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October 17, 2013

Davenport girls clinch division crown with 2-0 victory|

The Daily Star

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It’s official: Davenport’s girls are the Delaware League’s Upper Delaware Division soccer champions.

Abby Wood and Megan Keil scored off assists from Sarah Haight in a 2-0 victory over visiting Gilboa that gave Davenport the Upper Delaware Division all to itself.

“If we had lost, it would have been a (division) tie between us and Windham,” said Davenport coach Ray Preston, whose team would have advanced to Saturday’s Delaware League crossover anyway based on a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Warriors. “We clinched it outright, though. We won and we’re in.”

Wood turned a cross from Haight into an 18-yard goal with 22 minutes, 27 seconds left in the opening half. Haight got her second assist on a throw-in to Keil, who scored the insurance goal with 20:05 remaining.

Jayra Blanton made three saves in the shutout for Davenport (10-3-2, 6-1-2), which will play Delaware Mountain Division winner South Kortright for the league title at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

“We were down five or six players tonight, and it’s been that way since about the fifth game of the year,” Preston said of his injury-riddled team. “The kids have held in there. It’s been tough, but we hung in and have given a good effort.”

The WNSC also will host the Delaware League boys championship between Margaretville and South Kortright at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Preston said.

Dolgeville 4, Cooperstown 3

Liz Millea scored twice, but Cooperstown lost a Center State Conference game on the road.

Sarah George had two goals for Dolgeville, including the winner with 7:43 left. George’s second goal came about 13 minutes after Jordian Siver shook a triple-team to knot the score at 3.

Jen Flynn and Maggie Hall had assists for Cooperstown (8-5-1, 4-5-1), which will play the host team in the Sauquoit Valley Tournament at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Central Valley and New Hartford will meet in the other first-round game. The consolation game is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by the championship at 6 p.m.

Downsville 1, LM 0

Lakota Gannett scored with 20 minutes left to lead host Downsville to a non-league victory over Livingston Manor.

After receiving a throw-in from Brooke LaTourette, Gannett beat a defender and scored into the lower-left corner from 18 yards.

Virginia Gilkeson made nine saves for the Eagles (10-4-2), who are off until the Section Four Class D Tournament next week.

Greene 5, Sidney 4

Paige Wilcox scored five unassisted goals, including the winner with six minutes left, to lead visiting Greene to a triumph in the Midstate Atheltic Conference’s second-place crossover.

Wilcox scored the decisive goal on a 35-yard free kick, snapping a 4-all tie.

“She’s brutal and she had a phenomenal game tonight,” Sidney coach Jody Gravelin said of Wilcox.

Jenna McDonald and Katie Kirk finished with two goals apiece for Sidney, which held a 3-2 lead with 25 minutes left.

Sidney (9-6) will compete in the Section Four Class C Tournament next week.

B-G 1, Delhi 0

Cassidy Graham scored the decisive goal with 15 minutes left in the first half to lead host Bainbridge-Guilford to a victory in the MAC third-place crossover.

Graham settled the ball and scored on a 15-yard shot.

“The game was very competitive,” said B-G coach Cindy Cifone, whose team held a 10-6 advantage in shots.

Megan Ferrara made five saves in the shutout for the Bobcats (6-10), who are off until the Section Four Class C Tournament next week.


Unatego 1, B-G 0

Spencer Wilson scored the decisive goal with 10 minutes left as host Unatego won the Midstate Athletic Conference second-place crossover against Bainbridge-Guilford.

Wilson converted a pass from Jasper Humphries, who brought the ball up the right side and crossed it into the box.

Sophomore goalie Mark Maruszewski stopped eight shots for his fifth shutout of the season.

“He had a couple of point-blank saves and came right out and stepped in front of the shots,” Spartans coach Eric Miller said. “He did a real nice job.”

Brandt McCall made eight saves for the Bobcats, who were outshot, 14-9.

Unatego (10-4-2) is off until the Section Four Class C Tournament, which begins next week.

