Twin Tiers natives set to clash in NCAA Tournament

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Three Twin Tiers natives will meet at the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament.

(Photo Courtesy: Gettysburg College Athletics, Mansfield Mountaineers Athletics)

The Twin Tiers is set to have plenty of representation in Friday’s first round action in the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament. This weekend, Waverly grads Sidney and Alex Tomasso will lead St. John Fisher to Providence, Rhode Island for a matchup with the Centennial Conference champions, Gettysburg College. At the helm for the Bullets, is Wellsboro native and Mansfield University alumni Nate Davis.

<em>(Photo: Mansfield University Athletics) Wellsboro native Nate Davis earned All-PSAC East honors in 1997 and 1998, totaling 100 catches for 1,347 yards and 10 touchdowns with Mansfield University football. </em>
(Photo: Mansfield University Athletics) Wellsboro native Nate Davis earned All-PSAC East honors in 1997 and 1998, totaling 100 catches for 1,347 yards and 10 touchdowns with Mansfield University football.

Davis is looking to cap off his 9th season as Gettysburg College head coach, with a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The Wellsboro High School grad began in college athletics, playing football for Mansfield University, after serving in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from the Mounties program in 1999, Davis returned as assistant men’s basketball coach. After 5 seasons in the Northern Tier, Davis continued as an assistant at the University of South Carolina Aiken. In 2010-11, Davis joined Eastern University for his 1st head coaching opportunity. In 5 seasons at the helm of the Eastern women’s basketball program, the team finished 79-52, with 4 MAC Tournament appearances, and the program’s 1st NCAA Tournament bid. Davis’ success garnered him 2 Freedom Conference Coach of the Year awards. Additionally, the Wellsboro grad earned the 2013 MAC Coach of the Year award, as the 1st head coach for Eastern women’s golf.

In 2015-16, Davis took over the reigns at Gettysburg College in women’s basketball and men’s golf. In 9 seasons on the court, Davis has put together an impressive resume, with a 179-43 record, and 2 conference coach of the year awards. Under the Mansfield University alum’s guidance, the Bullets won 4 Centennial Conference regular season titles, and appeared in the conference tournament 9 times, winning 4. This year’s NCAA Tournament will mark the 6th time that Davis has led Gettysburg to “The Big Dance.” This season, the Bullets hope to add a national crown to a 24-3 overall record and a 3rd straight conference title. When the Bullets meet the Cardinals on Friday, they will be looking to extend their win streak to 19 straight games.

On the other side of the NCAA Tournament matchup are the Tomasso sisters from Waverly. Alex joined the Cardinals program in her final year of college athletics in 2023, while Sidney is a 3-year starter. This season, Sidney Tomasso led St. John Fisher to their 3rd straight Empire 8 championship, winning tournament MVP. In addition to the outstanding scoring, the junior guard was named Empire 8 Player of the Year, to go with 4 weekly honors. Earlier in the season, Tomasso scored her 1,000th career point and helped SJF to an 18-game win streak. Alex Tomasso made her return to basketball after several years as a successful college golfer at Fisher and Division I Merrimack. The grad student has added nearly 3 points per game off of the bench this season. The Tomasso sisters and the Cardinals are looking to improve on a 2nd round exit from the NCAA Tournament in 2022-23.

The local clash on the court between St. John Fisher and Gettysburg College is set for Friday, March 1st at Rhode Island College.

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