SYRACUSE - On a certain weekly list supplied by the New York State Sportswriters Association, there are four asterisks next to the word, "Frewsburg," and another four next to the word, "Fredonia."
And despite what you may have heard about asterisks next to names on a list, in this particular case they direct the reader not to an achievement-diminishing footnote, but instead serve to signal something far more positive - a 2013 New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championship.
In the final NYSSWA poll for baseball and softball, released earlier this week, it was, not surprisingly, Frewsburg leading the way in softball with a No. 1 ranking for Class C and Fredonia sitting atop the list in Class B for baseball.
Frewsburg’s McKenzie Cass, seen making a catch in the state semifinals in Queensbury last weekend, was one of eight seniors who helped the Bears claim their first-ever state softball title and the No. 1 state ranking in Class C. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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The ranking was the highest ever for the Bears, who finished with a 20-5 record overall on the way to capturing, for the first time in school history, the state title.
For Fredonia, meanwhile, it marked the best finish since 2006, which, not coincidentally, was the last time the Hillbillies were crowned state champions.
But those two weren't the only area squads to find themselves on the final baseball and softball rankings.
Pine Valley, which, like the Hillbillies, reached the state baseball tournament in Binghamton, is No. 3 in Class D while Brocton (11-6) and North Collins (14-7) are at Nos. 14 and 18, respectively.
The Westfield Wolverines, who finally managed to loosen Frewsburg's stranglehold on the Section Class C crown this season, is No. 17 after finishing 17-2.
In softball, Falconer enjoyed a blissful playoff stretch that included both a Section 6 Class B-2 and an overall Section 6 Class B title for the second time in three seasons on the way to taking the 11th spot in its class behind an 11-11 record. Pine Valley, which upset Forestville in the ninth inning during the Section 6 Class D title game and eventually reached the state tournament in Queensbury, is No. 7 in Class D.
Behind the Lady Panthers was Forestville (16-3) at No. 10 and North Collins (16-3) at No. 12.
Cassadaga Valley rounds out the area softball teams on the list with a No. 9 ranking in Class C. The Lady Cougars finished 13-8, and gave Frewsburg everything it could handle in the sectional title contest held at the Martin Road Complex in late May.