Avery Leonard (106) placed sixth out of 32 in the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake. Cooperstown placed 89th out of the 156 team tournament, with one entry.

The invitation tournament is is filled with state place finishers from several states. Leonard, a sophomore at Milford Central School, suffered his first losses of the season, going 4-3 in the event. He got a pin Wednesday in Cooperstown’s 49-36 win over visiting Poland to raise his record to 27-3. 

The rest of the Cooperstown team competed in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Red Devil Invitational.

T.J. O’Conner, a seventh grader at MCS, took second place at 99 pounds. He beat Beaver River’s Andre Lyndecker in the semifinals, 12-11. O’Conner lost to Camden’s Trey Kimbal, 4-2, in overtime in the finals. It was only his second loss of the season (25-2). 

Logan Kantor placed fifth at 126 pounds. 

Cooperstown will be at the Ichabod Crane Duals this weekend in Valatie.

Cooperstown 40, S-E 30

Jan. 9

Cooperstown won two of three contested matches to beat host Sherburne-Earlville in a Center State Conference meet. 

Cooper Guzy (120) won a majority decision over Selina Moore, 11-3, and Alex Hascup (152) got a second-period pin on Connor Foster for Cooperstown. S-E’s Morgan Lakin pinned Lucian Lytel in the first period in the other contested bout. The Marauders forfeited all of the lightweight matches to Cooperstown, which forfeited all of the weights above 152. 



Cooperstown 3,

Owen D. Young 1

Jan. 11

The Hawkeyes needed four sets to beat visitng ODY in a Center State Conference match.

Cooperstown took a 25-12 decision in the first before dropping the second set, 26-24.

Cooperstown responded with a 25-12 win in the third and a 25-19 win in the fourth.

Kaitlin Curtis had nine aces, four kills and eight assists for the Hawkeyes.

Natalie Brotherton had out 20 assists, two aces and a kill, while Maddie Hurysz had one ace and nine kills.

The Hawkeyes fell to Beaver River, 3-0, on Saturday.


Cooperstown 106, Proctor 63

Jan. 8

Cherry Valley-Springfield sophomore Maddox Aramini won two individual events and aided two relay wins as Cooperstown won a Center State Conference road meet.

Aramini helped Cooperstown to a relay win in the meet’s first event, teaming up with Max Hinrichs, Gareth Austin and Ewan Chapman to win the 200 medley relay in 1:57.84.

Aramini went on to win the 200 individual medley (2:11.80) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.98) before joining Hinrichs, Chapman and Will Friedman to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.54.

Friedman, Austin, Nate Miller and Theodore Ignatovski won the final relay of the night, taking the 400 freestyle relay in 4:35.91.

Hinrichs, Austin, Friedman and Chapman all won individual events as well, giving the Hawkeyes the top spot in six of eight individual contests.

Chapman won the 50 freestyle in 25.28, and Hinrichs took the 100 backstroke in 1:10.85 while also finishing the 200 freestyle in second (2:12.79).

Austin touched the wall in 1:15.69 to win the 100 breaststroke and Friedman won the 100 freestyle in 59.53.


Milford 61, Laurens 53

Jan. 14

Cian Hall had 20 points and Garrett Mertz scored 15 as host Milford hung onto an early lead to defeat Laurens in the Tri-Valley League.

Hall hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Wildcats took a 15-8 lead after one. Milford forward Wynn Williams struggled with foul trouble in the second, and the Leopards outscored Milford, 18-16, despite two more threes from Hall in the frame. Milford hung onto its slim lead throughout the second half to win its ninth consecutive game.

Mertz scored 15 on six field goals and a 2-for-2 mark at the line. He also had four assists in what Milford coach Greg Eggleston called “an unbelievable game.”

Hall hit five 3-pointers, leading all scorers with 20 points in his most productive night since missing action over the holiday break.

“He (Hall) played really well. He kept us right in it there in the second,” Eggleston said. “He’s a good shooter and he opens up a lot for us. He and Garrett really stepped up tonight.”

Williams recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds despite missing significant minutes due to fouls.

Connor Stanford scored nine and Steven Pickwick had four points along with eight rebounds.

Mason Wilms hit three 3-pointers to pace Laurens with 13 points. Jordan Weir had 11 and James Brooks had 10 for the Leopards.

Milford 61, Laurens 53

Milford ..... 15 16 14 16 - 61

Laurens ..... 8 18 12 15 – 53

Milford (11-2, 5-0): Garrett Mertz 6 2-2 15, Neil Cotton 0 0-0 0, Nick Bosc 0 0-0 0, Cian Hall 6 3-5 20, Andrew White 0 0-2 0, Connor Stanford 3 2-4 9, Steven Pickwick 2 0-0 4, Alex Gutierrez 1 0-2 2, Wynn Williams 4 2-4 11, Sean Kenyon 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 22 9-19 61.

