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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Division and Class Shake Up Set for 2014
Listed below are the class and division alignments for 2014 with changes listed in parentheses:
Divison I - Class AA/A
Binghamton - AA
Corning - AA (up from A)
Elmira - AA
Horseheads - AA (up from A)
Ithaca - AA (up from A)
Union-Endicott - A
Vestal - A
Division II - Class B
Chenango Valley (realigned from Div. III, up from C)
Owego Free Academy
Division III - Class B (Division III was Class C in 2013 - all teams realigned from Divison II)
Division IV - Class C
Chenango Forks (realigned from Div. III)
Greene (realigned from Div. III)
Newark Valley (realigned from Div. III)
Sidney (realigned from Div. VI, up from Class D)
Whitney Point (realigned from Div. III)
Division V - Class C
Dryden (realigned from Div. IV)
Lansing (realigned from Div. IV)
Thomas A. Edison (realigned from Div. IV)
Trumansburg (realigned from Div. IV)
Watkins Glen (realigned from Div. VII, up from Class D)
Waverly (realigned from Div. IV)
Division VI - Class D (all teams realigned from Div. V)
Division VII - Class D (all teams realigned from Div. VI)
Seton Catholic Central
Division VIII - Class D (new Division for 2014)
Groton (realigned from Div VII)
Moravia (realigned frim Div. VII)
Elmira Notre Dame (realigned from Div. VII)
Odessa-Montour (realigned from Div. VII)
Spencer-Van Etten (realigned from Div. VII)
Newfield (new team to Section IV)
Now that we have that settled, here are some thoughts on these updates. First off, welcome Newfield to Section IV Football. Secondly, it will be interesting to watch the shake up in Class AA now that Corning and Horseheads have made the jump up a conference. However, this would have done little to affect the Division standings in 2013, as all of Class AA and A are in the same division. It is also worth noting that U-E and Vestal will automatically be pitted head-to-head in the Section Finals rather than having to go through Corning and Horseheads as they had to last season.
One of the biggest disappointments, from my perspective at least, is seeing Chenango Valley make the jump from C back up to B. Granted, I can't imagine that Forks and Valley wouldn't schedule the rivalry game, but now there won't be any divisional implications on the line, as there were last year.
Also, Sidney making the step up from Class C could be a good omen. In 2005, the Warriors won a State Title as a member of Class C. But any chance they have of finding another one will certainly have to go through reigning State Champ Chenango Forks. Watkins Glen also makes the jump to Class C, turning a 10-team, 2 division class into an 11-team, 2 division class.
As a result of Chenango Valley moving to B and necessitating splitting the class into two divisions, the Section now features a Division VIII. With the exception of the addition of Newfield, this new division is just a realignment of last year's Division VII.
It may be six months away, but high school football season will be on us before you know it! Continue to stick with Fox 40 as we plan to bring you another great season of 4th & Goal as well as coverage throughout the week during the season!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Krowiak, Thomas headline All State football teams
In Class AA, Elmira's Eli Thomas earned a spot on the first team defense, James Mechalke 4th team offense, Anthony Penn 4th team defense, Jerry McPeak 5th team offense. Binghamton's Joe Crowley made the 2nd team defense and Morgan Faughnan 4th team defense.
In Class A, U-E takes the cake. One day after CJ Krowiak broke the school's scoring record in basketball by recording his 1,040th point in a 31-point performance, the Tigers WR was named to the All State First Team Offense. Fellow wide out Nick Yesensky was named to the 2nd team offense. Linebacker Lucas DePofi made second team defense, QB Joey Orlando and RB Sammy Davis 4th team offense.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Gallagher, Zimmer win NYS Players of the Year
Since assuming starting duties, Gallagher has led the Spartans to three straight state titles and a perfect 34-0 record. Gallagher was the driving force behind the Spartans 75-yard game winning drive in the final minute-plus of the State Championship against Schalmont, and tossed the game winning two-point conversion to give the Spartans their final lead of the game.
Zimmer's senior year was just as remarkable. He set a school rushing record with 2,054 yards on the ground, 962 of them coming in the playoffs alone. Zimmer was named as State Finals MVP after a 39 carry, 175 yard, three touchdown performance.
Section IV didn't stop with just two players of the year, though. Ten other players were named to first-teams All-State.
M-E running back Darnell Woolfolk and safety/receiver Alec Wisniewski were both named to the first-team Class B.
Chenango Forks offensive lineman Hunter Luybli, defensive lineman Mike Zurenda, and linebacker Ryan Bronson were named to the first-team Class C.
In Class D, Tioga running back Jesse Manuel, offensive lineman Dylan Babcock, and defensive lineman Carter Jackson were named to the first-team. Joining them are Sidney defensive lineman Austin Dean and Elmira Notre Dame linebacker Tom Agan.
Class AA and A selections will be announced next week.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Blue Devils celebrate Title with parade
After the parade, the team and their fans continued the party with a free lunch and autograph sessions at Moe's on Front Street.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Spartans prove anything can happen
This Maine-Endwell team never gave up and was well aware that they could make any comeback possible.
Forks Seniors finish careers on top
Since training camp they had one goal on their mind, State Championship. They've achieved their goal, and for them, it's the best possible way to go out - on top.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
First half deficit requires halftime inspiration
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