February 06, 2008


Rockets roll to Class D victory —

Trojans savor road upset, Purple Tigers season ends


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Katie Wick had 14 kills in a Section 3 Class Tournament win at Camden last night.

While Homer Central was in an upset mood, Cortland High saw its volleyball season come to an end in the opening round of the Section 3 Class A tournament on Tuesday.
Visiting Homer came into the post-season seeded 10th in Class A, but swept past seventh seeded host Camden in straight games by a final count of 25-22, 25-23, 25-10.
Meanwhile, the 15th seeded Purple Tigers of CHS were also on the road while being upended by second seed Fulton 25-14, 25-16, 25-21.
That ended the memorable 25-year career of Mary Lou Bordwell, the Purple Tiger head coach headed into retirement.
Homer (11-8) will travel to Fulton (15-1) Thursday in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal round match-up.
Homer 3, Camden 0: Katie Wick led the Homer attack with 14 kills with McKenna Riley adding 27 assists and four kills. Rachel Perry chipped in with six kills while Shannan Keefe added four kills and four blocks.
Other Trojan contributors included Ashley Cavellier with three kills and Jessica Brown with two kills and two aces.
Camden (10-7) was led by Erin Cook with nine kills while Kristy Leos (three kills) and Ashley Bushaw each dished out eight assists. Kristy Tropila chipped in with five kills and three aces.
Fulton 3, Cortland 0: Cortland ended a 2-14 season with a loss to OHSL Freedom Division cohort Fulton.
“Fulton is a very strong team and makes very few mistakes,” said Bordwell, whose squad lost to the Red Raiders twice, both in four games, during the regular season.”
Fulton made a run early in the opening game while pulling away, though CHS had some better, longer rallies in the second game with Coach Bordwell singling out the play in the middle of Sarah Cutis along with the defensive work of libero Lisa Fare, Sarah Curtis and Rachel Pisa.
“Fulton was playing good defense, so it was enjoyable to watch and play,” said Bordwell of the second game that Fulton also pulled out, though the setting of Amanda Cheetham was a CHS bright spot.
Bordwell said that the third game was her team’s best, noting: “Hannah Dovi came in at middle and really added to the other five in a positive way. She had service aces for points four, six and seven. Owens and (Caila) Clayton were smashing the ball outside, and on the while it was a great game.”
Cheetham had two kills and nine assists on the night, while Curtis had three kills, an assist and a point block, Owens two kills and two saves, Hannah Dovi three aces, Bush two kills, Frare two saves and 35-for-41 passing, Lisa Dovi one bloack aces, Pisa one kill and two saves and Clayton one kill and one assist.
In reflecting on the final season of a career in which she compiled a 336-197 record with nine league championships and the sectional Class B crown in 1990, Bordwell said:  “After the game there was of course disappointment. As we talked I can honestly say that the entire season was great. The core group of kids came to practice every day to work hard, be on task and improve. Despite the record, they were never down mentally and never gave up.
“In spite of being down two games in this match, they fought hard until the final point. In my mind, I saved the best for last.”
Rockets Roll in Class D
DeRUYTER — DeRuyter Central made it 3-for-3 against Brookfield Tuesday night.
After beating the Beavers twice during the Central Counties League season, the host seventh-seeded Rockets took care of their No. 10 foe from Madison County 25-15, 25-18, 25-16 in the first round of the Section 3 Class D tournament.
“We knew what to look for,” DeRuyter coach Gary Burdick said. “They had some surprises last time, like placing the ball and trying to catch us with second hits (back over the net), that we were ready for and were able to pass the ball up. They didn’t seem to be as strong as when we’d seen them before; their passing and defense weren’t as good.
“We came ready to play and took care of business. We kept our passing, hitting and serving errors to minimum. We needed five games to beat them last time, so we knew we couldn’t take them lightly.” Brookfield finished the season at 9-9.
DeRuyter advances to meet No. 2 Hamilton (16-5) on the road in the quarterfinals, the match tentatively set for 6 p.m. Friday. The two teams met in Hamilton on Jan. 23, the Emerald Knights rallying for a 15-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 victory.
“We’ll have to do the same things we did against Brookfield,” Burdick said, his team now 11-5. “We need to take care of the ball; serving, which we’ve done well all year, will be important. Last time we made some passing and hitting errors, so we’ll have to keep those to a minimum and take care of things at the net.”
Jen Cizenski led the Rockets Tuesday with nine kills, two aces, 14 assists and two blocks, while Kate Vosburg had seven kills and three aces, Polly Gallerani six kills and five aces, Megan Stevens five kills and two assists, Weslee Eckler three kills, five aces and nine assists, Sam Moade three kills and six aces and Michelle Atkinson two aces.




