January 19, 2007


Tigers tough in loss


Photo provided by Bill Sinsabaugh
Brittany Babcock soars to send the ball over the net for Cortland High in Thursday’s OHSL match against Mexico at Shafer Gym. Babcock had eight kills in 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 CHS loss.

Coach Mary Lou Bordwell found some encouraging signs Thursday night in her Cortland High volleyball team’s 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 OHSL Freedom Division loss to visiting Mexico.
“We didn’t win, but at least we were in each game,” Bordwell said, her team now 4-9 in league play and overall. “We were much improved over Tuesday.”
The Purple Tigers lost in three games to Jamesville-DeWitt in their last outing.
Kaitlyn Glover (back from an injury), Kim Natoli and Katelyn Anderson all hit open spots for points in the first game, and with the scored tied 22-22 Mexico’s Caitlin Santore had kills for 23 and 24 before the hosts missed on a third hit for the game point.
Mexico led 9-2 in the second game. But with a block and four serving points by Anderson, to go along with a kill by Brittany Babcock, Cortland moved to within 14-11. After a back-row attack kill by Anderson plus a kill and an ace from Babcock it was 17-16 Mexico.
Allissa Claiser came on when Natoli rolled an ankle and earned praise from Bordwell for her play, including kills for 17 and 19, but it wasn’t enough.
“We actually got ahead with a run on points 9-14, with Babcock serving aces for 10 and 11 and no returns from them on the others,” Bordwell said. “Natoli returned in this game, and had two kills from the back row for a 19-17 lead. Babcock was blocked for their 22-1 lead, and returned the favor, wiping the next one off their blocker. Glover added a kill for 22, and Mexico then looked and placed 24 and 25.”
Bordwell noted that the defense was much-improved. Lisa Frare went 13-for-18 passing and Rachel Pisa 19-for-21 with three assists. Anderson finished with five kills, an ace, an assist and a block kill and was 20-for-27 passing. Babcock had two aces, eight kills and an assist, Glover two aces, four kills and a block kill and Amanda Cheetham 13 assists while going 18-for-22 passing. Katie Owens, Natalie Stiles and Chelsea Tollner were all cited by Bordwell for their play coming off the bench.
CORTLAND JVs lost their sixth straight, 25-13, 25-20, to fall to 4-9 as Josie Roberts had three kills and was praised for her defense while Ann Marie Hill was 10-for-10 serving and Julie Bush was singled out for her passing.
Chittenango visits Cortland this Thursday, with the JV match starting at 5:30 p.m.



Late goal lifts Golden Eagles

Talk about cutting it close.
Steve Stowell scored the game-winner with 27 seconds left Thursday night as the Cortland-Homer hockey team beat Solvay 3-2 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
The home ice win enabled the Golden Eagles to remain in a tie for third place in the CNYSHL Division II West standings at 7-4-1 (9-7-1 overall) with Ontario Bay, now 7-5-1 in the league after an 8-5 upset win over league-leading Fulton Thursday. Syracuse CBA is fifth at 6-2, with the top four finishers earning post-season berths.
The game-winner came from a scramble in front of the Bearcats’ net, Paul Zimmerman and Matt Porter each picking up an assist on the play after taking shots before Stowell, the third member of the Golden Eagles’ first line, put the puck over Solvay netminder Joey Poppe from point-blank range.
The visitors’ Josh Schneider opened the scoring at 6:36 of the second period before Zimmerman converted the rebound of a Porter shot at 10:23, Stowell also picking up an assist, to make it 1-1. Stowell scored 1:12 later on a screen shot from just above the right faceoff dot, assists going to Porter and Sean McSherry, to make it 2-1 for the hosts. Solvay got the tying goal just 16 seconds later as Ryan Chapman converted from the slot.
The winners had a 28-26 shot advantage, first-time C-H starting goalie Matt Everts stopping 17 shots in the first two periods and Brian Frankel making seven saves in a scoreless third. Poppe made 25 saves for Solvay, now 2-10 in league play and 4-14 overall.
“Although we struggled for the first half of the game, we did a lot of things right tonight,” Cortland-Homer coach Don Armstrong said. “It was great having Steve Stowell back and the first line showed some great offensive play as a result.”
Stowell had missed Tuesday’s scoreless tie against Ontario Bay due to an illness.
“All three first-liners had multi-point games,” he added of Stowell, Porter and Zimmerman. “And there was solid play from the second and third lines before we shortened the bench and went with two lines for the third period.
“Defensively, Vic Marchetti and Dan Farris played their usual steady games and Ian Gutchess had a great game filling in for Nate West, who was out sick,” said Armstrong. “Ian made a tremendous play with about four minutes left and the game tied at 2-2, using his speed to catch and stop a breakaway opportunity._We had great goaltending, as well, throughout the night. To get three out of a possible four league points this week is a significant accomplishment for our players. They worked extremely hard, handling some adversity from illness and_injury and really hanging tough_together.”
C-H meets Pittsford at 6 p.m._today in the first round of_the Canandaigua Tournament and will face either the hosts or Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday at_noon (consolation) or 2 p.m. (championship).


Purple Lions ride momentum to win

DRYDEN — Miles Merwin figured in four first place showings as Dryden High swimmers defeated visiting Southern Springs 96-62 on Thursday.
Merwin won the 50-yard freestyle (24.60) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.38) as the Purple Lions improved to 5-3 in dual meets. He was also on a pair of winning relay teams during the Interscholastic Athletic Conference meet.
Dryden also got first places from Steve Rugg in the 200 individual medley, Kevin Vorstadt in the 500 free and Carl Odfalk in the 100 breaststroke.
Casey Burns won three events for Southern Springs (3-6), and was on the visitors’ first place 400 free relay foursome.
“Overall, the team did a nice job and we had a lot of good swims,” said Dryden coach Carl Hatt, whose squad is idle until a Jan. 30 hosting of Waverly.
“The boys are still pumped up after we won the C Division at the Elmira Free Academy Invitational last weekend and were looking to swim faster today,” added Hatt. “We now will have a two week break before out final home meet with Waverly. That one is going to be quite a showdown for sure and I’m glad we have some time to prepare for that.”