February 14, 2008


McClure comes up big in Rockets’ win


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
DeRuyter’S David Revette (12) shoots over an Old Forge defender in the second quarter of last night’s Section 3 nClass D first round game. DeRuyter advances, winning 63-55.

DeRUYTER — Dustin McClure came up big for the DeRuyter Central boys’ basketball team Wednesday night.
The Rockets’ 6-foot-5 senior center scored 21 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 blocks for a triple-double, and added three steals for good measure, to lead the seventh-seeded hosts to a 63-55 win over No. 10 Old Forge in the first round of the Section 3 Class D tournament.
Senior guard Brandon Meacham had 20 points and 10 rebounds and also had four steals for DeRuyter (13-8). Adam Josephson had 18 points and Bob Kratzenburg 12 for the Eskimos, who closed at 7-14.
Old Forge scored eight of the game’s first 10 points.
“We didn’t move well and seemed to play slow most of the game,” Rockets coach Kim Brown said. “Even though I will admit that we are dealing with some players who are under the weather right now, we still need to find a way to play up-tempo basketball.”
McClure scored six points in each of the first two quarters, Brad Meacham adding five and 6-3 senior forward Dave Revette four in the second to help the hosts to a 33-26 halftime lead. “At the half we talked about our help-side man-to-man defense,” Brown said. “Our big men on the weak side were not doing a good job of helping when penetration occurred.”
McClure again had six points and Meacham five in the third as each team scored 13 points, leaving DeRuyter up 46-39 entering the fourth. Meacham and sophomore guard Brett Vosburg each scored five point sin the fourth, during which the Eskimos came as close as four points.
“We called a timeout up by five with Josephson headed to the line,” Brown said. “I knew that if he made both free throws it was a one-possession game. I was just hoping that the break in the action would disrupt his focus enough to keep it a two-possession game.”
Josephson went 1-for-2, and DeRuyter scored on its next two possessions to move the lead to eight points. Vosburg then sank four of six free throws, all with under a minute left, to seal the outcome.

“”I told the guys after the game that the goal, is to survive and advance,” Brown said, his team slated to visit second-seeded Sackets Harbor (15-5) at 7 p.m. Friday. “Fortunately, we were able to do that.’




Dragons beat IC to finish unbeaten

ITHACA — With an undefeated dual meet season on the line, SUNY Cortland wrestlers came through Wednesday night.
The Red Dragons won the final three matches of the evening to pull away for a 25-12 victory over rival Ithaca College and finish unbeaten for the first time in school history.
The Red Dragons, ranked fifth nationally in Division III, end up with an 11-0 record in duals. It was the first season without a loss since records were first tracked in the 1946-47 school year.
Cortland won the opening four matches before Ithaca came back, the Bombers capturing three straight weight classes and pulling to with 13-12 when David Priest came up with a pin at 174 pounds.
Junior Treavor LeBlanc responded to the pressure by pinning his opponent at 184 pounds to give the Red Dragons a 19-12 lead. Senior Brett Giehl clinched the victory with a 6-2 win at 197 pounds and sophomore Joe Murphy finished the night with a 3-1 overtime win at heavyweight.
Cortland held a 13-0 lead after four matches.
Junior Peppy Cabrera ranked eighth nationally at 125 pounds, started the night with a 6-4 win and sophomore Dave Colagiovanni won 6-5 at 133 pounds. Freshman Joe Widrick posted a 9-0 major decision at 141 pounds and junior Paul LeBlanc, ranked fourth nationally at 149 pounds, earned a 5-2 decision.
That’s when Ithaca (11-5) responded, including at upset at 165 pounds with John Dale pulling out a 4-3 decision over nationally 10th-ranked Zack Bogardus.
But the Red Dragons dominated the upper weight classes to secure the victory.
Cortland’s next scheduled competition is Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Championships and national qualifier in Oneonta.
N BASKETBALL, Cortland women a non-league game at Keuka this evening before returning to SUNY Athletic Conference play. The Red Dragons are currently tied with New Paltz and Oneonta in first place in the East Division standings.
Cortland men and women will host SUNYIT on Saturday in a Corey Gymnasium conference twin bill, the women starting at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.





