October 19, 2007


Eagles wrap up 4th straight title


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Jalynee Smith of Cincinnatus makes a shot on goal past Otselic Valley Katelyn Mesko (19) in the first half of Thursday’s CCL game. Smith has two assists in 6-0 shutout victory.

The streak continues for the McGraw Central girls’ soccer team.
The Eagles wrapped up their fourth straight Central Counties league championship Thursday with a 2-0 victory over host Madison, finishing the regular season with an 11-0-1 league record.
DeRuyter wound up second at 10-1-1 by beating visiting Brookfield 4-1, and Cincinnatus took third at 8-4-0 after a 6-0 home victory over Otselic Valley.
All three local teams find out their seedings for the upcoming Section 3 Class D tournament Sunday.
McGraw 2, Madison 0: Kierra Mack scored both goals in the second half for the Eagles, who finished the regular season at 16-1-1 overall. The first came seven minutes into the second half as she controlled a loose ball from six yards out off a corner kick by Kristen Guy. The second came on a cross from the right side by Elizabeth Niver.
“Nothing much happened in the first half,” McGraw coach Dave Law said. “We came out very flat again and didn’t get anything going; we found ourselves standing and not coming to the ball. At halftime we talked about this, and it was much better in the second half. We got two corner kicks quickly and converted on the second one.
“In the first half our midfielders were trying to carry the ball too far themselves and running into trouble. Madison had Nicole Law (the Eagles’ top scorer) shut down in the center, so we utilized our other key players, opening the field and breaking down their defense. We have a great passing team and do better when we let the ball do the work. In the second half we kept the ball wider, and Casey Millard and Elizabeth Niver were able to do a great job of utilizing the forwards and crossing the ball for several opportunities.”
McGraw had a 22-1 shot advantage, and goalkeeper Chelsea Hayes made eight saves to 10 for Caitlyn Smith of Madison (4-8 league, 7-11 overall).
“Our defense has held strong all year as Chelsea and her defensive staff — Alicia Giamichael, Erin Patch, Tory Finton and Jenna Tobias — had 12 shutouts on the season and only allowed eight goals,” Coach Law said.
DeRuyter 4, Brookfield 1: Chelsea Way scored twice and assisted on the other two goals for the Rockets, now 13-3-1 overall heading into tonight’s regular-season finale against visiting Otselic Valley on Homecoming Night. Polly Gallerani and Morgan Mierke scored once each for DeRuyter, which got five saves from keeper Kayla Hampton. Jenna Hughes scored Brookfield’s only goal.
Cincinnatus 6, Otselic Valley 0: Jolene Eaton scored three goals and keeper Tricia Root made one save, the Red Lions with a 20-1 shot advantage in their fourth shutout of the regular season, which they finished with a 12-6 record.
Eaton scored the first two goals of the game in the span of 1:52, while Jenn Randall scored twice in three minutes in the second half to account for the final margin. Kim Shepard had the other goal for the winners.
“We came out flat in the beginning of both halves, then settled into our game,” Cincy coach Bill Cobb said. “We had some good looks that we failed to capitalize on. We’ve had problems all season with hanging onto the ball too long and missing opportunities.”
Cincy honored Eaton, Kortni Wright, Nellie Loomis, Kaliegh Pierson and Michel McUmber on Senior Night.



