March 28, 2007


Trojans see some plusses in defeat

Homer Lacrosse

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central midfielder Will Connery runs through Marcellus defender Jeff Watson (1) on his way to scoring a first half goal last night at Butts Field. Trojans dropped debut, 10-5.

The reviews were mixed after Homer Central boys dropped their season opening lacrosse match to visiting Marcellus by a 10-5 count at Butts Field Tuesday night.
While there were a number of bright spots, a couple of crucial penalties helped the Mustangs break open a close game.
“We played a decent first half,” said Homer coach Tom Cottrell as his team trailed 5-3 at the break. “We gave up a couple of late goals in the half which gave Marcellus the lead and a late penalty before halftime gave them a man-up situation to start the third quarter and they capitalized on that.
“We did not committed that many penalties, but they still to come at critical times,” Cottrell added. “Marcellus also controlled some key face-offs.”
Homer took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, but Marcellus tied the game on a man-up chance. The Mustangs won the ensuing face-off and scored again to take a 2-1 lead, but the Trojans knotted the score at 2-2 by the end of the quarter.
The teams traded goals during the second quarter before a couple of late goals gave Marcellus a 5-3 halftime advantage.
While Marcellus starting the third quarter with the man advantage, the Mustangs scored again. Marcellus won the next face-off and scored quickly as the lead grew to 7-3 and the Mustangs cruised from there.
“Our clearing game was not as sharp, but it was our first game,” Cottrell said. “Defensively, we did play solid individually, but we still need to improve our team defensive play. We need to communicate better.”
Talon Sprouse led Homer with two goals with Paul Armideo, Will Connery and Steve Schillo each netting one goal. For Armideo and Connery, it was their first varsity goals. Shawn Cleary notched his first varsity point with an assist, Armideo and Erich Lindhorst also with assists. Connery was the only Trojan to have any success at the face-off X as the junior midfielder won seven-of-11 attempts.       
Jeff Watson led the way for Marcellus with three goals and one assist while Kevin Merriman and Sean Connors each netted two goals.
Kyle Crosley made eight saves in goal for the Trojans while Marcus Giarusso (fives saves) and Marshall Merritt (three saves) split time in the Marcellus goals.
Homer will return to action Thursday as the Trojans host Westhill in non-league action at 7 p.m. under the Butts Field lights.
HOMER JVs opened their season with an impressive 11-3 win over Marcellus at Butts Field. Carl Zimmerman scored six goals to pace the Trojans while John Sciera added two goals and one assist. Bennett Quinlan (two assists), Brett Stokoe and Aaron Darr each netted one goal.
“The guys came out and looked very impressive for our first game and did a lot of great things,” said Homer coach Geoff Sorenson. “I think practicing with the varsity for the entire preseason has really elevated our game at the JV level.”
“Offensively, Marcellus was good and kept trying to break our defense of Mike Park, Kyle Griffin and Matt Sharpe,” Sorenson added. “Those three played tough defense and Paul Zimmerman’s great goalie play allowed gave up one goal. Caleb Earl added some great defense during Marcellus’ four man-up opportunities to hold them to no successful tries.” 
Zimmerman was strong in goal with 10 saves while Shane Davis made one save during his stint between the pipes.
Homer JVs will host Westhill Thursday at 5 p.m. at Butts Field.


