December 14, 2006


DeRuyter spikers feeling relieved sweeping Eagles


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
McGraw’s JenRutan tips the ball over the net and DeRuyter’s Brandi Henry during Wednesday’s CCL volleyball match.Visiting DeRuyter won in three games.

The DeRuyter Central girls’ volleyball team hung tough early and went on to score a 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 Central Counties League victory over host McGraw Central Wednesday evening.
The DeRuyter boys’ basketball team was also victorious, handing visiting Madison a 51-42 CCL defeat. The Cincinnatus boys’ team beat non-league host William George Agency 57-29.
DeRuyter 3, McGraw 0: “We started out slow, but played pretty well most of the way and did a good job in the last game,” said Rockets coach Gary Burdick, whose team is now 2-0 in the league and_3-2 overall.
“McGraw is a good team,” he added. “They play well, with a good defense and passing. We’re glad to get that behind us. We meet them again, but mentally, it’s harder to play a team the first time. Then you know what they have the next time.”
“The first two games were close,” McGraw coach Andy Smith said, his team now 1-2 in the CCL and 3-2 overall. “We missed serves late in both games that lost those games for us, and were outmatched in the third game. DeRuyter is a really good team, and I think that once they got down 2-0 in games the girls got a little nervous and tight.”
Kristi Custer had seven kills, five aces, nine assists and a block for DeRuyter, while Jen Cizenski had two kills, three aces and seven assists, Aubrey Schelah five kills and five aces, Brandi Henry five kills and two aces and Chelsea Way three kills and an ace.
Diane Ralyea had seven kills, six digs, five aces and four blocks for DeRuyter, while Jen Rutan had six kills, three digs and an ace.
DeRuyter will host the CCL Invitational starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The field will include the five league teams as well as Oppenheim-Ephrata and Living Word Academy. Each team will play the six others one game each, with point differential determining the two finalists.
DeRuyter 51, Madison 42: Brandon Meacham scored 22 points, including six 3-point goals, while Jacob Newton added 15 and Dustin McClure 12 as the Rockets improved to 2-1 in the CCL and 2-5 overall. Newton also had seven rebounds, while McClure had six boards and Meacham five to account for the winners’ entire total of 18.
The two teams were tied 6-6 after the first quarter, and coach Kim Brown noted that that stanza “was ugly for both teams. We did not appear to have a lot of drive in the first quarter. We need to be more active to start games, or we will put ourselves in a deep hole in the future.”
McClure scored seven of his points in the second quarter as the Rockets took an 18-15 lead into intermission, while Meacham hit three treys in the third as DeRuyter opened up a 10-point lead before the Blue devils got back to within four at 33-29 heading into the fourth.
“We picked it up offensively in the third,” Brown said. “He got some pretty good looks and was able to knock down the open shots. His offensive ability is crucial because it opens up things for Dustin and Jacob in the post. Brandon also did a phenomenal job of defending Madison’s point guard, Kody Peters. He forced Peters to work hard defensively, which caused turnovers for us.
“We need to put teams away when we get double-digit leads. Our team is young, but we need to capitalize when our opponent is struggling.”
Newton led the winners with nine points in the fourth quarter as they once again opened up a double-digit lead and were never threatened from there.
A season-high 15 steals offset DeRuyter’s 18 turnovers, only five of which came in the second half. Sam Luetters had a team-high 22 points and Jon sanders added 10 for Madison.
The DeRuyter junior varsity improved to 4-3 overall with a win (no score reported) as every player scored, led by Sean Rutherford and Dan Raymond with nine points each.
The Rockets host Brookfield (currently 2-0 in league play) Tuesday, the JVs getting g things started at 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnatus 57, William George Agency 29: Austin Baldwin and Cameron Blanchard scored 15 points apiece as the Red Lions won for the first time in four games overall this season.
Baldwin added eight rebounds and Blanchard five assists, and along with fellow tri-captain Ryan Larrabbee “led this team and made them believe in themselves,” according to coach Jon Protheroe. “Through that leadership Casey Stith, Nick Rathbun and the rest of the team stepped up their play overall. This was a great team effort, with eight players scoring.
“Our energy was outstanding and our team play was even better. We looked for each other all night and as a team played very well. We look forward to playing Stockbridge valley at home Friday night.”
The Red Lions led 17-8 after one quarter and cruised from there, going into halftime with a 35-14 lead and taking a 47-20 advantage into the final eight minutes.



