Despite a strong early showing by Hawkeyes newcomer Kaishaun Jefferson, center, the Hawkeyes were cut down 61-52 by the Weedsport Warriors this afternoon at OCC in the Section III championships. Weedsport got an early lead on the 2019 state champs, who quickly caught up, and by halftime, dominated the court 29-19. The third quarter saw Weedsport pull up and match the Hawkeyes basket for basket, tightening their lead through the start of the fourth quarter, where a series of fouls gave Weedsport an opportunity to collect free-throws. At right, Dillon Burns and Ryan Lansing lament on the bench at the end of the game. But there was something to celebrate; Lansing and Jefferson were both named Section III MVPs. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The CCS Lady Hawkeyes hoist the Section III banner after winning the Class C title a few minutes ago at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, defeating the Weedsport Warriors 58-37. The Lady Hawkeyes scored early and never let up; though the Warriors tightened the score in the third quarter, they were hindered by a series of fouls, allowing Hawkeyes like Piper Seamon, left, to add points from the free throw line, and by the fourth quarter the Hawkeyes had a comfortable lead. Seamon, along with teammate Kate Donnelly, were named as Section III MVPs. The girls, who also took the Class C championship in 2016, go on to the state tournament next weekend in Binghamton and could pick up their second state title. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Standout grappler Avery Leonard of Milford, along with members of the Cooperstown-Milford Team that wrestled in the NYSHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany, wave to a crowd along Main Street, Cooperstown, from atop the village’s ladder truck on their return at noon today. From right are Tyler Wilfeard, Lowell Wilsey, Logan Doucas, Logan Kantor, Leonard and TJ O’Connor. Wrestling in the 120-pound category, Leonard pinned his first three opponents, bowing in the finals to Honeoye Falls-Lima’s Anthony Noto, who also won that category last year. Inset, cheering fans included, from left, CCS Swim Teach Coach Cheryl Rock, CCS school board member Marcy Birch and her husband Bob, the local lawyer, and CCS Athletic Director Dave Bertram. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The CCS Hawkeyes boys and girls varsity basketball teams head back to Onondaga Community College next Saturday for the Class C championship games after beating, respectively, West Canada Valley, 78-70, and Onondaga Central, 51-48, in action-packed sectional semi-finals at OCC this afternoon. In top photo, CCS center John Kennedy shows his offensive prowess (16 points), but also locked up the key on defense. #11 Keishaun Jefferson chalked up 15 points, hammering home foul shot after foul shot. Spencer Lewis (18) and Ryan Lansing (12) also made double-digit contributions. Most impressive was how the team pulled together in the second half to turn a 32-29 half-time deficit into the 78-70 victory. Inset right, Lady Hawkeye Piper Seamon goes head-to-head with Onondaga’s Avi Baker, as both guards drove their teams through a game that seesawed back and forth to Coop’s 3-point victory. Despite Kate Donnelly’s 13 points, Dani Seamon’s 10 and Gabby Woeppel’s 9, the Nedrow Tigers pulled within two points with seconds left. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Wendy Kiuber, right, (mom of Lady Hawkeye Ashley) and Colleen Donnelly, center, (mom of Kate) cheer their daughters’ team bus (inset) as it passes by the Trosset Law Offices shortly after 10 a.m. today en route to the Section III, Class C semifinals at Onondaga Community College. Attorney Mike Trosset, left, whose CCS team made it to the state semifinals in the 1990s, organized the impromptu pep rally (along with coffee and Schneider’s doughnuts) in front of his Oaksville office. The girls’ game starts at 1:45 in OCC’s Allyn Gym. The boys’ game starts at 2:45 in the SRC Arena at OCC. Winners go on next Saturday to the Class C finals, which are also the quarter finals of the state tournament. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Led by Ryan Lansing’s 22 points, the Cooperstown Hawkeye Varsity boys basketball team held on to win a tense 63-56 battle against Herkimer in a packed Bursey Gym this evening in the first round of the Section III, Class C playoffs.
John Kennedy had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Kaishaun Jefferson has 18 points. Joseph Senchyshyn had a career high 14 rebounds.
The Cooperstown girls’ varsity team used stellar defense to fight off a scrappy Little Falls team, 55-52.
Cooperstown’s John Kennedy, above, tries to pull in a rebound among teammates Joe Senchyshyn, Ryan Lansing and Kendall Haney in the Hawkeyes’ 71-62 win over Waterville at Bursey gymnasium last evening. Kennedy had 33 points to lead the Hawkeyes in the opening round sectional win. Cooperstown moves on to play Herkimer in the quarter finals at home on Tuesday. Cooperstown senior Kate Donnelly, right, shoots a foul shot in the Hawkeyes 66-39 win over Westmoreland in the opening round win of sectionals over Westmoreland. Donnelly scored 13 points in the win. Cooperstown will host Little Falls on Tuesday in the quarter finals. (Cheryl Clough/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Some 200 people filled the high school cafeteria for a half-hour this evening, expressing fears to the Cooperstown Central school board that the development of the 2020-21 budget would bring an end to varsity football and curtail other extra-curricular activities.
Despite the size of the crowd, school board President Tim Hayes cut off discussion after the 30 minutes scheduled for public input. “There is no plan right now,” he said, although the school board is considering all options in its budget deliberations. Decisions will have to be made by May, when the school budget goes to a public vote.
Parent Tom Ives, Mount Vision, described ending football as “cutting the head off the snake,” suggesting that all the striving, discipline and community spirit engendered by the sports – the body of the snake – will die, too.