November 30, 2006


McGraw opener a success


Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Evan Emery (5) of McGraw drives the baseline past Stockbridge Valley’s Dustin Smith and Derek Trew during Wednesday’s CCL game. Emery led the Eagles with 10 rebounds in 54-30 win.

McGRAW — Ryan Russell scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead a balanced McGraw Central offense as the Eagles opened their season with a 54-30 Central Counties League basketball rout of visiting Stockbridge Valley Wednesday.
“We got good balanced scoring,” said McGraw coach Ben Albright. “One of our goals was to take care of the ball as a team and we_did that. Another goal was to control the boards and we did that_has well.”
Evan Emery led McGraw on the boards with 10 rebounds. Steve Elwood, Anthony Powell (eight assists) and Brad MacLean each netted nine points for the Eagles. McGraw enjoyed a 48-28 advantage_in rebounds.
McGraw will return to action Tuesday when the Eagles host the William George Agency in non-league action. Jayvee play will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.
David Tobias scored 12 points for McGraw JVs, who dropped a 50-28 decision to visiting Stockbridge Valley. Brian Marshall scored a game-high 16 points for the winners.
LaFayette 62, Cincinnatus 25: Cameron Blanchard scored 11 points as Cincinnatus dropped its season opener 62-25 to non-league visitor LaFayette.
Josh Amidon led the Lancers with 12 points with Brad Romancik adding nine points.
IN CCL VOLLEYBALL, DeRuyter and McGraw both have non-league matches on this evening’s agenda. DeRuyter will be visiting Homer Central, the junior varsity teams to start things off at 5:30 p.m. McGraw spikers play host to Harpursville.







Youthful CHS looks for leaders

Staff Writer

According to Coach Dave Darrow, this will be a transition year for the Cortland High wrestling team, which opens its season Saturday when it hosts its annual CHS Dual-Meet Tournament starting at 9 a.m.
“We’re a young team,” said Darrow, whose 35-man roster includes 19 newcomers. “We will have to see what other teams have. We won’t set a school record for wins, but I think the kids are going to be okay. I like them. We’re just looking to be successful and competitive in every match.
“The biggest problem will be trying to find kids to help lead the team. We lost a lot of senior leadership from last year. I’d think the kids to lead us would be Jon Wood, Coty Cute, A.J. Meldrim and Clint Morse. They should be able to help.”
Senior Morse was third in the Class A sectional meet at 112 pounds last winter and finished the season at 29-17 with 15 pins. Junior Cute was fifth in Class A and fourth in Division I of the section at 171 pounds, finishing the year at 25-21 with 12 pins. Senior Wood was 17-17 with seven pins at 189 pounds last season and junior Meldrim went 20-9 with 11 pins at 125 and 130.
Other returnees from last year are senior Fran Evangelista (who was 3-3 last season) at 103, junior Barry Kinney (28-18 with nine pins) at 125; sophomores Brandon Fitzgerald (26-11 with six poins) at 119 and above; Kyle Cute (13-9 with five pins) at 130 or 135); Montana Sanders (2-3)  112-through-125; Dan Foster (21-20 with 10 pins) at 152-through-171), Rob Johnson (6-21 with five pins) at 275; Josh Morehouse (8-14 with five pins) at 170 or 189; Corby Reynolds at 119 or 125; Garrett Wyatt at 140 or 145; and Mike Gates (4-6) at 112 and freshman Eric Reisweber (6-7 with four pins) at 103.
Last season Kinney was fourth in Class A at 103, while Evangelista (96) and Coty Cute (171) took fourths and Fitzgerald (125) and Foster (152) sixths. Kinney was also sixth at 10 in the Division I sectionals.
 The key losses from last season start with Sam O’Donnell, who was 35-11 with 24 pins while winning the sectional Class A crown at 275. He was fourth there in the Division I sectionals. Others standouts departed were Mike Fenn (who went 45-5 with 15 pins) who was third in Class A and third in Division I at 135; Nick Reisweber (42-6 with 15 pins) who was third in Class A and Division I at 145 and Mike DeGouff (38-11 with nine pints) who finished fourth in Class A at 160 and fourth in Division I at 171.
Newcomers to the team, though mostly not to the sport, as Darrow noted, are seniors Keith Sherman (215-75) and Derek Goodwin (215), juniors Dustin Blake (170-75) and Carlos Ferrer (119), sophomores Nick Barbarito (215-75), Dencil Daniels (125), Chris Gleason (170), Kyle Jackson (215) and Zack Parker (275), freshmen Justin Burns (140-45-52), David Camp (135-40), Dan Catalano (175), Jason DeGouff (130, Mike’s brother), Cody Hartmann (175), Andrew Hotchkiss (140), Derek Keegan (119), and Andrew Moshier (130) and eighth-graders Brian Sanders (96-103, Montana’s brother) and Garret Morse (103-112, Clint’s brother).
“Our league is loaded,” Darrow said of the rugged OHSL Freedom Division crowd, “with Fulton, Mexico, East Syracuse-Minoa and Phoenix all loaded and Chittenango improved. Homer is probably at our level. W we may be at the bottom together.”
Cortland went 2-4 in the league last season and set a school record for dual-meet wins by going 25-7 overall.
Darrow will be assisted by Joe Nicholas again this season, and will be assisted by Ralph Cartenuto and Dustin Manotti, the latter a four-time All-American while at Cornell.
The Purple Tigers’ dual-meet tournament will start at 9 a.m. Saturday and feature the hosts plus Dryden, Ithaca, Chittenango, Jordan-Elbridge and LaFayette, each team wrestling the other five once each over the course of the day. There will be an admission charge and food will be available, with all proceeds to benefit the Cortland High Wrestling Club.