February 20, 2007


Comets discover success hosting Valentine’s meet


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Hannah Casey of the Cortland YMCA Comets, performing on the uneven bars, won two events at Saturday’s Valentine’s Invitational.

The Cortland YMCA Comets picked up a couple of second place team honors and had several individual bright spots while hosting their Valentine’s Invitational gymnastics meet on Saturday.
The Comets were part of a field of nine teams competing at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. The Corning YMCA, Fairgrounds YMCA of Watertown, Fulton YMCA, Genesee/Wyoming YMCA, Glens Falls YMCA, Oneonta YMCA, Saratoga YMCA and the Westside School of Gymnastics were on hand.
The Comets were second place finishers at Level 5 and Level 6 on the day.
Glens Falls captured Level 4 team honors with 113.6 points, followed by Saratoga (111.9) and Cortland (111.5). Saratoga tumblers were Level 5 champions with 108.95 points, followed by Cortland (105.5) and Corning (104.9).
Saratoga had four first place showings in all, including capturing Level 6 with 104.2 points. Cortland (101.9) was second and Watertown (100.4) was third. Saratoga also was first at Level 7 and Level 8.
After taking the first half of the season off, Mercedes Slade returned to the Comets and finished first in the Level 4 Junior B Division all-around with 37.65 points. She won vaulting, the uneven bars and floor exercise during that strong showing.
In the same division, Makayla Thalheimer returned from an illness to finished sixth and Shannon Law had her best all-round outing with a 31.4-point total.
The Comets also got first place all-around efforts from Alyssa Proulx in the Level 5 Senior Division with 36.0 score, Tara Salman in the Level 8 Senior Division with 33.7 and Elizabeth Haddock in the Prep Senior Division. Proulx had a pair of first place victories, Salman had three firsts and Haddock was tops in every event.
Amanda LaBaro was first on bars and went on to take second in all-around in the Level 4 Junior A Division. Hannah Casey had firsts on both balance beam and floor exercise, and was third in the Level 5 Child Division all-around.
Other firsts included Nina Powers capturing the Level 6 Junior Division vaulting and balance beam events en route to a third place all-around showing, Katie O’Neil winning the Level 4 Senior Division uneven bars and Kimbery Dieroff leading the way in the Level 6 Youth Division vaulting competition.
Emily Cottrell was a second place finished in the Level 4 Intermediate Division floor exercise.


