February 22, 2008


Saints split hoop non-leaguers

In a pair of close non-league home contests Thursday, the Cortland Christian Academy boys’ basketball team beat the Syracuse Wolfpack 73-67 while the girls lost to the Syracuse Eagles 32-31.
Cortland CA 73, Syracuse Wolfpack 67: The visitors went on a 15-6 run to pull within five, 63-58, before the Saints scored the next four points and then hit nine of their last 11 free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory and improve to 14-2.
C.J. Burnett led the way with 19 points as well as 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Greg Buchanan had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and Darren Miller (five rebounds, six assists) and Nick Chiano 10 points apiece. A.J. Greenman had 29 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, for the Wolfpack (13-8), while Jonathan LaSala had 12 points.
Syracuse Eagles 32, Cortland CA 31: The Saints (8-5) came up just short in a game that was close all the way, hitting a trio of shots that wound up being from just inside the 3-point arc. Two of those came from Courtney Hall, including one at the game-ending buzzer. Leah Sweeney had eight points and Karen Harding six for the hosts, while Becky martin took game honors with 12 points and Mirian Stauter added eight for the Eagles (19-2).
Seniors Buchanan, Burnett, Chiano and Miller and junior Kyle Ripley will represent the Saints at Tuesday’s ESCAL boys’ all-star game at 6:30 p.m. at Cincinnatus Central. Cortland CA seniors Hall, Harding and Michaela Storey, plus sophomores Sweeney and Larissa Miller will take part in the girls’ all-star game at 5 p.m.
Both Cortland CA teams will host New Life Christian School March 3 before taking part in the North Pocono Tournament, where the Saints boys are defending champions, March 6-8.




CHS scholar-athletes

Four of Cortland High’s winter sports squads have been named Scholar-Athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
    Varsity teams earning an academic average of 90 percent or better during their seasons qualify for the award, with team certificates and pins provided to the individual athletes who made the team nomination possible.
    Cortland High’s scholar-athlete teams, with their cumulative averages, are hockey (with Homer), 94.984; girls’ basketball, 94.664; volleyball, 93.436 and boys’ basketball, 91.076.