September 15, 2006


Marathon remains unbeaten


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Jason Luce of Marathon (right) slams into Joe Feocco of Union Springs as he drives to the goal during Thursday’s IAC soccer game. Luce had a goal and two assists in 7-0 Marathon shutout.

MARATHON — Zach Salisbury delivered a hat trick as Marathon Central boys continue to roll in Interscholastic Athletic Conference soccer.
The Olympians (1-0-1 division, 4-0-1 overall) posted a 7-0 home field win over visiting Division III opponent Union Springs Thursday.
In other IAC matches, Dryden blanked Elmira Notre Dame 5-0, Groton dumped Moravia 7-2, Trumansburg shut out Waverly 3-0, Watkins Glen downed Newark Valley 5-2 and Candor tripped Tioga 4-0.
Marathon 7, Union Springs 0: We have been creating scoring opportunities all season long, today, we began finishing them,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “Once we got the first two goals, things began to snowball and the goals came easier.
“We moved the ball well, played good defense and switched inside-outside positions with Andrew Parker and Jason Luce.”
Luce had one goal and two assists while Parker notched one goal. Shane Koenig and Antonio Ortiz also netted goals with Matt Braman picking up one assist.
Robert Ferro kept things as close as possible for the Wolves with 25 saves. Josh Kashuba made six saves for Marathon.
Dryden 5, Elmira Notre Dame 0: “Notre Dame got at us hard in the first 10 minutes, but, once we settled down, we began to score,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “We scored some real nice goals and played real strong defense.”
Taylan Allmendinger got Dryden (3-0 Division I, 4-0-1 overall) on the board as he deflected a low liner by James Holman past goalkeeper Alex Todd (13 saves) with 23:37 left in the first half.
The Purple Lions scored nine minutes later when Dylan Luce scored on a diving header off a direct kick by Nick Lange.
The lead grew to 3-0 before halftime when David Pargh scored on a sliding header. Jordan Minnis (two goals) assisted the Pargh goal with a nice ball served into the box. Minnis netted both of his goals during second-half play.
Spencer Hoyt (four saves) and D.J. Weaver (0 saves) combined for the shutout in the Dryden goal.
Groton 7, Moravia 2: David Saroka, Eric Harris and Matt Parsons each scored two goals as Groton picked up its first win of the season in this Division III match.
“We have been having some trouble scoring, so it was good to see us final finish off our chances,” Groton coach John D’Antonio said. “We’re feeling better about ourselves.”
Ryan Hays notched the other Groton (1-2 division, 1-4 overall) with three assists from Kyle Eggleston. Josh Grazul earned post-game praise for his defensive play.
John Badman made 11 saves for Moravia while Kyle Yunger recorded four saves for Groton.
Dryden 3, Newark Valley 0: Dryden High girls improved to 3-1 overall with a 25-11, 25-6, 25-6 sweep over host Newark Valley in IAC volleyball Thursday.
Carley Gee had 18 service points, five aces and two kills to lead the Purple Lions with Nicole Wright adding 17 points, five kills and four aces.
Jackie Celiberti had three points for the cardinals while Brittany Zimmer delivered two kills.
Dryden 115, Watkins Glen 68: Dryden High girls set two new school record and visiting Watkins Glen set one new pool record during a resounding 115-56 win by the host Purple Lions in IAC swimming action Thursday.
Elle Roberson set a new school record in the 100-yard breaststroke as she posted a winning time of 1:11.84. Roberson was also part of the second-place 200 medley relay team with Shannon McCoy, Estelle Waterman and Sheila Rhoades that posted a school record time of 2:01.18.
The Purple Lions got winning help with 1-2-3 sweeps in diving, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle events, plus 1-2 finishes in the 50 free and 200 free relay.
Jaclyn Conklin set a new Dryden pool record in the 100 butterfly after a winning time of 1:01.95.


