August 08, 2007


Graph-Tex moves on

Brian Silvers capped a four-run sixth-inning burst with a two-run double as Graph-Tex broke a 3-3 tie and went on to a 9-3 Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League C Division semifinal win over Quali-D in the decisive third game of the playoff series. The Collegiate Catastrophe eliminated the regular season champions, two games to one, and advance to the best-of-three championship series against CCRP.
In A Division Championship Series play, Grand Rental Station to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three final with a 17-7 win over Gator’s Tavern.
In B Division semifinal action, NAPA took 1-0 lead in its series with a 14-10 win over top-seed Friends.
Graph-Tex 9, Quali-D Automotive 3: Each team scored two runs in the first inning before Quali-D took a 3-2 lead on a solo home run by Randy Arnold (2-for-3) in the bottom of the third inning. That would be the last run score by the top-seed.
Graph-Tex tied the game in the top of the fourth inning before the big four-run spurt in the sixth. Graph-Tex added two runs in the top of the seventh to seal the victory and advance to the championship final. Game one is at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Meldrim Field.
Brian Pepper paced the winners by going 3-for-3 while Brian McDermott was 3-for-4 with a triple.
Scott Knight swung a 2-for-3 bat for Quali-D with Greg Vestal going 2-for-2.
Grand Rental Station 17, Gator’s Tavern 7: Brian Taylor hit for the cycle as Grand Rental broke open a 3-2 game with six runs in the bottom of the third inning and six more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Taylor belted a single, double, triple, home run and score four runs.
Dan Harris added a 3-for-4 effort with a triple and home run with Jeff Lang going 2-for-3 with a double and home run. Frank Tibke was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Andrew Pierce went 3-for-3 with a double and triple to lead Gator’s.
NAPA 14, Friends 10: It was a see-saw game as NAPA padded a 3-1 lead after two innings with four more runs in the top of the third. Friends countered with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-7 lead. NAPA retook control with two runs in the top of the fourth and never trailed again. A single run in the fifth and fourth in the sixth ballooned the NAPA advantage to 14-8. Friends plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Dan Jampole hit for the cycle to lead NAPA to victory. John Canzano added a double and home run while Steve Phillips with a double and triple.
Chris Willcox and Mike Russell homered for Friends with Dave Gascho hitting a double.



Big inning lifts Road House

DRYDEN — Road House Pub & Grub broke open a close game with 13 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday and beat Dryden Lumber 19-4 in a five-inning Duke Erickson Co-ed Softball League Upper Division semifinal contest.
Roadhouse will face Davelle Office Equipment, an 8-2 winner over McNeil and Company in the other semifinal, for the championship Thursday on Field #1 at Dryden High School, while Dryden Lumber and McNeil & Co. meet in the consolation game on Field #5.
Also on Thursday, Pall Corporation and Cayuga Press meet for the Lower Division championship on Field #3, while the consolation game pits Marietta Corporation and Fabio’s Restaurant, the field unreported. All four of Thursday’s games start at 6:30 p.m.
Pall beat Marietta 11-8 on Tuesday.
Road House 19, Dryden Lumber 4: Winning pitcher Brian Taylor went 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle, including a grand slam home run, and six RBIs to lead the way for Road House, which led 3-2 before its big inning. Bill Francis went 4-for-4 with a double for Road House, while Jamie Buck went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored and Heather Williams went 2-for-4 and Justin DeGraw homered.
Pat Capps went 2-for-2 with a double for Dryden Lumber, while Kim Frost also doubled.
Pall Trinity 11, Marietta Corporation 8: Curtis Clark (double) and Matt Connor both went 3-for-3 as Pall remained unbeaten, while James Effinger went 3-for-4 with a homer and Vanessa Anderson was 2-for-4.





CHS practices start

The varsity and junior varsity football teams and cheerleading squad will open the fall sports practice schedule for Cortland High this coming Monday.
The varsity football squad is under the direction of first-year head coach Dave Darrow, the only new varsity coach at CHS this fall, while Eric Prior returns as head JV grid coach. Both teams will practice from 4 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 13. Brittanie Magnus is the cheerleading coach, and her squads will practice from 8 to 11 a.m. that day at the high school track.
The rest of the Purple Tiger varsity and JV squads will begin practicing on Aug. 20.
The field hockey teams, coached by Jamie Brown and Maureen White, respectively, will have their first sessions from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the high school. Dan Law’s boys’ varsity soccer team and the JV boys’ soccer squad, under Tom Dovi, will practice from 8 a.m. to noon at Barry School. The girls’ varsity soccer team, coached by Abbey Albright, opens with a session from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the high school, where Tiffany Beam’s JV team will practice from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The girls’ tennis team, directed by Bob Walrath, will open practice from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the high school, where Bob Vidulich’s cross country teams will do the same from 3:15 to 5 p.m. The girls’ swimming team, coached by Joe McMahon, will open practice from 3 to 5 p.m. at SUNY Cortland’s PER pool, and Cortland Country Club will be the site of the first practice for the golf team, under Kevin Cafararo, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The modified football team, coached by Brian Tasselmyer, will start practicing in the lower gym at CHS from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 1.
Cortland’s other modified teams will all begin practicing Sept. 5 — the first day of classes — at the high school. The field hockey team, under Phyllis Litzenberger, will have a session from 3 to 5 p.m., while the boys’ and girls’ modified soccer teams, coached by Nick Kline and Jim Wallis, respectively, will start practicing from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Dan Camillo’s modified cross country team will practice from 2:45 to 4 p.m.