BY TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
OWEGO - Coming off a runner-up showing in Section IV Class B last season, Owego hopes to challenge again this season.
The Indians went 13-10 overall (6-7 in STAC) and beat a very solid Waverly team in the sectional semifinals. There was, however, the juggernaut Susquehanna Valley team to contend with. The Sabers would go on to win their second state championship in four years. They also won the Federation title and finished the season 26-0.
That was last season, and Owego is now focused on what lies ahead. The challenge won't be easy as the Indians graduated starters Brittany Hathaway, Lauren Wilson and Abi Higgins. Also gone are Julia Sarrge, Gracie Jensen, who saw plenty of playing time coming off the bench.
Head coach Luke McEvoy has several players returning to help carry the load. They include senior guards Anna Felice and Lauren Angelone, and senior forward Ella Kopalek, as well as Kaci Donovan, a junior guard, and Evee Coleman, a sophomore forward.
Among this season's newcomers are senior guard Zoe Mahon, who is back after a season away, and a trio of junior forwards in Larissa Fisher, Katie Shoen and Shannon Heffernan.
"Our expectations and goal is to make it back to that game and put ourselves in a position to win it," McEvoy said. "(We're) hoping to be as competitive as possible every night as we play against some very talented players / teams in a loaded STAC conference."
By the way, Sus Valley graduated seven players.
Owego opens the season tonight, hosting Ithaca.
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