Despite uncomfortable, blustery conditions for Saturday’s NY/Pa. Track & Field Invitational at Windsor, one boys record fell and another was tied.
Dylan Hunt of Vestal ran a meet-best 15.09 seconds to win the 110-meter hurdles. Marquis Jackson of Susquehanna Valley cleared 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump to grab a share of the record with Jermaine Thomas of Union-Endicott (2007) and Ethan Kilmer of Wyalusing, Pa.
Jackson tacked on an 11.63 clocking in the 100-meter dash, second behind an 11.27 by Ithaca’s Mande Semon.
Next up comes the Red, White, Blue & Gold Invitational, scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start Saturday at Newark Valley. In addition to STAC, IAC and MAC teams, visitors are to include Westhill/Bishop Ludden from Syracuse, and Christ The King from Queens.
Last year, Ithaca took the boys title by a 30-point margin over runner-up Sidney, and Vestal’s first-place girls were four better than Dryden.
Woolfolk to West Point
Darnell Woolfolk, four-season Maine-Endwell football starter and three-time state champion, will move on to the United States Military Academy where his first step will be a year in the academy’s Prep School.
A fullback/linebacker and prominent contributor to 38 consecutive M-E wins, Woolfolk was a first-team all-state selection each of the past two seasons. Spartans coach Matt Gallagher said Army coaches have identified Woolfolk as a fullback.
“The coach from Georgia Southern (Jeff Monken) is Army’s coach now. We run the same offense as they do,” Gallagher said.
The purpose of the Prep School is to prepare candidates selected by the admissions office for the academic, physical and military challenges of the academy.
U-E pair moves on
Union-Endicott senior football players Drew Hogan and Josh Paugh have settled on collegiate destinations: Hogan will attend Robert Morris University and Paugh is bound for Mercyhurst University. Each played a prominent role for U-E squads that reached Class A state semifinals the past two seasons.
Hogan, a three-year starter who played linebacker, safety, running back and tight end, led the 2013 Tigers with 121 tackles. He also had four sacks and caused two fumbles. On offense, his 14 receptions went for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He intends to play linebacker for Robert Morris, a Pittsburgh program that competes in the Northeast Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision.
Paugh, an offensive lineman, sustained a knee injury during the first game of his senior but returned started the last few games for the record-breaking Tigers’ offense. He had a highly successful junior season that closed with selections to the Press & Sun-Bulletin “Elite 24” and Section 4 all-star teams.
Mercyhurst, located in Erie, Pa., is a Division II program that plays in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Hogan and Paugh become the sixth and seventh members of U-E’s Class of 2014 to commit to participate in collegiate athletics at the Division II level or above.
In addition to the presence of National Baseball Hall of Fame members Johnny Bench, Goose Gossage and Joe Morgan, Thomas Tull — Maine-Endwell Class of ’88 and benefactor behind the school’s new baseball facility — arranged for another treat for student-athletes on hand to open Gary Crooks Field last week.
During an assembly in M-E’s auditorium, players from 15 STAC teams viewed a video presentation that featured messages from Henry Aaron, Derek Jeter and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, as well as simulated “coverage” of Wednesday’s event provided by the a MLB Network crew.
“Welcome everyone to MLB Tonight inside Studio 3, it’s Greg Amsinger with Harold Reynolds and Bill Ripken,” the MLB Network piece opened, as if setting up an authentic show.
” … Guys we’ve got business to get to, lots of baseball going on. We begin the show with baseball’s biggest story and it’s not the Red Sox-O’s game or the Reds versus the Cardinals. It’s the heavyweight battle between the Vestal Golden Bears and the home team, the Maine-Endwell Spartans.”
The trio proceeded to speak about the new facility, acknowledged the Spartans’ string of six Section 4 titles, and even recognized one M-E player by name.
“And if you’re healthy out there, Alex Zimmerman, you better be toeing the slab,” Ripken said. “You got too good a stuff to be sitting on the sideline. You better be throwing the ball tonight.”
Reynolds fit in the following advice for those in the audience: “I think the biggest thing, set big goals and big dreams and continue to shoot for those. Because if you set little goals you’ll accomplish little things.”
Amsinger closed the segment as follows: “That does it from Studio 3, let’s send it back to Gary Crooks Field where they’re about to play ball. Good luck, guys. Thomas, back to you buddy.”
Jeter shared the following: “Congratulations to the Maine-Endwell Spartans on their new stadium. I expect to see a few of you in the majors some day. … And to my friend Thomas Tull: How cool is it of you to give such a generous gift in support of your team’s athletic program. It’s clear that baseball is alive and well in upstate New York.”
20 years ago
* Norwich’s boys became the first school with four individuals on a 10-member Press & Sun-Bulletin All-Metro basketball team. The Purple Tornado, which won 56 of 58 games over the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, was represented by Peter Burton, Bobby Lazor, Josh Morris and Charlie Wightman. Leading scorer on that 10-man team was Vestal’s Jay Danzi at 25.0 per game.
Lazor went on to share Class B state Player of the Year recognition with Zendon Hamilton of Sewanhaka, a 31.8-per-game scorer who went on to play at St. John’s and then for an assortment of NBA teams. Class D Player of the Year was Adonal Foyle of Hamilton, who averaged 36.2 per game.
* Chenango Forks’ Jenn Markert allowed a game-opening single but nary a hit thereafter in Chenango Forks’ 1-0 softball win over Seton Catholic Central’s defending Class C state champion.
Shortly thereafter, the Blue Devils dealt two-time defending Class B state champion Minisink Valley a 4-1 win on the Orange County squad’s home field. The season before, Forks came within an out of victory before falling to Minisink Valley 6-5 in the state final.
* Vestal improved to a 10-0 baseball record with a 2-0 win over Norwich in which Scott Schaffer drove in both runs. It marked a third consecutive shutout for the state’s third-ranked Class A team.