Anne Delaney

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hoffman exchanging bats for sticks

 

Whitesboro senior shortstop Lauren Hoffman is the 2008 All Mohawk Valley Softball Player of the Year, but the game isn’t necessarily in her future.

The 18-year-old Hoffman is going to Union College to play ice hockey for the Division I Dutchwomen. She’s played hockey since she was four years old and played for the Syracuse Stars for the last four years. Given the time commitment of college and playing college hockey, Hoffman doesn’t have plans to play softball.

 

Monday, June 9, 2008

Allen in right place at right time

In the top of the fourth inning of New Hartford's state regional playoff game against Franklin Academy, Spartans pitcher Haley Butler's throwing error allowed Abby Premo to reach base. Butler threw high to first baseman Maureen McCoy and the ball went to the fence. Premo took off for second base. New Hartford right fielder Caitlynn Allen backed up the play and threw the ball to shortstop Dominique Carcone, who tagged Premo well before the runner reached the bag for the second out of the inning.

New Hartford led 1-0 at the time, and though Franklin Academy would go on to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth, Allen's play was key.


Saturday, June 7, 2008

Trainers able to carry it all

In the middle of the Gillette Road Softball Complex on Saturday during the Section III finals was a blue and green trailer.
Though in the colors of the host school, Cicero-North Syracuse, the trailer served a greater purpose for the championship than school spirit.
The trailer was being used by Brian Buckland and Bill Brown, two C-NS athletic trainers on duty for the final games played on a day with temperatures hovering around 90-degrees.
"Things have been very good today," Buckland said. "Knock on wood there have been no major issues."
Buckland and Brown were on-site working for Section III, which oversaw Saturday's finals. The men said they've staffed the event the last several years, but never before with a complete complement of equipment.
In addition to water in the generator-powered trailer, the trainers had ice, oxygen, splints, an automated external defibrillator - everything they'd need in case of an emergency. Two training tables covered by a canopy were set up outside of the trailer.
In the past the men had to cover an event with less equipment, limited by what they could fit inside one of their cars or in a pickup truck.
"We can take care of anything that comes down the pike," Brown said.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Emerald Knights will ride again

Hamilton's loss to Oriskany on Monday in a Section III Class D-1 semifinal was frustrating for Emerald Knights coach Bill Dowsland.
The teams split their Center State Conference Division III games during the regular season but Oriskany got the best of Hamilton in the D-1 final last year, a 4-3 win at Washington Mills Athletic Park.
"I'm tired of losing to Oriskany," Dowsland said after Monday's game.
Dowsland is a competitive coach, but he manages and develops players very well and certainly will have Hamilton contending for sectional titles again soon. Only three players in the lineup for Hamilton on Monday are seniors - Liz Unger, Nicole Beers and Mallory Carhart. The others, including sophomore pitcher Sam Martin, will return.
Junior second baseman Kylie Martin, who did not bat against the Redskins in favor of designated player, made contributions with good defense. Martin started two double plays for Hamilton. In both cases, Martin caught line drives and threw to first to double runners off the bag.

Emerald Knights will ride again

Hamilton's loss to Oriskany on Monday in a Section III Class D-1 semifinal was frustrating for Emerald Knights coach Bill Dowsland.
The teams split their Center State Conference Division III games during the regular season but Oriskany got the best of Hamilton in the D-1 final last year, a 4-3 win at Washington Mills Athletic Park.
"I'm tired of losing to Oriskany," Dowsland said after Monday's game.
Dowsland is a competitive coach, but he manages and develops players very well and certainly will have Hamilton contending for sectional titles again soon. Only three players in the lineup for Hamilton on Monday are seniors - Liz Unger, Nicole Beers and Mallory Carhart. The others, including sophomore pitcher Sam Martin, will return.
Junior second baseman Kylie Martin, who did not bat against the Redskins in favor of designated player, made contributions with good defense. Martin started two double plays for Hamilton. In both cases, Martin caught line drives and threw to first to double runners off the bag.