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December 12, 2013

New division, players for CCS boys

If images of Cooperstown soccer season linger, they are of seniors Park Summers and Jordan Manikas leading the team in scoring. In basketball, the numbers per side will change but Summer and Manikas will likely lead the team again.

“It is a little bit of subtraction in numbers on the field, but Park and Jordan still get to be the players,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bertram said. “It is a nice thing for us.” 

Summers has been running the point well for Cooperstown. “He’s stepped up into that leadership role,” Bertram said. “He shows everyone on the team what the desire to win looks like.” 

Manikas is a match-up problem waiting to happen for the Center State Conference, playing four or five on defense, but able to play small forward on offense as well.

“Jordan’s a good slasher,” Bertram said. “He is able to get to the basket.”

On Friday, Cooperstown pulled away from Central Valley, in the second half behind Manikas’ 20 points. Summer added eight points in the 46-35 win. Manikas hit 8-of-11 from the foul line and made six baskets. 

Transfer Christian Alexander, a sophomore center from Kansas City, will make matching up with Cooperstown even harder. 

“Especially with Christian drawing a defender, Jordan is going to get some good matchups,” Bertram said. 

Guards Ray Cabrera and Grant Davine round out the starting lineup early with Carmen Booan and Jack Donnelly off the bench.  

Kameron Perez’s nine points paced Central Valley (0-2).

Cooperstown is now in CSC Division II with Herkimer, Little Falls, West Canada Valley, Dolgeville and Frankfort-Schuyler. Bertram said that West Canada is clearly the team to beat in the division. 

Cooperstown (2-1), hosted Little Falls on Tuesday.

Cooperstown 46, CV 35

CENTRAL VALLEY (0-2): Connor Schultz 2 0-2 5, Matt Kosner 0 2-4 2, Cameron Madiyan 3 0-0 7, Will Murray 1 0-0 2, Kameron Perez 2 5-7 9, Mitchell Werrnczake 2 2-2 6, Ryan Spanburgh 2 0-0 4. TOTALS 12 9-15 35.

COOPERSTOWN (2-1): Jordan Manikas 6 8-11 20, Park Summers 4 0-0 8, David Zoltick 0 0-0 0, James Johnson 1 0-0 2, Kevin Frevele 0 0-0 0, Grant Davine 1 0-0 2, Jack Donnelly 1 0-0 3, Kenny Eldred 0 0-0 0, Christian Alexander 1 4-4 6, Carmen Booan 1 0-0 2, Raymond Cabrera 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 16 12-15 46.

Central Valley 8 8 8 10 - 35

Cooperstown 13 12 10 11 - 46

Three-point field goals: CV 2 (Schultz, Madiyan); Coop 2 (Cabrera, Donnelly). JV score: Central Valley won.

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