January 17, 2007


Balancing act helps Lions get best of Marathon girls


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden defenders Robbie Leviere (left) and Kyle Clapper (right) try and trap Marathon ball handler Cody Bellefleur in the second quarter of Tuesday’s IAC game. Visiting Dryden won, 68-41.

DRYDEN — Dryden High girls did not have one player reached double figures, but everyone who suited up did score as the Purple Lions closed out the Interscholastic Athletic Conference crossover portion on their season with a 35-23 win over visiting Marathon Tuesday.
The balanced scoring effort gave Dryden its second win of the season.
In other IAC girls’ action, Odessa-Montour dumped Groton 64-46, Candor clipped Moravia 50-39, Lansing downed Newark Valley 61-25, Tioga topped Watkins Glen 55-26, Trumansburg stopped Union Springs 45-31 and Newfield stunned Southern Cayuga 64-51. Elmira Notre Dame defeated Spencer-Van Etten 70-19 Monday.
In IAC boys hoop play, Dryden downed Marathon 68-41, Odessa-Montour outgunned Groton 61-42, Candor mauled Moravia 66-52, Lansing clipped Newark Valley 64-43, Newfield stopped Southern Cayuga 70-42, Watkins Glen toppled Tioga 70-34, Elmira Notre Dame edged Spencer-Van Etten 54-51 and Union Springs ousted Trumansburg 53-42.
Dryden 35, Marathon 23: “One of our goals was to keep Casie Wood under control and we accomplished that,” said Dryden coach Joanne Holland. “We got off to a good start in the first quarter and our zone defense was solid. Jackie Thornton did a tremendous job defensively and pulled down 12 rebounds.”
Dryden (2-9 IAC, 2-11 overall) grabbed an 11-2 lead over the visitors from Marathon in the first quarter and built the advantage to 21-5 by halftime. The Olympians (1-10, 1-13) tried to rally in the fourth quarter, by could not overcome a 17-point deficit.
Mary Holland led Dryden with nine points while Wood paced Marathon with 11 points. Most of Wood’s points came in the fourth quarter.
Dryden will return to Division I action Friday at Newark Valley while Marathon will host Groton the same night in Division III action.
Odessa-Montour 64, Groton 46: Odessa-Montour broke a 26-26 first half tie with 19 third quarter points and proceeded to pull away.
Rebecca Ayers led the O-M offense with 21 points with Kristine Gardner adding 16 points        
Ellen Reed scored 15 points and Jessica Jones added 12 points for Groton (5-5, 5-7).
Dryden 68, Marathon 41: “We played a good first quarter and then fell apart,” said Marathon coach Jim Holland. “We started forcing the ball. We made mistakes and we did not get back on defense.”
Dryden (8-2 IAC, 9-3 overall) led 19-17 after the first quarter of play, but blew the game open with a 20-8 scoring advantage in the second quarter to build a 39-25 halftime cushion.
“We started finishing our transition opportunities,” said Dryden coach Dan Miller. “Our defense got locked in and we got great balanced scoring.”
The Purple Lions continued to roll in the second half and secured the victory.
Tim Finnerty scored 12 points the Dryden attack with David Pargh and Jordan Minnis each adding 10 points. Josh Horton, Rob Leviere and Rob Solveson added eight points each.
Cody Bellefleur netted a game-high 13 points for Marathon (1-10, 2-11) with Ben McDonald adding 11 points.
Dryden will host Newark Valley in Division I play Friday while Marathon travels to Groton for a Division III encounter.
Odessa-Montour 61, Groton 42: “We played like freshmen and sophomores,” said Groton coach John Filzen. “We closed the deficit to nine points in the third quarter, but Odessa did not fold. They are a very good team.”
Groton (7-4 IAC, 8-5 overall) shot just 31 percent (18-for-58) from the field and an ice-cold 21 percent (4-for-19) from behind the 3-point line. The result was an 18-8 deficit after one quarter and 35-21 hole at halftime.
After scoring the first five points of the third quarter, Groton trailed 35-26, but never got any closer. Peter Jackson led Groton with 11 points.
Bobby Potter paced Odessa-Montour with 14 points while Tim Sloan and Brendan Letteer added to the balanced attack with 13 and 12 points respectively.


