April 23, 2008


Homer girls start strong beating Tigers, Spartans

Homer Girls

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Jessica Bramhall, at the far left in this pack of runners competing in the 1,500-meters at Butts Field in Homer, went on to finish first during Tuesday’s OHSL Freedom Division track and field meet. Other front-runners are, from left, Jen Merckel from Cortland High, runner-up Caitlin McMahon from Homer and Cortland’s Chelsea Brafman.

Homer Central girls and East Syracuse-Minoa boys were the dominant teams as the Trojans hosted the Spartans and Cortland High in the OHSL Freedom Division opener for all three schools.
The Trojan girls downed Cortland 81-55 and ES-M 77-48 while the Spartans defeated the Purple Tiger ladies 82-49.
The Spartans boys dumped Cortland 90-54 and Homer 106-31 while the Purple Tigers were 91-53 victors over the host Trojans
Homer senior Heather Wilson sweep her four events as she won the 400-meter dash and 800m run, along with anchoring the victorious 1,600m relay and 3,200m relay teams.
Trojan classmate Jessica Bramhall captured the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter runs while also competing on the winning 3,200m relay team.
Other Trojan winners included Erika Trivisonno in the 100m dash and Rayne Perry in the 200m dash.
Danielle Dineen scored a pair of wins for Cortland High by capturing the 100m high hurdles and 400m intermediate hurdles, the latter in a personal-best time of 1:19.5 that qualified her for sectionals.
Solo event winners for the Purple Tigers included Deedi Boland in the triple jump and Deanna Bishop in the high jump.
THOUGH HOMER boys went 0-2 in the final scores, Andrew Gregg was a bright spot with wins in 400-meter dash, after a personal best of 52.4 seconds, and in the high jump.
Geoff Peppel and Eric Reisweber posted wins for Cortland. Peppel took to honors in the 400m intermediate hurdles while Reisweber won the pole vault. Purple Tigers coach Bob Vidulich also praised the 400 relay team of Shakief Rivers, Bayshawn Barlow, Robert Sanders and Dyquann Barlow, which took second to ES-M in 46.9. “I’m proud of the entire team,” Vidulich said. “They performed real well for their first official outing, and showed good balance. You have to use a different strategy in a double-dual meet than you do going head-to-head, which is easier.”
The Homer teams will travel to Canastota Saturday to compete in the Ryan Wells Co-Ed Relays at 10 a.m., while Cortland’s squads will, along with Phoenix, travel to Chittenango a week from today for another double-dual meet.