December 01 , 2007


Strong start for Cortland


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Dan Foster (above) was in control en route to 17-6 decision victory over Chittenango’s Kyle Schiedo Friday. The Purple Tigers beat Chittenango 39-23 and Marcellus 59-11 during opening night of their own dual meet tournament.

A trio of wrestlers recorded two pins apiece as the Cortland High squad won twice on the first day of its own dual-meet tournament.
The Purple Tigers opened with a 39-23 victory over Chittenango, and then downed Marcellus 59-11.
Barry Kinney pinned Chittenango’s Nick Tedford in 32 seconds at 130 pounds before flattening Brady Ryan from Marcellus in 1:20 at 135 pounds. Anthony Stento, at 112, pinned Chittenango’s Gunnar brooks in 5:40 and Marcellus’s Austin Simone in 3:52.
At 215, Josh Morehouse recorded pins over Chittenango’s Josh Wright (1:39) and Ross Bolewski of Marcellus (:35).
Brandon Fitzgerald (160) won by technical fall over Chittenango’s Carl Chappell in 2:51 and pinned Tom Reedy from Marcellus in 4:31. Coty Cute (171, decision and technical fall) and Dan Foster (189, major decision, decision) won two bouts each for the hosts, while Corby Reynolds (145) and Garrett Wyatt (152) both won by decision once and added a forfeit.
A.J. Meldrim (140) and Mike Gates (119) both won by pin against Marcellus, Meldrim in 43 seconds over Greg Massera and Gates in 5:21 over Matt Marcheterre.
In other team results, Ithaca downed Southern Cayuga 63-6 and Marcellus was a 41-24 winner over Jordan-Elbridge in the first round, while in the second round Indian River rolled past Southern Cayuga 69-4 and Ithaca topped Jordan-Elbridge 51-21.
In exhibition bouts, Cody Hartmann had a pin and a technical fall at 189 while Devon Darrow (125) had a pin and brothers Shaq (130) and Montana Sanders (145) both won by decision.
The tournament was to continue at 9 a.m. this morning, with the final matches of the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.




Spunky Trojans erase big J-E lead

JORDAN — Homer Central girls learned two valuable lessons Friday night. The first is to never give up and the second is to work as a team.
Trailing 21-2 in the second quarter, the Trojans could have just played out a potential bad night on the basketball court, but they tried a different approach.
Behind the 12-point efforts of senior tri-captain Stephanie Hartquist and junior Courtney Rainbow, Homer rallied for a 42-39 non-league win over host Jordan-Elbridge.
“The girls never gave up,” said Homer coach Bruce Tytler. “We switched to our man-to-man defense, forced turnovers and began shooting better.
“We kept chipping away at the deficit,” Tytler continued. “Jordan-Elbridge started fouling us more and we made clutch shots.”
Jordan-Elbridge (0-4 overall) took a 13-2 lead after one quarter and scored the first eight points of the second quarter. Then the comeback began.
Homer (2-2) used an 8-2 run to pull within 23-10 by halftime. The Trojans trimmed the margin to 32-24 by the end of the third quarter.
Ashley Brown fouled out in the fourth quarter while Hartquist and Halee Riley continued the comeback with four fouls each. Riley, who scored five points and pulled down 12 rebounds, made two crucial blocks in the final minute as Homer completed an 18-7 fourth-quarter surge to pull out the three-point victory.
“Courtney Rainbow and Gabby Luety came off the bench and really gave up a lift,” said Tytler. “Ashley played a good game before fouling out and Stephanie had a great game. I could really say something about every girl because it was a great team effort tonight.”
Hartquist posted a double-double as she grabbed 12 rebounds, in addition to her 12 points and four steals. Brown had seven points before fouling out.
Katie Dungey led Jordan-Elbridge with eight points and Katie Austin chipped in with seven points.
Homer will return to action Tuesday as the Trojans host Jamesville-DeWitt in their OHSL Freedom Division home opener. Jayvee play will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVS improved to 2-0 on the season by surviving a very physical game and defeating Jordan-Elbridge 29-19 Friday.
“It was a brutal game,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman. “Jordan-Elbridge was a very physical team.
“They played mostly man-to-man defense,” Zimmerman added. “They tried a 3-2 zone, but we handled that well, so they switched back to man-to-man.”
Ashley Crossway led the Trojans with 10 points and five rebounds. Carissa Cornwell added eight points and four steals for the second game in a row while Kaylie Eastman netted five points.