April 13, 2010


CHS survives, Homer romps on court

The Cortland High and Homer Central boys’ tennis teams both scored OHSL Freedom Division victories at home Monday afternoon.
The Purple Tigers stayed perfect in two league matches and five contests overall by shading East Syracuse-Minoa 4-3, while the Trojans improved to 2-1 in the league and overall with a 7-0 whitewash of Chittenango.
Cortland 4, East Syracuse-Minoa 3: The Purple Tigers trailed 3-2 with two matches to go and won both. Mike Hall was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over the Spartans’ Derek Pontillo at third singles to tie the match, and the CHS first doubles tandem of Jeff Brown and Kyle Fussner, teaming up for the first time, clinched the victory with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Josh DeMarco and Josh Nubla.
“Mike (now 4-0 on the season) played another tough match out there,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “He was consistent off the ground strokes, and is moving well in his court coverage. He is one of those players that is in the right place at the right time. Mike won our Hustle Award for the second straight match.
“The fourth and match-deciding point came off the rackets of Jeff and Kyle. Jeff is another player that gives it everything he has. He runs down a lot of tough shots and seems to always come up with his own positive shot in response. Kyle helped us out with good serving and solid baseline.”
The Purple Tigers swept the doubles, both duos staying unbeaten in the process. Tanner Jones and Jordan Prior are 4-0 at second doubles after beating Tom Marsini and Kevin Rogers 6-4, 6-0 and Kelley Thomsen and Randy Lin improved to 3-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brad Coulter and Andrew Barnell.
“We knew going in that ES-M (now 2-1 league and overall) was a good team and that it would probably be a close match,” said Walrath, whose team next visits Fowler on Thursday. “There are some areas where we need to improve, like better movement and court positioning as a team, but our overall effort is really good. We have some different players stepping up each match to carry the team.”
Homer 7, Chittenango 0: The Trojans won all seven points in straight sets and lost only 25 games in romping past the Bears (1-2 league and overall). Garrett Keefe stayed perfect through four matches this season at fourth singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Josh Carpenter to highlight the win.
“It was a solid win tonight for the team,” Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said. “Tyler Camp hung in there in the second set, not allowing the match to go three sets (in a 6-2, 6-4 third-singles win over Tanner Makowski). I was impressed with our third doubles team; Bob Chambrone and Jason Crawford stayed composed throughout their entire match staying on serve (beating Kody Busse and Anthony Smith 6-4, 6-4.
“Riley (Bauer) and Casie (Garrison) came on strong for their first time playing together 6-2, 6-1 over Corey Rivets and Mils Belting). Riley hasn’t seen doubles action in quite some time. Jeff Eves also controlled his match back in singles play (downing Scott Mohr 6-0, 6-1).”
The Trojans visit Jamesville-DeWitt on Wednesday.