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THE SPORTS REPORTS: CORNING'S NELSON, OWEGO'S CRAFT NAMED ZIFF LAW FIRM REGIONAL 'ATHLETES OF THE WEEK' (2024-02-15)

The Sports Report
Coning junior Peyton Nelson rolled the best series in the area to win a STAC title, and Owego sophomore RaeAnn Craft became the first three-time Section IV girls wrestling champ. They are The Sports Reports / Ziff Law Firm Regional “Athletes of the Week,” for the week ending Feb. 10.

CORNING’S NELSON NAMED ZIFF LAW FIRM REGIONAL BOYS “ATHLETE OF THE WEEK”
Nelson won the STAC Championship with the highest series shot by an area bowler this year.

Nelson rolled a 799 series to win the individual STAC title, and help the Hawks to their third title in four years.

Nelson fired games of 267, 274 and 258 on the day. Nelson’s three games were the second, third and tied for fourth best games by any bowler in the tournament.

Honorable Mentions: NP-Mansfield’s Karson Dominick (basketball); Cayden McPherson (basketball); SVEC’s John Johnston (wrestling), Waverly’s Troy Beeman (wrestling); and Tioga’s Declan McKee (wrestling).

OWEGO’S CRAFT NAMED ZIFF LAW FIRM REGIONAL GIRLS “ATHLETE OF THE WEEK”
Craft became the first three-time Section IV girls wrestling champion when she captured the 120-pound title at the Section IV Girls Wrestling Championships Saturday.

She racked up two pins and a technical fall to add the titles she won in 2022 and 2023. Craft started with a 16-0 tech over Kassandra Lindsay of Dryden, then decked Windsor’s Kimberly Olaeta in 1:15, before dispatching Tioga’s Kali Bailey in 2:28 in the championship bout.

Honorable Mentions:
Williamson’s Olivia Meisner (basketball); Troy’s Gloria Andrews (basketball), Edison’s Payton Littlefield (basketball), Waverly’s Mackenzie LaForest (wrestling), and Tioga’s Kyah Nelson (wrestling).

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