March 13, 2008


Purple Tigers honored

The members of Cortland High’s winter sports teams were honored at their respective teams’ season-ending ceremonies.
Here are he award winners for each team, with coaches comments on their Most Valuable Players.

Coach Mick Lowie
Co-MVPs: Matt Pitcher and Kevin Shaw
Most Improved Player: Trevor Williamson
Coaches’ Award: Derek Allen and Levi Walrath
Lowie’s comments on Pitcher: “As one of our senior captains, Matt was selected as a co-MVP because of his leadership abilities off the court as much as on the court. Whenever things started to get a little difficult, Matt would step up and take charge of the situation. With many young and inexperienced players on the team this year, it was nice to see Matt constantly give them some help and direction. On the court, he was our most physical presence. Playing center, Matt led the team statistically in blocked shots with 24, shooting percentage with .553, was second in rebounds with 96 and accumulated the highest performance rating per minutes played.
“Whenever there was a loose ball, you could always count on Matt to dive onto the floor for it or be on the bottom of the pile trying to get it. We could always count on Matt to give his best effort every time he stepped onto the floor, both offensively and defensively. His enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game made him a pleasure to coach.”
On Shaw: “Stepping into the starting line up as a freshman is a difficult challenge for anyone, especially when it is the point guard position. Accepting that challenge, Kevin was named the co-MVP for his efforts. He lead this years team in almost every offensive category, scoring 329 points- 15.7 avg.; total field goals, 121-305, 40%; 3-point shooting, 37-111, 33%; foul shooting, 50-63, 80%; assists, 59 and steals, 38.
Kevin’s highest scoring game was 28 points. All of these statistics are impressive for a player of any age, let alone a freshman. This season was quite a learning experience for Kevin. Having to deal with different types of defensive pressure, from full-court denying man-to-man to box-and-one defenses, he adapted and adjusted quite well as the season progressed. As a result of his efforts, Kevin was named a second-team all-star of the OHSL Freedom American Division by a vote of league coaches.”

Coach Dick Penoyer
Co-MVPs: Shannon Finucane and Amanda Lawlor
Co-MIPs: Deanna Bishop and Fawn Lolar
Coaches’: Lauren Shirley
Penoyer’s comments on Finucane: “Shannon has been our team leader for the past three years. She is the third player in the history of the girls’ basketball program at Cortland High to reach 1,000 points in her career (1,333 career, second-best in team history). She was our top scorer (17 points a game this past season) and led the team in both assists and steals. She is recognized as one of the top point guards in the OHSL. Her play at both ends of the court makes others around her better. She is a very exciting player to watch on the court, and loves to play the game.”
On Lawlor: “Amanda has the complete game. She can play both inside and out on our team, and was the leader in three-point shooting percentage and rebounds as well as our second-leading scorer. She has the ability to take over a game and control play. She makes a real impact on the court with her offensive and defensive play. “

Coach: Don Armstrong
MVP: Steve Stowell
Co-MIPs: Jack Spallone and Brett Kash (Homer)
Coaches’: Vic Marchetti (Homer)
Armstrong’s comments on Stowell: “Steve was a real pleasure to coach. A co-captain who was our vocal leader, Steve, although only a three-year member, finished with 114 career points, which places him in a tie for fifth all-time for total points in this 25-year-old program. He hopes to play for a Junior A program next year to further develop his play in an effort to play at the collegiate level thereafter.”

Coach: Dave Darrow
MVP: Coty Cute
Most Outstanding: Dan Foster
Coaches’: A.J. Meldrim
Darrow’s comments on Cute: “Coty was a great captain leader. He wrestled the best people and won the big matches for the team, went 42-6 on the season and was second in Class A sectionals and fourth in Section 3 Div 1 at 171 pounds.”
On Foster: “Dan (42-3 on the season) reached the highest level of anyone on the team — second at the Section 3 Division 1 meet at 160 pounds — and will represent the section at the state tournament.”

Coach: Mary Lou Bordwell
Co-MVPs: Lisa Frare and Amanda Cheetham
MIP: Nicole Wageck
Coaches’: Chelsea Tollner
Bordwell’s comments on Frare: “ Lisa was the emotional leader of the team.  It was her responsibility to make sure everyone was on-task at practice and before games.  She did that.  She did not allow others to fool around or be late.  If there was a problem, and there were not many, she took on the challenge.  She also was mentally tough and was the one talking on the court yelling  ‘Dig or Die;’ in other words, don’t let a ball hit the floor.  She was the defensive specialist by the end of the season and I wish I had made the move sooner.  It helped the team’s overall passing, and she had the confidence to play the position.”
On Cheetham: “Amanda will be the hardest player to replace.  We had one real setter this year, and it was her.  She served at 88 percent with 21 aces.  Her attack percentage was 90, her defensive passing was 72 percent and her setting was 91 percent good, which puts her in the upper 10 or so setters of the last 25 years. A total of 78 percent of her sets resulted in kills.  We played a 5/1 this year, which meant she hit the ball every time it was on our side of the net in every game, in every match. Had she been out for any reason we were in trouble. She played through a back injury and the usual flu that the kids get in the winter season. She has been irreplaceable this past year. The HARDEST worker on the team, mentally and physically.”
Frare and Cheetham were the team’s co-captains.

Coach: Ron Reed
MVP: Josh Cook
MIP: Matt Bowker
Coaches: Ashley Burch
Reed’s comments on Cook: “Josh bowled every practice and competitive game of the season, 78 total, with a total pinfall of 13,661 and a team-high average of 175. His total pinfall in meets was 7,714 for an average of 184, which also led the team. He was the only freshman on the team, and has a very bright future ahead of him. He bowls in a house league on Saturdays during the season, and his effort there is as good, if not better, than the high school team.”
 There were no awards given out for cheerleading.