January 15, 2008


Second half spurt extends Red Dragons win streak

ANNVILLE, Pa. — This basketball bid by SUNY Cortland men for a fifth straight victory was in serious trouble Monday night, until Mike Lewis and Juan Miolan stepped up.
Down by 11 points midway through the second half, the Red Dragons rallied to pull out a 62-58 victory over host Lebanon Valley in their final non-conference contest of the regular season.
Cortland used a 20-4 second half run to turn a 48-37 into a 57-52 lead with 4:41 left to play.
Lewis scored 10 consecutive points towards the tail end of that decisive scoring spurt, the 6-foot-6 sophomore ending up with a game-high 22 points. It was the third straight game Lewis has scored more than 20 points.
Miolan capped the run with a three-point play on a drive, the junior from Troy coming off the bench to match his career high of 16 points. He connected on a trio of 3-pointers.
The comeback improved Cortland to 10-2 on the season, the Red Dragons having won eight of their last nine games. Coach Tom Spanbauer’s squad is 3-0 in SUNY Athletic Conference play and embarks on a weekend road trip that features games at Potsdam Friday and nationally ranked Plattsburgh Saturday.
Paul Oliver was also in double figures with 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Red Dragons, one more rebound than Lewis got his hands on.
Carson Niehoff added eight points including a couple of 3-pointers and led the team with four assists. Will Coston, despite an off-shooting night after having scored 19 points in a win at SUNYIT this past Saturday, had five steals and three assists.
Dan Hodge and Eric Humphrey scored 13 points apiece for Lebanon Valley, the Panthers falling to 6-9 on the season.
Cortland’s biggest first half lead was at 28-22 with 1:17 left when Miolan made his second 3-pointer of the game, though the Red Dragon advantage was only 30-29 at halftime when Eric Humprey scored a last-second basket for the Panthers.
Lebanon Valley would shoot 52 percent from the floor in the second half and scored the first 11 points of the period to put Cortland in comeback mode. The Red Dragons went scoreless for over five minutes before Miolan swished a shot from beyond the 3-point arc.
The 48-37 deficit Cortland faced came with 10:25 left to play, when Coston got the Red Dragons going with a 3-pointer off a Niehoff assist. The deficit was four points when Lewis went on his 10-point scoring binge that began with a three-point play.
Once ahead, Lebanon Valley never got closer than three points as Miolan and Oliver had big baskets in the final moments.




Weekend a success as Mites win twice

The Cortland Flames Mite Select youth hockey team won twice over the weekend, 8-2 over visiting Elmira on Saturday and 6-2 over host Camillus on Sunday.
Sammy Robbins and Matt Gombas had three goals apiece while Jonathon Frederick had a goal and an assist and Trevor Jubran one goal against Elmira, goalie Zachary Wilhoit making six saves.
Gombas had five goals and Pomeroy one against Camillus, Wilhoit with 14 more saves.
Cortland lost at Camillus 3-1 on Saturday, Jackson Brazo scoring the goal in a game for which no goalie stats were reported. In a 6-5 loss to visiting Skaneateles on Sunday morning, Matt Pelowski had two goals and an assist, Dylan Cooper a goal and two assists and Mike Turck and Emily Krebs one goal each while goalie Devin Baylor and P.J. Shager made five and six saves, respectively. A late Cortland goal was waved off as it was ruled that time had expired.
Ben Gravel had four goals Sunday afternoon in a 5-1 win over visiting Oswego, Turck with the other tally and Shager with eight saves.
Cortland lost 6-2 to visiting Skaneateles on Saturday as Dakota Baylor had both goals while goalie Jared Lavine stopped 19 shots. Baylor and Dakota Zehr had a goal and an assist apiece and Kyle Gibbons one goal in a 3-3 tie between the same two teams at Skaneateles on Sunday. Zach Randall stopped 15 shots between the pipes for Cortland.
The Economy Paving/Homer Logging/Rick & Rich Towing squad fell to visiting New Hartford 6-0 Saturday despite 24 saves from goalie Gage Eldred. In a 6-3 loss to host Binghamton A on Sunday, John Burhans and Sidney Sherman scored once each and Eldred stopped 20 more shots.
The Barden Building Solutions/Action Auto team lost to Camillus I by a 1-0 score on Saturday at Lysander, goalie Ryan Gabriel with 48 saves. In a 2-1 loss to visiting Midstate II on Sunday, Jeffrey Steinhoff scored the goal and Gabriel turned aside 23 more shots.
After losing to the North Country Ice Strom 16-Under Tier 1 team 8-0 on Saturday, the Shooting Stars lost by just 3-2 on Sunday as Cortland’s Janesa Cornish scored one of the goals and goalie Annabelle Jones from Homer made 35 saves.




Tigers, Trojans come up empty

The Cortland High and Homer Central volleyball teams both lost OHSL Freedom Division matches Monday night.
The Purple Tigers fell to host Nottingham 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-11, while the Trojans lost to visiting Fulton 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-11.
Nottingham 3, Cortland 2: “I’m still waiting for this team to put it all together,” CHS coach Mary Lou Bordwell said, the Purple Tigers now 1-11 in the league and overall. “They had better hurry. I’ve been playing with chemistry all year, trying to find a group.
Sarah Curtis made her first start as a setter, helping out Amanda Cheetham who has been nursing a sore back, and Coach Bordwell felt that worked well while taking a close opening game as Julie Bush had three kills and Lisa Dovi four.
Nottingham came back to take the second game where CHS moved Casey Parks and Rachel Pisa to middle hitters, while Caila Clayton had some good moments as an outside hitter.
“Clayton has hit the ball really well in practice and continues to do so,” Bordwell said. “Marks added two kills. However, we seemed to sit back a bit, didn’t concentrate and get the magic third hit in all the time and ended up losing.
“Game three saw the same group as the game before; it seemed to be a lack of communication, so I hoped they could pull it off,” added Bordwell. “We missed our first three serves and found ourselves behind 5-3, with three of their five points on our errors. Chelsea Tollner came in for Curtis and added some experience, doing a good job. By this time Nottingham had awakened and started looking for spots. Marks had her usual ‘run all over the court and make saves’ night. She swung 12 times and had three kills and a block kill. Alissa Claiser was also hitting well, and Cheetham was hitting well. A lack of talk did us in.”
Fulton 3, Homer 1: The Trojans fell to 7-6 in league play and 7-8 overall despite 15 kills, an ace and 14 digs by Katie Wick, two kills, an ace, 16 assists, two blocks and 14 digs from McKenna Riley and a kill, five aces and 10 digs from Ashley Cavellier.
In addition, Jessica brown had two kills, an ace, two assists and six digs and Alexis Johnston 11 digs.
The Homer JVs lost 25-8, 25-12 to Fulton and are now 6-9 overall. Nicole Sanford had a kill and three assists in the losing effort, while Katelyn Buchanan, Victoria Lewis and Deanne Stafford each had a kill and Skylar Diamond an ace.
Both Homer teams visit Phoenix on Thursday.