January 16, 2007


Purple Tigers, Trojans set for mat clash


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer coach Jeff Lewis is all intensity as he shouts instructions to T.J. Casterline during a recent victory by the Trojans’ 119-pounder.

Staff Writer

The latest round for Cortland High and Homer Central wrestling will take place Wednesday as the Purple Tigers travel to the Trojans home mat for the 6 p.m. OHSL Freedom Division showdown. Both teams are coming off good weekends.
Cortland (21-8 overall) was 6-3 at the Central Square Duals, taking fourth place in the team standings, while Homer (4-7) made a solid third-place showing at the Cazenovia Invitational Tournament and displaying a full line-up for one of the first times this season. Both teams have a number of young faces in the line-up, but the Tigers still have an edge in mat experience.
Despite that, Cortland High Dave Darrow and Homer head coach Jeff Lewis both know that anything can happen when these neighbors meet.
“They’re strong in a few weight classes, and we’re strong in a few,” said Darrow. “Four or five other match-ups are tossups, where we’ll win or lose it. That’s the way it’s gone. The teams’ records don’t matter because we’re rivals. Homer will wrestle their best against us.
“If we wrestled them and didn’t know who they were, we might win by 30,” Darrow continued. “But, because we’re rivals, you don’t know. I think the winner will be in the mid-30s and the loser in the mid-20s.”
“We have been battling injuries and illnesses all season long,” said Lewis. “Losing Jason Rogers, Adam Bladen and Justin Baker early has been tough, because Bladen and Baker are two of our seniors. We have juggled things since the start of the season, but things are really starting to come together now.
“I agree with Dave that we both have some strengths in the light, middle and heavyweights. I really think that the middleweights are where this match will be decided.”
Both coaches are different views on the amount wrestling that each team did this past weekend.
“We wrestled nine times at Central Square over Friday and Saturday, so we’ll have to fill our tanks up a little,”said Darrow. “I’m still sure it will be a good match.”
“I don’t think that wrestling nine matches will have a big effect on the Cortland team,” said Lewis. “Cortland definitely has more wind in its sails right now than we do.”
The home-mat hex was a factor or the past few years, but Cortland snapped that jinx last year with a 58-15 win in Shafer gymnasium. In fact, the Purple Tigers have won three of the past four meetings and the last two encounters.
“Our kids don’t care where they wrestle,” said Darrow. “They always wrestle hard. If we do well, we’ll win; if not, we’ll lose.”
“The home mat really does not matter in this meet,” Lewis added.
All the action gets underway at 6 p.m. when the Cortland and Homer JV grapplers hit the mat to start things off.


