December 13, 2006


Trojans perfect after comeback


Photo provided by Dan DePerno
Homer Central’s Katie Wick (6) leaps attempting to block a spike during last night’s match against Nottingham. Wick had nine kills as Trojans remained undefeated.

SYRACUSE — Solid teamwork continued to fuel the hot start for Homer Central girls as the Trojans ran their volleyball winning streak to 5-0 Tuesday.
Homer Central dropped the opening game of the OHSL Freedom Division match at Nottingham 12-25, but the Trojans rallied to win the next three games and the match by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-19.
It was the fourth Freedom Division win without a loss for Homer. Nottingham falls to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in the division.
McKenna Riley recorded 23 assists to go with her three kills and two digs to set up numerous Homer scoring points. Katie Wick added 13 digs, nine kills and five aces to the Trojan winning effort while Jen Warren had 10 digs and nine kills.
Other highlights included Mary Phelps 11 digs; Shannan Keefe three kills, three digs, two blocks; Ashley Cavellier two kills and three digs; Chelsea Lewis three assists, two aces; and Taylor Walter two kills.
Megan Toole led Nottingham with 18 assists while Christina Whitney had eight kills and three blocks.
Homer will travel to Mexico Thursday with JV action beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Also in Freedom Division play last night, Chittenango out-lasted Fulton in an epic 25-22, 20-25, 30-28, 16-25, 29-27 struggle. Chittenango will be hosting Cortland High spikers this Friday, that match scheduled for a 6:30 junior varsity start.
NOTTINGHAM JVs defeated Homer by scores of 25-13, 14-25 and_26-24.








Golden Eagles share 1st place

SOLVAY — Led by a Paul Zimmerman hat trick, the Cortland-Homer hockey team grabbed a share of first place in the CNYSHL’s Division II West Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over host Solvay at the State Fair Coliseum.
The Golden Eagles improved to 3-1 in league play and 4-1 overall with the victory. They currently share the top spot with Fulton, now also 3-1 in the league after a 4-3 overtime loss to Ontario Bay.
C-H’s first line accounted for four of the team’s five goals, Taylor Brown getting the other one to go along with two assists. Freshman center Carl Zimmerman, Paul’s brother, closed out the scoring with the only goal from the second line.
Paul Zimmerman, who now has six goals on the season, got the scoring started with 2:26 left in the first period. The sophomore right wing put in a rebound of a shot by senior center Brown past Bearcat goalie Joey Poppe. Junior left wing Steve Stowell collected the first of his three assists on the play.
The visitors got the eventual game-winner just 10 seconds into the second period, Paul Zimmerman one-timing a shot home after Stowell had drawn the defense to him and passed the puck from behind the net. Brown then notched a power-play tally with 6:13 left in the middle frame to make it 3-0, his linemates Stowell and Paul Zimmerman each picking up an assist. Brown now has four goals this season.
Solvay got on the board with a power-play goal of its own 4:59 into the third, Josh Schneider with a shot that trickled off the glove of Golden Eagles netminder Brian Frankel and across the line. Paul Zimmerman tipped home a shot from Vic Marchetti with 8:20 left, Brown also picking up an assist, to complete his hat trick.
Carl Zimmerman accounted for the final margin with 3:08 left, netting his third goal of the season assisted by linemates Andre Coen and Matt Porter.
Frankel made 24 saves to 43 for Poppe as C-H rolled up a 43-25 shot advantage. Golden Eagles coach Don Armstrong noted that Poppe “played an excellent game. He stopped a one-timer by Taylor in the first period with one of those saves that just makes you shake your head.
“Our first line had a great game, and the second line’s goal was a good sign. That’s what we want them to do. The third line knows it has to continue to work hard, and our defense continues to struggle with the breakout and needs to work on that,” added Armstrong.
“Brian had a decent game. You know when you only give up one goal that you’re doing pretty well. Everyone knows that they have to get better and continue to work hard.”
Cortland-Homer hosts Syracuse CBA at 7 p.m. Friday at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.



Taste of victory for Dryden girls

DRYDEN — Amber Guernsey scored 14 points and Mary Holland added 12 points as Dryden High girls won their first Interscholastic Athletic Conference basketball game of the 2006-07 season.
The Purple Lions (1-3 overall) won their Division I opener 49-37 over visiting Newark Valley Tuesday.
In other IAC girls play, Elmira Notre Dame crushed Trumansburg 76-21, Elmira Heights Edison topped Tioga 57-47, Lansing mauled Moravia 54-30, Newfield clipped Candor 44-41, Odessa-Montour downed Spencer-Van Etten 64-41, Southern Cayuga edged Union Springs 35-33 and Waverly walloped Watkins Glen 58-25.
In IAC boys hoop action, Dryden drubbed Newark Valley 58-37, Candor clipped Newfield 76-54, Elmira Heights Edison toppled Tioga 58-46, Lansing defeated Moravia 54-37, Odessa-Montour stopped Spencer-Van Etten 74-50, Trumansburg tripped Elmira Notre Dame 58-53, Union Springs downed Southern Cayuga 53-35 and Watkins Glen dumped Waverly 51-38.
The Groton boys at Marathon and the girls match-up in Groton were postponed, as were all team practices in Groton, after the accident that claimed 2006 Groton graduate Danielle Hopkins earlier in the day (See story on page one). No make-up dates for the two games have been announced.
Dryden 49, Newark Valley 37: “We really got off to a good start,” said Dryden coach Joanne Holland in reference to the 15-8 lead her team built in the opening eight minutes. “We were able to built the lead to 16 points by the third quarter and everyone got some significant minutes tonight.”
Dryden maintained a 22-15 cushion at halftime before a 15-9 edge in the third quarter opened the game up.
Amanda Woods led Newark valley with 12 points.
Dryden will return to Division I play Saturday when the Purple Lions travel to Waverly. JV action will tip-off at 12 noon with the varsity game to follow.
Dryden 58, Newark Valley 37: “We really set the pace in the first quarter,” said Dryden coach Dan Miller after his team led 13-0 after the first quarter. “We got out of the gates well and held Newark Valley scoreless. We are doing the things we need to do. We continue to play good team defense.”
Working the ball inside to Tim Finnerty and David Pargh, Dryden built a 28-6 cushion by halftime. Pargh scored nine of his 13 points in the first half while Tim Finnerty netted seven of his game-high 15 points over the same span.
The Purple Lions (4-1 overall, 3-0 IAC, 1-0 Division 1) maintained control in the second half as the outside shooting game picked up.
“The inside game with Tim and David really opened things up for us outside with our perimeter game,” said Miller. “We need that balance (inside and outside scoring) to by successful this season.”
Dryden will return to Division I play Saturday as the Purple Lions host Waverly. JV action will tip-off at 12 noon with the varsity game to follow.
Dryden 53, Southern Springs 41: Dryden High boys used their depth to post an exciting 53-41 IAC win over Southern Springs Tuesday at Southern Cayuga. Dryden improves to 2-1 on the season while Southern Springs fall to 1-3. 
Steve Rugg (50-yard free), Scott Dowdall (100-yard butterfly) and Kevin Vorstadt (500-yard free) scored the only individual wins while the 200 medley relay team of Nick Daniluk, Nick Lange, Dowdall and Luke McNinch also scored a victory. The Purple Lions actually went 1-2 in all four winning events
The difference was the number of 2-3 finishes the Purple Lions posted to offset Southern Springs first-place efforts. Five times Dryden accomplished that feat.
Dryden will return to action today as the Purple Lions visit Waverly for a 4:30 p.m. meet.