Dragons’ home opener a tough test

Sports Editor

SUNY Cortland is well aware of the difficult football task at hand.
Though the Red Dragons enjoyed opening the season with a 52-14 romp at SUNY Morrisville last Saturday, they know all too well a gridiron brute named Brockport_will provide a better indication of what the 2006 season could become for this highly touted squad.
“This is a much better test,” said head coach Dan MacNeill of Saturday’s homer opener for his Red Dragons, this non-conference contest between upstate rivals slated for 1 p.m. kickoff at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. “This is going to be a war, a war between two talented teams.”
In fact, going by the national rankings compiled by Dan Hanson’s Football Gazette, Cortland (1-0) is the 19th best Division III team in the land and Brockport (1-0) is 23rd. In this week’s national poll, both teams are listed among “others receiving votes” in the rankings — Cortland with the third highest total outside of the Top 25 teams.
So after frolicking past a Morrisville team in its inaugural season at the Division III level, a different kind of opponent looms large.
“They are keen in the understanding this is not a Morrisville,” says MacNeill of his players, who have seen the Golden Eagles abilities on tape and know the history of Brockport’s program.
Brockport lost 20-10 to visiting Cortland in last year’s season opener, and trails the Red Dragons 42-12-2 in the overall series. But since Coach Rocco Solomone came on the scene in 1995, the Golden Eagles are 8-3 against the Red Dragons.
“It’s Brockport, a state school which makes it a rivalry,” said MacNeill. “We’ve always played them and they’ve been a strong program year in and year out. There are a lot of benefits to winning this game.”
“It’s a regional game and a lot of the kids know each other from high school,” said Salomone. “It always makes for a good game. Even with some of our better teams, it’s always been close. It’s never easy.”



Cort-Lanes bucks the trend

Staff Writer

Bucking a trend, that has many bowling centers nationwide cutting back or closing, Cort-Lanes is in the final stages of a massive upgrade.
The Tompkins Street Extension facility will be, with the expected finish of the project next week, “technically a new bowling center,” said John Partigianoni Jr., the co-owner since 1976 with his father John Sr.
“We’re finishing a project that started in January of this year by putting in the last of the new pin-setting machines, Brunswick GSX’s, which have a masking unit so no one will see the pinsetters themselves,” Partigianoni said. “We’ll have new carpet and ceiling, new machines (including ball returns), gutter caps, bumpers and scoring, and have also eliminated the terrazzo (the step up and down to and from the actual bowling area). Everything in the building will be new in the last 10 years; we went with synthetic lanes 10 years ago. A house in Oswego has had rebuilt GSX’s for four years, and average four or five calls (for problems) a week. Before, we would average 20 or 30 a night. Plus, the front rakes come down as soon as the ball hits a sensor just in front of them, so there will be less problems with pins in the gutter in front of them.”
Partigianoni Jr. laughed when he talked about the new bumper system, which will automatically raise and lower when needed. “There won’t be any more arguing between kids about who needs the bumper and who doesn’t,” he said. “The main thing the average bowler will notice is the overall appearance of the building; I don’t know that they’ll notice the new machines. They won’t know they’re there.”
While refusing to divulge the total cost of the renovations, Partigianoni noted that “anyone would be happy to have that amount of money. We were going to do this, no matter what; we’d made the commitment with Brunswick last spring.”
So what exactly have been the keys to the success of Cort-Lanes?
“We try to keep the prices as low as possible and try to give bowlers the best money can buy,” said Partigianoni, whose mother Dolly and wife Donna are also involved in the day-to-day operations, as well as his father. “We’re still as cheap as anyone; obviously our price will be raised some, but so will everyone else’s. We’ve also got lots of room for parking and inside the building — which is now state-of-the-art compared to an antique.”
Cort-Lanes has picked up three leagues and some teams from Recreation Alleys, which shut down in July, and now hosts, between the adult and youth levels, “19 or 20” leagues, by Partigianoni’s estimate.
When asked about the next project, Partigianoni laughed and said, “This should be good until the day I retire.” Upon further reflection, however, he added, “Remodeling the restrooms and adding one each for men and women is our aim.”