November 30, 2007


C-H improves, but still beaten


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles defenseman Corey Gibbons (3) takes a shot in the first period of play against Fulton.

Don Armstrong was relatively happy with his Cortland-Homer hockey team’s performance against visiting Fulton Thursday night, if not the final result.
“Overall we showed some improvement from Tuesday,” Armstrong said after Ryan Frataccia’s goal with 2:06 left in overtime gave the Red Raiders a 5-4 CHYSHL Division II West win. The Golden Eagles had opened the season two days before with a 6-3 road loss to Corcoran.
“We’re still giving up too many goals too easily, but we’re getting some offensive production, which is a good sign. I know it’s disappointing for the guys, but they’ve showed a willingness to work hard. We have to stay with it.”
Trevor Littler scored all four regulation goals for Fulton, the first on a power play just 1:06 into the game. That was equalized by C-H 2:35 later when Paul Zimmerman scored from the slot off assists from Steve Stowell and Nate West. Stowell gave the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead 5:30 into the second off another low shot, also from the slot, off an assist from Sam Ferro. Littler made it 2-2 just 11 seconds later, and Matt Porter gave Cortland-Homer a 3-2 lead after two periods when he went high with a rebound off assists from Stowell and Paul Zimmerman with 2:07 left until intermission.
Littler scored 1:04 into the third, again on a power play, and made it 4-3 Fulton just 2:40 later, but Carl Zimmerman tied the game for the final time when he scored with 4:53 left in regulation.
Frataccia took advantage of a C-H defensive miscue to score on a breakaway and end the contest.
The winners, now 1-2 in league play and 1-3 overall, had a 27-21 shot advantage, Mat Everts making 22 shots in the C-H nets to 17 for the Red Raiders’ Tyler Whalen.
The Golden Eagles are back in action today, meeting Hamilton in the first round of the Morrisville Tournament at 5:45 p.m., and will face either Victor of Ontario Bay on Saturday depending on today’s results.




Purple Tiger pair named to first team

Two Cortland High seniors, defender Matt Marks and midfielder Luka Starmer, have been accorded first-team honors in all-league voting by the OHSL Freedom Division’s boys’ soccer coaches.
Joining the Purple Tiger duo on the first team are, from league champion East Syracuse-Minoa, seniors Stelan Music (midfielder), Anthony Giangarra (defender), Ben Rowell (forward), John Albanese (goalkeeper), Jimmy Dean (forward) and Andy Alaimo (midfielder); CBA seniors L.J. Papaleo (forward; also the league Player of the Year) and Ben Ashenberg (defender); Chittenango seniors Pat Connelly (midfield), Justin Barber (forward) and Bryce Martin (midfielder) and Fowler juniors Momoh Dolley (midfielder) and Guot Akot (defender).
ES-M’s Mark Carr was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
The second team consists of ES-M senior defender Kyle Langlois and junior midfielder Jimmy Chayka, CBA sophomore midfielders Pat Wiese and Sars Bowman; Chittenango seniors Adam Davies (forward), Thomas Wilkowski (defender) and Dylan Mann (goalkeeper), Jamesville-DeWitt freshman midfielder Zander El-Hindi, eighth-grade forward Emmanuel Collins and senior defenders John Clark and Max Bobrycki; Fulton junior midfielder Marshall Cooper; Fowler seniors Otis Gray (forward) and Osei Wleh (midfielder) and Mexico senior forward Zach Morgan.
Among the honorable mentions are Cortland midfielders Derek Allen (senior) and Dan Miller (sophomore).
Purple Tigers coach Dan Law had the following comments on his first teamers.
Matt Marks: “ A three-year varsity player and a captain this year, Matt anchored a defense that greatly improved as the year progressed.  He helped our team to eight shutouts for the season, and also provided a big target on corner kicks and free kicks. He has surprising quickness for a kid his size.”
Luka Starmer: “A four-year varsity player, Luka scored nine goals (leading the team) and had three assists this season (for a team-high 21 points). He has great quickness and skill with the ball, and dedicated himself to becoming a better soccer player by playing year-round with Syracuse Football Club. Luka was also a captain this year, and provided great leadership for the team.




Milestone for Wick, Trojans beat Bears

CHITTENANGO — The Homer Central volleyball team got back on the winning track and Katie Wick passed a career milestone Thursday night.
Wick recorded her 500th career kill during the Trojans’ 25-20, 25-11, 25-12 sweep of host Chittenango in OHSL Freedom Division action. Homer improves to 2-1 in league play and 2-2 overall while Chittenango is now 2-1 both league and overall.
“Chittenango is a team that simply tries to keep the ball in play and wait for the other team to make the mistake,” said Homer coach Brian Fox. “We didn’t make too many after the first game. We served tough and used their feel balls to run our offense.
“Everyone on the team contributed to the win. Molly Nulty, Danielle Reygers and Alexis Brown came in off the bench and did a nice job.”
Wick had 14 kills for the night, giving her a program-high 510 in her high school career (second all-time in the Freedom Division and fourth in Section 3 Class A), with five aces and two blocks. McKenna Riley added 23 assists while Jessica Brown, Alysha Camp, Rachel Perry and Shannan Keefe each recorded three kills.
Clare Bolen led Chittenango with seven assists.  Kelsey Pudney added three assists and two aces, with Liz Yemma having three aces.
Homer will return to OHSL Freedom Division action Monday by hosting Cortland High. JV action will start at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity match to follow.
HOMER JVs dropped to 2-2 on the season Thursday after falling 8-25, 12-25, 19-25 at Chittenango. Cayla Harnett led the Trojans with five kills and five aces, while Karley Brown chipped in with seven aces. Nichole Sanford had three assists and Deanne Stafford added two kills for Homer.