August 13, 2007


Graph-Tex repeats as Lake Placid lax champs

LAKE PLACID — Graph-Tex successfully defended its title in the Open Division as the 18th annual Summit Lacrosse Tournament wrapped up four days of play this weekend.
In the championship game on Sunday, Graph-Tex defeated Reymour & Flanigan 11-9 to repeat as champions. The locally based squad also won titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003 before this back-to-back streak of success.
Tom Hardy was a player/coach and Dan Zech the bench coach for the Graph-Tex stickers.
Recent Ithaca College graduate and faceoff midfielder Matt Hammes out of Homer, past Homer and University of Massachusetts midfielder Jamie Yaman, current Nazareth College sticker and Cortland High graduate Steve Cutia, Homer alum and former Syracuse University attackman Matt Cutia (now the head coach at UNLV), former Syracuse and Homer defenseman Dan Pratt and Homer grad and past Roanoke defender Steve Hoffmann were local members of the championship squad.
Graph-Tex opened with a 16-3 romp over Bassmasters on Friday and then edged the Ohio Wesleyan Elite 10-9. In the semifinals on Saturday, Rebelwear of Albany was nipped 10-9 to set up the championship chance against Reymour & Flanigan.

Graph-Tex Masters 5th

The lone stumble in four days by Coach Rich Cecconi’s Graph-Tex squad competing in the Masters Division was a second round 10-9 loss to eventual champion Salin Shoe at the Summit Lacrosse Tournament.
The Graph-Tex team beat Old Dogs 12-2 on Thursday prior to the loss to Salin Shoe, which went on to capture their seventh tournament title with a 10-7 victory over Brown State on Sunday.
Following that close loss, Graph-Tex defeated Old Army 6-5 and Wise Guys out of Syracuse 10-7 to earn fifth place.
Goalie Dan Shaffer headed up the locals, who also featured area players Matt Riter, Joe Reagan, Shawn Riley, Chad Riley, Dan Caughey, Dan Pratt, Paul Gamel, Bill Hardy, Rich Edinger and Todd Edinger.



Dragon, Cortland Carpet to square off in title game

The championship final as been set for Cortland Men’s Over-35 Slow Pitch Softball League with regular-season champion Red Dragon and runner-up Cortland Carpet set to meet Sunday at Dexter Park with a 5 p.m. first pitch.
Red Dragon received a first-round bye and then defeated Paddy’s Pub 16-15 in the semifinals.
Cortland Carpet defeated Andrews Agency 17-5 in a first-round match-up and then nipped Friends 10-9 in the semifinals.
Other first-round contests saw Paddy’s Pub down Gator’s Tavern 14-6 and Friends beat UAW Local 1326 11-8.
Paddy’s Pub 14, Gator’s Tavern 6: Paddy’s held a tight 8-5 lead through the first three innings before limiting Gator’s to just one run over the final four at-bats. After that lone run in the top of the fourth, Paddy’s plated three runs in the bottom of the same inning, plus two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull away.
Mike DuBrava and Jim Stanton each swung 4-for-4 bats for Paddy’s Pub. DuBrava belted two doubles. Winning pitcher Frank Tibke (triple) and Dan button (double) each added 3-for-4 efforts.
Chris Phalen (home run) and Bill Young each went 2-for-3 for Gator’s with Randy Arnold (double), Mark Waterson (triple) and Dicky Arnold adding 2-for-4 efforts.
Cortland Carpet 17, Andrews Agency 5: Cortland Carpet built a 9-0 lead with six runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back in this first round match-up.
Gary Watts went 4-for-4 with a home run for the winners while Mike Stanton was 3-for-4 with two round-trippers. Dale Bancroft was also 3-for-4 for the Carpetmen with a double and triple.
Mark Perosio and Smitty were each 2-for-4 for Andrews Agency.
Friends 11, UAW 8: Five runs in the bottom of the fourth put Friends ahead to stay, as Brian Poole, J. Palmer, R. Austin, M. Woodwad and K. O’Brien each had three hits. T. Ostrander and Eric Johnson had three-hit games for UAW.
Red Dragon 16, Paddy’s Pub 15: Paddy’s Pub grabbed a 7-2 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to a three-run homer by Dan Button (2-for-5), but Red Dragon rallied to lead 10-7 through four innings before things really got interesting. Paddy’s scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to tie the game at 10-10.
Dan Edwards drove home three runs with a double as Red Dragons scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth, by Paddy’s tied the game again with five runs in the top of the seventh.
Sean Babcock (3-for-4) drove in Mike Hammond (3-for-5) for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to send Red Dragon into the championship game.
Dave Edwards went a perfect 4-for-4 while Jim Hogan was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Red Dragon.
Frank Tibke was 4-for-5 with three RBIs for Paddy’s with Ed Kelly and Mike DuBrava (two doubles) each going 3-for-5. Button had a total of four RBIs.
Cortland Carpet 10, Friends 9: Cortland carpet scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Friends scored four runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game and complete a comebacks from 7-4 and 9-5 deficits.
Dan Jampole went 3-for-3 while Mike Myers belted two doubles for Cortland Carpet.
Chuck Chawgo, Jr. was 3-for-3 for Friends with Randy Austin adding a 3-for-4 effort. Mark Woodard was also 2-for-3 for Friends.