September 13 , 2007


Cincy in charge, shuts out Eagles


BobEllis/staff photographer
Anthony Powell (15) of McGraw and Cameron Blanchard of Cincinnatus battle for possession during Wednesday’s CCL soccer clash. Visiting Cincy came away a 3-0 winner.

There looks to be a changing of the guard in Central Counties League boys’ soccer this season.
Visiting Cincinnatus Central beat four-time defending champion McGraw Central 3-0 Wednesday afternoon in dominating fashion to improve to 2-0 in league play and 3-0 overall.
The loss left the defending champions win-less on the season, the Eagles 0-4 overall after dropping their league opener.
Elsewhere, host DeRuyter shaded Stockbridge Valley 4-3 in another CCL contest.
Cincinnatus 3, McGraw 0: “We basically totally dominated,” said Red Lions coach Leigh Wright, whose team took 17 shots in the contest while allowing the Eagles only one. “You can tell that McGraw lost a lot of key players.”
Three different players scored for Cincy, and Wright noted: “That’s how it’s been for us so far. We’re more balanced. Our opponents can’t look to just shut down Jherrett (Maroney), because we’ve got too many other players to go to. We moved the ball very well, but we’re still having a hard time finishing. We took a couple of shots from six yards that went over the bar. Things like that could hurt us against top-quality teams.
“Cameron Blanchard did an outstanding job at sweeper for us. If not for him they would have had more chances to score,” he added.
Maroney opened the scoring with an unassisted goal from 15 yards out, off a McGraw goal kick, with 10:04 left in the first half. Kyle Blanchard made it 2-0 with 2:58 left in the first half, converting a cross from Jamison Maroney (Jherrett’s cousin) with 2:58 left until halftime.
Greg Monroe closed out the scoring on a similar cross-pass play 4:32 into the second half, Jherrett Maroney picking up the assist.
Cincy goalie Wolfy Rheinheimer made one save in recording the shutout, while Josh Shepard made 12 saves for in goal for McGraw.
The Red Lions meet Milford at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Morris at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hall of Fame Tournament in Oneonta, while McGraw visits Otselic Valley Friday in a league outing.
DeRuyter 4, Stockbridge Valley 3: Ethan Grime scored twice while Alex Fox and Ryan Sutherland had a goal apiece as the Rockets won their league opener and moved to 1-2 overall. Sutherland’s tally seven minutes into the second half gave DeRuyter a 4-2 lead and proved to be the eventual game-winner. Goalie Dustin McClure stopped five shots for the winners, three fewer than the Cougars’ Tanner Bluewolf, as DeRuyter had a 12-8 shot advantage.
The contest featured a pair of penalty kick conversions 20 seconds apart near the end of the first half. Stockbridge Valley’s Dustin Smith found the net with 38 seconds left, and Fox followed suit for DeRuyter just 18 ticks before intermission.
The Rockets visit Madison Friday.
CCL GIRLS are in action today, including the league contest sending McGraw to Brookfield. Cincinnatus girls face Tyburn Academy in a non-league contest at the Ultimate Goal in Marcellus. Both games are 4:30 p.m. starts.



Trojans capture big OT victory

It has been a long, hard battle for Homer Central boys on the soccer field the past few seasons, but the turning of the corner is now being made.
Derrick McCall scored with 22 seconds left in the first 10-minute sudden death overtime period to lift the host Trojans to a 1-0 victory over Marcellus in OHSL Liberty Division action at George Butts Field Wednesday night.
This successful home opener was the fourth straight Homer victory, all of those wins via shutout. The Trojans stand at 4-1 overall and 3-1 in division play, while Marcellus slips to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in division play.
That last time the Trojans defeated the Mustangs was Oct. 3, 2000, by the identical 1-0 overtime count at Marcellus. Seniors on that team included goalie Dave Duncan, Luke Atwater, Rick Klotz, Tony Hayes, Matt Hayes and Jason Beal among others.
“This is a super result for this team,” said Homer coach Dave Shiffman. “This is certainly the biggest win for our program in three or four years. We played a very good game overall. The kids are really pumped up after this win and this should really do a lot for their confidence.
“Marcellus is the class of Class B,” Shiffman continued. “They started eight seniors and they are certainly not use to losing.”
The winning goal began with a pass by Paul Zimmerman to Paul Armideo up the right side. Armideo made a strong diagonal cut, beat his man and headed towards the near post.
With the defense collapsing towards him, Armideo passed the ball back to McCall at the top of the box. McCall ripped a low, hard shot that Mustang goalkeeper Kyle Blackmer (nine saves) got his hands on but could not stop. The ball continued through the keeper and settled into the goal and sparked a huge celebration.
“Paul likes shooting at the near post,” said Shiffman. “I have tried to get him, and the other guys, to realize that the defense will all move towards the post and that dropping the ball back to the top of the box should result in a good, open look at the goal. I really thought Paul might shoot, but he did get the ball by to Derrick and he put a great low shot through the keeper.
“It was nice for Derrick to get his first goal of the season,” Shiffman continued. “He played a good first half in goal, but he was getting down on himself for his play in the field. I walked over to him and told him to keep his spirits up. He certainly responded with that shot to win the game.”




Homer survives, CHS still perfect

It was not the prettiest of victories, but it was a win for the Homer Central golf team Wednesday.
The Trojans traveled to Beaver Meadows Golf Course and posted a 238-249 OHSL Freedom American Division triumph over Phoenix to improve to 5-1 in division play and 5-2 overall.
In an OHSL National Division match, Cortland got closer to its third straight championship in as many years of fall golf with a 200-203 win over East Syracuse-Minoa Blue at The Links at Erie Village.
Homer 238, Phoenix 249: “The course did play longer because of the rain the day before, but it was in good shape,” said Homer coach Gary Wilcox. “The green were good, but the toughest thing to battle was the wind.
“At least three of our players got in trouble on the very first hole (par 4) because of the trees on the left side of the dogleg,” Wilcox added. “Instead of taking one shot to play out of trouble, they tried to shot over or through the trees. One player had an 11. I think we averaged double bogey on that hole alone.”
Dan Miller led the Homer contingent with an eight-over par 44 on the par 36, front nine layout. Andy Saraceno shot 47 and Lane Hopkins carded 48. Brad Mitchell (49) and Molly Nulty (50) rounded out the scoring five.
Jarid Calkins led Phoenix with his round of 46 while Dan Dunnigan and Matt Blair each shot 48.
Homer will return to action Friday as the Trojans host Chittenango at Cortland CC in a league match at 3:30 p.m.
Cortland 200, East Syracuse-Minoa Blue 203: The Purple Tigers won their 25th straight match over the past three seasons, shading the second-place Spartans as Matt Porter took overall medallist honors with a 35 and Nick Decker had a 37.
“When your one and two men give you a four-stroke advantage (Tyler Dattimore had a 37 and Andy Ferro a 39 for the hosts), that’s the best way to start,” said Cortland coach Kevin Cafararo, whose team is now 6-0 this season, all of its matches in the league. “That gives the others a little room to play with. They can make some mistakes and not hurt us.
“It was good to have Matt Porter back; we didn’t have him the first time we played Blue,”he added, referring to a a 201-202 win at Cortland CC back on Aug. 30.