October 23, 2007


Mid-State best full of Panthers

DRYDEN — After capturing the regular season Mid-State Athletic Conference soccer title, Tompkins Cortland Community College had seven players named to the all-conference squad.
Freshman Fernando Casanova was named the Mid-State Player of the Year, the first Panther to earn that honor since Mitch Mead in 2003.
Andy Davis was the MSAC co-coach of the year, sharing the honor with Broome CC’s John Herzing.
Casanova, from the Dominican Republic, was the top vote getter in the conference. He helped the Panthers to a perfect 5-0 record in the MSAC play, leading the team in scoring with seven goals and four assists.
Cortland High grad and TC3 goalie Judd Arnold, along with Dryden High alum Kyle Clapper also represented TC3 on the 20-player team. Panthers Emerson Caiza, Zach Johnson, Tio Behdad and Kevin Peck were also named.
Caiza has the distinction of being the only two-time all-conference player in the MSAC, having made the team after his freshman season. He continued his strong play as a sophomore, controlling the defensive end and helping TC3 to the best defensive statistics in the conference.
Clapper, a freshman, and Johnson, also a freshman, were second and third on the team in scoring, respectively. Classmate Behdad was sixth on the team in scoring, while sophomore Peck played in the defensive end. Keeper Arnold posted one of the best goals against averages in the nation, allowing just 18 goals in 17 games.
Five TC3 Women Honored
The TC3 women’s soccer team placed five players on the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference team for 2007, including freshman Kim Natoli out of Cortland High.
Danielle Hiza, Sarah Lovetre, Briana Turi and Andi Mowry were also among the 20 players voted to the all-conference team by the coaches from the seven MSAC soccer programs.
TC3 had the second most all-MSAC players, behind only conference champion Broome CC.
Hiza, a freshman who broke TC3’s single-season scoring record, was the second leading vote getter in the conference. She scored 24 goals in 16 games, including the game-winner in six contests.
Turi was one of just five repeat selections on the team. She again dictated play in the defensive end from the sweeper position helping the Panthers post a team-record nine regular season shutouts. She is the fourth two-time all-conference performer in the history of TC3 women’s soccer.
Natoli and Lovetre were the second and third leading scorers on the team, respectively, with 18 and 17 points. Fellow freshman Mowry allowed just four goals in eight games in goal this season.
Broome CC’s Bill Rich was the Coach of the Year, with Emily Dixon from Broome CC the Player of the Year.
TC3 TEAMS are both in NJCAA Region III second round tournament games today.
Hudson Valley visits Dryden this evening to take on TC3 women at 7 p.m. TC3 men play at Genesee CC.



Homer’s Martinez beaten in semifinals

SYRACUSE — This tennis experience should bode well for Homer Central sophomore Jean Martinez.
Though the first singles standout was upended in her semifinal match at the Section 3 Division III Individual Championship on Monday, that setback capped a remarkable season.
The third seeded Martinez lost 6-3, 6-4 to second seeded Amrita Deol of Skaneateles at Drumlins.
“Overall, Jean has gained a lot of experience and confidence in her first year at first singles,” said Homer coach Nancy Cavallier, as Martinez suffered just her second loss in 14 singles matches.
“What an incredible season, especially starting later in the second after having her gall bladder out in August,” added Cavallier. “I’m very proud of Jean, despite the loss today. She played extremely well.”
In the loss to fellow sophomore Deol, 10 of the 19 games played went to deuce in a tough battle.
“Jean tried to mix up play between hitting the bal with pace,drop shots, coming up to the net, lobs,” said Coach Cavallier. “You name it, her opponent got the ball back.
“During our season, our league’s level of play is nowhere near the competition that Jean saw today,” she added of a field that had sectional team champion Syracuse CBA and a Westhill team that beat OHSL Freedom Division co-champion Cortland.