It’s hard to believe but Oct. 16, is right around the corner. It’s a day I like to call “Soccer Saturday” as the Tri-Valley, Delaware and MAC leagues all hold their conference championship games at the Wright National Soccer Campus fields in Oneonta.
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.
Sidney – Patrick Materazzo, age 86, of Sidney, lost his courageous battle with cancer on January 28, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Amsterdam, NY on May 1, 1934 to Luigi and Concetta (Testa) Materazzo.
Pat graduated from Amsterdam High School and Mohawk Valley Community College, and proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
He worked for over 30 years in the aerospace engineering industry before retiring to enjoy time with family, cars, and motorsports.
Susan Ann (Ferris) Patterson formerly of Sidney NY, was born March 11, 1947 in Albany NY to James Ferris and Emma (Bointon) Davenport.
While living in Sidney, Susan worked as manager at the Super 8 Motel. In her downtime she enjoy gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.
She passed away April 26, 2021 in Hutto, TX.
She was predeceased by Father, James Ferris; Mother, Emma Davenport; brothers Paul Ferris, J. David Ferris, Gerald Ferris.
Susan is survived by 3 children, Brian Patterson, Sidney, NY; Michelle (James) Peck, Rockville, VA; Alicia Patterson, Hutto, TX; 4 Grandchildren, Joshua and James Peck, Rockville, VA; Skylar and Alexavier Coxhran, Hutto, TX, 1 brother, Jon (Linda) Ferris, Otego, NY, and several nieces, nephews and special friends.
CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE REMEMBERED
By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
SIDNEY CENTER – Spiritual leaders, mayors, law-enforcement officers, friends and neighbors gathered Sunday evening at the Sufi Muslim community of Osmanli Dergahi here to express solidarity after the mass shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand.
“You coming here shows you care.” said Junaid Khan, a leader of the community. “Facebook, twitter, they don’t matter. Thank you for taking action and coming here. It means a lot to us.”
A gunman entered Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch during Friday Prayer on March 15 and shot almost 100 worshipers, killing 50, in the worst mass shooting in that nation’s history.
SIDNEY – I-88 is open again following a tractor-trailer accident that left the truck driver injured and fuel and cargo scattered on the roadside.
James E. Witt, 40, Scio was traveling eastbound on I-88 in Sidney when he traveled off the southern shoulder and traveled approximately 500 feet before striking earth embankment and overturning on its side. Unadilla and Wells Bridge Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene at 5:23 p.m. and the Witt was transported to Wilson Hospital complaining of head and rib pain.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.4
COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. The Chili Bowl cook off returns with hand-painted bowls, delicious entries by area cooks. Cost, $25/bowl. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.facebook.com/CANOneonta/
SUNDAY PROGRAM – 3 – 4:15 p.m. Author Dana Spiotta, award winning author of “Innocents and Others,” “Stone Arabia,” more, speaks at the Sunday Afternoon Program. Free, open to the public. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
This week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta, containing details of this Saturday’s celebration at Troop C of the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, has been distributed along Route 7 west of the city to be available to residents in proximity of the barracks between Sidney and Unadilla. Pick up a free copy at the Great American in Sidney, the Victory market in Unadilla and other convenience stores and delis along that route. As to Saturday, see you there!
$25M ‘Medical Village’
Sought For Tri-Town
Bassett Aims To Streamline Health Services
SIDNEY – The Bassett Healthcare Network is seeking a $25 million state grant to build a “medical village” that’s “specifically designed for 24-7 emergency and outpatient services” at Sidney’s Tri-Town Regional Hospital.
The network also announced that an applilcation has been submitted to the state Health Department to allow Tri-Town to operate as a “satellite emergency department” administered by Fox Hospital, rather than the Bassett mother ship in Cooperstown.
ONE DAY LEFT IN KETTLE DRIVE
$10,000 Needed To Hit
Salvation Army’s Goal
ONEONTA – With one day left in the Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive, donors have cut the distance to the $60,000 goal to $94 short of $10,000, Maj. Sharon Harford, commander of the Oneonta post, reported a few minutes ago.
“People have been very generous,” said the Salvation Army officer.
SIDNEY – Muriel Mary (Wilson) Holstead Dix, 96, a former office manager at Bresee’s Department Store and devout member of St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2016, in Sidney, where she had lived the past 21 years.
Born in 1920 in The Bronx and raised in Valley Stream, L.I., Muriel had resided in the Greater Oneonta area for 54 years.
She was an active church woman at Holy Trinity, Valley Stream, and St. Matthews, Unadilla, as well as St. James. She loved the Episcopal Church and over the years taught Sunday School, served on the Altar Guild, was president of the Episcopal Church Women, chaired the United Thank Offering, and was an active member of the Daughters of the King.
SIDNEY – State police have charged a 22-year-old Sidney man for shooting a cow.
On Tuesday, troopers at Sidney arrested Nevin D. Cutting, 22, for felonies of aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal mischief 2nd degree and the misdemeanor of illegally discharging a firearm.
The officers alleged that on Sept. 19, they responded to the report of a dead cow found near Pine Hill State Land in the Town of Sidney.
SIDNEY – Thomas R. Herring, 63, of Unadilla, a career-long toolmaker, passed away on Aug. 27, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
A brother’s family and nieces survive in Oneonta.
Tom, who many knew as “Hoby,” was born in Stamford to Hobert and Helen Herring on Dec. 9, 1952. He graduated from Unatego Junior/Senior High School in 1970 and went on to earn a certificate in toolmaking from the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. He was a toolmaker at several companies, including many years at Amphenol Corp.
SIDNEY – Emalyn S. Bidwell, 89, who retired from SUNY Oneonta Ancillary Services, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
She was born on Jan. 21, 1927, in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter of the late Frank I. and Edna Elizabeth (Risley) Smith.
Emalyn went to Hancock High School and Albany College.