Sophomore Sarah Clark became the first girls tennis player at Delhi to qualify for state meet since 1992 by winning three matches in the Section Four State Qualifier on Friday and Saturday at the Binghamton Tennis Center.

Clark is 20-0 this season. She beat Susquehanna Valley's Allison Starke 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-4, in the final.

The last Delhi player to qualify for states was Jill Kathmann. Clark will compete in the double-elimination state tournament Nov. 6-8 at the East Side Racquet Club in Syracuse.

Clark opened with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Vestal's Charlotte Federowicz and then beat Ithaca's Mane Mehrabyan in a semifinal, 6-2, 6-3.

Delhi coach Eileen Kline said Clark placed her shots well throughout the tournament.

Clark, Starke and Horseheads' Abby Braiman, who placed third, will represent Section Four at the state meet.

Delhi's Katherine Bracci and Justine Alwine also competed at the qualifier in doubles, losing two matches. They fell to Vestal's Alexandra Federowicz and Ishika Kumbhakar, 6-4, 6-0, and Horseheads' Julia Weaver and Elena DeLuccia, 6-0, 7-5.


STAC Championships

Beth Gollin placed fifth to lead Oneonta's girls to a fifth-place finish in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference championships at Hickories Park in Owego Saturday.

Gollin finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 19.9 seconds for the Yellowjackets, who received a top-30 finish from Erin Glotzer. Oneonta finished with 144 points.

Johnson City's Lauren Mullins won the race in 18:15.6 and Ithaca won the STAC Championship with 76 points.

Yellowjacket coach Dan Forbes said his team has a chance to qualify for states during the state qualifiers Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park.

On the boys' side, Levi Anderson placed 30th in 17:04.7 for Oneonta, which finished 13th with 375 points. Corning won with 65.

Zach Rabeler contributed a 59th place finish for the Yellowjackets. Rabeler and Anderson also will look to qualify for states Thursday, Forbes said.

STAC Championships

At Hickories Park

Boys team scores: Corning 65, Ithaca 82, Maine-Endwell 93, Vestal 115, Union-Endicott 152, Windsor 165, Horseheads 178, Owego 235, Elmira Southside 256, Chenango Forks 269, Binghamton 335, Elmira Free Academy 356, Oneonta 375, Susquehanna Valley 377, Johnson City 397, Chenango Valley 402.

Winner: 1, Matt Johnson (Ithaca), 15:55.7 over 3.1-mile course.

Oneonta finishers: 30, Levi Anderson 17:04.7; 59, Zach Rabeler 18:26.6; 86, Wembo Tiapo 19:31.4; 104, Aki Shastri 21:13.1; 109, Colin Mills 24:05.9; 111, Alex Kahl 33:01.8.

Girls team scores: Ithaca 76, Vestal 87, Elmira Southside 124, Elmira Free Academy 132, Oneonta 144, Maine-Endwell 160, Union-Endicott 170, Corning 226, Owego 244, Windsor 251, Johnson City 257, Horseheads 276, Susquehanna Valley 326, Chenango Forks 331, Chenango Valley 412, Norwich 464.

Winner: 1, Lauren Mullins (Johnson City), 18:15.6;

Oneonta finishers: 5, Beth Gollin 19:19.9; 27, Erin Glotzer 20:45.2; 32, Kim Scofield 20:59.6; 40, Erin Mushtare 21:18.2; 43, Melissa Emilio 21:21.9; 64, Alissa Garufi 22:07.7; 71, Fable Booker 22:17.8.


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Victor Fuglsang tied it with 4 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in regulation, but top-seeded Elmira Notre Dame scored 24 seconds into overtime to escape with a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Edmeston on Friday.

The Crusaders didn't give Edmeston a chance in overtime. END sent the kickoff down the right side where Jason Sincock controlled the ball and served it toward the middle of the box where Colin McLaughlin headed the ball to the upper-left corner for the winner.

"It was perfect," Edmeston coach Ed Wheeldon said. "You can't draw it up any better than what they executed."

The Panthers (10-5-3) trailed, 3-2, at halftime and tied it late in the second half. Chris Simmons, who had two goals and an assist, sent a direct kick from the right side from about 30 yards off the crossbar. The ball bounced back to Fuglsang, who scored to the near side for a 3-all score.

END had a 31-5 advantage in shots.

"They were very skilled and passed the ball better than anybody I've seen this year," Wheeldon said. "Territorial-wise, it was probably 70-30 in our end."

Edmeston also played without two starters. Clayton Hawes didn't play because of an eye injury and Blake Vibbard sat out with an injured left shoulder.

The Panthers finished 1-14 last year.

"The part I am most proud of is how the kids stepped up," Wheeldon said. "It's been totally beyond my wildest dreams. The kids stepped up and elevated their game. It speaks a lot for the kids to go from 1-14 to pushing the No. 1 seed."

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Friday's quarterfinal

Edmeston     2 1 0 _ 3

Elmira Notre Dame     3 0 1 _ 4

8-Edmeston (10-5-3): Chris Simmons 2-1, Victor Fuglsang 1-1.

1-Elmira Notre Dame (12-3-2): Jason Sincock 1-1, Alex Nassar 1-0, Colin McLaughlin 2-1.

Shots-corner kicks: Edm 5-1; END 31-16.

Goalies: Justin Kucera (Edm) 10; Sean Smetanka (END) 1.

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