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December 31, 2013

Area girls were a huge hit in 2013


9, Jordan Beers

She wears No. 23 and answers to Jordan.

Fittingly, she has a knack for winning and scoring points in bunches.

Last season, Beers averaged an area-best 26.7 points in leading the Purple Devils to a 20-1 season and the program’s first sectional title, a 51-37 victory over Morris in which Beers scored 33 points.

This season, she became 11th girls basketball player in Section Four history to eclipse 2,000 points. That happened Dec. 19 during Franklin’s 56-44 victory over visiting Milford.

Beers needed 12 points and reached the milestone early in the second quarter.

She didn’t stay in 11th-place for long. By game’s end she had 39 points and finished the night with 2,027 points, passing 2011 Tioga graduate Kara McDuffee, who finished with 2,017 points.

“She’s been the face of Franklin basketball for the last (six) years,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said of Beers. “As good a basketball player as she is, she’s 10 times better as a person. She’s just a great teammate. She makes people around her better.”

Next on the list is 2007 Harpursville graduate Lindsay Kimmel at 2,082 points.

In her sixth varsity season, Beers will quickly climb to No. 2 on Section Four’s scoring list, barring injury. Megan Shay, a 2005 Candor graduate, is second in Section Four with 2,205 points.

No. 1 in Section Four is Hannah Kimmel, a 2011 Harpursville grad. She scored 2,692 points.

Beers will play basketball for Ithaca College next season.

10, Kevin Thayer/Lucy Ford

Unatego’s Thayer won a Division II state wrestling title at 152 pounds in February and Cooperstown’s Ford won a Division II state high jump title in June.

Thayer came from the seventh seed in the state tournament to earn his title. He gained a spot at the state tournament on a wild card after falling, 9-7, in the Section Four Division II final to Chenango Valley’s Kyle Halladay.

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