July 28, 2008


White, Cosimo lead gold rush

By the closing ceremonies of the Empire State Games Sunday in Binghamton, there were a number of local competitors that had the feeling of gold medals draped around their necks.
Heading the list was Cortland High graduate Steve White, the current LeMoyne College goalie who made three saves during a 1-0 Open Men’s Soccer win Saturday that propelled the Central team into the gold medal match. Central completed a 4-0 record by shutting out New York City Sunday 2-0.
Joe Cosimo of Homer notched an assist Saturday during a 4-1 win over New York City in Scholastic Men’s Ice Hockey. Central also defeated Hudson Valley 2-1 Saturday before scoring a 3-2 win over Western Sunday in the gold medal game to complete a 5-0 run over the competition.
Kirsten Hammond of Marathon scored individual gold by hitting 178 of 225 targets during Scholastic Women’s Trap Shooting.
Tom Mullins of Cortland picked up a gold medal by winning the 40-49 Age-Group of the Masters’10K Road Race with a time of 39:55.
Cortland YMCA Masters swimmers also hauled in gold medals by the bunches, Suzanne Austin of Homer leading the way with four gold medals and a handful of silvers in her 50-54 age group.
Austin won the 100-meter breaststroke (2:00.15), the 100 freestyle (1:37.51), the 200 breast (4:25.91) and 50 breast (52.97). Silvers came in the 50 free, 200 free, 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley.
Cortland’s  Mike Kennedy competed in the 45-49 Masters Divison age group and swam to gold medals in the 200 backstroke (3:14.59) and 400 IM (7:20.63). He picked up silvers in the 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke and earned bronze medals in the 100 IM and the 200 IM.
Taking a look at some other locals in Central Region action:
Scholastic Men’s Lacrosse: Carl Zimmerman of Homer and his teammates settled for the silver medal after a 14-3 loss to Long Island in the title game Sunday. Central reached the championship round Saturday with an 8-7 victory over Hudson Valley.
Masters Canoeing: Scott Stenberg from Moravia won the silver medal in the solo kayak 50-59 Age-Group after posting a time of 1:38.51.
Open Women’s Rowing: Cecelia Madsen of Freeville garnered two medals over the weekends. Madsen was part of Quad silver medal team that finished 18.5 seconds behind Adirondack in the finals. Madsen also teamed with Maria Bracken (Ithaca) to take the bronze medal in Doubles with a time of 8:10.
Open Men’s Greco-Roman Wrestling: Marathon’s Rich Manning won the silver medal at 76kg/176 pounds. Manning lost to Matt Kaylor (Adirondack) in the finals 1-2, 1-1. He defeated Eduardo Delgado (Long Island) 2-0, 4-0 and Lucas Marlacher (Western) 5-0, 1-1, 2-1 to reach the finals.
Eric Bonawitz of Marathon split his two weekend matches at 125+kg/275+ pounds. Bonawitz pinned Louis Musto (NYC) in 47 seconds and he was pinned by Matt Mahon (Western) at the 2:35 mark.
Dryden High grad Anthony Jerome (Freeville) lost to Oliver Lopez (New York City) in the 63kg/139 pounds Division by a 1-3, 1-1 scores. Jerome defeated Israel Olang (Long Island) 3-0, 5-0 earlier in the day.
Neither Jerome nor Bonawitz received a medal.
Open Cycling: Glenn Swan of Freeville placed 12th in the Open Men’s Criteria race with a score of 49. Steve Sloan from Cortland was 33rd with 28 while fellow Cortland rider Joe Bailey placed 41st with 20. Central OM Team 1 won a silver medal with a time of 1:28:55.20. The Central Region Men and Women earned a bronze medal in the combined event with 1,793 points.
Masters Men’s Track: Russell Riddell of Moravia won a silver medal in the 45-49 age-group 300-400m intermediate hurdles after a time of 1:24.
Tom Demmo from Dryden earned a silver medal in the 65-69 Age-Group Shot Put with a toss of 10.41 meters. Demmo finished fourth in the discus.
In the 55-59 Discus, Ed Ferraro of Groton took the bronze medal with a toss of 38.12 meters while John Busch (Cortland) placed seventh with a toss of 31.34 meters.
Christian Yanko (Freeville) took the bronze medal in the 45-49 age-group javelin with a throw of 37.03 meters.
Open Women’s Track: Jessica Cross from Cortland earned a bronze medal in the shot put after a toss of 11.72 meters. Cross placed eighth in the hammer throw with a best toss of 40.18 meters.
Scholastic Women’s Volleyball: Katie Wick and her Scholastic Women’s volleyball had to settle for the bronze medal and a 5-4 overall record during competition hosted by SUNY Cortland at the PER Center.
Central defeated Adirondack (25-16, 25-12) and Long Island (28-26, 25-19) to reach the semifinals of the double-elimination. The team lost in the semifinals to Western 7-25, 12-25 to fall in the loser bracket final. Long Island got revenge with a 25-13, 25-21 triumph to advance to the championship round against Western for the gold. With the loss, Central got the bronze medal.
Scholastic Men’s Soccer: Eric Gofgosky of Marathon and the teammates defeated Western 2-0 Saturday before dropping a 2-1 decision to New York City Sunday in the bronze medal game. The team finished with a 2-2 record.
Scholastic Baseball: Matt Colbert of Dryden pitched the final two innings as Central lost the bronze medal to Western 3-1 Saturday. Central shutout Long Island 1-0 earlier in the day to finish with a 3-3 overall record.
Open Women’s Volleyball: Central finished the games with a 3-4 record after double-elimination play Saturday. Central started with a 25-19 26-24 win over Adirondack, but fell to Western (14-25, 25-18, 12-15) and Long Island (10-25, 17-25). Katrina Fox (Homer), Cheri Drake (Cortland) and Kirstin Cobb (Cincinnatus) are team members.
Open Men’s Volleyball: Central (1-7 overall) scored its only win in the competition with a 25-18, 25-18 victory over Adirondack Saturday. The team then lost to New York City (20-25, 20-25) and Western (21-25, 25-16, 13-15). Karl Caputo (Cortland) and Brian Fox (Homer) were team members for Central.
Scholastic Field Hockey: Central evened its record at 2-2 Saturday with a win over Adirondack by a score 2-1 score and a 3-1 victory over Adirondack. Cortland High goalie Maggie Brown made six saves during a 2-1 loss to Western in the final game for the girls Sunday.
Scholastic Women’s Ice Hockey: Marathon’s Brittney Krebs and the Central Region team finished at 0-4 after losing a 3-1 contest to Adirondack. The team tied New York City at 2-2 earlier in the day. On Sunday, Central lost to Western 1-0.
Open Women’s Soccer: Central finished at 0-3 with a 2-1 loss to Hudson Valley Saturday. The Cortland duo of Kim Natoli and Kiley Hadzicki along with Hillary Simon and Meghan Finn from Homer are on the Central team.
Scholastic Women’s Tennis: Loraine Jelinek from Homer posted a 7-6, 6-2 win over Kirsten Ackerman of Adirondack at second singles during a 3-2 Central team victory. It was the only team win for the squad in five matches.
Scholastic Men’s Swimming: Taeho Ryu from Homer was disqualified during the 200-meter butterfly Saturday at SUNY Cortland’s Holsten Pool.