July 24, 2010


Brown nets 15 as Central rolls at Empire State Games

BUFFALO — Cortland’s Maggie Brown was among a handful of Central Region girls to score in double figures in this latest Empire State Games basketball success.
The Cortland High guard finished with 15 points, including a 3-pointer, as unbeaten Central rolled to a 102-51 victory over the Adirondack Region in Friday’s Scholastic Division mismatch played at Niagara University.
Cicero-North Syracuse guard Kelsey Mattice’s 20 points was the best among five-double figure scorers for the explosive Central squad, who had opened the 32nd edition of the Empire State Games with a 74-40 romp past New York City the previous day. Brown had three points in that contest.
Most of the medals will be awarded this weekend when the Empire State Games finish up, though Lucas Malmberg and Jessica Cross were local athletes who had silver medals draped around their necks yesterday.
Marathon’s Malmerg reached the finals of the Scholastic Division Greco-Roman wrestling tournament, settling for a second place silver medal at 98-pounds when he lost a 4-0, 4-4 decision to Aaron Paddock of the Western Region in the title match.
Malmberg is now chasing after a medal in the freestyle portion of the tournament in the same weight class, and won by technical fall over Hudson Valley’s Brandon Diaz in a preliminary round match inside the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
Homer’s Cross, the former Marathon Central track and field standout who moved on to George Mason University, will be coming home with a silver medal after taking second place in the Women’s Open Division shot put. She had a 39 feet-6 3/4 inch effort to snare her second place spot. Western Region’s Erin Miller, from Lockport, beat out Cross for the gold medal at the University of Buffalo.
In some of the other events:
SCHOLASTIC MEN’S LACROSSE: Homer Central coach Tom Cottrell’s Central Region lacrosse team paid homage to the Iroquois Nationals — who were denied the chance to compete in the World Championships last week in England — by wearing special Six Nations emblems on their jerseys. The team, which includes Trojans’ midfielder Conner Ferrito, then remained unbeaten with a pair of victories.
The key contest was an 8-7 overtime victory over downstate rival Long Island, decided when Tom Grimm from Carthage scored the decisive goal 2:06 into the extra period. After games today, Central (4-0) and Long Island (3-1) will have a rematch on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Canisius College to decide the gold medalist.
Kevin Rice from Skaneateles scored twice to lead the Central team against Long Island. Earlier in the day, Central was a 12-4 winner over Western.
OPEN WOMEN’S SOFTBALL: Though recent Homer Central graduate Gabby Luety just missed a home run, the Central Region softball squad was beaten twice Friday at Audubon Recreation Center complex.
Going up against record-setting SUNY Cortland pitcher Katie Finch — who led the Red Dragons into the NCAA Division III tournament this past spring as a senior — Luety had a two-run single, doubled, drew a walk and struck out in an 8-2 loss to Finch’s Adirondack Region.
In a 12-1 loss to Long Island in a five-run mercy rule contest, Luety was 1-for-2 with a double. That two-bagger was nearly a home run poke, banging off the fence.
Central (1-3) is now a longshot to reach the bronze medal game, needing a win today and some outside help.
SCHOLASTIC BASEBALL: The Central Region bounced back from two opening day setbacks to beat New York City 10-8, as centerfielder Zach Blanden out of Homer Central scored twice while going 0-for-2 at the plate. The Central team is 1-2 in the tournament.
SCHOLASTIC WOMEN’S SOCCER: Dryden High’s Sam Engel scored the go-ahead goal as the Central Region came up with a 3-1 morning victory over New York City, bouncing back after having lost 3-1 to Adirondack the previous day. Engel’s Purple Lions teammate Clara Gallagher also plays a key role on the Central squad.
SCHOLASTIC MEN’S SOCCER: Out-shot by a 13-4 margin, the Central Region team that includes Ted Morrison and Tyler Marsh off the defending Section 4 champion Marathon Central squad was blanked 3-0 by New York City. Central is off to an 0-2 start at the Amherst North French Soccer Complex.
OPEN MEN’S SOCCER: The Central Region team scored its first goal of the season, a first half tally by Charles Schoening, but dropped its second straight game 2-1 to Adirondack. Freeville’s Walker Diebolt and Randy Seltzer play for the Central booters.
Central women were 5-1 winners over Adirondack as Bre Nasypany scored twice.

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