December 11, 2007


Malmberg tops in nation

Field Hockey

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marta Malmberg (14) of Marathon was named an All-American in field hockey.

Marathon Central’s Marta Malmberg was one of two Section 4 field hockey girls named to the 2007 Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School All-American team.
Sophomore Malmberg and Whitney Point senior goalkeeper Alesha Widdall earned First-Team All-American honors. They were the only two players from Section 4 or Section 3 to be named to the elite 16-player list.
Malmberg was the second-leading scorer for the 22-1 state champion Olympians with 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points.
The bulk of the Penn Monto/NFCHA High School First-Team All-American squad came from Pennsylvania. Those Pennsylvania players are Amy Kelsey (Lake-Lehman H.S.), Devon Gagliardi, Kathleen Sharkey and Kelsey Kolojechek (Wyoming Seminary, Kingston); Rachel Jennings and Tara Jennings (Emmaus H.S.); Rhian Jones (Haverford H.S.); Tara Puffenberger and Paige Selenski (Dallas H.S.); plus Julia Reinprecht and Katie Reinprecht (Mount St. Joseph’s Academy, Flourtown).
Rounding out the first-team All-Americans are Kelsey Brinkman (Thomas Worthington H.S., Worthington, Ohio), Hailey Cahdbourne (Gardiner H.S., Gardiner, Maine) and Hannah Dawson (Eastern H.S., Voorhees, N.J.).






Stingers get best of old CNY rival

AUBURN — The Cortland YMCA Stingers were up for this dual meet challenge.
Going up against their long-time Central New York swimming rival on Saturday, the host Auburn Stingrays, the Stingers won six of the 10 age groups contested and escaped with a narrow 394-371 victory to remain undefeated this season.
“We swam great against Auburn. I am really proud of them,” said Stingers coach Mike Falls. “This is the first time in five years that Cortland has won more age groups than a much larger Auburn team.”
Cortland girls won three age groups, as Class B (13-14 year olds) prevailed 58-28, Class C (11-12) 47-30 and Class D (9-10) 64-13. The Stingers also won three of the five age boys’ age groups, with Class C winning 43-20, Class D 51-24 and Class E (8-and-Under) 35-34.
“We came from behind in several races and in longer races showed we had more endurance,” said Falls. “The hard training and work ethic in the pool this year so far paid big dividends, as did the kids’ attention to swimming form. That shows how hard and well the kids are working during the week of practices.”
The Stingers are 5-0 with three meets left in the dual meet season, Cortland headed to Fulton on Saturday to take on the Speed Demons.
Coach Falls also cautioned: “We meet up with Auburn again for the last meet of the season here in Cortland and the end of January, and I am sure they will come to Cortland stronger and looking to even the score with us. The last home meet should be very exciting.”




After rolling to win, Squirts get tied up

The Rick & Rich/Economy Paving/Homer Logging Squirt Travel youth hockey team went 1-0-1 Sunday, beating host Binghamton B 11-0 before coming home and playing to a 2-2 tie with Mohawk Valley.
Shea Swartout and John Burhans scored three goals each against Binghamton, while Sean Sullivan had two goals and two assists, Mike Gibbs two goals and an assist and Julia Brazo one goal. Goalie Gage Eldred made seven saves to record the shutout and stopped 21 shots against Mohawk Valley, while Swartout and Paquin scored a goal apiece.
The Barden Building Solutions/Action Auto team fell twice at home, 4-2 to Valley on Saturday and 4-0 to Geneva on Sunday. Nicholas Troup had a goal and an assist and Dakota Strout a goal against Valley, while goalie Ryan Gabriel stopped 26 shots. He made 23 more saves in the loss to Geneva.
Cortland beat host Ithaca 2-0 as Nick Burton and Mike Lavere scored once each. Goalies Jared LaVine and Zach Randall made four and six saves, respectively.
Cortland won all three of its games on the weekend, 5-3 over host New Hartford and 5-1 at Center State on Saturday and 10-5 against visiting Camillus on Sunday.
Maggie Walsh led the way against New Hartford with two goals and an assist, while Matt Pelowski had a goal and two assists and Mike Turck and Dylan Cooper one goal each. P.J. Shager and Devin Baylor combined for 21 saves in the winners’ nets.
Pelowski had a goal and two assists while Walsh, Cooper Swartout, Cooper and Turck scored once each against center State, Shager and Baylor making nine saves. Turck and Walsh were the leaders against Camillus with three goals and two assists apiece. Cooper scored twice, Swartout had a goal and an assist and Ben Gravel scored once. Shager stopped seven shots and Baylor five.
The 14-Under team beat Binghamton 2-0 as Dryden’s Marissa Ramos scored one of the goals, her sister Olivia picking up an assist. The 19-Under team was beaten 7-0 by the Princeton Tiger Lillies 16-Under Tier I team despite 19 saves from Homer’s Annabelle Jones in goal.
The Huskytown Auto and Truck Repair team was a 7-3 loser at Skaneateles Saturday as Kayla Welshman, Alex West and Leo Riley scored once each. Brandon Paquin made 12 saves and Cory Broyles stopped 20 shots as they shared time in the Cortland nets.