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March 9, 2013

Week in Review: 8th-grader cooks with 'cilantro'

This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:


Molly Youngs of Sidney proved she was a “maestro” of spelling, but first she had to figure out “cilantro.”

Youngs, an eighth-grader at Sidney Central School, won The Daily Star 2013 Regional Spelling Bee in Goodrich Theatre at the State University College at Oneonta on Saturday by beating Taegan Mackey of Oneonta in the ninth round, the third round of head-to-head spelling between the two girls. There were 22 contestants overall.

In sports: The first half belonged to Morris on Saturday at Oneonta State.

Jordan Beers owned the second.

Junior point guard Beers scored 24 of her game-high 33 points after halftime, leading the Franklin girls basketball team to a 51-37 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Morris in the Section Four Class D championship game.


Otsego County officials have begun researching the possibility of working with a local development corporation to assist in marketing the sale of the Otsego Manor nursing home to a private buyer.

In sports: Upper Iowa University’s Trevor Franklin, a Unadilla Valley graduate, will have a chance to win his third straight NCAA Division II wrestling title this weekend.

Franklin, a redshirt senior, has a 14-5 record at 133 pounds this season, including 12-4 against D-II opponents this season.


Residents of rural towns and villages throughout Otsego County may soon be able to subscribe to a wireless internet connection thanks to a state-granted windfall of nearly $560,000 intended to make broadband more accessible.

In sports: One might imagine there were a few OMGs, perhaps some :)s and maybe even an LOL or two.

After all, it was a couple of high school juniors typing with their thumbs after leading their respective basketball teams to Class B sectional titles last week.

“We’ve been texting,” Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff said Tuesday at Drago Gymnasium when asked if she’s been communicating with Utica Notre Dame standout Emily Durr. “After the last game, we were talking about basketball. She was one of my best friends on the team.”

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