February 15, 2008


Darrow earns 300th win; Trio enters CHS hall

Cortland High wrestling coach Dave Darrow speaks with his 171-puonder, Dan Foster, during a timeout in the match. Darrow got his 300th duel meet-win Thursday against Lansing, 49-16

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High wrestling coach Dave Darrow speaks with his 171-puonder, Dan Foster, during a timeout in the match. Darrow got his 300th duel meet-win Thursday against Lansing, 49-16.

On a festive night, the Cortland High wrestling team closed out its dual-meet season Thursday with a 49-16 non-league win over visiting Lansing.
It was Senior Night for the Purple Tigers, and also the second year of inductions into the Cortland High Wrestling Hall of Fame. Robert Stevens (Class of 1948), Larry Hinkle (‘72) and Gary Dillingham (‘56) joined charter inductees Dick Meldrim (‘72) and Benny Mastronardi (‘66) in the Hall. Stevens was presented by Tom Aloi and Hinkle by Dillingham, who in turn was presented by Meldrim.
To top things off, the win was the 300th in the career of head coach Dave Darrow, with assistant Joe Nicholas on hand for 222 of them. In addition, Dan Foster scored the 100th victory of his high school career, a 5-4 decision over John Glennon at 171 pounds that ran the CHS junior’s record to 38-1 this season. Glennon finished fourth in the state in Division II at 140 pounds last season.
CHS finished 25-9 in dual meets with the win, and scored three pins on the night. Montana Sanders (now 25-12 with 12 pins) was quickest, needing just 1:06 to flatten Dave Ryan at 152. Corby Reynolds ran his record to 24-11 with nine pins by dispatching Andrew Morse in 2:53 at 145. Barry Kinney is now 30-11 with 17 pins after pinning John Oblinski in 3:10 at 135.
Technical falls were recorded by A.J. Meldrim (now 27-9) at 140 and Brandon Fitzgerald (31-6) at 160. In addition to Foster, Eric Reisweber (20-14) at 119 and Coty Cute (27-3) at 189 won by decision. Anthony Stento (112) and Josh Morehouse (215) were awarded forfeits.
The Purple Tigers will take part in the Section 3 Class A tournament Saturday at Indian River. Among the highest seeds for CHS, Dan Foster is second at 160 pounds with a 37-1 record, while fourth seeds are Barry Kinney (29-11) at 135 and Coty Cute (37-3) at 171. Seeded fifth are Eric Reisweber (19-13) at 119, A.J. Meldrim (26-9) at 145, Brandon Fitzgerald (30-6) at 152 and Josh Morehouse (30-5) at both 189 and 215.
Honored prior to Thursday’s match were the parents of seniors Cute, Kinney, Meldrim (all of whom finished their dual-meet careers with wins) and Dustin Blake-Vasquez.
As for the newest Hall of Famers, Robert Stevens won sectional championship in both 1947 (at 154 pounds) and 1948 (at 165), reaching the highest level of success possible as there was no state tournament in those days. He was also a standout football player under both Ross O. Shafer, his wrestling coach, and John Moiseichik as a lineman and linebacker.
After serving in the U.S. Army Airborne after high school (during which time he met his wife Kay), Stevens returned to Cortland and established the wrestling program at St. Mary’s. He was also the head football coach there for six seasons. He is also well known locally as the owner and proprietor of Robert’s restaurant and the Four Flags.
Larry Hinkle won the sectional title at 177 pounds in 1972 and went on to place second in the state, pinning his way to the finals en route to 20 pins on the season. He served in the air Force after high school and continued wrestling, winning the AAU Junior World District Championship in 1973. He enrolled at TC3 upon his return and won many mat awards, including being named Most Outstanding Wrestler.
He coached at TC3 for several years, guiding a number of NJCAA Region III champions and Academic All-Americans. He was honored as Region III Coach of the Year in 1993, and in 1996 was inducted into the TC3 athletic Hall of Fame. He has also served as head coach at Dryden High, where he is currently an assistant coach and the assistant principal, and has authored a training manual for youth coaches.
Gary Dillingham has been involved in Cortland High wrestling since he enrolled at the school to wrestle prior to the 1954-55 season. He had a successful collegiate career at SUNY Cortland and returned to CHS in 1961 as head wrestling coach, a position he held and excelled at for more than 20 years. In that time, he coached 13 individual sectional champions, six top-three state place winners, 29 top-four sectional finishers and 32 league champions.
His team won sectional championships in 1967 and 1969, were second in 1968 and 1972 and fourth in 1966. His devotion to the sport and desire to succeed were understood by every athlete who wrestled for him. He was inducted into the Section 3 Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999 and continued, after more than 50 years, to dedicate his time and energy to the program as coach emeritus whenever needed.




