February 28, 2008


Panthers finish on losing end

TC3 Panthers

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Tompkins-Cortland CC’s Sean Anderson (5) is fouled at the 3-point line in the second half by Fulton-Montgomery CC defender Charlemagne Jean Pierre (22). The Panthers’ season ended with an 88-83 loss in the first round of the NJCAA Region II tournament.

DRYDEN — This successful basketball season that featured a school record 17 victories came to an abrupt halt for Tompkins Cortland Community College men.
Hosting an NJCAA Region III playoff game for the first time in school history, the Panthers fell to defending champion Fulton-Montgomery 88-83 on Wednesday night.
Though Sean Anderson had 24 points, seven steals and six assists, the Panthers reason ends with a 17-12 overall record. Owen Mann added 20 points in the loss, all coming in the first half, and Eddie Mitchell added 13 points, while Tony Parker had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Mike Mercedes led Fulton-Montgomery with 21 points, the visitors advancing to the regional quarterfinals with a record of 16-11.
The game opened with Mann sparking an early TC3 lead, scoring 11 early points as the Panthers led 15-9. Fulton-Montgomery went on a 9-2 run to move ahead at 18-17.
After Anderson gave the lead back to TC3 with a 3-pointer, the visitors scored 11 straight to move ahead 29-20. The lead peaked at ten before a TC3 rally tied the game with two minutes left in the half.
Both teams struggled offensively over the closing minutes, as the only points scored were on a pair of Fulton-Montgomery free throws to make it 39-37 at the break.
The second half started poorly for the home team, as Fulton-Montgomery scored nine of the first ten points to move ahead. The Panthers clawed their way back, tying it on a pair of Brad Hrynko free throws with 13:42 left. The game of spurts continued with the visitors going on an 11-point run to take a 60-49 lead.
The lead grew to 14 before TC3 started a final push. A three-point play by Parker sparked a 16-3 run that pulled the Panthers within one at 68-67 with 7:07 left to play. The home team was never able to come all the way back, but lead was at one five more times. The final time came on a Parker jumper with 1:22 left to play.






McMahon in states

SYRACUSE — At first it looked like an evening of close calls for Homer Central runners looking to earn a spot in the upcoming New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Trojans Caitlin McMahon and Andrew Gregg finished a spot shy of earning a spot in their respective 600-meter races Wednesday evening at Manley Field House on the Syracuse University campus.
Heather Wilson missed moving in to the state meet in the 1,000-meter run by two places during this Section 3 State Qualifier.
But then word arrived this morning that McMahon will be part of the Section 3 intersectional relay team that will be running March 8 in Ithaca at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
McMahon was seeded ninth in the girls’ 600-meter run and needed a good performance to be considered for states.
 “Caitlin knew the level of runners she would be competing against and what she would need to do in order to qualify for the state meet,” said Homer coach George Schneider. “Her task daunting and the odds stacked against her, Caitlin gave it her all.”
McMahon sprinted to the lead and ran away with first place in her heat with a personal best time of 1:43.04.
She then had to wait for the final heat to be completed, and three other runners surpassed McMahon’s time and bumped her out of the states by one place.
Gregg also came up just short in the boys’ 600-meter run despite beating a school record with her personal best 1:26.79 time. That was good for fifth place, also a spot away from the states for the Trojans who won sectional and league titles at this distance in the past two weeks.
Wilson knew she needed to run a career best time to qualify in a tough field of 1,000-mete runners.
“This race was set up as a serious gut check and she was well aware of it,” said Schneider. “Heather chose to race with a strategy of trailing early on and attempting to catch up by running a fast last lap. On her final lap she put in a big kick but it wasn’t enough to make it to the state meet.”
Wilson’s official time of 3:03.93 was a season best and took fifth place overall — two places away from making it to the state meet.