September 21, 2007


Purple Tigers topple Trojans


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Junior Jaimee Robertson of Cortland High smacks a forehand during her stirring three set victory over Homer Central’s Jean Martinez at frist singles Thursday. Visiting CHS won the match 6-1.

The Cortland High girls’ tennis team stayed alone atop the OHSL Freedom Division standings at 8-0 Thursday afternoon with a 6-1 victory over host Homer Central.
“This was a good win for us,” said Purple Tigers coach Bob Walrath, whose team is now 9-1 overall. “We knew going in that Homer wasn’t going to give it to us. We weren’t sure beforehand where the four points for the win were going to come from. As the match went along it became clear that the girls came ready to play.”
The match of the night came on the final point, as CHS first singles player Jaimee Robertson outlasted Jean Martinez from Homer 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 to stay unbeaten in league play and improve to 9-1 overall.
“After Jean won the first set, she was leading the second 4-1 when Jaimee broke serve to start a run of games and tie it 4-4,” Walrath said. “Jean won the next game before Jaimee ran off the next three games to close out the set and then won the final set at love. Jaimee was having some difficulty early as she was playing behind the ball, when we decided to play from an open stance rather than a closed one. The move improved her timing; she tracked the ball better.”
“Jean took the lead in the first two sets, however Jaimee’s overall experience and perseverance prevailed,” said Homer coach Nancy Cavellier, whose team is now 3-5 in league play and overall. “They’re both excellent tennis players who will competing against one another for the next year, as Jaimee’s a junior and Jean’s a sophomore.”
Cortland’s other two singles players stayed perfect this season, as Molly Bramschreiber beat Natalie Sutton 6-0, 6-1 at second singles to improve to 9-0 and Kim Hall is now 10-0 after a 6-1, 6-0 third singles win over Cady Spencer.
“This had be have been Molly’s most complete win to date,” Walrath said of his team’s first point of the match. “She moved well, played error-free and controlled the points from start to finish. Kim’s point clinched the match for us. It’s amazing to me to see how far she’s come in a short amount of time (in her first season). She sure leaves no doubt that she always plays a tough match. Kim displays patience, yet attacks well. She is smooth, but runs everything down.”
Cortland won three of the four doubles matches, with Lauren Shirley and Courtney Tennant beating Emily Martin and Laura Major 6-3, 6-3 at first doubles to improve to 8-1 and earn the winners’ second point. “When Homer would start to win a couple of points, Lauren and Courtney raised their play to take back control of the match,” Walrath said.
Cortland’s third point came when Liz Chappell and Maggie Reagan won at third doubles in a 6-3, 6-0 win over Jessica Gutchess and Alaina Ryan.
“It was fun to watch Liz and Maggie; they had it all going,” said Walrath. “They served well, returned serve well, played strong ground and net games. They’re becoming a solid point for us.”
Eva Rosenthal and Robyn Hesse won Cortland’s fifth point by beating Hope Chambrone and Michelle Pfleuger 6-4, 6-4 at second doubles.
“Eva and Robyn shook off the disappointment of losing their last two matches in close three-setters by coming through in the clutch,” Walrath said. “I was very pleased to see the effort level and determination that they showed.”
Homer’s point came at fourth doubles, where Katie Strausser and Rachel Perry were 7-5, 6-4 winners over Marlyss Darrow and Taylor Warren.
“Katie, our senior who is often a silent player, has been an asset so far this season,” Cavellier said. “She’s such a steady player. She and Rachel Complement each other, and make for an excellent doubles team.”
“We couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Walrath said. “All three singles are unbeaten (in the league), and the doubles teams are doing their part. As for the entire team, our goals haven’t changed. We’re going to continue to focus on improving our tennis, and the things that we can control.”
Cortland hosts East Syracuse-Minoa at 4:30 p.m. Monday, while Homer is home against Fulton at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.  

Cortland 6, Homer 1
   Singles: Jaimee Robertson (C) def. Jean Martinez 4-6, 7-5, 6-0; Molly Bramschreiber (C) def. Natalie Sutton 6-0, 6-1; Kim Hall (C) def. Cady Spencer 6-1, 6-0.
   Doubles: Lauren Shirley-Courtney Tennant (C) def. Emily Martin-Laura Major 6-3, 6-3; Eva Rosenthal-Robyn Hesse (C) def. Hope Chambrone-Michelle Pfleuger 6-4, 6-4; Liz Chappell-Maggie Reagan (C) def. Jessica Gutchess-Alaina Ryan 6-3, 6-0; Katie Strausser-Rachel Perry (H) def. Marlyss Darrow-Taylor Warren 7-5, 6-4.




