October 05, 2007


Rockets, Eagles still standing tall


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
McGraw’s Nicole Law (7) sets herself up for a goal early in the first half as Brookfield’s Elizabeth Kabana (22) looks on Thursday. Law had four goals in 7-1 McGraw victory.

The DeRuyter Central and McGraw Central girls’ soccer teams stayed on course for a first-place Central Counties League showdown Thursday with easy victories.
The Rockets are now 8-0-1 in the league (10-1-1 overall) after a 5-0 win at Otselic Valley, while McGraw beat visiting Brookfield 7-1 and is 7-0-1 league (12-1-1 overall). In non-league boys’ action, Madison beat host DeRuyter 4-1 while visiting McGraw blanked Tyburn Academy 4-0.
DeRuyter 5, Otselic Valley 0: Kayla Hampton made 10 saves for the shutout for the Rockets, who were led offensively by Chelsea Way’s three goals and one assist.
Carissa Clark and Kaitlyn Pforter scored once apiece for the winners, who had a 24-10 shot advantage. Cindy Slack made 10 saves in the Viking nets.
“Our midfielders did a nice job of controlling the play,” DeRuyter co-coach Tom Springer said.
The Rockets will meet Stockbridge Valley at 10 a.m. Saturday in the first round of the Poland Tournament. Depending on the result, they will face either Oriskany or the hosts on Sunday, with the consolation game at 10 a.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m.
McGraw 7, Brookfield 1: Nicole Law scored four times while Kierra Mack had a goal and two assists and Kirsten Guy and Madeleine Byrne a goal apiece as the Eagles romped.
The winners led 5-1 at halftime, Law opening the scoring 13 minutes in and then scoring again six minutes later before closing things out with a pair of goals 27 seconds apart in the second half.
A 28-5 shot advantage for the hosts meant that goalkeeper Chelsea Hayes need to make only two saves, to four for the beavers’ Laken Chesebro.
“We tried to keep the game interesting, moving the ball with short passes and utlilizing the entire field,” McGraw coach Dave Law said. “Everyone got plenty of playing time and a chance to try a few new positions. The girls are winning, but the main thing is that they are having fun doing it.”
McGraw visits Otselic Valley Tuesday.
Madison 4, DeRuyter 1, nl: The Rockets’ Ethan Grime opened the scoring 14:50 into the first half off an assist from Erik Skeele, but the Blue Devils got second-half goals, all unassisted, from Brett Perry, Dan Plows, Kody Peters and Henry Luetters to win.
Since Madison has some players from Brookfield on its squad, the Blue Devils are not eligible for the league championship this season and the contest is considered non-league. DeRuyter is now 4-5-1 overall, and Madison is 8-3.
DeRuyter goalkeeper Dustin McLure and his Madison counterpart, Cody Frost, made four saves apiece, the winners taking eight shots to six for the Rockets.
DeRuyter’s boys will also meet Stockbridge Valley in the first round of the Poland Tournament, at noon on Saturday. The consolation game is at noon and the championship at 4 p.m. on Sunday, with West Canada Valley and Poland the other two teams involved.
McGraw 4, Tyburn Academy 0: The Eagles did all of their scoring in the second half to beat Tyburn for the second time in three days and improve to 4-8 overall. Anthony Powell scored twice while Brad MacLean and Chris Moffitt had one goal apiece.
“One again, we played better in the second half,” McGraw coach Cory Smith said. “Our defense played well again, which is what we need to have happen going into the second part of the season. We did everything but put the ball in the goal in this game. I’ll take this win, even though I wasn’t happy with the overall team play.”
The Eagles took 24 shots to just one for Tyburn, keeper Josh Shepard getting the shutout. McGraw was to host Otselic Valley this afternoon.




