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July 20, 2013

Player of the Year Rowley sets sights on D-I soccer

It’s been said that standout athletes don’t see things as they are but how they’ll develop over the next several seconds.

Therein lies perhaps the most distinguishable talent of Cooperstown’s Michael Rowley.

“I think I was just always looking for plays that could be,” Rowley said.

That vision separated Rowley from the field in 2012.

“He could see two passes ahead of the play,” Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said of Rowley, who earned Daily Star Player of the Year honors for boys soccer for the second straight season. “You get a handful of kids who can see it and do it. I’ve been doing this combined for boys and girls soccer for almost 40 years. I’ve probably had 10 kids over the years who have that ability to see ahead and go to space and be there for players.”

Rowley finished with an area-best 27 goals and 11 assists in 2012 in leading Cooperstown to a 15-3 record.

Like Rowley’s Cooperstown squad, 25th-year Oneonta High coach Alex Brannan once again had to work several newcomers into the lineup. Still, Oneonta went 13-3, won its first Southern Tier Athletic Conference title since 1985 and advanced to the Section Four Class B final. Brannan earned The Daily Star’s Coach of the Year award for the second straight year and the seventh time overall.

Rowley becomes the first player to earn back-to-back outright Player of the Year honors from The Daily Star in boys soccer. Former Roxbury standout Deedle Ely shared Daily Star Player of the Year recognition with Tim Oserhoudt of Cooperstown in 1990 and with Brendan Miosek (Frank’s son) of Cooperstown in 1991. Likewise Edmeston’s Brad Belden was a co-Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004, the former with teammate Paul Stanton and the latter with Laurens’ Tom Dorritie.

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