July 26, 2008


Cortland’s Wissink picks up pair of bronze medals

Empire state games

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central volleyball coach Brian Fox, left, sets up a player during Friday’s Empire State Games match against New York City at SUNY Cortland’s Corey Gymnasium. New York City won, 25-18, 25-21, 15-10.              

Gerrit Wissink made the most of his second and final day of swimming at the Empire State Games on Friday.
The Cortland High senior and YMCA Stingers standout ended up on the medal stand twice during the Open Men’s competition at SUNY Cortland’s Holsten Pool, winning a pair of bronze medals.
Wissink took a solid third place in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:41.09. Wissink made the evening’s finals with a time of 2:48.54 in his qualifying heat earlier in the day, the fourth best overall clocking. Both times were under his seed time of 3:00.52.
Tyler Carver of Western won the event in 2:40.32, touching out Alan Roberts from Hudson Valley.
Wissink then swam the second breaststroke leg of the 400-meter Central Region team, which grabbed third place with a time of 4:14.06. He swam the breaststroke with a 1:13.37 split time. Pat O’Connell, Mike Vogelsang and Andrew Catlin were the other members of that bronze medal relay squad. Hudson Valley took the gold in the event, with New York City winning the silver.
Hudson Valley has the team lead heading into the final day of competition this morning, in which Homer Central student and YMCA Stinger swimmer Taeho Ryu was slated to compete in the Scholastic Division 200-meter butterfly.
Two SUNY Cortland women — Liz Neddo and Luis Welch — have been frolicking in their home pool over the past two days. Neddo was awarded a bronze medal when the Central Region team placed third in the 800-meter freestyle relay on Thursday, and just missed a medal when she finished fourth in the 400-meter freestyle yesterday.
Also just missing out on a medal Friday was Moravia’s Jennifer Cornwell, who was fourth in the Scholastic Women’s Shot Put with a toss of 11.04 meters.
Taking a look at some other locals in Central Region action:
Open Men’s Soccer: Keeper Steve White made 12 saves as Central improved to 2-0 with a 2-1 victory over New York City.
Scholastic Men’s Ice Hockey: Joe Cosimo of Homer and his teammates improved to 2-0 Friday with a 4-0 shutout win over Adirondack. The team was a 4-2 winner over Long Island Thursday in a late report.
Scholastic Women’s Volleyball: Homer Central spiker Katie Wick and her Scholastic Women’s volleyball won two matches and lost once Friday at SUNY Cortland to stand at 3-2 in the team standings. Central lost to Long Island 15-25, 21-25, 14-16, before rebounding with wins over Hudson Valley (25-23, 25-15, 9-15) and New York City (25-21, 25-12, 16-14).
Open Women’s Volleyball: Central fell to 2-2 with a pair of losses Friday. Long Island posted a 25-21, 25-20, 15-10 win while Western posted an 18-25, 25-23, 15-12 victory. Katrina Fox from Homer, Cheri Drake of Cortland and Kristin Cobb our of Cincinnatus are team members.
Open Men’s Volleyball: Central lost three times Friday to fall to 0-5 in the competition, Homer’s Brian Fox and Cortland’s Karl Caputo on the win-less squad. Central lost to Adirondack (18-25, 25-23, 15-10), Long Island (25-21, 25-20, 15-10) and New York City (25-18, 25-21, 15-10).
Scholastic Men’s Lacrosse: Attackman Carl Zimmerman of Homer and his teammates fell to 2-2 after a pair of losses. Western edged Central 6-5 in overtime before Long Island escaped with a 7-6 victory.
Scholastic Field Hockey: Cortland High’s Maggie Brown made 10 saves during a 4-2 loss to Hudson Valley. Central is now 0-2.
Scholastic Women’s Ice Hockey: Brittney Krebs from Marathon and the Central Region team fell to 0-2 after losing a 2-1 contest to Hudson Valley.
Scholastic Men’s Soccer: Eric Gofgosky of Marathon and the teammates evened its record at 1-1 with a 2-0 victory over Adirondack. Thurday’s 1-0 loss was to Long Island, not Adirondack as reported previously.
Scholastic Baseball: Matt Colbert from Dryden watched his team spilt two games Friday to improve to 1-2. Central posted a 6-4 win over Western before falling 4-2 to New York City.
Open Women’s Soccer: Central fell to 0-2 with a 2-1 loss to New York City Friday. The Cortland duo of Kim Natoli and Kiley Hadzicki along with Hillary Simon and Meghan Finn from Homer are on the Central team.
Open Men’s Cycling: In road racing Friday, Glenn Swan of Freeville placed 29th after a time of 2:59:18. Steve Sloan from Cortland was 38th in 3:10:55 while fellow Cortland rider Joe Bailey did not start in the event. Central is second in the team standings with 331 points while Adirondack remains on top with 518 points.
Open Men’s 10K Racewalk: James Miner from Dryden took sixth place with a time of 59:19.
Open Men’s/Women’s Shooting: McGraw’s Darlene Watrous and Johnson City’s Douglas Dailey combined for a fourth-place team showing for Central in Free Rifle Prone shooting action Friday with a total of 2,189. Watrous, the only woman shooter in the competition, placed ninth individually with 1,043.
Open Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling: It was a mixed opening day Friday in preliminary rounds for three local competitors.
Dryden High grad Anthony Jerome (Freeville) posted a 3-0, 4-2 victory over Silas Murray (Long Island) in the 63kg/139 pounds Division.
Marathon’s Rich Manning lost to Nicholas Czapia from Western 2-3, 1-1, 0-2, but came back to win by injury default over Melvin Cooper from Hudson Valley at 76kg/176 pounds.
Eric Bonawitz of Marathon lost his only match at 125+kg/275+ pounds as he was pinned by Carlos Dolmo at the 1:29 mark.
Scholastic Women’s Tennis: Loraine Jelinek from Homer is still looking for her first singles victory. Jelinek (0-4) lost to Caroline Bristol (Western) by scores of 0-6, 4-6 and to Kathleen Mae Uy (NYC) 2-6, 3-6 in Friday matches. In two late reports from Thursday, Jelinek fell to Sarah Viebrock (Hudson Valley) 1-6, 0-6 and Jessie Rubin (Long Island) 2-6, 4-6.