Monday, February 22, 2010

Delaney: Three semifinal teams for TVL

Back in Utica today after my Olympic adventure.

I was surprised to see three Tri Valley League teams in this weekend's Section III girls basketball semifinals. I probably should not have been shocked. Camden, Clinton and Whitesboro were competitive all season for top-dog honors, and Notre Dame was one of the surprise teams in the area.

Camden and Whitesboro are both finished for the year, and New Hartford lives. Earlier this month New Hartford coach Mike Callan told me his Spartans were a year away. From what I'm not sure but it looks like New Hartford quicker than Callan expected.

New Hartford joins Clinton and Notre Dame in sectional semifinals this weekend. Of the three, New Hartford might have the best chance to reach the finals. Class B Clinton and Class C Notre Dame both meet undefeated opponents on Saturday. Clinton (15-5) plays state No. 1 South Jefferson (19-0) at 4 p.m. at South Lewis. Notre Dame (15-5) plays state No. 2 Bishop Grimes (19-0) at 1 p.m. at Chittenango.

On paper, Class A New Hartford (13-7) has an even match-up with Carthage (13-6) at 6 p.m. Saturday at South Lewis.

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