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TAYLOR MADE: AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (2024-02-20)
Over the past few days a couple of questions have come up regarding the Section IV basketball tournaments. How is the No. 1 ranked team in the state only seeded second for sectionals (in reference to Newark Valley girls basketball) and how did the Candor boys get seeded ahead of Moravia despite losing to the Blue Devils twice?
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ALL-REGION WEEK RECOGNIZES BEST OF BEST — ATHLETES, COACHES, NEWCOMERS — IN THE SPORTS REPORTS' COVERAGE AREA FOR FALL OF 2023 (2023-12-20)
It’s All-Region Week for The Sports Reports, and there are plenty of athletes, newcomers, and coaches to honor — the 2023 fall season did not disappoint.
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TAYLOR MADE: HISTORY IN THE MAKING? (2023-09-09)
When the Owego football team opens the 2023 season at Newark Valley this afternoon there will be two sets of brothers from the same family involved.
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TAYLOR MADE: WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO? (2023-08-07)
I looked at my calendar a couple days ago and suddenly realized that it’s August and that the first fall high school athletic events will be starting as early as Aug. 29.
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TAYLOR MADE: LEAVING A LASTING MEMORY (2022-11-22)
Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the passing of my father and I didn’t think it would be a big thing, but it was a lot harder to deal with than I was prepared for.
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TAYLOR MADE: 35 AND 5 (2022-08-19)
It’s hard for me to believe that Tioga County Sports Report celebrated its fourth anniversary Tuesday. It feels like we just got this website off the ground.
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TAYLOR MADE: LOOKING BACK ON AN INCREDIBLE SEASON (2022-03-22)
Tioga County Sport Report
Newark Valley’s incredible season which ended in a NYSPHSAA Class C runner-up finish was no fluke. It began several years ago when the Cardinals’ road to excellence was just beginning to get paved at the youth level.
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TAYLOR MADE: MAT MASTERY PUTS AREA GRAPPLERS ON THE MAP (2022-03-16)
Tioga County Sport Report
Before I get started on my favorite sport, let’s peruse the hardwoods a little.
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TAYLOR MADE: IT'S CRUNCH TIME (2022-02-03)
It's crunch time for several Tioga County winter teams and athletes. Here's a look at what's in store over the next few weeks.
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COLLEGE WRESTLING: TIOGA COUNTY GRADS HELP RIT KNOCK OFF TOP-SEED AT NWCA NATIONAL DUALS (2022-01-07)
Tioga County Sports Report
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Newark Valley grad Josh Post and Tioga grad Austin Lamb posted decisions to help eighth-seeded RIT knock off top-seeded Coe College (Iowa) in the quarterfinals of the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals Thursday.
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TAYLOR MADE: A GLANCE BACK AT 2021 (2021-12-31)
Scholastic sports returned to the area in 2021, although seasons were cut short so that fall, winter and spring activities could be held prior to the end of the school year.
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TAYLOR MADE: COVID WILL CONTINUE TO HAUNT US (2021-12-25)
The COVID variants will continue to haunt us into the new year — and quite possibly beyond 2022.

Unfortunately, it's affecting the current holiday tournament season in both basketball and wrestling.
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: A GLARING OMISSION IN OUR TOP COACHES LIST; 'LETTER TO SANTA' TOUCHES ON WRESTLING TOURNEY, SUPPORT FOR OFFICIALS ... AND MORE (2021-12-25)
The Sports Report recently recognized our All-Region teams for the fall sports. The student-athletes on those teams were from our coverage areas — 24 school districts in five counties.
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TAYLOR MADE: 5 GOLDEN RINGS (2021-12-24)
There's a tradition in my family where we would sing The Twelve Days of Christmas when we would get together for the holidays. My dad would chime in with his low, gruff voice, performing a slow-to-roll-off-the-tongue bass rendition whenever we reached the Five Golden Rings verse.
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TAYLOR MADE: MY FATHER, MY TEACHER, MY FRIEND (2021-12-14)
I was at the Tioga-Moriah football game at the Carrier Dome recently and as I watched the Tigers overcome some adversity on the field and start to dominate the game, my mind turned to how proud my father would be of the way these young men persevered to become state champions.
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TAYLOR MADE: AND THE 'GIBBS SLAP' GOES TO ... (2021-11-18)
The last few weeks have been interesting, to say the least, and right now I have a few things I just need to unload. If you wish not to experience the latest rant from my soapbox, then now would be the time to move on to the next item on your agenda. Otherwise, let's start off with my own personal blunder, which is the reason for the title of this piece.
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TAYLOR MADE: CLEANING OFF THE PLATE (2021-09-06)
As the fall sports season begins, it's time to clear my mind. I know, some of you are thinking "this won't take long," but there are a couple items I would like to address.
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# SPORTS: 'GOOD COACH ONLY AS GOOD AS HIS / HER ASSISTANT' (2021-03-03)
“A head coach is only as good as his / her assistant.”

Pretty straightforward statement. It’s one I agree with 100 percent. The only question I would have nowadays would b ...more

TAYLOR MADE: ADJUSTING TO A UNIQUE ERA (2021-02-19)
The high-risk sports (basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey, wrestling) are underway and let me tell you, it's been an interesting situation (as it was with bowling and swimming).
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FROM THE PRESS BOX: THE GOAT, OR THE BEST? ... AND THE NFL DRAFT (2021-02-07)
We’re just hours away from the kick-off of the 55th Super Bowl. All I want to see is a good game, and there’s no reason we shouldn†...more

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