January 18, 2008


DeRuyter delivers for share of crown


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jen Cizenski (5) of DeRuyter, manages to get the ball over Dusty Fisk, of Cincinnatus.

CINCINNATUS - The DeRuyter volleyball team rose to the occasion Thursday night.
The Rockets needed to beat host Cincinnatus to assure themselves of at least a share of their fourth straight Central Counties league championship. They did just that, winning 25-15, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23 to finish at 7-1 in the league and improve to 9-2 overall. The Red Lions, meanwhile, are now 5-1 in the CCL with two league matches left (including a road trip to Brookfield tonight) and are 8-1 overall.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match,” Rockets coach Gary Burdick said. “The girls came ready to play and looked pretty good in the first two games; Cincy came back in the last two. But our team never lost its spirit, and neither did Cincy. We’re evenly-matched. They had a good chance to win the fourth game, and then who knows how the fifth game would have gone?
“We had another good serving night, with only six errors, and our hitting errors were minimal. Overall, the girls played a very solid match, and we’re looking forward to finishing the regular season strong (starting with a non-leaguer Tuesday against visiting Living Word Academy).”
“Nerves got to (the girls),” Red Lions coach Macy Cobb said. “DeRuyter took advantage of this, and built a 13-3 lead in the first game before we really got started. That deficit was exactly what we lost the first game by, and things weren’t much better the second game. We just couldn’t get anything working. DeRuyter played excellent defense and although we were spiking very well we scored few kills.
“We finally put it together in the last two games. We made some adjustments to our defense to get some of their roll shots over the block, and were able to finish our own offense more effectively. We led the last game 17-14 when Jolene Eaton had to come out due to an injury; they quickly tied things up, and we couldn’t do more than finish a little short. We learned a lot about what we’ll needed to do in the next couple of weeks to prepare for sectionals, and it’s possible that we’ll see them again.”
Jen Cizenski had nine kills and 18 assists for DeRuyter, while Weslee Eckler had four kills, five aces and 16 assists, Kate Vosburg 10 kills and three aces, Polly Gallerani eight kills and three aces and Megan Stevens six kills, two aces and a block. No stats were reported for Cincy. 




