September 07 , 2007


Dryden spikers sweep Groton


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden High’s Amy Strom bumps the ball at the net during Thursday’s IAC match against visiting Groton. Dryden was a 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 winner.

DRYDEN — Danielle McCutcheon had 17 points, 10 kills and eight aces as Dryden High girls posted a solid 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 Interscholastic Athletic Conference volleyball win over visiting Groton Thursday.
In other volleyball action, Candor swept Newfield 3-0, Elmira Heights Edision swept Union Springs 3-0, Newark valley topped Watkins Glen 3-1, Tioga swept Waverly 3-0 and Odessa-Montour edge Southern Cayuga 3-2.
In IAC girls’ soccer contests, all three local teams were shut out. Trumanburg tripped Dryden 1-0, Newfield downed Groton 4-0 and Lansing topped Marathon 6-0. Also, Newark Valley blanked Elmira Notre Dame 3-0, Union Springs shut out Southern Cayuga 3-0 and Odessa-Montour stopped Spencer-Van Etten 8-3.
Dryden 3, Groton 0: “It was an outstanding effort from all the Dryden players,” said Dryden coach Al Sautter. “Everybody contributed to the win.”
Bridgett Bugliari added eight points, three kills and two blocks to the Dryden attack while Christian Perkins had six kills and four points. Bugliari and Perkins each had one ace while McCutcheon had one dig.
Groton was led by Sophie Lampiasi with five aces and four kills. Chelsea Benson added three aces and three kills, Annie Henderson had eight aces and Kat Mulherm contributed three digs and two aces. Henderson (one ace), Benson and Lampiasi each had one dig.
Dryden will return to action Saturday at the Tioga Central Tournament while Groton will return to the court Wednesday by hosting Newark Valley.
Groton JVs were 25-14, 25-19 winners over Dryden JVs.
Trumansburg 1, Dryden 0: Chelsea Gallup broke a 0-0 tie with her second-half goal to lift Trumansburg to the IAC Division I victory.
Lindsay Glasner made seven saves to earn the shutout while Nikki Button recorded four saves for Dryden.
Dryden High will return to Division I action Monday as the Purple Lions host Elmira Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m.
Newfield 4, Groton 0: Emily Stephenson scored two goals and added one goal while Marissa Eccleston netted two addition goals to lead Newfield it is first-ever IAC Division III win.
Amanda Yunger made 20 saves in goal for Groton while Courtney Nunez needed just three saves in the Newfield net.
Groton will host Marathon in Division III action Monday on Ross Field at 7 p.m.
Lansing 6, Marathon 0: Kathryn Hornibrook scored four goals and dished out one assist to lift Lansing to the crossover win against Marathon.
Cara Caforio made eight saves in goal for Marathon while M.C. Barrett recorded five saves for Lansing.



Tough test for CHS in home opener

Staff Writer

After a respectable opening-game showing, the Cortland High football team is home for the first time tonight against what looks to be an even more formidable foe.
The Purple Tigers were 15-8 losers at Chittenango last Friday, and this week Mexico, like the Bears considered one of the top teams in the Section 3 Class A American Conference, heads south for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Moiseichik Field.
“They’re just real tough,” Purple Tigers coach Dave Darrow said of Mexico, which throttled host Fowler 42-14 in its season-opener last Friday. “They have three or four real good running backs. We’re going to be in a battle. We’re going to have to stop (senior fullback) Tyler Peter and contain their sweep to have a chance. They overload on the sweep, and Fowler wasn’t disciplined enough against it.
“Their line play isn’t as good as Chittenango’s, but their backs are better.”
Peter, who stands 5-11 and weights 225 pounds, picked up 144 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown against Fowler. Senior tailback Ron Majerus (5-11, 170) lugged the ball 15 times for 129 yards and reached the end zone twice. Sophomore tailback Jacob Burke (5-9, 165), with whom Darrow was also impressed, and senior quarterback James Williamson (6-0, 175) also scored rushing TDs, along with junior tailback Mitch LeBouef. Senior kicker David Kinney (6-0, 175) nailed all six extra points.
“Offensively, Mexico runs out of a wing-T but has lots of different formations,” Darrow said. “They also run the double wing, a lot of slot formation, and a lot of aces and quads. They run the same defense as us, the 5-3, and do some other things.”
Mexico only led 21-7 at halftime before overwhelming Fowler.
“I think our guys were better conditioned,” fifth-year Tigers coach Tee Murabito said. “Sometimes that’s what it comes down to the first week.
“We have six starters back on both offense and defense,” he added, Mexico finishing 6-3 and earning the school’s first-ever sectional victory, 26-14 over New Hartford a year ago. “It helps that we have a number of three-year varsity players, including Peter, Majerus, and three senior linemen  center Jed Smith (5-10, 335), left tackle Phil Hayden (6-4, 225) and right guard Andrew Fisher (5-11, 210).”
Hayden and Peter are also linebackers and Majerus a returning all-league first team cornerback on defense, where they’re joined by, among others, senior noseguard Dan Krzyiewski (5-10, 210) and two-year veteran Matt Wilson (6-0, 190), a defensive end as well as a tight end on offense.



CHS shuts out foe, Trojans fall at home

The Cortland High girls’ tennis team scored its second shutout in as many days Thursday, 7-0 over non-league visitor Marcellus.
The Purple Tigers are off to a 3-1 start to the season.
Meanwhile, Homer Central opened their OHSL Freedom Division home season, but Jamesville-DeWitt crashed the party with a 6-1 win over the host Trojans.
Homer slips to 0-3 on the season while the Red Rams improve to 2-0.
Cortland 7, Marcellus 0: Molly Bramschreiber stayed perfect in three matches this season at second singles, 6-4, 6-2 over Natalie Scheibel, while Kim Hall is now 4-0 at third singles after a 6-2, 6-2 win over Liz Keegan. Jaimee Robertson beat Suzanne Swierczek 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 at first singles and is now 3-1.
Lauren Shirley and Courtney Tennant won for the third time in as many matches at first doubles, dropping only a single game over two sets. At second doubles, Cortland’s Eva Rosenthal and Robyn Hesse are also 3-0 after out-lasting Emily Carroll and Kelly Danielson 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Liz Chappell and Molly Reagan won for the second time in as many days at third doubles, 6-1, 6-3 over Stephanie Bingham and Lauren Crosley. Teaming up for the first time, Naomi Chappell and Erica Turco beat Linda Annan and Meredith Fegley at fourth doubles, 6-1, 6-2.
“Jaimee settled down against her opponent’s power, showing better patience,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “Molly had a steady performance and Kim continues to play solid tennis, cutting down on errors as her confidence grows.
“Lauren and Courtney had a good all-court effort against a solid team and never let their opponents in the match after losing the first game. Eva and Robyn, for the second night in a row, held on to win a match that could have gone either way. Down 5-4 in the third set, they wouldn’t give up.”