Congratulations to Afton Softball on a great season.

954817_366185090150373_277745136_nAfton’s return to statewide softball prominence went according to plan for nearly the entirety of this season.

With the exception of the Crimson Knights’ final game .

Fort Ann scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a 1-all tie, then withstood a last-inning rally to hold on for a 5-2 victory over Afton in the state Class D championship game Saturday at the Adirondack Sports Complex.

The Section 2 champion Cardinals (25-0) completed a perfect season, while denying Afton (22-2) its eighth state title and first since 2009.

Afton was making its first state-playoff appearance after a rare two-year absence that seemed like forever for a program long one of the state’s best, and it appeared it might be one that could end gloriously when it struck first for a run in the first inning.

But Fort Ann responded with a run in the second inning to tie the score at 1, then seized control with a three-run fourth inning.

Kayla Bancroft led off the inning with a single, and one out later Bri Amodio had a single to put runners on first and second.

Following another out, Mikayla Graves drew a walk off Afton starter Cassidy Phillips to load the bases before Kimmi Ostrander hit a two-run single to center to put Fort Ann ahead 3-1. A passed ball ensued, allowing Graves to score from third base to make it 4-1.

Fort Ann added another run in the fifth inning to push its lead to 5-1, and seemed well on its way to the title against an Afton squad that had only four hits through six innings.

But Afton made it interesting in the seventh.

Shakari Coss was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Shawna Stevens hit a single to right, but Coss was thrown out trying to advance to third.

However, Tanya Hatton singled to put runners on first and third, and Ashley Rogalski followed with an RBI single that made it 5-2, though Hatton was thrown out trying to advance to third base on the play.

Still, when Sierra Palmatier singled to left following Rogalski’s hit, it brought the tying run to the plate in Payton Cutting. The junior flied out to right field to end the game.

Afton coach Cindy Bostelman was disappointed in the outcome but otherwise was thrilled with the season, especially considering the relative youth of her squad.

“This is a unique group, I have no seniors in this starting lineup,” said Bostelman, who has coached five of Afton’s seven state-title teams. “They’re hungry , the desire to want to come back and the feelings of being here will be in their minds. I don’t think they’ll be down long, it’s a sad ending but they know what to expect and what we need to do to get back.”

“That Fort Ann was a great team, they did a great job putting the ball in play.”

Afton made it to the title game with a 1-0 victory over Section 3’s Hamilton earlier Saturday.

The two teams combined for three hits, with Phillips tossing a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the Crimson Knights. She managed to outduel Hamilton pitcher Becca Rogers, who allowed two hits with 12 strikeouts.

Afton got its run in the third inning against Hamilton. After loading the bases with one out, Connor Decker plated Ashley Rogalski when she reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.

WCDO Sports Congratulates this years’ Boys Basketball “Player of the Game” award winners

WCDO Sports, a division of WCDO Broadcasting Inc. based in Sidney, broadcast 14 local High School Boys Basketball games, featuring a total of 11 local and area varsity basketball programs as they competed throughout the season. Games can be followed throughout the season both on-the-air on WCDO 100.9 FM and 1490 AM, as well as online at WCDORadio.com. During the post-game of each broadcast, two separate awards are given to outstanding players. WCDO Sports would like to thank NBT Bank and Mang Insurance for supporting the player of the game awards program throughout the season with the NBT Bank Outstanding Offense award, and The Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense award. A total of 28 awards were given this season honoring 17 student athletes from 7 area schools.

Unatego Spartans:
The Unatego Spartans are the 2012/2013 MAC Champions. The Unatego Spartans had 5 athletes recognized for a total of 12 awards this season. Quinn Barnhart led the team with 4 awards, 2 for offense and 2 for defense. Tanner Winchester won 3 offensive awards, while Phil Youngs received 2, one for offense and one for defense. Kellen Komenda received 2 defensive awards and Tyler Butler picked one up on defense as well.

Sidney Warriors:
The Sidney Warriors had 5 athletes recognized for a total of 10 awards this season. Damian Zimmer brought home a team leading 3 awards for Defense. Brandon Walters, Bill Kozak, and Hunter Sowersby brought home 2 awards each this season. Walters for offense, Kozak for offense, and Sowersby for defense. Joe Matzel also earned an offensive award. Congratulations to the Sidney Warriors on their season!

Other Area Schools:
A total of 5 awards were awarded in 4 other area schools. At Bainbridge-Guilford, Corbin Palmer received an offensive and Brooks Harmon a defensive player of the game. Harpursville’s Mason Dean brought home an offensive award, while Afton’s Mitch Decker received a defensive award. Unadilla Valley’s Justin Hofer also received an offensive award this season.

WCDO Sports will be back with more local sports broadcasts in the upcoming seasons. Games can be heard on the air at 100.9 FM and 1490 AM. Games are also streamed on the internet at WCDOSports.com. WCDO Sports says “Congratulations and Well Done!” to all Student Athletes throughout our area on their accomplishments this season, and thanks the Coaches, Parents, and Volunteers who make School Athletics possible throughout our local area. WCDO Sports also thanks the many local businesses who recognize the importance of supporting School Athletics and make the broadcasts throughout football and basketball seasons possible.

