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Twin Tiers Sports Night goes virtual

Tom Passmore
tpassmore@the-leader.com
The Leader

CORNING - Athletes of the Twin Tiers will be honored virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The fourth annual WETM-TV 18 News Twin Tier Sports Night was originally scheduled to be held at the Clemens Center in Elmira on June 29.

“It was a tough decision [to shift to virtual], but the right one,” Sports Director at WETM-TV and founder of the event Andy Malnoske said. “The safety of our student-athletes, coaches, teams and community members is always paramount.”

Local football legend Pete Curkendall, a 1980’s Elmira Southside graduate, former Penn-State All-American and Buffalo Bills draft pick was slated to be the keynote speaker.

Despite the move to online, Malnoske felt it was important to still honor athletes of the Twin Tiers.

“This year, even under special circumstances, we still wanted to give something to our audience to recognize the very best in local sports like we’ve accomplished from the beginning,” said Malnoske.

Awards that will be handed out virtually include: Male MVP, Female MVP, Team of The Year, Coach of The Year, Highlight of The Year, Mascot of The Year, College Team of The Year, College Athlete of The Year, Moment of The Year, Inspiration of The Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To vote, visit mytwintiers.com/sports and click on the sports awards logo. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The tentative plan is to go back to a live awards show next year.

“We look forward to coming back even bigger and better next year,” Malnoske said.