Athletes in five sports will compete in sectional and state competition over the remainder of the week, including Section 4 finals in four sports and a trio of state quarterfinal soccer games for area teams.
Volleyball: Elmira High School will host a Section 4 championship doubleheader Thursday.
In the first final at 5 p.m., top-seeded Horseheads (14-1) will try to win its third consecutive Section 4 Class A title when it takes on second-seeded Vestal (12-3). The Golden Bears, who lost twice to Horseheads during the regular season, were a 3-1 semifinal winner over Union-Endicott on Tuesday.
The Class AA final between top-seeded Corning (10-4) and second-seeded Ithaca (4-10) will follow at 7 p.m. Corning is seeking a fifth consecutive sectional title.
Also on Thursday, Watkins Glen will travel to Windsor for the Class C pool-play semifinals, starting at 4:15 p.m. The Senecas will be joined by top-seeded Windsor, second-seeded Chenango Valley and third-seeded Oneonta. The top two teams advance to the finals, to be played at 7 p.m. Saturday at Corning-Painted Post High School.
Boys soccer: Elmira Notre Dame learned its Class C state quarterfinal opponent Tuesday night, when Thousand Islands (16-1) handed Watertown IHC a 2-0 loss to capture its first Section 3 title since 1983. The Crusaders will take on Thousand Islands at 2:15 p.m. Saturday on the artificial turf at Chittenango High School for the right to play in the final four Nov. 14 and 15 at Middletown High School.
Notre Dame (18-0) has outscored its opponents 166-4 this season, setting a state record for goals in a season. The Crusaders were an 8-1 winner over Lansing on Saturday in the sectional final at the Wright Soccer Fields in Oneonta and are now ranked first in the state in Class C. Thousand Islands is ranked 10th, while Watertown IHC was ranked second.
Girls soccer: Notre Dame’s girls program earned its seventh sectional championship with Friday’s 4-1 victory against Lansing at Norwich High School. The Crusaders are now faced with the challenge of trying to take down Section 3 champion Sauquoit Valley (20-0), which is the state’s top-ranked Class C team. Notre Dame (16-1) is ranked seventh. The teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Vestal High School in a Class C quarterfinal.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Corning (11-5) will try to advance to the Class AA state semifinals when it battles Section 9 champion Monroe-Woodbury at 3 p.m. at Johnson City High School. The Hawks were a 3-1 winner over two-time defending sectional champ Elmira on Friday in the Section 4 final. Monroe-Woodbury (16-3-1) advanced on penalty kicks Tuesday against John Jay-East Fishkill in a regional semifinal after the teams failed to score in regulation and overtime.
Saturday’s winners go to the state final four Nov. 14 and 15, with games in classes C and AA played at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, Cortland High School and SUNY Cortland.
Football: Two area teams will be in action Saturday in Section 4 finals as part of a tripleheader at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. The last game pits Elmira (9-0) against Binghamton (7-2) for the Class AA title at 6 p.m., which follows the 3 p.m. Class B final between Waverly (7-2) and Chenango Valley (6-3). The day starts at noon when Chenango Forks (8-1) and Newark Valley (8-1) meet in the Class C final.
The other two championship games will be played Friday at the same site. Maine-Endwell (9-0) faces Johnson City (5-4) at 5 p.m. for the Class A title, followed at 8 by Deposit/Hancock (9-0) against Tioga (8-1) in Class D.
Girls swimming: The Section 4 finals started Wednesday with preliminaries for classes A, B and C-D. Competition resumes at 4 p.m. Friday with the sectional diving finals at Owego Free Academy. Owego will then host the swim finals for all three classes Saturday, with Class C-D at 9 a.m., Class A at 1 p.m. and Class B at 5.
The New York State Championships will be held Nov. 20 and 21 at Ithaca College.
Cross country: Chenango Valley State Park hosts the Section 4 championship meet Thursday, with the first of eight races starting at 11 a.m. At stake are team and individual berths to the state meet, to be held Nov. 14 at Monroe-Woodbury High School.
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