Sports Editor’s Playbook, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Patrick Newell

Note: The complete playbook article will appear in the Friday, Dec. 23 edition of The Evening Sun.

* Most of Norwich’s varsity sports teams are enjoying a nice streak: The girls’ basketball team has won six straight and is 6-1 overall; the boys’ basketball team, coming off a win over Owego Wednesday, is 4-1; the varsity boys swimming team is sporting a nifty 5-1 record; and the wrestling team won its seventh straight dual meet beating Susquehanna Valley Wednesday evening . Speaking of the swimmers, they are led this season by NHS graduate Kevin Diefenbacher. Diefenbacher swam for Norwich during his high school days for legendary NHS coach and teacher, George Echentile. As recently as two years ago, Diefenbacher was heading up the B-G/Afton swimming team before the school dropped its swimming programs. It’s nice to see a familiar face with longtime Norwich ties at the helm.

* More from Otselic Valley senior forward, Gideon Schena: We noted the recent hot streak of Schena in our previous entry in which he was averaging 18 points and nearly 16 rebounds over his previous four games. Earlier this week against George Junior Republic, Schena one-upped those numbers, and nearly had a triple-double. Schena scored 26 points, pulled down 18 rebounds, and he pocketed nine steals. Schena’s five-game stretch over the past three weeks has produced the best combined scoring and rebounding numbers in my 16 years of covering local basketball.

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