The Daily Star
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Alec Picinich went 8-for-8 at the free throw line Monday en route to a game-high 20 points and MVP honors for the Oneonta High boys basketball team, which beat Sherburne-Earlville, 57-48, in the championship game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.
“It was a two-possession game for most of the fourth quarter,” OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. “We made our free throws and got the win.”
Picinich contributed to Oneonta’s 15-for-21 effort at the foul line by going 6-for-6 in a 16-all fourth quarter.
Picinich scored seven points in the first quarter, which ended with Oneonta ahead, 19-6. Teammate Skylar Thompson contributed six of his season-best 19 points in the opening period and earned all-tournament honors.
Paul Bischoff contributed 12 points for the Jackets, who learned Monday that senior center Mitchel Couch has been cleared to return from an ankle injury suffered last month.
“We will start working him out and he should be back soon.” Mackey said.
Austin Jasper’s 20 points paced the Marauders, who faced a 28-23 deficit at halftime.
Jasper made the All-Tournament Team, along with teammate Mick Khoury, Unadilla Valley’s Justin Hofer and Andrew Golden of Oxford.
Oneonta (5-5) returns to Southern Tier Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, when the Jackets travel to Seton Catholic Central.
Stamford 50, Downsville 25
Greg Mattice made 9 of 10 field goals for a game-high 19 rebounds, leading host Stamford to a victory in the Delaware League.
Mattice also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Indians (8-1, 5-0), who received 11 points from Matt Anderson.
Dayton Frey’s nine points paced the Eagles, who trailed, 21-2, after one quarter.
Stamford plays at Upper Delaware Division rival Hunter-Tannersville on Wednesday.
SK 45, Davenport 29
Trevor Holdridge scored a game-high 31 points to lead South Kortright to a non-conference victory at Delaware League rival Davenport.
“He played an outstanding game. He took over the first quarter,” Davenport coach Lee Fisher said of Holdridge, who scored all 10 of the Rams’ points in a 10-7 first quarter. “He’s a real leader. I was very impressed.”
Holdridge hit 12 field goals – including three from three-point range – and went 4-for-4 at the foul line for SK, which took a 27-14 lead into halftime.
Corey Hartman’s 11 points paced Davenport, which hosts Margaretville for a Delaware League game Wednesday.
Morris 55, Deposit 35
Levi Decker and Mike DeLuca scored 24 and 23 points, respectively, to lead host Morris to victory in the consolation game of the Ray Clement Tournament on Saturday.
DeLuca, who sealed the win by going 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Decker scored at least five points in every quarter.
The Mustangs (6-1) host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton today.
The championship game of the Ray Clement Tournament – between Edmeston and Mohawk – will be played at 6 p.m. Monday at Mohawk.
UV 53, S-E 49
All-tournament selection Amanda Off scored 24 points and MVP Jordan Anderson contributed nine as Unadilla Valley beat visiting Sherburne-Earlville in the Unadilla Valley Tournament championship game.
UV coach Brandi Backus said Taylor Davis, who scored eight points, made a series of steals to rally the Storm from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter.
Anderson hit a pair of late foul shots to help clinch the title victory. She finished 7-for-12 at the foul line, where the Storm made 18 of 27 attempts.
Lilly Berg scored 14 points to pace the Marauders, who placed Savannah Irwin and Jordan Van Althuis on the All-Tournament Team.
The Storm (7-1) resume Midstate Athletic Conference play Friday, when they host Afton.
Cooperstown 3, LF 0
Katie Booan amassed 20 assists to lead Cooperstown to a sweep of visiting Little Falls in the Center State Conference.
Erin Hascup finished with 14 digs for the Redskins, who cruised to a 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 victory. Caroline Leonard and Christina Grigoli contributed eight and seven kills, respectively.
“We controlled the entire match from start to finish,” Cooperstown coach Rich Jantzi said. “We were very consistent tonight. Our defense was outstanding.
“Katie was nails again tonight,” he continued. “The difference between us and most teams is that my setter is a three-year starter who has played in all of our biggest matches in the last four years. She has pretty much seen everything, is not afraid and is such a good leader. I really can’t explain it, but she us a definition of senior leadership. You just can’t teach that.”
Jantzi said Kaleigh Warn and Laura Krowicki combined for 11 aces to keep Little Falls in the match.
The Redskins (5-1, 2-1) visit Oppenheim-Ephratah on Wednesday, then host Mount Markham next Monday.
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Karyn Balnis’ match-high 603 series featured games of 220, 193 and 190 as Oneonta High’s girls cruised to a 5-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory over visiting Chenango Forks.
Amy Haight contributed games of 200 and 184 for the Yellowjackets (7-1), who received a 193 and a 183 from Cami Cleaveland, as well as a 190 from Emily Loucks.
Chris Hamilton’s 472 series paced Oneonta’s boys (2-7) in a 5-0 loss to the Blue Devils.
Oneonta visits Johnson City on Wednesday.
Cooperstown 102, RFA 78
Luke Zenir, Sean Mebust and Erik Mebust won two events apiece for Cooperstown, which placed first in 11 of 12 events for a Frontier League victory over visiting Rome Free Academy.
Zenir placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.47 seconds) and the 500 free (5:25.01). Sean Mebust won the 200 individual medley (2:18.53) and the 100 butterfly (1:07.74), and Erik Mebust touched first in the 100 free (57.42) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.10).
Eamonn Maguire (200 free, 2:14.83) and Aaron Idelson (diving, 180 points) also won for the Redskins (6-0), who swept the relays.
Cooperstown visits Holland-Patent on Thursday
Sidney’s Derek Northrop earned the 132-pound championship Saturday during the Stan Elinsky Tournament in Deposit.
Northrop won the Warriors’ only title at the event with a 3-1 decision over Oxford’s Austin Crandall in the final.
Sidney also had four runner-ups in Nicholas Jump at 160 pounds, Nate McDonald at 182, Alex Morrow at 220, and Austin Dean at 285, helping the Warriors to 181.5 points and a third-place finish in the 13-team tournament.
Duanesburg won the team title with 224.5 points, followed by Newark Valley at 208.5.
Seth Arnold (106) and Cameron Decocker (152) contributed fourths for Sidney, which visits Deposit/Hancock tonight for a Midstate Athletic Conference dual meet.
Logan Robinson and Mike Beers earned third-place finishes Friday to lead Walton during the 17-team Richard New Memorial Tournament at Canastota.
Robinson won the 113-pound crown with a 1-0 decision over teammate Dylan Wood in the consolation finals. Beers won the consolation final at 182 pounds with a 3-1 decision over Schalmont’s Tim Flower.
Walton finished with 69 points for 13th place. Canastota won the team title with 238 points, followed by Phoenix at 214.
The Warriors visit Oxford tonight for a MAC dual meet.