Hollenbeck wins 100th match —

Purple Lions find Waverly too tough

DRYDEN — Going into the match Wednesday night, Dryden High coach Larry Hinkle knew his Purple Lions faced a tall order in hosting perennial state powerhouse Waverly.
While 30 forfeit points did not help in the final 56-18 decision in this Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I match, Dryden did hold its own and senior Rex Hollenbeck posted his 100th career win.
In other IAC action, Newark Valley defeated Marathon 54-15, Odessa-Montour edged Groton 36-33, Trumansburg stopped Southern Cayuga 33-26 and Watkins Glen stuck Union Springs 64-12.
Waverly 56, Dryden 18: “I was very proud of every Dryden wrestler tonight,” said Hinkle. “They just show so much class. We have had a tough schedule thus far and because of this the guys are getting better at every outing. They get along and work to other very well, and it is only a matter of time before the team starts winning.
“Waverly is absolutely one of the toughest teams in the state,” Hinkle added, the visitors ranked No. 1 in the most recent New York State Small School poll. “They are solid at every weight class. Our hats are off to them.”
As for Hollenbeck, his milestone win was by pin as he stuck Greg Kipling at the 2:21 mark of their bout at 160 pounds.
Other winners for the Purple Lions included Tony Clarke and Levi Relyea. Clarke pinned Jacob Mosier in 2:20 during their 215-pound match while Relyea, an eighth-grader, pinned Keith Merrill at the 1:46 mark of their match at 130 pounds.
In regards to the forfeits, Hinkle spoke confidently of upcoming matches.
“For the match against Thomas Edison and Candor, we will be strong with the addition of Casey Marquis at 103 and Chaz Rockwell at 152,” said Hinkle. “Travis Bell will be at 140 and, hopefully, we will have a kid at 119. We are all exited about the upcoming matches.”
The Purple Lions will also have Nick Wixom back at 189. Wixom missed the Waverly match due to_illness.
Dryden will return to action next Wednesday when the Purple Lions travel to Elmira Heights Edison for a 7 p.m. match.
Newark Valley 54, Marathon 15: “We have got a lot of work to do before we get to the league tournament at the end of the year,” said Marathon coach Jamie Bush. “We had a couple of matches won, but made bad choices and got pinned. The younger guys are starting to get better and we can build on that, but our depth is not there, and some injuries tonight did not help. “Newark Valley did a nice job all the way around and they got the match-ups they wanted tonight.”
Olympian winners included Tyler Malmberg by majority decision at 130 pounds, Kasey Bush by technical fall at 140 pounds and Dustin Mejean by pinfall at 215 pounds.
Marathon will travel to the Cuneen-Doane Tournament in Walton Saturday. Wrestling begins at_10 a.m.
Odessa-Montour 36, Groton 30: Groton grabbed 21 points in the lightweight classes. Cal Conner (112) and Andrew Burlingame (119) won by pins, Zac Adams received a forfeit at 103 and Chris Ingalls posted a 5-4 decision over Wyatt Bowen at 125 pounds. Cody Hilsinger also posted a pin at 135 for six more points.
Odessa-Montour, with a pin at 130 pounds, countered by controlling the middleweights by scoring pinfalls from 140 pounds through 160 pounds.
Brandon Wing gave Groton a 33-30 edge after pinning Justin Sillman in 64 seconds.
There was no match at 189 pounds, but a forfeit at 215 gave Odessa-Montour the crucial points needed to secure the narrow victory.
Groton will host Spencer-Van Etten next Wednesday in a 7 p.m. match.



State power Fulton tames Purple Tigers

The Fulton wrestling team lived up to its advance billing and kept a lengthy streak alive Wednesday night at Cortland High.
The Red Raiders, ranked eighth in the state among large-school teams, flattened the Purple Tigers 60-9. The visitors won 11 of the 13 bouts, including eight by pin.
Now 2-0 this season, Fulton, which also scored two decisions and one forfeit win, has now gone 136-0-1 against Section 3 opponents since a 1998 setback.
CHS, meanwhile, is now 0-2 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 8-4 overall. Sophomore Dan Foster improved to 12-0 at 160 pounds by flattening Collin France in 5:44, his third pin of the season.
Josh Morehouse earned Cortland’s only other points with a 4-3 decision over Dan Johnson at 189. He is 6-1 in that weight class, 8-1 overall on the season.
Mike Gates suffered his first loss in 12 bouts this season when he was pinned in 3:51 by Paul Slaver at 112. Fulton’s Jeremiah Richardson had the fastest pin of the night at 171, in 1:07 over Coty Cute.
“Dan and Josh are wrestling well,” Cortland coach Dave Darrow said. “A.J. Meldrim did a good job, losing a 3-1 decision (at 130) to Matt Draper, who made the sectional finals last year at 119. Fulton has 10 seniors in its lineup who have been together for three years now; they’ll end up one of the top five teams in the state. We’re young and light years from where they are right now, but_the kids are working hard and_improving.
“We’re going to start the season over today; I think we can be in pretty much every match from here_on in.”
CORTLAND JVs got wins were Shaq Sanders by decision at 103 and Eric Reisweber by pin at 112.
The Purple Tigers host Chittenango this Wednesday in another league contest.