October 11, 2006


Van Ingen leads Olympians to 1st


Joe McINtyre/staff photographer
Marathon’s Erik Van Ingen was the leader of the pack, winning Tuesday’s IAC Division II cross country race in Groton.

GROTON — Erik Van Ingen raced to the individual victory while his Marathon Central teammates helped win the team title at Stonehedges Golf Course during the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division II Cross Country Championships Tuesday.
The Olympians edged Southern Springs 43-50 for the team title with Lansing, Groton and Trumansburg rounding out the team standings.
Van Ingen posted a solid 15:59.7 to defeat runner-up Jason Phillips from Moravia (17:34.5). The Blue Devils also had Joe Grobelny placed fifth, but did not have a full team.
Adam Cross, Peter Van Ingen, Mike Doane and Justin Morehouse completed the scoring runners for Marathon. The key to the win was Marathon placed four runners in front of the third, fourth and fifth-place runners from Southern Springs.
Mikhail Kern was the top Groton runner as he placed third overall in 17:44.1. Jonah Hebdon, Andrew Burlingame, Mike Competillo and Steven Stout were the scoring five for Groton.
Union Springs placed four runners, including race winner Katharine Miller (20:49.2), in the top-10 as the Wolves easily won the team title with 39 points. Moravia was second with 51 points while Marathon placed fourth.
The Blue Devils placed three runners in the top-seven to earn first-team all-star honors. Alicia McLaughlin (fourth, 22:18.7), Claire Hunsinger (sixth, 22:56.7) and Aimee Glenister (seventh, 23:06.20 ) were the Moravia trio.
Haleigh Doetschman was the first Marathon runner across the finish line as she placed eight in 23:26.4.
Marathon 2, Union Springs 0: Lacey Pitman scored with two minutes left in the first as to help Marathon Central girls defeat host Union Springs by a 2- margin in Section 4 Division III action Tuesday. The Olympians (8-0 division, 14-1 overall) clinched a tie for the Division III title for the victory.
“There were a lot of whistles and not many chances to build momentum,” Marathon coach Karen Funk said of the ugly contest. “Union Springs crowed the box and let the ball hit their feet a lot to stop play. It was really more a game of_survival and I just wanted us to_get enough goals to win and get back home”
Pitman scored off a nice pass from Tessa Knapp for the only goal of the first half. Marta Malmberg converted a nice crossing pass from Kelley Braman for an insurance goal during second-half play. The second goal came off of one of the 25 penalty-corner chances. Hannah Griep inserted the ball to Braman, who sent a pass across the box to Malmberg for the goal.
Marathon will host Newark Valley Thursday at 4:15 p.m. as the Olympians looked to claim the Division III title outright at Appleby Elementary School.
Dryden 3, Watkins Glen 0: Danielle McCutcheon served up 16 points, including six aces, plus 11 kills and three digs as Dryden swept Watkins Glen 25-6, 25-11, 25-15 in IAC volleyball action Tuesday.
Michelle Phillips added 18 assists and four points while Nicole Wright chipped in with eight points and six kills. Katie Kirkpatrick added four digs and four points to the winning effort.
In other IAC matches, Candor swept to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-15 win at Moravia. Trumansburg topped Union Springs 25-14, 25-13, 25-10, Lansing defeated Newark Valley 25-8, 25-11, 25-8 and Newfield beat Southern Cayuga 2-10, 25-21, 11-25, 25-16.




Marathon boys wrap up top spot beating Bobcats

Staff Writer

MARATHON — Many times the sequel is not as good as the original.
That was not the case Tuesday as Allan Brown scored the game-winning goal with 1:24 left in regulation time to lift Marathon Central boys to a 2-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Lansing. The win also crowned the Olympians (8-0-1 division, 12-1-1 overall) Division III champions while the Bobcats (7-2, 11-3-1) continue to fight for the wild-card spot.
“I think our guys showed a lot of character,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “We had a lot better energy this time around, especially in the second half.
“We still have some work to do this week before we head into the IAC Tournament and sectional play. We could still see Lansing one more time, but they will move up to Class B for sectionals and we wish them the best of luck.”
That meeting will be in the IAC finals, should Lansing be the wild-card and beat the Division II champion, Spencer-Van Etten. S-VE clinched the Division II crown by beating Candor 2-0 Tuesday. Dryden, who faces Marathon in the semifinals, took the Division I title with a 6-1 win over Watkins Glen yesterday.
“Matt Braman played a great game and just missed a couple of good scoring chances,” Stewart said. “Aubrey Brown did a great job marking (Lucas) Heffron. He did score their only goal, but he really did not get many looks at the goal at all. This was a good game played very well by both teams.”
“We really worked a lot harder at taking away the crossing passes in the second half,” Lansing coach Adam Heck said. “We moved the ball better and got some good looks, but only got the one goal. Unfortunately, one goal is usually followed by another goal quickly. We had a little letdown, about 10 seconds, and that was all that it took for Marathon to get the momentum and tie the game. We really needed to win so we were forced to apply more pressure and they got that second goal late. It was a nice touch by Brown and well played.
“This game was all about the Division III title and bragging rights. I have a lot of respect for Chip and his team. I wish them lots of luck in sectionals,” added Heck.



Losing skid ends for Purple Tigers

The Cortland High boys’ soccer team got some good things done against OHSL Freedom Division visitor Chittenango Tuesday.
In scoring a 2-0 victory, the Purple Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak and qualified for the Class A sectional tournament. CHS stands 6-4 in the Freedom Division and 8-6 overall.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start,” said Cortland coach Dan Law, whose team scored both of its goals in the second half. “But we came out and played with a little more intensity, certainly better than the last couple games. We were being aggressive and physical, and looked hungry. It was good to see.
“The second half was much better. We gave up a couple of good opportunities to Chittenango in the first half that they weren’t able to capitalize on, but play was in their end the majority of the second half,” he added. “A three-game skid wears on a team’s confidence, but we continued to dominate in the second half and got a little of our confidence and swagger back.”
It didn’t take the Purple Tigers long into the second half to get the only goal they’d need. Luka Starmer headed a ball high toward the goal and Theo Bishop was there to drill it home from the right side just 3:43 into the half. The other goal came 17 minutes into the second half as Starmer got the ball to Joel White, who put it into the right-hand corner from the left side as Bears goalie Dylan Mann came out to challenge him.
Judd Arnold made four first-half saves and Ryan Wiehl stopped three second-half shots as the CHS keeper shared the team’s fifth shutout victory of the season. Cortland doubled its visitors in the shot department, 16-8.
CORTLAND JVs won 2-1 in overtime as Logan Marks scored the game-winner seven minutes into the first extra session. Josh Tomko had scored off an assist by Dencil Daniels with under 10 seconds left in regulation to force overtime after the Bears had converted a penalty kick with just over five minutes left.
Logan Marks and Ben Darby, the latter making some big saves in the second half and overtime, according to coach Tom Dovi. They combined to make 10 saves for Cortland (3-9-2).
Both Cortland teams host Mexico at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the varsity at the high school and the JVs at Barry.