November 23, 2007


Co-champ CHS has all-star glow

Homer’s Martinez 1st team, too

While the Cortland High and Chittenango girls’ tennis teams tied for the OHSL Freedom Division championship at 13-1 this season, the Purple Tigers collected the lion’s share of first-team all-league berths in voting by the coaches.
Junior Jaimee Robertson was named first-team first singles (along with Homer sophomore Jean Martinez, who totaled 29 points to Robertson’s 29), while junior Molly Bramschreiber (31) and senior Kim Hall (35) were the first-teamers at second and third singles, respectively. Robertson went 13-1 in league matches this season and Martinez was 12-1, while Bramschreiber was 13-1 and Hall 14-0.
The CHS first doubles team of Lauren Shirley and Courtney Tennant (23 points) went 12-2 in league matches and shared first-team honors with Chittenango’s Lauren Markely and Theresa Myers (35 votes). Sophomore Maggie Reagan and senior Liz Chappell were the first-team pick in third doubles, where they went 10-1 in the league, with 33 points.
In addition, the Purple Tiger second doubles team of seniors Robyn Hesse and Eva Rosenthal (21, 11-2) was a second-team pick, with honorable mention going to Homer juniors Hope Chambrone and Michelle Pflueger (4), who were 9-5 in the league.
Also named first-teamers were the Chittenango second doubles team of Allison and Megan McPeak (35), and at fourth doubles, the teams of Arianna Gallicchio and Jenna Ehlers from Fulton and, from J-D, Emily Luckette and Anne Phillips, both duos with 29 points.
Other league honorees and their point totals were, at first singles, Chittenango’s Jessica Antelmi (15) and Leigh Bergman (3) from Fulton, second team, and honorable mention to Jamesville -DeWitt’s Joanna Wu (0). In second singles, second-team berths went to Fulton’s Kayleigh Drake and Ami Petosa from Chittenango, both with 19 points. Chittenango’s Shelby Bogle was the second-teamer at third singles (23), while J-D’s Katie Cieplicki (10) and Amanda Marotta (4) from Fulton were accorded honorable mention.
J-D’s Shipra Gupta and Sophia Minn (11) were the second-team pick at first doubles. At second doubles, honorable mention also went to Fulton’s Nicole Jackowski and Heather Coppola (12). The second team at third doubles went to Ashley Trode and Tanya Cziesler (21) from Chittenango, with J-D’s Cassie Spencer and Claire Mooney (15) honorable mention.
Cortland coach Bob Walrath had the following thoughts on his first-teamers.
On Jaimee Robertson: “Jaimee plays with an advanced tennis maturity. In the most tense of times she plays aggressively, while also playing under control. She balanced her power and finesse well, into a winning style of tennis that kept her in every match she played. As a team, we could always count on her to bring her best game to the court. She is a diligent worker, wants to be the best player she can be and is one of the most coachable players I have ever coached.”
On Molly Bramschreiber: “Molly has developed into a very steady second singles player. As the season progressed, she began to take more chances on the court by approaching the net and using the whole court to her advantage. She is a much more confident, relaxed player than last year; she has improved her movement and court coverage, and her self-improvements have given her more options to win points and matches for us. Her serve and forehand have improved to where she now has more weapons in her game to work with.”
On Kim Hall: “Kim took her God-given talents and abilities and, choosing to open herself up to take instruction, developed in one short season into one of the best third singles players around. Kim gave her opponents fits; she could play a patient style of long rallies and wait her opponents out until they made an error or she could step up the attack, take her game at her opponents and keep pressuring them. Either way she was fun to watch, because I knew all too well how she was completely frustrating her opponents; one smashed her racket, breaking it in several spots. As a measure of her improvement, she beat Fulton’s first singles player at sectionals.”
On Lauren Shirley and Courtney Tennant: “Lauren and Courtney clicking together was also a key, especially early on when we needed stability in our doubles teams. Their working together so well really helped us form the rest of our doubles teams. They set a positive example with how they played on the court and conducted themselves off it. Between the two of them Lauren could play cat and mouse with their opponents while Courtney would flat out display an arsenal of power from the serve, at the net and on her forehand side.”
On Maggie Reagan and Liz Chappell: “When I teamed up Liz as the veteran and Maggie at third doubles the third match of the season, I had no idea how well they were going to perform together. They became a critical point for us, especially against the top league teams. As the season grew, so did their confidence in themselves and each other. Characteristic of their play was how they never gave up. Several times throughout the season they played more like a first or second doubles team, implementing good shot selection, improved strategy and grit. Their chemistry was good, and they made each other better.”
Homer coach Nancy Cavellier said of Martinez: “Jean is only a sophomore and has had many successes already in her high school tennis career. One would never know that she played third singles for the last few years. She jumped into a pressure position at first singles and made it look easy. Her second loss occurred during sectionals. Jean takes all of her challenges in stride. She sets goals, works hard, puts out 120 percent and leaves it all out on the court. She won first place at the league meet, and being selected to the first team was an honor, as it came from the other coaches within our league. Overall, Jean is a team player and extremely coachable. She’s a keeper.”




