February 21, 2008


Sidney ousts Marathon

SIDNEY — The final chapter was written Wednesday for Marathon Central’s Casie Wood. The senior guard scored all of her 14 points in the second half as the 12th-seeded Olympians fell to fifth-seed Sidney 46-29 in Section 4, Class C Tournament first-round action. It was also the final game for senior teammates Kacie Muthig, Roni Allen and Brittany Ripley.
Wood scored 305 points this season and leaves as the number-two scorer in Marathon history with 1,205 points. She set the single-game scoring record with 42 points last season at Spencer-Van Etten.
“Casie always played hard,” said Marathon coach Rick Brooks. “She is a very dedicated athlete who would keep playing, even when sick and injured. Casie will be missed, as will the other seniors, because they all worked hard this season and for our program.”
As for the game, Sidney used its home-court advantage to build a 15-5 in the first quarter and maintained the 10-point margin throughout the rest of the night.
“The girls really played hard,” said Brooks. “Defensively, we did keep them in check quite well. We had some good shots, but, as it has been all season long, they just did not fall.
“Sidney beat us with good balanced scoring from the outside,” Brooks added. “Defensively, Sidney did force us into some turnovers.”
In addition to Wood, Muthig concluded her career with six points.
Sierra Houck paced Sidney (12-7) with 12 points. Chelsea Pixley added nine pints while Danielle Gravel and Kate Philpott netted eight and seven points respectively.
With Marathon finished 5-14 this season, the future looks good for the Olympians.
“We lose four seniors, but we do have a solid nucleus returning next season,” said Brooks. “We also have a good sophomore class of players that will move up. Five of those sophomores got some playing time tonight.”




Gregg stars for Homer boys

SYRACUSE —Homer Central boys’ indoor track competed in the OHSL Championships Wednesday night inside Manley Field House at Syracuse University.
Andrew Gregg followed up his 600-meter sectional championship with an OHSL title. Gregg posted a winning time of 1:28.20, which allowed him to finish 10 meters ahead of his nearest competitor.
Gregg would later anchor the 800m relay team with Eli Kabat, Jake Morris and Justin Spinner running the first three legs. The Trojans’ combined time of 1:39.61 was a season-best and placed the team second overall. Morris had a rough start to his evening in the 55-meter dash. He was disqualified for a false start.
The 1,600m relay quartet of Kabat, Spinner, Jackson Randolph and Gregg turned in an official time of 3:52.08 to finish in third place.
Chris Dewey ran a personal best time of 42.96 in the 300-meter dash to place fifth overall.
Randolph got out to a quick start in the 1,600m run and held on for sixth place. Jackson ran his opening 800-meters in 2:23, but finished with a time of 5:01.38.
Josh Bergmark ran the 1,000m run for the Trojans and took seventh-place with a time of 3:09.08.
In the field events, Homer had two competitors. Kabat threw the shot 33-feet-4.5 inches to finish fifth overall. Jordan Pettit’s best jump of 14-4.75 placed tenth in the long jump.
Heather Wilson, Caitlin McMahon and Gregg will represent Homer indoor track at the Section III State Qualifier this coming Wednesday.




Cortland goes north

The Cortland High girls’ basketball tam will travel north for its semifinal game in the Section 3 Class A tournament.
The third-seeded Purple Tigers (19-2) will take on No. 2 Indian River (20-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sandy Creek High School. The Purple Tigers ousted No. 6 Whitesboro 59-49 on Tuesday, while Indian River eliminated No. 7 Phoenix 70-48.
The other semifinal contest will pit top-seeded New Hartford (20-1), a 61-43 quarterfinal winner over No. 8 Carthage Wednesday night, against No. 4 Mexico (16-5) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High. Mexico was a 51-43 winner over No. 5 Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday.
The date, time and site of the championship game are yet to be determined by Section 3.




TC3 men fourth seed

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball will begin postseason play Saturday as the Panthers take part in the Mid-State Athletic Conference tournament. The tournament is being held at Broome Community College.
TC3, the fourth seed, will take on number-one seed Broome at 7 p.m. in a semifinal game. The other semifinal features number-two seed Onondaga Community College against number-three Finger Lakes Community College at 5 p.m. The championship will be Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Panthers will also be invited to participate in the NJCAA Region III playoffs, which start next week. The seedings for the NJCAA playoffs will be announced Sunday night.
TC3 finished the regular season 17-10 overall and 6-6 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.