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Oneonta High’s Brittney Herrick is a two-time all-state volleyball selection, and she still has one season to go.
Junior middle hitter Herrick made the Class B all-state Fourth Team for the second straight season, OHS coach Lee Ferrara announced Thursday. Ferrara said the teams were released earlier this month.
Herrick finished the season with team-bests of 179 kills and 60 blocks, helping the Yellowjackets (14-5) to championship-match appearances in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Section Four Class B tournaments.
“She’s on pace to blow away the (all-time) school records,” Ferrara said of the 6-foot-tall Herrick, a state qualifier in the outdoor high jump who is a member of Oneonta’s indoor track team this winter. “She’s like two games away from breaking them. By the end of next season, those records are probably going to be untouchable for a very long time.”
OHS senior Kelsey Baker holds both school records, with 371 kills and 134 blocks all-time. Herrick will enter her senior season with 350 kills and 126 blocks.
Herrick was one of 24 all-state selections in Class B. She and senior setter Lauren Edwards of Owego, which beat OHS in the STAC and sectional title games, are the only Section Four all-state players in Class B.
Longtime Horseheads coach Patti Perone said Thursday that all-state teams in classes AA, A, B and C were selected by a group of coaches during state championship weekend, which ran Nov. 17-18 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Rowley shares top honor
Reigning Daily Star Boys Soccer Player of the Year Michael Rowley earned co-Player of the Year honors in Division III of the Center State Conference, the website syracuse.com reported last Friday.
Rowley finished the fall season as the scoring leader among boys in The Daily Star’s circulation area. He had 65 points on an area-best 27 goals and 11 assists for the Redskins, whose 15-3 season ended with a 1-0 loss to Manlius-Pebble Hill in a Section Three Class C Tournament semifinal.
Rowley shared the award with Tyler Plows of Mount Markham.
Cooperstown’s Liam Heneghan, Ethan Bliss and Park Summers also received All-Star accolades from the CSC, which gave honorable mentions to Liam Dolan, David Zoltec and Isaac Gomez.
Cooperstown junior Aaron Idelson broke his program record in diving, scoring 218.10 points for a victory that helped the Redskins to a Frontier League win at home.
Idelson shattered his record of 209.90 for the undefeated Redskins, who won all 12 events.
Sean Mebust contributed triumphs in the 50-yard freestyle (24.92 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (1:08.02) for Cooperstown (4-0), which visits Sherburne-Earlville on Jan. 3.
A.J. Vargas secured a dual-meet victory for host Oneida with a first-period pin in the last match, at 145 pounds.
Vargas pinned Cooperstown’s T.J. Fay in 1:09 to earn six points for the team win. His victory followed a six-point forfeit win by Dustin Scribner at 138 pounds.
Mikey Boyle capped the Redskins’ scoring with a pin of Dan Altwal in 3:33 at 132 pounds, giving Cooperstown a 30-21 lead with two matches to go.
Jacob Miller contributed a pin of Colton Percival in 1:23 at 152 pounds for the Redskins, who received forfeit victories from Jacob Russell (106); Paul LoRusso (113) forfeit, and Kevin Segit (195).
Cooperstown will compete in the Oneonta High Midnight Madness Dual Meets today.
Oneonta High lost Southern Tier Athletic Conference matches at Chenango Valley as the boys fell, 5-0, and the girls suffered a 4-1 setback.
Joe Casassa paced Oneonta’s boys with a 199 game.
Caryn Balnis’ 560 series included a 211 for Oneonta’s girls, who received games of 199 and 197 from Emily Loucks and a 193 from Abigail Loucks.
The Yellowjackets will compete in the Norwich Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.
Cooperstown boys win
Chris Harloff rolled a match-high 206 to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 4-1 victory over visiting Herkimer.
Harloff finished with a 515 series for the Redskins, who won the total pinfall, 2,254-2,053.