Ethan Bliss’ days as a boys basketball reserve are over.
Senior guard Bliss hit five three-point field goals en route to a varsity-best 30 points Saturday, leading defending Section Three Class C champion Cooperstown to a 62-54 Center State Conference victory over visiting Frankfort-Schuyler.
“He’s averaging 25 points a game right now,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said of the 6-foot-1 Bliss, who spent the majority of last season’s run to the state final on the bench. “He’s pouring it in. He’s just a pure shooter. When he squares to the basket, it’s good.
“Last year, he didn’t have the opportunity with the other kids who were in front of him,” Bertram continued. “But he’s averaging five threes a game right now. He’s really stepped it up.”
Bliss finished with 12 field goals and went 1-for-1 from the foul line, all of which came before the fourth quarter as F-S (0-3) switched to a box-and-two defense to contain him.
“Nobody knows about him right know, but they will quickly,” Bertram said. “He’s shooting the lights out for us. He’s knocking them in and he has the green light to shoot any time he’s open.”
Sawyer Haney contributed 10 points for the Redskins (1-2, 1-1), who held a 33-24 lead at halftime.
Cooperstown visits Sauquoit Valley on Thursday.
Margaretville 55, Gilboa 40
Kyle Short scored 15 points, Mitch Hull had 13 and tournament MVP Ryan Sanford scored 12 points as Margaretville won its Booster Club Winter Tournament on Saturday.
Tyler Latta scored 10 points to lead Gilboa.
Cooper Reither contributed 10 points for Margaretville (3-1, 1-1), which hosts Hunter-Tannersville on Wednesday.
CV-S 33, RS 26
Tournament MVP Lauren Loucks had 10 points and Maddie Archer scored 12 as Cherry Valley-Springfield won the championship game of the Richfield Springs Booster Club Tip-Off Tournament.
Kylie Graham made the all-tournament team for the Patriots (2-2), who rode a 14-4 third quarter to the title.
Kaity Richvalsky’s game-high 19 points paced the Indians (1-1). She joined Jerikah Hext on the all-tournament team.
Richfield Springs hosts Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Wednesday.
Edmeston 45, SS 26
All-tournament selection Savanna Fistrowicz had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Edmeston beat the host school in the consolation game of the Richfield Springs Booster Club Tip-Off Tournament for its first victory of the season.
Sydney Smith contributed 11 points for Edmeston (1-2, 0-1), which hosts Schenevus on Friday.
Renee Handy paced Sharon Springs with 11 points.
S-E 57, UV 48
Amanda Off and Jordan Anderson scored 19 points apiece, but Unadilla Valley lost in the championship game of the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament.
“They just wore us down in the fourth quarter,” UV coach Brandi Backus said. “We didn’t do anything.”
UV lost Taylor Davis and Hannah Lazarus in the second quarter, after the teammates collided.
“They bumped heads and both had to leave and get stitches,” Backus said. “It was definitely a difference-maker. (Davis) had a huge night for us in the first round, and she took out Hannah, too. So there went both of our post players. We were definitely down some players.”
Tournament MVP Jordan Van Althuis scored 18 points to lead S-E, which placed Mikayla Solloway on the all-tournament team.
Davis and Anderson made the all-tournament team for UV (1-1), which hosts Delhi on Friday.
Hamilton 36, B-G 28
Morgan Bullis scored 14 points, but B-G fell in the consolation game of the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament.
Lauren Weeks scored 10 points for Hamilton, which outscored B-G, 13-4, in the final quarter.
On Friday, B-G opened the tournament with a 67-26 loss to the host school. Tori Rifanburg and Abbey Smith scored seven points apiece for B-G, which gave up a game-high 24 points to Mikayla Solloway.
The Bobcats (0-3) host Afton on Friday.
MVP Taylor Dart led Hunter-Tannersville past the host school in the championship game of the Margaretville Tournament.
Andes topped Gilboa in the consolation game. Scores were not available at press time.
The all-tournament team featured Kelsey Little of Andes, Gilboa’s Sarah Coons, Margaretville’s Annette Hogan and Tess Svoboda, and H-T’s Sarah Murin.
Finger Lakes Invite
Bainbridge-Guilford sophomore Julia Knapp won two events and Oneonta High received a pair of first-place finishes during the 30-team Finger Lakes Invite at Ithaca College.
Knapp won the 55-meter hurdles in 9.17 seconds and the long jump at 16 feet, 1.5 inches, helping B-G/Afton’s girls to 20 points for an eighth-place finish.
The Yellowjackets placed two spots higher, with 32 points, thanks to a six top-six performances that included a school record in the 800 relay.
Shelby Cleaveland, Jennifer Jelic, Alexandra Sakoulas and Mary Buzzanca completed the relay in 1:53.95, one second faster than last season’s record set by graduate Lauren Ward, Cleaveland, Jelic and Sakoulas.
Oneonta’s boys also had the highest local finish, scoring 24 points to place seventh.
Ben Gollin, a senior, highlighted the Jackets’ efforts with a victory in the 1,600 (4:45.06).
Section Four teams will return to Ithaca this Saturday to compete in the Bomber Invitational.
Clash at the Creek
Mitchell Spaziani and James Longo each went 5-0 for Oneonta, but the Yellowjackets failed to repeat as champions in the Clash at the Creek Red Creek Duals.
“We just hit a tough team right off the bat when we got off the bus,” OHS coach John Nealis said of his team’s 45-36 loss to Perry. “It took us a while to recover.”
Spaziani finished with three forfeits and two pins. He pinned East High’s Manea Ali in 1:17 at 113 pounds and North Rose Wolcott’s Mike Zerniak in 1:44 in a 106-pound match.
Longo earned two forfeits and three pins at 145 pounds. He pinned Wiszear Pries of Perry in 4:35, Dustin Reed of North Rose Wolcott in 1:23, and Trey Garlow of Red Creek in 20 seconds.
Heavyweight Cory Corkwell went 4-1 with four pins. He stopped Cecil Morgan of Perry in 57 seconds, Dontae Johnson of East High in 3:24, Cory Castor of Red Creek in 1:36, and Jacobi Sanchez of Wilson in 2:38. His loss came with 9 seconds left against NRW, which got a pin from Greg LaValley.
“LaValley placed last year in sectionals. I think he was (fifth at 220 pounds) in Section Five, so it was a real good match,” Nealis said. “It would have been a nice win for him, but it was close and he had a good day overall.”
Oneonta (3-3) hosts Owego on Tuesday.
Jacob Russell and Michael Boyle reached the semifinals of the Herkimer Invitational to lead Cooperstown.
Herkimer’s Taylor Philpotts pinned Russell in 5:08 during a 99-pound semifinal. Boyle dropped a 12-2 major decision to Onondaga’s Tyler Field in a 126-pound semi.
Paul LoRusso (106) and Kevin Segit (195) also reached the quarterfinals for the Redskins.