THE SPORTS REPORTS: CORNING HOOP STANDOUT BOYS 'NEWCOMER OF WINTER;' TIOGA COUNTY WELL-REPRESENTED IN BAKER'S DOZEN (2022-04-02)
The Sports Reports
One of the top scorers in Section IV in his first varsity season, Corning sophomore Isaiah Henderson headlines The Sports Reports’ 2021-22 “Boys Bakers Dozen Newcomers of the Winter” as the top newcomer.
Henderson is a 6-4 “walking mismatch,” who also happens to be one of the best shooters in Section IV.
scored 18.7 points a game this year, shooting 40 percent from behind
the 3-point arc, and 83 percent from the free throw line this year. He
made almost three 3-pointers per game this year.
The sophomore was also The Sports Reports' All-Region boys’ basketball “Newcomer of the Year.”
“2021-22 BOYS BAKER’S DOZEN NEWCOMERS OF THE WINTER:”
Isaiah Henderson, basketball, Corning: See above.
Kam Hills, wrestling, Waverly:
Waverly freshman Kam Hills didn’t wrestle a match until after
Christmas, but he made up for lost time, and ended up qualifying for
States by winning a Section IV title in his first varsity season.
missed the early season because he was busy dropping 60 pounds to make
the 285-pound weight class. After a 3-3 start, Hills finished the season
with a 22-8 record. In total, five of his losses came to state
place-finishers, and two of the losses came to Marathon’s Logan Jamison,
who lost in the blood round at Sates. (He also beat Jamison twice.)
Drew Macumber, wrestling, Tioga:
Macumber was practicing with the basketball team, but decided to
wrestle at the last minute. Three months later, Macumber qualified for
States with a second-place finish at the Section IV Championships. On
his way to a 20-9 record, Macumber won an IAC Championship, and the
Section IV, Qualifier A title. Six of his nine loss came to state
Riley Vanderpool, wrestling, Towanda: Vanderpool
was Towanda’s second best wrestler this season after Bryant Green.
While he didn’t get as far as some freshmen, he had more wins than any
other newcomer in the Region, posting a 36-8 record, while getting on
the podium at both individual tournaments Towanda competed in during the
season. He was a North Section champion at a tough 138-pound weight
class, and finished seventh at districts.
Evan O’Hara, bowling, Owego: O’Hara,
who had a 194 season average, recorded a season-high series of 678 and
a high game of 258. He paced the Indians with a 664 series as they won
the Section IV Class B tournament and his score was good for fourth
Michael Rennels, bowling, Horseheads:
Rennells finished 33rd at the state qualifier with an average of 191. He
had a high series of 612 and a 220 high game at the state qualifier.
Rennells had a 195 average this season for the Blue Raiders.
Logan Bellis, wrestling, Tioga:
In his first varsity season, Bellis racked up a 30-13 record, with
second-places finishes at the IAC Championships, and Section IV,
Qualifier A, and a fifth-place finish at the Section IV, Division 2
Championships. Nine of his 13 losses were to state qualifiers.
Gavin Fisher, basketball, Tioga: The
6-3 Fisher, who can score in the paint and from behind the 3-point arc,
got better and better as the season progressed. He averaged 8.3 points,
6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
Ayaan Hunsinger, wrestling, Wyalusing: Hunsinger
was able to get all the way to regionals in a tough 126-pound weight
class, while during the regular season he went undefeated in NTL dual
meet action for the Rams, including big wins against Canton, Troy and
Athens. He was 22-12 on the season.
Rylee Sluyter, wrestling, Towanda: Sluyter
was a North Section champion, and key component as a freshman in the
lower weights. Against Wyalusing, he led the rallying charge to get to
the win, and had a key victory over South Williamsport in the District
IV Duals to send them to the top six. He was 21-13 on the season.
Brayden Pequignot, wrestling, NP-Liberty: Pequignot
compiled a 20-14 record in his inaugural varsity season, including a
third-place finish at the DKI Tournament. He qualified for the District
IV Tournament with a third-place finish at the North Sectional.
Zeb Soper, basketball, Candor:
Soper was an impact player for the Indians in his first season,
averaging 7.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2 steals and 24
3-pointers. He was third on the team in rebounding, and second in
NP-L foursome — Noah Shedden, Hunter Thompson, Kyle Davis & Devin Bradley, boys basketball:
It’s not overly conventional to name a senior as an outstanding
‘newcomer,’ let alone four seniors, but North Penn-Liberty’s lineup was
anything but ordinary this season. On paper, it appeared that Coach
Brian Litzelman would be blessed to be starting a quartet of seniors.
Look further down that paper though and one would see that those four
seniors had accounted for exactly zero previous starts at the varsity
level. The Mounties’ successes over the previous two seasons — two
straight NTL titles and a District IV runner-up finish — forced these
seniors to wait their turn. They exceeded most expectations by leading
the Mounties to a 15-win season, a return trip to the District Finals
and a State playoff game.