Afton 2, Oxford 1

Conor Graven-Briggs scored twice, including the winner with two minutes left, as Afton closed its season with a home victory in the MAC fifth-place crossover.

Jeff Lawton gave Oxford a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Graven-Briggs tied it with 13 minutes left off a pass through the box from Joe DeVona.

Kyle Hinman made 12 saves for the Crimson Knights, whose 2-13-1 record marks the best Afton finish in a decade.

“Statistically, this is our best record in 10 years,” said fourth-year Afton coach Todd Dancesia, whose program went 0-16 in his first season, 2-14 in his second and 1-14-1 in his third.

Jake McConnell had 13 saves for Oxford, which was outshot, 29-20.

Gilboa 2, Davenport 1

Ben Standhart ended the game with 1:30 left in overtime as Gilboa earned a Delaware League victory on the road.

Standhart tapped in the winner from 5 yards after receiving a header from Christian Cooper. Hunter Grace’s corner kick set up Cooper’s header.

Davenport’s Mike Libby opened the scoring in the first minute, volleying in a corner-kick serve from Kyle Moorby. Grace tied the score on a 10-yard shot with 27 minutes left.

Gilboa (8-7, 4-5) will compete in the Section Four Class D Tournament next week.


B-G 3, UV 0

Morgan Bullis had five kills and four blocks to lead visiting Bainbridge-Guilford to a 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 Midstate Athletic Conference sweep of Unadilla Valley.

Nicole Mackey and Shannon McIntyre had six assists apiece for the Storm (9-6), which visits Hancock today.

The Bobcats improved to 13-3 this season.

Harpursville 3, Unatego 0

Kali Benedict had six aces for Unatego, which dropped a MAC match on the road, 25-12, 25-14, 25-22.

Megan Matts finished with 15 assists and Erika Whitney had 10 aces for the Hornets (15-0), who host Sidney on Friday.

The Spartans (5-10) host Afton on Friday.

Oxford 3, Afton 1

Octavia Bishop, Patti Simpson and Jessica Frank combined for 38 digs to lead Oxford to a 25-10, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17 MAC victory on the road.

Bishop and Simpson finished with 13 digs apiece for the Blackhawks (5-10), who also received seven aces from Taylor Chapman.

Alisha Hubbard’s 15 assists paced the Crimson Knights (2-13), who visit Unatego on Friday.

Sidney 3, Delhi 0

Sarah Kokell finished with seven aces and two digs to lead host Sidney to a MAC victory.

Paige Redmond contributed 15 assists and Jilleen Livingston finished with seven kills for the Warriors (13-2), who visit undefeated Harpursville on Friday.

Allison Hannigan paced Delhi (1-15) with two kills and three blocks.


Oneonta 93, Cooperstown 87

Madison Allen won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke to lead host Oneonta to a non-league victory.

Allen touched in 20.79 seconds in the 50 free and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.62. Abby M. Miller contributed a win in the 200 free (2:14.38) for Oneonta, which took the 200 medley relay in 2:08.55.

Sisters Tessa and Eden Griger won two events apiece for Cooperstown. Tessa Griger won the 100 butterfly (1:07.06) and the 100 backstroke (1:07.6). Eden Griger finished first in the 100 free (58.76) and the 200 individual medley (2:26.91).

Cooperstown, which won the 200 free and 400 free relays, also received victories from Catherine Borgstrom in diving (152 points) and Lindsay Harloff in the 500 free (6:00.26).

Oneonta (7-2) travels to Binghamton on Friday.


at Holland Patent

Ken Roberts finished 10th to pace Cooperstown, which lost twice during a non-league tri-meet at Holland Patent.

Roberts covered the 3.1-mile course in 21:50 for Cooperstown (8-10), which fell to Holland Patent (15-48) and Central Valley (18-43). HP’s Barrett Selecki won in 17:22.

Sylvia Johnson led Cooperstown’s incomplete girls team with a 17th-place finish in 30:46.

Cooperstown will compete in the Center State Conference meet at Poland on Saturday.