It's the next to last week of the regular season and several titles are still up in the air.

The NTL East girls title has come down to Athens and Sayre, who will play this Thursday at Sayre's Pink Game. In the NTL West Williamson holds a one game over Wellsboro with them meeting on Thursday as well.

Up north Waverly will travel to Notre Dame to decide the IAC Large South title while Tioga is still in the running for the Small South title.

On the boys' side in the East Towanda and Athens are tied with the Knights traveling to Wildcat territory on Wednesday. In the West Wellsboro still has yet to clinch but will get their chance as they travel to Williamson on Friday. Either a Wellsboro win or Williamson loss clinches the title for the Green Hornets.

Down in the Heartland Sullivan County's loss to St. John Neumann has likely pushed them out of the title hunt.


Addie Jordan, Sullivan County

The Griffins have slowly improved over the course of the season. Along the way Jordan has emerged as their most consistent scorer.

Jordan averaged just over 14 points a game, including 16 in their win over CMVT. She also had 16 against Jersey Shore and 11 in their loss to Millville.


Cody Marchese, Waverly

The lead guard had 20 points, eight steals and five assists in the Wolverine's win over STAC team Owego 65-54. Then in Waverly's win over Newark Valley Marchese dished out nine assists.

Waverly looks to be peaking at the right time and Marchese has been a big reason for that.


Towanda Black Knights

The Lady Knights kept their playoff hopes alive by going 3-0 this past week.

They started off the week with a 62-50 win over Northeast Bradford during their pink game. Kaitlin Hallabuk and Alaina Wickwire combined for 39 points in the victory.

Mid week they beat Canton 57-22 followed by another big win over Muncy on Saturday where Wickwire and Hallabuk had 16 points each.

Though there is still more work to be done at 8-9 they have a lot more hope than they did last weekend.


Williamson Warriors

While the Lady Warriors have been getting the headlines lately the boys' team has been having some success, too.

In their 73-43 win over CV Troy Adriance had a career high of 29 points and eight threes. Following that Williamson picked up a 47-42 victory over Mansfield as they got balanced scoring from their starters with all five scoring between seven and 10 points each.

These two wins have not only put them close to qualifying for districts, they're also the only team left alive out West to threaten Wellsboro for the league title.



Tuesday, February 5

Sayre at Mansfield, 7:30 p.m.

Before the Redskins host Athens they will travel to Mansfield in a key District IV, Class A match-up.

Sayre is coming off an eight game win streak that saw their winning scoring margin balloon to 28 points per game. Defensively they've held Athens, Northeast Bradford, Towanda and Wyalusing to an average of 27.2 points per game over that span.

On the otherside Mansfield been using their uptempo offense to put points on the board. They're averaging 55.4 over the last five games, a span that has seen them go 4-1.

It could be an interesting match-up of two guard dominant teams.

Thursday, February 7

Athens at Sayre, 7:30 p.m.

Not quite a winner take all as both teams still have have Northeast Bradford left on their schedule but whoever comes out on top will be sitting pretty.

In their last game the Redskin's defense held Athens to 19 points while also getting balanced scoring from their starters. Nobody on their starting five scored less than five points or more than nine during the game.

Since that loss Athens has been rolling, winning six straight including big victories over Northeast Bradford, Danville and Wyalusing.

Wellsboro at Williamson, 7:30 p.m.

The Green Hornets need a win here to force a possible playoff while Williamson can pretty much clinch the West title with a victory.

In the first meeting Wellsboro held Williamson to a season low 26 points. That won't as easy as the Warriors are on a roll offensively, averaging 62 points a game since then.

The Hornets are coming off a win over Cowanesque Valley but fell to Mansfield the game before that. Williamson is coming off a high scoring victory over the Tigers 71-62.

Friday, February 8

Waverly at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

If both teams win on Tuesday then Notre Dame needs a win here to force a playoff for the IAC Large South title. Waverly is currently sitting undefeated on the year.

In the first meeting Waverly won a sloppy game 44-33.

Sabrina Bowman has been the Wolverine's prolific scorer, averaging 19.2 over her last five games. She had 21 against Notre Dame.

The Crusaders have been undefeated in IAC play since then but face a tough challenge in Newfield Tuesday.

Olivia May and Sheridan Heine have combined to average 36 points per game over the last four for Notre Dame.


Wednesday, February 6

Towanda at Athens, 7;30 p.m.

The first game saw the Knights jump to a big first half lead only for the Wildcats to claw back for the win.

Athens won 63-53 thanks in large part to a 21 point outburst from Luke Wright, his season high up to that point.

Since that game Wright has seen his scoring average jump to 10.8 ppg from 6.7 ppg. Garrett Clark continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring at 15.2 ppg.

Towanda has gone undefeated since that loss despite needing rallies to beat Sayre and Canton.

The Black Knight trio of Hoah Huff, Joel Miller and Dave Rodenhizer combine to average 36.6 points per game. They've also had young players step up, such as Bailey Potter's 14 points against Sayre. They will likely need somebody to step up if they are going to upset the defending NTL East champions.

Sayre at Mansfield, 7:30 p.m.

Two teams that are struggling to gain some traction.

Both are coming off back to back losses (in Sayre's case, three in a row), so they hope to turn things around here.

The Redskins have been playing with out the area's top scorer, Nate Williams (21.2 ppg), their last two. In his absense Seth Murrelle (10.5), Nick Skerpon (9.0) and Marshall Higley (8.5) have handled the scoring duties.

Despite the team's woes Taylor Hillson has found his touch against for the Tigers, averaging 21 points per game over the last three.

The Tigers trail Sayre in the playoff standings so a win here could help them leap frog the Redskins, important if they want to avoid a first round match up with Lourdes.

Friday, February 8

Notre Dame at Waverly, 7:30 p.m.

Coming off a loss to Watkins Glen the Crusaders will likely need to win out to force a playoff.

That won't be easy as Waverly has been playing well as of late.

The Wolverines were 2-0 last week as four different players (Cody Marchese and Chris Raupers against Owego, Patric Bronson and Dylan Perry against Newark Valley) stepped up to handle the scoring load.

Darius Garvin continues to be a prolific scorer for the Crusaders, averaging 20.2 over the last five games. However, he will need some help if Notre Dame is going to come out of there with a win.

Wellsboro at Williamson, 7:30 p.m.

This game has two implications.

The first being, if Williamson wins Tuesday, they still have a shot at the NTL West title. They would need to beat Wellsboro Friday and then have somebody else beat them to force a playoff.

It's long odds as the Hornets have looked unbeatable in league play but anything can happen in a one game setting.

Secondly, Williamson is still fighting for their playoff lives and every win counts.

The Warriors are coming off a big week where they went 2-0 while Wellsboro is riding a 10 game win streak.

Saturday, February 9

Bloomsburg at Sullivan County, 8 p.m.

While the division title may not be on the line both teams would like a win here for playoff purposes.

In their last game the Griffins held Bloomsburg to 46 points in the win.

Derek Wilkins had 18 points in the win for Sullivan. As of late Conner Wylie (12.3) and Kelby Mullen (14.8) have shared the scoring load for the Griffins.