January 03, 2008


CHS begins right but falls to ES-M

The Cortland High volleyball team got off to a strong start Wednesday night but couldn’t keep it up and fell to visiting East Syracuse-Minoa 22-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-9.
“Game one went back and fourth; we took a lead with Hannah Dovi serving points 18-21,” said Cortland coach Mary Lou Bordwell. “We let them get back into it with poor passing and lack of talk, but we managed to pull it out. The second and third games were also back-and-forth; however, we gave them too many opportunities by not passing the ball and couldn’t pull out.
“Game four was a meltdown. Our serve reception wasn’t there, and we then made many mental errors. Nicole Wageck did come in and settled things down, making four or five smart plays in a row.”
Amanda Cheetham had an ace, four kills and 12 assists for the Purple Tigers, now 1-7 in the OHSL Freedom Division and overall, while Lisa Frare had five kills and two assists, Lisa Dovi two kills, two aces and a block kill, Alissa Claiser three kills, Hannah Dovi three kills, Katie Owens an ace and a kill and Julie Bush a block kill.
The Cortland JVs won their third in a row, 25-22, 26-24 over ES-M, to improve to 5-3 on the season as Carly Cunningham was the top server, Amanda Shelly led the passing and Laylee Gebhardt played well at the net.
Both Cortland squads were to travel to Fulton this evening.




Cortland hangs on for win over Bees

BALDWINSVILLE — The visiting Cortland High wrestling team got four straight wins from the strength points of its lineup to take command in what had been a tie match Wednesday evening and went on to beat Class AA Baldwinsville 30-27.
The match was 9-9 when Brandon Fitzgerald scored an 8-0 major decision over the Bee’s Andrew Giornini at 160 pounds to improve to 15-3 on the season and give the Purple Tigers the lead for good. Coty Cute then pinned Corey Buyck in 3:21 at 171 and is now 22-1 on the season with 15 pins. Dan Foster needed 3:30 to run up a 16-1 lead on Vince Todzia at 189 (and stay undefeated at 22-0) before Josh Morehouse beat Kyle Sheridan 5-2 at 215 to make it 27-9 and up his personal mark to 18-1.
The hosts got pins in the next two weight classes before Eric Reisweber clinched it for Cortland with an 8-6 win over Cookie Caloia at 119.
“Eric had a big match,” said Cortland coach Dan Darrow, his team now 16-7 on the season. “Caloia is 14-2 now. Both teams came in with honorable mention in the state rankings; Baldwinsville (now 11-2) is a little more balanced than we are, but we got two decisions to start things and won it with the strong portion of our lineup.”
Jason DeGouff (130), Barry Kinney (135; 15-8) and Corby Reynolds (145; 16-4) all won decisions for the Purple Tigers, who will compete in the Caledonia-Mumford dual-meet tournament on Saturday.
In exhibition matches, Luke Bush (152) and Cody Hartmann (189) recorded pins and Greg Congdon (152) won by decision for Cortland.





Groton teams swept

GROTON — It was not the kind of start Groton Central girls were looking for in the New Year. Micki Volpini pumped in 25 points and Verista Henderson netted 21 points as Newfield girls return to action with a solid 76-28 basketball victory over Groton at Richard Court Gymnasium in Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III action Wednesday.
On the boys side, Newfield capitalized on mistakes as the Trojans downed visiting Groton 66-50 in Division III play.
Newfield 76, Groton 28: Newfield (4-0 division, 7-1 overall) jumped to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter and doubled its advantage to 40-19 by halftime.
The Trojans, who nailed five 3-pointers during the game, netted 26 points in the third quarter for a 66-24 cushion.
Maria Thannhauser and Janelle Shipos added double-figure efforts to winning attack with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Val Senter paced Groton (0-4, 0-9) with 10 points while Justina Connor netted six points.
Newfield 66, Groton 50:“We looked rusty,” said Groton coach John Filzen. “We some bad offense choices. We missed a number of opportunities and we had lots of uncharacteristic misses, lack nor finishing fast-breaks.
“Newfield made their shots,” Filzen added. “We had chances to make runs and get back in the game. The team will need to learn and rebound from this loss.”
Newfield takes over second-place in the division at 3-1 (3-3 IAC, 3-5 overall) while Groton (4-3, 6-3) falls to third at 3-1 in division play.
Groton will host Southern Cayuga Friday with JV action starting at 5:30 p.m.