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November 9, 2013

Week in Review: GOP clings to county board control

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MONDAY

A state trooper who started his career in local Troop C has been assigned the unit’s commander. Maj. Donald M. Faughnan has been named troop commander of the unit headquartered at the Sidney station in Unadilla, according to a media release.

In sports: An opportunistic Unatego squad that forced five turnovers Saturday afternoon, including a clinching interception in the end zone by Corbin Henry in the closing seconds, will now head into a sectional football final for the first time since 2007.

Also: Brittney Herrick finished with 13 kills, three blocks, three aces and two digs Saturday to lead Oneonta High to its first Section Four volleyball championship with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 Class C sweep of top-seeded Windsor at Watkins Glen.

TUESDAY

The local development company created by Otsego County to sell the Otsego Manor has whittled down the list of companies that want to buy the nursing home to five bidders — with Cooperstown-based Bassett Healthcare Network making the cut.

In sports: For now we’ll call it a rubber match, but who’s to say the girls from Oneonta High and Bronxville won’t make this an annual encounter? With the way the Yellowjackets (16-2-1) and Broncos (15-3-1) have dominated their sections recently, these soccer powers might be seeing a lot of each other in the years to come.

WEDNESDAY

Otsego County Treasurer Dan Crowell bested his Republican-backed opponent, Edward Keator Jr., on Tuesday, winning a convincing re-election despite being dogged by Republican suggestions that his heart was no longer in the job and predictions he will not complete a second term.

Also: Otsego County Republicans said Tuesday night that they are convinced they will retain control over county government in 2014 despite a victory by Democrat Ed Lentz of New Lisbon in the Board of Representatives race for coveted District 5.

In sports: Oneonta High volleyball found itself in a different world Tuesday at O’Neill High. Despite double-digit statistical performances from Brittney Herrick, Krissy Wells and Delaney Dower, the Yellowjackets’ first appearance in a state volleyball tournament ended with a 3-0 first-round Class C loss to Section Nine champion Millbrook.

THURSDAY

The Common Core curriculum and high-stakes testing were the focus of a two-hour forum Wednesday held by the Oneonta Area for Public Education at Morris Hall at SUNY Oneonta.

Also: In the first indication that wealthy Democrat Sean Eldridge may have a looming primary battle in his quest to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District, a Greene County lawyer confirmed Wednesday he is trying to mount support for a possible candidacy for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson.

In sports: Remnants of the last SUNY Athletic Conference championship team are sparse on this year’s Oneonta State women’s soccer team. Not since 2010 have the Red Dragons won a SUNYAC title, but O-State senior Karly DeSimone remembers that squad that went on to advance to third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

FRIDAY

After being encouraged by state Senate Republicans to seek a seat in the upper house of the state Legislature, Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, has decided to stay put.

In sports: SUNY Delhi fell into its own trap Thursday at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The Broncos used a series of offsides traps to stifle the aggressive play of Brookdale early, but the persistence of the Jersey Blues led to five one-on-one scoring plays en route to a 7-0 women’s soccer rout of Delhi in the opening round of the NJCAA Division III Tournament.