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AREA ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AS PART OF TOP DRAWER TEAM (2022-07-24)

Southern Tier Sports Report
More than 60 student-athletes were recently honored in the 17th annual Top Drawer team.

Student-athletes from school districts in the region are eligible: Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, Trumansburg, Spencer-VanEtten, South Seneca, Elmira Notre Dame, Horseheads, Elmira, Thomas A. Edison, Twin Tiers Christian Academy, Corning, Waverly, Tioga, Newark Valley, Canton, Troy, Campbell-Savona, Addison, Haverling, and Newfield.

(You can watch the unveiling of the team on WENY, by clicking here.)

The Southern Tier honorees include:
Notre Dame
* Owen Stewart: Baseball
* Shannon Maloney: Soccer, basketball and softball

Elmira
* Tyler Marks: Football, basketball and golf
* Ana (Vicky) Mordvinova: Cross Country, indoor T&F, outdoor T&F
* Delaney Malone: Soccer & lacrosse
* Lydia Benjamin: Lacrosse & Swimming
* Michael Middaugh: Football & Basketball
* Trevor Morrell: Soccer & Baseball
* Morgan Reidy: Lacrosse

Horseheads
* Matt Baker: Lacrosse, swimming & Diving
* Samantha Woodworth: Cross Country, Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F
* Patrick Carpenter: Lacrosse & Basketball
* Carly Scott: Basketball & Softball
* Riley Loomis: Football & Baseball
* Eva Ruth Koratsis: Basketball & Softball
* Alex Chrisman: Football, baseball & T&F
* Alexis Guzylak: Basketball & Lacrosse

Thomas A. Edison
* Michael Brown: Football & Baseball
* Maren Lutz: Volleyball, basketball & Tennis
* Kyler Ripley: Football, basketball & baseball
* Dylan Swartwood: Basketball & Baseball

Corning
* Maddy Gill: Lacrosse, soccer, basketball, indoor T&F
* Atalyia Rijo: Softball, indoor T&F
* Lucas Zawko: Football & wrestling
* Vanessa Turner: Swimming & Diving, Track
* Ryan McNutt: Swimming & Diving
* Aidan Chamberlin: Baseball & Basketball
* Ellie DeRosa: Softball, indoor & outdoor T&F

The Top Drawer honorees from those schools were selected by a committee and through consultation with administrators, teachers and coaches.

Committee members, in considering potential honorees, took into account academic accomplishments, achievements on the playing fields, and the ability of the students to engage the world through civic endeavors or to leave behind them positive consequences from their positive actions.

The Top Drawer was born in the autumn of 2005 during a brainstorming session held by Odessa File publisher Charlie Haeffner and Watkins Glen High School Athletic Director Craig Cheplick. The two men decided that the usual All-Twin Tiers teams, which focused on one sport and one season, could be improved upon by establishing an honors team that included all sports and the entire school year, taking into account academics and citizenship, as well.

The Top Drawer program is now run by WENY.


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