November 13, 2007


Dragons to host ECAC bowl tilt

For the fifth time in the past six football seasons, SUNY Cortland will be making a post-season appearance.
The Red Dragons were selected to compete in the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl game and will host Union College on Saturday at noon.
All tickets will be sold at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex on the day of the game. There will be no complimentary tickets or passes accepted, nor will there be any advance ticket sales.
Cortland, led by 11th-year head coach Dan MacNeill, finished the regular season 7-3 and tied for first in the New Jersey Athletic Conference  standings for the third straight year with a 6-1 record. The College of New Jersey, however, received the NJAC’s automatic bid to the Division III playoffs by virtue of its win over the Red Dragons in late October.
The Red Dragons have appeared in the NCAA playoffs five times, the last two seasons ago, and are 4-3 in seven previous ECAC showings.
Union (5-4) will be making its 17th postseason appearance and fifth in the last eight years. The Dutchmen have played in the NCAA tournament 11 times, including the last two seasons.
The Dutchmen were national runner-up in both 1983 and 1989. Union is also 5-0 in ECAC bowl games, with its most recent appearance resulting in a 38-25 win over Hartwick in the 2001 Northwest championship. Head Coach John Audino has led Union to five NCAA and five ECAC playoffs in his 16 seasons, including this year.
Cortland and Union will be playing for the second time in school history. Union defeated the Red Dragons, 42-14, in the first round of the 1989 NCAA tournament on its way to the Stagg Bowl.
Both teams are coming off losses last weekend in long-standing rivalry games. Cortland lost 40-17 at Ithaca in the Cortaca Jug game and Union fell 20-14 at home to Rensselaer in the Dutchman Shoes game.
Cortland is facing a Liberty League team in postseason play for the third straight season. The Red Dragons lost at Hobart, 23-22, in the 2005 NCAA first round and lost 26-7 at home to Rensselaer in last year’s ECAC Northeast Bowl.
Other ECAC bowl games on Saturday feature Rochester (6-4) at Alfred (7-3) in a rematch of last year’s Northwest game, Bridgewater State (6-3) at Plymouth State (8-1) in the North Atlantic game, Albright (7-3) at NJAC member Montclair State (8-2) in the South Atlantic contest, Gettysburg (6-4) at Carnegie Mellon (6-4) in the Southwest game and Waynesburg (8-2) at Dickinson (8-2) in the Southeast title game.




Masters crowns to Myers, Byron

GROTON — When the busy weekend concluded in the 2007 Seven Valley USBC Association Masters Tournament at the Corona Club Sunday afternoon, Jim Myers and Rich Byron emerged as champions.
Myers captured the Scratch Division title, which started out with 37 bowlers on Saturday competing in the second round. Byron captured top honors in the Handicap Division, coming out on top against 32 rivals.
After being one of the eight bowlers advancing into the final round, Myers took charge on Sunday afternoon at the Corona Club in Groton. He went undefeated in eight head to head matches against seven other bowlers, averaging an amazing 241 and receiving the maximum 240 bonus pins for winning every match. He also had a Sunday best 279 single game while claiming the title.
Entering Sunday’s competition as the seventh qualifier, it took Myers only four matches to move from seventh to first, and he never looked back.
In the second round on Saturday, Myers had rolled a 1,306 total over six games rolled at Cort-Lanes and Marathon Lanes. The top qualifier in the Scratch Division was Brian Fuller with a 1,405 total.
Jim Grant Jr. was second, just 26 pins behind Fuller. In third was Jim Pitts, fourth was Anthony Pitts, fifth was Sean Babcock and Steve Aloi was sixth. After Myers in seventh place came Bill Anderson in eighth.
Myers began his march to the top, moving from seventh place to third, with an opening game 265-227 win over Anderson. Myers rolled a 257 his second game along with the 30 bonus pins to move into the top spot.
He fell to second place after the third game even though he won his match over Jim Pitts 185-170. Fuller rolled a 225 game and received the 30 bonus pins for the win to retake the lead. Myers won his fourth straight match the next game rolling a 234 and re-took the lead for good. He won running away scoring 3478 total pins for 14 games and bonus pins to win the championship.
Babcock, who entered the eighth match in fourth place, defeated Fuller 241-178 and with the 30 bonus pins jumped two spots to finish second. Grant finished third, Anthony Pitts was fourth, Jim Pitts was fifth. They were followed by Fuller, Aloi and Anderson in sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively.




Pee Wee skaters go 1-0-1

The Cortland Flames Pee Wee Travel youth hockey squad tied visiting Cicero 4-4 on Saturday and beat visiting Fulton 9-1 on Sunday.
Dan Turk had a goal and an assist while Jordan Zehr, Dakota Baylor and Alex Rosato scored once each against Cicero, goalie Zack Randall making 20 saves.
Baylor had three goals against Fulton, while Kyle Gibbons had two goals and an assist, Zehr and Matt Condit a goal and an assist apiece and Eustan DiIorio and Mike Levere one goal each. Randall made 16 saves.
The Huskytown Auto and Truck Repair squad lost to visiting Valley 5-4 on Saturday, Leo Riley scoring twice while Zach Daniels had a goal and an assist and Nick LaRue one goal. Cory Broyles made 14 saves and Brandon Paquin 19.
Riley scored three times and Nick Potter had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 road win over Center State on Sunday, Paquin and Broyles with nine saves each.
Homer’s Annabelle Jones made 25 saves for the shutout in the Stars’ 16-Under team’s 1-0 win over the Camillus Cougars, and stopped 12 shots in a 3-0 win for the 19-under team’s 3-0 win over the Erie Lady Lions 19-Us. Janesa Cornish from Cortland scored two goals over the two contests, and had an assist in a 1-1 tie with Erie.
Cortland got two goals from Mike Turk in a 5-2 loss to host Elmira on Sunday, Devin Baylor making five saves and P.J. Shager stopping six shots in the Cortland nets.
The Homer Logging-Rick & Rich Towing-Economy Paving team lost to Ithaca 6-2 over the weekend, Matt and Mike May scoring one goal each while goalies Gage Eldred and Ryan Gabriel made six and four saves, respectively.