CHS in upset, Homer winner

Things weren’t going well for the Cortland High volleyball team against visiting Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday night. A magic timeout and a blast from the past changed all that.
With her team down two games to none and trailing 14-12 in the third game, Purple Tigers coach Mary Lou Bordwell called a timeout that seemed to rejuvenate her squad. In addition, junior high coach Cheri Drake, a former all-state performer for CHS, was on hand to lend her support, especially down the stretch.
It all led to an 18-25, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-17 victory for Cortland, now 2-12 in the OHSL Freedom Division and overall. The Red Rams, meanwhile, fell to 10-3 in the league and 11-3 overall.
Homer beat host Phoenix 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17 in another OHSL Freedom match Thursday.
Cortland over Jamesville-DeWitt: “We were playing very well in the first two games but weren’t able to push through,” Bordwell said. “We were always a step away. After I called the timeout in the third game things started clicking. I don’t know what I said, but the girls weren’t going to let the ball hit the floor. They were all taking that extra step. Amanda Cheetham served us to 22, Alissa Claiser with three kills; at 24-15 Cheetham had a kill for the game-winner.”
“We were down 18-16 in the fourth game when I called another timeout, and after serving for a point Claiser then served five in a row that they mis-hit. After we won that game, I told the girls that if they pulled out the match they wouldn’t have to do the sit-ups I make them do for missed serves.”
Bordwell noted that her team was never down mentally in the fifth game, and gave Drake, who went on to play at Rutgers, credit for her inspiration. The hosts moved to an 11-3 lead and were up 19-7 at one point. “J-D came back a little, but again, the girls didn’t let the ball fall,” Bordwell said. “I knew the girls had it in them all year; I just didn’t know what to do to get it out.
“The girls said they wanted to do it for me (Bordwell is retiring as a teacher and coach at the end of the school year, but I said ‘No, do it for you.’ This team never gives up in practice or stops trying to win.”
Cheetham went 35-for-35 hitting with three kills, 13-for-13 digging and was 102-for-110 setting with 23 assists. Claiser was 18-for-18 serving with nine kills and 31-for-29 in digs with an assist, while Katie Owens had an ace, was 24-for-31 hitting with eight kills and had 21 digs. Lisa Dovi had six kills and two blocks, Sarah Curtis three kills and two blocks, Chelsea Tollner two assists and a kill while being cited for her defense and Lisa Frare had 54 digs.
The Cortland JVs lost 15-25, 25-18, 25-18, with Carly Cunningham singled out for her setting and Alex Charles adding three digs.
Both Purple Tiger squads host Chittenango this Thursday.
Homer over Phoenix: The Trojans got back on the winning track, improving to 8-6 in the division and 8-8 overall while Phoenix fell to 0-14, 1-14 overall.
Alysha Camp led the Trojans with nine kills while Danielle Reygers contributed 16 assists and four kills. Rachel Perry and Katie Wick each had four kills and one block from Homer while McKenna Riley added five assists and one kill. Also contributing to the win were Jessica Brown (four kills, two aces), Katie Camp (two kills, two aces) and Molly Nulty (three kills).
Kiona Levea paced Phoenix with seven aces. Chelsea Sparling added five kills and two aces while Kayleigh Troia dished out five assists.
Homer will have some time off before closing out the regular season with home matches against Nottingham Jan. 28 and Mexico Jan. 31. JV action begins at 5:30 p.m. each night.
The Homer JVs dropped a 25-22, 25-16 decision to Phoenix, and fell to 6-10.
Cayla Hartnett paced the Trojan stat leaders with five aces and two kills while Nichole Sanford added eight assists and two aces. Karley Brown contributed three kills and one ace to the Homer effort with Victoria Lewis and Deanna Stafford each adding two kills.




Trojans better, still fall to J-D

Homer Central girls continue to show more improvement, but the Trojans cannot translate those improvements into wins in the tough OHSL Freedom Division.
Jamesville-DeWitt jumped to a 19-7 first-quarter lead and rode that early advantage to a 58-34 basketball victory on the Trojans home court. Homer falls to 1-8 in division play and 4-11 overall while the Red Rams improve to 6-3, 11-5 overall.
“You did a nice job boxing out on the boards tonight,” said Homer coach Bruce Tytler. “We handled the ball better and only turned it over 14 times. The scores don’t show how much we are improving, but the improvement is the most important thing to me.
“Haylee Riley and Gabby Luety hade real good rebounding games for us,” Tytler continued. “It was also nice to have Stephanie Hartquist back in action tonight.”
Riley pulled down 14 rebounds and Luety snared 13 caroms while Hartquist scored 12 points in her return and moved into 10th-place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 496 points. The senior passed Shannon Tinkham (2003-2006), who had 487 points during her Trojan career.
Ashley Brown upped her career 3-point total to 97 with two treys and seven total points against J-D. Brown has 464 career points. She is just 23 points behind Tinkham and could join Hartquist in the top-10 before the season is over.
Megan Maycumber led J-D with 22 points with Alyssa Gratien and Brittany Cohen netting 11 and 10 points respectively.
Homer Central girls will return to action one week from today when the Trojans host Chittenango in Freedom Division action. JV action will tip off at 5:30 p.m.
IN JV PLAY, Ashley Crossway had a monster game, but it could not prevent a fifth straight loss by Homer girls Thursday. Jamesville-DeWitt JVs defeated the host Trojans (4-9 overall) by a 48-35 count.
“We played hard,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman. “We had a little dry spell in the third quarter, but the girls fought back to within ten points a couple of times. We did a much better job of moving the ball around and playing more as a team again.”
Crossway led the Homer offense with 14 points. 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Kaylie Eastman netted nine points and Sarah DiGiovanna chipped in with six points.
J-D led 13-10 after one quarter and enjoyed a 22-19 advantage at halftime. The Red Rams opened the advantage to 35-26 by the end of the third quarter.