April 27, 2007


Better Purple play in setback


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Syracuse CBA second baseman Andre McCulley leaps out of the way after forcing out a sliding Jason Hogan (24) of Cortland High Thursday at Beaudry Park. Purple Tigers were beaten 6-3.

Cortland High baseball coach John Tobin saw improvement as his squad hosted Syracuse CBA Thursday afternoon at Beaudry Park.
The end result, though, had an all too familiar ring to it.
“We played better,” Tobin said of the Purple Tigers’ 6-3 loss to the Brothers, their fourth setback in as many games — all in the OHSL Freedom Division — this season. “We made some plays that we had to, but still gave up three or four runs. A lot of it was self-inflicted. But the kids got themselves into holes, then made the plays to get out of them. They were competitive the whole game.
“We left eight men on base, so we could have used a little better clutch hitting. Tim Fulton pitched a great game,” added Tobin, Fulton going the distance on the mound for CHS. “Of the 11 hits he gave up, four were in the infield, and two of those should have been outs. Both of his walks were intentional.”
Fulton surrendered four earned runs and had two strikeouts.
The visitors struck early, with two runs in each of the first two innings. After an infield single by Nick Trasolini in the first, Steve LaBerge smacked a two-run home run in the first. An infield error and a sacrifice fly by Pete Clarke made it 4-0 in the second before CHS answered with a run in the bottom of the third. Fulton walked, went to second on a groundout, advanced to third on a single to left by Anthony Pitts and scored on a fielder’s choice by Jason Hogan.
Joe Sikorski doubled to center for CBA in the fifth and came home on a single to center by Matt Fennell to make it 5-1 before Cortland scored twice in the bottom of the fifth. Fulton again led things off with a walk and went to second on a groundout before scoring on a single to right-center by Pitts, who in turn came around later on a groundout by Trevor Williamson.
A run-scoring groundout by LaBerge in the sixth closed out the scoring.
The Purple Tigers managed a total of just four hits off CBA starter and winner Matt Croglio and reliever Matt Hardy, who earned a save.
Cortland hosts Phoenix at 2 p.m. Saturday.
In an OHSL Freedom Division contest slated for this afternoon, Homer travels to Chittenango before hosting Onondaga in a Saturday make-up.



Fast start carries CHS to seventh straight win

Another fast start meant another fairly easy victory for the Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team Thursday evening.
The Purple Tigers scored the first three goals of the game in the span of a minute and a half early in the first quarter and never looked back in what ended up a 14-7 win over visiting Whitesboro.
“We got off to a good start,” said CHS coach John Spallone, whose team, which has now won seven games in a row, is 7-1 in the OHSL Class B Division and 9-2 overall. “They scored a couple of goals to close out the first quarter (which the Purple Tigers ended up leading 5-2) and then we scored seven times in the second quarter.”
Cortland led 12-3 at halftime and was up 14-4 after three quarters.
“We didn’t go to the bench quite so quickly because they did a nice job against us the first time, at their place,” said Spallone, in reference to a 13-10 Cortland win at Whitesboro April 14. “We were aware that they could score a gang of goals. They’re the only team to score in double figures against us this season.
“We’re pretty pleased with the way things are starting to progress offensively. We’re getting the balance we need. Whitesboro extended themselves out farther on defense, making it harder to move the ball like we’re used to. But that opened up more room for our midfielders to go to the goal. Eight of our 14 goals were scored by the midfield.”
Theo Bishop led the midfield contingent with three goals, while Joel White had two goals and an assist, Dan Leonard two goals and Nick Becker one goal. All are seniors.
Junior attack Nate Thomas led the team overall with three goals and two assists, while Jack Spallone, another junior attack, had two goals and four assists and senior attack Taylor Brown one goal.
Spallone praised Bishop and Becker for their performances on faceoffs, noting that in the first three quarters, before the reserves came on, the duo had won 14 of the game’s 16 faceoffs.
He also praised the defensive efforts of juniors Matt Pitcher and Matt Marks, the latter starting for the first time.




Frisky Purple Lions run past track foes

DRYDEN —Dryden High boys and girls both completed track and field sweeps of Division I rivals Newark Valley and Elmira Notre Dame Thursday on the Purple Lions’ home turf.
In the boys’ meet, the Purple Lions boys posted winning scores of 106-35 over Newark Valley and 134-6 over Elmira Notre Dame. The Dryden girls’ results were much closer — 75-65 over Newark Valley and 88-52 over Elmira Notre Dame.
“Our depth on the track and in the field proved too much for Newark Valley and Notre Dame,” said Dryden coach Lee Stuttle after the boys’ double win. “It was nice to see our throwers finally score at a meet. Joe’s ( Payne) two winning throws in the shot and discus were personal bests.”
Payne hit 36-feet-10-inches in the shot and followed with a 96-4 toss in the discus. No other Purple Lion won more than one individual event, but Rex Hollenbeck (100-meter dash), Nick Lange (400 hurdles), Matt Trevits (200m), Matt Cardinal (800m) and David Pargh (high jump) all scored individual wins and were part of winning relay teams.
Nicole Wright and Tara Brenner were field event winners for the Purple Lion girls.
“Our field event athletes saved the day for us,” Stuttle stated. “We swept Newark Valley in both the discus and triple jump that put us over the 71 points needed for the victory. Nicole Wright had two big wins for us on a very blustery day.”
Wright had a best toss of 32-9.25 in the shot and an 89-11 heave in the discus while Brenner cleared the bar at 9-6 in the pole vault.
The only other Dryden victory came in the 3,200m relay as Breanna O’Brien, Beth Schwab, Clara Gallagher and Jessica Bush posted a top time of 10:51.9.
Weeks from Elmira Notre Dame set a new stadium record in the triple jump with a distance of 36-8. No first name was reported.