January 24, 2008


CHS steps up in defeat

Visiting Little Red holds off Purple Tigers, 70-63


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Ithaca’s Antwan Brooks (5) challenges Cortland High’s Kevin Shaw (3) in the second quarter on Wednesday’s court clash at Shafer Gym. Though Shaw scored 28 points, CHS lost 70-63.

Despite the final outcome, Coach Mick Lowie was relatively pleased with his Cortland High boys’ basketball team in the wake of a 70-63 non-league loss to visiting Ithaca Wednesday night.
“It was a very good effort, a step up for us,” Lowie said, his team now 6-9 overall. “It was probably the first time all year that we’ve put four good quarters of basketball together against a quality opponent. Ithaca is a good team that plays a tough schedule, and we hung with them all game long.”
Alex Walker led the visitors with 19 points, while Alex Johnson had 14, David Farnham 12 (including 4-for-5 from the foul line) and Thuyein Lin 11. Game honors, however, went to Cortland freshman guard Kevin Shaw, who scored a varsity career-high 28 points, including four 3-pointers.
“Defensively, we were very active and knew where their scorers were — they attacked our zone well — and on offense we were much better in our execution, and when things broke down did a great job of movement and getting shots,” said Lowie of the solid CHS effort.
The Little Red, now 8-6, led 14-12 after one quarter, and each team scored 16 points in the second quarter and 21 in the third. “We got down by seven, 39-32, with 5:12 left in the third and the game on the verge of getting away from us,” Lowie said. “But we came out (of a timeout) and scored, which was nice to see. We scored a couple times, made a couple of plays on defense and got back to within two at the end of the quarter (51-49), the same deficit we had at halftime (30-28).”
CHS got to within two points in the fourth quarter and the Ithaca lead was just 66-63 with 57 seconds left to play. Four consecutive Little Red free throws, two each by Farnham and Johnson, kept the visitors in front.
Lowie noted that his team did a good job of limiting Johnson from the outside, where he is especially proficient.
“We took away his perimeter game, so he’d pump-fake and drive and either get fouled and go to the line or dish it off to Walker,” he said. “Another good shooter, Thuyein Lin, only had one 3-pointer in the game, but it broke our backs, putting them up by five in the fourth quarter when he made it with the shot clock winding down.”
Shaw carried the CHS attack from the onset. “Kevin found his stroke early on,” Lowie said. “They paid attention to him defensively, and he had seven assists, too.”
Lowie also cited senior center Matt Pitcher, who had eight points and a team-high five rebounds, for his inside play, and singled out two players coming off the bench in senior forward Chad Abbey (nine points, four rebounds) and junior forward Trevor Williamson (six points, five rebounds). Senior forward Levi Walrath also had four rebounds as the Purple Tigers were out-boarded 32-21.
“We struggled rebound-wise; they were relentless on the boards, and had more offensive rebounds than defensive,” Lowie said, as 17 of the 32 CHS rebounds came off the offensive glass. “They were quick and athletic, attacked the boards and got a lot of tips back at the basket.
“We also had a lot of turnovers, though we only had seven in the second half. We struggled there, too, because of the quickness of their guards,” he added, CHS with 20 turnovers.
The Purple Tigers host Marcellus Friday, tipping off after the JV game which starts at 5:30 p.m. Lowie noted: “They have a very athletic group of kids, but if we put forth the effort that we did against Ithaca, we’ll be in good shape.”
CORTLAND JVs go into Friday’s game at 10-3 after beating Ithaca 57-51. The game was tied 25-25 at halftime before the hosts regained control with a 25-10 third-quarter advantage and also outscored the Little Red 17-16 in the fourth for the final margin.
Jordan Prior had 18 points and Walter Alexander 17 for the Purple Tigers, while Ithaca’s Reggie Feaster was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points.




Cortland wrestlers cruis past ranked foe

Opening up a 25-0 lead after the opening six matches, SUNY Cortland wrestlers had no trouble remaining undefeated Wednesday night in a clash of nationally ranked squads.
The nationally fifth-ranked Red Dragons won 9-of-10 individual weight classes and defeated 24th-ranked Oneonta 41-3 at Corey Gymnasium to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Visiting Oneonta fell to 9-2.
Nationally ninth-ranked junior Peppy Cabrera got things rolling for Cortland, earning an 8-2 win at 125 pounds. Sophomore Dave Colagiovanni with an exciting 12-10 sudden-victory win over senior Walter Moore at 133 pounds, earning a takedown 12 seconds into the first one minute extra session.
At 141 pounds, nationally fourth-ranked Cortland freshman Joe Widrick and Oneonta sophomore Michael Gregg also went to overtime. Widrick earned a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the bout at 7-7, barely prevented an escape by Gregg in the final seconds and clinched the win with just five seconds left in the one-minute sudden-victory period.
Cortland sophomore Kevin Sackett gave Cortland a 15-0 lead with his team-high eighth pin of the season at 1:38 of the opening period in the 149-pound weight class.
After a forfeit win for the host Red Dragons at 157, nationally ninth-ranked Cortland senior Zack Bogardus crafted an 11-2 major victory at 165 pounds.
Oneonta picked up its lone win of the night at 174 pounds in another bout that went to extra time. Sophomore Josh Wake secured a takedown of Cortland sophomore Corey Barber late in the second one-minute sudden-victory period for a 10-8 decision after the two were tied 7-7 at the end of regulation and 8-8 at the end of the first overtime session.
Cortland swept the final three weight classes.
Nationally 10th-ranked junior Treavor LeBlanc pinned his opponent in 1:38 at 184 pounds. Senior Brett Giehl earned an 11-2 major decision at 197 pounds, and sophomore Joe Murphy closed the match with a pin at heavyweight in 2:44.
Two nationally ranked wrestlers – Cortland junior Paul LeBlanc (fourth at 149 pounds) and Oneonta senior Trevor Hiffa (top-ranked at heavyweight) – did not compete.
Cortland returns to the mats Saturday, competing at the Jamestown Open.




Cortland Little League in motion

Cortland area boys and girls will play the first-ever season of Crown City Little League Baseball this coming spring. A Board of Directors was recently elected to develop and plan the new league.
Crown City Little League officers are Nathan Forehand, President; Jason Prentice, Vice President; Maria Adsit, Secretary/Treasurer; John Tobin, Player Agent and Michael Tubbs, Safety Officer. Also elected to serve on the Board of Directors are John McNerney, Andy Jewett, Tom Pasquarello and Abe Johnson.
“I am excited about helping bring Little League Baseball to Cortland and giving kids a chance to play in a great sport with international ties,” said Forehand.
The board is now looking for people interested in serving on various committees to assist with the new league’s planning and formation, according to Forehand.
Organizational areas needing volunteers and assistance include fundraising, concessions and sponsorship; player, coaching and umpire development; and wed development and promotion. Forehand said anyone interested in volunteering can send a message of interest to
“This isn’t only about Little League Baseball,” said Adsit. “By working together to make this successful, we will be fostering strong community involvement and long-lasting partnerships. Our goal is to make Crown City Little League fun for kids and something that they, their parents and the community will be proud to be a part of. We need a lot of help to make that happen.”
Information about player registration, coaching and volunteers needed to assist with league activities will become available early this year.
CCLL will play at the new Starr Road Park in Cortlandville, which has two regulation Little League fields and also hopes to complete the fields for use at the former Armory location on Wheeler Avenue in the City of Cortland. Children ages six to 12 are eligible to play. Homer Little League has played since 1997.