February 08, 2008


Trojans romp over Lancers


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Ryne Austin, of Homer, nears a pinning of Mitch Sofranco, of LaFayette, in the 160 lb. bout. 

The Homer Central wrestling team closed out the dual-meet season Thursday with a 55-12 non-league victory over visiting LaFayette. Homer improves to 5-10 overall.
With the match starting at 140 pounds, Homer quickly took control. Nate Crawford pinned Dylan Beirman in 27 seconds.
Ben Chace followed with a major decision at 145, Nick Shanahan scored a technical fall over Joe Muir at 152, Ryne Austin (160) and Joe Dunham (189) had pinfalls while Ryan Murray received a forfeit at 171. The Trojans enjoyed a 33-0 lead.
After forfeiting at 215 and with no match at 103, David Birchenough got the Trojans back on track with a forfeit win at 112 pounds.
The Trojans closed out the night by winning three of the final four bouts. Ben McBride got a 36-second pin over Chad Peryea at 119, Jason Rogers won by forfeit at 130 and Saxon Sprouse scored a 12-3 major decision over Jake Ternosky at 135. For Srpouse and Shanahan, it was their 17th win each this season.
Homer wrestlers will return to action Wednesday when the Trojans travel to Marathon. The Trojans wrestle Unadilla Valley at 6 p.m. and the Olympians at 7 p.m.




Dragons taking on pink-clad Fredonia

BUFFALO (AP) — Pink is in for the Fredonia State men’s — that’s right, men’s — hockey team.
For one game, tonight against SUNYAC rival Cortland State, the Blue Devils will become the “Men in Pink,” wearing pink jerseys and matching socks, to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
“I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting them to be as bright as they were. They’re bright,” assistant coach Greg Heffernan said, recalling when the special-order uniforms first arrived. “And the best part of it is, that’s definitely making a statement.”
And a colorful one at that as Fredonia — 50 miles south of Buffalo — joins most every school across the country by taking part in this weekend’s NCAA-sponsored promotion to raise both money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
“We might get termed the ‘Pink Devils’ for the game,” Heffernan said. “But that would be fine by us.”
The idea was Heffernan’s, who is also a sports management professor at the school, and whose mother, Jane, is a breast-cancer survivor. Heffernan first broached the plan to head coach Jeff Meredith, who immediately got on board, and then had it developed further as a class project.
As part of the promotion, pink T-shirts and breast cancer awareness ribbons will be sold. Following the game, a limited number of jerseys will be sold by silent auction, with the proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.
Heffernan is accepting bids by e-mail through the school’s Web site, and is impressed by the number he’s received after word spread this week about the pink jerseys. The Blue Devils, and their plan to go pink, were featured during a Buffalo Sabres TV broadcast this week, and on U.S. College Hockey’s Web site.
“We were trying to find the uniqueness in the event,” said Heffernan. “And I think we’ve really done a nice job with creating something that’s different.”
The New Mexico State Aggies football team wore pink socks and ribbons on their helmets against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in September.
Heffernan, who’s not aware of any other college men’s hockey team to wear pink jerseys, intends to have the Blue Devils play a “Pink” game annually.




Newfield girls perfect

MARATHON — Newfield Central girls completed the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III season with a perfect record. The Trojans (17-1 overall) finished 10-0 in the division and 16-0 in all IAC contests after winning 58-25 at Marathon Thursday night. The Olympians close out the regular season at 4-6, 6-10, 6-12 overall.
In other IAC girls action, Watkins Glen dumped Dryden 46-31 and Moravia stopped Groton 46-32.
IN IAC boys play, Dryden topped Tioga 72-64 in double overtime.
Newfield 58, Marathon 25: “Newfield really took it to us,” said Marathon coach Rick Brooks. “They are an athletic team and they are really quick.”
Newfield jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and enjoyed a 32-7 advantage by halftime.
Micki Volpini and Maria Thannhauser each scored 14 points for the Trojans with Sierra Yaple adding 10 points.
Casie Wood and Kacie Muthig both returned to the Marathon line-up after missing time with ankle injuries. Wood netted 12 points with Michele Stevens adding seven points.
The Olympians will be heading to Section 4 Tournament play.
“We have not gone to sectionals for a couple of years,” said Brooks. “Our seniors deserve a chance to play in sectionals, so we will be going this year.”
Watkins Glen 46, Dryden 31: “Defensively, I was pleased with our intensity and aggressiveness,” said Dryden coach Dave Lott. “(Jaclyn) Conklin was the only one who really hurt us. We needed to do a better job contesting her shots.
“Offensively, we did a nice job executing our offense,” Lott added. “We got the looks we wanted, but at times, we just had a hard time putting the ball in the basket. We rebounded the ball well. Watkins Glen did a nice job doubling on us when we got into the paint. We needed to do a better job recognizing that. To me, that was the difference in the game.”
Watkins Glen (11-7 overall) led 9-8 after the first quarter and 22-19 by halftime. The game remained close with the Senecas enjoying a 30-25 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The Senecas finally pulled away in the final eight minutes.





ESCAL losses for Saints

The Cortland Christian Academy boys and girls’ basketball teams both lost to visiting Valley Heights CA from Norwich in pivotal ESCAL games Thursday.
The visitors clinched their respective league championships with the wins, the boys by a score of 54-49 and the girls by 48-39.
Valley Heights CA 54, Cortland CA 49: The winners completed a 9-1 league season (10-3 overall) and ended the title hopes of the Saints, who fell to 7-2 in the league and 10-2 overall.
The hosts led 19-8 in the middle of the second quarter, were up 23-20 at halftime and led by seven, 32-25, midway through the third when Valley Heights went on a 17-4 run the rest of the stanza to take a 42-36 lead into the fourth. Darren Miller nailed a 3-pointer to give the Saints the lead back, at 47-45, with 3:15 left, but the winners scored nine of the game’s last 11 points, including six from the foul line, for the victory.
Miller had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Saints, while Nick Chiano (seven rebounds) and Kyle Ripley scored 11 points apiece. Greg Buchanan had 10 rebounds. Luke Halbert had 26 points and roger Rose 20 for Valley Heights.
GIRLS Valley Heights CA 48, Cortland CA 39: The Saints, who fell to 5-2 in the league and 6-3 overall, rallied strongly to make the contest close after trailing 29-12 at halftime. The hosts went 6-for-30 from the field in the first half and 11-for-22 in the second. Trailing 35-14 early in the third, CCA went on a 24-9 run to get within six, 44-38, but could pull no closer.
Courtney Hall had 12 points and Larissa Miller 10 for the Saints, while Leah Sweeney had 13 rebounds and four blocks and Karen Harding eight rebounds. Valley Heights got 19 points from Hannah Vidler and is now 8-0 in league play, never having lost a game in the seven years of girls’ play in the league, and 10-2 overall.
Both Cortland CA teams visit Emmanuel Baptist in Penn Yan Saturday morning to close out their league seasons.