January 4, 2007


Trojans end skid toppling Cincy


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jake Andrews (22) of Homer shoots a jumper over Cameron Blanchard (10) of Cincinnatus during Wednesday’s court clash. Andrews had 15 points in 60-33 Trojans victory.

Staff Writer

Jake Andrews scored 15 points as Homer Central boys began 2007 on a high note with a 60-33 non-league basketball win over visiting Cincinnatus Central Wednesday.
The Trojans snapped a three-game losing streak while improving to 5-7 on the season. The Red Lions dip to 1-8 with the setback.
“We did make some changes for tonight’s game,” said Homer coach Jim Luchsinger. “We worked on getting guys into the game earlier which allowed us to work on some different combinations on the floor. Paul Armideo returned to a starting spot. I think Paul Fedele does a better job coming off the bench. It was only one start for Fedele, but I thought both guys played better tonight. Talon Sprouse, Franco Giordano and Adam Darr got some more minutes tonight as well. I can’t fault our kids’ effort tonight.
“Jon Morrison continues to amaze me,” Luchsinger added. “He is not a scoring threat, but he does so many little things. He rebounds well. He plays the point very well on our 1-3-1 defense. Jon is a smart player and does so many things to help us.”
Mike Carboine jump-started the Trojans offense in the opening minute with a pair a basket, the second on an offensive rebound, as the Trojans grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first 27 seconds.
Austin Baldwin (11 points) got the first Red Lion points with 7:20 left in the quarter, but Homer answered with a 9-0 run for a 13-2 advantage. Jake Andrews (15 points) began the run with his first of three 3-pointers. Tristan Hartnett netted a running one-hander and Andrews scored on a hard drive to the hoop. Derrick McCall came off the bench to complete the run with a bucket with 3:18 left in the quarter.
Cincinnatus enjoyed the better of play over the remaining time of the first quarter with a 9-5 advantage_to close the deficit to 18-11 by the end of the first eight minutes. Baldwin began the run with a nice jumper while Cameron Blanchard (13 points) closed out the quarter with a traditional three-point play (basket and free throw).
After Blanchard opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer to pull Cincinnatus to within 18-14, Homer used another 9-0 run to build a 13-point lead at 27-14 with 4:10 left in the first half.
Giordano began this Trojan run with an offensive putback and Carboine closed out the streak with an offensive rebound basket and a chip shot from the paint after a feed from Andrews.
Nick Rathbun stopped the Trojan run with a nice driving lay-up, but Homer answered with an 8-0 run for a 35-16 lead with 13 seconds left in the first half. Joe May, Armideo (10 points) and Morrison all contributed during the scoring run.
Blanchard closed out the half with a basket at the buzzer for the Red Lions.
The Trojans continued to control play in the second half, building a 50-28 lead through three quarters and padding the final points differential in the fourth quarter.
“My guys really did put things together today,” said Cincinnatus coach John Protheroe. “The score does not show that, but really tried to match the intensity that Homer showed and I thought we did that. We really played with that intensity in both halves, something that we have not done in a game yet this season. This is a tough place to play. Homer is a bigger school than us, but I thought we competed well with them and made them earn their points. Every time you play against a bigger school, it can only help your kids improve their level of play.”
“Cincinnatus is a scrappy team,” said Luchsinger. “They really did play hard against us.”
Homer will return to action Saturday when the Trojans travel to Fabius-Pompey. Junior varsity action tips off at 5 p.m.
Cincinnatus will return to action Saturday at 6:15 p.m. against DeRuyter in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at SUNY-Morrisville. It will count as a Central Counties League contest. McGraw and Madison square off in the 4:30 contest that afternoon.
HOMER JVs scored early, and often, while playing strong defense during a 58-20 victory over Cincinnatus Wednesday. The Trojans (7-3) raced to a 24-0 lead after one quarter of play and were up 29-0 before Cincinnatus (3-6) got on the board with a free throw. The score was 32-8 at the break.
Joey Rivers led the home team with 13 points with Matt Sharpe and Kane Hartnett adding 11 and nine points, respectively.
“We worked out some things and we got a chance to get everyone some quality minutes,” said Homer coach Chip Stewart. “We had to see if we could play without Aaron Darr and we showed that we could tonight. We will still need to work hard because we won’t have him for a while.”
Darr broke his arm in practice Tuesday and will be out for a minimum of four weeks.
“We did not show up tonight,” said Cincinnatus coach Bob Enright. “Homer is a good team. Our kids worked hard throughout the game.”
Kyle Eaton led Cincinnatus with nine points while Greg Monroe chipped in with eight points.


