December 8, 2021

Marathon soccer team honored by county lawmakers

Katie Vartanian/Contributing Photographer

The Marathon boys' soccer team celebrates its first state title after a 1-0 win over Mount Academy 11/17 at Middletown High School.

A joyous round of applause erupted from the crowd and people began to stand as the Cortland County Legislature recognized the Marathon Central School varsity boys soccer team with a proclamation for an outstanding season, that ended with the team becoming the 2019 state champions.

Chip Stewart was recognized for getting his first title since he began coaching 32 years ago. Seven members of the team were also recognized in the proclamation for being scholar athletes. They include: Braeden Morrison, Gavin Labouf, Andrew Tillotson, Diego Castellot, Nicholas Allen, Kenyon DePuy and Jared O’Shea.

“Marathon is not just about maple syrup,” said Legislator George Wagner (R-Marathon, Lapeer). “We produce champions. As evident here, the dedication you young men have put into this is commendable.”

“It means a lot to actually be here and get this my senior year,” said DePuy, a team captain. “We’re all really proud and we’re all really happy, but it’s kind of sad to go away and leave all these kids. I think they’ll do great, but we’ll see.”

Katie Vartanian/Contributing Photographer

Marathon’s Cameron Neilson holds up the championship plaque won by the Olympians, 1-0, over Mount Academy Sunday at Middletown High School for the NYSPHSAA Class D championship. The Cortland County Legislature honored the team Thursday night.

“Thank you for this,” said O’Shea, the other captain. “All these guys here have been playing for a long time together. It’s cool to be here. Just thank you for this. It’s an honor.”

Marathon Village Mayor William McGovern said it was amazing how much everyone in the area wanted to know how the team was doing.

“The electricity in Marathon this fall has been unbelievable from this team winning sections, to regionals and going all the way down to Middletown,” McGovern said. “The weekend of the final four, the discussion was nothing but, ‘How are they doing?’ ‘What’s the score?’”

He also gave a shout out to his grandson Aydan Brown, a manager for the team. McGovern mentioned how he wears his hair in a Mohawk and how the team wouldn’t let him wear a hat in Middletown because “wearing his hair spike like that was a good-luck charm.”