds with game; Garverick chips in with 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Cassie Frederick contributes with 1.2 steals and 4.2 assists.

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