Marathon at Afton Girls 1st Round Sectional – Adjusted start time

Tonight’s High School Basketball broadcast has been rescheduled an hour earlier. The Marathon @ Afton Ladies game is now a 5:45 Pregame / 6:00pm Tip-off on WCDO AM/FM and http://www.WCDOSports.com/.

Sidney @ Afton Girls – Final

On Coaches vs Cancer night at Afton School, the Afton ladies prevail on their home floor versus Sidney, with a final score of 53-47!

Congratulations to tonight’s award winners!

NBT Bank Outstanding Offense: Bailey Sherman – Afton

Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense: Taylor Krom – Sidney

Leading Scorers:

Kelsey Decker (S) 14 points and 4 of 4 from the line

Payton Cutting (A) 14 points

Bailey Sherman (A) 13 points

Join us again on Friday AFTERNOON(!)  It’s an early Chambers and O’Hara pregame show, expected around 4:45pm Friday afternoon as the Harpursville Lady Hornets travel to Unatego to take on the Lady Spartans!  Catch the game on the air at WCDO AM/FM or stream the game online courtesy of SFCU at WCDOSports.com!

Sidney @ Afton Girls – Update 3

Afton puts the points on the board in the 3rd and now lead Sidney 39-37 at the end of 3!

Leading scorers include:

Payton Cutting (A) 12

Kelsey Decker (S) 9

Brianna McClennon (S) 8

Bailey Sherman (A) 8

Join us for an exciting 4th quarter, on the air at WCDO AM/FM and streaming online at WCDOSports.com!

Sidney @ Afton Girls – Update 2

At halftime, Sidney leads 27-23.

Leading scorers in the 1st Half:

Payton Cutting (A) 10

Kelsey Decker (S) 9

6 players on each team have put points on the board in the 1st half, and there has been 6 ties in the half as well.  Join us on the air at WCDO AM/FM, or stream the 2nd half online courtesy of SFCU at WCDOSports.com!

Sidney @ Afton Girls – Update 1

It’s Coaches for Cancer night at Afton!  Greg Davie will be hosting the half court shot challenge after tonight’s broadcast.  As far as on the court goes, the Sidney JV teams (both boys and girls) came out on top of Afton in their games earlier this afternoon (boys 61-30 and girls 43-14).  In this game (Girls Varsity) Sidney leads 15-12 at the end of the 1st quarter.  Leading scorers in the game include Sidney’s Kelsey Decker with 7 points, and Afton’s Payton Cutting has 6 points.  Join in on the air at WCDO AM/FM, or stream the game live on your computer courtesy of SFCU at WCDOSports.com!

UV @ Sidney Boys – Final

A great game at the Sidney High School gym tonight!  Sidney gets the come-from-behind win tonight, outscoring UV 48-35.  If you missed this one, don’t forget, you can catch the replay anytime from the archives with WCDO Sports on Demand!  Check it out at http://wcdoonline.com/wcdo-sports-on-demand.html

Congratulations to tonight’s award winners:

NBT Bank Outstanding Offense: Bill Kozak – Sidney

Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense: Hunter Sowersby – Sidney

Leading Scorers tonight include (*All Stats Unofficial*)

Bill Kozak (Sid) 14

Damian Zimmer (Sid) 11

Joe Matzel (Sid) 9

Kurt Haycook (UV) 7

 

Join us again on Tuesday night for a women’s match-up as the Sidney Lady Warriors travel to Afton to take on the Lady Crimson Knights.  We’ll hit the air semi early with the Chambers and O’Hara pregame show set for around 6:00pm (dependent on how timely the previous JV game(s) run)  We’ll see you Tuesday night!

Upcoming January Games

High School Basketball returns for January at WCDO Sports.  We’ve locked down a handful of games in the first couple of weeks of the month.  On Friday the 4th, Unadilla Valley takes on the Sidney girls at Sidney, and the boys will have their turn on Saturday night.  Both of those games will be in the 7 o’clock hour.  The following week, we’ve got two girls match ups to bring you.  Sidney plays at Afton on Tuesday at 5:45, and then on Friday, it’s Harpursville at the Unatego girls at a special early time.  Look for the pregame show at around 4:30 in the afternoon!  We’re constantly adding new games to the schedule.  Stay up to date with the schedule by checking in at the sports page on WCDORadio.com.  All games will be broadcast live on WCDO AM/FM, as well as streamed courtesy of SFCU at WCDOSports.com!  Plus, don’t forget that we’re also (slowly) constructing message boards.  Help us out, register today, and start posting!  All of us at WCDO Sports look forward to getting back underway on the 4th!

Afton @ BG Ladies – Final

Congratulations to the BG Bobcat Ladies with the win tonight, out scoring Afton 53-32.

Congratulations to tonight’s award winners:

NBT Bank Outstanding Offense – Taylor Palmatier – BG

Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense – Morgan Bullis – BG

Tonight’s leading scorers include:

Payton Cutting (Afton) – 16 points

Taylor Palmatier (BG) – 15 points

Kate Werth (Afton) – 10 points

Abbey Smith (BG) – 10 points

That wraps up 4 games in 5 nights this week on WCDO Sports.  Join us next week for 3 games in 3 nights, starting on Wednesday!  See the Sports page for the complete schedule!  We’ll see you then!