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November 14, 2012

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Five advance in Hoop Shoot

Oneonta residents Tanner Russin and Angeline McGraw earned the best performances at the Oneonta Elks Lodge Youth Hoop Shoot, which ran Saturday at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club.

Tanner, who will turn 10 on Monday, went 16-for-25 from the foul line to win the boys 10-11 age-group championship by one shot. Tanner won the 8-9 title last year at the OBGC en route to a runner-up finish in the state championships.

Angeline, 9, sank 18 of 25 attempts from a line inside the paint to cruise to the girls 8-9 title.

Kaitlynn Finch made 15 of 25 free throws to win the 12-13 girls crown, and Jocelyn Turley finished 7-for-25 from the foul line for the 10-11 girls title.

Sean Heegan won the 12-13 boys championship with a 9-for-25 effort from the free throw line. No boys competed in the 8-9 age-group.

Saturday’s local winners qualified for the district competition, which is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Norwich.

Big win for area graduate

Cooperstown Central graduate Scott Waller coached the Gonzaga College High School boys soccer team to a penalty-kick victory in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship Cup on Nov. 4 at the Maryland Soccer Complex.

After playing DeMatha — the No. 2 high school team in the country — to a 1-1 tie in double-overtime, Gonzaga earned a 5-3 shootout victory to earn the Cup for the first time since 2009. The Eagles, who won four straight Cups from 2006-2009, ended DeMatha’s 62-game unbeaten streak despite playing a man-down for the last 30-plus minutes because of a red card.

Ninth-ranked Gonzaga, which went undefeated in the Washington League, moved to 18-1-1 this season. Its record includes a 1-all tie with DeMatha (16-1-1) and a tournament loss to a New Jersey squad during the regular season.

Waller is a 1993 Cooperstown graduate who played soccer for the Redskins and Castleton College. He served both teams as their captains in his senior high school and college seasons.

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