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April 8, 2013

Ruff, Beers top area all-state selections

Staff Report

Juniors Mariah Ruff and Jordan Beers earned First Team selections on the recently released all-state girls basketball teams, which are selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association.

Ruff, who led Oneonta High to a 20-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals, made it in Class B, along with senior teammates Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering (Sixth Team) and Kelsey Baker (Eighth Team).

Beers paced Franklin to a 20-1 record that included the program’s first Section Four Class D title. She was joined by teammate Marisa Cawley, a junior who made the Sixth Team in Class D.

Others from the area earning all-state recognition were: Cooperstown seniors Sumer Murdock (Fifth Team) and Nicole Cring (Seventh Team), Unadilla Valley senior Amanda Off (Sixth Team) and Unatego senior Casey Manzanero (Seventh Team) in Class C; and Jefferson senior Elissa Starheim (Third Team), South Kortright senior Kayla Craft (Fourth Team), Davenport junior Sarah Haight (Seventh Team) and Milford freshman Addy Lawson (Seventh Team) in Class D.

Ruff earned all-state honors for the third time in girls basketball. She was a Second Team selection last season and Seventh Team pick in 2010.

Ruff averaged 17.6 points in leading OHS to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference championship and the program’s record sixth straight Section Four title. Ruff saved her best for the postseason.

Starting with Oneonta’s 50-34 win over Class A state finalist Maine-Endwell in a STAC semifinal, Ruff averaged 22 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists. That six-game span included 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 57-56 win over Section Four Class AA champion Horseheads; 28 points, six rebounds and four assists against previously unbeaten Waverly; 28 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a Class B state quarterfinal win over Utica Notre Dame; and 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists against four-time reigning Class B state champion Irvington.

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