September 21, 2006


Homer girls up to speed


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer Central cross country runners Jessica Bramhall (left) and Laura Niederhofer run past Little York Lake during Wednesday’s OHSL meet. The Trojans ran past both Phoenix and J-D.

After going unbeaten in OHSL Freedom Division cross-country dual meets in 2005, Homer Central girls picked up where they left off by sweeping two division foes.
The Trojans defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 25-30 and Phoenix 20-35 Wednesday at Little York Park in the only home meet of the 2006 season. J-D was a 20-37 winner over Phoenix.
Homer boys fell to 0-2 after losing to both J-D (43-19) and Phoenix (40-19). J-D nipped Phoenix 16-19 in their battle.
“Coach (Gordie) Valentine’s scouting report provided the coaching staff an excellent strategy for this one and only home meet,” Homer coach Jim Baldwin said. “We knew that our top three runners would run really strong against Phoenix. We also believed that our top three runners would stand up well against J-D’s top three runners. The Homer girls ran an outstanding race as all five girls_improved their times over their_performance last Friday night_at Cazenovia.”
Trojan junior Heather Wilson dominated the girls’ varsity race to post a winning time of 20:18, 36 seconds faster than runner-up Eileen Cody from J-D.
Laura Niederhofer ran a strong third and edged out teammate Jessica Bramhall. Megan Harmon took ninth-place for the Trojans with Caitlyn Baldassarre rounding out the five Trojan runners in_13th-place.
“Heather ran very well and relaxed as she is beginning to find her stride,” Baldwin said. “Laura ran a very smart race, making a move late to finish third. Jessica is continuing to learn to run a 5K race and is improving every week. Megan ran an outstanding race, dropping 1:32 off her Cazenovia time.  Caitlyn is in her first year running cross country and continues to develop into a solid runner as she dropped 2:41 off her Cazenovia race time.” 
Rachel McMahon recently joined the team from soccer and ran in a non-scoring position in her first cross country race.   
RYAN SULLIVAN was the first Homer runner across the finish line in the boys’ varsity race. Sullivan posted a time of 18:16.
Phoenix placed all five scoring runners in the top-10, but J-D placed four scoring runners in the top eight to pulled out the win.
“The boys ran a very solid meet this afternoon,” Baldwin said. “They continue to improve every week. All of our runners ran faster than they had at either the V-V-S or Cazenovia Invitational.
“Ryan continues to improve as he ran a good race with a fast start.”
Andrew Gregg posted a 13th-place finish coming back from an ankle injury that kept him out of action last weekend. James McKenna and Ross Pouliot each dropped 30 seconds off their Cazenovia times, while Micah Brown improved to more than one minute and Josh Bergmark by over three minutes.
Homer will return to action Saturday at Baldwinsville Invitational.



Undefeated CHS gets past Trojans

Both teams came away with a reason to be happy Wednesday as the Cortland High golf team, technically the host for the match, beat Homer Central 209-220 in a non-leaguer at Cortland Country Club.
The Purple Tigers stayed perfect after eight matches this season, while the Trojans turned in their best score of the season on a par-36 nine.
“The kids were happy with the win, but not with their score,” said Cortland coach Kevin Cafararo, whose team came in having totaled under 200 in six of its seven matches. “Only Matt Porter (the overall medalist with a 37) played to his average. Everyone else struggled and was at least a stroke or two above his average. The weather was a factor. It was windy but sunny when the match started, but it got colder and windier as it went on and it rained, all of which played a role over the last four holes.
“It wasn’t one of our better scores, but every Cortland-Homer match is fun regardless. The kids know and like each other, and see each other a lot. In fact, many of them play together outside of high school matches,” he added.
Nick Decker followed Porter with a 41 for Cortland, while Chris Pace had a 43 and 44’s were carded by Brandon Fitzgerald and Mike Congdon. Ryan Wanish closed things out with a 46. Nick Saraceno paced Homer (1-7 overall) with a 42, while Lane Hopkins and Molly Nulty both shot 44 and Andy Saraceno and Ian Gutchess both had 45’s. Dan Miller had a 51.
“It was our best score of the year on a par 36 layout,” Wilcox said. “We have been trying to set the line-up by our practice scores, which have been getting better. All the kids are shooting close to the same scores so we decided to switch the line-up around and try some new pairings. It was nice to have all five scorers at 45 or under.
“Molly has been really hitting the ball well lately. She is our most consistent player,” he added of Nulty.
The Purple Tigers also won a junior varsity match 237-265, with Steve Stowell earning medalist honors with a 43.
Cortland has another non-league home match at 3:30 p.m. today at Cortland CC, this time against East Syracuse-Minoa Blue, while Homer next visits Jamesville-DeWitt Friday at Drumlins.