November 28, 2007


Homer, Cortland both fall to guests


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Amanda Cheetham bumps the ball over the net against Fulton during Tuesday’s OHSL Freedom Division match at Shafer Gym. Visiting Fulton won in four games.

Homer Central and Cortland High were unable to cash in on having a home court advantage while dropping OHSL Freedom Division outings Tuesday night.
Katie Wick delivered 13 kills and added 18 digs, but Homer dropped a tough 25-21, 26-24, 26-24, 25-14 decision to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt.
The upset-minded Purple Tigers of CHS also captured the opening game at Shafer Gymnasium, only to see defending Freedom Division champion Fulton recover to pull out an 11-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 victory.
J-D 3, Homer 1: The Trojans won the first game, but dropped the next two games by identical 24-26 counts. The Red Rams (2-0 league and overall) closed out the match with a convincing win in game four to send the Trojans to their second straight home court defeat.
Homer is now 1-1 in the division and 1-2 overall.
“J-D is a very scrappy, consistent team,” said Homer coach Brian Fox. “We put ourselves in a great position to win the second and third games, but didn’t finish.
“Our communication needs to improve as well as our trust in the way we play Homer volleyball,” Fox added. “We are not the type of team that plays well when we play tentatively. We have to stay aggressive to be successful. We have more work to do.”
McKenna Riley added 27 assists and 11 digs while Jessica Brown and Shannan Keefe each added recorded three kills.
Ally Chaiken had 27 assists to lead Jamesville-Dewitt. Meridith Howe delivered nine kills with eight kills supplied by Emily Halpin. Karina Greenhalgh chipped in with seven kills and seven assists.
Homer will travel to Chittenango for OHSL Freedom Division action Thursday with JV action starting at 6 p.m.
* The Homer junior varsity improved to 2-1 on the season with a 25-18, 16-25, 25-19 win over Jamesville-DeWitt.
Nichole Sanford led the Trojan JVs with five assists, three aces and two kills. Victoria Lewis added four kills with Karley Brown chipping in with four kills and two aces. Deanne Stafford also had two kills for Homer.
Fulton 3, Cortland 1: “Fulton came in as the defending league champion and they were thinking they were here for a cake walk,” said Cortland coach Mary Lou Bordwell. “We came to play, so it was an interesting evening.
“In game one, we had their number,” Bordwell added. “We were never behind and in control of the game.”
Lisa Frare and Alissya Claiser combined for 10 kills and three aces in the game.
In game two, Fulton raced to a 14-2 lead behind its strong serving game and the Purple Tigers never caught up.
In the third game, things were close and the score was 7-7 before one bad service rotation allowed Fulton to build an 18-9 cushion that the Purple Tigers could not recover from.
In the decisive fourth game, consecutive kills by Hannah Dovi, Claiser and Frare pulled Cortland even at 7-7. The game remained close, but the Purple Tigers slowly built a 19-15 lead behind some tough serving by Rachel Pisa.
Fulton rallied to tie the game at 20-20. Bordwell called timeout to rally her girls, but Fulton scored the final five points to take the game and match.
“Their greater experience paid off as Fulton really looked to spots and came out the winner,” said Bordwell. “I was very proud of our girls. This is the best a team has played at the beginning of the season in a long time. Our defense was super. We served well and we hit well.
“On a whole,” Bordwell continued,  “we are going to be in a bunch of matches, if we continue to play like this.”
Amanda Cheetham had 15 assists and was 15-for-15 with her serving, including five aces. Cheetham also had two kills to lead the Purple Tigers. Chelsea Tollner added 12 assists, going 49-for-54 in he setting duties. Claiser delivered seven kills by going 12-for-14 with her hitting and she was 13-for-14 serving. Frare had five kills and she went 12-for-13 in her serving with two aces.
Ariel Streeter topped the Fulton stat leader with 33 assists and three kills. Margaret Thorpe chipped in with 18 kills and Kayleigh Drake had six kills with four aces to power Fulton (1-1) to victory.
Cortland High will host Mexico Thursday in Freedom Division action. The JV match will start at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity match to follow.
l Cortland JVs lost 12-25, 25-14, 14-25 to Fulton to open the evening activities. Alexa Barber led Cortland in assists while Kaylie Gebhardt led in kills and net coverage.