Marathon gets Funk 400th win

SPENCER — All the pieces fell into place perfectly Thursday for Marathon Central girls, and they could have picked a better time to do it.
Since 1974 there has been only one coach at the school, Karen Funk, and most dedicated coach in Section 4 field hockey was rewarded with her 400th win after the Olympians disposed of host Spencer-Van Etten 8-0 in a Section 4 Division III contest.
It was nearly five years ago, on Oct. 10 in 2002, that Funk achieved the 300-win milestone. From 2001 through the S-VE game, her teams have posted an astonishing 139-4 record, including the 87-game win streak that led to three consecutive state titles frome 2001-03. Funk has a record of 400 wins-129 losses and 42 ties in her 34-year career.
“When I think about 400 wins, there is only one thought I really have,” said Funk after the game. “I think of all the girls that have played for me and how they have helped in this. Those former players and the ones that I have now make it all worthwhile.
“It is really amazing how quickly (five years) that the total jumped from 300 to 400,” Funk added. “The sport has come a long way from the nine-game seasons when I started coaching in 1974 to now where you can play 25 games if you reach the state finals, depending out the out-bracket game you may play.”
First place Marathon (7-0 division, 11-1 overall) jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Spencer-Van Etten in the first half. Three of the first four goals came on penalty-corner sets. In all, 11 of the 22 players on the roster contributed in the scoring.
Alexis Root netted two goals with Tessa Knapp, Kelley Braman, McKenna Light, Dakota Ripley, Michelle Stevens and Jaimie Edwards each adding one goal. Marta Malmberg and Hannah Griep each delivered two assists with Braman, Ashley Cross and Stephanie Fiske adding one assist each.
“Everything really clicked tonight,” said Funk. “I have been waiting for a game like this all season. Everyone got involved. We had great communication, good passing and good ball control.”
Roni Allen made three saves in goal to record her fifth shutout of the season while Amanda Springstead made 12 saves for Spencer-Van Etten (3-3, 4-6-1).




Trojans, Lakers to battle for playoff berth

Staff Writer

There will be no tomorrow, or more specifically no playoff game, for the team that comes out on the losing end of tonight’s Homer Central football game at Skaneateles.
The Trojans enter the Section 3 Class B West clash against the Lakers with a 2-3 division and overall record. Skaneateles is 3-2 and would claim a top-four spot in the division standings with a victory. Should Homer win, both teams would be 3-3 and the Trojans would hold the tiebreaker over Lakers based on the head-to-head victory.
The Trojans close out the regular season at LaFayette-Fabius Pompey Octo. 13. Homer has been in the Section 3 Class B playoffs three straight seasons and has reached the semifinals each of those years, including the Class B championship season in 2005.
“It’s very simple,” said Skaneateles head coach John King. “You win, you’re in. We have put ourselves in this position.
“We have had a good season to this point,” King continued. “We had some kids missing for the Solvay game and you need to be full strength against them. Penalties have been killing us, but the kids have been stepping up and they have been playing well.”
“This is the game of the season for both teams,” said Homer coach Gary Podsiedlik. “There is a lot of respect on both sides for their opponent.
“Skaneateles is a big team,” Podsiedlik continued. “They have good speed and they are an athletic team. Matt Wood is the tailback and he is nearing the 900 or 1,000-yard mark. He is the core of their offense.”
Skaneateles runs the veer-offense with many variations and options available. Wood, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior has rushed for 882 yards on 103 carries (8.6) and has scored 15 touchdowns. Only Dale Ross of Westhill has gained more yards and scored more touchdowns in the B West Division.
Wood’s backfield mate is junior fullback Phillip Weiss (5-10, 210). Calling signals will be sophomore quarterback Thomas Schoener (6-0, 160). The flanker is junior Brandon Forgham (5-6, 150) with juniors Joshua Kimm (6-0, 165) and Ryan Callahan (5-10, 160) shuttling plays in from the split end position. Schoener has completed 13-of-41 passing attempts for 161 yards.
The offensive line has senior Erik Stevens (6-1, 250) at center, senior Anthony Navaroli (6-0, 215) at left guard, senior Kenneth Dean (6-2, 270) at left tackle, junior Drake Hill (6-1, 250) is the right guard and senior Jonathan Morris-Eppolto (6-5, 250) is the right tackle.