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December 10, 2013

OHS girls, coach best in Class B

Jerry Mackey had no reason to be surprised.

Three weeks after Oneonta High won its first girls soccer state championship, the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports honored the Yellowjackets coach and two of his players as the best in Class B.

Mackey earned Class B Coach of the Year honors for OHS, which produced the co-Class B Players of the Year in junior forward Taryn More and senior midfielder Mariah Ruff.

It didn’t end there for the Yellowjackets, who also placed junior midfielder Madison Miller on the Second Team, sophomore midfielder Taylor Hitchcock on the Third Team and senior sweeper Meg Burns on the Fifth Team in Class B.

“It certainly wasn’t by accident,” Mackey said of Oneonta’s multiple all-state honors. “I’m glad to see a number of our girls were recognized, but our team got the ultimate prize.”

The prize, of course, was a 2-1 victory over Marcellus in the Class B state championship game Nov. 17 at Cortland State. Oneonta secured its first state title in the 40-year history of its program with the victory, which capped a 20-2-1 season and led to the No. 1 Class B ranking in the state in the NYSSCOGS final poll.

Asked if the NYSSCOGS got it right, Mackey said: “I think they did a great job correctly rewarding the girls who made our team go from really good to great. The five girls they acknowledged made impacts game-in and game-out for the entire course of the season.”

More led area girls in points this season with 66, complementing her team-best 19 goals with an area-high 28 assists.

“Taryn’s put a ton of time in and has competed at the highest levels, and certainly she’ll compete at high levels of college soccer,” Mackey said. “Once in a while, you’ll see someone kick it really clean. It’s a bigger story when she doesn’t strike the ball clean and where she wants it. You almost get spoiled to the point where you expect her to do it every time.”

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