December 13, 2007


Meldrim milestone big spark for CHS

A milestone for A.J. Meldrim was a big boost for the Cortland High wrestling team Wednesday night.
The Purple Tiger senior beat David Minney 5-3 in three overtimes at 145 pounds for his 100th victory as the opening bout in Cortland’s 51-19 win over visiting Fowler. Meldrim is now 100-57 with 47 pins in his career.
“A.J.’s win was big,” CHS coach Dave Darrow said. “Minney is a very good wrestler, and that was a good way to start. We’re wrestling well. We’re short a few people and have a lot of inexperienced kids, but we’re working our way through it and doing OK. We’ve had 13 matches in less than two weeks.
“I thought this one would be pretty close, but I also thought that about last week’s match with Chittenango. It’s hard to tell,” he added, referring to an early 40-15 win for his Purple Tigers.
The Purple Tigers are 10-3 overall, and stand2-0 in the OHSL Freedom Division, since opening the season in their own dual-meet tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Junior Dan Foster, wrestling at 160 pounds for the first time this season after going at 189, had the night’s quickest pin, flattening the Falcons’ David McGrail in 15 seconds to improve to 12-0 with seven pins overall. Junior Brandon Fitzgerald went at 152 for the first time this season, down from 160, and is now 9-0 with two pins overall after taking 1:59 to put Walter Calhoun’s shoulders to the mat. Fitzgerald is now 104-59 with 28 pins in his career.
Also unbeaten this season, all at 171, is senior Coty Cute, who improved to 13-0 and now has six pins, the latest in 1:17 over Fowler’s Leonard Sabittino.
Sophomore Eric Reisweber took 46 seconds to pin Abu Bility at 125 pounds, while sophomore Brandon DeGouff took 2:19 to end Zach Merlin’s night at 130. Eighth-grader Devon Darrow flattened Vinh Doan in 2:26 at 119, and Barry Kinney was a pin winner in 3:15 over Carlos Santiago at 135.
Josh Morehouse is now 11-1 with five pins this season after receiving a forfeit at 189, down from 215 where he’s wrestled all season thus far.
Pin winners for Cortland in exhibition matches were Jesse Towers (125), Garret Morse (135), Jordan Bowers (135), Luke Bush (152), Dan Catalano (215) and Cody Hartmann (215), while Dustin Blake-Vasquez won by decision at 215.

Cortland hosts Phoenix this Wednesday, with JV/exhibition matches getting underway at 5:30 p.m. The Firebirds were narrow 29-27 losers to perennial power Fulton Wednesday as Red Raiders coach Mike Conners recorded his 400th career victory.




Homer defenders have starry glow

Staff Writer

The strength for Homer Central boys was defense and the opposing coaches noticed that as two Trojan seniors received OHSL Liberty Division First-Team All-Star honors in soccer.
Central backs Shawn Cleary and Vic Marchetti were honored for their hard work in helping Homer post a 7-6-1 league mark and 10-7-3 overall record.
Joining Cleary and Marchetti on the first-team were Liberty Division Player of the Year Alex Rouse (senior) and Marcellus senior teammates Kyle Blackmer, Joe Carelli and John Henry Jackson; senior Justin Cole and junior Chris Melfi of Bishop Ludden; Cazenovia senior Garris Ramsdell; seniors Scott Meehan and Dennis Smalley from Manlius-Pebble Hill; Skaneateles senior Jesse Carr; plus the Westhill quartet of senior Tim Byrne, senior Jesse Hunt, senior Matt Kavanaugh and junior Ross Martin. The Liberty Division Coach of the Year was Kirk Atwater of Skaneateles.
Homer junior striker Paul Armideo and junior midfielder Bennett Quinlan led the OHSL Liberty Division Second-Team All-Star squad.
Joining the Trojan duo were senior A.J. Diruzzo and sophomore Brendan Hodgens from Bishop Ludden; the Cazenovia duo of junior Colin Hill and senior Keith Stec; Manlius-Pebble Hill seniors David Amodio and T.J. Dee; Marcellus junior Chris Borncamp; Phoenix senior Chris Mohr; sophomore Kyle Baier and junior Austin Martin from Skaneateles; plus the Westhill trio of junior Tim Murphy, junior Vince Scaravillo and senior Ben Wind.
Among the honorable mentions were Homer seniors Derrick McCall, Brett Capps and Dan DiGiovanna, plsu sophomore Brett Stokoe.




Purple Tigers spikers denied in five

CHITTENANGO — The Cortland High volleyball team gave it a gallant effort Wednesday night at Chittenango, but lost for the sixth time in as many OHSL Freedom Division matches this season, 25-13, 22-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-3.
“We lost another five-gamer, and played great for four,” Purple Tigers coach Mary Lou Bordwell said. “We found that the defense we were playing wasn’t covering the court. As we had a bad match last time (a three-set loss at Jamesville-DeWitt on Monday), I looked for good passing and net coverage with multiple substitutions. Chittenango played smart and hit our open spots.
“We switched our defense in the second game, and what a change,” added Bordwell. “Rachel Pisa looked great hitting in warm-ups. I saw that and asked her if she’d like to play middle hitter, and if she knew the position. She did, and was there the rest of the night. Lisa Frare, who put us ahead 12-10 with two aces while Chittenango also had three carries, so her serve was working, and Katie Owens picked up the defense. Julie Bush came in at 12 and added some pressure at middle hitter, and at 22-20 them Owens served us out with three serves they carried and kills from Amanda Cheetham and Bush.”
Unforced errors cost Cortland in the nip-and-tuck third game, according to Bordwell, who noted that Casey Marks came in on the back line at 18-18 “and made some great saves, so she played all-around.”
Pisa served points 14 through 22 in the fourth game to give CHS the lead. “It was amazing,” Bordwell said. “She served five aces, and they carried two more. Chelsea Tollner added two kills for the lead, Marks had a point block for 23 and Tollner served for 24 and 25, including an ace for the game point.
“Game five was all Chittenango. However, it was more of a mental thing for us. Nothing changed, but now it was the fifth game and we just over-played and tried to do too much, or under-played and did too little. I was happy to see us come back with a different defense and a new middle hitter and win the second and fourth games. We are competitive. We need to break the mental thing and really push through the tough moments.”
Chittenango, coached by Amy (Ricottilli) Simmons, is now 5-2 in the league and overall this season.
Pisa had seven aces and three kills for Cortland and went 17-for-26 passing, while Cheetham had two aces and a kill, going 22-for-28 in digs and 59-for-66 setting with 12 assists, and Owens had two aces, a kill and an assist, going 41-for-56 passing with six saves. Frare had two aces and went 20-for-25 hitting with six kills and was also 13-for-15 passing, while Tollner had a kill and was 6-for-10 passing. Alissa Claiser had four aces and a kill, and Marks two kills.