July 26, 2010


Malmberg, Demmo bring back the gold

BUFFALO — Two individual-sport athletes were the area’s most successful competitors for the Central Region in this year’s summer edition of the Empire State Games, which wrapped up Sunday at various venues in and around Buffalo.
Marathon’s Lucas Malmberg beat Cody Carbery from Chittenango 7-3, 6-0 in the finals Saturday at Buffalo State to win the gold medal at 98 pounds in the Scholastic Division freestyle wrestling competition. Malmberg also came home with a silver from the same weight class in the Greco-Roman discipline, won on Friday.
Tom Demmo of Dryden took the gold medal in the Masters men’s 65-69 year old discus event over the weekend at Erie Community College’s Jim Ball Stadium with a throw of 129-9, and also earned silver in the shot put at 33-9.25.
Host Western dominated the final unofficial medals table with 104 golds and 241 medals overall, also finishing the most silvers (78) and bronzes (59). Central won 137 medals, including 36 golds, and Long Island had 39 golds among its 132 medals. Adirondack won 35 golds and 118 overall medals, while Hudson Valley’s 85 medals included 22 golds and New York City won 24 events and took 65 medals overall.
A number of area individuals were also members of teams that won medals.
SCHOLASTIC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Cortland High guard Maggie Brown scored three points as Central fell to Hudson Valley 99-53 Sunday in the gold-medal contest at Niagara University. Brown scored six points Saturday in Central’s 51-43 win over Western to reach the finals.
SCHOLASTIC MEN’S LACROSSE: Central was shaded by Long Island 7-6 Sunday at Canisius with the gold medal on the line. The Central squad, which included Homer Central midfielder Connor Ferrito and was coached by Trojans head man Tom Cottrell, had beaten Hudson Valley 16-7 on Saturday.
SCHOLASTIC MEN’S BASEBALL: The title game between Long Island and Central was rained out Sunday, with Long Island awarded the gold for best record (5-0) and Central (3-2) taking the silver. Homer outfielder Zach Blanden was a member of the Central squad.
MEN’S OPEN SOCCER: Freeville’s Walker Diebolt and Randy Seltzer were both midfielders on the Central team that beat Western 2-0 in the bronze-medal game Sunday at the University of Buffalo.
In individual competition:
MASTERS MEN’S JAVELIN: Christian Yatsko of Freeville was the bronze-medal winner in the 45-49 age group Saturday with a throw of 120-3.
SCHOLASTIC MEN’S SOCCER: Central wound up 1-2 and did not earn a medal, but beat Hudson Valley 1-0 on penalty kicks after a 5-5 tie on Saturday at Amherst’s North French Road Complex. Marathon forward Tyler Marsh had an assist in the game, and was joined on the team by Olympians teammate Ted Morrison and Dryden fullback-midfielder Sam Rugg.
SCHOLASTIC WOMEN’S SOCCER: Dryden forward Sam Engel and fullback-midfielder Clara Gallagher were members of the Central team, which lost 1-0 to Hudson Valley Saturday at Amherst’s North French Road Complex in its final game and did not win a medal, finishing at 1-2.
OPEN WOMEN’S SOFTBALL: Central finished out of the medal race, losing 7-5 to Hudson Valley on Saturday at Amherst as outfielder Colleen Bannon, a member of Tompkins Cortland CC’s 2009 national championship squad, went 1-for-3 and scored two runs and former Homer Central standout gabby Luety went 0-for-3. Adirondack, whose roster included SUNY Cortland pitcher Katie Finch, won the bronze medal Sunday by beating Hudson Valley 10-2, Finch not in action.
OPEN WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Former Marathon Central star Jessica Cross from Homer was fifth in the discus at 109-1 and sixth in the hammer throw at 132-11 Saturday at the University of Buffalo. Tara Brenner of Freeville was fifth in the pole vault at 10-0. Cortland’s Marques Dexter was one of Central’s coaches.
SCHOLASTIC TRACK & FIELD: Jake Manley from Cincinnatus took sixth in the men’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 59.40 Saturday at the University of Buffalo. Groton’s Lindsay Petry was seventh in the women’s pole vault at 9-3.
OPEN MEN’S WEIGHTLIFTING: Matt Edwards from Cortland was fifth in the 77-kilogram (169.75-pound) competition with a lift of 194 pounds at Niagara County CC.
MASTERS MEN’S CYCLING: John Rueckheim from Freeville was 10th in the 55-64 Road Race at Boston, N.Y. in 2:02.53 and 11th in the 55-64 Time Trial at Grand Island in 26:26.50.
OPEN SHOOTING: Darlene Watrous of McGraw took eighth in Free Rifle Prone Shooting, including both women and men, Friday at the Niagara County Sportsmen’s Association with 1,052 points.
OPEN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: The Central squad, including Cortland’s Carl Caputo, a hitter, and Homer Central coach Brian Fox, a setter-libero, did not earn a medal in competition at the University of Buffalo’s Alumni Arena. Central did beat Western, the eventual gold medal winner, 30-32, 26-24, 15-11 in pool play, and finished 4-4.


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