July 28, 2007


Cute, Henry secure silver medals at Empire Games


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Homer Central’s Katie Wick bumps the ball during the Central Region’s 25-8, 25-19, 15-7 win over New York City in a Scholastic Women’s Volleyball match at the Empire State Games on Friday.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY — The medal count for area athletes grew Friday during the second day of the 30th annual Empire State Games.
Cortland High’s Coty Cute took a silver in the 178-pound weight class in Scholastic Men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, falling to Brett Adams of East Syracuse-Minoa in the final, with no scores reported. The Central Region took first in the team standings.
Josh Henry from Truxton struck track and field silver in the Men’s Open 10,000 meters, finishing in 33:00.60. The SUNY Cortland cross country and track performer is a Homer Central grad.
In Masters Division track and field competition, Dryden’s Tom Demmo took second in the 60-64 age group shot put at a distance of 11.14, while Ed Ferraro from Groton won a bronze medal in the 55-59 discus with a throw of 37.76 meters.
In other reported Friday action involving Central Region local athletes —
BASKETBALL: Guard Shannon Finucane from Cortland High scored 12 points as Central won for the second time in as many Scholastic Women’s games, 81-44, over New York City.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Scholastic Women’s team, which includes Hannah Griep and Tess Knapp from Marathon, was shut out for the second day in a row, 5-0 by Adirondack.
ICE HOCKEY: Cortland’s Jesse Brown scored a goal, assisted by Justin Bruckel, who will be his teammate this fall on the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, but the Scholastic Men’s team fell 6-3 to Western and is now 1-1.
The Scholastic Women’s squad, with Homer’s Danielle Compagni and Brittney Krebs from Marathon on the roster, lost 4-3 to Long Island and is now also 1-1.
LACROSSE: The Scholastic Women’s squad, including Cortland’s Janelle Stegeland, split a pair of games, beating Adirondack 14-6 and losing to Long Island 11-8, and is now 3-1.
Homer defenseman Michael Carboine is part of the Scholastic men’s team, with beat New York City 13-7 and Western 11-8 to stay unbeaten after three games.
SOFTBALL: The Open Women’s team is 1-3 after losing 3-0 to Adirondack, 7-4 to Long Island and 13-4 to Western. Homer Central grad Gaby Luety from Cortland, is a catcher for the team.
SOCCER: All three teams that include local players are 0-2. The Scholastic Men, with Cortland’s Steve White in goal, lost 2-1 to New York City, while the Open Women, including Cortland’s Kiley Hadzicki, lost 1-0 to Long Island.
The Scholastic Men’s team lost 2-1 to New York City. The defending gold medallists’ roster includes Aubrey Brown from Marathon, Jason Luce from East Freetown (Marathon) and Kyle Yunger from Groton.
SWIMMING: Cortland’s Greg Wissink was sixth overall in the 400-meter individual medley in 5:26.99. He had placed seventh in his heat of the event in 5:26.65.
His brother and Cortland YMCA Stingers teammate, Gerrit Wissink, was eighth overall in the Scholastic Men’s 100 backstroke in 1:16.63, 11th overall in the 800 freestyle in 10:00.15 and 10th in his heat of the 100 backstroke in 1:11.59.
VOLLEYBALL: The Open Men’s squad, with Cortland’s Karl Caputo and Homer’s Brian Fox on its roster, dropped two of three games to Adirondack, the scores unavailable.
Cheri Drake from Cortland and Homer’s Katrina Fox are members of the Open Women’s squad, which beat Western 25-18, 25-16, 11-15.
The Scholastic Women’s Central Region team beat New York City 25-8, 25-19, 15-7. Homer Central all-league performer Katie Wick serves as a captain for the Central squad.    



Post 489 chases District 6 crown

Staff Writer
BINGHAMTON — The Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball team will try to take it up a notch, or better yet, two, when it competes in the District 6 Tournament starting Sunday at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
Marathon Post 617, meanwhile, is happy with an unexpected berth.
Coach Jeff Flegler’s Cortland squad, which has finished third in the event the last two years, will meet Tompkins County champion Lansing at 11 a.m. Sunday in the opening game of the double-elimination event. Oxford/Norwich takes on Marathon at 2 p.m., and Vestal (89) meets Horseheads (442) at 5 p.m. to wrap up Sunday’s schedule.
On Monday, Trumansburg (770), the Tompkins County runner-up, goes against Sidney (183) at 11 a.m., with the Cortland-Lansing winner meeting Oneonta (259) at 2 p.m. and the Oxford/Norwich-Marathon winner facing Johnson City (758) at 5 p.m.
If Cortland loses to Lansing on Sunday, it would open losers’ bracket play against the Trumansburg-Sidney loser at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Should Marathon fall on Sunday, it would meet the Vestal-Horseheads loser at 11 a.m. Tuesday in its first losers’ bracket game.
Marathon, the Cortland County runner-up behind Post 489, wasn’t originally in the district tournament field, but took the place of Binghamton Post 1645 Wednesday. That squad lost in the Broome County semifinals to Johnson City, and an at-large invitation that it received was rescinded because Broome County League by-laws allow only its two finalists to advance to the districts.
“We’re pretty excited,” said Marathon coach Mike Bellefleur, who noted that he found out the good news from county representative Mike McDermott Wednesday night. “After the county championship (a 7-2 loss to Cortland on Sunday) I talked to the kids, collected the uniforms, washed them and put them away for next season. Then Mike told me that a team had dropped out and that we’d been chosen to go down there.”
Post 617 practiced Thursday night and had another session planned for today, Bellefleur said.
The championship of the District 6 tournament is slated for Aug. 4 at 6 p.m., with a second game, if necessary (should the losers’ bracket champion win the first game), at 8:30 p.m.
“I definitely like our chances,” Flegler said. “Our pitching has been good all year and now the games go to nine innings from seven. We have a good bullpen and four good starters, plus it means two extra at-bats. I’ve told the kids we can’t keep waiting for big innings.
“Johnson City still has to be the favorite until someone knocks them off,” he adds. “They’re the two-time defending champions and have done well in the state tournament. Some of their kids have been on both those teams, and know how to win. We’d like to be the ones to knock them off. It would be nice for the kids.”
Post 489 has followed the same tournament scenario the last two years, winning its opener and losing the next game before ultimately dropping the losers’ bracket final. “We have to get over that (second-game) hump,” Flegler said. “If we can win our first two games we’ll get a day off and be sitting pretty. But it’s not going to be easy.”
Flegler said that Aaron Galutz will start on Sunday against Lansing, and that if Cortland wins, Steve Wright will start against Oneonta. Flegler added that a loss in the first game might change his pitching plans for the next contest.
“The boys are young — we don’t have any college players — and sometimes they get distracted easily,” Bellefleur said. “If they come out to play and don’t let that happen, we’ll be in every game.”
He added that centerfielder Aubrey Brown will miss Sunday’s game due to his involvement with the Central Region Scholastic  soccer team at the Empire State games in Westchester County. He also said that ace pitcher Dan Bleck’s status was iffy for the game due to a shoulder problem.
The District 6 champion advances to the state tournament Aug. 8-12 at Donovan Stadium (Murnane Field) in Utica.