The Daily Star
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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.
Nicosia, who also is a key starter for the girls basketball team, had 13 goals and 13 assists for 39 points.
Emily Tucker earned Class B Player of the Year honors for Greece Odyssey, which also had the state’s Class B Coach of the Year in Nino Pilato.
Area scoring leader Sarah Mannina and Unatego teammate Katrina Clark made the first and second teams in Class C, respectively.
Senior forward Mannina had 60 points on an area-best 24 goals and 12 assists for the Midstate Athletic Conference and Section Four Class C champion Spartans, who ended an 18-1-1 season with a 2-0 state-quarterfinal loss to Section Three’s Sauquoit Valley. Mannina made the Fourth Team last season.
Clark received her first all-state nod after a 26-point season, on 10 goals and six assists. Like Miller, senior midfielder Clark was Unatego’s shutdown player on defense.
Franklin’s Haley Downin and Jordan Beers received First Team accolades in Class D after leading the Purple Devils (15-3-1) to a share of the Section Four title with Morris and a state-quarterfinal appearance.
Senior goalie Downin helped Franklin secure its first sectional soccer crown by holding Morris to two goals in a penalty-kick shootout that determined who advanced to the state tournament, after the teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie. The Purple Devils won the shootout, 3-2, then fell, 4-1, to Section Three’s Poland in a state quarterfinal.
Junior midfielder Beers’ 53 points – on 23 goals and seven assists – ranked second this past soccer season. Beers also is a basketball standout, following a Third Team all-state honor as a freshman with a Second Team selection last season. Beers led area girls basketball players in scoring both times, with 25.8 points per game as a sophomore and 21.2 ppg as a freshman.
Class D’s Third Team in girls soccer includes Downsville’s Kaileen Townsend, Davenport’s Sarah Haight and Morris’ Kelsea Webster.
Senior forward Townsend finished second among area scorers with 54 points, on 22 goals and 10 assists. She helped Downsville to a 13-1-4 season that included a 2-2 tie against Margaretville in the Delaware League championship.
Three-time all-state selection Haight, a junior forward, had 21 goals and four assists for 46 points. Haight made the Third Team as a freshman and the First Team as a sophomore for Davenport, which went 11-6.
Senior midfielder Webster received her second consecutive all-state award for the Mustangs (15-1-4), who tied Milford for the Tri-Valley League crown and Franklin for the sectional title. Webster, who had eight goals and four assists for 20 points, was a second-teamer in 2011 after leading Morris to an outright Section Four Class D title.