Pee Wee squad takes second at sectionals

The Waste Management/Darl Zehr Photography Pee Wee Travel youth hockey team won four of its five games in the NYS Amateur Hockey Association Youth Tier III 12-Under Central Sectional Tournament in Fulton over the weekend to finish in second place.
That finish earned the local squad a berth, for the fourth year in a row, in the NYSAHA Youth Tier III State Tournament March 2-4 in Olean. The team is coached by Jamie Zimmerman, assisted by Chris Gibbons and Larry Hirschfield.
Goalies Cory Broyles and Zack Randall made 12 and two saves, respectively, on Friday in a tournament-opening 5-0 win over Geneva. Leo Riley had two goals and an assist, Jordan Zehr and Casey Bergeron a goal and an assist apiece and Nick Burton one goal. Riley had the only goal and Broyles made 37 saves in the second game on Friday, a 2-1 loss to the eventual champion Center State Stampede.
Broyles turned aside nine shots in a 9-0 shutout win over Salmon River on Saturday. Burton and Dakota Baylor scored twice each, while Bergeron and Kyle Gibbons had a goal and an assist apiece and Zack Daniels, Riley and Randy Bushnell one goal each. Riley scored twice while Bushnell and Daniels had a goal apiece and Broyles 20 saves in a 4-2 win over Fulton later on Saturday.
Jordan Zehr scored the game-winner with 1:27 left in the game in a 4-3 victory over Valley in the finale. Daniels and Gibbons had a goal and an assist apiece, Baylor a goal and Broyles 32 saves.
The Homer Men and Boys/Goldwyn and Boyland Physical Therapy team went 2-3 in its sectional tournament over the weekend. Connor Ferrito and Carl Zimmerman scored once each and Nick LaLonde made 22 saves in a 2-1 win over valley in the opener on Friday. Zimmerman had two goals and an assist, Ferrito a goal and an assist and Chris Broyles one goal in a 9-4 loss to Fulton Friday in which LaLonde stopped 14 shots.
Cortland beat Onondaga 4-3 in its first game on Saturday as Casie Garrison had two goals and an assist, Broyles a goal and an assist and Nick LaRue one goal, LaLonde with 24 saves. Garrison had a goal and an assist, Broyles one goal and LaLonde 18 saves in a 3-2 loss to Center State on Saturday, while on Sunday LaLonde and Brandon Paquin combined for 22 saves in a 3-0 loss to Geneva.
Mike May had two goals and an assist as the Wallace Construction/Verizon team beat host Lysander 4-3 on Saturday. Matt May had a goal and an assist and Connor Haldane one goal for the winners, while goalie Tyler Wallace made 14 saves.
The Barden Homes squad went 1-3 but finished fourth in their division at a tournament in Oswego over the weekend.
Alex Rosato had a goal and an assist and Miles Robbins a goal in a 7-2 loss to Nepean, Ont. Friday as goalie Dylan Riker made 39 saves.
Drew Wojcinski and Curtis Howland scored once each in a 3-2 loss to Oswego in which Riker stopped 30 shots. Later on Saturday Rosato had two goals and two assists and Owen Barden, Matt Sovocool and Wojcinski two goals each in an 11-2 win over Clinton. Curtis Howland had a goal and an assist, Alex West and Ben Sanford one goal apiece and Riker 19 saves.
Alex West had the only goal and Riker 29 saves in a 4-1 loss to Bethlehem in a consolation game on Sunday.
Lucas Williams had two goals and Mike Turck one in a 4-3 loss to host Midstate on Saturday morning, goalie Ryan Gabriel stopping 12 shots. Trevor Andrews scored twice and Williams once while Gabriel made 19 saves in a 3-3 tie with visiting Binghamton Saturday afternoon.
Dryden’s Marissa Ramos scored once in each game as the Ithaca Shooting Stars 14-Under tam beat the Troy-Albany Ice Cats 4-1 and tied the Rome Grizzlies 3-3. Olivia Ramos had an assist in one of the games (not specified), while Cortland’s Ali Pace made 24 saves in the win and 33 more in the tie.
Janesa Cornish had an assist apiece in the 16-Under teams 2-0 loss to the North Country Ice Storm Tier I club and a 4-1 win over the Cornell women’s club team. McGraw’s Kaitlin MacLean scored against Cornell, and Homer’s Annabelle Jones made 20 saves over the weekend, splitting time in the nets with Sarah Eisenhut.




Seven Valley men’s tourney opens

The Seven Valley United States Bowling Congress Men’s Tournament will be getting underway this weekend at 281 Bowl in Cortland and Hi-Lanes in Homer.
The Team Event will be hosted by 281 Bowl over the next two weekends, starting with squad times this Saturday and Sunday.
The Singles Event and Doubles Event will stretch out over three weekends at Hi-Lanes. There are three squad times scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.
New Hall of Fame Created
With the formation of the Seven Valley USBC Association comes the additional process of creating a new Hall of Fame.
That is why on Saturday, March 3, at the Cortland Elks Lodge,  the Seven Valley USBC Association Hall of Fame will be honoring approximately 114 new members.
The new Hall of Fame committee decided the best way to get started would be to nominate all living members of the old Cortland Bowling Association and Cortland Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fames into the new organization.
The CBA inaugurated its Hall of Fame in 1973 with six charter men. Since then it has grown to 132 members — 62 living — at its retirement in the spring of 2006.
The CWBA Hall of Fame was initiated in 1977 and grew to 92 members, 55 of those currently living.
This entire process began in the spring of 2004. That is when the American Bowling Association (ABC), along with the Women International Bowling Association (WIBC) and the Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) started preparations to merge into one organization — the USBC.
The merger filtered down from national to state levels and eventually into the Cortland area. The unification created challenges as the CBA, CWBA and Cortland YABA merged into the Seven Valley USBC Association. One of those challenges was creating a new Hall of Fame, which will begin with the Elks Lodge festivities.