December 07, 2007


Cincy spikers ground Eagles


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Nicole Law (7), of McGraw, blocks a shot by Cincinnatus’s Kortni Wright Thursday during the Red Lions’ four-game victory in the CCL opener for both teams.

The visiting Cincinnatus volleyball team scored a 25-20, 22-25, 25-15, 25-12 victory over McGraw Thursday evening in the Central Counties League opener for both teams.
The Cincinnatus girls’ basketball team, meanwhile, fell to visiting Otselic Valley 63-57 in double overtime in a Center State Conference Division 4 contest.
Cincinnatus def. McGraw: Kortni Wright had 15 assists for the Red Lions, now 3-0 overall, while Jolene Eaton had 10 kills, JaLynne Smith eight kills and Jonelle Eccleston five aces. McGraw , now 1-2 overall, got five kills and an ace from Monica Byron, four kills and an ace from Chelsea Hayes and a kill, six assists, four digs and a block from Kristen Guy.
“We came out and played very well in the first two games,” Eagles coach Andrew Smith said. “We limited the amount of errors that we made and were able to stay in both games. In the third and fourth games Cindy started to play more consistently and was more aggressive, which forced us to play frantically and lose control of the match.”
Both teams return to action with CCL road matches Monday, McGraw going to DeRuyter and Cincy to Brookfield.
Otselic Valley 63, Cincinnatus 57, 2 ot: The Vikings rallied from a 28-19 halftime deficit to send the game into overtime tied at 49-49 and, after each team scored six points in the first extra session, outscored the Red Lions 8-2 in the second overtime for the win.
Amber Wood poured in 42 points for the winners, complemented by Erica Loomis with 14. Mackenzie Heath led Cincy with 19 points and Michele McUmber added 15, including the game’s only 3-pointer.
The Red Lions visit Madison Tuesday in a league contest.







Trio of local squads looking to improve

Staff Writer

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball season has just begun for the three local girls’ teams, and all three are looking to improve despite some big changes.
Both the Indians and Olympians look to be in the mix for the competitive Division III title, which now has a powerful Newfield in the division. Newfield dropped down from Division II with Watkins Glen taking their place in that division. Lansing, due to increased enrollment, was moved from Division III to Division I and now faces Dryden twice a year and could find make the going tougher for the Purple Lions in the title chase. That started the trickle down for the other two teams.
Groton Indians
(10-9 in 2006-2007)
Coach: Dick Brecht, 7th year
Groton (0-2 this season) returns a just one starter and four players with varsity experience. The underclassmen will be the determining factor on how well the Indians do this season and next.
The four returning seniors are Justina Connor (guard), Valerie Senter (guard), Brittany Madigan (forward) and Katie Walpole (forward).
The new faces for the 2007-2008 are juniors Allison Sims (guard), Kellie Rongo (guard), Cristina Henry (guard) and Kathleen Mulhern; sophomores Stephanie Senter (guard), Jessica Crouch (guard) and Gabe Henry (forward), plus freshman Ashley Martin (guard).
Marathon Olympians
(1-19 in 2006-2007)
Coach: Rick Brooks, 7th year
Marathon Central (0-2) also has five returning players from the 2006-2007 season, but only two were starters. Numbers will be a problem for the Olympians has there are just nine players on the roster. Thise group is also a little farther behind in pre-season preparation because of another successful state title run in field hockey season.
“We need to get help in the scoring column this year,” said Brooks. “Casie is our main scorer, but we need to tak the pressure of her. I really think we can get some good inside play this seasonw ith Kacie Muthig, Alisa Riese and Michelle Stevens.”
The returning players are seniors Casie Wood (5-4, guard and captain), Kacie Muthig (5-10, forward), Brittany Ripley (5-4, guard), Amanda Hake (5-5, guard) and Roni Allen (5-4, guard). Moving up from the JV ranks this season are juniors Kelsey Peebles (5-4, guard), Michelle Stevens (5-10, forward) and Alisa Riese (5-10, forward), plus sophomore Dakota Ripley (5-4, guard).
 “The division is really a toss-up,” said Brooks. “Newfield is a good team and Union Springs will be a very tough opponent.”
Dryden Purple Lions
(4-15 in 2006-2007)
Coach: Dave Lott, 1st year
There is a new face guiding Dryden High (1-1) this season. Dave Lott was JV and assistant coach for Joanne Holland for eight seasons so he knows his players, which could be a big plus in the transition cycle. The Purple Lions lost five players to graduation and four of those five were starters, but Lott likes the team he has this season.
“The focus this year is much more team oriented,” said Lott. “We have a much more balanced attack. There are a number of players who could the go-to person on a particular night.
“We will use our speed and depth,” Miller added. “That should really help us improve our record.”



Seven tumblers tops in all-around

First place showings in all-around by seven different tumblers highlighted the North-East YMCA Gymnastics League dual meet opener for the Cortland Comets.
The host Comets would get first places from Emily Cottrell in the Level 4 Intermediate Division, Natali Partigianoni in the Level 4 Junior Division, Katie O’Neil in the Level 4 Senior Division, Hannah Stoddard in the Level 5 Intermediate Division, Kimberly Dieroff in the Level 6 Junior Division, Lydia Allen in the Level 6 Senior Division and Andrea Rienhardt in the Level 8 Masters Division.
Partigianoni, Dieroff and Rienhardt swept to firsts places on all four apparatus, Rienhardt returning to the Comets after a two-year break. Allen, Cottrell and O’Neil had two first place showings apiece en route to their all-around titles.
Picking up second places during the meet were Gretta Allen in the Level 4 Child A Division, Hannah Casey in the Level 5 Youth Division and Teall Karn in the Level 5 Junior Division.
There were 109 gymnasts competing in all at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex representing teams from the Corning YMCA, Glens Falls YMCA and Oneonta YMCA.