Cougers power past Golden Eagles

SYRACUSE — This season opening hockey setback certainly showed one area the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles has to improve upon — penalty killing.
Host Corcoran came up with three power play goals, and added a short-handed tally, to knock off the visiting Golden Eagles 6-3 Tuesday night in a CNYHSL Division II West contest at Meacham Rink.
James Cathers had three goals and picked up an assist for the Cougars, who are off to a 3-1 start to the season.
“Corcoran is a big, solid team and they took it to us,” said CHS-Homer coach Don Armstrong, the Cougars grabbing a 3-1 first period lead and never trailing. “They took the initiative midway through the first period and we never recovered it.”
Sean McSherry, Nate West and Steve Stowell were goal-scorers for the Golden Eagles, who return home Thursday to host Fulton in a 7 p.m. start at the J.M. Murray Sports Complex rink.
McSherry scored in the first period for the Golden Eagles, while defenseman Nate West did pull the visitors within 3-2 with a second period goal off an assist from Connor Ferrito. Armstrong was pleased with the play of the third line of senior McSherry, freshman Ferrito and junior Matt Grimes throughout the contest.
But after getting to within a goal, the Golden Eagles would not score again until 30 seconds remained to be played. Senior Stowell, the leading scorer on last year’s 11-11-1 squad, picked up that late tally off assists from line mates Matt Porter and Paul Zimmerman.
Being whistled for eight penalties provided some troubles, keeping goalie Matt Everts busy throughout. Corcoran had a 36-30 shot edge, Everts coming up with 30 saves.
 “We didn’t capitalize and they certainly did,” said Armstrong, as CHS-Homer was 0-for-6 with an extra skater. Corcoran goalie Marcus Fortin stood tough, finishing with 27 saves.
And Corcoran scored on one of those CHS-Homer power play chances, deflecting a shot off a Golden Eagles defenseman past Everts.
Coach Armstrong felt the defense had some strong moments, goal-scorer West and Vic Marchetti playing well in front of Everts.
“We don’t have time to lick our wounds,” said Armstrong, the game with Fulton followed by a weekend appearance in the Morrisville Tournament Friday and Saturday. The Golden Eagles face Hamilton in a 5:45 p.m. opening game, with Ontario Bay and Victor the other match-up.




Trojans struggling for points

SOLVAY — There was good news and there was bad news as Homer Central girls traveled to Solvay for non-league basketball action Tuesday.
The good news was the Trojans played solid defense and held the Bearcats under 50 points. The bad news was that the visitors could not put the ball in the basket themselves. The net result was a 42-24 win for Solvay (3-0 overall) over Homer, who falls to 1-2.
“We had lots of good looks,” said Homer coach Bruce Tytler. “We just could not put the ball in the basketball. We will keep working on that.
“It did really have a good defensive effort,” Tytler continued. “The girls were working hard and we forced a number of turnovers.”
The game was really a lot closer than the final 18-point differential. Homer trailed 5-3 after the first quarter and 12-9 at halftime. Solvay opened a 28-21 advantage through three quarters, the best scoring quarter for each team with the Bearcats holding a 16-12 edge.
The difference was the fourth quarter when Solvay outscored Homer 14-3 to seal its third win of the season.
Tessa Pucello led three Bearcats into double figures with 15 points. Chelsey Chavez-Egan added 12 points and Elizabeth Martinez netted 10 points.
Trojan captains Ashley Brown and Stephanie Hartquist shared the scoring honors with seven points each with Jessica Rigg adding five points. Brown hit a pair of 3-pointers while Hartquist and Rigg each connected once from behind the arc.
Homer will return to action Friday as the Trojans travel to Jordan-Elbridge for a non-league contest. JV play will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVS opened the season by holding on for a 38-35 win over Solvay. The Trojans led 11-4 after the first quarter and 19-9 by halftime. The visitors maintained a 29-20 advantage through three quarters.
“We are a better shooting team,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman. “We struggled a little bit in the fourth quarter, but we still made some clutch shots when we needed to.”
Ashley Crossway hit the double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Crossway also dished out five assists. Carissa Cornwell added eight points and four steals while Ashley Barnard pulled down 11 rebounds to go with four points.