July 22, 2008


Cortland lends a helping hand

Besides having a respectable number of participants, Cortland will take an additional role in the 2008 Empire State Games that will get underway Thursday and run through Sunday.
While there will be plenty of local talent represented on the Central Region squad, SUNY Cortland will be the site for swimming and volleyball competitions.
Binghamton is host city for these games, with opening ceremonies slated for Wednesday evening at the University of Binghamton’s Bearcats Sports Complex. That gala event will be televised live by Time Warner Cable Sports, channel 26 locally.
The Open Division and Scholastic Division in swimming will be held at SUNY Cortland’s Holsten Pool, where Cortland YMCA Stingers Gerrit Wissink and Taeho Ryu will be in action.
Wissink will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 800 freestyle in Open Men’s Swimming. Ryu will compete in the 200 butterfly at the Scholastic Men’s level.
SUNY Cortland’s Corey Gymnasium will be hosting the Open Division and Scholastic Division Volleyball matches, while Lusk Field House on campus will be the site for Masters Division Volleyball.
Competing in volleyball will be Cincinnatus’s Kristin Cobb (hitter), Cortland’s Cheri Drake and Katrina Fox (hitter) of Homer in Open Women’s, Karl Caputo (hitter) of Cortland and Brian Fox (setter-libero) from Homer in Open Men’s and Homer Central all-star Katie Wick (hitter) in Scholastic Women’s.
Elsewhere, Dryden pitcher Matt Colbert will compete in Scholastic Baseball; Cortland guard Shannon Finucane and guard-forward Amanda Lawlor in Open Women’s Basketball; Cortland’s Joseph Bailey and Stephen Sloan and Glenn Swan from Freeville in Open Men’s Cycling; John Rueckheim of Freeville in Masters Men’s Cycling (Road Race); goalie Maggie Brown from Cortland, midfielder Paige Monsen from Marathon and midfielder Haley Potter from Moravia in Scholastic Women’s Field Hockey; Brittney Krebs (defense) from Marathon in Scholastic Women’s Ice Hockey and Joe Cosimo (defense) from Homer in Scholastic Men’s Ice Hockey.
Attackman Carl Zimmerman from Homer will compete in Scholastic Men’s Lacrosse; David Lane of Freeville in Masters Men’s 5K Racewalk; Dryden’s James Miner in the Open Men’s 10K Racewalk; Thomas Mullins of Cortland in Masters Men’s 10K Road Race (Team); Cecelia Madsen of Freeville in Open Women’s Rowing (Team) and, in shooting, Darlene Watrous from McGraw in Open Men’s Free Rifle Prone Shooting, Freeville’s Richard Leonard in Open Men’s Trap Shooting and Kristen Hammond from Marathon in Scholastic Women’s Trap Shooting.
Members of the Open Women’s Soccer team will be midfielder-forwards Kim Natoli and Kiley Hadzicki from Cortland plus Meghan Finn (midfielder-forward) and goalie Hillary Simon from Homer. Cortland’s Steve White will be part of the Open Men’s Soccer Team, and Marathon’s Eric Gofgosky (midfielder-forward) will play for the Scholastic Men’s Soccer Team.
Homer’s Suzanne Austin will compete in 10 events in Masters Women’s Swimming, and Mike Kennedy will compete in seven events in Open Men’s Swimming; Loraine Jelinek of Homer will be in singles in Women’s Tennis Singles.
Track and Field competitors will be John Busch (discus) of Cortland, Tom Demmo (shot put and discus) of Dryden, Groton’s Ed Ferrero (discus) and Christian Yatkso (javelin) of Freeville in Masters Men’s, Cortland’s Jessica Cross (hammer throw and shot put) in Open Women’s and Samantha Engel of Dryden (javelin), Moravia’s Clair Hunsinger (javelin) and Moravia’s Jennifer Cornwell (shot put) in Scholastic Women’s.
Dan Foster of Cortland will compete at 86kg/192 pounds in Scholastic Men’s Freestyle Wrestling while, in Open Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, Marathon’s Eric Bonawitz and Rich Manning will compete at 125kg+/275 pounds+ and 76kg/167 pounds, respectively, and Anthony Jerome of Freeville at 69kg/152 pounds.  
Among local coaches will be Lansigh head coach Adam Heck and Groton head coach John D’Antonio in Scholastic Men’s Soccer, with Jan Hunsinger from Moravia a coach for Scholastic Women’s Track.