Homer hands out honors to top winter performers

Staff Writer

With all the post-season banquets finished, Homer Central School announced its winter student-athletes awards winners. Each sport held its own season-ending banquet this year where the announcements of Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player honorees for each sport.
The team members did most of the voting for the major awards.
Following are the Most Valuable Players and Most Improved Players for each varsity sport, plus any other special awards, with coaches’ comments on the MVP honorees:
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MVP: Tristan Hartnett
MIP: Mike Carboine
Coach Jim Luchsinger on Hartnett: “Tristan is a great team player and a great leader. He actually changed positions from the two-guard to the point guard during the season and really would do anything we asked him to do. Tristan is a good all-around kid and and vey person.”
Hartnett scored 243 points (12.2 points/game) to lead the Trojans in scoring. He was also one of the top rebounders and top assist leader on the team.
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MVP: Hillary Simon
MIP: Molly Siwula
Coach Brenda Nobles on Simon: “Hillary is one of the most competitive players I have ever coached. Her work ethic is outstanding and she is an athlete to be admired.”
Simon scored 226 points (11.3 points/game) and she pulled down 160 rebounds, an average of eight per game.
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MVP: Mike DiOrio
MIP: Ryne Austin
Coaches MIP: Alex McCoy
Tough as Nails Award:
Nate Crawford
Mr. Intensity: Elijah Vaber
Coaches Award: Mike DiOrio
Pride Award: Saxon Sprouse
Coach Jeff Lewis on DiOrio: “Mike moved in and joined our program two years ago. It is a tough move for a kid to do that, but he adjusted well. He was the guy on the bubble for two years as far as sectionals. We really worked on motivating him to make sectionals. I believe he was more comfortable going up to 275 pounds, but many 215-pounders also did that this year. Mike had a lot more confidence this year and was more mentally prepared to wrestle this year. He got more aggressive. Mike was the guy who we needed to get us points and he did that. It was nice to see him win at Windsor and he did nice jobs at Sherburne-Earlville and Cazenovia.”
DiOrio posted a 28-10 record as a senior and finished with a career mark of 72-46, 12th on the all-time wins list.
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MVP: Katie Wick
MIP: McKenna Riley
Coach Brian Fox on Wick: “As everyone knows, who’s watched us play, Katie Wick is a very talented volleyball player. Besides just being a talented player she’s a tremendous leader.
She’s been a member of the varsity team at Homer since eighth grade. It’s rare to find such a talented player who’s also a team player. Her teammates respect and look up to her. Katie’s abilities on the court have blossomed from her year round dedication to volleyball. She involved in club volleyball as well as a member of the Empire State Games Team. Her dedication and leadership skills make her a tremendous asset as a captain.”
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MVP: Andrew Gregg
MIP: Jackson Randolph
Coach George Schneider on Gregg: “Andrew Gregg is no ordinary freshman boy. He has great athletic ability for a boy in his first year of high school. Placing fifth in the 600 meter run at sectionals was quite an achievement. Add setting freshman class indoor records in the 600m run (1:30.36) and 800m (2:14.69) and one school indoor record in the 500m (1:13.73) to your resume and it is easy to see why he is the team MVP. We expect great things from Andrew over the next three years.”
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MVP: Heather Wilson
MIP: Jessica Bramhall
Coach George Schneider on Wilson: “Heather had a very good season. Making it to the indoor state meet is a great accomplishment for an athlete. All season long, Heather was the strongest runner on the girls’ team. This year, Heather set junior class indoor records in the 55m dash (8.16), 300m run (43.78) and 1,000m run (3:03.65) and was part of the 1,600m relay team that set the new school indoor record (4:17.55). Heather should be a contender to go to the State meet in the 800m run in the spring.”
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Co-MVP: Brian Frankel
MIP: Paul Zimmerman
Coaches Award: Ian Gutchess
Coach Don Armstrong on Frankel: “Brian was a four-year varsity player and three-year starter in a very critical position (goalkeeper). He was one of our captains this season and a good leader. Brian showed great physical and mental development this season and throughout his career. He make great contributions to help us get to sectionals and he really stepped up when we needed him Brian showed a lot of heart and desire and he was a pleasure to coach.”
Frankel played in 18-plus games, recording 468 saves and a 3.01 goals-against average. He recorded two individual shutouts in the nets and assisted his goaltending mates in the third Golden Eagles shutout.
The Golden Eagles team also received the Sportsmanship Award from the CNYSHL this season.
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MVP: Rikki Bishop
MIP: Chelsea Pitman