Strong Spartans drop in on CHS

Other than the fact that it returns home, things don’t get any easier for the Cortland High football team.
Coming off a 53-13 pasting at Fulton last Friday, the Purple Tigers turn around and entertain East Syracuse-Minoa at 7 p.m. this evening at Moiseichik Field. The defending Section 3 Class A American Division and sectional Class A champions have yet to taste defeat this season, coming in atop the league standings at 2-0 and 3-0 overall, and are ranked fifth in the state in Class A this week.
Of note is the fact that ES-M beat visiting Fulton 34-33 two weekends ago, scoring the winning touchdown with 48 seconds left. Last Friday the Spartans trailed visiting Chittenango 7-0 before Matt Cushing scored a pair of second-half touchdowns in a 14-7 victory. The Purple Tigers opened their season with a 15-8 loss at Chittenango.
“ES-M is solid,” said CHS coach Dave Darrow, whose team comes into tonight’s game at 1-1 in league play and 1-2 overall, minus two starters who are unavailable. “They’re a power team, much different than Fulton. They run power stuff like toss sweeps, isos and dives. They don’t use traps or bootlegs. They throw a few flair passes, but mostly they just pound on you.
“Their main strength is their tailback (Cushing, a 5-9, 175-pound senior). Their fullback, Corey Gerace (5-11, 2-5 senior) is good, and so is Kyle Johnson (6-0, 150 senior), a wide receiver. Their quarterback, Mick Letcher, does a little bit of both, running and passing, and is tough, as a sectional champ in wrestling last winter.”
Darrow said that the Spartans use 5-3 and 4-4 sets defensively, the top individuals being nose guard-tackle Eric Cushing (5-9, 140 sophomore; Matt’s brother), defensive end Emmett Baggett (6-3, 205 senior) and Gerace at linebacker.
“The key for us will be to stop their offense,” Darrow said. “Primarily, we have to stop (Matt) Cushing, who gets toss sweeps out of the I when they’re not running power football. If we do that we’ll be all right. Offensively, we’re going with something a little different; we’re going to be using more split backs out of the shotgun, some nice misdirection and option stuff. We’ll try little gimmicks like that. We’re getting there; we’ll play better. We’re just hoping the new stuff works a little better.”




Homer goes after 1st win

Staff Writer

After two tough losses on the road, Homer Central will return to George Butts Field tonight to host Jordan-Elbridge in a crucial Section 3 Class B West Division football clash at 7 p.m.
The Trojans stand at 0-3 in division and overall play and are one of six teams that are in the thick of a battle for three playoff spots from the division. Westhill and Marcellus are the unbeaten teams at 3-0 and they face each other Friday at Westhill.
Jordan-Elbridge comes into the Homer game at 1-2 after defeating LaFayette/Fabius-Pompey in week one, but losing to Westhill and Skaneateles the past two weeks. The Eagles led at Skaneateles last Friday, but a lightning delay force the game to be completed Saturday and the Lakers pulled out a 21-20 win.
Skaneateles (2-1) will host LaFayette (0-3) and Solvay (2-1) travels to Phoenix (1-2). As you see, there is little room for error.
“In my opinion, our season is going good,” said Jordan-Elbridge head coach Mike Smart. “We played to our ability against LaFayette, not to their ability being a young team, and I thought we gave a good effort against Westhill. No one has been able to tackle Dale Ross so far.
“I felt we had the momentum at Skaneateles,” Smart continued. “We had the lead until the lightning forced us to suspend the game and come back Saturday. We gave up a big punt return to our own six-yard line and that was short game-winning drive for Skaneateles. This week, we have Homer. We have a lot of respect for them, because they have a good program. They are 0-3 right now, but they have not played like that the last two weeks.”
 “Jordan-Elbridge has an awesome backfield package,” said Homer coach Gary Podsiedlik. “They are big up front and match-up well against us on the offensive and defensive line. We certainly cannot take anyone for granted.
“Our players to come out with an emotional intensity for this game. That is not something we can teach them as coaches. This is something that is up to the players. If they come out with that emotional intensity, I am confident that we will win the game.”
Jordan-Elbridge runs the Pro-I, Option-style offense. Calling the signals will be senior quarterback Jason Hohm (6-foot-2, 170 pounds). Hohn has completed nine-of-33 passing attempts for 181 yards.
Joining Hohm in the backfield are senior fullback Cameron Hemler (6-2, 215) and senior tailback Joe Poppe (5-6, 155).