December 15, 2006


Home sweet home as Trojans triumph


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Elijah Vaber, rear, tries to take down Solvay’s Tom Bradley Thursday night en route to 6-5 a win at 189 pounds.

After spending a lot of time on the road, the Homer Central wrestling team finally got to compete on its home mat Thursday.
The Trojans were obviously pleased to see a hometown crowd, as they rolled to a 57-15 non-league wrestling win over Solvay. Homer improves to 4-5 overall while Solvay slips to 0-2.
“It was nice to start the home season with a win,” said Homer coach Jeff Lewis. “The guys all wrestled hard and this was a good team win.”
With the match starting at 103 pounds, Homer found itself in an early hole as the Trojans trailed 9-6 after the first three matches. Ben McBride notched the six Trojan points after he pinned Brittany Cushman in 68 seconds.
Homer took the lead for good after Nate Crawford and Saxson Sprouse recorded pinfalls for an 18-9 advantage. Crawford stuck Tyler Avery in 3:23 at 125 pounds while Sprouse needed just 41 seconds for his pinfall over Mike Savastano at 130.
The Trojans sealed the victory by winning the last seven bouts of the evening. Adam Blanden (140), Brian Chace (145), Logan Williams (171) and Mike DiOrio (215) reached recorded pinfalls while Mark Brenchley (152) and Ryne Austin (160) received forfeits.
Elijah Vaber scored the biggest win in the closing run as he scored some last second back points in the third period to pull out a 6-5 decision over Tom Bradley at 189 pounds.
“Saxson did a real good job,” said Lewis. “Logan had a great match. He was behind and kept battling back to get the pin. Elijah worked hard as well to get those late back points for his win.”
Homer varsity wrestling will travel North to the Indian River Tournament Saturday.
HOMER JVs Joe Riley, Steven McGee, Will Conney and Shane Davis each scored pinfalls wins over their Solvay JV opponents Thursday while Eli Kabit notched two wins by pin. The Trojan JVs won six of nine matches.
Homer JV wrestling will travel North to their version of the Indian River Tournament today.



HCS streak snapped

MEXICO — All good things come an end, but the Homer Central volleyball team did not go down without a fight Thursday night.
The five-match winning streak concluded as once-beaten Mexico handed the visiting Trojans a 25-22, 20-25, 27-25, 26-24 setback in a hotly-contested OHSL Freedom Division match. Homer is now 4-1 in league play and 5-1 overall, while Mexico sits at 3-1 in both division and overall play.
McKenna Riley recorded 30 assists to go with her seven digs, three kills and two aces to set up numerous Homer scoring points. Katie Wick added 17 kills, nine digs, two blocks and two aces to the Trojan winning effort while Jen Warren had 13 digs, eight kills and two aces. Other highlights included Mary Phelps 25 digs and Ashley Cavellier six digs and four kills.
Brittany Hains led Mexico with 21 assists. Caitlin Santore added 15 kills while Courtney Ross had 11 assists and Brittany Buskey notched 10 kills and three blocks.
Homer will host Cortland High Monday, with JV action beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Mexico JVs defeated Homer in two games Thursday.



Two Homer relays finish in fifth place

SYRACUSE — Homer Central’s girls opened their indoor track season Thursday night at Syracuse University’s Manley Field House in the Jack Morse Relays.
The 2006-2007 team is comprised of seniors Caity Baldassarre, Brittany Perry and Shannon Ramiza; juniors Erika Trivisonno and Heather Wilson; plus sophomores Jessica Bramhall, Maureen DeAngles, Courtney Rainbow and Alaina Ryan.
Even with the small numbers, the girls were able to compete in five separate relays.
Wilson ran the opening 1,200 meters of the distance medley relay in 3:55.2. DeAngles and Trivisonno ran the 400 and 800 meters legs in 1:04.6 and 2:33.0, respectively. Bramhall ran the anchor leg of l,600 meters in 5:49.9. The team finished fifth out of 26 teams with an official time of 13:22.83.
Going into the night, the relay team with most potential, according to Trojan head coach George Schneider, was the 1600m quartet of Trivisonno, Baldassarre, DeAngles and Wilson.
“Each runner gave a great effort, but came up just over six seconds short of victory,” said Schneider.
The team ran a 4:26.06 to finish in fifth place out of 24 teams.  Trivisonno ran her 400m leg in 65.7, followed by Baldassarre (70.4), DeAngles (66.0) and Wilson (64.0).
Ramiza ran 11.27 in the 55m hurdles with Perry clocking 12.37 in the same event.  Their combined time (24.04) allowed them to finish in ninth place.
The 800-meter relay team of Rainbow, Ryan, Ramiza and Perry ran a time of 2:10.30 to finish 20th out of 30 teams. Rainbow ran the opening leg and posted the best split time of the group, 31.6 seconds.
The final event for the Homer girls was the sprint medley relay. Rainbow ran her first 400m leg ever and posted a time of 73.5. Ryan followed with her 34.8 in the 200m leg. Baldassarre, with little down time between her events, ran her 200m leg in 35.3 seconds with Bramhall anchoring the team with her 800m clocking of 2:40.9. In the final lap and a half, Bramhall was very impressive, passing three of the other teams in her heat. The quartet had an official time of 5:04.42 to finish in 14th out of 30 teams in the race.
Homer will return to action Jan. 8 at Manley Field House.