June 14, 2007


Extra nice Homer victory, Cortland falls


Photo provided byBill Sinsabaugh
Cortland Post 489 leadoff batter Brett Wright takes a lead off second base during Wednesday’s American Legion game against visiting Candor at Beaudry Park. Candor won 8-5.

It took some extra work, but the Homer Post 465 American Legion baseball team stuck with it and got the job done Wednesday night.
After forcing extra-innings with a four-run seventh inning surge, Post 489 pushed across an eight-inning run for an 8-7 win over visiting Moravia Post 710.
In another Legion contest, Candor Post 907 was an 8-5 winner over host Cortland Post 489 at Beaudry Park.
Homer 8, Moravia 7, 8 innings: Homer jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Biondi walked and moved to third on a ground-rule double by Eric Rosato (2-for-3). Biondi scored on a wild pitch for the first run. Anthony Brevetti (2-for-4) followed with a two-run homer.
Moravia countered with five runs in the top of the second on three walks — RBI singles by Vargason, Justin Stanton (2-for-4) and A.J. Rouse plus a two-run double by Eric Youngs (3-for-5).
The visitors’ advantage grew to 7-3 in the fourth as Stanton drove in two more runs. Moravia had the bases-loaded again before a line-drive double play by Homer ended the threat.
Moravia threatened two more times with bases-loaded during the game, but Homer used solid pitching and good defense to get out of both jams.
Post 465 finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh inning with four runs to tie the game at 7-7. Jon Galeotti (2-for-3) drove in three runs with a bases-loaded triple. Matt Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly to score Galeotti with the tying run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ryne Austin drew a lead-off walk. Mike Riehlman laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Austin to second. Biondi singled to put runners at the corners before Brevetti was intentionally walked to load the bases. With the count 3-2, Galeotti drew a walk to force in the winning run.
“We got some very good relief pitching from Dan Miller and Anthony Brevetti,” said Homer coach Dennis Bruce. “If those two guys did not keep us in the game, we could not have come back and won.”
Homer will travel to Trumansburg Saturday for a noon doubleheader.
Candor 8, Cortland 5: The winners scored four times in the fourth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and never looked back in dropping Cortland to 2-3 on the season. Andrew Davenport keyed the uprising with a two-run single, and also drove in Candor’s first run with a first-inning sacrifice fly.
Cortland took a 2-1 lead with a pair of second-inning runs, John Sinsabaugh (single) and Anthony Pitts (walk) both coming home on an error. The hosts scored twice more in the fourth as Jason Hogan was hit by a pitch and later scored on a single by Anthony Pitts before Sinsabaugh, who had reached on an error, came home on another miscue.
A leadoff home run by Andrew Foster in the seventh completed the scoring for Cortland, which left the bases loaded to end the game. Sean Finucane went 2-for-3 for Cortland. Mike Toth (RBI, two runs scored) and winning pitcher Pete Ahart both went 2-for-4 for Candor. The loss went to Post 489 starter Aaron Galutz.
“We continue to play sloppy baseball,” said Cortland coach Jeff Flegler, whose team visits Binghamton Post 80 today in an 8 p.m. start at Conlon Field. “We are making too many mental mistakes. We can’t have guys picked off on bases and making errors and expect to win. We are putting too much pressure on our pitchers.”
l The Cortland squad will host a fund-raising chicken barbecue Saturday from 11 a.m. to all are served at Post 489, located at 212 Tompkins St.




Red Dragons among nation’s best

Once again, SUNY Cortland has distinguished itself as one of the top athletic programs in the country.
The Red Dragons finished third in the 2006-07 United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup competition among the approximately 430 eligible NCAA Division III programs competing nationally for the prestigious honor.
The award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the U.S. Sports Academy and USA Today recognizing overall excellence among collegiate athletic programs.
Cortland is one of only six schools nationwide, and the only New York institution, to place in the top 20 each of the 12 years the standings have been compiled on a Division III level. The Red Dragons’ finish this season is the second-best in school history. Cortland tied for second during the 1997-98 school year.
In addition, the Red Dragons finished fifth in 2005-06 and were eighth on three occasions (2003-04, 1998-99 and 1996-97). Cortland has also placed 12th in 2001-02, 13th in both 2004-05 and 2000-01, 15th in 2002-03, 17th in 1999-2000 and 19th in 1995-96.
Cortland had 14 teams participate in NCAA postseason competition this season, 10 of which placed in the top 10 nationally. The men’s lacrosse and men’s outdoor track and field teams each finished as national runner-up.
The baseball and men’s cross country teams were each fourth, the men’s indoor track and field team placed fifth and the field hockey team tied for fifth. The women’s outdoor track and field team finished eighth, the wrestling team tied for eighth and the softball and women’s lacrosse teams each tied for ninth.
Other top-25 finishers included the women’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams, each tied for 17th, and the women’s indoor track and field team, which tied for 22nd.
The standings are compiled based on schools’ national finishes in different sports. Teams earn points by qualifying for the NCAA postseason and additional points for advancing in the playoffs. The national champion receives 100 points.




Mastroe brothers 1st team tandem

Opponents around the Section 3 tennis circle may have trouble telling them apart, but there is no mistaking their talent on the court. Keegan Mastroe and his twin brother Reilly, were named OHSL Freedom Division First-Doubles First-Team All-Stars for their play this season.
The Homer Central junior duo posted a 3-3 record in doubles competition and also saw some singles competition to help the Trojans finish the season with five straight wins and post a 5-6 overall record. The Mastroes went 1-1 in Section 3 Tournament play.
Joining the Mastroes on the first team were Kevin Smith from Mexico (first singles) and his teammate Ben Ariola (second singles), the Fulton tandem of Dylen Walker (third singles) and Matt Naioti (fourth singles: the East Syracuse-Minoa duo of Dan Theobald and Daryl Johnson (second doubles) and the Fulton third doubles team of Ron McMurray and Jake West.
Cortland High senior Steve Koltz and Homer eighth-grade phenom Jeff Eves headed the OHSL Freedom Division Second-Team all-star list. Koltz at first singles and Eves at fourth singles.
Joining them were Chittenango teammates Ryan Bailey (second singles) and Tom Wilkowski (third singles); the Jamesville-DeWitt duo of Cooper White and John Conlon (first doubles) co-second doubles all-star teams of Steve Rommevaux and Ken Koseki from J-D and Kevin Bobbett and Pat Pensabene from Fulton; plus the Mexico team of Zack Jones and Chad Brooks at third doubles.
Honorable mentions included Homer junior Chris Bauer (first singles), Cortland senior Doug Robbins (second singles), Colin Doran of J-D (third singles); and the Fulton first-singles duo of Geoff Sawyer and Paul Knierman.
Homer coach Nancy Cavellier on the Mastroes: “Reilley and Keegan cannot be replaced. Our twins are truly “one” of a kind... leaders, respected by all and determined to come out on top.  The advantage with this duo is they know each other’s moves and can compensate for each other’s weaknesses, making them a difficult team to beat. Kudos to Reilley and Keegan for all of their successes on and off the court.”