Laurens: Lucas Oblinski 2 2-2 8, Caleb Rogers 1 3-4 6, Mason Wilms 3 4-5 13, Joe Johnson 0 0-0 0, Chris Long 2 1-4 5, James Brooks 4 1-2 10, Jordan Weir 4 3-4 11. TOTALS 16 14-21 53.

Three-point field goals: M 8 (Hall 5, Stanford, Williams, Mertz); L 7 (Wilms 3, Oblinski 2, Rogers, Brooks).

JV game: Milford won.

Milford 54, Worcester 33

Jan. 11

Wynn Williams’ 25-point double-double powered Milford to its eighth consecutive victory with a 54-33 win over Worcester in the Tri-Valley League.

The Wildcats took a 12-8 lead after the first quarter before outscoring Worcester, 15-7, in the second for a 27-15 lead at halftime.

The Milford advantage grew throughout the second half as the Wildcats won their eighth in a row since a 2-2 start. Milford last lost on Dec. 11 at Delhi.

“We’ve rattled off eight in a row and we are sitting eighth in the state, it’s great,” Milford coach Greg Eggleston said. “The kids are really proud, I’m proud of them and we are starting to get going. ”

Williams made 12 field goals, three of them dunks and one of them from behind the arc, to lead all scorers. He finished his double-double with 13 rebounds, also recording six blocks.

“He’s just a phenomenal player. He has grown so much as a player and as a person in this last two months,” Eggleston said. “I love working with him, and I’m glad I don’t have to gameplan for him.”

Connor Stanford scored 12 for the Wildcats, and Garrett Mertz scored eight along with five assists and three steals.

Ryland Evans led Worcester with 10 points.

Cooperstown 71, Herkimer 61

Jan. 10

Jack Lambert, Noah Lifgren and John Kennedy scored double figures as Cooperstown came back to beat Herkimer and remain undefeated in a Center State Conference cross-over game.

Herkimer scored 37 first-half points to take a three-point, 37-34 lead into halftime.

Cooperstown held the Magicians to nine points in the third quarter to erase the deficit before scoring 23 in the fourth to pull away.

Kennedy scored 16 and finished his double-double with a team-high 14 rebounds. Lambert hit three 3-pointers to pace the Hawkeyes with 21 along with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Lifgren had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Mardoni Laguerre scored 25 points for Herkimer to lead all scorers.

Cooperstown (14-0, 5-0) has eight days off before visiting Waterville for a Center State Conference Division III game on Friday.


Cooperstown 62, Adirondack 53

Jan. 14

Piper Seamon hit six three-pointers and led all scorers with 23 points as Cooperstown defeated Adirondack to win its fifth straight game.

The Hawkeyes, who play in Center State Conference Division III, scored 36 second-half points to topple the visitors, who sit atop the CSC Division I.

Cooperstown took a two-point lead into halftime, but expanded the lead to 44-36 after three thanks to an 18-12 run over the third quarter. Another 18 points in the fourth kept the Hawkeye lead out of reach.

Cooperstown made 12 3-pointers, led by Seamon. Seamon also made two from inside the arc and went 1-of-2 from the line.

Kate Trosset hit four 3-pointers of her own and went 4-of-6 from the stripe to total 20 points.

Cam Roberts had 20 points to lead Adirondack. Belle Kranbuhl had 19.

Adirondack beat Cooperstown, 53-51, Dec. 4 in Boonville. 

Cooperstown (9-5, 5-0) will be at Poland in a non-division game Thursday and will host Sauquoit Valley in a Division III game Tuesday.

Cooperstown 62, Adirondack 53

Cooperstown ...... 15 11 18 18 – 62

Adirondack ...... 15 9 12 17 - 53

Cooperstown: Abby Ford 0 0-0 0, Ashley Kiuber 2 0-0 6, Meagan Schuermann 1 2-6 4, Lauren Vibbard 1 2-2 4, Gabby Woeppel 0 0-0 0, Kate Trosset 6 4-6 20, Kate Donnelly 0 0-0 0, Piper Seamon 8 1-2 23, Natalie Fountain 0 0-0 0, Emilie Perez 2 1-2 5. TOTALS 20 10-18 62

Adirondack: Liz Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Hannah Miller 2 0-1 4, Cali McConnell 1 0-0 2, Cam Roberts 7 4-6 20, Payton Gaylord 3 0-0 6, Erica Sanford 0 0-0 0, Belle Kranbuhl 7 5-6 19, Katie McGrath 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 20 9-13 53.

Three-point field goals: C 12 (Seamon 6, Trosset 4, Kiuber 2); A 2 (Roberts 2).

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