“She’s a student-athlete that any school, any community and, of course, any parents would be awfully proud of,” OHS athletic director Joe Hughes said of Ruff, who surely will earn her fourth straight all-state honor soon. “Mariah truly embodied everything a teammate is because she knew the team comes first. She’s a well-liked student-athlete, a well-liked kid and a very talented basketball player.”
The BCANY selected Ruff from a field of six finalists that included Harpursville standout Miranda Drummond and Utica Notre Dame’s Emily Durr. Drummond helped the Hornets to the Class C state semifinals this season and Durr led UND to the Class B state championship, after the Jugglers ended Oneonta’s season with a 50-44 victory in a Class B state quarterfinal.
The BCANY announced Ruff’s honor Saturday, when Durr scored 29 points in UND’s 71-36 rout of Bishop Kearney in the Class B state final. Durr, who played AAU basketball with Ruff, passed Cicero-North Syracuse graduate Stewart for the top spot on Section Three’s all-time scoring list Saturday. Durr will enter the Class B Federation Tournament this weekend with 2,389 varsity points.
Ruff also led the Jackets to their first state championship in girls soccer this past fall and shared Class B Player of the Year honors with teammate Taryn More. Ruff said Tuesday that she considered playing softball for OHS this spring but has decided to spend the rest of her high school days “hanging out” with her family as she’ll be off to St. Bonaventure in June.
YOUTH SWIMMINGArea boy wins state title
Oneonta resident Gabe House said he had a feeling he would do well during the New York State YMCA Swimming Championships, which ran Friday through Sunday at Ithaca College.
But the seventh-grader at Oneonta Middle School said he surprised himself with three top-three finishes in the boys 11-12 age-group, including a state title in the 200-yard freestyle.