Groton thinking playoffs

POPLAR RIDGE — Josh Senter buried seven 3-pointers and totaled a career-high 23 points to keep Groton Central boys in the thick of Interscholastic Athletic Conference wild-card race with a 71-45 win at Southern Cayuga Tuesday night.
In other boys’ action, Dryden dumped Elmira Notre Dame 57-48, Watkins Glen ousted Elmira Heights Edison 52-42, Lansing topped Trumansburg 62-48, Union Springs nipped Newfield 78-72 in overtime, Tioga tripped Odessa-Montour 46-45 and Waverly downed Newark Valley 69-51.
The Indians (6-3 Division III, 13-4 overall) are 11-4 in league lay and travel to Moravia (5-3, 9-5, 10-6) for a crucial make-up contest tonight. Should Groton win, it would eliminate Moravia from the wild-card picture. Moravia travels to Marathon Friday night.
Three Division II teams are also alive for both the division title and wild-card spot. With Watkins Glen (8-2, 11-5, 12-6) beating Edison (8-1, 13-2, 14-3) Tuesday, it forces Edison to defeat Candor (6-3, 10-5, 11-6) in Candor Friday night to win the title. Should Candor win, Edison and Watkins Glen would play off for the division title and leave Candor, Groton still in the wild-card hunt.
In IAC girls’ action Tuesday, Elmira Notre Dame dunked Dryden 67-23, Moravia pounded an understaffed Marathon team 60-22, Southern Cayuga stopped Groton 40-34, Lansing topped Trumansburg 55-42, Waverly whipped Newark Valley 60-20, Newfield beat Union Springs 63-38, Candor clubbed Spencer-Van Etten 57-19 and Tioga tripped Odessa-Montour 46-35.
Groton 71, Southern Cayuga 45: After building an 18-10 lead in the first quarter, Groton put the game away with two huge middle quarters. The Indians outgunned the home team 21-6 in the second quarter and 22-8 in the third quarter for a 61-24 cushion. In all, Groton connected on 12 treys for the game.
Dryden 57, Elmira Notre Dame 48: Robbie Solveson netted 17 points as Dryden broke a 14-14 tie and held a 24-22 advantage at halftime. The Purple Lions did just enough in the second half to open some breathing room over the host Crusaders.




