October 01, 2007


First place CHS responds to test

After rolling to so many easy victories this season, the Cortland High girls’ tennis team got one the hard way Monday afternoon.
Rallying back for wins in one singles and two doubles matches, the Purple Tigers stayed undefeated in 11 OHSL Freedom Division matches and improved to 12-1 overall by beating host Jamesville-DeWitt 6-1.
Homer Central, meanwhile, cruised past visiting Fowler 7-0.
Cortland 6, Jamesville-DeWitt 1: “The match looked all but over with J-D on the verge of closing out second singles and second and third doubles,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “For us to win, we knew we had to take three of the four matches that went on the five courts initially.
‘Though we struggled, Jaimee Robertson (14-2) came through with our first point at first singles (6-3, 6-1 over Joanna Wu) while Lauren Shirley and Courtney Tennant (14-1) followed up with the second point at first doubles (7-6 (7-2), 6-4 over Priya Gupta and Stella Min). As I looked over the other three courts, I could see that Molly Bramschreiber (second doubles) was down at set and trailing 5-2 in her second set, while Eva Rosenthal and Robyn Hesse (second doubles) were down 5-3 in their decisive third set. Playing nets to them, Liz Chappell and Maggie Reagan were trailing 5-2 in their third set. Knowing that we had lost to J-D’s fourth doubles team pretty badly the first time and at the league tournament Saturday, the match appeared to be out of our grasp. I was starting to go through the first league defeat talk for the bus.”
As it turned out, the speech would be unnecessary.
“This match, like these girls, had a distinct character all its own. Shot by shot Molly, Eva and Robyn, and Liz and Maggie would come up with a great shot or a huge hustle point to extend their matches and creep closer, getting back into their matches. In all of my tenure coaching I have never been part of a team so close to losing that showed the kind of patience and determination that this team did,” said Walrath.
Bramschreiber (now 15-0) ended up beating Shipra Gupta 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. Rosenthal and Hesse were 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) winners over Sophia Min and Ann Kossachev, while Chappell and Reagan beat Cassie Spencer and Emily Luckette 6-0, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1).
“Liz and Maggie (13-1) were the fourth point for us tonight. We continue to get good balance from singles and doubles. As we have come to expect, Kim Hall nailed down the final point,” he added, the unbeaten Hall (15-0) winning at third singles 6-2, 6-2 over Michelle Maloff.
“They were certainly ready for us, as we knew they would be,” said Walrath. “The whole match was certainly entertaining to watch. Our heart in the face of defeat was the equalizer that kept this team unbeaten in league play.”
Cortland was to host Mexico at 4:30 p.m. today. The Purple Tigers are still alone atop the league standings, ahead of runner-up Chittenango (9-1 league), a 7-0 winner over Mexico on Monday.
Homer 7, Fowler 0: “It was a solid win,” said Trojans coach Nancy Cavellier, whose team is now 5-6 in the league and overall. “Cady Spencer actually played Fowler’ first singles player, hung in tight, had a few aces and overall was patient.”
Spencer was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Fowler’s Ashley Lane.
“Another highlight was our third doubles team of Sarah Dart, a freshman, and Lizzy Kniffin,” she added, those Trojans taking a 6-4, 6-0 third doubles win. “The two of them returned the ball with great crosscourt and down-the-line shots. They were down 3-0 in the first set before fighting back to win it.”
Jean Martinez beat Thao Nguyen 6-0, 6-0 at first singles for Homer, and at second singles Natalie Dutton defeated Dung Dang 6-1, 7-5. First doubles saw Laura Major and Emily Martin down Asia Whitehead and Chrishayla Williams 6-0, 6-0, with second doubles going to Hope Chambrone and Michelle Pfleuger, 6-1, 6-4 over Minnie and Rose DuBois.
Homer’s Katie Strausser and Shannan Keefe won by forfeit at fourth doubles.
The Trojans host Chittenango Thursday.




Olympians, Lions boot opponents

The Marathon Central and Dryden High boys’ soccer teams both scored Interscholastic Athletic Conference victories Monday, the Olympians 3-1 winners over visiting Division III opponent Groton while host Dryden scored a 5-0 Division I win over Trumansburg.
Elsehwere, the Marathon field hockey team was a 5-0 winner over Newark Valley in a Section 4 Conference Division III contest.
Marathon 3, Groton 1: After a scoreless first half, Jason Luce scored all three of the Olympians’ goals, including two just a minute apart. He headed home a cross from Vinnie Powierski seven minutes into the second half, and a minute later settled a pass from Powierski in the box and found the back of the net. Luce completed the hat trick by heading home another goal with 15 minutes left, the assist going Dave McDonald.
Austin Tompkins converted a pass in front from Justin Martin with 1:15 left for Groton’s only tally.
Derek Root made three saves for Marathon (5-0-1 in Division III and 8-3-1 overall), which visits Union Springs Wednesday. Kyle Yunger stopped 14 shots for the Indians (2-4, 3-8-2), who travel to Newfield Wednesday.
Dryden 5, Trumansburg 0: The Purple Lions stayed tied with Lansing, who they visit at 7 p.m. Wednesday, for first place in Division I at 5-0-1 with the win, and are 11-0-1 overall.
T.J. Weaver made four saves to record the shutout, with Dryden amassing an 18-8 shot advantage. Nick Lange and Dylan Luce had a goal and an assist apiece for the winners, while Mark Durkee (who opened the scoring at 16:43 of the first half with what proved to be the game-winner), Curtis Greene (first varsity goal) and Justin Niziol scored once each.
“Trumansburg (2-3 Division I, 5-4-1 overall) played very hard and kept the pressure very high,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “Colby Taber (who made six saves, while teammate Tyler Kraus had three) had a great game in goal for them. T.J. made saves when we needed him to in preserving the shutout. We came out very flat in the first half, but the second half was just the opposite. We controlled play and moved the ball very quickly, using the field well.”




Wild victory for Elks

The wildest game of the weekend in the Cortland Youth Bureau Small Fry Football League came in the Midgets Division on Saturday morning, when the Elks won a crazy 27-26 game over the Legion.
The Elks (2-0) prevailed when Brett Copes scored his third touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 26-26, with quarterback Jake Woods running for the go-ahead conversion points at Gary Wood Field at Dexter Park.
Among Copes’ touchdowns was a successful hook-and-ladder play that started with a Woods pass to Matt Pasquerello, who then provided a lateral that Copes took the distance.
Dylan Brown ran for two touchdowns for Legion (1-1), including a 50-yard scamper to close out the first half and put his side up 26-20.
Also in the Midgets Division on Friday, a 36-yard Jon Phillips run in the opening quarter carried PBA to a 7-0 win over Moose.
IN GIANTS DIVISION play, the Elks is off to a 2-0 start after beating Legion 14-0 Friday behind a pair of Nick Cafararo touchdowns. He scored on an interception return and a short TD plunge.
Teddy Phillips had a pair of touchdowns as PBA defeated Moose 25-7 on Saturday.
Play resumes this afternoon with a pair of games. VFW and Moose play in the Midgets Division at 4 p.m., followed by the Giants Division game between the VFW and Moose at 5 p.m.