“(Michael) matured as a player and made everyone around him better,” soccer coach Frank Miosek said. “He has a real passion for the game.”
Cring, whose 20 wins and 232 strikeouts this season will likely be Cooperstown records for some time to come, will now attend Springfield College and she said she hopes to play softball there.
Rowley will play a season for the Empire Revolution out of Rochester. Empire United Soccer Academy is an elite soccer league for young players. It serves as a feeder system into the national team. From there Rowley said he hopes to play NCAA Division I soccer.
Both players are facing new challenges; Cring has to try out for Springfield’s team, and Rowley will have to transition to an elite level of soccer. But given how hard each one works, we won’t be shocked to see them continue to succeed.
It is worth noting that the Daily Star coverage area includes about 30 high schools. Six high school athletes won POY awards this year (including Oneonta’s Mariah Ruff who won for basketball and shared the soccer honor). Three of the winners were from Oneonta and a fourth was from Bainbridge-Guilford. The other two were Cring and Rowley, making Cooperstown well represented again.
Finally, a number of other Cooperstown athletes were on the Daily Star first teams and deserve recognition. Ethan Bliss was named to both the basketball and baseball teams. Cring was also named to the girls basketball team. Sumer Murdock made the girls basketball team. And Maggie Hall and Christina Noto joined Cring on the softball first team. And if there still was a track POY award … well, we all know the girls’ honor would go to Ford.
Like we said, it was a great year for Cooperstown sports. Congratulations to Cring and Rowley, their coaches and families, and good luck to them on the next level. We’re pretty sure we’ll be writing about their success again.