Maddox Aramini won three section titles and Gareth Austin earned one to lead Cooperstown at the Section III Class C swim championships Feb. 14 at Nottingham High School.

All 12 competitors on the Cooperstown roster qualified the state qualifier two days later, and the sophomore duo led the Hawkeyes to a third-place finish with 319 points, 107 behind winners Weedsports (426).

“We said we were gonna set our sights on the end of the year,” Cooperstown coach Cheryl Rock said. “It’s been the whole team. I’ve never in my 14 years had everybody make the sectional cut.”

Aramini got his first title of the day in the 200-yard individual medley, breaking his own Section III Class C meet record, set last year, with a time of 2:05.48. His time was more than a second faster than the previous record, 2:06.93, and more than 10 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Aidan Wolf of Lowville (2:16.07).

Aramini returned to the top of the podium in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in 57.66 to win by more than two seconds. Sherburne-Earlville senior Mathew Ryan took second in 1:00.13.

Aramini, a sophomore at Cherry Valley-Springfield who swims for Cooperstown, earned his third win of the meet in the 200-yard freestyle relay, swimming the anchor leg behind Ewan Chapman, Will Friedman and Max Hinrichs. The team finished in 1:36.29, beating out Weedsport in second place (1:37.65).

Austin, also a sophomore, rounded out the Cooperstown winners in the meet’s penultimate race, finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.97 to win by more than three seconds.

He also reached the podium in the 200-yard IM, backing up Aramini’s first-place performance with a time of 2:17.32 to finish third.

Aramini and Austin, and their other Cooperstown teammates, all had the opportunity to qualify for the state meet two days later, although no Cooperstown swimmers ended up making the cut for states. 

“It’s really hard to make states as a sophomore and they will have to cut a lot of time,” Rock said. “But they have two more years. To do so well as sophomores is really something.”

The Hawkeyes put together eight other top-eight performances at the Class C championship, led by Hinrichs’ third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.22). Hinrichs also took sixth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.88.

Like Hinrichs, Chapman added to his win in the 200 relay with a fourth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (24.31). He was followed in the event by Will Friedman’s seventh-place finish in 25.06.

The same duo placed in the 100-yard freestyle, with Chapman taking fifth in 54.88 and Friedman touching seventh in 55.58.

Michael Rudloff beat his seed time by more than two seconds to take seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Hawkeyes have 10 opportunities to compete for a state berth on Saturday, entering teams in the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Aramini competes in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Austin competes in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Hinrichs owns a spot in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Chapman competes in the 50 freestyle.

“We only had 12 swimmers this year and to get into those spots with 12 guys is great. They worked really hard,” Rock said. “The guys that make it into the finals are from the really big schools, so to make it in there, to me it was just really amazing. We only have 12, but we have 12 really outstanding swimmers.”


Cooperstown's basketball teams won lopsided victories in the first round of the Section III Class C playoffs on Feb. 15 in the Hawkeyes' Red Bursey Gymnasium. 


Cooperstown 71, TI 20

All nine Cooperstown players scored and the Hawkeye defense allowed just five field goals as second-seeded Hawkeyes dispatched No. 15 Thousand Islands.

The Hawkeyes ouscored TI, 20-9, in the first quarter, in what proved to be the most productive offensive quarter for the Vikings.

“They came out in a box-and-one on Jack (Lambert), and we were ready for that. It took 90 seconds for the rest of the guys to figure it out,” Cooperstown coach John Lambert said. “Defensively we jumped on them right away, great help defense and great team defense.”

An 18-5 run in the second quarter made the deficit 38-14 at halftime before the Hawkeyes did not allow TI a point in the third quarter.

Jack Lambert finished with 16 points on six field goals to lead all scorers, recording a double-double with 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Calvin Sandler also reached double digits, hitting two 3-pointers to total 12 points.

Spencer Lewis and Ryan Lansing each had nine, while John Kennedy and Noah Lifgren scored eight each.

Joey Melfi scored eight points to lead Thousand Islands.

“I was really proud of the defense,” coach Lambert said. “Defense is a lot of hard work and they really dug deep and played well defensively.”

Cooperstown 71, TI 20

Cooperstown ..... 20 18 16 17 - 71

Thousand Islands ..... 9 5 0 6 - 20

Cooperstown: Ryan Lansing 4 0-0 9, Calvin Sandler 5 0-1 12, Spencer Lewis 3 0-0 9, Jack Lambert 6 3-4 16, Jesse Furnari 1 0-0 3, Ben Tafuro 2 0-0 4, Kyle Myer 1 0-0 2, Noah Lifgren 2 4-4 8, John Kennedy 4 0-0 8. TOTALS: 28 7-9 71.

Thousand Islands: Joey Meji 2 4-5 8, Xander Howard 0 0-0 0, Brayden Wiley 0 0-0 0, Connor Mackay 2 2-2 7, Emmet Baker 0 1-2 1, Walter Cummings 0 0-0 0, Joe Clark 0 2-2 2, Kyle Byer 1 0-0 2 . TOTALS: 5 9-11 20.

Three-point field goals: C 8 (Lansing, Sandler 2, Lewis 3, Lambert, Furnari), TI 1 (Mackay).


Cooperstown 61, MM 40

Kate Trosset scored 21 points to lead fourth-seeded Cooperstown past No. 13 Mount Markham.

The Hawkeyes took control early by outscoring the Mustangs, 19-8, in the first quarter. At halftime, the lead was 32-16.

Trosset went 7-for-7 at the foul line to lead all scorers. Emilie Perez scored 15 points, Piper Seamon had nine points and Meagan Schuermann contributed seven for the Hawkeyes.

Hayleigh Gates scored 16 points to lead Mount Markham. 

Cooperstown 61, MM 40

Cooperstown ...... 19 13 13 16 – 61

Mount Markham …… 8 8 10 14 - 40

Cooperstown: Abby Ford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Kiuber 1 0-0 2, Meagan Schuermann 3 1-3 7, Lauren Vibbard 1 1-2 3, Gabby Woeppel 0 2-2 2, Baileigh Behan 0 0-0 0, Kate Trosset 6 7-7 21, Kate Donnelly 0 0-0 0, Hailey Seamon 1 0-0 2, Piper Seamon 3 3-5 9, Natalie Fountain 0 0-0 0, Emilie Perez 4 7-9 15. TOTALS: 19 21-28 61.

Mount Markham: Hayleigh Gates 6 2-2 16, Mackenzie Doyle 0 0-0 0, Ally Congden 0 1-2 1, Katie Gates 0 0-0 0, Olivia Ostrander 3 0-0 6, Hanna Gigliotti 3 2-2 8, Mackenzie Johnson 0 0-0 0, Julia Kocienda 0 0-0 0, Zoe Hoke 0 0-0 0, Allison Sterling 2 0-5 6, Alexis Clark 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 14 5-9 40.

Three-point field goals: M 2 (Gates); C 2 (Trosset).