January 22, 2008


Winning weekend for Squirts

The Rick & Rich Towing/Economy Paving/Homer Logging Squirt Travel youth hockey team won two of its three weekend contests.
The local squad blanked visiting Salmon River 9-0 on Saturday, lost to host Whitestown 4-3 Sunday afternoon and returned home to score a 12-0 win over Midstate Sunday _afternoon.
Sydney Sherman scored five goals while Mike May had two goals and an assist, Bryan Ordway a goal and three assists and Mike Gibbs one goal against Salmon River, goalie Gage Eldred stopping seven shots for the shutout. John Burhans and Julia Brazo had a goal and an assist apiece and Shea Swartout one goal at Whitestown, Eldred with 21 more saves.
Eldred made seven saves against Midstate for his second shutout of the weekend. Ordway scored four goals, while Sean Sullivan had two goals and an assist, Burhans two goals, Mike Gibbs a goal and three assists, Swartout a goal and two assists and Connor Paquin and May one goal each.
The Cortland Flames squad split four weekend games, all at Camillus. A 6-3 win over Camillus 3 started things out on Friday, while on Saturday Cortland lost to Camillus 4 by a 6-4 score and beat Perinton 7-3. A 4-0 loss to Lysander on Sunday closed things out.
Matt Gombas scored all six goals against Camillus 3, with goalie Zachary Wilhoit making 18 saves. Gombas scored three goals and Adam Jubran one against Camillus 4, Wilhoit with 16 more saves. Gombas had three goals and an assist, Jonathon Frederick two goals and Trevor Jubran a goal and an assist against Perinton, while Wilhoit stopped 15 shot, five less than he made against Lysander.
Elmira beat host Cortland 5-0 on Saturday as Devin Baylor made 10 saves and P.J. Shager nine. Mike Turck and Matt Pelowski scored twice each, Dylan Cooper had a goal and an assist and Jayson Wojcinski one goal in a 6-6 tie against visiting Auburn, Shager stopping 13 shots.
Cortland beat visiting Salmon River 8-3 on Saturday, Nick Burton leading the way with three goals. Jordan Zehr had two goals and an assist, Kyle Gibbons a goal and two assists and Mike Lavere and Brad Sciera one goal apiece. Goalie Jared Lavine made 13 saves.
Dakota Baylor scored the only goal and Zach Randall made 29 saves in goal in a 5-1 loss to host Valley on Sunday.




Local seventh grade team tops in tourney

DRYDEN — While the Cortland seventh grade team captured top honors at Saturday’s basketball tournament hosted by the Cortland Basketball Club, the eighth graders were nipped in the finals.
There were eight teams competing for seventh grade honors at Tompkins Cortland Community College, where Cortland defeated Binghamton 34-28 in the title game.
The locals went unbeaten in the tournament, beating Tully 25-11, Fayetteville-Manlius 33-11 in double overtime and Elmira 32-25 to reach the finals.
Team members were Casey Cleary, Bruce Greene, Josh Gutchess, Dillon Hess, Y. Brian Hughes, Pat McMahon, Eamonn  Mahar, Conner Mulhern, Andrew Potter, Isiah Prior, Beau Riley, Robert Shaw and Brett Timmons. Buddy Mahar, Rod Potter, Bill Mulhern, Jeff VanGorder and Dan Leonard served as coaches.
Cortland’s eighth grade team lost 37-36 in the title game, as Syracuse CBA rallied from a 10-point deficit. Cortland had swept through its bracket to reach the finals, beating Tully 39-11, F-M 50-33 and Oswego 40-21.
Brandon Babcock, Clary Fickenscher, Eric Fredrickson, Evan Jackson, P.J. Mahar, Jonathon Prior, J.P. Reagan, Austin Recor, Dillon Spafford and Chad Timmons were members of the second place squad.
The seventh grade team hosts Skaneateles Saturday at 3 p.m. and Waverly Sunday at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building gymnasium. The eighth grade team hosts Waverly at 3 p.m. Sunday at the same site.
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Red Dragons’ Haas top rookie in ECAC

SUNY Cortland freshman linebacker Brian Haas has been selected as the 2007 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Southeast Rookie of the Year.
In addition, two Red Dragons – senior kicker Matthew Mintz and senior cornerback Jeff Beck – have been named ECAC Division III Southeast all-stars.
Previously named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Defensive Rookie of the Year, Haas led Cortland with 105 tackles. He was the first Red Dragon to reach 100 tackles in a season since former NFL lineman R-Kal Truluck in 1995 and the first freshman to accomplish the feat since full defensive statistics were first tracked at the college in 1979.
After earning a starting berth in the third week of the season, Haas recorded 102 tackles over Cortland’s final nine games, including six double-figure efforts. Haas received his award at the Eastern College Football Awards banquet held this past weekend at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.
Mintz tied his own school single-season records this fall for field goals made (12) and points by a kicker (71). He connected on 12-of-16 field goal attempts and 35-of-36 point-after kicks. Mintz established a school record with 70 consecutive successful PATs, a streak that dated back to the 2005. His 25 career field goals are fourth-best in school history.
Beck was a first-team All-NJAC performer this past season after registering three interceptions, three pass breakups and 29 tackles, 20 of which were solo stops, despite missing two games due to injury. He finished as Cortland’s career leader with 15 interceptions.