September 25, 2007


Bramschreiber, Hall stay unbeaten in CHS shutout


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Molly Bramschreiber was a straight set winner at second singles in Monday’s 7-0 shutout of East Syracuse-Minoa.

The Cortland High tennis team kept up its winning ways Monday with a 7-0 victory over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa.
The Purple Tigers are now 9-0 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 10-1 overall, with a pair of players still undefeated. Molly Bramschreiber took Christina LeBlanc 6-2, 6-0 at second singles to improve to 10-0, and Kim Hall is now 11-0 at third singles after a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jen Carter.
“Molly put on a commanding performance where she was able to dictate play throughout,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “Kim is getting more and more comfortable striking the ball from anywhere on the court. Jaimee (Robertson, who beat Jenn Graves 6-3, 6-1 at first singles and is now 10-1) took the opportunity to come in to the net more than I have seen her do.”
The first doubles tandem of Lauren Shirley and Courtney Tennant scored their ninth win in 10 matches, 6-1, 6-0 over Catrina LeBlanc and Anne Wilson. Liz Chappell and Molly Reagan are now 8-1 at third doubles after a 6-3, 6-1 win over Aldinia Zulic and Danica Spero.
Lauren and Courtney were sharp together,” Walrath said. “Lauren served and volleyed while Courtney pulled off some incredibly penetrating ground strokes. They cover the court so well.
“Liz and Maggie started slow but finished strong. They are not leaving many openings for opponents to hit the ball. Eva Rosenthal and Robyn Hesse played great in the first and third sets to pull out their win,” he added. Rosenthal and Hesse taking a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 over Andrea Jerabek and Alexa Bleyle at second doubles to improve to 8-2.
The winners’ other point came from Elizabeth Martin and Theresa Pierce, who played together for the first time and scored a 6-2, 6-2 fourth-doubles win over Norlene Remollata and Alisha Benack.
“Elizabeth and Theresa got their first varsity start together and made the most of it,” Walrath said. “I was very pleased to see how well they moved together and made good decisions with the ball.”
Cortland hosts Fulton at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and visits Chittenango Thursday. The league meet is slated for a 9 a.m. start Saturday on the CHS courts.




Trojans encouraged losing in OT to CBA

SYRACUSE — Despite the final outcome, Homer Central girls’ soccer coach Jim Baranello had a positive outlook on his team’s 2-1 overtime loss to host Syracuse CBA Monday evening.
M.E. Lapham scored the overtime goal for CBA in this match-up of top OHSL Freedom Division squads, the second of her two goals.
“I’m really happy with the team,” said Baranello. “They needed to play well against a very good team, and that’s what they did.
“They didn’t allow the fouling to bother them. We were fouled 30 times and only committed seven fouls,” he added. “Every time we got something going in our offensive half they’d foul us, giving themselves a chance to reorganize. All of our set pieces were on restarts. They broke our rhythm and didn’t allow us to get into a rhythm.
“It was probably a good strategy on their part. CBA played tough, and the fouls were clean. There was a lot of possession by both teams in the middle third, and not much by either team in its attacking third. Both defenses played well. They dominated for the first 10 minutes or so, and we gained confidence as the game went on.”
Homer (3-3 Freedom Division, 6-3 overall) scored the first goal eight minutes into the second half, as senior center midfielder Kaylee Benz took a pass from sophomore outside midfielder Victoria Lewis in the box and put the ball past Brothers keeper Ashley Walsh.
Homer missed out on a chance to go up 2-0 five minutes later on a ball in the box, according to Baranello, who noted that “Then we got sloppy and gave up a soft goal.”
CBA tied the game with nine minutes left as Lapham, attempting to volley the ball into the box, put it over the head of Homer keeper Danielle Reygers and into the net for the tie. She also had the game-winner with 3:30 left in the first overtime, scoring off a scramble in front.
“We had a very good opportunity to tie it later in the first overtime on a cross that went through but that we didn’t take advantage of,” Baranello said. “We knew overtime would be tough; we’re not as deep as CBA, and I think that fatigue played a part.”
CBA (6-0 league, 8-1-1 overall) had an 18-6 shot advantage in the contest, Reygers called on to make 14 saves to five for the hosts’ Ashley Walsh.




Dryden defense handles Springs

After building a one-goal soccer lead at halftime, the defense took over for Dryden High girls.
The Purple Lions held their hosts to a lone shot in the second half while securing a 2-1 victory on Monday afternoon’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference crossover match.
Brighid Rose and Nicole Button netted first half goals as Dryden improved to 4-6 on the season by knocking off the Division III contenders.
Elsewhere, Marathon and Groton girls were shutout victims. Newark Valley blanked Marathon 2-0, while Trumansburg topped Groton 5-0. In other games, Elmira Notre Dame beat Wavelry 2-0, Candor rolled past Southern Cayuga 6-0 and Lansing handled Watkins Glen 5-0.
In field hockey, Marathon captured a 2-0 non-league victory at Baldwinsville.
Dryden 2, Union Springs 1: The defensive work of Sabrina Jenner, Kelsey Bates, Kaitlyn DeGaetano and Amy Lalonde figured in the big victory for Dryden. Goalie Rebecca Johnson finished with four saves to hold Union Springs to its lone goal.
Rose provided a 1-0 lead for the Purple Lions 18 minutes into the game, assisted by Audrey Ross. The first varsity goal scored by Button upped the lead to 2-nil.
Union Springs got back into the game when Amanda Cuff scored two minutes before halftime, but the Wolves were pretty much stifled from that point on.
Dryden returns to action Wednesday, visiting Waverly.
Newark Valley 2, Marathon 0: Second half goals by Abby Finley and Val Hanson did in host Marathon, who got 14 saves in goal from Cara Caforio in defeat. The Olympians got off a dozen shots on goal, none slipping past Cardinals keeper Liza Rigucci.
Trumansburg 5, Groton 0: Groton managed just three shots while losing at Trumansburg. Five different Red Raiders scored goals, Lauren Nelson and Livia Farina-Geiger with a goal and an assist apiece.
Christina Henry was kept busy in goal for Groton, finishing with 18 saves.
Marathon 2, Baldwinsville 0: The Olympians scored once in each half and improved to 7-1 overall with the win over the host Bees, a Class A team from Section 3.
Marta Malmberg deflected home a free hit by Kelly Braman with 16:18 left in the first half. Hannah Griep took the ball at the 25, dodged four defenders and scored unassisted nine minutes into the second half for the final margin.