October 10, 2007


Blue Devil Phillips storms to the front

Cross Country

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
They’re off and running at the start of Tuesday’s IAC Division II Cross Country Championships where, from left, Moravia’s Jason Phillips (495), Groton’s Mikhail Kern, Marathon’s Cody Gaylord (488) and Marathon’s Pieter Van Ingen (491) show the way at Stonehedges Golf Course in Groton. Phillips was the race winner.

GROTON — Dodging passing thunderstorms was the main order of business at the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division II Cross-Country Championships Tuesday at Stonehedges Golf Course.
The hostile weather forced race officials to combine the modified and varsity level races and it worked as all the action was completed.
Southern Springs boys and Trumansburg girls emerged as the varsity champions for this 2007 season.
 The Wolves had 45 points to nip Trumansburg boys (49) and Groton (59) with Lansing (74) and Marathon (123) rounding out the team scoring. For the ladies, the Blue Raiders claimed top honors with 31 points while Moravia edged Southern Springs for second-place 44-46.
Moravia’s Jason Phillips accomplished his goal by winning the varsity boys race in 17:36, 20 seconds faster than runner-up Josh Barber from Lansing.
Phillips’ teammate Joe Grobelny placed seventh with a time of 18:19.8. The top seven runners across the line in each varsity race earned IAC first team all-atar status.
“Jason and Joe both achieved their individual goals today,” said Moravia coach Jan Hunsinger. “Jason was really focused on winning the race today and he ran a strong race. Joe wanted to repeat as an All-Star and he met that goal.”
Mikhail Kern was the top Groton runner across the finish line as he posted a time of 18:04.2. Kern finished third overall in the varsity boys’ race while teammate Jonah Hebdon was fifth in a time of 18:13.6.
“Jason continued his domination in the IAC,” added Groton coach Scott Weeks. “He ran a tactically controlled and smart race for himself.
“Jonah Hebdon and Andrew Robinson had the strongest races for the Groton boys,” Weeks continued. “Both stepped it up to have solid races tonight.”
Robison placed 20th with a time of 19:55.9.
Marathon freshman Pieter Van Ingen was the top finishing Olympian with a time of 19:37.1, good for 15th place overall.
MORAVIA GIRLS Alicia McLaughlin and Aimee Glenister posted third and sixth-place finishes respectively to be the top runners among the three local schools. McLaughlin ran 22:23.4 and Glenister 22:48.2 over the Stonehedges Golf Course layout to earn first team all-star honors.
Marathon junior Michelle Larkin placed 10th (24:08.6) as the leading Olympian runner in the race.
Groton junior Heidi Chamberlain posted a time of 24:52.7 to finish in 14th-place.
Danielle Peck of Trumansburg (21:21.3) was the winner in the varsity girls race.

Boys’ Summary —
   Teams scores: Southern Springs 45, Trumansburg 49, Groton 59, Lansing 74, Marathon 123, Moravia incomplete.
   Top 10: 1. Jason Phillips (Mora) 17:36; 2. Josh Barber (Lan) 17:56.9; 3. Mikhail Kern (Gro) 18:04.2; 4. Evan Bassett (SS) 18:09.9; 5. Jonah Hebdon (Gro) 18:13.6; 6. Cody Scott (Tru) 18:18.7; 7. Joe Grobelny (Mora) 18:19.8; 8. Ethan Vanhouten (Tru) 18:29.6; 9. Dan Stackman (Tru) 18:35.6; 10. Travis Miller (Lan ) 18:37
    Groton, Marathon, Moravia finishers: 15. Pieter Van Ingen (Mara) 19:37.1; 16. Mike Competillo (Gro) 19:37.3; 19. Andrew Robinson (Gro) 19:55.9; 20. Cody Gaylord (Mara) 20:01.5; 24. Stephen Stout (Gro) 20:12.2; 31. Matt Robinson (Mara) 20:38.4; 38. Robert Stoughton (Gro) 21:29.1; 40. Ryan Weldner (Mara) 21:50.4; 42. Adam Wietheucther (Mora) 21:56; 45. Gage Bush (Gro) 22:35; Andrew Sbazo (Gro) 23:41.1; 59. Zach Boutioulle (Gro) 26:08.7; 61. Melcolm Crutchfield (Gro) 26:51.9; 63. Andrew Wolfe (Mara) 37:14.9.

