Liverpool's best head for Empire Games

Once again, Liverpool's top athletes are going to be chasing medals when the 31st edition of the Empire State Games gets underway in Binghamton and other Southern Tier locales.

Thousands of competitors from six regions (Central, Western, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island) will be entered in more than two dozen sports in events that start July 24 and run through July 27.

Here is a scan of who will be going to the Empire Games.

Track and Field

In the ESG meet at SUNY-Binghamton, Monica Ridgeway is entered in three open women's throwing events -- the discus, hammer and shot put. Jessica Ball joins her in the high jump, and Ethan Hickey runs in the open men's 5,000-meter event.

On the scholastic women's side, Harmony Cross will cover seven events in two days during the heptathlon. Wanetta Rodney represents Liverpool in the 100-meter dash as her Warrior teammate, Trina Bills, runs in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.


In a busy ESG meet at SUNY-Cortland's Park Center, Carly Jones could race three times in individual open women's events, including the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Kevin Murphy could do the same on the open men's side in both individual breaststroke races, plus the 50 freestyle. Sarah Stroup gets a shot in the open women's 800 freestyle.

Zoe McCauley leads the Liverpool scholastic women's contingent as she goes in the 400 and 800 freestyle, joined by Renee Stromski (400 freestyle) and Antoinette Esce (1,500 freestyle). Cory Spado is there, too, in the scholastic men's 400 individual medley.

Ice Hockey

Joey Wilson is one of the top forwards in the Section III ranks, and will be expected to do much for Central's scholastic men's team at Broome County Community College, while Kathleen Conese returns to the ESG on the scholastic women's side at Chenango Ice Rink.

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