Section III Class D Tournament

Feb. 8

Cooperstown/Milford’s T.J. O’Connor and Avery Leonard won Section III Class D wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 8, at Sherburne-Earlville Central School.

Leonard, a junior at Milford, won his third Section III Class D title Saturday, and broke the school record for pins in a season. He had an opening-round bye at 120 before pinning Blake Perry of Morrisville-Eaton in 1:30 of a quarterfinal. He needed just 1:15 to dispatch Lowville’s Landen Moshier before tallying an 11-1 decision over Beaver River’s Andrew Walseman in the final to win a third Section III Class D championship.

Packy Burke held the previous school record with 23 pins in the 1997-1998 season. Leonard passed him with his first pin Saturday, and then got one more in the Class D Tournament. 

Leonard, who finished third in Division II wrestling at 113 pounds in 2019, has also won three Center State Conference titles and last year’s Section III Division II title. He was named the Section III wrestler of the week by CNYwrestling.com. He is 41-4 this season, and will be the top seed in his weight class going into the 2020 Section III Division II championship. 

O’Connor, an eighth-grader at Milford, opened with a bye before earning a technical fall, 18-3, over Mount Markham’s Kaden Dennis in the quarterfinals at 113. The next round saw him beat teammate Lucas LoRusso with a 10-2 major decision, before pinning Andre Lyndaker of Beaver River in 5:26 to win the final.

O’Connor lost to Lyndaker in 24 seconds in the Class D final last year, but got revenge a week later in the Section III Division II Tournament with a 6-4 decision. He is 36-7 this season, according to CNYwrestling.com, and is a top seed Saturday. 

Logan Kantor recorded a third-place finish for C/M. A first-round bye was followed by a 9-5 win before South Lewis’ Cody Greene won by fall in 3:45 of the semifinals. A 14-0 major decision over Poland’s Dane Tanner in the consolation final produced a third-place finish.

Henry Loeffler and LoRusso each notched fourth-place finishes. Loeffler started with a pin of Little Falls’ Chase Regan (2:49) before pinning Lowville’s Merric Laribee in 3:20 of the quarterfinals at 160. Sherburne-Earlville’s Morgan Lakin won via fall in 41 seconds in the semifinals before Loeffler fell to Giovanni Venotozzi of Little Falls in 40 seconds of the consolation final.

LoRusso followed the defeat to O’Connor by losing to Riley Dalrymple of Copenhagen by fall in 4:30 of the consolation final at 113.

Logan Doucas took fifth place at 195 with a 1-2 record. A loss to Morrisville-Eaton’s Riley Fogg was followed by another loss to Mount Markham’s Cole Williams before a win over Lowville’s Keegan Crenshaw.

The Hawkeyes placed eighth in the 12-team tournament with 91.5 points. Dolgeville won with 171.5 points. 

C/M will compete in the Section III Division II Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.


Tully 3, Cooperstown 0

Feb. 8

Cooperstown’s season ended with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-19 loss at fourth seeded Tully in the Section III Class C quarterfinals. 

Emma Byrne had 29 assists and Erin O’Mara had 13 kills and 10 digs to lead Tully, which was swept by Beaver River, Tuesday, Feb. 11. 

Cooperstown ended its season at 13-5. 

Cooperstown 3, Lowville 2

Feb. 5

Maddie Hurysz smashed home the match winner as No. 5 seed Cooperstown completed a fifth-set comeback to advance in the Section III Class C volleyball playoffs with a 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24 win over No. 13 seed Lowville in the first round at Cooperstown’s Red Bursey Gymnasium.

It was the Hawkeyes’ first volleyball playoff win since 2014.

“What a team,” Cooperstown coach Rich Jantzi said. “They stuck together the entire night. We may have started a little slow, but what a great finish.

Senior setter Natalie Brotherton set a Cooperstown school record for most assists in a game with 41. Hurysz had 15 kills for the Hawkeyes.

After dropping the first set, Cooperstown ran up a big lead in the second set. Set three was close throughout, but the Raiders took the lead after a 20-20 tie and won by two points. Cooperstown built up a big lead in the fourth set, then held off a Raider comeback to tie the match.

