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December 8, 2013

Sidney boys start season with setback

The Daily Star

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Bill Kozak scored a varsity-high 27 points Saturday, but Sidney opened its boys basketball season with a 67-60 loss to Susquehanna Valley in the first round of the Thomas Schwann Tournament at Norwich.

Kozak hit nine field goals, including five three-pointers, for the Warriors, who faced a 42-32 deficit at halftime.

“He just played a solid all-around game,” Sidney coach Mike Brazee said of Kozak. He was penetrating and drawing fouls. Just a good all-around game.”

Wyatt McKee contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who will play Whitney Point in the consolation game at time, date and site to be determined.

“I’m not unhappy because we’re pretty young and we have a lot of juniors up from the junior varsity,” said Brazee, who added that the consolation game will not be played at Norwich. “I would like to win, but I wasn’t displeased with how things turned out.”

Jason Fiorentino’s 21 points paced Susquehanna Valley, which will face Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Norwich in the championship game later this season.

Sidney of the Midstate Athletic Conference hosts Windsor of the STAC on Tuesday.

RFA 95, UV 84

All-tournament selection Nate Shackelton scored 10 of his 30 points in the first quarter, but Unadilla Valley fell in the championship game of the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament on Saturday.

“We came out early and handled their pressure in the first quarter,” UV coach Matt Osborne said. “They just wore us down with substitutions and we got into some foul trouble.”

David Dufresne finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Storm (2-1), who received 11 points from Brett Hanslmaier.

Lindell Reed led Rome Free Academy with a game-high 33 points, including three three-pointers. Eli Smalls finished with 18 points and tournament MVP Blake Haga contributed 16 for RFA, which shot 13-for-15 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

UV, which held a 21-13 lead after one quarter, hosts Delhi on Friday.

Schenevus 63, Windham 50

Tyler Comino finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Dragons to a first-round victory in the Schenevus Tournament on Saturday.

“He had a monster game for us,” Schenevus coach Kerry Mason said of Comino, who grabbed eight offensive rebounds. “He was just taking it to them and was aggressive on the offensive boards.”

Robert Burton scored a team-best 18 points and Jacob Darling had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Dragons, who outscored Windham, 23-11, in the fourth quarter. Schenevus (1-1) also went 23-for-32 at the foul line, compared to an 11-for-15 effort for the Warriors.

David Saunders finished with a game-best 20 points for Windham, which took a 25-23 lead into halftime. Teammate Zach Meyer scored 16 points.

Schenevus hosts Milford on Tuesday in the Tri-Valley League.

Mason said the consolation and championship games are tentatively scheduled for this Saturday. The first day of the tournament was postponed Friday because of poor weather.

Afton 53, Hancock 43

Kyle Hinman scored a game-high 18 points and Joe Shearer contributed 16 as Afton earned a first-round victory over Hancock in the Schenevus Tournament on Saturday.

Eli Holton’s 16 points paced Hancock, which received 13 points from Ryan Smith and 10 from Zack Worobey.

Afton advanced to the title game against Schenevus. Hancock will meet Windham in the consolation game. The championship and consolation games are tentatively scheduled for this Saturday, Schenevus coach Kerry Mason said.


Oneonta 59, Owego 53

Mariah Ruff scored a game-high 25 points to lead host Oneonta High to a first-round victory in the Anthony C. Drago Tournament on Saturday.

Ruff hit five three-point field goals and went 6-for-8 at the foul line for the Yellowjackets, who took a 31-29 lead into halftime.

Brieanna Baker and Brittney Herrick each scored 10 points for OHS, which received seven points apiece from Madison Miller and Maria DiMartin.

Rachel Merrill’s 22 points paced Southern Tier Athletic Conference rival Owego, which got 10 points from Jill Silvanic.

The Jackets went on to defeat Cicero-North Syracuse, 55-46, in the championship game Sunday.

Schenevus 48, Unatego 34

Ceara Marlow and Sierra Bentley scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the host Dragons to a victory in the championship game of the Schenevus Tournament on Saturday.

“We’re very balanced and all of our girls are contributors,” said Schenevus coach Tim Walke, who also recieved eight points apiece from all-tournament pick Sarah Mellor and Alyssa Turner.

Tournament MVP Sierra Bentley finished with seven assists and eight rebounds for Schenevus (3-0), which hosts Milford on Wednesday.

Marissa Woodard’s 13 points paced Unatego, which received 10 points from Cassidy Newman. The Spartans were outscored, 18-7, in the fourth quarter.

CV-S 44, RS 37

Maddie Archer scored 16 points and fellow all-tournament selection Lauren Loucks had 11 as Cherry Valley-Springfield won the championship game of the Richfield Springs Tournament on Saturday.

Jordan Loucks contributed 15 points for the Patriots, who jumped to a 14-5 lead after one quarter.

Rebecca Smith finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds en route to tournament MVP honors for the Indians (1-2), who placed Kaity Richvalsky on the all-tournament team.

Richfield Springs hosts a Tri-Valley League game against Worcester on Friday.

Edmeston 50, SS 30

All-tournament selections Brianna Dunham and Kelsey Bressett scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, to lead Edmeston to a consolation victory in the Richfield Springs Tournament on Saturday.

Danielle Ruffles contributed a team-best eight rebounds for the Panthers (1-2), who took a 25-11 lead into halftime.

Renee Handy hit three three-pointers and finished with 11 points for Sharon Springs.

Edmeston hosts a Tri-Valley League game against Gilbertsville-Mount Upton today.

Margaretville 47, Jefferson 33

Annette Hogan scored eight of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead host Margaretville to a Delaware League victory Saturday.

Teammate Cora Bruno finished with 10 points and Sami Hunt had nine rebounds and six blocks for the Blue Devils, who took a 25-21 lead into halftime.

Emily Wenner led Jefferson with 10 points. Shiann Bellinger and Shania Speenburgh finished with nine and eight points, respectively, for the J-Hawks.

Margaretville (1-2) hosts Hunter-Tannersville today.


Goshen Duals

Jimmy Verelli and Kirkland Dolan each went 4-0 Saturday at the Goshen Duals, leading Oneonta High to a 2-2 record.

Verelli (106 pounds) and Dolan (195) finished with three pins and a forfeit apiece for the Yellowjackets, who beat Liberty/Eldred/Fallsburg, 57-18, and Ellenville, 45-21. OHS lost to Nanuet, 49-36, and to Goshen, 64-24.

James Longo and Austin Scheer contributed 3-1 finishes for OHS (2-3), which hosts Windsor on Tuesday.

M-E Duals

Logan Robinson (120 pounds) and Dylan Wood (126) each went 5-0 on Saturday to lead Walton at the Morrisville-Eaton Duals.

“Our guys wrestled strongly and it was good performance overall,” said Walton coach Paul LeBlanc, whose team beat East Syracuse-Minoa, 42-33, but lost its other four matches.

Dakota Coffey (138) finished 4-1 for the Warriors, who received three wins apiece from Caleb Robinson (99) and Dawson Beers (160).

Walton’s losses came against the host school (42-19), Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (48-31), Jamesville-Dewitt (61-18) and Cazenovia (48-42).

The Warriors (1-6) wrestle Sidney on Tuesday.

Editor’s note: No information on the Clyde Cole Tournament at Oxford was available at press time.