Sun-Gazette sports year-end awards
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Olivia Dorner, South Williamsport
When Dorner burst onto the scene as a freshman, she turned heads in the area with how good of a tennis player she was. As a sophomore last year, Dorner knew she had a target on her back and even so, continued to dominate. Dorner crushed competition throughout and made it to the state tournament, becoming one of the area’s best girls tennis players in the past decade.
She was named the Sun-Gazette’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Dorner ended her senior year as the runner-up in the PIAA Class AA girls tennis singles tournament, the highest finish for a District 4 player. She won a repeat District 4 title in singles competition and helped the Mounties win the District 4 team title as well.
In the state tournament in singles competition, Dorner lost to Riverside’s Karissa Ghigiarelli, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Cameron Wood, Montoursville
It didn’t matter if Wood was playing football or wrestling, whichever sport he was competing in, he excelled in.
Wood was dominant all year and was named the Sun-Gazette’s Male Athlete of the Year.
Wood was named the Sun-Gazette’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and at 6-foot-4, was a tough player to slow down. He finished his senior year with 10 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hurries.
He also knocked down six passes, forced two fumbles and over the past two years, accounted for 18 sacks.
In wrestling, Wood won the state title at 220 pounds and ended the season 47-3. At the state championships, Wood won two bouts by fall and two — including the final — by decision.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Yonkin, Montoursville
Five place winners, a second-place finish at the PIAA Class AA tournament and an appearance in the PIAA Class AA team tournament.
That’s what Montoursville accomplished under wrestling coach Matt Yonkin, and that impressive success over the winter earned him Sun-Gazette Coach of the Year honors.
Under Yonkin, Montoursville had two state champions for the first time in program history as Cameron Wood (220 pounds) and Branden Wentzel (106) both earned titles. Dylan Bennett (182, second), Cael Crebs (170, third) and Isaac Cory (160, seventh) also were state medalists. The Warriors finished with 103 team points, which were second only to Notre Dame-Green Pond’s 114.
PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: Montoursville
Pick a scholastic sport and there’s a very good chance that Montoursville made a deep run in it through districts or states. Montoursville always has talented and solid athletic teams, and in the 2019-20 scholastic year it was on full display.
Montoursville was named the Sun-Gazette’s Program of the Year thanks to it’s extremely successful sports teams this past year.
Also earning votes were Lewisburg, Williamsport and Loyalsock.
In football, Montoursville went 12-2 and won the District 4 Class AAA championship, beating rival Loyalsock in convincing fashion, 42-14, before losing to perennial power Wyoming Area in the first round of the state tournament.
The girls soccer team went 10-6-4 before falling in the district tournament, keeping up a run of consecutive postseason appearances.
In golf, Peyton Mussina qualified for the PIAA Class AA East Region tournament and placed fourth at districts.
Lydia Barbour and Rei Saar had success in tennis, winning the District 4 doubles championship and reaching states. The duo beat South Williamsport’s Lily Summerosn and Lauren Peck in districts, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. It was also Barbour’s second consecutive doubles title as she and Maddy Reeves won it in 2018.
Montoursville’s best season came in the winter.
The Warriors had five wrestlers — Cameron Wood, Brendan Wentzel, Dylan Bennett, Cael Crebs and Isaac Cory — all medal as Wood and Wentzel were state champions. The team finished second in the Class AA tournament and the Warriors also received a berth in the PIAA Class AA team tournament.
As a whole, the Warriors in wrestling were an impressive 25-3 in dual tournaments.
In boys basketball, the Warriors went 21-6 and won the District 4 Class AAAA title by defeating Danville, 72-66, and advanced to the second round of the state tournament thanks to a win over Greater Nanticoke Area, 66-51. The Warriors fell to a talented Imhotep Charter team, 60-38, in the second round.
Montoursville also had success in the pool, as Angelo Silvagni was the only Warriors swimmer to qualify for the state tournament, doing so in the 100 breast.