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About sticks, runners and a pool

Safe to say, this was a busy weekend. Aside from the football championships and soccer titles decided (which we'll get to in the next entry), there was the small matter of handing out Section III titles in field hockey, cross country and girls swimming.

The sticks part played out at C-NS's Bragman Stadium, where the state final four will get held again in two weeks' time. It began and ended with major overtime drama, with some domination and determination in between.

The Class D final did not feature a goal until overtime, when New York Mills' Carly Dziekan put in the goal that beat Morrisville-Eaton 1-0 and delivered a second Marauders title in three years.

Now if only Mills didn't have to do that darn C-D game, for Cazenovia, with its 39-game win streak and pair of state titles, await after its ruthless dismissal of Holland Patent for a seventh straight sectional title, the 2-0 game not really that close because the Lakers' goals came early, and Allison Friermuth had to make a ton of saves (14) to keep it from getting out of hand.

A tense Class A final followed, Liverpool ignoring the tie and loss it had to C-NS in the regular season, not to mention the Northstars' home-field advantage, in a 1-0 victory where Emily Burns netted the lone goal in the second half to give the Warriors' back-to-back sectional titles.

Liverpool is used to this, but ESM is not. The last Spartans' title came way back in 1977, and it stopped playing field hockey for a long time, only getting back to the varsity level three years ago. Now look - ESM is the Class B champs, gained 2-1 over Whitesboro when Judi Neff pounded in the overtime game-winner.

Whereas ESM's field hockey team is unaccustomed to this sort of glory, that's not the case with F-M cross country, who again dominated the Class A portion of the sectional meet at cold, wet, raw, muddy (want any more adjectives?) VVS on Saturday afternoon.

For the six-time national champion girls Hornets, it was Annika Avery and Alana Pearl leading a 1-2-3-4-5 sweep, while Nick Ryan and Bryce Millar went 1-2 in the boys race. Of course Avery and Ryan had the fastest times of the day, too, so beware anyone trying to stop them, either at the state meet at Elma Meadows or beyond.

You also had two sweeps in Class B. Westhill/Bishop Ludden, without any superstars, claimed the boys and girls team championships, barely holding off J-D (boys) and ESM (girls), but it was Marcellus getting both individual titles. all thanks to Ryan Manahan and Rachel Garn.

Hannibal, led by individual champion Ryan Perry, won the Class C boys championship, while Tully did the same in Class C, holding off Skaneateles as Jordan-Elbridge's Abby Gugel earned the individual championship.

Although Fabius-Pompey's Erin McConnell out-ran South Lewis star Victoria Campanian in the Class D girls race, it was Campanian's Falcons earning the team title over Sauquoit Valley, with Beaver River rising to the top on the boys side behind individual winner Alex Hall. Now all the top teams and individuals go to Elma Meadows for next Saturday's state meet.

By contrast, the Section III girls swimmers have to wait until Nov. 16-17 to head to Ithaca College for their state festivities. At least the sectional meet at Nottingham ended in a smooth manner, loose bulk heads forcing Friday's Class C meet to Rome Free Academy before things were fixed in time for Saturday's state qualifier.

Team-wise, many different folks were happy. West Genesee prevailed in Class A, Skaneateles rolled through the Class C meet at RFA and J-D, who prevailed in Class B, ended up with the overall sectional title on Saturday when everyone got together.

Individually, two stars really stood out. CBA's Summer Schmitt was the Most Outstanding Swimmer with quick times in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, and Liverpool's Madeline Murphy broke the sectional mark in the 50 freestyle, and added the 100 freestyle for good measure.

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