May 22, 2007


Koltz will play for Class B title


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High senior Steve Koltz is playing in the Section 3 Class B first singles championship match today at the Utica Parkway courts.

UTICA — Cortland High’s Steve Koltz was to play today for the first singles championship in the Section 3 Class B tennis tournament at Utica Parkway Courts after winning both of his matches on Monday.
Senior Koltz beat second-seeded Kevin Smith of Mexico 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and Oneida’s Trevor Haskell 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinals to improve to 11-1 on the season and earn a finals berth against New Hartford’s Sirish Rao.
Koltz has also qualified for Thursday’s sectional interclass state qualifier, also at Utica Parkway Courts.
“Steve played tough throughout the day,” said Cortland coach Bob Walrath. “At times he gutted out some hustle points to keep himself in rallies. Other times he took the action to his opponent. He mixed up his game pretty well to keep the other players guessing and off-balance. Beating an athletic player like Smith should boost Steve’s confidence against Rao, who took out the top seed, Westhill’s Bryan Rice.”
Rice had opened play by beating Homer’s Chris Bauer 6-1, 6-0.
No other local players lasted past Monday’s first day of competition.
The Cortland second doubles team of Luka Starmer and Chris Decker beat Chang and Savastano from Westhill 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round before falling to second-seeded Gaffney and Reddy from New Hartford 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
“Luka and Chris did a nice job,” Walrath said. “They just met the sectional qualification in the last match of the season. The Westhill team was league champion this year; I’m not sure that Luka and Chris realize how well they played to pull out the third set against them. They also played well in the quarterfinals. New Hartford’s team was just stronger worthy of its seeding.”
Playing at first doubles, Homer’s Reilley and Keegan Mastroe beat Wydish and Cooney from Holland Patent 5-2, 6-0 before losing to Froas and Lauretti from Oneida 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The Trojan second doubles team of Dan diGiovanna and Jon Southwick downed Sayko and Krause from Skaneateles 6-4, 6-1 before losing to the third-seeded Cazenovia duo of Schiche and Britton 6-3, 6-4.
Cortland’s Greg Wissink lost in the quarterfinals at third singles to Jerome Torres of Cazenovia 6-0, 6-4, while the Purple Tiger first doubles tandem of Ben Girtain-Plowe and Tom Russell lost to John Cipiti and Chris Rogers, also from Cazenovia, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-4.
“Greg had some difficulty finding his game early on,” Walrath said. “He played a much better second set that just slipped by him with a couple of points either way. We were pleased with Ben and Tom’s efforts, especially coming back to win the second set after dropping a heart-breaking first-set tie-breaker. The third set was another nip-and-tick affair. For not having played together much prior to qualifying for sectionals, I thought they did extremely well as a doubles team.”
Walrath Earns 200th Victory
This pas Monday, Walrath coached his 200th court victory at Cortland — a 4-3 dual victory over East Syracuse-Minoa.
“When I think about how many, many players came through dedicating their hard work and effort, it’s humbling,” he said. “The boys’ tennis program is currently 201-81 since Mason Morenus, the retired athletic director, asked me if I would take over the coaching duties in the spring of 1987. As you can see, averaging 13 matches a year it has taken while to get to this point, which makes it all the more rewarding. There are that many more players and parents I have met and worked closely with.
“In many ways I will always be indebted to Mr. Morenus who, as I look back, took an incredible risk by asking me to coach,” he added. “The previous spring he had taken over for me as junior high baseball coach halfway through the season, as I was hospitalized with an inoperable tumor in the brainstem. By the spring of 1987 I had graduated from a quad cane to a regular cane, but still Mason Morenus saw something not many would have been able to see. I can’t tell you how important it is to serve under that kind of leadership. The cane is still propped against my office wall. It reminds me of how much others have impacted me over the course of time, I am humbled.”


Homer, CHS get winning efforts

EAST SYRACUSE — The Homer Central and Cortland High girls’ track teams each had two winners at Monday’s OHSL Freedom Division meet at Chittenango.
Heather Wilson won the steeplechase in 7:56.55 for Homer, competing in the event for the first time. She was was also part of the first-place 3,200-meter relay team (10:14.54) that also included Caitlin McMahon, Laura Niederhofer and Jessica Bramhall.
For Cortland, Margaret Knight won the triple jump at a distance of 30-2 and was also third in the long jump (16-0.25), while Deanna Bishop won the pentathlon with 1,883 points. Bishop’s individual performances were a 21.38 clocking in the 100m high hurdles, 4-6 in the high jump, 20-3 in the shot put, 13-7.5 in the long jump and 2:39.45 in the 800m run.
No team scoring from the meet hosted by East Syracuse-Minoa High School was available.
Bramhall was second in the 1,500m in a personal-best 4:57.77, the first sub-five minute clocking for a Homer runner since Wilson did it two years ago and only the sixth for the Trojans since 1978.
Wilson also took second in the 800 in 2:23.66.Shannon Ramiza was third in the 100m high hurdles in 18.53, while Rayne Perry was sixth in the 100m dash with a personal-best 13.74 in the semifinals.
Event winners earned first-team all-league honors, while runners-up made the second team and third places garnered honorable mention.
Other personal bests for Homer came from Ramiza in the 400m low hurdles (1:20.91) and long jump (14-5.75), Jillian Culp in the 800m (2:53.46), Brittany Perry in the 200m (31.60) and triple jump (26-3), Anna Hess in the shot put (24-9.5), Crystal Miller in the long jump (13-11.25) and Ashley Cavellier in the triple jump (27-5.75). In addition, Julie Feuerherm had a season-best throw of 54-7 in the discus.
For Cortland, personal bests were turned in by Anna Bitterbaum in the 3,000m (14:20.3), Georgiana Perelka in the 3,000m (12:42.3) and triple jump (27-4.75), Hannah Polanko-Baker in the discus (67-11), Katie Merckel in the shot put (19-8), Kristy Endler in the 800m (2:58.8) and Rozalyn Hesse in the 800 (3:07.5) and 1,500m (6:30.9). Winnie Linn had season-best performances in the 100m (14.14) and long jump (14-10).




CHS golfers Stowell, Congdon advance on into state qualifier

BALDWINSVILLE — Two members of the Cortland High golf team qualified for the Section 3 State Qualifier tournament with their performances in Monday’s Section 3 Class B-1 meet at Radisson Greens.
Junior Steve Stowell and freshman Mike Congdon both shot 86 for the Purple Tigers and were among those finishing in a four-way tie for ninth place.
The top 13 individual finishers in the meet move on to the state qualifier Thursday and Saturday at Colgate University’s Seven Oaks Course. Sophomore Chris Pace shot a 90 and failed to qualify.
“I was very pleased with Steve and Mike,” Cortland coach Kevin Cafararo said. “It was first time playing sectionals for both of them, and conditions weren’t very favorable. It was sunny, but the wind was blowing, the greens were hard and the pin placements were tough. As rookies to sectionals, it was good to see them qualify to advance.”
Homer Central’s Andy Saraceno was petitioned into the sectional field and shot a 96. “The pins were tucked in really tough places and the greens were hard,” Trojans coach Gary Wilcox said of the high scores shot throughout the day.
Chris Wilson of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse was the overall medallist with a 78, but New Hartford took the team title with a 433 total to 440 for CBA, which lost out when one of its golfers was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Cortland and Homer were both incomplete as a team.