January 16, 2008


Saints remain unbeaten


Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Caleb Kinney of Cortland Christian Academy, drives around Aaron Blanchard of Cincinnatus Christian Academy during Tuesday’s ESCAL game. The visiting Saints rolled to 79-41 win to remain undefeated.

CINCINNATUS — Any hopes Cincinnatus Christian Academy boys had of pulling off this basketball upset were dashed early.
Undefeated Cortland Christian Academy dominated the opening quarter and went on to beat the host Eagles 79-41 in an Empire State Christian Athletic League clash of rivals.
The Saints, now 4-0 in ESCAL play and 5-0 overall, ran off to a 27-4 first quarter lead and never slowed down. All 13 players would contribute points to the victory.
“They played well, I was impressed,” said Cincinnatus Christian coach Hank Diaz of Tuesday’s invaders, his squad falling to 2-4 all against league opponents. “That’s why they are undefeated. They work really well together.”
Senior Darren Miller led this balanced scoring act with 11 points, while junior Kyle Kinney tossed in 10 points, C.J. Burnett nine and Seth Ripley eight. The Saints led 43-20 at halftime before going on a 24-6 third quarter rampage.
The winners shot 50 percent from the floor, as Burnett had 10 assists and got his hands on 11 rebounds.
Aaron Blanchard had 20 points for the Eagles, including hitting four times from beyond the 3-point arc. Ben Hicks added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Cincy Christian.
In the opening of this ESCAL twin bill, Cortland Christian girls pulled away in the second quarter and defeated Cincinnatus Christian 39-29.
The Lady Saints (3-1 ESCAL, 3-2 overall) were up 22-10 at halftime and pretty much maintained that working margin over the final two stanzas.
Leah Sweeney had a career high16 points and 15 reounds to lead the winners, while Marissa Miller finished with eight and Mikaela Storey seven. Janelle Storey handed out six assists.
Cincinnatus Christian (4-2) got 11 points and eight rebounds from Elisabeth Perrott, while Hannah McGowan tossed in eight points. The Lady Eagles outscored the visitors 19-17 in the second half.
Cortland Christian hosts Penn_Yan Emmanuel in a Thursday league contest.
 Both teams are in action on Friday, Cortland Christian teams hosting Baldwinsville Christian while the Cincy Christian dribblers are on the road to take on Finger Lakes.




Crucial victory for CHS-Homer

The Cortland-Homer hockey team held off a late charge by visiting Ontario Bay Tuesday night to win 5-4 and pick up two more important points in the tight CNYSHL Division II West playoff race.
The Golden Eagles are now 7-4 in league play, good for third place, and evened their overall record at 8-8. Ontario Bay fell to 3-8 in the league and 9-9-1 overall.
C-H scored four goals in the second period to take control of a game that was tied 1-1 after the first at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
“We played well in the first period, out-shooting Ontario Bay 14-6, and also had a heck of a second period,” Cortland-Homer coach Don Armstrong said. “We actually did a better job in the second period of playing team defense and, by focusing on our defensive play, generated several great scoring chances and converted on four.
“The players know that every league game matters a great deal. We skate against Solvay at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum this Friday and know it will be a tough contest, having beaten them in overtime at home earlier in the year,” he added.
Solvay, currently 7-4-1 in the league, lost on the Golden Eagles’ ice 3-2 back on Dec. 7.
The Storm opened the scoring 3:25 in, Sean Schickling scoring unassisted from close range after a freak bounce off a metal support between the glass panels on a clearing attempt.
Junior right wing Paul Zimmerman equalized for the hosts from the slot at 6:32, assisted by senior center Steve Stowell from behind the net and senior defenseman Vic Marchetti, who sent the puck in.
Senior right wing Andre Coen gave the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead 2:26 into the second period, assists going to senior defenseman Sean McSherry and junior center Sam Ferro. Zimmerman scored his second goal of the game at 5:23 on a short-handed run from the C-H defensive zone. Junior left wing Matt Porter made it 4-1 at 10:06, Zimmerman winning a draw and passing to Stowell, who in turn found Porter in front.
John Cobb pulled the Storm back within two goals when he scored at 10:59. Stowell got the eventual game-winner with 1:45 left in the middle stanza with a high wrist shot off a feed from senior defenseman jack Spallone.
The visitors scored two late goals to make it close, Tyler Kennedy finding the net with 3:01 left and Jeremy Smith scoring with 36 left after Ontario Bay pulled its goaltender. The Storm was unable to generate any further offense.
Junior goalie Brett Kash made 18 saves, nine fewer than OB’s Rusty Moseley, as the winners had a 32-22 shot advantage. 