In the fifth set, the teams were tied eight times early, but the Raiders built a small lead and held it until 20-20. The teams were tied again at 21, 22 and 24, before Cooperstown broke Hannah Gyore’s serve and won on Hurysz’s play at the net.

“Our defense was awesome,” Jantzi said. “It has been a while since we won (a playoff game). These girls deserve it. They work so hard.”


Cooperstown 55, MM 40

Feb. 6

Cooperstown clinched its sixth straight division title with a road win at Mount Markham in a Center State Conference Division III game.

Piper Seamon and Kate Donnelly led all scorers with 18 points each for the Hawkeyes. The teams were tied at 32 after three quarters, but Seamon’s 12 fourth quarter points helped Cooperstown close the game on a 23-8 run.

Cooperstown (15-4, 7-0) will end the regular season Friday, Feb. 14, with a division game at Waterville.

Morris 47, Milford 23

Feb. 6

No. 5 Morris downed eighth-seeded Milford at home in the Tri-Valley League playoffs.

The Mustangs set the tone early, outscoring the Wildcats, 15-3, after eight minutes. Madison Aikins fueled Morris’ offense with a team-leading 10 points on four field goals and one free throw.

Three players managed points for Milford as Teeghan Gale and Leeanna West each contributed eight points and Sarah Munson had seven points.


Cooperstown 66, MM 48

Feb. 10

Four Cooperstown had double-digit scoring from in a win over host Mount Markham that clinched a Center State Conference Division III championship.

The Hawkeyes led, 20-9, after one, and took a 39-19 lead into halftime. Ryan Lansing finished with seven field goals and a 2-for-2 effort at the foul line for a game-high 17 points. He also had four steals, four rebounds and two assists.

Spencer Lewis, Kaishaun Jefferson and John Kennedy each scored 16 points. Lewis hit four three-pointers, while Jefferson hit two. Jefferson also collected six rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks.

Kennedy earned a double-double with 14 rebounds.

David Valmas was the only other Cooperstown player to score as he hit one of the Hawkeyes’ eight three-pointers.

Cooperstown (14-5, 9-0) will finish Division III play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, with a visit to Westmoreland.

Sharon Springs 60, Milford 39

Feb. 10

Seth Keller scored a game-high 35 points as No. 5 Sharon Springs defeated eighth-seeded Milford in the second round of Tri-Valley League postseason action.

A 10-8 Milford lead after one frame became an eight-point halftime lead for Sharon after a 19-9 run in the second.

Keller hit six of the Spartans’ nine 3-pointers, totaling 11 field goals and a 7-for-9 mark at the foul line. Nate MacFadden had nine points while Connor Mickel and Carson Vahos each scored eight for SS.

Louis Banks paced Milford with eight points, while Cameron Cintron and Lawson Williams each had seven.

Westhill 75, Cooperstown 40

Feb. 8

A poor shooting performance saw Cooperstown fall on the road to Section III Class B power Westhill.

The Warriors took a 17-6 lead after one quarter before scoring 28 more in the second for a 45-17 lead at halftime.

John Kennedy led the Hawkeyes with 10 points, rounding out a double-double with a team-high 15 rebounds and three blocks.

Spencer Lewis and Kaishaun Jefferson each scored eight points, and Joe Senchyshyn totaled six points with five rebounds.

Cooperstown 75, SV 58

Feb. 6

Cooperstown remained undefeated in Center State Conference Division III with a win over visiting Sauquoit Valley.

The Hawkeyes celebrated seniors Ryan Lansing, Kaishaun Jefferson and David Valmas, with Lansing scoring a team-high 19 points.

John Kennedy scored six points in the first quarter as the Hawkeyes took an 18-8 lead after one. A 37-23 lead at halftime turned into a 23-point lead after three as Lansing and Kennedy each scored eight in the period for a 60-37 advantage.

Lansing had seven field goals, one of them a 3-pointer, to total 19 along with four steals and three assists.

Kennedy scored 17 points on seven field goals and a foul shot. He also collected eight rebounds.

Spencer Lewis hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points, while Joe Senchyshyn just missed a double-double with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Jefferson finished with nine points and six rebounds, while Valmas scored three with two steals and two assists.


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