Local athletes gear up for Empire Games


CBA graduate Mawuena Agbossoumonde will have a starring role for Central's open men's team as it plays at SUNY-Binghamton, as will J-D graduates Dan and Marcel Perl, plus John Pelligra and Manlius-Pebble Hill standout Dan McGowan.

Christina Harrison, a J-D graduate, is on the Central open women's side, while F-M's Danielle Kennedy resides with the Central scholastic women.


Sarah Reed, who had a record-breaking, All-American career at LeMoyne College, stars for a Central open squad that also includes one-time J-D teammate Amanda Barnett. All softball games are at the BAGSAI complex.


Eric Jorgenson, who has helped build a long win streak at J-D, is entered in three scholastic men's individual events at SUNY-Cortland's Park Center pool, including the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles. Brian Robinson (F-M) gets his shot at medals in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke, along with the 200-meter individual medley.

Two natives of Fayetteville, Kathryn Coughlin and Maggie Fletcher, both qualified for the Central scholastic team. Coughlin is in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Fletcher in the 800-meter freestyle.


Mike Doolittle (an F-M graduate) and Jamesville native Matt Coleman both line up for Central's open men's team at SUNY-Cortland, while current Hornet Drew Zipprich made it to the Central scholastic team.

Track and Field

Jade Germany is a veteran of past ESG competitions, and returns to vie for a medal in the open women's high jump at SUNY-Binghamton Stadium. Christine Peletier, from DeWitt, runs in the open women't 5,000-meter event.


There is a Fayetteville-Manlius flavor in both men's divisions at SUNY-Binghamton as former Hornets star Tom Wopperer returns for the Central open team and current star Brain Zapisek debuts on the scholastic men's side.

Meanwhile, F-M teammates Torie Lee and Emily Trapani are featured with Central's scholastic women's squad at Binghamton High School, joined there by sharp-shooting CBA guard Leanne Ockenden.

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