Julia Joyner scored twice to help Oneonta stay undefeated in girls soccer Friday, Sept. 10, with a 4-2 win over visiting Susquehanna Valley in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game at Wright National Soccer Campus.
Veronika Madej and Brooke Burrows scored the other goals for the Jackets. Madej also had an assist and Jordan Bellinger had two assists, for Oneonta (3-0, 3-0), which is at Norwich on Monday, Sept. 13, for a STAC game.
Oneonta also won in its football opened Friday night and it was a big day of results in the Tri-Valley League.
The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 15: And it all happened on an Induction Wednesday looks at the Thursday, Sept. 9, editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, as well as this week’s news on AllOtsego.com.
In this week’s episode, Editor Greg Klein and Reporter Kevin Limiti discuss:
The Hall of Fame Induction on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Kevin was on Main Street and Greg and baseball writer Charlie Vascellaro were at the Ceremony, which drew 20,000 people to the Clark Sports Center for the Induction of Derek Jeter, Ted Simmons, Larry Walker and Marvin Miller.
Luca Gardner-Olesen, Liam Spencer and Matt Salis scored two goals each as Cooperstown beat visiting Utica Academy of Science, 7-2, in a Center State Conference boys soccer game Thursday, Sept. 9,
Salis, a sophomore, also had two assists, including one near the end of the game that looked to be a hat trick. Instead it bounded off the back of Ollie Wasson and counted as a goal for the junior forward instead.
COOPERSTOWN — As the crowd shifted from Main Street to Middlefield for the 2020/2021 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction, local merchants said business was solid, but not as good as a typical Induction Weekend.
Laura Tolbert from All About the Girls said that she was hoping for better.
“It feels like what our normal day should have been like,” Tolbert said. “We’re not getting business like it’s an Induction.”
Tolbert said this year felt different because there was no parade and the Induction was in the middle of the week in September, as opposed to a weekend in July. She said since Cooperstown relies on the summer tourism season to make money, it’s disappointing it wasn’t as good as previous inductions.
“Maybe some people couldn’t take off,” Tolbert said. “This is our last hurrah and it doesn’t feel like an Induction.”
The Baseball Hall of Fame Induction was moved from July to September because of the coronavirus pandemic. The choice to make the induction on a Wednesday in September confounded some business owners but quite a few were happy that they were even getting an induction at all.
Jeter headlines new group of baseball Hall of Famers
After two delays
because of coronavirus,
the 2020 Induction finally takes place
on a Wednesday in September 2021
By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MIDDLEFIELD — The class of 2020 finally got its moment.
The unique and long-anticipated Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 8, was dominated by those who were absent as much as by those who were there, began with a video presentation honoring the 10 Hall of Famers who died since the last induction ceremony in 2019.
Narrated by Johnny Bench, who cancelled his trip to Cooperstown at the last minute after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Hall of Fame catcher reminded us that “even baseball can’t keep you eternally young.”
The first of four inductees carrying over from the COVID-canceled 2020 induction, Ted Simmons, a native of Highland Park, Michigan, near Detroit, spoke of his boyhood hero Al Kaline, of the Detroit Tigers, who died in April 2020.
“I was a Tigers fan, my first hero was Al Kaline; as a man, he remains my hero today,” said Simmons.
It was a good day to be a Dragon on the pitch as Schenevus boys and girls soccer teams got big wins Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Unatego, Milford and Laurens had good days in girls soccer, too.
The Dragon girls followed their 11-0 win over South Kortright with a 15-0 home win over Richfield Springs in a Tri-Valley League game.
The Dragon boys went to Richfield and did nearly as well, winning 9-1, in a TVL game.
Also in TVL girls soccer, Laurens got a home win over Sharon Springs while Milford went to Edmeston and beat the Panthers, 4-1. The two schools also got a combined win in boys soccer, beating Edmeston, 2-0, in a game halted by lighting.
Unatego got a big girls soccer win in the Midstate Athletic Conference, beating visiting Delhi, 4-2, on a rainy pitch.
Several other games were postponed by bad weather and will be rescheduled.
