August 29, 2007


Dryden blanks host Marathon


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden’s Patrick Streeter (2) and Marathon’s Vinnie Powierski (21) battle for possession in the first half of Tuesday’s IAC soccer match at Marathon.  Visiting Purple Lions rolled to 5-0 victory.

MARATHON — This season-opening boys’ soccer match-up between two reigning Interscholastic Athletic Conference division champions proved to be one-sided on Tuesday afternoon.
Visiting Dryden, the defending Division I and overall league champion, jumped out a 2-0 halftime lead before tacking on three more second half tallies to upend defending Division III champion Marathon 5-0.
Elsewhere, Trumansburg tripped Groton 2-1 in the only close game played on opening day around the IAC. Candor doubled up Newark Valley 8-4, Southern Cayuga blanked Tioga 6-0, Lansing dumped Union Springs 6-1, Spencer-Van Etten stopped Moravia 7-1, Watkins Glen beat Waverly 5-1 and Odessa-Montour shut out Newfield 8-0.
Dryden 5, Marathon 0: “The first goal was a good goal on a header, but Dryden scored most of its goals off our mistakes,” said Marathon coach Chip Stewart. “Their goalkeeper (Chris Jenne) did make some nice saves. It is a tough opener playing Dryden because they are a rival.
“We had those first-game jitters,” Stewart continued. “We were slow to pull the trigger on some shots or we would get a good look and then put the shot over the goal. There are some things we need to work on, but we had some bright spots and we will get better.”
Nick Lange scored that opening goal for the Purple Lions off a corner kick with Pat Streeter also scoring before the end of the half. Lange scored again during second-half action with the remaining tallies coming from Justin Niziol and Andrew Horton. Trevor Totman has two assists with one assist each from Sam Hodgeson and Carl Beno.
Jenne made five saves to record the shutout with Derek Root stopping eight shots for Marathon.
Dryden will open its home season Thursday when the Purple Lions host Union Springs. Marathon travels to Newark Valley the same day, both games to start at 4:30 p.m.
Trumansburg 2, Groton 1: “It was a good game between two evenly matched teams,” said Groton coach John D’Antonio. “It was a good effort by our young team. It was tough because we had just 12 guys playing. We are happy, but know we need to get better with three tough games coming up.”
Erik Bugdonevicius and Matt Hallman scored first half goals to give visiting Trumansburg a two-goal cushion.
Cameron Adams pulled Groton to within one goal with four minutes left in the match. Matt Parsons made a nice slide pass to Adams, who chipped the ball over Blue Raider goalkeeper Colby Taber.
Kyle Yunger made nine saves in the Groton goal while Taber stopped seven shots for Trumansburg.
Groton will return to action Thursday when the Indians host Odessa-Montour at 4:30 p.m.
Dryden 3, Newark Valley 1: Setter Caitlyn Potter had 14 assists and served up three aces as Dryden opened league play with a 15-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-19 win at Newark Valley on Tuesday.
Brittany Zimmer had nine kills for Newark Valley in a losing effort.

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Veteran bunch of Purple Tigers

Staff Writer
Talk about experience.
Of the 24 members of this season’s Cortland High girls’ tennis team, 23 are back from last year. That unique situation came about because, with 41 girls in all out for the team this fall, Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath got authorization to have a junior varsity squad (the coach still unnamed) this season. He decided that 23 returnees (plus one newcomer) would comprise the varsity roster.
However it happened, Walrath is excited about the prospect for this season, which opens when CHS hosts Homer Central at 4 p.m. Thursday.
“We have a pretty good returning team,” he said. “If I can get the girls to believe in themselves, and if we can stay healthy and continue to improve, I think we can compete with the top teams in the league (OHSL Freedom Division). We’d like to get to team sectionals and win a match, and to send three players to individual sectionals.
“Chittenango is the defending league champion and has a good number of players back, and Jamesville-DeWitt is always tough. We should be a sleeper this season.”
Heading up the veterans on this year’s Cortland squad are juniors Jaimee Robertson and junior Molly Bramschreiber, who return to first and second singles, respectively. Robertson, a second-team all-leaguer last fall, went 10-6 and was also the team’s Most Valuable Player, while Bramschreiber went 3-3 in singles and 3-1 in doubles.
To open the season, the only newcomer, senior Kim Hall, will start at third singles. The teams of seniors Robin Hesse and Eva Rosenthal and senior Lauren Shirley with sophomore Courtney Tennant will play first and second doubles, depending on the results of a pending challenge match. Rosenthal and Shirley (8-4 and honorable mention at second singles in ‘06) shared last year’s Coaches’ Award.
Sophomore Maggie Reagan and junior Taylor Warren (last year’s Most Improved Player) or sophomores Marlyss Darrow and Danielle Payne will team up at third doubles. The loser of that challenge match will vie with the teams of junior Lisa Martin with sophomore Erica Turco and sophomore Heather Sherwood with junior Theresa Pierce for the fourth doubles slot.
Walrath noted that senior Liz Chappell and her sophomore sister Naomi are among the top players on the team’s ladder (rankings), and will figure in once they’ve had enough practices.
Also on the team this fall are seniors Keisha Bush, Michele Stevens, Lizzie Foster and Kelly Duffy (back to tennis after a year off), and juniors Abbey Place, Brooke Preston and Whitney Funk.
Walrath also said that Bush and Duffy have looked good as a doubles team.
Lost to graduation were Alexandra Tucker, last year’s Most Dedicated Player, as well as Erika Sherman and Danielle DePerno.


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