Second quarter scoring blues costly for Trojans

Staff Writer

Homer Central boys dug one basketball hole too many Tuesday night and could never fully recover.
After trailing by four points through one quarter, the Trojans could only muster two points during second-quarter play and found themselves in a 14-point hole at halftime. The scrappy Homer squad tried to battle back, but could not as visiting Skaneateles posted the 46-31 OHSL Liberty Division win.
Skaneateles improves to 10-5 overall while Homer falls to 2-11.
“You can’t score two points in a quarter and expect to win,” said Homer coach Jim Luchsinger. “The reality is that you probably will not play enough good defense to hold your opponent to two points either. You expend so much energy getting back to within nine or 10 points. You get pooped out and bring in some subs, but that breaks up the momentum of the group you had out there.
“We were getting the shots that we were practicing for,” Luchsinger continued. “They just were not going in the basket. We would get one shot and that would be it. Skaneateles is one of the few team in the (Liberty) division that is bigger than us.”
“Homer played hard,” said Skaneateles coach Karl Norris. “Neither team shot particularly well and it became a battle of the boards. We did do a nice job on the glass. Homer is a big physical team like us. We did not give them many second chances in the first half, especially in the second quarter, and that was the key.”
“Jonathan Chapman gave us a nice scoring lift off the bench,” Norris added. “Jonathan Eppolito got us started. He was scoring well down low and he is effective with either hand. Homer saw that and started double-teaming him and that opened things up outside. We will need another good effort from everyone when we play them again at our place.”
Eppolito finished with 12 points while Chapman netted 13 points for the Lakers. Eric Richards was the top Laker scorer with 14 points.
It took both teams some time to get going. Eppolito scored an offensive put-back to put the Lakers in front 2-0 in the opening minute, but Homer roared back with a 3-pointer by Talon Sprouse (eight points) and a long deuce by Paul Armideo for a 5-2 advantage.



CHS hangs close in loss to Fowler

Coach Mick Lowie was at something of a loss to explain how his Cortland High boys’ basketball team was able to hang with visiting Fowler Tuesday night.
“They out-rebounded us by 20 (50-30). It seemed that every time they got a shot off they’d get three,” Lowie said of his team’s 53-42 OHSL Freedom Division loss. “They were more athletic, jumped higher and were quicker than us. We also committed 23 turnovers because of their pressure defense. It makes you wonder how we were in the game.
“I’m not sure how it happened,” he addd. “The kids hung in there — this loss wasn’t due to a lack off effort or work — and we were in position to win late, down by four with 50 seconds left. But we turned it over, and they hit six free throws down the stretch. We played some decent defense. We knew they weren’t a great-shooting team from outside, so we tried to pack it inside and take away their dribble penetration.”
Cortland led 16-10 after one quarter, but Fowler rallied to assume a 27-22 halftime lead.
“They definitely picked it up in the second quarter, defensively — they went man-to-man the whole game — and rebounding,” Lowie said. “It was noticeable immediately. They were in our face for the remainder of the game, and manhandled us on the boards.”
CHS outscored the Falcons 8-7 in the third quarter and trailed by just 34-30 heading into the fourth. “We scored a few points, and kept it close,” Lowie said.
Fowler, now 5-3 in the OHSL Freedom National Division and 7-5 overall, was led by Chris Gilkes with 21 points and Elonzo Wilson with 13. Cortland (3-6 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 6-7 overall) got 15 points from freshman guard Kevin Shaw and 10 from junior forward Trevor Williamson, who came off the bench and earned praise from Lowie for his efforts.
Senior forwards Levi Walrath and Chad Abbey led the Purple Tigers in rebounding with five boards apiece, and Shaw also dished out five assists.


Groton boys hand Lansing 1st setback

GROTON — It is all about timing.
After three quarters, Lansing Central boys were in control, but it took just those final eight minutes for Groton to rally for a stunning 54-49 win over the previously undefeated Bobcats Tuesday in Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball at Richard Court Gymnasium.
Marathon boys had more shooting woes and lost 44-33 at Spencer-Van Etten while Moravia handed visiting Dryden a 51-27 defeat.
For the girls, Dryden High dumped Moravia 48-40, Marathon sank Spencer-Van Etten 46-28 and Lansing whipped Groton 45-20.
Groton 59, Lansing 49: “We had trouble converting our opportunities at times,” said Groton coach John Filzen. “We hung around and turned it around quickly in the fourth quarter. It was a very good team win for us.”
After taking a one-point lead after the first quarter, Lansing (9-1 IAC, 11-1 overall) increased its edge to 20-24 by halftime. The Bobcats led 44-30 before Peter Jackson made a couple of free throws to close the gap to 44-32 and spark the Indians (8-3, 10-3) comeback.
Groton used a 17-3 run to open the fourth quarter, capped by a game-tying 3-pointer by Josh Senter with 1:22 left. Jackson hit a jumper and he went five-for-six at the foul line over the next 79 seconds to put Groton in front 54-47 with 2.8 seconds left to secure the win.
Jackson finished with 17 points with Ethan Tilebein and Kyle Reed netting 13 and 11 points respectively.
Teagan Barresi pumped in 22 points to pace Lansing.
Groton will begin the second round of IAC Division III play at Marathon Friday.