Three local high school teams won state championships over the weekend, including the Vestal baseball team, who rode shutout pitching performances to their first state title since 1996. Sophomore Kyle Taborne threw a shutout in the semifinals Friday, while junior Dom Dirado did the same in Saturday’s championship. Pitching was also the name of the game for both the Maine-Endwell and Deposit softball teams, who won state championships this weekend in South Glens Falls. Maine-Endwell’s Emily Hess threw shutouts in both the semifinal and final games Saturday to lead the Spartans to their second consecutive state title while Deposit’s Makenzie Stiles struck out 29 and allowed five hits as she led the Jacks to their third straight championship.
In sports, this is championship weekend in New York State. In baseball, Seton and Vestal will play semifinal games Friday, with the Saints playing at 3pm at Binghamton University and the Golden Bears playing at 4pm at Union-Endicott. The winners will play for the state title at NYSEG Stadium Saturday. In softball, defending champions Binghamton, Maine-Endwell, and Deposit will all play for repeat titles Saturday in South Glens Falls. Semifinals are scheduled for the morning with championship games in the afternoon. The Vestal girls lacrosse team will play a semifinal Friday at SUNY Cortland. Finally, the state’s track and field championships will be held all day Friday and Saturday at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium. An $8 admission fee will be charged for each event.
In local sports, two baseball and softball teams are heading to the state semifinals. In baseball, Vestal and Seton both won on Saturday to advance to the state’s final weekend, while the softball teams of Binghamton and Maine-Endwell also advanced to the final four. The Patriots and Spartans both won state championships last year and will try to repeat this year in South Glens Falls. The baseball championships are in the Southern Tier, so Seton will play at Binghamton University Friday while Vestal will play at Union-Endicott. The winners will play Saturday at NYSEG Stadium. Both of Vestal’s lacrosse teams are also in the state semifinals. The boys play Wednesday while the girls will play Friday.
Two Bradford County high school baseball teams won District 4 Championships yesterday at Penn State. In Class AAAA, Athens pitcher Cody Jennings allowed five hits over seven innings as the Wildcats edged Mifflingburg 3-2 to win their first District 4 title in 20 years. In Class A, Sayre junior Jordan Rockwell gave up only two hits as the Redskins dominated Cowanesque Valley to win 10-0 for their first District title since 2010.
In boys lacrosse, Vestal was the only local team to win in the quarterfinals yesterday, as the Golden Bears defeated East Syracuse Minoa 13-9.
After 21 years, the Waverly baseball team has finally been crowned champions of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Sophomore pitcher Bradey Roney gave up only three hits in a complete game shutout and senior Zach VanHouten drove in two runs as Waverly defeated Union Springs 7-0 in last night’s Large School Championship at Dunn Field in Elmira. In the small school title game, Tioga gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as they lost to Trumansburg 2-1. In softball, Tioga won their fourth-straight IAC title with a 15-1 blowout of Moravia at Cornell. Pitcher Mariah Culver fired a one-hitter.
The Owego Free Academy Athletics Department recognized 11 student-athletes yesterday who are planning to participate in college athletics next year. All 11 signed their commitment letters in the OFA Lobby yesterday in front of the student body. Here is the full list of the student-athletes and where they will be attending:
- Cole Paradies, Basketball, Wells College (Div. 3)
- Caleb Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Micah Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
- Mason Ford, Lacrosse, Maryville University (Div. 2)
- Joe Kuchinski, Lacrosse, Wilkes University (Div. 3)
- Tyler Short, Track & Field, Bryant and Stratton College (ICA)
- Clayton Wolfe, Track & Field, University at Buffalo (Div. 1) or Binghamton University (Div. 1)
- Bella Coleman, Volleyball, University of Virginia (Div. 1) or University of Rochester (Div. 3)
- Makenna Kallin, Volleyball, Fredonia State (Div. 3)
- Savannah Terry, Volleyball, Elmira College (Div. 3)
- Devin Horton, Wrestling, Alfred State (Div. 3)
The Seton Catholic Central girls basketball team can now say they are the best in New York after crushing the two downstate champions in the state’s Federation Tournament. The Saints demolished Long Island’s Aquinas 83-43 yesterday at the Glens Falls Civic Center to wrap up a 28-1 season. After losing to Susquehanna Valley in December, the Saints reeled off 26 straight victories to end their season. With yesterday’s win, Seton becomes the second in Section 4 girls basketball history to win the Federation championship, joining the 1997-98 Oneonta team. Senior Lexi Levy was named Federation Tournament MVP. She will be continuing her career at George Washington next year.
In basketball, Andrew White scored 40 points to lead Syracuse past Georgia Tech 90-61 yesterday as the Orange wrapped up the regular season. Syracuse is seeded eighth for the ACC Tournament and will play Miami Wednesday at 12pm live on WEBO.
In high school, the Vestal girls won their third-straight Section 4 Class A title with a victory over Maine-Endwell on Saturday. Johnson City beat Vestal in the boys game. Waverly’s season ended at the hands of Norwich, as the Wolverines lost the Class B game Friday. Seton won the girls title.
The Section 4 boys all-star team won the New York State Bowling Championship yesterday in Syracuse. The team included Jake Robertson from Tioga, Tim Sladish of Union-Endicott, Trevor Kimble from Windsor, Zach Bobbett of Union Springs, Derek Lisi from Corning, and Sam McDonald of Elmira.