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Coop boys win at Frankfort-Schuyler, 3-1
Cooperstown players, from left, Luca Gardner-Olesen, Liam Spencer, Ollie Wasson and Colby Diamond celebrate a goal by Wasson during a 3-1 win over host Frankfort-Schuyler on Saturday, Sept. 11. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Coop boys win at
Frankfort-Schuyler, 3-1

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Matt Salis, Liam Spencer and Ollie Wasson all scored and as Cooperstown improved to 3-0 in boys soccer with a 3-1 Center State Conference win at Frankfort-Schuyler on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Spencer also had an assist and Luca Gardner-Olesen had two assists.

The Hawkeyes played most of the game in the Maroon Knight end of the pitch, but good goalie play by Brayden Matos kept F-S in the game.

After his team missed on a dozen chances early, Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek pulled a defender and went with three strikers, a move that almost immediately paid off.

Friday Sports Roundup: Oneonta girls keep winning, Milford beats Richfield
Milford’s Allison Munson battles Lauren McLean for the ball. Munson scored two goals to lead the Wildcats to a 4-0 Tri-Valley League win Friday, Sept. 10. (Cheryl Clough/AllOtsego.com).

Friday Sports Roundup:
Oneonta girls keep winning,
Milford beats Richfield

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

More results:

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 15: And it all happened on an Induction Wednesday
From left are National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Inductees, Derek Jeter, Don Fehr representing Marvin Miller, Larry Walker and Ted Simmons after the Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 8. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 15:
And it all happened
on an Induction Wednesday

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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:

Click here to listen!

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.

Thursday Sports Roundup: Oneonta boys blank SV

Thursday Sports Roundup:
Oneonta boys blank SV

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Findlay Oliver scored twice and had an assist as Oneonta shut out host Susquehanna Valley, 4-0, in a Center State Conference game Thursday, Sept. 9.

Mackey Peyton headed in a goal and also had an assist, while Dakota Buzzy also scored on a header.

Matthew Rubin had two assists for Oneonta, (2-0, 2-0), which hosts rival Norwich at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13.

In Tri-Valley League action Thursday, Worcester got boys and girls wins in soccer, including a boys win over rival Schenevus.

Coop boys top UAS, 7-2
Luca Gardner-Olesen heads in a corner kick for Cooperstown’s first goal in a win over Utica Academy of Science on Thursday, Sept. 9. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Coop boys top UAS, 7-2

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

Main Street business good but not great
A Main Street closed to cars Wednesday, Sept. 8, allowed the reported 20,00 fans to spread out before the Induction. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Main Street business
good but not great

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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
From left are National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Inductees, Derek Jeter, Don Fehr representing Marvin Miller, Larry Walker and Ted Simmons after the Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 8. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

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.

20,000 Yankee fans pack Cooperstown for Induction of Jeter, Walker, Miller, Simmons
Derek Jeter jokes about the baseball writer who did not vote for his Hall of Fame Induction as fellow Inductee Larry Walker, left, and teammate Mariano Rivera, right, look on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Clark Sports Center. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

20,000 Yankee fans
pack Cooperstown
for Induction of Jeter,
Walker, Miller, Simmons

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The fans came, the rain held off and the twice-postponed 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction finally took place Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Clark Sports Center.

New York Yankee fans dominated the day, in Cooperstown to see shortstop Derek Jeter, the former team captain.

“We’re here for Derek Jeter,” said Noel Stazko of East Meadow, Long Island. “How could you not be here for this?”

Wednesday Sports Roundup: Schenevus boys, girls get big wins

Wednesday sports roundup:
Schenevus boys, girls
get big wins

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

More details on Wednesday’s games here.

Tuesday Sports Roundup: Dragons dominate SK
Schenevus defender Leanna Darling takes the ball away from South Kortright’s Emily Andersen during a non-league contest Tuesday won by the Dragons, 11-0. (Cheryl Clough).

Tuesday Sports Roundup:
Dragons dominate SK

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

Dedication made, anniversary celebrated at Doubleday Field
Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh speaks about former Doubleday Field caretaker Joe Harris as his family looks on, from left Kristie Wellman, Jean Harris and Chad Harris. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Dedication made,
anniversary celebrated
at Doubleday Field

By Greg Klein • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

Saturday Sports Roundup: Unatego girls beat Cooperstown

Saturday Sports Roundup:
Unatego girls beat Cooperstown

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

Details below:

Friday sports roundup: Milford girls win big in opener, Oneonta girls win again
Milford’s Kara Mertz pushes the ball past a Downsville defender in the Wildcats’ season opening win on the road. (Cheryl Clough).

Friday sports roundup:
Milford girls win big in opener, Oneonta girls win again

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Milford girls soccer team opened its season in Downsville with a win, 7-0, over the Eagles in non-league play.

Oneonta got its second win of the season in girls soccer, beating host Windsor, 5-1, in Southern Tier Athletic Conference play.

Richfield Springs girls and Cherry Valley-Springfield boys opened their soccer seasons with wins, too.

High School sports roundup for Friday, Sept. 3, below the fold.

Thursday sports roundup: Schenevus, Franklin girls win big, CV-S wins thriller over Panthers
Morris goalie Maddie Coleman falls on the ball in front of the foot of Schenevus’s Angie Competiello during the first half of Thursday’s T-V League opener for both teams. The Dragons defeated the Mustangs 8-0 as Competiello netted the games’ first goal and finished with an assist, too. (Cheryl Clough).

Thursday sports roundup:
Schenevus, Franklin girls win big,
CV-S wins thriller over Panthers

Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

In girls soccer Thursday, Sept. 2, Schenevus topped host Morris, 8-0, and Franklin topped that by beating beating Gilboa, 11-0, in the first round of the Mayor’s Cup.

At the same time, Cherry Valley-Springfield’s girls beat host Edmeston, 2-1, in the first big Tri-Valley League showdown of the soccer season.

Oneonta got its first win in golf — in perhaps a decade — and the combined Franklin/Unatego boys soccer team won big in the Mayor’s Cup as well.

Sports roundup details are below the fold.

High School Sports by Nate Lull: Now more than ever, September holds a year’s worth of promises

High School Sports by Nate Lull
Now more than ever, September holds a year’s worth of promises

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.

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