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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.