September 27, 2006


Improved Groton gives unbeaten Lions a scare


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Groton’s Mirkohja Nazaraliev (15) cuts offWill Edgecomb of Dryden chasing down this ball during Tuesday’s IAC soccer game. Visitng Dryden was a 1-0 winner.

GROTON — Before the 2006 season is over, Groton Central boys will make their mark in Interscholastic Athletic Conference soccer.
Despite a 3-6-1 overall record, the Indians continue to play the top team tough and they could play the spoiler role in the Division III race. The latest example was Tuesday as Groton held powerful and undefeated Dryden (9-0-1) to a lone goal during a 1-0 crossover setback at Groton Elementary School.
In other IAC matches, Marathon nipped Candor 1-0, Lansing tripped Trumansburg 2-0, Southern Cayuga stopped Watkins Glen 2-1, Moravia blanked Newfield 4-0, Spencer-Van Etten stopped Waverly 5-0, Newark Valley topped Tioga 5-1 and Odessa-Montour dumped Union Springs 7-1.
Groton 2, Southern Cayuga 2: “We are right there, we just cannot get over the hump against the top teams,” Groton coach John D’Antonio said. “We bent, but did not break most of the game.
“We missed two empty-net chances during the game. You don’t get many scoring chances against the good teams, so you need to convert those you do get. Give Dryden a lot of credit. They are a good team with a lot of athletic players,” he added.
The Purple Lions got their only goal in the match with 33:57 left. Trevor Totman took a crossing pass and moved up the side. Totman centered the ball for Jordan Minnis, who directed the ball into the net.
Kyle Yunger was strong in the Groton goal with 13 saves while Brad Waterman made four saves for Dryden to earn the shutout win.
Dryden will host Lansing Thursday at 4:30 p.m. while Groton returns to action Saturday with an 11 a.m. home match against Waverly.
Marathon 1, Candor 0: Kasey Bush scored the only goal of the game with 17:33 remaining as Marathon improved to 7-1-1 overall with a narrow crossover win against Candor. Bush had his initial shot blocked by goalkeeper Adam Matta (18 saves), but the ball flew right back to him and Bush headed the second chance home.
“We controlled ball, but Candor played a very defensive-minded game,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “They never really threatened and the one shot that Candor did get was not much.
“We need to look and different ways to attack when teams play this defensive-style,” he added. “We need to learn how to pass the ball back to reset things and look to go over the top more. We did the things that we needed to do last night to get a win.”
Marathon will travel to Spencer-Van Etten Thursday for a cross-over contest at 4:30 p.m.
Dryden 102, Waverly 81: Combining some early event wins and a solid number of 2-3 finishes allowed Dryden High girls to paddle their way to a 102-81 IAC win over visiting Waverly Tuesday.
Sheila Rhoades, Elle Roberson, Shannon McCoy and Tara Brenner picked up wins. Roberson and Rhoades were also part of winning relay teams. Rhoades won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:11.01, Roberson the 200 individual medley in 2:30.35, McCoy the 100 fly in 1:18.68 and Brenner led a Purple Lion 1-2-3 sweep in diving with 154.10 points.
Roberson, Kendra Stelick, Estelle Waterman and Nicole Ramos to win the 200 medley relay (2:07.05) while Roberson and Rhoades were the bookends with Brenna O’Brien and Shelby Fox on the winning 200 free relay team (1:53.04).
Shannon Moss won the 50 free and 100 free for Waverly and she was the lead-off person for the winning 400 free relay.
Dryden 3, Watkins Glen 0: Nicole Wright had 11 points, six kills and three aces to lead Dryden to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-12 win over Watkins Glen Tuesday. Carley Gee added 10 points and two kills while Danielle McCutcheon had eight points, seven kills and six aces. Tricia Strickland added eight assists and three points to the winning attack.
Celeste Shaffer had six points and two aces for Watkins Glen. Jackie Simmons added three digs while Margaret Franzese had two points, two kills and two digs.
Lansing boys and Moravia girls were the winners in cross-country action at Stonehedges Golf Course Tuesday. The Bobcat boys netted 30 points to top host Groton (47), Tioga (115) and Moravia (inc.) in this IAC meet.
Jason Phillips of Moravia won the race over the three-mile layout with a time of 17:55.7, 24 seconds faster than runner-up Frank Massi from Lansing. Mikhail Kern placed third (18:29) and teammate Jonah Hebdon was sixth as Groton placed two runners in the top-10.
“We are getting better with each race,” Groton coach Scott Weeks said. “Lansing seemed almost out of reach a week ago and now, they are in our sights. The rookies continue to step it up and make us a much better team.”
Moravia (22 points) had the only complete girls’ team as a total of ten girls ran the varsity race. Alicia McLaughlin (23:21) led a Blue Devil 1-2-3 sweep with Kayla Slater second and Aimee Glenister third.
— IN FIELD HOCKEY, Marathon Central received a forfeit from host Newark Valley.



