January 15, 2010


Unbeaten DeRuyter pulls away to grab win at Cincy


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cincinnatus’s Klint Brown (10) fights with DeRuyter’s Andy Driscoll (12) over a loose ball in the second quarter of Thursday’s CCL game. Visiting DeRuyter stayed unbeaten with 56-31 victory.

The DeRuyter Central boys’ basketball team used a 22-6 third-quarter scoring advantage to score a 56-31 Central Counties League victory over host Cincinnatus on Thursday night.
The Rockets, now 8-0 in league play and 12-0 overall, had a narrow 19-17 halftime lead before their third-quarter outburst settled the outcome.
The McGraw volleyball team swept host Stockbridge Valley 25-23, 26-24, 26-24 in a CCL contest, while in non-league action visiting Living Word Academy swept DeRuyter 25-15, 25-11, 25-21.
DeRuyter 56, Cincinnatus 31: “Our kids were ready to play tonight,” Red Lions coach Jim Halstrom said, his team now 1-7 league and 3-9 overall. “DeRuyter really put it to us over there earlier this season and we wanted to prove to ourselves that with our best effort we could compete. The boys gave it all they had from start to finish, and the effort was the best I’ve seen all season.”
Junior guard Ian Bishop led the Rockets with 21 points, complemented by junior guard Brett Vosburg and senior forward Sean Rutherford with 11 each. Junior forward Klint Brown, making his first start of the season, and sophomore guard Joe Peri had 10 points each for Cincy.
“DeRuyter is very talented at both ends of the court and very patent. They have a team that has the ingredients to continue to play deep into March. I wish them well,” said Cincy’s Holstrom. “That being said, I’m encouraged with our effort and execution against a very good team.”
The Red Lions face Brookfield Wednesday in Mt. Markham, while DeRuyter travels to Otselic Valley a week from today.
McGraw 3, Stockbridge Valley 0: “The girls got out to early leads in the first two games and held off Stockbridge Valley to win by two points each,” Eagles coach Bryan Patterson said, his team now 3-4 in the league and 3-7 overall. “In the third set Stockbridge was up 20-13 when Kierra Mack served 10 straight points to go up 23-20, and we held on to win. The girls put in a solid effort all night and never gave up whether they were up or behind.”
Senior setter Kristen Guy had 17 assists for the Eagles, while freshman right side Nicole Purcell had five kills and 11 digs, senior outside hitters Courtney Tillotson and Nicole Law nine and eight kills, respectively, and Mack, a senior libero, three aces and 12 digs.
Senior Kaitlyn VanValkenburg had five kills and four digs and freshman Samantha Yates four kills, 11 assists, three blocks and two digs for the Cougars (2-5 league, 3-7 overall).
McGraw hosts Cincy this Thursday in its final league match of the season.
Living Word Academy 3, DeRuyter 0: “When Living Word got the ball to the net they hit it down pretty hard,” said Rockets coach Gary Burdick, whose 8-4 squad had been the visiting Lions of Judah, who don’t have their own gym, last month. “We did a good job of digging some of them, but we couldn’t get all of them. They just seemed to keep on pounding. They look a lot better (than in the first match between the teams); their passes were there, and they were hitting harder.”
Senior setter-hitter Weslee Eckler had two kills, five assists and a block for DeRuyter, while junior middle hitter Amber Slocum had two kills, two blocks and three aces and junior outside hitter Danielle Cuddeback two kills and two aces.
Robin Cullen had nine kills, five aces, two blocks, a dig and an assist for Living Word (8-3), while Genise Gilbert had six kills and two blocks.
The Rockets host Brookfield this Thursday in a rematch of their only league loss this season. “We look forward to seeing them again,” Burdick said.