January 30, 2008


Carboine, Pitcher in spotlight

Dragons’ Beck also receives scholarship

AwardsMike Carboine and Matt Pitcher

VERNONA — It was a big week for Homer Central’s Mike Carboine, starting with being named to the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B all-state football squad as a second team defensive end.
The Trojan senior was also among three local gridders — along with Cortland High senior Matt Pitcher and SUNY Cortland senior Jeff Beck — to be honored by the Central New York Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame this past Sunday.
Carboine and Pitcher, former classmates and friends at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Cortland, each received $500 scholarships at the eighth annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner held at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort.
So did Beck, a cornerback on defense who finished off his successful career with the Red Dragons being named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference all-star squad for the regular season co-champions.
Another player with a local tie to receive a scholarship award was Dustin Eells of Hannibal. Dustin is the younger brother of former Homer volunteer coach Dana Eells and current Trojan volunteer coach Joey Eells.
A total of 57 high school seniors — one from each Section 3 high school, and eight college players from Colgate, Cornell, Ithaca, Morrisville, St. Lawrence, Syracuse and Utica — received recognition and scholarships.
Carboine was a two-way performer at defensive end and tight end for a Trojan team that reached the Section 3 Class B playoffs this season.
“This is a good final statement that hard work plays off. Michael has always been a hard worker both as a three-sport athlete and in the classroom,” said Homer football coach Gary Podsielik.
“He has always been unselfish and done what was best for his teammates. Michael is a very mature person, but he still likes being a kid. This was an honor that he really deserved,””he added. “I think that it is also nice for Michael and Matt, because they have been good friends, starting with being elementary school classmates at St. Mary’s. It was nice for both their families to be a part of this special night.”
Carboine was a Section 3 Class B West Division first team all-star at tight end and the team MVP, and also was named an All-CNY second team all-star.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Carboine, who plays basketball and is a top defenseman on the lacrosse team, will be attending Le Moyne College after graduation this June to play lacrosse.
Pitcher was a top two-way lineman for the Purple Tigers, Cortland reaching the Class A sectional playoffs under first year head coach Dave Darrow.
“Matt deserves it. He scored over 1900 on his boards, is ninth in his class, was second-team all-CNY and a first-team all-leaguer as an offensive and defensive lineman,” said Coach Darrow of the 6-foot-6 Pitcher, who also plays basketball and lacrosse at CHS. “He’s the type of kid they look for when they present that award. He’s a good student, citizen and football player, a great kid and a hard worker. He’s a credit to what high school athletics is supposed to be.”
Darrow also said that Pitcher has committed to attending SUNY Cortland this fall, where he and his brother Dan will be teammates.
Dan Pitcher was a 2005 CNY NFF Scholarship honoree. After injuries hindered his gridiron ambitions at Colgate, the quarterback left that program and enrolled at Cortland this semester to play for Coach Dan MacNeill’s Red Dragons.
Red Dragon cornerback Beck, who was a scholastic star at Marlboro High School, was a second team selection to the 2007 ESPN the Magazine College Division District I All-Academic football team.
A physical education major, Beck has a 3.40 cumulative grade point average. He recorded 29 tackles, three interceptions, three pass breakups and a forced fumble in nine games this past fall.
Beck was a first team All-NJAC selection – his third all-league recognition in four years – and finished as Cortland’s career leader with 15 interceptions.
Cortland finished the season with an 8-3 record, including a victory over Union College in the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl.






Long nights for CHS, Homer on mats

The Cortland High wrestling team was a victim of bad timing Wednesday evening.
The Purple Tigers traveled to Fulton to take on a formidable Red Raider squad, a task made even more daunting by the fact that their hosts had lost to Phoenix 25-24 on criteria (the Firebirds won seven of the 13 bouts) Saturday in the finals of the Section 3 Dual Meet Tournament.
After having gone 155-0-1 against Section 3 teams since 1998 prior to that setback, the Red Raiders were in a foul mood and took it out on an undermanned CHS squad in a 56-6 drubbing that included four forfeits.
Meanwhile, Homer Central had some bright spots while dropping a 52-13 decision to visiting Mexico in another Freedom Division match.
Fulton 56, Cortland 6: The lone bright spots for Cortland, now 4-2 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 23-8 overall, were decisions registered by Brandon Fitzgerald and Barry Kinney. Fitzgerald out-pointed Travis France 7-3 at 152 pounds to improve to 12-2 at that weight class and 24-5 overall. Kinney was a 12-9 winner over victor Garcia at 130 pounds, where he improved to 11-1 (28-10 overall).
Fulton’s Matt Bogardus handed Dan Foster his first loss of the season in 13 contests at 160 and 36 bouts overall with a 10-2 major decision. Also sustaining a rare loss for the Purple Tigers was Coty Cute, who fell to Derek Shue 11-1 at 171 pounds and is now 33-3 there and 35-3 overall.
Luke Bush won an exhibition match by pin for Cortland at 152 pounds.
Cortland is back in action Friday, hosting Lansing in a non-leaguer in the downstairs gym. The JVs get things stated at 5:30 p.m.
Mexico 52, Homer 13: The visiting Tigers improved to 4-1 in division matches and 16-6 overall with a 52-13 victory over the battling Trojans. Homer is 1-5 in division matches and 4-8 overall.
“We are keep getting better and we are improving,” said Lewis of his young team. “I keep seeing good things.”
The Tigers built a 37-0 lead by winning the first seven bouts, three by pin fall and two were forfeits.
Ben McBride notched the first Homer points when he scored a 13-5 decision over Brandon Burnham at 119 pounds.
The final two wins came in the final bouts of the night. Nate Crawford posted a 7-2 decision over Jordan LaBouef at 130 and Ben Chace his 135-pound bout by injury default.





Trojans see offense stall in loss to Rams

DeWITT — Playing for the second night in a row, Homer Central girls got off to a very slow start at Jamesville-DeWitt High School Wednesday.
The Trojans trailed 21-2 after the first quarter en route to a 52-23 OHSL Freedom Division basketball loss to the host Red Rams. The Trojans fall to 2-9 in division play and 5-12 overall while the Red Rams improve to 8-3, 13-5 overall.
“We did not play particularly well tonight,” said Homer coach Bruce Tytler. “We did not play as well I expected we would. I don’t want to use the excuse of playing back-to-back nights, but maybe that did have some effect.
“The fact is we played one of the best teams in the state Tuesday in Cortland,” Tytler continued. “Tonight, we played one of the best teams in the league every year in Jamesville-DeWitt. They play a tough woman-to-woman defense like Cortland. Maybe we were a little tired physically.”
The next two quarters ere close with J-D holding a slight 11-10 edge in the second quarter to enjoy a 32-12 halftime lead. J-D won the third quarter 8-7 before really controlling play in the final eight minutes.
Megan Maycumber led the Red Rams with a game-high 14 points while Brittany Cohen nailed a couple of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.
Ashley Brown, Haylee Riley and Gabby Luety each scored six points for the Trojans.
Homer will return to action Friday when the Trojans host Solvay in non-league action. The JV game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.