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THE SPORTS REPORTS: SAYRE'S BENNETT, CANTON'S WARD NAMED ZIFF LAW FIRM REGIONAL 'ATHLETES OF THE WEEK' (2024-02-23)

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Sayre senior Layla Bennett, and Canton senior Hudson Ward each captured titles Saturday in dominating fashion. They are The Sports Reports / Ziff Law Firm Regional “Athletes of the Week,” for the week ending Feb. 17.

SAYRE’S BENNETT NAMED ZIFF LAW FIRM REGIONAL GIRLS “ATHLETES OF THE WEEK”
Bennett continued her dominance this season with a 3-0 mark, and the 124-pound title at the first-ever District 4 Girls Wrestling Championships Saturday.

Bennett pinned Midd-West’s Neveah Fegley in 1:52 in the quarterfinals, then decked Montgomery’s Brielle Walk in 2:45 in the semifinals.

Bennett, now 18-0, went a full six minutes in the finals for the first time this season, forging a 12-0 major decision over Athens sophomore Hanna Rathbun.

Honorable Mentions: Horseheads’ Sophia Bonnell (basketball), Candor’s Kaitlyn Floyd (bowling), Wellsboro’s Olivia Chilson (wrestling), and Troy’s Giana Renzi (basketball).

CANTON’S WARD NAMED ZIFF LAW FIRM REGIONAL BOYS “ATHLETES OF THE WEEK”
Ward scored two falls, and a technical fall on the way to his second District 4, North Section Tournament title Saturday.

Ward scored a 19-3 technical fall in 2:15 over Williamson’s Aidric Passerallo in the quarterfinals, then pinned North Penn-Liberty’s Gabe Bellows in 60 seconds in the semifinals.

Ward finished off his run with a pin of Athens freshman Connor Davidson in 2:52 in the finals.

Honorable Mentions: Athens’ Caleb Nason (wrestling), Corning Christian’s Zhyaire Driscol (basketball), Owego’s Magavin Allen (swimming), NP-Liberty’s Easton Pequingot and Bryce Pequingot (wrestling), and Wyalusing’s Ayden Hunsinger (wrestling).


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