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Zambello will step down following 2022 Glimmerglass season
Zambello (Marc Horn).

Zambello will step down
following 2022 Glimmerglass season

Glimmerglass Festival Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello announced the 2022 festival will be her 12th and final season in her leadership role with the company.

“My years with The Glimmerglass Festival have been the best of my life,” Zambello said in a media release Friday, Oct 15. “I got married and built a home here with Faith and our son, Jackson, and the Cooperstown community has become an integral part of our lives. I am so proud of this company and all we have accomplished over the last decade. This is not goodbye; it is a time of transition and excitement for this company I adore. I am excited to witness and support the beginning for the next era of the ever-evolving Glimmerglass Festival.”

Coop boys get No. 2 seed, first-round bye
Keegan LeBoffe dribbles for Cooperstown during Friday’s regular-season finale. The Hawkeyes drew a No. 2 seed in the upcoming Section III Class C playoffs. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Coop boys get No. 2 seed,
first-round bye

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown’s boys soccer team finished the regular season 15-0 and will get a No. 2 seed and first-round bye in the Section III Class C tournament.

The Hawkeyes will host a game at 3:30 p.m. Cooperstown will play the winner of No. 7 Tully and No. 10 Bishop Ludden, who are scheduled to play a first-round game at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Tully.

Saturday Sports Roundup: Unatego, Schenevus girls, Franklin-Unatego boys win league titles
Milford/Laurens’s Brock Mann controls the ball in a driving rain storm as Franklin/Unatego’s Brayden Nichols runs back to defend. Mann scored a goal but M/L was nipped, 2-1, in the TVL boys final Saturday. (Cheryl Clough).

Saturday Sports Roundup:
Unatego, Schenevus girls,
Franklin/Unatego boys
win league titles

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA — Franklin won its first Tri-Valley League boys soccer title, with Unatego sharing the glory; the Schenevus girls won another pre-merger title; and Unatego continued its dominance in Midstate Athletic Conference girls soccer play in championship game action Saturday, Oct. 16, at Wright National Soccer Campus.

The morning games were played in almost balmy weather but by afternoon, the games were taking place in stormy weather.

Title results below.

Friday Sports Roundup: Coop boys shut out F-S to go to 15-0
Cooperstown senior Dillon Burns receives a ball with F-S defender Brandon Magana trying to steal it away during Cooperstown’s 3-0 home win Friday. (Greg Klein/Allotsego.com).

Friday Sports Roundup
Coop boys shut out
F-S to go to 15-0

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Colby Diamond scored twice and Luca Gardner-Olesen had a goal and an assist as Cooperstown stayed undefeated in boys soccer with a 3-0 senior-night win over visiting Frankfort-Schuyler on Friday, Oct. 15, in a Center State Conference non-division match.

Aidan Spencer and Ollie Wasson had assists for the Hawkeyes, which out shot F-S, 35-5, and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Cooperstown (15-0) paid tribute to seniors Dillon Burns, Gardner-Olesen, Finn Holohan, Gavin Lesko, Max Porto, Reisen Sheldon, Liam Spencer and Declan White.

Cooperstown’s last scheduled regular-season game, Saturday’s rematch with Division II champ Utica Academy of Science, has been canceled because of projected bad weather, clinching a perfect regular-season record for the Hawkeyes.

The Atoms closed the season with 12 wins in a row after losing, 7-2, at Cooperstown on Sept. 9.

Cooperstown, F-S and UAS await Section III Class C seedings, which will be announced Sunday, Oct. 17.

More sports below.

Thursday Sports Roundup: Coop boys finish division play undefeated; Section IV seedings announced
Cooperstown senior Liam Spencer dribbles upfield Thursday as he is trailed by Mount Markham’s Ben Lohmann. Cooperstown shut out the Mustangs, 8-0, to finish division play undefeated. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Thursday Sports Roundup:
Coop boys finish
division play undefeated;
Section IV seedings announced

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Aidan Spencer had a hat trick and Colby Diamond had two goals and two assists as Cooperstown finished Center State Conference Division III play undefeated with an 8-0 win over Mount Markham in West Winfield in a boys soccer match Thursday, Oct. 14.

