February 17, 2010


Rockets soar in 'D' opener


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
DeRuyter's Brett Vosburg dribbles up the sideline on a fast-break past Richford Springs' Kyle Rehm (24) in the second quarter of Tuesday's Class D tournament opener.

DeRUYTER — The second-seeded and unbeaten DeRuyter Central boys’ basketball team advanced in the Section 3 Class D tournament Tuesday night by beating visiting No. 15 Richfield Springs 58-40.
The Rockets, now 17-0 on the season, were led by Brett Vosburg with 17 points, complemented by Sean Rutherford with 13 and Ian Bishop with 11.
The winners led 12-7 after one quarter, 27-17 at halftime and 45-27 heading into the fourth quarter. Kyle Rehm led Richfield Springs, which finished the season at 8-11, with 14 points.
DeRuyter will host seventh-seeded Oriskany (12-7) on Friday after the Redskins ousted No. 10 Brookfield 59-44 Tuesday night.
l The second-seeded Cortland High boys will play Bishop Ludden for the third time this season after the 10th-seeded Gaelic Knights downed host No. 7 New Hartford 60-40 Tuesday night in a first-round Class A contest. Ludden will visit Shafer Gym for a 7:45 p.m. quarterfinal contest on Friday.
The Purple Tigers won both contests between the OHSL Freedom Division rivals during the regular season, 69-52 in Syracuse on Dec. 11 and 52-45 in Cortland on Jan. 22 to clinch the division championship.
l The second-seeded CHS girls (14-3) will host a Class A quarterfinal contest at 6 p.m. Friday, going against the winner of tonight’s game between No. 10 Nottingham (8-10) and host Indian River, the seventh seed at 11-7.
IN SECTION 4, Groton boys are seeded second and Marathon ninth in the Class C tournament slated to get underway on Feb. 23.
Groton (13-3) has a first round bye, and will host the winner of the first round game sending 10th seed-Oxford (12-5) to seventh-seed Unatego (12-5) at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in the quarterfinal round.
Marathon (8-9) is on the road in the first round on Feb. 23, traveling to face No. 8 Tioga (11-6) at 7 p.m.
Moravia is the top seed in Class C and also had a first round bye.
Dryden boys are seeded 11th in Class B, where Norwich out of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference is the top seed. The Purple Lions (9-70 will travel to fifth-seed Lansing (11-6) in a 7 p.m. first round contest on Feb. 23.
l Marathon girls are the fourth seeds in Class C, the Olympians (12-6) to host IAC chum Moravia (7-11) in a 7 p.m. first round game on Feb. 24. Tioga is the favorite in Class C.
IN IAC PLAY, Southern Cayuga girls won a first-place tie-breaker at Union Springs last night — beating the Wolves 53-44 behind 18 points from Stephanie Morse. That makes the pairings set for Interscholastic Athletic Conference title games being played Thursday and Friday at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden.
The IAC Small School title games are Thursday, starting with Southern Cayuga (14-4) taking on Tioga (16-1) at 6 p.m. Moravia (15-2) and Spencer-Van Etten (13-3) tip-off in the boys’ final at 8 p.m.
The IAC Large School games are Friday. In the girls’ opener at 6 p.m., Lansing (17-0) faces Watkins Glen (14-3). In the 8 p.m. boys’ final, it’s Lansing (11-6) going up against Elmira Notre Dame (15-2).