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OFA Rebounds In Vball; Challenges Strong Swim, Soccer Foes

OFA rebounded from its first NAC Volleyball loss of the season while the Lady Devil Swim and Girls Soccer teams both turned in solid effort against strong opponents on Friday.

In Malone the volleyball team rebounded from a 25-19 first set loss to string wins of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-23 in intense interdivisional matchup of Section 10 Class B teams.

In swimming OFA was outscored by Malone 107-62 and in girls soccer Potsdam broke away from a 1-0 halftime lead to a 5-0 victory.

DEVILS WIN CLASS B VBALL PREVIEW

"Class B will definitely be a battle. Salmon River beat us, Malone beat Salmon River and tonight we beat Malone. The team that wins the Class B title will have to play very well," said OFA Coach Sue McLean.

"Malone and Salmon River both play outstanding defense."

Coach McLean felt her team played very well against Malone after rallying from a 24-22 deficit in the second set.

"The girls were too focused on winning. I told them to start focusing on communicating and moving their feet and the winning would come," said Coach McLean.

"In the second set Emma LeBeau came to he serving line with Malone leading 24-23. She put the ball in play and we ran off three straight points. Jordyn Tupper had 17 assists tonight and she did a great job running our offense."

Gabrielle Morley emerged as the top scorer in the offense with 12 points and one ace, one kill, one assist, 3 digs and 1 block. Rosie Jeneault delivered six kills, 9 points with 1 ace, 9 digs and 1 block and Emma LeBeau scored seven points with 1 ace, 3 kills and 2 digs.

Emily Farrand (5 points, 2 aces, 4 kills, 3 digs) and Celia Henry (5 points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 3 digs, 2 assists) continued to supply multi-faceted outings. Abby Raven added 2 kills and 1 dig, Melissa Barr handled 5 digs, Jenna Mitchell served for 5 points with 2 aces and 1 dig.

OFA will meet Tupper Lake on Tuesday and then take their undefeated NAC West record against Canton, Potsdam, Gouverneur and Madrid-Waddington.

In other matches on Friday Potsdam swept Tupper Lake 3-0 and the Madrid-Waddington at Salmon River match was postponed.

YOUNG OFA DUO WIN TWICE

Freshman Myah Myers and eighth grader Katherine Barkley each won two individual events on Friday leading the OFA Girls Swimming team in a 107-62 loss to Malone which has lost only to undefeated Canton in NAC Girls Swimming action.

Myers led the 200 Individual Medley in 2:35.83 and the 500 Freestyle in 6:07.03 and Barkley set the pace in 100 Freestyle (1:01.75) and the 100 Backstroke (1:13.92). Myers moved up in OFA's All-Time Top 10 in both of her winning races and teamed with Avery Kuhn (2:42.62) for 1-2 finish in the 200 IM.

Myers now stands fifth all time in the 200 IM and seventh in the 500 Freestyle in program annals.

"Myah Myers and Katherine Barkley work extremely hard and are swimming very well. The other day I had to cancel practice because of a long faculty meeting and they both stayed and practiced with the modified team," said OFA Coach John Tebo.

"Overall we are swimming very well. I think we had 12 personal bests today. Malone is a strong team, there are several very good teams in our league."

Malone's individual winners on the day were Liz Bartenslager in the 200 Freestyle (2:17.00), Maya Massaro in the 50 Freestyle (27.70), Julia West in the 100 Butterfly (1:19.49) and Leah Gallagher in the 100 Breaststroke (1:21.31().

The Huskies also swept relay honors.

Lewis Reagan, Julia West, Ella Lawrence and Lauryn Petrelli combined for a 2:09.94 in the 200 Medley Relay. Leah Gallagher, Ella Lawrence, Maya Massaro and Madison West produced a winning tile of 1:55.56 in the 200 Freestyle Relay and Liz Bartenslager, Amaya Campbell, Madison West and Maya Massaro led the 400 Freestyle Relay in 4:12:70.

Delivering second place finishes for OFA were: Avery Kuhn in the 100 Breaststroke (1:21:31), Nevaeh Lockwood in the 200 Freestyle (2:33.20), the 200 Medley Relay team of Katherine Barkley, Lilly Mallette, Avery Kuhn and Hannah Powers in 2:15.82 and the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Myah Myers, Hannah Powers, Avery Kuhn and Katherine Barkley in 4:22.73.

Sophia Bobb added a third place finish in the 100 Butterfly who will travel to Edwards-Knox on Tuesday and finish the NAC season with a home meet against Potsdam.

In other NAC Swim matchups Canton stayed undefeated with a 55-39 win over St. Lawrence Central, E-K dropped Salmon River 54-40.

STONERS THWARD SOCCER EFFORT

1n NAC girls soccer action, Potsdam (8-1-1) answered a solid defensive effort by OFA (2-5-3) 5-0 on Friday, showing why they are currently residing on top of the Central Division.  Potsdam outshot OFA 15-3 and broke away from a 1-0 halftime tie.

Kennedy Emerson scored what became the game winning thirteen minutes into the game taking a pass from Luca Pecora and driving a shot just under the crossbar just outside the 18 yardline.  

"We held them to one goal in the first half where Brinley Frederick, Jordyn Prosser and Rachel Ramie did a good job marking. Our girls really kept up with them and frustrated Portsdam for 50 minutes but they have have so much speed and depth," said OFA Coach Julie Hynes.

Thirty seconds into the second half, Sadie Brusso received a pass from the left side of the box. She saw Anilee Akin unmarked 15 yards off the right post.  She made a great pass to Akins who two touched the ball and her chip shot was just under the crossbar to make it 2-0.

Seven minutes later, Emerson dribbled the ball down the right sideline and used her speed to get clear of her defender. She unleashed a 24 yard rocket into the far left post assisted by Sophia Janoyan.

A few minutes later, Pecora scored Potsdam’s fourth goal by sprinting past defenders along the right sideline with a pass from Dudek and shot a ball from inside the 6 yardline to the far left post.

Ava Reynolds scored the last goal when Emerson, who was 15 yards out on the right side, threaded a pass to her for a short. just inside the left post. 

"After the third goal we took Emily Sovie out of goal and Hailey Reed went in and played well in goal. Overall we played well and now we look to the playoffs," said Coach Hynes who will have her team at home on Tuesday against another strong NAC Central contingent Massena which downed Salmon River 2-0 on Friday.

Taylor Benda stopped three saves in the shutout and the two OFA keepers combined on 15 stops.

CENTRAL UPDATE

In other NAC Central games Massena downed Salmon River 2-0 and Canton blanked Malone 3-0.

Massena 2, Salmon River 0: The First goal was scored by Lindsay LaDue from Libby Rogers 22:20 and the score stood 1-0 at half.. Libby Rogers scored from Shaylena Mandigo at 35:40 of the second half.

Sabella Cromie made two saves in the shutour and T. Thompson of Salmon River handled 12 saves.






Brooks McKenna finishes strong in the 100 Breaststroke for OFA against Malone on Friday



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