THE SPORTS REPORTS: CORNING'S DiNARDO TOPS BAKER'S DOZEN AS 2022-23 GIRLS 'ATHLETE OF THE YEAR;' FOUR TIOGA COUNTY ATHLETES MAKE THE LIST
(2023-07-12)The Sports Reports
A three-sport star, Corning senior Jenna DiNardo
was an All-Region, and an All-State athlete, not to mention an All-American. She is also The Sports Reports
2022-23 All-Region “Girls Athlete of the Year
was an All-American in lacrosse, where she set records for the Hawks
this year. She led the volleyball team to the state final four, and was
an all-state pick, and she was a star in basketball, where she led the
team to state final four as a junior.
In volleyball, she was a
second-team all-state pick. DiNardo was the setter for the Hawks and had
503 assists on the year. She also had 284 digs and 117 points. She also
could be a force at the net at times, getting eight kills in the
sub-regional game as she tipped over on two catching the defense
This spring, she was the Southern Tier Sports Report
“Lacrosse Player of the Year.” DiNardo had an offensive season never
seen in the area before. She had 98 goals and 44 assists for 142 points
as the Hawks won a sectional title. The Virginia-bound player did all of
that in 17 games this season. DiNardo went over 200 career goals and
300 career points this year.
On the hardwoods, she was an
all-STAC and all-STSR selection at guard, leading the Hawks back to a
second straight sectional final. DiNardo was a double-digit scorer for
the Hawks, but here real dominance was on defense where she has been a
forced for Corning throughout her career.
Three- and four-sport
athletes are given precedence in this yearly awards. A two-sport athlete
will occasionally works his way into the Baker’s Dozen, but a one-sport
athlete will rarely make the grade.
(The Sports Reports
covers 24 school districts in four counties, and Corning.)The Sports Reports’ 2022-23 All-Regionals Girls “Athletes of the Year”
Jenna DiNardo, senior, Corning — volleyball, basketball, lacrosse:
See above.Shannon Maloney, senior, Notre Dame — soccer, basketball, softball:
Maloney all-state selection in all three sports she played this school year.
was an All-Region softball player, dominating in center field, with
over a .400 average and dominant defense. She led the Crusaders to a
On the soccer pitch, she was coming off a
first-team all-state season as a junior and made all-state again, and
was a first-team all-Region pick. She was the all-STSR goalie of the
year for a second straight year.
This winter, she was the only
girls’ player in the area to average a double-double this season. She
scored 18.4 points a game with 14.3 rebounds a contest. Also put up 3.1
steals and recored 4.1 deflections a game.Kennedy Westbrook, senior, Waverly — soccer, basketball, track & field:
A speedy and versatile all-around player on the soccer pitch, Westbrook led Waverly to the Section IV, Class B semifinals.
who will play at Division I New Jersey Institute of Technology in the
fall, scored 17 goals and dished out eight assists, while providing
defensive support for the Lady Wolverines.
On the offensive end
of the floor, Westbrook scored in transition, taking the ball to the
bucket, or from 3-point range. She led the team with 19.8 points, 5.8
rebounds, and 4 assists per game. She also knocked down 42 3-pointers.
Westbrook is a shutdown defender, who harasses ball-handlers into
mistakes, and gets in the passing lanes. She led the Lady Wolverines
with 5 steals, and 3.4 deflections per game.
This spring, Kennedy
Westbrook was a mainstay in the sprints for the track team, and was on a
400-meter relay that had the third-fastest time in Section IV, Division
2 this season. However, an injury late in the season sidelined her for
the postseason.Melanie Shumway, junior, Northeast Bradford — soccer, cross country, softball, track & field:
Shumway did she excelled at. In the fall, she was the Bradford County
All-stars Co-Player of the Year as both one of the top scorers in the
league, and one of the best defenders. She helped the Panthers to their
best program in school history.
In cross country, she was a
top-five runner for the District IV, Class A champions, taking fifth at
the NTL Coaches’ Invitational, and 10th at districts.
spring, she was one of the best outfielders in the league, hitting .438
with 23 runs scored, and five doubles to earn a third Bradford County
At the same time, she ran track and field for the
Panthers, earning two district qualifying spots, while helping their
4x800 relay take fourth at districts to earn a medal.McKenna Lightner, junior, North Penn-Liberty — volleyball, softball;
Penn-Mansfield — basketball: Lightner was a vital member of a pair of
District title winning teams — NP-Liberty volleyball and softball — and
an undersized post-player that held her own against the league’s best
every game for the NP-Mansfield Lady Tigers basketball team.
started her year off by winning an NTL and a District 4 Championship in
volleyball where the libero had 241 digs, 292 serves-received, 132
points and 16 aces..
The Lady Tigers struggled to a 3-17 record
this basketball season, but Lightner was a bright spot despite giving up
a height advantage most nights and grabbed more than eight rebounds and
scored five points per game.
This spring, Lightner manned
shortstop for the NTL and District 4 Champion Lady Mounties softball
team and had five home runs, seven doubles and a triple among her 20
base hits with 24 runs scored, 15 RBI and 10 walks drawn.Payton Ross, senior, Elmira — cross country, basketball, softball, flag football:
Ross was a four-sport athlete for the Express this year.
spring. she played two sports — softball and was a member on the first
flag football team. Ross threw for 1,462 yards and 17 scores, completing
56 percent of her passes, and she also ran for 968 yards and 12
touchdowns in flag football.