Girls’ Summary —
   Team scores: Trumansburg 31, Moravia 44, Southern Springs 46. Groton, Lansing and Marathon were incomplete.
   Top 10: 1. Danielle Peck (Tru) 21:21.3; 2. Shanna Swanson (Lan) 21:46.4; 3. Alicia McLaughlin (Mora) 22:23.4; 3. Mary Miller (SS) 22:38.3; 5. Tiffany Borden (Tru) 22:44.4; 6. Aimee Glenister (Mora) 22:48.2; 7. Michelle Wilmot (SS) 23:11.3; 8. Hayley Yettru (Tru) 23:57.6; 9. Sarah Danner (Tru) 24:06.9; 10. Michelle Larkin (Mara) 24:08.6
   Groton, Marathon, Moravia finishers: 11. Jessica Higgins (Mora) 24:12.1; 12. Lacey Pitman (Mara) 24:22; 14. Heidi Chamberlain (Gro) 24:52.7; 16. Kayla Slater (Mora) 25:17.4; 20. Leah Thon (Mara) 26:20.6; 21 Helen Hunsinger (Mora) 26:20.9; 25. Kelsey Barber (Mara) 27:18.3.




Stingy CHS answers call in shutout over Raiders

FULTON — The Cortland High boys’ soccer team rose to the challenge Tuesday evening.
After a halftime talk from coach Dan Law after a scoreless opening 40 minutes, the Purple Tigers scored three times in the second to beat host Fulton 3-0. It was the fourth shutout in a row for CHS, and the fifth in the last six games.
“At halftime I challenged the guys a little,” said Law, who saw his team improve to 4-6-1 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 5-7-2 overall. “We had opportunities in the first half, but weren’t overly concerned with capitalizing on them. We played well, possessed the ball and had chances. At least four balls crossed the mouth of the goal, and no one went after them.
“I told them that, collectively, they were blowing opportunities, that the game should have been ours, Fulton was beatable and we needed the win to move forward toward the playoffs. They came out fired up in the second half and played hard on both sides of the ball. I was proud of their second-half performance; they stepped up, and it was a great win.”
Senior sweeper Matt Marks opened the scoring 13:07 into the second half, heading home a corner kick from the left side by senior midfielder Derek Allen. Senior striker Joaquim Queralt made it 2-0 with 12:04 left, scoring from close range after a cross from the right-side end line by senior midfielder Luka Starmer.
Sophomore striker Dan Miller closed out the scoring with 1:57 left, putting home the rebound of a shot from the left side by Allen that Fulton goalkeeper Richard Apa made a diving save on.
Law cited the defensive unit of senior Brian Clifford in goal, Matt Marks at sweeper and backs Josh Houck (senior), Kyle Cute (junior), Logan Marks (junior) and Matt Southwick (junior) for their efforts during the shutout stretch, noting that “It’s great to see, when we need the win, that we’re playing well defensively. They’re playing solid, and the team is getting confident.
“We have CBA at home on Thursday and it’s a winnable game. The guys are confident going in,” he said of that 4:30 p.m. challenge.




Homer pays for couple of miscues

MARCELLUS — A late goal at the end of the first half proved costly again for Homer Central boys.
Joe Carelli scored with 37 seconds left in the first half and it proved to be the game-winner as Marcellus posted a 2-1 OHSL Liberty Division soccer win over the visiting Trojans Tuesday night.
It was the second one-goal match between the two teams this season. Homer won 1-0 in overtime back on Sept. 12 at Butts Field. The Trojans fall to 7-3-1 in division play and 8-3-3 overall while Marcellus improves to 9-2, 11-3 overall.
Despite the tough loss, it does not distract from the effort the Trojans put forth.
“The kids played real well,” said Homer coach Dave Shiffman. “We made just two mistakes and Marcellus took advantage both times.
“We really do match-up against them well,” Shiffman added. “We controlled much of the first-half play and certainly had the ball in the defensive end more than they were in our defensive end. We had good ball movement and had our chances.”
Alex Rouse gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead with 35:29 left in the first half with a soft header over Derrick McCall (four saves). Rouse played the long free kick by Hauke Sievers well enough for the goal.
“We had a little miscommunication,” said Shiffman. “I believe we moved up to the 18 and were trying to get the off-sides call, but not everyone was on the same page. It is a defensive move that we have used successfully a number of times, but this time, Derrick was moving up and Rouse was able to get high enough to head the ball just over Derrick. It was not a hard header, but it rolled into the goal.”
Homer battled back a got the equalizer with 14 minutes left in the first half. Paul Armideo sent a deep free kick towards the goal and Jack Kissel got to the ball first and snuck it passed Kyle Blackmer (four saves).
“Our goal was very similar to the Marcellus goal,” said Shiffman. “Blackmer just had a quick mental lapse and was flat for a moment. Jack took advantage of it.”
It looked like the game would remain tied at the break until Carelli tallied in the closing seconds. Rouse struck a solid centering pass to Carelli, who was unmarked. Carelli did not strike the ball well, but he got enough on it to get ball across the goal line.