Any way you look at it, Cooperstown had a great sports year in 2012-13.
There was a Section Three Class C title in basketball. There was a historic run and undefeated regular season in softball. There was an improbable rebound for both soccer teams. There were two league-winning divers and two league-winning swim teams. There was a league title in tennis. And, last but not least, there was Lucy Ford’s state title in the high jump.
For the second straight year, Cooperstown also earned two Daily Star Player of the Year Awards. Last year, they went to Jay Davine in boys basketball and Michael Rowley in soccer. This year, Rowley was a repeat winner and last weekend, Nicole Cring was named the softball Player of the Year.
Cring and Rowley exemplify everything that is good about Cooperstown sports. They were fiery, determined athletes who were able to focus that fire on working hard, improving their skills and being leaders and team players.They learned their skills at the Clark Sports Center and in local leagues from a young age. They were leaders on the field and off. They were great examples for their teammates.
They were and are hard workers, for sure. Cring would get up at 5:30 a.m. to practice pitching in Hartwick with her pitching coach Tom Weeks. Rowley followed varsity soccer season by transitioning to a select team in Syracuse.
If you ask their coaches, they are going to be missed and remembered in Cooperstown for a long time.
“We’re going to miss her in the circle and we’re going to miss her at the plate,” CCS softball coach Dave Bliss said about Cring. “We’re going to miss her leadership and her work ethic. She has really shown the other girls how to work hard.”