Liam Spencer scored a goal and had an assist for the Hawkeyes, which also got goals from Ollie Wasson and Declan White, as well as two assists from Luca Garnder-Olesen and one assist from Ben Agostino.

Cooperstown (14-0, 10-0) closes its regular-season play with senior night at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, against visiting Frankfort-Schuyler, and then a game at Division II champion Utica Academy of Science at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16.

More sports below.

Opinion by Greg Klein: Is it a successful soccer season? Ask me again in November

Opinion by Greg Klein
Is it a successful soccer season?
Ask me again in November

Years ago, when I began covering high school sports here, I coined a truism about New York State Public High School Athletic Association seasons.

If you are playing in the spring season, you need to be playing in June to have a successful season.

If you are playing in the winter season, you need to be playing in March to have a successful season.

If you are playing in the fall season, you need to be playing in November to have a successful season.

I mention this because I have been trailing around the Cooperstown’s boys soccer team this fall. My son is a reserve on the team and I had a small hand in training these boys — specifically for this season — and perhaps a larger hand as their cheerleader.

Wednesday Sports Roundup: Franklin/Unatego, Milford/Laurens advance to TVL boys soccer final
Riley Stevens and Zach Brown celebrate Stevens’ game-tying goal against CV-S in the TVL playoffs Wednesday. (Cheryl Clough).

Wednesday Sports Roundup:
Franklin/Unatego, Milford/Laurens
advance to TVL boys soccer final

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sometimes, four schools are better than two.

The combined teams of Franklin/Unatego and Milford/Laurens advanced to the Tri-Valley League boys soccer championship game with semifinal wins Wednesday, Oct. 13.

In Milford, No. 2 seeded M/L topped Cherry Valley-Springfield on a golden goal by Brock Mann on a throw-in by Martin Thorsland in overtime to win, 3-2.

Adam Peddie and Riley Stevens also scored for Milford/Laurens (11-4, 8-1).

Kris Cade and Allan Parker scored for Cherry Valley-Springfield (7-4, 6-3), which got 12 saves form Gavin Valenta.

In Franklin, Matthew Serrao had a hat trick to help top-seeded Franklin/Unatego to a 5-1 win over visiting Schenevus, the four seed.

Connor Kulp and Wyatt Beers also scored for Franklin/Unatego (12-1-1, 9-0), which got assists from Henry Barnes and Chase Birdsall.

Mehki Regg scored for Schenevus (8-6, 5-4).

The top seeds will meet for the TVL boys title at 1 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 14, at Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

Franklin/Unatego beat M/L, 4-2, in Laurens on Sept. 21.

More sports below.

Positive COVID tests reported at Unatego; football schedule changes made, new game scheduled

Positive COVID tests reported at Unatego;
football schedule changes made,
new game scheduled

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

According to school officials at Unatego Central School, a teacher and elementary school student have tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, the school is delaying two football games originally scheduled for the next two weeks and will be picking up a game against Moravia at 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 14.* The football rescheduling was done based on COVID issues with one of the opposing teams.

According to a message posted on the UCS website by Superintendent David Richards on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the school was informed Tuesday about the two positive tests. The student was last in school Thursday, Oct. 7, and the teacher was last in school Friday, Oct. 8, Richards said.

In the case of the student no contact tracing or quarantines will be necessary, Richards said, but with the teacher, the district is working with the Otsego County Department of Health on contact tracing.

Franklin, Schenevus advance to TVL girls final
Franklin’s Shannon Kingsbury runs with the ball as Milford defender Delaney Maison chases her in the first half of the Tri-Valley girls soccer semifinal Tuesday. Kingsbury scored the game’s first goal and the Purple Devils defeated the Wildcats 2-1 to earn a spot in the TVL title game Saturday. (Cheryl Clough).