Red Dragons rally past Keuka

KEUKA PARK — Though senior Sara Cavanaugh fell just shy in her bid to set the all-time school scoring record, she did contribute a key basket during a late run that salvaged victory for the SUNY Cortland women’s basketball team Thursday night.
The Red Dragons outscored Keuka College 12-0 over the final 2:56 to pull off a 61-53 comeback victory in a non-league match-up, sophomore forward Jessica Laing leading the way with 22 points.
Cortland improves to 17-4, while the host Storm slips to 12-8.
Cavanaugh finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots, as the 6-foot forward moved five points away from the school all-time scoring record of 1,424 points set by Kiki Seago from 1989-93. Seago is a native of Penn Yan, about five miles from Keuka, and is currently a teacher at Penn Yan Academy. She was in attendance at the game to watch Cavanaugh’s attempt at the record.
Cavanaugh will now look to set the record on her home Corey Gymnasium floor, as the Red Dragons wrap up the regular season with four consecutive home games beginning with Saturday’s 2 p.m. conference contest against SUNYIT. The defending champion Red Dragons are currently involved in a three-way tie with New Paltz and Oneonta for first place in the SUNY Athletic Conference East Division.
In getting past Keuka, Jennifer Polan and Danielle DeLay each finished with seven points for Cortland. Freshman Polan contributed a crucial 3-point shot down the stretch, while DeLay’s point total was a new career high. Forward Ali Canale contributed five assists and also made two free throws with 2:04 left to give the Red Dragons a 54-53 lead — its first advantage since being up 2-0 less than 20 seconds into the game.
Cortland trailed 29-27 at halftime and was down by nine, 48-39, with 6:46 remaining. Cavanaugh, who scored all nine of her points in the second half, hit a lay-up at the 6:33 mark and Laing followed with a pair of 3-pointers to pull the Red Dragons within one with 5:29 left.
Keuka pushed its lead back to four points at 53-49 with 2:56 left. Polan nailed a 3-pointer with 2:47 left and Canale made the two foul shots that put Cortland up for good. Cavanaugh buried a trey with 1:07 left to give the Red Dragons a 57-53 lead and point guard Kristin Ciccone made four straight free throws in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.





Championship matchups set

DRYDEN — Four teams have advanced to the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship games while two local teams prepped for next week’s Section 4 Tournament Thursday.
Lansing and Union Springs boys advanced to their IAC title game at SUNY-Cortland Saturday with wins at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The Bobcats powered their way to the finals with a 55-47 win over Elmira Heights Edison while the Wolves were 67-46 victors over Candor. The two winners meet in the 9 p.m. title game at Corey Gymnasium.
In IAC girls play, Elmira Notre Dame and Waverly will meet in the 7 p.m. Corey Gymnasium title tilt. The Crusaders trounced Tioga 67-38 while the Wolverines nipped Newfield 45-43 in the doubleheader at Odessa-Montour High School.
In non-league action, Moravia girls dumped Dryden 48-45 as the two teams prepared for the Section 4 Tournament by playing each other. Lansing girls also picked up a 37-27 win over Ithaca while Watkins Glen boys topped Trumansburg 65-48.
Lansing 55, Elmira Heights Edison 47: Teagan Barresi poured in 25 points as Lansing used strong first and third quarter efforts to build a comfortable lead over Edison. The Bobcats led 17-10 after the first quarter and 24-18 at halftime. Lansing delivered 17 more points in the third quarter to build a 41-27 cushion.
Charlie Hatfield added 11 points to the Bobcat offense.
Symeon Fulwood paced Edison with 12 points with Steven Sawyer adding 11 points.
Union Springs 67, Candor 46: Union Springs held a slim 32-31 lead at halftime before crushing Candor in the second half. The wolves outgunned the Indians 13-3 in the third quarter before driving the final nails in the coffin with a 22-12 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Julius McClary tallied 23 points for the Wolves with Devon Brady netting 20 points.
Will Gates led Candor with 16 points while Cody Rose chipped in with 11 points.
Elmira Notre Dame 67, Tioga 38: Notre Dame led 23-16 at halftime before pouring in 28 third-quarter points and enjoying a 51-27 advantage.
Kate Agan led the Crusaders with 20 points while Caley Manuel and Mallory Lawes added 20 and 17 points respectively.
Waverly 45, Newfield 43: Meryl Hewitt hit her second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter to give Waverly a 45-40 lead with 2:10 remaining and the Wolverines held off two final Newfield scoring attempts in the final minute to seal the victory. Hewitt and Lelly Hawthorne each netted 10 points for Waverly.
Micki Volpini tallied a game-high 17 points for Newfield with Janelle Shipos adding 10 points.




C-H set for playoffs

NEDROW - In the game that wasn’t, then was, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt hockey team didn’t.
With the chance to force a playoff with Cortland-Homer for the fourth and final sectional berth in the CNYHSHL Division II West at stake, the Brothers were whipped 7-3 by host Corcoran at Meacham Rink Thursday afternoon. CBA/J-D thus finished the season at 8-6-2 in league play, in fifth place two points behind the 10-6 Golden Eagles.
Thursday’s game was the make-up of a Monday contest that was wiped out because Corcoran was closed that day due to the weather. Section 3 originally ruled that the game would not be played due to the seeding deadline, but reversed itself and allowed the contest to take place Thursday. Had the Brothers won, they would have visited C-H tonight for a play-in game with fourth place in the league at stake.
Cortland-Homer (11-13 overall) will now, as originally scheduled, visit Division II East champion Whitesboro, at 19-3-2 the third-ranked Division II team in the state, at 7:30 p.m. today at the Whitestown Community Center in the first round of the sectional Division II tournament.