It’s a busy weekend for graduating seniors and their families in the Southern Tier.
Three of Tioga County’s public high school’s will hold their graduation ceremonies on Friday night, all scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Waverly will graduate its seniors in a ceremony at the high school athletic field, Newark Valley will hold graduation in the high school auditorium and Spencer-Van Etten in the high school gymnasium. Candor has scheduled graduation for 730pm Friday.
Tioga’s largest high school, Owego Free Academy, will hold its graduation at 10am Saturday at Christy J. Valvo Stadium on the OFA campus. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Your Hometown WEBO. Tioga Central will also hold graduation on Saturday.
Other ceremonies throughout the Southern Tier include Maine-Endwell at 7 p.m. Friday at the BU Events Center, Vestal at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at Events Center, and Union-Endicott at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arena in downtown Binghamton.
Two local schools have been identified as “High Performing Reward Schools” by the New York State Education Department. Vestal Hills Elementary School was selected for the fourth straight year while the Maine-Endwell High School was also given recognition this year based on their high academic achievement and demonstrated student progress. Only 185 of the state’s 4,400 public schools have been recognized as reward schools by the SED.
The Maine-Endwell Little League team will take on Goodlettsville, Tennessee at 3pm this afternoon in the Little League World Series. The game was postponed yesterday due to rain. This will be the second game ME will play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In the first round of the series, Maine-Endwell defeated Warwick, RI 7-2. M-E is the first team from New York to make it to the Little League World Series since 1977 and the first from the Southern Tier since Corning in 1949.
The Maine-Endwell Little League team will play their first game of the Little League World Series today. M-E will play Warwick, Rhode Island at 3pm today live on ESPN. The World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is a double elimination tournament and each team is guaranteed three games. M-E is the first team from New York to make it since 1977 and the first from the Southern Tier since Corning in 1949.
The Maine-Endwell Little League team is heading to the Little League World Series. The boys from M-E defeated Keystone, PA 6-2 on Saturday to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, CT. Now, they are in Williamsport, PA, where they will take on the team from Warwick, RI at 3pm Thursday. The undefeated Maine-Endwell team is the first from New York to make the World Series since 1977.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team is back in action Saturday hosting NC State for their final home game of the regular season. Pregame coverage will begin on WEBO at 1pm.
After a thrilling Daytona 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Atlanta for a race on Sunday that will be heard live on WEBO. Coverage begins at 12pm.
The Binghamton girls and Horseheads boys won Section 4 Class AA Championships last night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Both teams beat Elmira in the finals. The Class A Championship games are tonight at the Arena, with Vestal and Maine-Endwell girls playing at 6 and the boys teams from Union-Endicott and Johnson City playing at 7:45. We will have live updates from both games on the WEBO Facebook page and Twitter account. The Class B and C finals will be played tomorrow.
Thirty eight wrestlers from Section 4 are competing in the state championships this weekend in Albany. Preliminaries started this morning.
The Maine-Endwell football program will be the subject of a special 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN Thursday. “62: The Legendary streak of Maine-Endwell High,” will be aired at 10pm. A film crew under the direction of Emmy Award-winner Jonathan Hock was present for several of the team’s games this season and other program activities. Hock was commissioned by CEO of Legendary Pictures – and M-E alum – Thomas Tull.
The Maine Endwell Central School District Board of Education is looking for community members to serve on a developing strategic planning committee. The board is looking for residents who are critical thinkers, collaborative, and enthusiastic about learning. The strategic planning committee will be used to review the district’s core values, set short term, mid-term, and long term goals, and create operational and investment strategies. Those interested should contact school district superintendent Jason Van Fossen by calling 754-1400, extension 2311.