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Emily Loucks, Abigail Loucks and Caryn Balnis rolled the top three series Friday to lead Oneonta High’s girls to the team championship in the Section Four Class B Bowling Tournament at Mid-Way Lanes in Vestal.
Sophomore Emily Loucks built a tournament-high 636 series on games of 187, 246 and 203 for the Yellowjackets, who won the team title with 2,722 pins. Twin sister Abigail Loucks placed second with a 575 series that featured a 203. Balnis, a senior, opened her 567 series with a 193.
“I don’t think the girls have ever won a sectional title,” said first-year OHS coach Mark Smithling, who also received a season-high 495 series from Miranda Kreger. “Now the whole team gets to go to the state qualifiers.”
Smithling said Emily Loucks and Balnis previously qualified as individuals for the overall Section Four Tournament, which will start at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 in Waverly. After OHS won the team title, Abigail Loucks, Kreger and Jeanette Rock (449) also earned berths in the state qualifiers.
The Jackets edged Waverly by 37 pins for the team title.
BOYS BASKETBALLUV 65, Greene 57
David Dufresne’s 15 fourth-quarter points lifted third-seeded Unadilla Valley to a road upset in a MAC 1-4 Tournament semifinal.
Dufresne went 5-for-5 from the floor, hitting two of his three three-pointers in the process, in the final period as the Storm (13-4, 10-2) outscored second-seeded Greene, 27-20.
Nick White contributed nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Storm, which rallied from a 16-8 deficit after one quarter.
Nate Shackleton’s two three-pointers and his 4-for-4 showing from the foul line in the second quarter helped UV tie the score at 24 at halftime. Shackelton finished with 16 points.
Brandon Davis scored 14 points to lead Greene, which received 13 points from Zach Wentlent, 11 form Talin Brooks and 10 from Cameron Race.
Unadilla Valley will play Unatego for the MAC championship at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Oneonta State.
Harpursville 66, Walton 48
Devon Dean scored a game-high 25 points to lead visiting Harpursville to a Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 Tournament semifinal victory.
Dean had 11 points and Jon Andrews scored eight of his 21 points in the first quarter as Harpursville opened on a 21-7 run.
Mike Murphy scored a team-best 12 points, all on three-pointers, to lead Walton (7-10). Eric Zimmerman also scored all nine of his points on threes for the Warriors, who hit 11 from behind the arc.
Walton will host Oxford or Delhi in a MAC 5-8 Tournament consolation on Wednesday.
CV-S 71, RS 61, OT
Ben Drugatz scored seven of his game-high 23 points in overtime, when Cherry Valley-Springfield outscored host Richfield Springs, 14-4, for a Tri-Valley League victory.
Wyatt Crowley contributed 17 points for the Patriots, who received 11 apiece from Dustin Collins and Nick Mills. Six of Crowley’s points came in the extra period.
Roman Hula’s 22 points paced the Indians (6-11, 3-10), who got 14 points and three three-pointers from Kyler Mower in their season finale.
Richfield Springs took a 26-19 lead into halftime but was outscored, 23-14, in the third period. Mills had seven points in the third quarter to fuel the Patriots’ rally.
Milford 66, Schenevus 26
Eli Rutledge had season-highs of 14 points and 15 rebounds as host Milford cruised to a Tri-Valley League victory on Senior Night.
Rutledge scored 11 points in the first quarter, when Milford got nine of Peyton Griffiths’ 12 points for a 24-7 advantage after eight minutes.
Rutledge and Stephen Banks were the two seniors honored by Milford (16-1, 12-1), which will face Edmeston in the Tri-Valley League championship game Feb. 15 at Oneonta State.
Jacob Darling scored a team-best seven points for Schenevus.
VOLLEYBALLSC 3, Cooperstown 1
Caroline Leonard had 11 kills Thursday, but fourth-seeded host Cooperstown lost a Section Four Class C-2 Tournament quarterfinal to No. 5 seed Sandy Creek, 23-25, 25-13, 25-10, 25-18.
Katie Franck contributed 15 assists for the Center State Conference Division II champion Hawkeyes (13-4), who received 11 assists from Kristin Ratliff and eight kills and six blocks from McKenna Hage.
“We lost to a very good Sandy Creek team,” Cooperstown coach Rich Jantzi said. “They started six seniors and we started only one. You could tell the experience difference.”
Kylee Martin finished with 24 assists and 10 digs to lead Sandy Creek (14-3), which got 12 kills from McKenna Guarasce and 11 from Kylie Hanni.
“We will be back,” Jantzi said. “Our future is bright. Our varsity and JV programs won our league — the JV’s went 12-2 overall and 8-0 in the league — so this was one of our best combined years as a program.”