Nearing the Finish

Newfield senior Abby Wood-Ellis competes during the Groton Invitational in mid-May. 

The Lansing Bobcats kept another strong sports season going with notable individual accomplishments and another No. 1 seed kept alive.

The baseball team got a bye into the Section IV Class C quarterfinals as the No. 1 team and took care of business at home with a 10-6 victory over No. 8 Bainbridge-Guilford (11-7) Monday afternoon.

Lansing (14-2) will host No. 5 Elmira Notre Dame (11-9) in a semifinal game Wednesday, May 24 in Lansing.

Lansing junior Nick Parkes is heading to the New York State tennis tournament, which will be held Thursday, June 1 through Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing. He is reported to be the first Lansing player to make it to the state tournament in the sport.

There will be two rounds beginning at 8 a.m. on the first day. The quarterfinals and semifinals, again at 8, are Friday. The finals are Saturday at 8 am.

In golf, senior Nic Whittaker made the Section IV golf team over the weekend.

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Newfield senior Patrick King had an eventful weekend. The soon-to-be graduate placed ninth in the 1600 meters at the IAC championship meet Saturday, May 20 with a time of 4:56.23. Head coach David Green said the mark beat the runner’s season-long goal of breaking five minutes.

He followed up the feat by completing the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday, running the full 26.2 miles.

“Quite the double for a weekend,” Green said.

Though Newfield didn’t place in the top three at the IAC Small School Championships — that was Union Springs (113), Tioga (104) and Odessa Montour (83) on the boys side; Odessa Montour (166), Spencer Van Etten 93) and Tioga (63) on the girls side — there were plenty of quality finishes for the Trojans.

Newfield placed first and second in the high jump with senior Patrick Banfield and junior Chris Baker each clearing 5 feet, 10 inches to place first and second respectively. Both have met the automatic qualifying standards for the New York State Qualifier meet.

Lansing’s Joey Miller-LaBar and Michael Lapar tied for third with a clear of 5 feet, 8 inches.

Newfield senior Eric Allen placed fifth in the boys Pentathlon and qualified for the New York State meet.

Jenna Goodwin, an eighth-grader, placed sixth in the girls Pentathlon. It was her first IAC podium.

In her final IAC championship meet, senior Abby Wood-Ellis finished in sixth place for the Steeplechase with a time of 8:39.10, setting a personal record as well as a PR in the 800m.

Trumansburg freshman Molly MacQueen added to her long list of wins with a first-place spot on the podium for the Steeple in a time of 7:28.40. She was also part of the first-place 3,200 meter relay team with Kaitlyn Feely, Ginny Clifford and Mallorie Conroy who finished in 10:23.28 — .07 seconds faster than second-place Waverly. MacQueen also placed first in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 11:12.31.


IAC baseball coordinator Kyle McDuffee sent out the 2017 all-star list late Sunday evening.

In the Small South, six of the 11 first-team players are from the division champ Tioga Tigers. Only Spencer-Van Etten had multiple first-team players with junior infielder Zach Sherwood, senior pitcher Anthony Chiusano and senior outfielder Nikolai Klimekoski.

Newfield senior outfielder Dante Rynone and Candor senior catcher Dakata Anderson also made first team.

On the second team is Newfield senior Andrew Miller, Newfield senior Logan King and Candor senior Jesse Johnson. A Tiger rounds out the four.

In the Small North, division and Small School champion Trumansburg took five of the 12 first-team spots. Senior pitcher/first baseman Jack English, senior catcher Hunter Sherwood, junior center fielder Caleb Ladd and junior pitcher/first baseman Jake Shelley all earned first-team honors.

Three Groton players joined them, all of whom are seniors. They are pitcher Tyler Banfield, infielder/pitcher Paul Brecht and catcher Keller Pai.

Three Moravia players and a Marathon player rounded out the group. Groton senior Dylan Cooper earned second-team honors with three Marathon players.

Four Union Springs players, three Lansing players, two Dryden players and a Whitney Point senior made up the 10-player Large North first-team squad.

For Lansing, they are senior infielder Eric Eastman, junior infielder Lansing Miller and sophomore pitcher Garrett Bell. For Dryden, senior shortstop Devon Tyler and senior infielder Jason Wojcinski made the team.

On the second team is Lansing sophomore Griffin Nelson and senior Tanner Winslow as well as Dryden senior CJ Smiley and junior Mark Dodici.


The Dryden boys lacrosse team took the field Tuesday evening looking to win its first postseason game in school history.

That result was too late for print.

Four Lions were honored with postseason awards this week. Gavin Marsh and Garet Marsh were named first-team division all-stars. Bryan Iannello and Jake Lewis made second team.

Around the Lake is a weekly column by sports editor Cassandra Negley that runs in the Finger Lakes Community Newspapers, which run every Wednesday. Email her at

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