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Northern Tier Sports Report
The Towanda boys’ cross-country team came into the season looking like they could make some noise, and make some noise they did.

The Knights were second overall in the NTL standings, losing to just their division champs CV, while also taking second at the NTL Invite and District IV Championships to earn a state berth.

“I’m very happy with the season on both sides,” said coach Mike Maurer. “The boys put together a great year, and showed a ton of growth. I’m very pleased with the girls, as well, as they finished above .500 in a very tough league.”

The boys came in dark horses in the league, and came through with their potential. Using a tight pack their 1-through-5 would routinely finish within a minute of each other.

They were disappointed with coming up just short to NEB for the district title, but that was just a sign of how far they’d come this season.

On the girls’ side sophomore Marissa Wise had another strong season, finishing in the top 15 at the NTLs. They also had a strong pack behind her.

Going forward, the boys return five of their top seven - Eric McGee, Nate Spencer, Jacob Carr, Jack Tavani, and Wyatt Stranger.

McGee, who was fifth at districts, and Spencer built off last year’s strong season, while Carr, Tavani, and Stranger improved dramatically.

They will say good-bye to Luke Tavani, who was a top 10 finisher at districts, along with other senior Rein Alderfer, but are in good position to give it another go next season.

The Lady Knights return five of their seven - Wise, Dixie Brown, Taylor Brennan, Gracie Carter, and Noelle Rogers, while saying good-bye to Madison Nonnemacher, and Zoie Lamphere.

That should give them a chance to be competitive the league next season.

No matter what, though, things are looking up for Towanda’s runners.

“I’m excited for next year on both sides as we continue to grow the program,” Maurer said.

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