Allison Falvo headlines high school sports top performers for Sept. 14-20

Kenny Lacy Ben Birnell

After an eventful week of high school sports, seven athletes stood out to earn top performer honors.

New Hartford's Allison Falvo, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill's Keegan Bauer and Ben Bellinger, Oriskany's Gianna Welker and Paris Welker, Holland Patent's Alivia Alexander and Whitesboro's Olivia's McArthur are this week's top performers.

Allison Falvo, New Hartford soccer

Falvo has been a key part to New Hartford's undefeated start this season. The Spartans are 8-0 and have outscored opponents 55-1.

In New Hartford's last four wins, Falvo has seven goals and two assists. Falvo leads the Spartans in goals scored (10).

Central Valley Academy player Morgan Szeflinski (10) defends New Hartford player Allison Falvo (24) during the 2020 girls soccer season.

Girls soccer: Scores and top performers for 2021

Keegan Bauer and Ben Bellinger, VVS cross-country

Senior Keegan Bauer finished second overall (17:30.0) "with a strong race" at the New Hartford Invitational, according to coach Mike Dunne. Junior Ben Bellinger finished fourth overall (17:57.5), and both runners helped VVS finish first as a team (40 points) at the meet. Bellinger is considered "one of the biggest surprises in TVL and Section 3 Class C," according to Dunne.

Gallery:Cross Country meet in Little Falls

Gianna Welker and Paris Welker, Oriskany cross-country

On the girls side of the New Hartford Invitational, Oriskany was paced by the top two overall finishers in Gianna Welker and Paris Welker. Oriskany finished first as a team (43 points). Gianna Welker finished with a time of 19:53 and Paris Welker was second with a time of 19:56.

Alivia Alexander, Holland Patent field hockey

In Holland Patent's 8-0 win over Herkimer, Alexander notched a hat trick and added an assist. Alexander brought her goal total up to five on the year. The Golden Knights are 2-0 in Center State Conference play and 3-2 overall.

High school field hockey: Scores and top performers for 2021

Holland Patent's Alivia Alexander (7) fights for the ball against a Baldwinsville opponent during the 2020 season.

Olivia McArthur, Whitesboro tennis

McArthur's individual performance helped lead Whitesboro to three team wins last week. In the matchup against Central Valley Academy, McArthur won at first singles 6-0, 6-0. She then won at first singles against Proctor 6-1, 6-1. In her other first singles match against Rome Free Academy, McArthur won 6-0, 6-1.

Kenny Lacy is a sports reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Kenny Lacy at

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