Franklin, Schenevus
advance to TVL girls final

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Top seeded Schenevus and No. 2 Franklin won Tri-Valley League playoff games Tuesday, Oct. 13, to advance to Saturday’s league-championship game.

In Franklin, Kayla Campbell scored the game winner on a pass from Marissa Campbell with 3:04 left in the game to send the Purple Devils to the championship with a 2-1 win over third-seeded Milford.

Franklin started the scoring Tuesday when seventh grader Shannon Kingsbury scored on a pass from Valentina Temple with 17 minutes left in the first half.

However, Milford answered quickly, tying the game three minutes later when Kara Mertz scored on a through ball from Mikenna Buriello.

In Schenevus,  Taylor Knapp had two goals and an assist and Angie Competiello scored twice to lead top-seeded Schenevus to an 8-0 win over No. 4 Morris.

Lilly Competiello had a goal and an assist for the Dragons, which also got goals from Liana Darling, Hannah Sulas and Val Beardslee and two assists from Shawna Whiteman.

Schenevus (15-0, 11-0) and Franklin (12-1-2, 9-1-1) will play the title game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta. The Dragons won at Franklin, 7-4, Friday, Oct. 1, in a league match.

More sports below.

Coop boys clinch division title with win at Sauquoit
Cooperstown junior Colby Diamond looks to shoot during the Hawkeyes 3-1 win at Sauquoit Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 12. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Coop boys clinch division title
with win at Sauquoit

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

SAUQUOIT VALLEY — Liam Spencer, Colby Diamond and Aidan Spencer scored goals as Cooperstown clinched the Center State Conference Division III title with a 3-1 win over SV on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

“We are not done. We are still playing for a better seed,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek told his players after the game. “This is not the end. This is just one more goal you have accomplished.”

Saturday Sports Roundup: Schenevus boys win, Coop football loses

Saturday Sports Roundup:
Schenevus boys win,
Coop football loses

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

In Gilbertsville, the visiting Dragons scored late to top host Unadilla Valley/Gilbertsville-Mount Upton in boys soccer, 3-2, Saturday, Oct. 9, in a non-league game.

Trevor Schneider scored a goal and had an assist for Schenevus (8-5, 5-3), which also got goals from Cody Feil and Cody Keator.

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Friday Sports Roundup: Hawkeyes top Hamilton to go to 12-0
Cooperstown junior Ben Agostino tries to keep the ball away from a Hamilton defender during Cooperstown’s 3-1 home win Friday. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Friday Sports Roundup:
Hawkeyes top Hamilton to go to 12-0

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Colby Diamond, Ollie Wasson and Aidan Spencer scored for host Cooperstown, which improved to 12-0 Friday, Oct. 8, with a 3-1 win over Hamilton in a Center State Conference Division III match.

Diamond got the Hawkeyes on the board quickly, taking advantage of a loose ball in the box less than 10 minutes into the game.

Wasson scored on a penalty kick with less than seven left in the half for a 2-0 lead.

However, Jake Wright took advantage of a missed mark in the box to get one back for the Knights two minutes later.

Spencer got the only goal of the second half, scoring from the 18 after a flurry of Cooperstown chances to make it 3-1.

“Hamilton always plays us tough,” Assistant Coach Lucas Spencer said, filling in for Coach Frank Miosek, who had a family obligation this weekend. “It is something about the names on the jerseys that always make this a tough game.”

Cooperstown (12-0, 8-0), outshot Hamilton (7-5-2, 4-5-2), 12-3, but the Knights had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Finn Holohan had two saves for the Hawkeyes and John Hughes had four saves for Hamilton.

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Thursday Sports Roundup: Unatego loses first game in girls soccer

Thursday Sports Roundup:
Unatego loses
first game in girls soccer

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

In Delhi, the host Bulldogs gave Unatego its first loss of the season in girls soccer with a 2-0 win in Midstate Athletic Conference play.