Early CHS exit at Indian River

PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. — While this was a rebuilding season for the Cortland High boys’ basketball team, Indian River returned four of five starters from last year’s squad that lost to the Purple Tigers in the Section 3 Class A semifinals.
The two teams met Wednesday night in a first-round Class A game postponed from Tuesday, and the Warriors got some revenge with an 81-49 victory.
“They’re a good team,” said Cortland coach Mick Lowie, whose squad wound up 7-14 on the season. “They’re much more athletic than us and very, very quick. They’re also a good-shooting team.
“We worked defensively to take away their perimeter shooting and knew they’d drive, so we also wanted to take away the passing lanes and dribble penetration. But it didn’t matter. Tthey scored a lot of points on transition,” he added.
Kevin Shaw and Will Fickenscher led Cortland with 12 points apiece, Lowie noting that all of Fickenscher’s points came from the perimeter. Trevor Williamson also earned praise for his team-high eight rebounds, while Shaw had four rebounds and six assists. Justin Guerin also had four rebounds.
Terry Parham led five players in double figures for Indian River with 20 points, while Jarrod Mattingly had 26, Curtis Dukes 12, Xavier Jackson 11 and Nate Smith-Allen 10. All but Mattingly were starters last season.
CHS was able to make a game of it for a while. It was 10-8 Indian River at one point of the first quarter — “We were able to break their press okay and they were missing some shots,” Lowie said — before the hosts scored the last 10 points of the period to take a 20-8 lead into the second.
Cortland whittled the lead back down to eight points in the second quarter, but Indian River came back to assume a 43-25 halftime lead and never looked back.
“They just score in waves,” Lowie said. “You look up at the scoreboard, and suddenly they have a huge lead. They’re not particularly tall, but they jump quick on rebounds. They’d get one, and all go flying down the floor.”




Marathon JV girls beat END to reach title game

MARATHON — After a little boost in confidence, the Marathon Central junior varsity girls’ basketball team grabbed a third-quarter lead against visiting Elmira Notre Dame and held on for a 34-33 Interscholastic Athletic Conference semifinal playoff win Wednesday.
The Olympians will host the winner of tonight’s Tioga-Waverly semifinal clash for the JV championship on a date to be determined.
“The girls realized that they could play with a good Elmira Notre Dame team,” said Marathon coach Jim Povero. “We were a little tentative in the first half, but we realized we could win this game and played a great third quarter.”
“Notre Dame turned up the pressure in the fourth quarter,” Povero added. “We had some turnovers and allowed them to cut the lead to one point, but held on. The fans definitely got their money’s worth.”
Notre Dame took a 9-8 lead in the first quarter and crept out to a 15-13 advantage by halftime. Marathon came to life in the third quarter and used a 16-8 burst to take a 29-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The visitors rallied and trailed by one with six seconds to go. Notre Dame hustled the ball down the floor and got one last shot that was just off the mark. They got the offensive rebound, but could not get the putback off before the final buzzer.
Shawna Hurlbert led Marathon with 11 points. Samantha Courtney added eight points and Leah Thon netted seven points. Erica Lawes paced Notre Dame with nine points while Mallory Manning added eight points.
Dryden JV boys had their semifinal game postponed to tonight. Tthe Purple Lions will host Watkins Glen at 6 p.m.


CHS-Homer will now have to wait

Hold the phone on the Cortland-Homer hockey team’s sectional berth.
Section 3 has reversed itself and ruled that Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt may complete its regular season with a road game against Corcoran at Meacham Rink, now slated for 3 p.m. today. A win in that contest would give the Brothers a 9-5-2 record in the CNYHSHL Division II West, tying them with the Golden Eagles (10-6) with 20 points for the league’s fourth and final sectional playoff spot.
That would necessitate a play-in game between the two squads, which Cortland High athletic director Jeff Johnson said is tentatively scheduled for 10:15 p.m. Friday at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. The late start is due to a youth hockey tournament going on there.
Should Corcoran win today’s game, C-H will, as originally scheduled, visit Whitesboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the sectional Division II tournament.
CBA/J-D’s game at Corcoran was to be played Monday, but was cancelled when Corcoran was closed for the day due to the weather. That pushed the game past the sectional seeding deadline, and C-H was awarded fourth place — a ruling that was reversed on Wednesday.
IN DIVISION I playoff action last night, Liverpool defeated Oswego 3-1 in a quarterfinal round game. The Warriors got two goals from Josh LaRose and advances to face top seed West Genesee in a semifinal game Friday.