The Daily Star
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Austin Bauerle finished with a game-high 17 points and a team-best 15 rebounds Wednesday, leading the Bainbridge-Guilford boys basketball team to a 61-46 victory over Hunter-Tannersville in the opening round of the Shalkey/Mokay Invitational at Delhi.
Brooks Harmon contributed 10 points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two three-pointers for the Bobcats, who received 15 points, five rebounds and a team-high 10 assists from Corbin Palmer.
Neal Statts’s 16 points paced the Wildcats, who trailed, 38-21, at halftime in the season opener for both teams.
Zach Mudge hit two three-pointers en route to 12 points for H-T, which will play Downsville in the consolation game at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Bainbridge-Guilford will meet tournament host Delhi in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Delhi 61, Downsville 30
Ben Dension scored a game-high 17 points to lead host Delhi to a first-round victory in the Shalkey/Mokay Invitational.
Brandon Simonds hit two three-pointers in the first quarter, scoring eight of his 10 points as the Bulldogs finished the period with a 17-3 advantage.
Tom Liddle contributed 10 points, five steals and two threes for Delhi, which received a team-best nine rebounds from Alex Specht in the season opener for both teams.
Sophomore Dayton Fey scored a team-high 10 points for Downsville.
Worcester 54, SS 17
J.T. Horne scored a varsity-high 24 points to lead Worcester to a season-opening win over non-conference guest Sharon Springs.
“He’s been in double digits before, but this is his biggest night for us,” Worcester coach Jim Kenyon said. “He had a nice game all-around.”
Senior forward Horne also had 14 rebounds and four steals for the Wolverines, who held a 10-0 lead after one quarter.
“Sharon Springs lost pretty much everybody from last year,” Kenyon said. “They’re really down.”
Devin Adams had 10 points and Anthony Hewitt scored eight for Worcester, which opens Tri-Valley League play Dec. 11 at Edmeston.
Oneonta 51, CV 24
Joe Sherrill’s pin at 113 pounds secured Oneonta High’s season-opening victory over Southern Tier Athletic Conference host Chenango Valley.
“We clinched at 133, but we had two big wins at 126 and 132,” OHS coach John Nealis said. “We beat two pretty good wrestlers at 126 and 132.
Sherrill started the decisive run with a pin of Mark Gallow in 1:25. Dalton Ormsby followed with a 3-minute, 12-second pin of Brandon Lockwood at 126. Mel Ackley then earned a 9-4 decision over Billy Liberati, who placed in the Section Four Tournament last season.
“All through lineup, we did well,” Nealis said. “We gave up some forfeits, but then we outwrestled them all over.”
OHS also received pins from Sam Sherrill (160 pounds), Cory Corkwell (285), Austin Scheer (140) and James Longo (145).
The Yellowjackets will compete in the Susquehanna Valley Tournament on Saturday.
At Holiday Lanes
Caryn Balnis rolled a 622 series with honor scores of 193, 216 and 213 as Oneonta’s girls swept visiting STAC rival Owego in their season opener.
“That’s a 207 average,” OHS coach Pat Muller said. “If she did that all year, it would probably put her in the top five or top seven in the STAC. That’s pretty good. I hate to look that far ahead because it was just one match, and I don’t want her to take it for granted that she can always do that, but it wasn’t a fluke either.”
Muller said the team’s 2,659 pinfall was even more impressive.
“Only Union-Endicott and Corning did that last year,” he said of the Class AA programs. “Having that kind of depth one-to-five is more impressive to me than a one match individual score. That balance is a really good thing to have.”
Cami Cleaveland contributed a 193 and Emily Loucks had a 540 series that included a 182 and a 180.
Chris Hamilton’s 214 game and 543 series paced Oneonta’s boys, who fell, 5-0.
OHS will compete at Chenango Forks on Monday.