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Athletes make way to Empire Games

Track and Field

In the ESG meet at SUNY-Binghamton, Westhill graduate Abby Lee qualified for the open women's 400-meter hurdles, with Solvay's Heidi Armstrong throwing in the open women's javelin. Heather Clancy will compete in the scholastic women's 10,000-meter run.

On the men's side, Ben Smith (Camillus) in the open men's 1,500-meter run as Jordan-Elbridge alum Joe Sullivan takes his turn in the open javelin.

Volleyball

Two stars of West Genesee's Section III Class AA title team of 2007, Jill Cleland and Morgan McDermott are headed for SUNY-Cortland. Cleland is with the Central open women's team, while McDermott is a key player on the scholastic side.

Baseball

Both Westhill and Bishop Ludden find themselves with places on the Central scholastic team that will play at Union-Endicott High School and Conlon Field. Warrior teammates Ryan Malley and Mike Mascari bring power to the lineup, while John Rooney has been a star for the Gaelic Knights in three sports -- and he's only beginning his junior year at Ludden.

Wrestling

On the mats at SUNY-Binghamton's West Gym, Camillus native Jose Cruz wrestles at 187 pounds in both freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines. Current West Genesee star Zeke Thompson is a medal favorite in the scholastic 123-pound division as Jordan native Austin Lee (who goes to Cato-Meridian) could medal at freestyle 275 pounds

Basketball

In open competition, Scott Morton (Westhill), Terry Smith (Bishop Ludden) and Shane Williams (West Genesee) all made it to the Central men's team, which will play at SUNY-Binghamton under the guidance of Onondaga Community Collge head coach Dave Pasiak. Westhill graduates Kristen Diglio and Lisa Olszewski bring an inside-outside presence to the Central open women that will play at Binghamton High School for OCC's Mike Wheeler.

Gymnastics

Jen Gabris, a veteran of past Empire State Games, returns for a Central open women's squad that also includes fellow Camillus native Meaghan Shea. All ESG gymnastics events are at Broome County Arena in downtown Binghamton.

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