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March 5, 2013

UV grad after third straight D-II wrestling title

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Upper Iowa University’s Trevor Franklin, a Unadilla Valley graduate, will have a chance to win his third straight NCAA Division II wrestling title this weekend.

Franklin, a redshirt senior, has a 14-5 record at 133 pounds this season, including 12-4 against D-II opponents this season.

He qualified for the NCAA D-II tournament by placing runner-up at the NCAA Super Regional III on Feb. 24 at Waterloo, Iowa.

Franklin, ranked second nationally among 133-pounders, lost in the final to the weight class’ top-ranked wrestler _ Andy Pokorny of St. Cloud State, 4-1.

Last season, Franklin capped a 28-0 season by beating Pokorny, 3-2, in the 133-pound D-II championship match.

This season, Franklin also has lost, 8-5, to Pokorny. He also beat Pokorny, 8-3, on Feb. 10.

The D-II championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Birmingham, Ala.

Mike Calkins

Oneonta High graduate Calkins made his college debut for Division II University of Tampa on Feb. 21 and took the loss in his team’s 2-1 loss to Hillsdale.

Calkins, a 6-foot-4 left-hander, allowed two runs in the first inning before throwing two scoreless innings. He allowed two runs on three hits over three innings. Calkins struck out two and walked two.

Calkins has not appeared in a game since.

Tampa is 11-2.

Madie Harlem

Hamilton College senior Harlem (Oneonta High) earned Second Team all-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors for women’s basketball.

The Daily Star’s Player of the Year in 2009, Harlem ranked among the conference’s top 10 in four categories. She was third at 15 points per game, 3.4 assists and 2.2 steals, and seventh at 6.2 rebounds.

Harlem helped Hamilton to a 12-11 record.

She finishes seventh in program history in scoring at 1,131 points. Her 202 steals rank third all-time and her 251 assists are fourth in school history. She also finished fifth among Continentals in three-pointers at 114.

Harlem is one of five Oneonta High players to score more than 1,000 points. She scored 1,161 points in an OHS uniform, a total that ranks third in program history behind Sienna Wisse (1,217) and Krissy Zeh (1,698).

Current OHS standout Mariah Ruff — a junior point guard — has 954 points with the Yellowjackets, who’ll play a Class B state quarterfinal against Utica Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Saturday at Onondaga Community College.

Christie O’Connor

Oneonta High graduate O’Connor will compete in the NCAA Division II indoor track and field championships this weekend at Birmingham, Ala.

O’Connor, a sophomore at East Stroudsburg University, will be seeded fifth for the high jump. She cleared her season-best of 5 feet, 8½ inches during ESU’s DeSchriver Invitational on Feb. 2.

Last Saturday, O’Connor won her first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title by clearing 5-7 ¾ at Edinboro.

The women’s high jump will be contested at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Alex and Ian Van Cott

The twin brothers from Unadilla are making an impact on Tulane’s Division I tennis program during their freshman seasons.

Both Van Cotts are 9-9 in singles play. Ian has a 9-4 record in doubles. Alex is 7-7 in doubles. The brothers have partnered three times in doubles, going 2-1.

Bekah (Havens)

Rittenburg

Richfield Springs graduate Rittenburg helped Davis College to a 19-6 season in women’s basketball.

Rittenburg, a senior, averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds in helping Davis to an ABC Invitational tournament victory in late February. She was named the all-tournament team.

Jessie Winans

Junior Winans (Afton) is off to a slow start for Coastal Carolina’s Division I softball team.

Winans, a shortstop, is batting .098, going 4-for-41 with a double, a home run and four RBIs over 18 games. She also has nine runs scored and has committed a team-high nine errors.

Coastal Carolina is 9-10.

Sienna Wisse

Oneonta High graduate Wisse and her Messiah College women’s basketball teammates are headed to the NCAA Division III sweet 16 this weekend.

Messiah (25-4) earned home victories over Lancaster Bible and William Patterson this past weekend to get into the round of 16. Wisse scored four points in Messiah’s 84-51 first-round win over Lancaster Bible.

She missed her only shot attempt during a 78-70 win against WP on Saturday.

The Falcons will travel to Amherst, Mass., to play Widenener in a third-round game Friday. If they advance, they’ll play the host school or Tufts on Saturday for the chance to reach the final four.

Wisse, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year in 2011, has played in 27 games in her sophomore season. She’s averaging 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds. Wisse is shooting 53 percent from the floor (25-for-47), 38 percent from three-point range (6-for-16) and 74 percent from the free throw line (14-for-19).