Mite Selects take Camillus Invitational

Cortland Youth Hockey Association Mite Select Team had a productive weekend by besting 11 other teams to win the Camillus Invitational Hockey Tournament. The Mite won two division games and one crossover game before taking the semifinal and championship game.
Trevor Andrews score three goals and had one assist as the Mites opened the tournament Friday with a 7-1 win over Camillus No. 1.
On Saturday, it was two shutouts by goalkeeper Ryan Gabriel and his defensive mates. Andrews scored four goals and Mike Turck added two tallies during a 7-0 blanking of Onondaga in the first game.
The crossover game followed with Turck, Lucas Williams and Jayson Wojcinski each netting one goal during a 3-0 shutout of Lysander.
In Sunday’s semifinal, it was another shutout as the Mites blanked Camillus No. 4 by a 7-0 count. Williams (two assists) and Turck (one assist) each netted three goals.
Later that same day, the Mites posted a 6-2 win over Midstate Red in the championship game. Andrews and Turck each scored twice.
The Darl Zehr Photography/ Waste Management Pee Wee Travel team recorded one win and one tie in weekend action.
Saturday, it was a 5-1 win by the Cortland team over Center State at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. Zach Daniels (two assists), Casey Bergeron, Casey Dailey, Jordan Zehr and Leo Riley each netted one goal while Zach Randall (12 saves) adb Cory Broyles (nine saves) split time in goal.
Sunday, Cortland and Geneseo battled to a 1-1 tie at SUNY-Geneseo. Riley scored the lone Cortland goal with Bergerona dn Aaron Zimmrman assisting.
It was a tough weekend for the Homer Men & Boys/Goldwyn & Boyland Physical Therapy, PC Bantam Travel team as they lost twice.
Cortland lost a 3-1 game Saturday at the McDonald Sports Complex to Midstate UNY. Cassie Garrison scored the Cortland goal with Connor Ferrito and Garrett Ordway assisting. Brandon Paquin made 22 saves for the home team with Nick Lalonde stopping 11 shots during his stint between the pipes.
Sunday, Paquin and LaLonde combined for 22 saves during a 1-0 loss at Center State.
It was a busy three days for the Barden Homes Pee Wee Snowbelt team as they placed second in the MLK Invitational Tournament in Auburn.
Alex Rosato scored two goals and Dylan Riker made 30 saves as Cortland posted a 4-3 win over Valley in action Saturday.
On Sunday, Riker recorded 27 saves, but Cortland lost a 7-0 contest to Tri-County.
Cortland rallied later in the afternoon with a 5-0 shutout over Auburn as Owen Barden netted four goals. Riker was stellar with 23 saves.
Monday, it was a rematch with Tri-County for the championship and Tri-County again prevailed, this time by a 9-1 count. Drew Wojcinski scored the only Cortland goal with 4:45 left in the game to avoid the shutout. Riker made 33 saves in the loss.
The Barden Homes Pee Wee Snowbelt squad also played two games outside the tournament.
Matt Sovocool scored the only Cortland goal during a 6-1 loss to host Skaneateles Friday while Alex Rosato netted two goals Sunday during a 6-2 win over visiting Ithaca.
The Wallace Construction/Verizon Squirt Snowbelt team posted two one-goal wins this weekend.
Matt May scored the only goal in overtime Saturday during a 1-0 win at Skaneateles.
Dakota Strout, Mike May, Tristin Cooper and Jake Karpovage each netted one goal during a 4-3 victory Sunday over Ithaca II.
The Stafford Chevrolet/Economy Paving/Homer Logging Squirt Travel team split two games.
Nate Walker and Danny Turck scored goals during a 4-2 loss to Elmira Saturday while Walker netting the wining, and only goal, during a 1-0 win against Midstate Sunday.
The Ithaca 16U Shooting Stars participated in the Adirondack Northstars 13th Annual Winter Classic in Glens Falls last weekend accumulating a 1-1-1 record against other 16U Tier 2 teams. The girls hockey team tied the eventual division champions, Brewster Bulldogs, 0-0, defeated the Long Island Waves 6-1, and lost to the West Seneca Wings 2-1.
Against the Waves, defender Elaina Jones of Homer had a hat trick. Whitney Colbert scored twice and Erin Grainger once.  Assists were made by Lauren Cole, Emily Eisenhut, Alex Colbert, McGraw’s Kaitlin MacLean (2), and Janesa Cornish (2) of Cortland. Sarah Eisenhut made 16 stops in goal. 
Homer’s Annabelle Jones made 5 saves in the 0-0 tie game with the Brewster team. The Ithaca girls taking 13 shots on Brewster’s goalies.
In the loss to West Seneca, Whitney Colbert scored the single Ithaca goal assisted by MacLean.
Other team members are Colleen Dillon, Ariana Cornish, Robin Worsell, Leigh Trumpfeller, Katie Long and Emma Marshall. They are coached by Tony Eisenhut and Karen Cole.
The 14U Shooting Stars also participated in the Winter Classic tournament finishing with two ties and one loss.  In their 5-0 loss to the Kanata Rangers of Ontario, goalie Angela Everhart stopped 43 shots. Both tie games were 1-1.
Ali Pace scored against the CSB Hawks assisted by Krystalyn Yonkin and Carrie Wilder.  Against Greenwich Wingers, Nitsan Goldstein scored assisted by Lauren Herrick and Lucy Marshall.
Ithaca’s 13U squad played two games against Corning 16U this weekend.  In the first game Alex Stagliano was in goal with 3 saves as Ithaca won 8 to 1.  Marlena Doerr had a hat trick while Bridget Derraugh scored twice. Rachel Brock, Grace Ulinski and Sophia Hunt each scored once. In the second game Doerr was in goal making 17 saves in a 6 to 4 loss. Ithaca goals were scored by Derraugh, Ulinski, Brock, and Jacy Hollander.



Wilson, Bramhall shine for Trojans

SYRACUSE — Homer Central girls’ indoor track returned to action Monday in the Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at Syracuse University’s Manley Field House. The Trojan girls had their first chance to compete in individual events, as well as relays.
Strong individual performances were turned in by both distance runners.  Heather Wilson ran a 3:05.36 in the 1000-meter run to finish third in a strong field of 28. Jessica Bramhall also had a strong performance finishing seventh out of 33 in the 1,500m run with a time of 5:18.64.
The sprinters put in strong efforts but came up short of scoring points. Maureen DeAngles and Erika Trivisonno finished ninth and 11th, respectively, out of 34 girls in the 300m with times of 45.74 and 46.64 seconds.
Courtney Rainbow competed in the 55m dash for her first time and posted a time of 8.63 seconds.
In the field events, Rainbow continued to show improvement throwing the shot put, with a personal best 25-feet-6.5-inches to finish in 17th-place of 41 girls entered. Caity Baldassarre had trouble finding a good mark but still managed a leap of 12’6” in the long jump.
Trivisonno, Baldassarre, DeAngeles and Wilson ran an unofficial time of 4:50.00 in the sprint medley relay, which should have been good for ninth-place out of 21 teams, but were disqualified for unknown reasons. 
Homer Central girls indoor track will return to action January 22.