October 18, 2012
The further you go into October, the more we start to hand out the important team and individual honors for Section III fall sports.
Already with the individual singles and doubles tennis titles in the books, it was time to go for team championships, all leading to Wednesday's finals at the Mott Tennis Center in Utica.
In Class A, same as it ever was for two decades now - F-M, again. Make that 313 match wins in a row after the Hornets turned back Baldwinsville by the same 4-3 margin it did in that Sept. 7 classic.
Only here it didn't require any third sets, comeback from match points or a tie-breaker. F-M moved Sienna Susko from singles to doubles, gave up points to the Bees' Kahlei Reisinger and Amari Pollard, and proceeded to win three of four doubles matches, all in straight sets.
J-D claimed the battle of unbeatens with Oneida, 5-2, to earn the Class B championship, and Skaneateles, battle-hardened by all of its clashes in the OHSL Liberty division, beat the pride of the Frontier League, Beaver River, and emerged as Class C champs.
They're also starting to hold the cross country league championships. In the Frontier League meet at Sandy Creek on Tuesday, Victoria Campanian led the South Lewis girls to the top spot as Beaver River's boys also prevailed. South Jefferson had to settle for second place in both instances, though Nick Tyler did claim the individual boys championship.
When the Tri-Valley League runners gathered at SUNY-Utica Tech that same day, New Hartford pulled off a clean sweep, with Utica Proctor's boys and Rome Free Academy's girls in the runner-up spots. Individually, the show went to RFA's Erik Winberg, who won his school's BIll Coughlin Invitational just three days earlier, while the Spartans' Kim Wrate took the girls race.
It was what you'd expect in the OHSL Patriot meet on Wednesday, a clean sweep for Tully from the team perspective. A good individual boys race saw Weedsport's Seth Baker fend off the Black Knights' Evan Knapp for the title, and Fabius-Pompey's Erin McConnell left the rest of the girls field more than a minute behind, her 18:54.7 beating all but 12 of the guys who ran.
Oh yes, there was another big event in Camillus. With the CNY Counties League girls swim title on the line, West Genesee, winners of 23 meets in a row, turned back Baldwinsville 93-80, helped in no small part by Olivia Castro, who helped win a relay, set a pool record in the 100 freestyle and also dominated the 200 individual medley.
This followed the OHSL swim championships, where CBA broke four pool records, two of them by Summer Schmitt, to dominate the races. it was J-D's Taylor Cook who rolled to the diving championship.
And to think, it's just the first wave. Many more will follow.