Angie Competiello scored five goals and Lily Competiello had two goals and two assists as host Schenevus roughed up South Kortright, 11-0, in a non-league game Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Taylor Knapp scored two goals and had an assist and Shawna Whiteman and Sam Barrett scored the other goals for Schenevus (2-0, 1-0), which hosts Richfield Springs for a Tri-Valley League game Wednesday, Sept. 8.
COOPERSTOWN — More than 100 people celebrated baseball and paid tribute to the longtime caretaker of Doubleday Field on Monday, Sept. 6, in a special anniversary celebration and memorial dedication.
Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh made note of the “Doubleday myth,” which claimed the first game of baseball was played on a cow pasture in Cooperstown.
“We now know that is a myth created by the Mills Commission,” she said, “but what we’re here to celebrate today is the creation of Doubleday Field and there is no myth about that.”
The village also dedicated a bench outside the stadium to Joe Harris, the former Doubleday Field supervisor and town of Middlefield supervisor, who died May 25. Harris worked for the village from 1979 to 2021, taking care of Doubleday for most of that time.
Tatum Codington scored two goals and Anabel Rommer scored two goals and had an assist as Unatego beat visiting Cooperstown in a non-league season opener for both teams Saturday, Sept. 4.
Dani Seamon scored Cooperstown’s goal, on an assist from Claire Jensen. Brenna Seamon had nine saves in goal for Cooperstown.
Lilyanna Barnes also had an assist for Unatego, which hosts Delaware Academy at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8.
At the Mayor’s Cup, Tri-Valley teams played semifinal games, with Franklin advancing to the girls final, but the Laurens girls lost to Roxbury and a combined Franklin/Unatego boys team lost on penalty kicks to Delhi.
The last 18 months have been hard for all of us, but it has been especially difficult for high school athletes. The coronavirus pandemic ended playing careers early, dashed championship dreams and changed local record books forever. However, as this fall season begins, it feels like maybe we are getting a fresh start.
Sure, we know it could all come to a crashing halt at any moment, but with the return of certain rituals like the first day of practice and getting in shape for pre-season, we can only hope that this fall will bring back a bit of normalcy.
With the new season now upon us, here are a few things I am looking forward to:
• While some Otsego County fall teams didn’t get to play last school year, one of the teams that did was the Schenevus girls soccer team. With an undefeated spring season under its belt, this team will be the one to watch. Led by junior scoring phenom Angelina Competiello, the Dragons appear to be one of the favorites in the Tri-Valley League and in Section IV, Class D. Competiello has 81 career goals and is already the all-time leading goal scorer in school history with two seasons left to play. She is surrounded by a very solid supporting cast, including Taylor Knapp and Lily Competiello, who are two of the best-kept secrets. If you are looking to watch small school soccer of the highest quality, make sure you make the trip to Schenevus.
• Staying on the theme of must-see soccer, I am also excited to check out the Oneonta boys and the Cooperstown boys teams. Oneonta lost a lot of talent to graduation, but they return with one of the best goal scorers in Finlay Oliver. There is no doubt that Oliver is ready to put on a show for local fans. His work with high level off-season travel ball should propel him to be arguably the best player in the area.
On the flip side, the word out of Cooperstown is the Hawkeyes will have one of the most balanced teams in recent memory. A group that has been coming up together since grade school, CCS could be ready to make Coop a soccer town for a few months this fall.
• Another team I want to watch as the leaves turn is the Unatego girls soccer squad. The Spartans are a team that made the Class C state final in 2019 and are led by legendary local coach, Sue Herodes. Have they graduated a lot of talent? Yes. But can the Spartans reload? They have done it so many times in the past and I think they can do it again. As Delhi Coach Matt Albright recently told me, “the road to the MAC championship game always goes through Unatego.” I couldn’t agree more. With key players like Alexa Lucia, Kylie Mussaw and Anabel Rommer back, I wouldn’t count out UCS just yet.
So, as our local athletes prepare to get back to competition, make sure you get out and cheer them on. Nothing goes faster than the career of a high school athlete. As many kids have said to me over the years, “you think you have all this time then you blink and it is all over.” That is true now more than ever. These student athletes never know when their seasons might get cut short again, but for now it seems like our old rituals are back and we can focus on the promise of the season ahead.
Nate Lull is the sports director for WCDO in Sidney.