Sports Editor’s Playbook, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Patrick Newell

Sherburne-Earlville is preparing for its final two football games of the season. While the focus is on Ilion this Friday, the sting of a 6-0 loss to Canastota last Friday must remain. On paper, the Marauders wind up as co-champions of Section III’s Class C South Division, but again, they are on the outside of the playoffs mix. Despite a 5-2 record – tied for the best record in the division – the tie-breaking formula proved unfavorable.”It’s unfortunate the way things are, but the playoffs are not going to happen, and we need to prepare for our crossover games,” said S-E coach Mike Jasper. Playing at home and as the only team in control of its playoff destiny, the Marauders struggled with the muddy footing, and struggled even more to move the ball against Canastota’s defense. For the game, S-E had less than 90 yards of total offense, by far its lowest output over the past two seasons.

Speaking of playoff formulas, some numbers crunching will take place this weekend if Norwich’s football team is unable to win at Chenango Valley Saturday. Norwich is the lone team in Section IV’s Division III with an unblemished mark, and is in position to win its second outright division title in three seasons. In the event of a loss, it is possible that NHS, CV, and Oneonta would finish in a three-way tie for first place.

Congratulations to Otselic Valley’s girls. Tuesday afternoon, the Vikings edged Brookfield to clinch its first Section III postseason berth in at least 10 years – maybe longer. The Vikings have three games left this week – all against opponents where OV would likely enter the game as a favorite. If OV does indeed win those three contests, it would head to the postseason with a 10-6 mark. Those 10 victories would exceed the total wins over the previous four years combined. “I’ve been saying all along that this team had a good shot at 10 wins,” said OV coach Kevin Springer. “I still believe that, and if we can end the season on a four-game high, there is a good shot we’ll host a sectional playoff game.”

According to our statistics, Greene’s varsity soccer teams have the most prolific scorers in the area. Senior Alex Driscoll just became the boys’ all-time leading scorer last weekend against Oxford. His four goals against the Blackhawks pushes his season total to 30, and his career total to 104 – three better than 1999 graduate, Jordan McMullen. On the girls’ side, sophomore Paige Wilcox is on pace to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. She already has 37 tallies this season and better than 60 for her two-year varsity career. In two short seasons, Wilcox may already be the girls’ all-time leading goal scorer.

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