December 18, 2007


Solid team effort ignites first Purple Tiger victory


JoeMcIntyre/staff photographer
The passing of Cortland High’s Alissa Claiser (17) helped handle Phoenix Monday, giving the Purple Tigers their first win.

The Cortland High volleyball team won for the first time this season Monday night, downing visiting Phoenix 25-12, 25-16, 25-20.
“Everyone played and everyone contributed,” Cortland coach Mary Lou Bordwell said, her team now 1-6 in the OHSL Freedom Division and overall. “Up 13-11 in the first game, I tried to calm things down and go for less mental mistakes. We wanted the girls to focus more, as the game was slow. Amanda Cheetham scored the last six points of the game for us, with two kills from Frare.
“We got off to a good start in the second game. Julie Bush served our fourth through eighth points with two aces and a Lisa Dovi kill,” she added. “Nicole Wegeck came in to play back row for Bush and passed well, and Caila Clayton came in to set for us at 14. She did more than that when she served out the game with an aces for 22 and three other good serves they didn’t return.”
The third game saw Phoenix scored seven of the first eight points before the Purple Tigers rallied.
“Ammarie Hill had a kill, and we called a timeout to discuss concentration and quick movement,” Bordwell said. “It was tough, as Phoenix was a bit unpredictable.”
Hill had an ace on point six and Katie Owens served aces for points 9-11 as the Purple Tigers came back. Cheetham delivered two aces, Curtis had back-to-back aces, and Curtis and Wegeck put balls away at the net for points 18 and 19.
Curtis added a kill for point 20 after a great serve by Tollner, who then had an ace for 21. Owens finished with aces on the last two points of the match.
“It was a great opportunity to play all of our players and look at groups’ weaknesses and strengths,” said Bordwell.
Cheetham had two aces, went 63-for-63 setting with 11 assists, 5-for-5 hitting with two kills and 14-for-17 passing, while Alissa Claiser was 18-for-23 passing, 9-for-9 hitting with two kills and 8-for-9 serving with an ace and two kills, Owens 10-for-10 serving with four aces, 9-for-11 hitting with two kills and 23-for-29 passing and Lisa Frare 4-for-5 serving with an ace and 16-for-20 hitting with four kills.
In addition, Bush had two aces and two kills, Curtis an ace, two kills and a block, Hill an ace and two kills, Wegeck and Rachel Pisa an ace and a kill apiece, Tollner three saves, Hannah Dovi a kill and an assist, Caila Clayton an ace and Lisa Dovi a block.
Cortland will compete in the Solvay Tournament Dec. 29.
CORTLAND JVs won 20-25, 25-17, 25-16 over Phoenix to improve to 4-3 as Alexa Barber had six aces, playing the first game at libero and then moving to setter and helping to settle things down. Carina Clayton had two kills and Kadi Hendricks two aces for the Purple Tigers. 




Trojans on top of their game

MEXICO — Homer Central made this long road trip pay off, coming up with one of its best volleyball performances of the season Monday night.
Setter McKenna Riley passed out 27 assists, while Katie Wick had 14 kills and Ashley Cavallier added eight kills to lead the attack, as the Trojans defeated host Mexico 26-24, 25-13, 17-25, 25-19.
“This is the first match this year where we played composed and in control,” felt Coach Brian Fox, as Homer improved to 5-3 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 5-4 overall. “We finally started to play our style of volleyball.”
There were several contributors to the offensive success, as Shannan Keefe and Rachel Perry had five kills apiece. Riley finished with four kills, while Jessica Brown had three kills.
Wick and Cavallier served up two aces apiece, while Wick led the defense with 10 digs with Cavallier collecting eight digs.
“Tonight was a total team effort,” added Fox, as Perry had three blocks at the net and Molly Nulty two. “In order to have the success we’re hoping for, we need to continue to play composed and in control.”
Mexico falls to 4-4 on the season with the loss. The Tigers got nine kills and four aces from Abi Goldberg, while setter Chelses Giova collected nine assists.
Homer returns to the court Thursday, hosting East Syracuse-Minoa. The junior varsity match starts things off at 5:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs were beaten by Mexico 25-17, 25-17in the prelim, the Trojans falling to 3-6 on the season.
Setter Nicole Sanford had four assists, Karley Brown served up two aces and Deanne Stafford had two kills and two aces for the Trojans.


Pee Wees go on scoring spree

Kyle Gibbons scored a hat trick and Joel Potter added two goals and three assists as the Cortland Flames Pee Wee Travel youth hockey team blanked Corning 15-0. Dakota Baylor had two goals and an assist for the winners, while Alex Rosato had a goal and three assists, Jordan Zehr and Jordan Ennis a goal and two assists apiece, Danny Turck a goal and an assist and Kyle Hirschfield, Drew Wojcinski, Mike Lavere and Devin MacHenry one goal each. Goalie Zach Randall made one save for the shutout.
The Huskytown Auto and Truck Repair team beat visiting Binghamton 6-1 on Saturday as Zach Daniels had two goals and an assist, Aaron Zimmerman a goal and two assists and Nick LaRue, Casey Bergeron and Curtis Howland one goal each. Cory Broyles and Brandon Paquin made four saves each in the winners’ nets.
The Economy Paving-Homer Logging-Rick & Rich Towing squad played to a 2-2 tie with host Ithaca Saturday. Brian Ordway scored both goals for the winners, while goalie Gage Eldred made 29 saves.
The Barden Building Solutions/Action Auto team beat Corning twice over the weekend, 3-2 in overtime at Corning and 5-0 at home on Sunday.
Ethan Welsh netted the game-winner on Saturday, while Nick Swartz and Jeffrey Steinhoff scored once each. No saves were reported.
Dakota Strout had a goal and two assists in the Sunday game, while one goal apiece came from the sticks of Swartz, Steinhoff, Grace Gugerty and Isaac Shepard. The Cortland goalie (no name was reported) made 20 saves.
Cortland fell to visiting Geneva 7-6 on Sunday, but came back on Monday for a 7-3 win over host Midstate. Matt Gombas scored four times in the loss, while Jonathan Frederick had two goals and goalie Zachary Wilhoit 16 saves.
Gombas also notched four goals against Midstate, with Sammy Robbins netting two goals and adding an assist while Turner Pomeroy had a goal and an assist. No saves were reported.
Cortland fell to visiting Elmira 6-2 as Mike Turck and Matt Pelowski scored once each. P.J. Shager made five saves and Devin Baylor stopped six shots in goal for Cortland.