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December 10, 2012

Ruff leads four OHS all-state soccer picks

Staff Report

Turns out Mariah Ruff’s pretty good with her feet, too.

Oneonta High’s standout girls basketball point guard is among the 11 First Team all-state selections in Class B girls soccer, the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports announced Sunday night.

Junior midfielder Ruff is one of four all-state selections from OHS, which won the Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Section Four Class B championships en route to an appearance in the state final.

Senior forward Cami Cleaveland joined sophomore midfielder Madison Miller on the Second Team in Class B, which honored senior midfielder Dani Nicosia with a spot on the Third Team.

The reigning Daily Star Player of the Year in girls basketball, Ruff had six goals and 12 assists for a Yellowjackets team that capped an 18-3-1 season with a 3-1 overtime loss to Section Five’s Greece Odyssey in the Class B state final.

Ruff’s first all-state award in soccer follows a Second Team all-state selection for the 2011-12 basketball season, when she helped OHS to a quarterfinal appearance in the Class B state tournament as a sophomore. The Jackets, who are 3-0 this season, have won five straight Section Four championships in girls basketball.

The last two have come with 5-foot-7 Ruff – a 1,000-point scorer who played varsity basketball at Andes as a seventh- and eighth-grader – starting at point guard. As a freshman, Ruff was a Seventh Team all-state basketball pick in Class B.

Cleaveland led Oneonta’s soccer team with 19 goals and six assists for 44 points, which ranked fifth among area girls this past season.

Miller, who often was assigned to shutting down an opponent’s top scorer, contributed four goals and two assists for 10 points. Her final point came on a double-assist in the state final, when she and Nicole Harmer set up Taryn More for the first goal.

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