Purple, Trojans have starry trios

Cortland High and Homer Central each had three players named OHSL Freedom Conference girls’ soccer first-team all-stars after tying for third place in the league during the regular season.
Representing the Section 3 Class A champion Purple Tigers on the squad are junior back Caitlin Cottone, junior midfielder Casey Marks and senior forward Natalie Muka. The Trojans’ first-teamers are senior midfielder Kaylee Benz, senior forward Erika Trivisonno and junior central back Morgan Osborne.
First-team picks from league champion Syracuse CBA are junior goalkeeper Ashley Walsh, senior backs Mary Catanzarita, Jamie Carrick and Natalie Rogers-Bell and senior midfielder M.E. Lapham, the Player of the Year. Runner-up Fulton placed senior keeper Kristen Kush, sophomore back Raquel Vescio and forwards Shelly Bateman (junior) and Elizabeth Rice (senior) on the first team. Fifth-place East Syracuse-Minoa’s first-teamers are sophomore back Allyson Rossi and senior forward Alicia Vasiloff, while Chittenango’s first-teamers are forwards Emily Smith (junior) and Brittany Tirabassi (sophomore). Mexico junior midfielder Gabby Ariola made the first team, as did Jamesville-DeWitt senior back Emma Loewy and sophomore midfielder Tori Nies.
Fulton’s George Beckwith is the league’s Coach of the Year.
Second-team selections from Cortland are junior back Emily VanGorder, her sister Aubrey, a sophomore midfielder, and junior midfielder Jenna Phelps. Homer’s second-teamers are sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Reygers, junior back Maureen DeAngles and senior midfielder Emily Swisher.
Other second-teamers are CBA senior midfielder Amanda Koval, sophomore midfielder Jen Locey, freshman forward Alexis Koval and senior forward Sarah Paulus; Fulton junior back Carissa Bracey, senior midfielder Ruth Tallents and sophomore midfielder Leah Phillips; ES-M senior back Lauren Greiner, junior midfielder Nicole Alibrandi and senior forward Stacie Wall; Chittenango sophomore back Shelby Chase and junior midfielder Ellen Heenan, Mexico seniors Jordan Henneberry (back) and Chelsie Cleveland (forward) and J-D senior keeper Caitlin Titus and sophomore back Natalie Mannion.
Honorable mentions from Cortland are junior forward Katherine Hunsberger, sophomore midfielder Elle DePerno and senior defender Caitlin Stevens, while Homer’s honorable mentions are freshman sisters Kourtenee (back) and Kindrah (forward) Kohne.
CBA’s honorable mentions are Michelle Weise, Kelly Ristoff and Chloe Zmolek, while Fulton is represented by Emellia Molascon and Ariel Streeter, and ES-M by Andrea Reisman, Lauren Daly and Chelsea Carges. Chittenango honorable mentions are Ashley Button, Erin Main and Mariah Hunter, while Mexico is represented by senior Sara Prentice and J-D by Rene Keller, Tara Presak and Megan Feeley.




Top stick honors for Chambers & McCabe

SUNY Cortland junior forward Kayla Chambers and sophomore midfielder Christine McCabe have been selected to the 2007 Longstreth National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-America team.
Chambers was chosen for the first team, while McCabe is a second-team selection. Chambers was also named a second-team All-American by the web site
In addition, Chambers and McCabe are two of five Cortland players to earn NFHCA All-North Atlantic regional honors. Junior goalie Stacy Billings and sophomore back Kylie Burghardt joined Chambers and McCabe on the all-region first team and senior midfielder Kristin Courtney was on the second team. Chambers, McCabe and Billings are all on the all-region first team for the second straight year.
Chambers, out of Taconic Hills High School, led the Red Dragons this fall with 17 goals and 10 assists for 44 points. She also led the team with five game-winning goals, including the decisive tally in a 2-0 win over Kenyon College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
Through three seasons, Chambers is ranked sixth at Cortland with 45 career goals and seventh in overall scoring with 109 points (45 goals, 19 assists).
McCabe, from Greene, recorded seven goals and six assists for 20 points in 21 games. She scored a goal in the Red Dragons’ NCAA victory over Kenyon. McCabe has 11 goals and 10 assists in two collegiate seasons.
Marathon Central alum Billings posted a 0.77 goals against average, an 82.0 save percentage and seven solo shutouts in 21 starts. She also shared in three other Red Dragon shutouts.
Whitney Point native Burghardt was third on the team this fall with eight goals, three of which were game-winners, and also had two assists for 18 total points. Courtney, the team’s lone senior, finished with two goals and three assists for seven points. Burghardt and Courtney were also key cogs for a Red Dragon defensive unit that allowed only 18 goals in 21 games, including one goal or less 18 times.
Cortland finished the season 17-4 and tied for ninth nationally after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Red Dragons also won their eighth consecutive SUNY Athletic Conference regular title with a 6-0 record.