Sports Editor’s Playbook, Thursday, Oct. 21

Patrick Newell

From this week in sports:

In Monday’s sports section, we summed up Greene’s championship win in its second annual Nancy Bromley/Nancy Barrows tournament. The tournament was named for the two longtime field hockey coaches at Greene. Bromley started the program and had Barrows by her side for many of those years. Barrows would ultimately succeed Barrows and coach the Trojans for a few years before handing over the reins to present mentor Sue Carlin. Carlin played for Bromley during the early years of Greene field hockey, and remembered Bromley as more than just a coach. “She was a tremendous role model,” Carlin said of Bromley, who still is active in the Greene community and can often be seen at field hockey games. “She was just a legend – as a coach and in the classroom.”

– Also Monday, B-G head coach Tim Mattingly reiterated some of his preseason comments. “I thought at the start there would be tremendous parity in the division, and that’s the way it’s played out,” he said. “It just so happens that Delhi has been able to take care of business and win the close games.” Mattingly’s Bobcats dropped a two-point final to Delhi last Friday. Delhi also has a one-point overtime win over Oxford, and two-point win over Walton, and a five-point victory over Seton Catholic Central – all division games.

– Greene’s girls swimming program isn’t accustomed to losing much, and has had a long run of winning seasons under longtime coach Mike Platta. The streak of winning seasons appeared in jeopardy for a while, but with a one-point win over Windsor earlier this week, the Trojans finished the regular season with four straight victories and a 7-5 mark. A brutal early-season schedule against schools from the Binghamton area paid off, Platta said. “Those meets against the bigger schools (that we lost) have helped us,” he said. “We’re swimming faster and continuing to drop times. We’re right on schedule to peak at sectionals.”

– Tuesday, we reported on the Class B championship win of Norwich tennis players Bryn Loomis and Sophie Stewart. During the regular season, the twosome do not play doubles together at all, but have jelled quickly in the postseason the past three years winning back-to-back sectional titles and reaching the quarterfinals as freshmen. Norwich head coach John Stewart summed up the cohesiveness of Loomis and Stewart, who are first cousins: “Doubles, that’s what we (the Stewart family) do.”

– Thursday was a nice day for Greene sports. I was at George Raymond Field in Greene earlier today to witness the Trojans’ 1-0 win over Unadilla Valley to win the first Midstate Athletic Conference girls’ soccer title. Over at Unatego High School, the Greene boys’ soccer team defeated the host Spartans in the first of two division playoff games. And lastly, in Sidney, Greene’s unbeaten field hockey team was taken to extra minutes for the first time this season. The Trojans scored in overtime to beat the Warriors and finish the regular season unbeaten at 15-0.