Purple Tigers ready to tackle unbeaten Comets

Staff Writer

Head coach Dave Darrow is well aware of the task at hand for his Cortland High football team.
His Purple Tigers, the eighth seed in the Section 3 Class A playoffs, visits top seed Carthage, the 11th-ranked A team in the state, at 7 p.m. today.
It will be the first sectional contest for the CHS program since 2004, when, ironically, the Purple Tigers were beaten 34-20 at Carthage (the eventual sectional Class A runner-up) in the first round.
That contest marked the start of a string of playoff appearances for the Comets that has now reached four seasons.
“We’ll have to play real well to stay with them,” said Darrow, whose team is 3-4 overall coming in, off the heels of a 50-0 whipping of visiting Fowler last Friday that improved its Class A American Division record to 3-3 and locked up fourth place. “We have to play a clean game, staying away from penalties and turnovers, and get some breaks. We have to bend but not break on defense. Carthage has got a good off-tackle sweep, and a strong offensive line.
“I don’t know that we’ll be able to run and pass like we have; their defense is tough. But we’ve added a couple of play-action passes, and maybe we can pick up some yards that way,” he added. “Carthage does everything well. They’re well-coached, and their offense, defense and special teams are all strong. They’re a good team. There’s a reason they’re 7-0. Hopefully we can make a good game of it. We could surprise them, but as I said, we’ll need a few breaks.”
Darrow noted Comets senior quarterback Zack Mulvaney (5-11, 165 pounds) rolls out and runs well in directing the pro-set/I-formation offense, while senior tailback Robert Grimm (5-8, 170) has started since he was a freshman, the only player on either team to have seen action in the 2004 sectional matchup between the two teams. “Grimm is exceptional and reads holes well; he’s a good tailback,” Darrow said. “He also has a good nose for the ball on defense, and had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown against Watertown last week.
“They have a good offensive line, and good players at the slot (wing) in Sherman Nelson (5-9, 170 junior) and tight end with Will Elsbury (6-2, 208 senior). They go with a 4-4 on defense, and the leaders are Homer Dobransky (5-9, 185 junior) at tackle and Grimm at cornerback on the strong side.”
Grimm leads the Comets in rushing with 1,156 yards on 157 carries (7.4 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns (including the interception return and a kickoff return). Mulvaney has completed 28-of-48 passes for 473 yards and scored four TDs himself. His top receiver is Nelson, with eight catches for 189 yards.




Trojans face old nemesis

Staff Writer

All the work in the pre-season and seven regular season games mean nothing now. It’s the playoffs and the Homer Central football team is ready for its fourth straight appearance and poised to make another run at the title.
Of course, no Section 3 Class B championship would be complete without a game against rival and East Division champion Cazenovia and that is exactly what the Trojans get Saturday at 2 p.m.
Homer (4-3) is the seventh-seed and will travel to second-seeded Cazenovia (7-0), who lost the coin flip for top seed to B West champion Westhill (7-0). The Lakers enter the post-season ranked third in the New York State Class B poll and Westhill is ranked fourth.
“There is tremendous respect for each other on both sidelines,” said Homer head coach Gary Podsiedlik. “Cazenovia is a physical team. They are well-coached and they expect to win.
“Both teams have some good weapons on offense,” Podsiedlik continued. “There is always the chance of a big play. The secret is to not let a big play get you down. You need to come right back and play hard the very next play.”
“We take everything one game at a time,” said veteran Cazenovia head coach Tom Neidl. “It does not matter what a team has for a record, you have to take them serious or you get beat. Homer is a well-coached team and we are going to take them very seriously.”
This is one series that Homer trails in overall, with Cazenovia winning seven of the 10 meetings to date, but Homer has won two of the last three meetings. The Trojans won 23-13 in the regular season in 2004 and followed-up with a big 41-14 triumph for the Class B title inside the Carrier Dome in 2005. The Lakers did not forget the sting of that loss and pounded the Trojans 41-0 in the semifinals last fall. Two big touchdown runs (64 yards and 59 yards) on consecutive offensive plays by Brandon Moyer turned the tide quickly in Cazenovia’s favor last year.
Moyer is gone, but quarterback Coleman Koesterer is back. Now a 6-foot-1, 190 pound senior, Koesterer runs the I-formation Lakers’ offense, which has scored 30 points or more in every game this season. One year ago, he completed six-of-10 passing attempts for 140 yards and one touchdown in the semifinal win. In 2007, Koesterer has completed 47-of-76 attempts for 851 yards. He is also the second leading rusher on the team with 53 carries for 467 yards (8.8 avg.), sixth best in the division and he has scored 12 touchdowns for 72 points, second best in the B East.