October 23, 2006


Robertson opens up with victories


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Jaimee Robertson opened up sectional play with a pair of singles victories Monday in Manlius.

MANLIUS — Cortland High’s Jaimee Robertson won two matches Monday to advance to the semifinals of the Section 3 Division II Girls’ Tennis Tournament at Eastside Racket Club in Manlius.
Robertson, now 10-4 on the season, started by beating Carolynn Frantz of Whitesboro 7-5, 6-3 in the first round, rallying from a 4-3 deficit in the first set to win four of the next five games. Robertson then scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over Oneida’s Becky Adams, and will face top-seeded Shereen Asmat from new Hartford in the semifinals at 10 a .m. Wednesday at the same site.
“Jaimee played with good poise and self-control,” Cortland coach Bob Walrath said. “She pulled out several deuce games; those games are all about nerves. We’ll go out and practice today, and do our best to get prepared. We’ll see what happens on Wednesday.”
In making the semifinals, Robertson also earned a berth in Saturday’s Section 3 state qualifier at Eastside Racket Club.
Junior Lauren Shirley also competed for CHS and lost to Melanie Bobay from Oneida, 6-2, 6-1 to finish the season with an 8-4 record.
“I am pleased that Lauren got the sectional experience today,” Walrath said. “She played hard and kept her cool under pressure. Pressure was the key to the match as the Oneida player kept it on Lauren throughout the match, coming to the net often. She played quite a bit of doubles during the season, and her serve also kept Lauren off-balance.”






Cortland Christian girls clinch top spot

For the first time since 1995, Cortland Christian Academy girls are league soccer champions.
The Saints wrapped up first place in the Empire State Christian Academy League standings with a 6-3 win over Port City of Oswego on Monday afternoon.
The rescheduled contest was actually Port City’s home game, though because of bad field conditions up north the game was moved to Cortland Christian’s home turf.
Cortland Christian led 3-2 at halftime before goals by Amanda Yunger and Bethany Brown to get the second stanza started provided some breathing room. Courtney Hall netted the sixth goal off some crisp passing for a fitting conclusion to a season that saw the Saints go 10-0-2 against ESCAL foes and 11-0-2 overall.
Brown finished with three goals and an assist, Yunger two goals and an assist and Hall a goal and an assist for the winners. Jordana O’Brien had two of the three goals scored by Port City (7-3-2).
Cortland Christian boys also finished off a first place regular season showing with a 4-0 win over Port City in a game shortened by darkness. Pete Sargent tallied three times, including a couple of quick goals to start the second half off C.J. Burnett assists that opened up a 3-zip advantage.
Aaron Burnett also scored as the Saints finished 11-0-1 in league play and 14-0-1 overall. Port City falls_to 5-6-1.
Both Cortland Christian teams will host semifinal playoff games Thursday as the top seeds.
In boys’ semifinal play, Maranatha Christian travels to Valley Heights in Norwich today. Cortland gets a rematch with Port City on Thurday, a 4:30 p.m. start.
In girls’ semifinal play, Cortland Christian hosts Valley Heights at 3 p.m. while Port City is in New Hartford to face Maranatha Christian.
CINCINNATUS CHRISTIAN closed out the season with a pair of road losses at Valley Heights in_Norwich.
Though Aaron Blanchard scored on a couple of breakaways to earn a 2-2 halftime tie, the Eagles would lose 7-3 to Valley Heights’ boys. Luke Halberg netted five goals for Valley Heights, while Ben Hicks also scored for Cortland Christian.
The Eagles finished 4-8 in ESCAL play and 6-9-1 overall.
That is the same record Cincy Christian girls ended up with after being blanked 2-0 by Valley Heights, Hannah Vidler and Becky Lawton scoring for the hosts.
Senior Alyssa Harvey played her final game for the Eagles, as did seniors P.J. Passalacqua and Cliff Saplin for the Cincy Christian boys.





Trojans finish up unbeaten

ADAMS — The Homer Central junior varsity football team continued its undefeated ways, coming up with an 18-0 shutout victory over South Jefferson on Monday.
The shutout put the finishing touches on an 8-0 campaign.
The Trojans traveled 80 yards in 12 plays the first time they touched the ball, Zandrew Zimmerman scoring from three yards out for a 6-0 lead.
The lead grew to 12-0 in the third quarter when a quarterback sneak by Joey Rivers on a 4th-and-1 play from the South Jefferson 4-yard line produced a touchdown. That was the first Homer possession of the second half.
Outside linebacker John Sciera picked off a flat pass and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Zimmerman rushed for 202 yards on 29 carries, while fullback Mike Park picked up 52 yards on eight totes. Rivers completed three passes for 78 yards, two of those hook-ups to Brendon Simonetta covering 65 stripes.
 Homer out-gained South Jefferson 339-59.
Middle linebacker Brad Sustad had a team-high 14 tackles in the shutout, including a quarterback sack, and recovered a fumble. Safety Simonetta had 11 tackles, defensive lineman Kyle Griffin was in on 10 stops, linebacker Park recovered a fumble and defensive lineman Alex Duell had_a sack.
“This team is not the most talented we’ve ever coaches, but they are the most attentive, detailed and committed,” said Coach Troy Humphrey. “This is a wonderful group of kids and they deserve all the credit and accolades they receive.”