Sports Editor’s Playbook, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Patrick Newell

Norwich football coach John Martinson made some small tactical changes on offense against Johnson City last Saturday, avoiding plays that were not likely to work. “We knew we weren’t going to get anything outside running the ball or with bootlegs,” Martinson said. “We stayed patient with our game plan (running inside) and our running backs followed their blocks.” Defensively, Norwich was in attack mode from the start recovering one of JC’s five lost fumbles on that initial possession. “We came after them and we didn’t stop,” Martinson said of a Tornado defense that forced six turnovers. “We were hungry on the defensive side of the ball, and to shut out a team like Johnson City that ran it so well against us two weeks ago, that says a lot about these kids.”

Bainbridge-Guilford’s volleyball team did not get off to a good start losing three of its first four matches in September. Head coach Pam Tompkins had an extremely green crew of players, and was just hoping to develop skills. By season’s end, the Bobcats were one of the best teams in the Midstate Athletic Conference, and finished with 10 wins. Tompkins credited the extra work of B-G athletics director, Greg Warren, and the team’s boosters for their efforts this season. Warren made some schedule additions in which the Bobcats were able to play in high-level tournaments at Johnson City and Union-Endicott. Meanwhile, the boosters bought a training aid, a “Spike-It,” a device to help her front line develop their hits. “Our AD really worked hard for us this year,” Tompkins said. “He got us into those tournaments against bigger schools, and it was hard. Those teams kicked our butts, but playing against better competition made a big difference. (Our players) learned a lot more than if they just played in our league.”

Elmira Notre Dame eliminated the Greene girls’ varsity team in the quarterfinals last weekend. It was the second straight year the Crusaders ousted the Trojans, but this game was much more competitive. END scored with 10 minutes left in regulation, and tacked on an insurance goal in the late stages of the second half after the Trojans had pushed up their formation in an effort to tie the game. Trojans sophomore, Paige Wilcox, entered the game with 39 goals, likely a Chenango County single-season record for girls. Already with 60-plus career goals, Wilcox failed to find the net, and it wasn’t due to any special attention the END paid toward the speedy Trojans striker. “It didn’t matter where we put her on the field, the ball just wasn’t coming to her that much,” said Greene coach Brandy Stone. “It was just the nature of the game. She did have a couple crosses that she almost finished, but in general, she didn’t get as many touches.” Wilcox is on pace for around 130 goals for her career, a total that would shatter her school record, and likely break every career scoring mark in Chenango County soccer history.

Anyone who has wandered in the vicinity of my cubicle the past 16 years knows I am not in love with the task of typing in local bowling scores. I have fairly decent typing skills, but my ability to type 60 to 65 words a minute takes a hit when a good percentage of your keystrokes includes voluminous numerical entries. From my first week on the job in 1995, a stack of papers with Norwich bowling results arrived at my desk. That is, until this past year. The only scores I received last year came by e-mail from Del Law, secretary of the Tuesday PM Mixed League. As of this fall, Del is still the only person submitting league results. As long as Norwich has had bowling alleys, the league standings and high scores have been published in The Evening Sun. Even though typing in umpteen league results is not my most enjoyable task, it is local sports news with a long affiliation with our paper. I encourage any league secretaries with a desire to publish their league’s results to contact me at my work e-mail at Even if you don’t type 60 to 65 words a minute, the five to 10 minutes it takes to shoot off a message to me will put you in good stead with league members and sponsors.

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