March 20, 2009


Zimmerman a first-team pick

Cortland-Homer senior forward Paul Zimmerman earned CNYSHL Division II West all-league first-team honors in voting by the league’s coaches.
Zimmerman finished the season with 22 goals and 23 assists for 45 points, leading the Golden Eagles in all three categories, and was eighth in the league in scoring (18-16-34). C-H senior defenseman Nate West (4-10-14), earned second-team honors, while honorable mention went to senior goalie Brett Kash (2.93 goals-against average), junior forward Carl Zimmerman (14-16-30, second on the team; Paul’s brother) and senior forward Matt Porter (11-13-24, third on the team). The Zimmermans and Porter make up the Golden Eagles’ first line.
Other first-teamers are the Player of the Year, Solvay senior forward Tim Burgess (38-35-73; league leader), as well as Watertown IHC junior forward Matt Morgia (35-13-48, second), Corcoran junior forward James Cathers (22-25-47, third), senior defensemen Devin Coon from Ontario Bay, Casey Eccles from Corcoran and Lex Johnson from Skaneateles and Corcoran junior goalie Jason Frier.
Corcoran coach Matt Caron, whose team won the league championship, is Coach of the Year. The Sportsmanship Award went to Central Square.
Joining West on the second team are senior forwards Jeremy Smith from Ontario Bay, Josh Ginestro from Solvay and Kyle Christine from Skaneateles, sophomore forward Derrick Eccles (Casey’s brother) from Corcoran, senior defensemen Nick Downs from Solvay, Ryan Callahan from Skaneateles and Chad Smith from Fulton and senior goalie Bobby Morris from Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt.
Honorable mentions, in addition to those from Cortland-Homer, are Corcoran junior defenseman Chris Domanski, senior forward Steve Jackson and junior forward Edmund Cathers; Skaneateles freshman forward Packy Jones, senior forward Patrick Emmer, junior defenseman Zach Augustine and freshman goalie Trevor Diamond; Solvay freshman goalie Ryan Bonk and senior forwards Ryan Chapman and Steve Adams and CBA/J-D seniors Heath Ferris (defenseman), Cam Sylvia (forward) and Gordie Gehring (forward).
Also among the honorable mentions are Ontario Bay senior forward Joe Ryan, Watertown IHC senior forward Chad Gebo, Fulton forwards Trevor Trovato (senior) and Trevor Littler (junior) and Central Square freshman forward Anthony Bird, freshman defenseman Ben Ewald and junior goalie Cory Gossiaux.
Cortland-Homer coach Don Armstrong, in commenting on his first-teamer, said that “Paul is an exceptional high school athlete. A five-year member of the team, he was our leading scorer this past season and the second-leading scorer in his junior year. He finishes his high school hockey career fourth on the all-time scoring list in the history of the program with 53 goals and 77 assists for a total of 130 points. Still, his points total does not do him justice as he truly is a two-way player who put in as much or more effort at the defensive end of the rink as he did in trying to create scoring opportunities.”