THE SPORTS REPORTS: TIOGA'S AIELLO, HARRINGTON SHARE ALL-REGION 'COACH OF THE YEAR' HONORS; FOUR OTHER TIOGA COUNTY COACHES MAKE THE BAKER'S DOZEN
(2023-07-11)The Sports ReportsNick Aiello
and Kris Harrington
have taken their programs to new heights at Tioga, leading the football
and wrestling teams, respectively, to multiple state titles. They share
The Sports Reports
' 2022-23 All-Region “Coach of the Year
the fall, Aiello directed the Tigers to their third state title since
2015, capping a 14-0 season — the first time in the State to ever win 14
games. Tioga outscored its opponents by an average of 46.7 to 13.2 on
Aiello also won his 10th Section IV, Class D title in
the last 11 postseasons, and the Tigers won thier 10th straight state
quarter-final appearance during that stretch.
Tioga rolled over Cambridge-Salem, 63-20, in the state finals to secure its second straight state title.
Aiello is 122-23 for his career, with a 26-2 record in the Section IV playoffs, and a 16-7 mark in the state playoffs.
the winter, Harrington kept the Tioga wrestling juggernaut rolling. The
Tigers won their sixth consecutive Section IV title, and their fourth
straight team title at the New York State Division 2 Championships.
was 13-0 in duals, and has won 31 in a row. The Tigers won their fourth
consecutive Section IV Duals title, and second straight New York State
Division 2 Duals title.
The Tigers also advanced eight wrestlers
to the state championships, and brought home seven medals, including a
pair of state champs, two runners-up, and a third-place finisher— giving
them 11 state place-winners, including four state champs, four
runners-up, and two third-place finishers in the last two years.
This was one of the toughest lists imaginable to compile. During the
2022-23 school year, teams in The Sports Reports coverage area won 44
Section IV / District 4 titles, and four state titles. With just 13
coaches making the grade, that leaves a lot of deserving coaches out in
the cold, and with a compelling argument to be included.)(The Sports Reports
covers 24 school districts in four counties, and Corning.)The 2022-23 Baker’s Dozen All-Region “Coaches of the Year”
Nick Aiello, TIoga — football:
See above.Kris Harrington, Tioga — wrestling:
See above.Jason Chapel, North Penn-Liberty — softball:
The North Penn-Liberty softball team posted a historic season, and
Jason Chapel was at the helm. 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
The 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.Jason Miller, Waverly football:
Wolverines won 10 games in a season for the second year in a row, but
more importantly knocked off Chenango Forks to win the Section IV, Class
It’s the fourth Section IV title for Miller
since 2008, and it was the first time since 1998 that Forks has lost in a
Section IV championship game. The Blue Devils were 18-0 in that span.Des Ford, Tioga volleyball:
Ford directed the Lady Tigers to a Section IV, Class D title — her
seventh Section IV title since 2009, and ninth of her career.
was 15-2 in the regular season, with both losses coming in five sets,
then went on to win the overall IAC Small School title, the Class D
title, and one match in the state playoffs, before falling to defending
state champion Mount Academy, which went on to repeat. Tioga finished
the season at 19-3.
Ford, who just finished her 37th year at Tioga, has a record of 224-39 since 2009.
Tim Crout, Elmira — boys and girls bowling: Horseheads — volleyball:
guided the Elmira bowling team to the first team state title in any
sport in Elmira Express history and only the second in the history of
the Elmira school district.
Both the boys and girls teams won the
state qualifier to make it to states. Crout became the first Section 4
coach to lead teams to composite state titles and team state titles
during their career.
Crout also led the Horseheads volleyball team in the fall, guiding them to the Section IV playoffs.Ray Lawson, Corning — cross country, indoor track & field:
guided the Hawks to a second straight state title in cross country this
season. Despite the graduation of individual state champion Jack
Gregorski, the Hawks returned to States this year and repeated as state
champs. The boys also went to Nike Nationals and finished fifth in the
He coached the girls cross country team to a fourth-place finish at States, tied for the best finish in program history.
also helped coach more than 20 athletes to states in the indoor season,
including state champion Gyasi Ruffin (600 meters).Jeff Limoncelli, Horseheads — baseball, boys basketball:
Limoncello led the Horseheads basketball and baseball team to Section IV titles this year.
a tough Class A, the Blue Raiders topped Johnson City in the the
basketball final in a matchup of state-ranked teams. In baseball, they
beat STAC champion Union-Endicott in the final.
Horseheads won the division title in baseball, in a division that also featured Class AA champion Elmira.
Mike Johnston, Corning football, boys basketball, softball:
Johnston coached three sports this year, winning Section IV titles in
two of the three, and leading the third team to a sectional final.
guided the football team to a sectional championship, piloted the
softball title to a sectional title and helped led the boys basketball
team to the Class AA final.
Despite many injuries during the
football season, the team won a Section IV championship, and had a
regular season win over state runner-up Newburgh.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 to win its first District 4 title
in 66 years of existence. The Rams beat South Williamsport, 10-1, in the
finals.Tyler Sechrist, Canton, football:
Canton back to the state semifinals, once again winning NTL and District
4 titles, and gave Jersey Shore, a state-ranked Class 4A team, its
toughest game of the season until the state playoffs.
the Class A playoffs, Canton blasted through its first three playoff
games, before falling to eventual state champions Steelton-Highspire in a
game it led in the fourth quarter.
Alessio De Michele, Owego, boys soccer: The second-year coach
took the Indians to their second consecutive Section IV, Class B
championship and a No. 11 state ranking. Owego posted a 15-2 record with
losses coming against Section IV Class AA champion Corning and
Skaneateles. The latter pulled out a 1-0 overtime victory and went on to
win its third consecutive state title.
Greg Schweiger, Newark Valley, girls basketball:
The Cardinals went 21-1 and won their second consecutive Section IV
championship, despite moving up to the Class B ranks. They also repeated
as IAC South Large School Division champs, and overall IAC Large School
champions for a third straight year. Schweiger recorded his 100th
victory at NV (he currently has 112) and the team ended the season with a
No. 5 state ranking.
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