On the softball diamond, she hit
.419, with two home runs, and two doubles. As a pitcher, she had a 2.84
ERA with 70 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.Taylor Dalton, junior, Owego — soccer, basketball, flag football, track & field:
Dalton won the Section IV Division 2 long jump title and placed second
overall at the state qualifier. She was also the team’s No. 2 sprinter
behind state qualifier Stella Palladino and was a key performer in
On the gridiron, she was the Indians’ key receiver during
their march to a Section IV, Division II runner-up finish. She had 43
receptions for 686 yards and nine touchdowns with seven extra-point
catches. She also had 11 rushes for 55 yards and three TDs. On defense,
Dalton came away with eight interceptions for 132 return yards (two pick
sixes) and 12 “tackles.”
She also made key contributions as a
midfielder on the soccer team, winning numerous 50-50 balls and making
key plays which contributed to a 12-3 record and a Section IV, Class B
Her strong defensive play on the basketball court helped the team to a 12-9 record and a spot in sectionals.Jordan Greeno, senior, Owego — field hockey, flag football, softball:
All-Tioga County Player of the Year and Section IV Division III
first-team all-star led the team in assists (12) and was second in goals
(15) as she led the Indians to a Division III title with an 8-0 record,
an 11-7 overall record and a second-place finish in the Section IV,
Class C playoffs.
On the softball diamond, Greeno was key to the
middle infield, playing both second base and shortstop. She carried a
.947 fielding percentage, committing just two errors. She also hit .373
(19-for-51) with 15 runs and 11 RBI.
She was also a key player on
the flag football team, which went 8-3 and was the Section IV Division
II runner-up. She had 16 catches for 159 yards and three TDs and had
five carries for 13 yards and one TD. She also contributed a pick-6.
Madison McEvoy, sophomore, Owego — field hockey, basketball, lacrosse:
On the basketball court, the sophomore point guard set a school record
for 3-point field goals (57) and led the Indians to the Section IV
playoffs and a 12-9 record.
She surpassed 100 career goals while helping the lacrosse team go 12-4 and finish as the Section IV Class D runner-up.
also helped the field hockey team win the Section IV Division III title
with an 8-0 record, an 11-7 overall record and a second-place finish in
the Section IV Class C playoffs.Ashley Woodring, sophomore, Cowanesque Valley —, basketball, softball; Williamson — soccer:
was an exceptional presence in the net for Williamson’s soccer team —
with 97 saves, four shutouts and only 24 goals allowed,
She scored nine points per game and grabbed six rebounds for the CV basketball team
Woodring hit .434 with 23 base hits for the NTL Small-School softball champs.
Alyssa Parks, sophomore, Troy (cross country, basketball, track & field):
was a three-time Bradford County All-star on the year, beginning in the
fall, where she battled injuries to earn a state cross country berth,
finishing in the top-50 at states.
On the hardwoods, Parks
averaged 10.3 points per game, combined with a long-armed defense to
lead Troy to a 16-6 record as they qualified for the NTL Showdown for
the first time in program history.
In the spring, Parks succeeded
in an eclectic array of events, earning district medals in the high
jump and the 300=meter hurdles.Anaiah Kolesar, freshman, Northeast Bradford — cross country, track & field; Athens — wrestling:
It’s rare for a varsity athlete to earn a state medal in her / his
first year of competition, but Northeast Bradford’s Anaiah Kolesar won
two state medals as a freshman this season as part of her strong,
three-sport year. She was The Sports Reports
’ 2022-23 All-Region “Girls Newcomer of the Year.
the fall, Kolesar was the number-two runner for the Panthers, helping
to lead them to an NTL Small School title, an NTL Coaches’ Invitational
title, and a District IV, Class A championship. At the District 4 meet,
Kolesar was the top freshman, finishing third overall.
At the PIAA Championships, Kolesar placed 23rd overall to earn the first of her two state medals on the year.
the wrestling mats, Kolesar was the runner-up at the Northeast Regional
Tournament, then at states she went 3-2 to place seventh, and reach the
podium for her second state medal of the year.
In the spring,
Kolesar was key to a resurgent NEB girls’ track & field team, one
that took placed at the NTL Championships, its highest finish ever with
the new format. Kolesar was second in the 1,600-meter run, and third in
the 3,200 and 800 at the league meet, while helping their 4x800 relay
At the District 4 meet, she helped their 4x800 to a
fourth place medal, and a new school record, missing the state mark by
six seconds. In the 3200 she took fourth overall for her second district
medal of the weekend.Camille McRoberts, senior, Canton (soccer, cross country, track & field):
McRoberts was a three-time Bradford County All-star on the year.
did two sports in the fall, helping to lead Troy to a third straight
NTL title in the midfield, while she earned a state berth in cross
country, taking ninth at districts.
In the spring, she was a
three-time district medalist, earning podium spots in the 800, 1600, and
4x400 relay. She also set an individual school record in the 800, and
two relay records.
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