Homer can’t play catch-up

Slow starts continue to plague Homer Central girls as the Trojans were down 20-7 after the first quarter of their OHSL Freedom Division basketball home game against Phoenix Tuesday.
The three remaining quarters were close to even as the Firebirds posted the 55-43 victory. Homer falls to 2-11, 5-14 overall, while the visitors are 8-6 in Freedom Division play and 11-8 overall.
“We need to come out of the gate stronger,” said Homer coach Bruce Tytler. “We really played well the rest of the game. The girls played hard. We boxed out well and we did a good job rebounding.
“I love how these girls never quit,” Tytler continued. “They keep going and they keep hustling. Gabby Luety was diving on the floor for loose balls. I love seeing that kind of efforts no matter what the score is.”
Phoenix increased its advantage to 30-14 by halftime as Jenna Rossi and Julia Tupper set the pace. Both players finished the game with 17 points with Anna Oliver adding 10 points.
Homer played a much stronger second half. The Trojans held a 17-14 edge in third-quarter scoring and won the fourth quarter 12-11. 
Ashley Brown hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Trojans. The senior has a new season-high of 40 treys this season and 108 overall for her three-year varsity stint. Stephanie Hartquist netted 10 points while Luety added nine points.
Homer closes out the season Friday hosting Solvay in non-league action. The JV game will tip off at 4:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs continue suffering scoring woes. The Trojans netted just 23 points during their loss to Phoenix Tuesday. It was the third straight game that Homer (5-12 overall) scored less than 30 points after the 43-23 setback.
“We are not shooting well now,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman. “We are continuing to protect the ball better and we did cut down on the turnovers.”
Ashley Crossway led Homer with 10 points while Ashley Barnard finished with a team-high seven rebounds. Sarah DiGiovanna and Carissa Cornwell each recorded five steals.
Kaylee May led Phoenix JVs with 14 points and Sarah Bregg added 12 points.




Red Lions secure share of first

CINCINNATUS — After honoring its seniors, the Cincinnatus Central volleyball team went about the winning task of securing a share of first place in the Central Counties League Tuesday.
In a regular-season CCL match, the host Red Lions claimed a share of first place in the league with DeRuyter — both teams with 7-1 records — with a 25-9, 25-17, 25-9 win over Stockbridge Valley.
Senior co-captains Jolene Eaton and Kortni Wright, following Senior Night ceremonies, led the Red Lions to the easy win that improved their record to 14-2 overall.
Eaton finished with three kills, seven aces, a dig and a block and Wright had three kills, five aces, eight assists and four digs. “Teamwork was evident, and Stockbridge Valley couldn’t really get anything going against our defense,” Cincy coach Macy Cobb said. “Jonelle Eccleston played an outstanding defensive game, leading us in digs with five and adding an ace, five assists and two kills. The girls are excited about sectionals and are looking forward to their first match.”
The top-seeded Red Lions will host No. 8 Faith Heritage (14-7), the defending sectional Class D champion, at 6 p.m. Friday after the Saints eliminated No. 9 Belleville-Henderson (10-8) 26-24, 21-25, 17-25, 25-9, 25-21 Tuesday.


Saints see long win streak halted

BALDWINSVILLE — Despite a valiant effort, a 33-game basketball unbeaten streak built by Cortland Christian Academy boys is at an end.
The Saints were nipped 51-49 by Baldwinsville Christian Academy on Tuesday to see that streak snapped, Lewis Caster scoring 11 of his game high 23 points for the winners.
In this Empire State Christian Athletic League clash of contenders, Cortland Christian trailed 51-44 with 40 seconds left when a comeback nearly forced overtime.
Darren Miller, who had been saddled with early foul trouble, hit a 3-pointer and made a pair of free throws to get the visitors within two points with 16 seconds left. And after a Baldwinsville Christian turnover, the Saints had three close shots misfire. Two last second bids to lob the ball to 6-foot-8 senior center Greg Buchanan in the final seconds were knocked away by Baldwinsville Christian.
The Saints had not lost since the start of last season, upended by the Syracuse Wolfpack 66-60 in overtime in a non-conference game. The last ESCAL setback for the locals came in New Hartford to Maranatha Christian back on Jan. 20 of 2006, the Saints going on to win 26 straight conference games until last night.
Miller and Buchanan had 11 points apiece for Cortland Christian, now 7-1 in ESCAL play and 10-1 overall heading into a Thursday hosting of Valley Heights of Norwich. The Saints finish the regular season with a rescheduled Saturday morning hosting of Emmanuel Baptist from Penn Yan.
Nathan Ploss added eight points and a key fourth quarter backset and Kyle Ripley finished with seven points and nine assists for Cortland Christian. The Saints were still without floor leader C.J. Burnett, the senior sidelined with an injury.