CHS rises up to special occasion

Mastronardi, Meldrim become first inductees to Hall of Fame

On a night when the Cortland High wrestling team honored its past, the Purple Tigers made sure that things continued to go well in the present.
Following Alumni Night ceremonies during which the first two members of the Cortland High Wrestling Hall of Fame — Ben Mastronardi and Dick Meldrim — were inducted, CHS improved its record to 15-5 overall this season with a 61-9 non-league dismantling of visiting Oneida.
The top match of the night, as Cortland coach Dave Darrow saw it, was at 112 pounds, where sophomore Mike Gates scored an 8-1 decision over the Indians’ Jeff Clark.
“Clark finished third in the section last year (at 103 pounds in Division I), and Gates killed him,” Darrow said. “He actually had him pinned at one point. It was a great match.” Gates is now 14-2 with eight pins at 112 and has also won three matches at 119 this season.
Darrow cited junior A.J. Meldrim, sophomore Garrett Wyatt and sophomore Brandon Fitzgerald for solid showings.
Meldrim pinned Dan Collins in 1:36 at 135, Garrett Wyatt flattened Seth Sullivan in 1:14 at 145 and Fitzgerald won via technical fall over Jake Weismantle in 2:58 at 152. Meldrim is now 14-6 with four pins overall and Fitzgerald 14-6 at 152.
“Cody Cute and Josh Morehouse are just tough,” Darrow said of his winners at 171 and 189 pounds, respectively. Cute, a junior, won by technical fall over Rick Rossi in 3:50, while sophomore Morehouse pinned Ryan Mitchell in 4:35.
Cute is now 12-4 with five pins at 171 and 15-4 with seven pins overall, going 3-0 at 189. Morehouse is 11-3 with one pin at 189, and has also gone 3-0 at 171 for an overall mark of 14-3 with three pins.
The Purple Tigers also received five forfeits, including one to sophomore Dan Foster, who was 18-1 with four pins at 160.
Dustin Blake recorded a pin at 171 and Jason DeGouff won by decision at 125 for Cortland in junior varsity matches.
* Mastronardi won three Section 3 championships at CHS, at 133 pounds in 1966 (when he was third in the state tournament), at 138 in ’67 and at 148 in ’68).
Meldrim won back-to-back Section 4 crowns at 119 pounds in 1971 and ’72.


SU frosh heads home

SYRACUSE (AP) — Syracuse freshman Mike Jones has left the Orange basketball program, the university announced in a statement.
Jones, a 6-foot-8 forward from Hopkins, S.C., said he was homesick, coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday. Playing time was also an issue, Boeheim said.
Playing behind senior Demetris Nichols, the team’s leading scorer, Jones was averaging just 6.5 minutes per game.
“It’s unfortunate,” Boeheim told The Post-Standard of Syracuse. “We don’t want to see Mike go, but this is his decision.”
“The fact is we would have liked to play him more, but he’s playing behind Demetris, who’s been our best player all year, and Mike’s been hurt. He’s missed more practices than any other player, and there were games when we couldn’t play him because he was hurt,” the coach said.
Jones injured his right hip in Syracuse’s loss to Oklahoma State on Dec. 5. Boeheim said he tried to use Jones at both the big guard and power forward positions, but felt he was out of position at both spots.
His departure leaves Syracuse with just nine scholarship players and seven healthy bodies for tonight’s game against No. 10 Pitt at the Carrier Dome. The game tips off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.
South Carolina and Clemson are possible destinations for Jones.