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Editorial: How was it? A big success

Editorial:
How was it? A big success

 

We salute the Cooperstown Central School’s varsity boys’ soccer team for a 2021 season that was a resounding success, a joy to witness, and a giant step forward on our slow walk ‘back to normal.’

We send that same salute to the Cherry Valley/ Springfield boys’ varsity soccer team, Cooperstown’s girls varsity swimmers, Oneonta’s boys’ varsity cross country runners, the Head of the Fish and Head of the Charles rowers, and every other school team and athlete who got out there and played your game.

Take a bow, too, you coaches, assistants, volunteers, parents, teachers, bus drivers, car caravan coordinators, and anyone who guided and supported players along their ways, then made sure the sports stepped aside for homework and other school duties.

2021 Cooperstown Boys Soccer Team
In the front row, from left, are: Creighton Williams, Conrad Erway, Ben Agostino, Declan White, Dillon Burns, Riley Diamond, Cooper Bradley and Reisen Sheldon. In the back row, from left, are: Liam Spencer, Max Porto, Gavin Lesko, Wyatt Montana, P.J. Kiuber, Ollie Wasson, Colby Diamond, Finn Holohan, Aidan Spencer, Ethan Kukenberger, Charlie Lambert and Aidan Klein.

2021 Cooperstown Boys Soccer Team

Editor’s note: Hot off their exciting state championship win on Sunday, we invited CCS Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach Frank Miosek to reflect on his team’s brilliant 2021 performance. Here’s what he wrote.

By COACH FRANK MIOSEK

I have been the CCS boys’ soccer coach since 1988. Every summer I start to plan for the coming fall season. Before this dream job, I had another — I spent thirteen years at Cherry Valley as their first girls’ varsity soccer coach. Starting in 1971, I was a coach of youth soccer in Oneonta. So you can see I have a passion for the sport; as a coach and as a player: high school; college (Oneonta State 68-71), men’s travel Oneonta United, National Soccer Hall of Fame Team and numerous teams in the area until 2014.

Cooperstown Boys Ride Golden Goal to State Final
Cooperstown’s Colby Diamond plays the ball forward with Greene defender Ben Kehl. Luca Gardner-Olsen scored the game-winning goal in OT sending the Hawkeyes to the Class C state final 4. (Cheryl Clough)

Cooperstown Boys Ride
Golden Goal to State Final

By Cheryl Clough • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Section 3 champ Cooperstown Hawkeyes boys soccer team traveled to Oneonta Saturday to take on Section 4 champion Greene in a Class C regional game.

The undefeated Hawkeyes got into the scoring column first. Regulation ended with the teams tied at 1-1. In sudden death OT Colby Diamond sent a pass to Luca Gardner-Olsen who got in behind the Trojan defense and slid a shot past charging Greene goalie Jesse Ledford giving the Hawkeyes a spot in the Class C state final 4 next weekend in Middletown.

Cherry Valley-Springfield’s boys’ varsity soccer wraps up at Sectional IV Class D Finals
Cherry Valley-Springfield’s Will Heinrich and Allan Parker celebrate victory of Margaretville with teammates Dylan Huff, Oskar Webster, Kris Cade and Bryden Houk in background
(Photo credit: Shannon Rockwell)

Cherry Valley-Springfield’s boys’ varsity soccer wraps up at Sectional IV Class D Finals

By LISA HERSHEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cherry Valley-Springfield’s boys’ varsity soccer season ended Saturday after a string of upsets took them to the Section IV Class D Finals.

The team started the season with some inconsistent play which included an overtime loss to the combined team Milford/Laurens in the Tri-Valley Semifinals. Lead by Coach Jennifer Moore, Cherry Valley-Springfield rallied in sectionals, upsetting fifth-seed Margaretville 4-3 on October 22, in Cherry Valley.

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.

Stepp named player of year; Seamon named CSC MVP
Cooperstown sophomore Dani Seamon won the 2021 MVP Award for softball in the Center State Conference’s Division II. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Stepp named
player of year;
Seamon named CSC MVP

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Unatego’s Dana Stepp was named the Class C girls soccer Player of the Year by the New York State Sports Writers Association on Friday, June 18.

The New York State Girls Soccer All-State selections also included several local Section IV players.
The local players honored were:

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 16

Celebrate The Harvest

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HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the fall harvest with food, music, and activities for all. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival

LUMBERFEST – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See timbersports, enjoy activities with Hanford Mills, go on a train ride, do a project, see a demonstration, more. Free, open to public. Co. Rt. 35a, Portlandville. Visit WightmanLumber.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 18

Soccer Festival, Neahwa Park

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WORLD CUP SOCCER FESTIVAL – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Come to the 4th annual Play for Peace soccer festival for food, fun, music, and soccer. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.facebook.com/KESsoccer/

OUTDOOR GAMES – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Athletes from across the NE compete to see who’s best. Includes a bbq contest and tasting, and the Stihl Timbersports NE Qualifier. Watch the finals of the women’s competition, and the final outdoor games. Alden Field, Cherry Valley Community Center. www.facebook.com/northeastqualifier/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 28

Wounded Warrior

Softball Double Header

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DOUBLE HEADER – 12:30 p.m. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team face off against 1st the Cooperstown Fire Dept. and then a team of representatives from the sponsors of the game. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Info, woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/event/cooperstown-ny/

PADDLE BOARD DEMOS – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to try stand-up paddling, here’s your chance. Free. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Info, www.canoeregatta.org/SUP.html

Lunch With SUNY Dragons Celebrates Record Year

Lunch With SUNY Dragons

Serves Most Spaghetti Ever

The SUNY Oneonta Women's Soccer Team sold over 400 tickets, the most ever, to their 11th annual Dinner and Auction With The Dragons at The Oneonta Elks Lodge this afternoon. In addition to the auction, dinner and dessert, attendees enjoyed conversation with the team about their past season. The proceeds from the luncheon will fund the team's upcoming training trip to Florida. Here, Seaver Lipshie and Kayla Jones-Lockridge, members of SUNY Oneonta's Women's Soccer team, bring plates of spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The SUNY Oneonta Women’s Soccer Team sold over 400 tickets, the most ever, at their 11th annual Dinner & Auction With The Dragons at The Oneonta Elks Lodge this afternoon. The proceeds from the luncheon will fund the team’s upcoming training trip to Florida. Here, Seaver Lipshie and Kayla Jones-Lockridge, members of SUNY Oneonta’s Women’s Soccer team, bring plates of spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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