Scoreless tie OK for CHS-Homer

PULASKI — While it didn’t have anything to show for its efforts on the scoreboard, the Cortland-Homer hockey team did get a tangible reward — a point in the standings — from Tuesday’s 0-0 tie with host Ontario Bay at Haldane Rink.
And that’s saying something, seeing how the Golden Eagles were without their top two scorers going in and lost one of their top defensemen early in the third period.
Two-thirds of the first line — Taylor Brown and Steve Stowell — was out due to illness, Brown indefinitely. Nate West, one-half of the top defensive pairing, was forced to leave the game due to illness early in the third period.
“The coaches are very proud of the kids’ hard work and the way they pulled together,” said C-H coach Don Armstrong. “We had to do some juggling without Taylor and Steve. Matt Porter and Sean McSherry, who is a defenseman but has played wing, joined Paul Zimmerman on the first line. After Nate went out, we had three regular defensemen, and Ian Gutchess stepped in and did a credible job, while Dan Farris and Vic Marchetti both played large parts of the game.”
The Storm had a 43-24 shot advantage in the game, and Armstrong noted that, in stopping all of the hosts’ shots, “Brian Frankel was the best player on the ice, with some point-blank shots and several saves on rebounds. We talked with him after the first period about how it looked like it would be a defensive struggle and that one goal might win it, and he came through. Notwithstanding the number of shots, our defense did a good job of keeping Ontario Bay from getting third shots on him, and they didn’t have any breakaways in the game.
“We were fortunate to get out of the first period tied, but picked it up a little in the second and more in the third and overtime,” he added, Ontario Bay unable to repeat its 11-2 shot edge in the opening period. “Sometimes their goalie, Jake LeBeau, made some great saves, but sometimes we made him look good. We’re not shooting the puck that well. We’ve been struggling to get offensive production from our second and third lines all along.”
The second period presented Cortland-Homer with its best scoring opportunities. Zimmerman cut in from the left wing, faked a shot and then took a shot from close range on the right side that LeBeau was able to deflect. Porter came in alone and was stopped by LeBeau shortly thereafter.
“Zimmerman hit the post once or twice and had a breakaway, Port had two or three great chances and Farris made a good play coming through the slot,” Armstrong said. “I think we were a little leg-weary from the game on Sunday. We were a little off playing back-to-back games like that.”
The Golden Eagles beat host Whitesboro 5-2 in a consolation contest Sunday to conclude a weekend tournament.
“But we came away with a point in a building where we haven’t played well in the past, and that could be important in our drive to make the playoffs,” said Armstrong.
The Golden Eagles are currently 6-4-1 (8-7-1 overall) in the CNYSHL Division II West standings, good for third place just ahead of Ontario Bay (6-5-1, and 8-6-2 overall). Lurking right behind are Skaneateles at 5-2 in the league and Corcoran at 5-4.
C-H hosts Solvay at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Bearcats are now 2-9 in league play and 4-13 overall after a 7-2 win over Watertown IHC Tuesday.


Road weary Homer drops trip to ES-M

EAST SYRACUSE— A long grueling six-game basketball road trip came to an end for Homer Central girls Tuesday as the East Syracuse-Minoa handed the visiting Trojans a 48-33 OHSL Freedom Division loss.
Homer slips to 4-5 in division play and 5-8 overall while ES-M improves to 4-6, 6-7.
It was also the case of having a team get back one of its top players to did not participate in the previous meeting between the two teams, a 42-31 Trojan win back on December 8. Spartan center Danielle Robinson netted just seven points, but blocked or redirected some shots while dominating the backboards.
“It has been a tough stretch,” said Homer coach Brenda Nobles about the extended road swing. “We will continue to stay positive and worked hard. We will look to bounce back with a good game against CBA Friday.”
ES-Minoa led 14-12 after a very tight first quarter and built the advantage to 23-18 after a low-scoring second quarter.
Homer stayed in the hunt, but trailed 33-25 after the third quarter came to a close before the Spartans finally pulled away in the fourth.
“We started to press more in the fourth quarter,” said Nobles. “ES-M did a good job against it and got some easy baskets.”
Alecia Shaffer led the Spartans with 16 points with 12 additional points coming from Arnela Mesic.
Hillary Simon moved into fifth-place on the all-time Homer scoring list after her double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Trojan senior now has 563 career points, surpassing the 558 total set by Kristin Wilson (1986-1990) during her four-year varsity career.
Ashley Brown added eight points to the Trojan attack while Stephanie Hartquist pulled down eight rebounds.
Homer returns to action Friday when the Trojans host Syracuse CBA. JV action will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs played short-handed for the second straight game and suffered a 39-20 loss to ES-Minoa. The Trojans (2-10 overall) played with no true point guard as Abbey Phelps (injury) was still out of action and Jessica Rigg was sick.
“It was a tough night for us,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman. “I think that we could be back at full strength Friday.”
Ashley Crossway led Homer with seven points. Kaylie Eastman pulle downed seven rebounds for the Trojans with Heidi VanValkenburg grabbing five rebounds.