September 30, 2012
In the fall, the weekend high school sports activity does not really peak on the Friday night gridiron, and what took place Saturday merely confirmed that fact.
Put simply, a lot happened. Start with two huge and traditional cross country meets, one the McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester, the other the E.J. Herrmann Invitational at Proctor Park in Utica.
Numerous Section III runners went to Rochester, and there were solid team efforts from the likes of Liverpool and Baldwinsville. But it was Marcellus' Ryan Manahan that again ruled, winning the Varsity AA race in a swift 14:37. Laura Leff returned for West Genesee and was seventh in the girls AAA race.
At Proctor Park, the locals had to be content with seeing Sauquoit Valley win the Varsity 1 race on the team side, with South Lewis' Victoria Campanian taking the individual race. In the Varsity 2 divisions for the large schools, C-NS was second both times, to Holy Names on the girls end and Bishop Gibbons on the boys end.
You also had some pretty big soccer games, none more important than the first of two girls matches between two top 10 Class C sides, Bishop Grimes and Manilus-Pebble Hill. Thanks to Alex Guhin, who scored twice, it was all Cobras in a 3-0 shutout, which will either discourage the Trojans or make them very determined for payback.
No soccer player, though, had a better week than CBA boys soccer star Andrew DePerro. He merely had a hat trick to beat J-D 4-0 on Monday, added another hat trick Thursday to carry the Brothers past Homer 3-1, and capped it off by getting two more goals to help CBA stun F-M 3-1, not what the Hornets wanted before the sectional final rematch with Baldwinsville later this week.
Some big stuff in field hockey, too, The O'Connor Classic in Camden was a chance for two-time defending state Class C champion Cazenovia to trip up, and it nearly happened. But the Lakers won one-goal matches over Burnt Hills and F-M, getting goals from Ashley Kent in both contests. Credit, too, to F-M for knocking off the host Blue Devils in the first round.
Oh, the gridiron. Yeah, a few things happened there, none bigger than Sauquoit Valley going to Dolgeville and stunning the Blue Devils 13-0, leaving West Canada as the lone unbeaten side in D East, though the Indians still have to face the Blue Devils.
Congratulations in order to Canastota,newly crowned Class C South champs, who turned a blocked field goal into a decisive touchdown and the Raiders held off Sherburne-Earlville 13-6. These 5-0 Raiders are not as noted as Herkimer, General Brown and Skaneateles, but first-year coach Tom Congden, who has Zach Zupan at his disposal, has done a terrific job.
Two others kept rolling. Henninger's big 54-13 romp over C-NS sets up the Class AA-2 division first-place showdown with CBA at Alibrandi Stadium. Cazenovia used a fast start to dismiss Camden and pull further away in B East, already having victories over closest pursuers VVS and Oneida.
And to think, we're just getting into the heart of the season. More busy Saturdays lay ahead.