Eleanor Wagner and Georgiana Verspoor scored for Delaware Academy, on assists from Libby Lamport and Natalie Vredenburg.

Delaware Academy (8-4-1, 5-2-1) outshot the Spartans, 12-9, and keeper Sylvia Liddle stopped a penalty kick by Unatego (12-1, 9-1), to help preserve the win.

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Wednesday Sports Roundup: Milford/Laurens wins big in TVL
Milford/Laurens’ Adam Peddie jumps to trap the ball with his chest as teammate Brock Mann looks on during his team’s 5-0 league win over Sharon Springs on Wednesday. (Cheryl Clough).

Wednesday Sports Roundup:
Milford/Laurens
wins big in TVL

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Milford /Laurens boys soccer team recorded a 5-0 Tri-Valley League win over visiting Sharon Springs on senior night Wednesday, Oct. 6.

M/L honored eight seniors at halftime: Brock Mann, Tony Provost, Adam Peddie, Riley Stevens, Martin Thorsland, Sawyer Eckberg, Zach Brown and Thomas Konnick.

The Wildcats wasted little time scoring on a short handed Sharon Springs team as Cyller Cimko scored the first goal a little over three minutes into the match.  Four minutes later, M/L got on the board again as Brock Mann headed in a ball from Martin Thorsland. With 18 minutes left in the half, Adam Peddie got the third M/L goal as he got free in front of the Spartans net.

Another goal by Mann and one by junior Donta Sherwood off a cross by Carter Stevens in the second half finished off the scoring for M/L.  Sawyer Eckberg was also credited with an assist.

Freshman goalie Chase Long got the shutout for Milford/Laurens (9-4, 6-1), which travels to Worcester in a TVL game Thursday.

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CROSS COUNTY
CCS hosts home meet

In Middlefield, on the Tower Course, the Hawkeye runners hosted Clinton, Canastota and Herkimer for a meet, with Clinton runners finishing first for both sides and Cooperstown posting team-best third-place finishes from Lincoln DiLorenzo and Margaret Raffo.

John Musante won the boys race in 20:54, but DiLorenzo finished in 22:16 and Jonah Hitchcock placed fourth in 22:21.

Kate Stockwell won the girls race in 22:50, but Raffo finished in 24:57 and Cate Bohler finished fourth in 25:32.

BOYS SOCCER
CV-S 6, Morris 0

In Morris, Oskar Webster had a hat trick for the visiting Patriots in a TVL win.

Allan Parker had two goals and an assist for Cherry Valley-Springfield (5-3, 5-2), which also got a goal and an assist from Max Horvath, three assists from Will Heinrich and an assist from Kris Cade.

GOLF
Norwich 233, Oneonta 239  

At Oneonta Country Club, Julien Smith had medalist honors for Norwich, which edged Oneonta in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference match.

Aidan Gelbsman had a 45 to lead Oneonta (5-6).

 

WCDO Athletic Director Nate Lull and photographer Cheryl Clough contributed to this report. 

Coop boys go to 11-0 with comeback win at Poland
Ollie Wasson shields the ball from a Poland defense. Wasson scored the game winner in Cooperstown comeback Wednesday, stealing a ball after a defensive miscue. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Coop boys go to 11-0
with comeback win at Poland

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

POLAND — Ollie Wasson scored the game-winner as Cooperstown completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit to beat Poland, 3-2, in a Center State Conference Division III match Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The Hawkeyes were stymied early by a packed Poland defense and fell behind for only the third time this season when Austin Huckabone scored on a pass from Jason Victor with 17:28 left in the first half.

Cooperstown then fell behind 2-0 for the first time this season when Victor’s shot was batted down but not controlled by keeper Finn Holohan and Carter Cookinham finished with 13:12 left in the half.

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