THE SPORTS REPORTS: NP-LIBERTY'S CHAPEL HEADLINES BAKER'S DOZEN AS 'COACH OF THE SPRING'
(2023-07-07)The Sports Reports
The North Penn-Liberty softball team posted a historic season, and Jason Chapel
was at the helm. He is The Sports Report
All-Region “Coach of the Spring
In just his second year, Chapel piloted the NP-L squad to a 22-1-1 record, and a berth in the PIAA, Class 3A playoffs.
Lady Mountaineers scribed an undefeated regular season, an NTL title,
and a District 4 Class 3A championship into the record books, and also
registered a State playoff win.
(The Sports Reports
covers 24 school districts in four counties, and Corning.)2023 Baker’s Dozen Coaches of the Spring
Jason Chapel, NP-Liberty — softball:
See above.Liz Warren, Edison — softball:
Edison was 17-4 on the season, it was the top seed for the Section IV,
Class C playoffs, won the sectional title and made it to the state Final
The Lady Spartans won a pair of one-run games in the
Section IV playoffs, avenging two of their three regular-season losses
by beating Notre Dame in the sectional final.Mike Maloney, Notre Dame — softball:
Dame was 16-5 on the season. The Crusaders fell to Edison by a run in
the sectional final, after a pair of regular-season wins over the
Spartans. They went unbeaten during IAC action on the season.
only losses on the year were two in the Mary Testa Tournament, one in
the Mudville Tournament, once down south in Tennessee and the loss in
the sectional final. The five teams they lost to had a combined record
of 92-15 on the season with Deposit-Hancock winning a state title.Chris Bennett, Edison — baseball:
Chris Bennett took over for longtime coach Mike Bennett, and led the
Spartans to a divisional title, as well as an over IAC Small School
With a young roster, and few returning starters the
Spartans finished 18-3 on the year with all three of their losses coming
to two teams — Lansing and Schuyler. Lansing reached the Class B state
finals and Schuyler won the Section IV, Class C title.Kevin Jester, Candor — boys golf:
Jester led Candor to a 13-0 record, as well as IAC Small School and overall championships, and a Section IV Class D title.
current coaching win streak is at 32 dual matches, as prior to the end
of a merger with S-VE, the program won 19 consecutive matches as the
SVEC Eagles.Steve Hepfer / Aaron Wooster, Williamson — track & field:
Williamson repeated as NTL Champions on the boys’ side this year, while
also boasting the state champions in the 4-x-800 relay. On top of that,
the Warriors had four individual state qualifiers under the direction
of Hepfer and Wooster.
Dave Hogan, Waverly – track & field:
The Waverly boys team, who won a division title, finished in the top
three in nearly every invitational they attended this season. In the
postseason, they finished second at the IAC Championships, third at the
Section IV, Class C Championships, and second at the Section IV,
Division 2 State Qualifier.
Under Hogan’s direction, Waverly brought home three state medals, including a silver medal in the 400-meter relay.Brian Salsman, NEB — baseball:
was touch-and-go for much of the season, but the Panthers peaked at the
right time under Salsman’s patient guidance to win the program’s first
District 4 title.
The Panthers even got a little extra icing on that cake by winning their first state playoff game, too.Nick Vanderpool, Wyalusing — baseball:
The Rams had a tough start and finish, but never lost sight of their
ultimate goal — a District 4 championship, and they played their best
baseball during those three games to end the drought.
Wayne Pratt / Sadie Hardy, Troy — softball:
Troy ended its playoff drought, and it set new school records for
hitting this year. The Trojans reached the district semifinals, and
nearly upset eventual champion and state final four team team South
Charlie Havens, Athens — baseball:
Havens piloted the Wildcat to an 18-1 regular-season record, which included an NTL Large School Division title.
also handed Waverly its first loss of the season — after 12 straight
wins to start the season — with a 1-0 win in the “Game of the Year.” The
Wildcats, however, lost their first postseason game to finish the
season at 18-2.
Kyle McDuffee, Waverly — baseball:
directed the Wolverines to a 17-2 regular season record, which included
an IAC South Large School Division title, as well as a win in the
overall IAC Large School championship game.
Waverly, however, lost its initial postseason game to finish the season at 17-3.Scott Senko, Owego — track & field:
Senko led the Indians to a 4-2-1 record, their losses coming by a
combined 16 points. Owego won the Class B team championship, upsetting
Maine-Endwell in the process, and sent two female athletes to the state
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