Purple Tigers finish off defending champ Fulton

A familiar situation presented itself to the Cortland High boys’ soccer team Tuesday evening, and the Purple Tigers were more than up to the task.
Coach Dan Law’s squad led visiting Fulton 2-0 at halftime and went on to beat the defending league and Section 3 Class A champions, as well as state co-champions, 5-2. Not, however, without some scary déjà vu.
“We talked at halftime about needing to come out strong and finish the game,” said Law, whose team is now 4-2 in OHSL Freedom Division play and 6-3 overall. “In the last week, we’d seen that having a 2-0 halftime lead doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to win. We needed to play 40 more minutes.”
Law’s reference was to a 3-2 overtime victory at Mexico last Tuesday in which the Purple Tigers trailed 2-0 at the half and a 3-2 loss, also in overtime, to visiting Marcellus last Thursday in a game Law’s squad led 2-0.
By the midway point of the second half, Cortland had a 5-0 lead, but Law admitted that even with that, when Fulton scored twice in the latter stages of the game, he was still a bit apprehensive.
“When it got to 5-2 I was thinking, ‘Here we go again,’” Law said. “With a five-goal lead you’d think you’d be safe and would be able to get some kids in there. But we made adjustments, rotated people around and finished up the game with good, strong defense to seal the win.”
Luka Starmer led the Purple Tigers with three goals, and opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game off an assist by Theo Bishop on a cross from the right side. Chad Nitti, off a cross from Derek Allen, fed Starmer for his second goal, with 15 minutes left before intermission, for the familiar 2-0 halftime score.
Allen got the assist as Chris Decker made it 3-0 seven minutes into the second half, and seven minutes later Joel White drew the defense in on the left side and fed Starmer, who put the ball home from close range on the right. Bishop then assisted on a tally by White midway through the second that made it 5-0.
Fulton then scored the next two — by Steve Bateman and John Rizzo, off a Bateman assist — to account for the final margin as the hosts stepped it up on defense to prevent further goals.
“We played better and took another step forward,” Law said of his 101st career victory, the 100th having come in a 3-0 non-league win over visiting Homer Saturday.
“We played better against Fulton and need to keep doing that; then I think we’ll be able to put together a successful season. We’re getting there,” Law added.
Fulton (3-2-1 league, 4-4-1 overall) actually had a 22-18 shot advantage, Ryan Wiehl making three first-half saves and Judd Arnold stopping 10 shots in the second half. Law noted, though, that the visitors had very few dangerous chances among all their shots.
Cortland visits East Syracuse-Minoa at 6:30 p.m. Thursday looking to reverse the result of the teams’ first meeting, a 2-1 season-opening victory for the Spartans on Sept. 5.
CORTLAND JVs lost to Fulton 3-1. Cortland’s Kyle Cute opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game before the visitors took charge with a pair of scores just before halftime.
Kachi Anumonwo and Ben Darby shared time in the nets for the Purple Tigers (2-7-1) and totaled nine combined saves as the winners outshot CHS 15-10.



McDonald hosts hockey Open House

The Cortland County Youth Hockey Association will host a Community Day Open House to provide children ages 4-7 the opportunity to explore and learn about the game of hockey. The event will be from 3:15-5:15 p.m. at the J.M. McDonald Center and is free of charge.
Protective gear will be provided by the CCYHA and skates provided by the Sports Complex. Volunteers will be greatly appreciated to help fit the children with gear.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Al Paquin at or by telephone at 758-7790.
— There is still room for individuals who are interested in playing on Snowbelt Teams. Anyone interested in registering a player at the Snowbelt level please contact Bill Brazo at or by telephone at 749-4091.