The Daily Star
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Oneonta High freshman Emily Loucks qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships with a seventh-place finish Saturday during the Section Four State Qualifiers at Mid-Way Lanes in Vestal.
Loucks secured the last of six individual state berths with a total pinfall of 1,197 – one pin ahead of eighth-place finisher Kirsten Chase of Newark Valley.
Union-Endicott won the team title behind Renee Marcyan’s 1,316 pinfall, which marked the top girls performance at the State Qualifiers. All of the Tigers received state berths via the team championship, as did the top six girls who do not bowl for U-E.
Strike ‘n Spare Lanes in Syracuse will host the state championships from March 2-3.
Sidney’s Marina Mazzarella placed 21st (1,141), Morgan Dean of Bainbridge-Guilford was 23rd (1,123), and Oneonta’s Caryn Balnis finished 35th (974).
Bryant Gray’s 1,075 pins helped Sidney’s boys to a sixth-place team finish. Gray placed 33rd for the Warriors, who amassed 5,582 pins.
Jacob Mazzarella (38th, 1,033) and Zach Newman (39th, 1,020) led B-G’s boys to eighth place, with a team total of 5,220.
Horseheads topped boys team standings, which did not include incomplete squads, with 6,232 pins.
Erik Mebust’s fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday stood as Cooperstown’s best performance during the Section Three Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers at Hamilton College.
Mebust touched in a school-record 58.13 seconds, breaking the mark of 58.62 set by David Bonderoff in 2011. He also swam the opening leg of the Redskins’ 200 medley relay team, which placed fifth in 1:46.36 _ nearly a second faster than the school record it set last week. Matt Frevele, Luke Zenir and Sean Mebust followed Eric Mebust in the relay.
Sean Mebust contributed a seventh in the 200 individual medley (2:12.08) for Cooperstown, which amassed 97 points for 11th place in the 27-team qualifiers. The Redskins finished one point behind Holland Patent.
Liverpool won the team title with 352 points, followed by Watertown (275) and West Genesee (212).
Aaron Idelson, who won the Class C diving championships on Feb. 16, made the final 12 on Saturday and finished 10th in the Section Three finals with a score of 322. Nick Rodriguez of Mexico won the event with a 522.75.
Cooperstown broke two other school records.
Zenir broke Sean Mebust’s record in the 500 freestyle. Mebust’s record, set last year was 5:17.26. Zenir swam a 5:16.50, good for 11th in the meet.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Zenir, Eamonn Maguire, Erik Mebust and Sean Mebust finished in 3:33.84, ninth overall, and about three seconds better than the school record it set last week.
Section Three C-1
Cooperstown will play a Section Three Class C-1 semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Onondaga Community College.
The top-seeded Redskins (17-2) will play No. 4 Herkimer (11-8) in the first of two C-1 semifinals at OCC’s Allyn Gym. Second-seeded Thousand Islands (16-2) and No. 3 Little Falls (15-4) will follow at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets cost $5 and will be good for both C-1 semifinals, as well as the C-2 semifinals that will run at the same times in OCC’s SRC Arena. The C-2 semifinals feature top-seeded Fabius-Pompey (19-0) against No. 5 West Canada (13-6) at 6 p.m., followed by No. 2 Weedsport (16-3) and third-seeded Onondaga (14-5) at 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday’s winners will advance to championship games Saturday at SRC Arena. The C-1 title game is slated for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, two hours after the C-2 final starts.
Saturday’s winners will play for the overall Section Three Class C championship on Feb. 28 at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.
Note: Cooperstown coach Mike Niles was misidentified as Mike Cring _ the school’s secondary principal _ in the Weekend Edition of The Daily Star because of a reporter’s error. Cring’s daughter Nicole plays for Niles.
Lansing 59, Oneonta 52
Senior forwards Alec Picinich and Mitchel Couch scored 15 points apiece Friday, but Oneonta High’s boys ended the season with a non-league loss.
“It was a pretty good game and a nice way for the seniors finish out,” said OHS coach Jerry Mackey, whose team finished the season at 7-11. “Seniors Picinich and Couch had big games and everyone played. Hopefully, it’s a building block for next season.”
Skylar Thompson and Mike Wolstenholme finished with seven points apiece for the Yellowjackets, who led early in the third quarter before the Bobcats went on a run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Mackey said OHS crept to a two-possession game a couple of times in the fourth quarter, but Lansing hit its free throws to seal it.
Ellington Hopkins had 20 points for Lansing, the sixth seed for the Section Four Class C tournament. The Bobcats will host No. 10 Bainbridge-Guilford at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a first-round game.
Section Three C-1
Cooperstown earned the fifth seed for the Section Three Class C-1 Tournament and will play a quarterfinal at fourth-seeded Little Falls at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Both teams are 10-8 this season.
Wednesday’s winner will advance to a semifinal against top-seeded Beaver River (17-1) or No. 8 South Lewis (11-9) on Friday at a time and site to be determined. Beaver River hosts South Lewis at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Redskins beat Beaver River, 72-58, in last season’s Section Three Class C final en route to a spot in the state semifinals. Cooperstown graduated all five starters off of its 2012 roster.
The C-1 and C-2 finals are set for March 3 at a time to be determined at the Carrier Dome.
The overall Section Three Class C championship is scheduled for March 5 at a time and site to be determined.