May 2 , 2007


Carbon copy wins for Cortland sides


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Deanna Bishop of Cortland makes it over the high jump bar during Wednesday’s OHSL Freedom track meet against Phoenix. Bishop had four firsts in 75-66 CHS win.

The first win of the season for the girls and versatility for the boys were the highlights as Cortland High’s track teams hosted and beat Phoenix Wednesday.
It was the first win in three meets this season for the girls, who defeated Phoenix by a 75-66 margin at Moiseichik Field. CHS boys are now 2-1 on the season after getting past Phoenix by the exact same 75-66 margin.
In the girls’ meet, the Purple Tigers won 11 of the 17 events, led by Deanna Bishop with four firsts while Margaret Knight and Winnie Linn won three apiece.
Bishop won the high jump at 4-6 and the 400-meters in 1:09.2. She teamed with Knight, Kristina Endler and Chelsea Brafman to take the 3,200m relay in 11:28.3, and joined Brafman, Maddie Forrester and Nicolette Sherman in winning the 1,600m relay in 4:57.9.
Knight also won the 3,000m in 12:19 and the triple jump at 32-4, while Linn tied for first in the 100m in 14.1 and the 200m in 29.7 as well as combining with Forrester, Deedi Boland and Hannah Polanko-Baker to win the 400m relay in 58.2.
Other CHS winners were Sherman also won the 400m low hurdles in 1:23.8, while Danielle Dineen took the 110mhigh hurdles in 19.3.
Cortland visits Homer Wednesday.
Cortland boys had a solid overall performance.
“It took everyone pulling together and doing some events they ordinarily wouldn’t do,” Cortland coach Bob Vidulich said of the victory. “I call that a total cooperative effort. Boys like Nolan Ray, Josh Houck, Paul Novak, Dan Foster, Robert Sanders, Brandon Casterline, Mike O’Donnell and Justin Gogan all jumped in areas to realign and attempt to fill in area that could have been weak spots.”
Judd Arnold won two individual events for the hosts, taking the triple jump at 36-3¼ and the pole vault at 10-6. Kaywon Pittman won the 100m in 11.8 and was part of the winning 400m relay team (47.0), along with Foster, Houck and Casterline. Novak won the 400 intermediate hurdles in 1:00 and teamed with Foster, Geoff Peppel and Gogan to win the 1,600m relay in 3:54.
Keith Sherman won the discus at 116-6 and Mike O’Donnell the 1,600m in 5:00 for the Purple Tigers. “What a race between Mike and the Phoenix runner,” Vidulich said. “Mike is really running tough. The kids had a great team effort.”
Cortland will take part in the CBA Invitational Friday before traveling to Homer on Wednesday.     



Dragons move on to finals

For the fifth straight season, SUNY Cortland men will meet a familiar lacrosse foe in the conference playoff title game.
The top seeded Red Dragons will host second seed Geneseo for the top prize this Saturday after both came up with SUNY Athletic Conference semifinal victories on Wednesday.
Junior attackman Billy Fuchs netted five goals and one assist and senior attackman Ryan Heath finished with three goals and four assists as nationally 10th-ranked Cortland defeated fourth-seeded Oneonta 13-3.
Geneseo came up with a 14-8 home field victory over Potsdam as Mike Pizzuto scored four goals.
That set up the 3:30 p.m. Saturday match-up between the Red Dragons (12-4) and Geneseo (8-4), slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m. at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. In the four previous title game match-ups, Cortland had a 3-1 edge including a victory a year ago that propelled the Red Dragons to an NCAA Division III title.
The champion earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
In the win over Oneonta — Cortland’s nine straight victory — senior Mike Felice added two goals and one assist and sophomore goalie Michael Robinson made eight saves and allowed just two goals over 50 minutes of play.
Neal Campbell led Oneonta (12-5) with two goals and Gordon Bopp scored once.
Fuchs scored five of Cortland’s first six goals, three of which were assisted by Heath, as the Red Dragons led 6-1 at halftime. Heath recorded all three of his goals in the third quarter as the hosts increased their lead to 10-2.
CORTLAND WOMEN are the top seeds for the SUNYAC Final Four that gets underway on Friday.
The regular season champion Red Dragons will face fourth seed Oneonta at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Stadium Complex, followed by second seed Brockport meeting third seed Geneseo at 3 p.m. The title game is at noon on Saturday.




Cortland nips out Red Rams

There was a definite line of demarcation between the Cortland High and Jamesville-DeWitt boys tennis teams Wednesday afternoon.
Cortland won all four singles matches while visiting J-D took all three doubles contests, giving the Purple Tigers the winning margin that enabled them to improve to 4-3 on OHSL Freedom Division play and 6-4 overall.
Meanwhile, Homer dropped a 6-1 outing to Fulton.
Cortland 4, Jamesville-DeWitt 3: Cortland’s Steve Koltz stayed perfect through six matches this season at first singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Colin Doran, while Doug Robbins is now 7-3 after a 6-0,_6-4 second-singles triumph over Nate Lee.
Greg Wissink (3-1) came back after a grueling three-setter the night before against Cazenovia to down Dennis Zhou 6-4, 6-1 at third singles, and Luka Starmer (3-2) was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Reed Hollinger at fourth singles. The teams were tied at 3-3 before Starmer’s win, in which he was down 3-2 in the second set before winning four straight games to close it out.
“The J-D coach chose to use this match as one of his three to try to qualify his first two doubles teams for sectionals,” said Cortland coach Bob Walrath, now at the brink of a milestone with 199 wins against 79 losses in his 21 seasons. “In spite of that, we were especially pleased with how Tom Russell and Jacob Klinger did at third doubles. Playing together for the first time they seemed to click, making their match fun to watch as it was competitive.”
Russell and Klinger fell to Steven Rommevaux and Ken Koseki 6-3, 6-3.
CHS was without the injured Ben Girtain-Plowe, who usually plays second or third singles or first_doubles.
Fulton 6, Homer 1: Division leading Fulton kept the Trojans winless in league play, Homer 0-5 in the Freedom Division.
 “Fulton is the number one team in the division,” said Homer coach Nancy Cavellier, the Red Raiders 6-0 against Freedom foes and 7-0 overall. “They have a lot of seniors and are a very solid team. The final score does not reflect the effort of our guys.”