December 20, 2008


Purple Tigers tip cap to top autumn athletes

Staff Writer

Athletes on the fall varsity sports teams at Cortland High were honored recently at their respective teams’ end-of-season ceremonies. A list of individual award winners by sport follows, with coaches’ comments on their respective Most Valuable Players.
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Coach: Dave Darrow
Offensive MVP: Corby Reynolds.
Defensive MVP: Jake Bryson.
Special Teams MVP: Dyquann Barlow.
Darrow on Reynolds: “Corby was one of our captains and a solid team player. He was a two-way starter, and played on all special teams. He led us in rushing with 780 yards - he was named a first-team all-league running back - and scored eight TDs.”
Darrow on Bryson: “Jake leads by example and is a hard worker. He was named a first-team all-league linebacker and was also a special teams starter. He had 75 tackles, including 38 solos, and three sacks.”
Darrow on Barlow: “Dyquann is a great all-around player, who led us in kickoff and punt returns and scored a touchdown in each, rushed for two touchdowns and had 23 total tackles.”
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Coach: Jamie Brown
MVPs: Maggie Brown and Melanie delRosario.
MIP: Alena Turturro.
Coaches’: Andrea Turcsik and Mallory Munro.
J. Brown on M. Brown: “As the lone returning player on defense this year, she anchored a defense which limited our opponents to just nine goals and registered eight shutouts. Statistically she had 71 saves while facing 98 shots to finish with an .888 percent save percentage.”
J. Brown on delRosario: “Melanie provided a great deal of scoring punch this season, leading the team with eight goals and seven assists. She was an instrumental part of both our offensive and defensive penalty corner units. As a captain she demonstrated excellent leadership on and off the field.”
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Coach: Nick Kline
MVPs: Kyle Cute and Logan Marks.
MIP: Ben Darby.
Coaches’: David O’Neil.
Kline on Cute: “Kyle was an asset to the team on a variety of levels. First and foremost, the skill and intensity that he brought to the games gave us an edge over our opponents. Regardless of where he played (which was everywhere except for keeper), he was a force to be reckoned with. Second, his leadership was done in a style in which he expected a lot from the others, but did not get down on anyone for a mistake. He has a great sense of humor, too. Kyle will be missed next year.”
Kline on Marks: “Logan exemplifies the true meaning of a team player! First, he led by example. He worked hard consistently in both practices and games and never expected much other than the same from those around him. As one of the captains,this type of leadership was key. Second, he was a versatile player and played in a variety of positions depending on the needs of the team. His touch on the ball was among the best on the team and league for that matter. We will miss Logan next year.”
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Coach: Abbey Albright
Offensive MVP: Aubrey VanGorder.
Defensive MVP: Casey Marks.
MIP: Erika Faberzak.
Coaches’: Hannah Dovi.
Albright on VanGorder: “Aubrey was a scoring threat against all teams this year. She is very explosive to the goal and has great touches on the ball. The combination of those two allowed her to have a team-high 21 goals this year as well as five assists.”
Albright on Marks: “Casey doesn’t back down against anyone. She is a powerful player in the air, winning many 50/50 balls for us.”
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Coach: Yale Hughes
MVPs: Chris Pace and Ryan Wanish.
MIPs: Nate West and Chris Yamamoto.
Coaches’: Trevor Williamson.
Hughes on Pace: “Chris’s scoring average was only percentage points behind Ryan’s. Chris has been on the varsity squad since junior high and emerged as a true leader of this year’s squad. He also was an integral part of the long winning streak and last year’s sectional championship team. He was selected as a first team all-leaguer. He will lead our team into sectionals again this spring.”
Hughes on Wanish: “Ryan had the lowest overall scoring average on the team. He has been on the varsity squad since ninth grade and was an integral part of the winning streak that lasted three years and last year’s sectional championship team. He was selected as a second team all-leaguer and qualified again for this year’s sectionals.”
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Coach: Bob Walrath
MVP: Jaimee Robertson.
MIP: Lisa Martin.
Coaches’: Molly Bramschreiber and Taylor Warren.
Most Dedicated: Courtney Tennant.
Walrath on Robertson: “A six-year starter, Jaimee has been the ideal team player. She is an extremely coachable, willing worker. Jaimee helps to set the tone for the rest of her team by her example, both in practice, where she has grown into a very capable leader respected by her teammates, opponents and opposing coaches alike, and in matches. On the court, we could always count on Jaimee’s best effort. Her never-give-up, fiercely competitive spirit has won many a match for us over the years. “Jaimee has qualified and competed for the past three years in the state qualifier, which consists of the elite 16 players in Section III. This year Jaimee also took second place in the Division II sectional tournament. Her resume of accomplishments is long. More importantly is how she plays the game - with class, grace and dignity. Jaimee gave everything she had all the time both for herself and for her team.”
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Coach: Bob Vidulich
Most Valuable Runner: Justin Gogan.
Most Improved Runner: Mike O’Donnell.
Coaches’: Tyler Pierson.
Vidulich on Gogan: “Justin’s hard work and running on his own during the summer is what paid off for his constant improvement as he progressed and improved all through the season. Justin was always our first guy for the purple pack. He started out at the beginning of the season strong and finished that way. Justin’s dedication and hard work are what paid off in making him this year’s Most Valuable Runner for our boys’ squad.”
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Coach: Bob Vidulich
MVR: Georgianna Perelka.
MIR: Jennifer Merckel.
Coaches’: Anna Bitterbaum.
Vidulich on Perelka: “Georgianna Perelka was our first girl all through the season. Each meet she her time down. She started the early part of the season in the 22-minute 5k range, while toward the end of the season she was close to breaking 20 minutes. She is such a hard worker and a person who really ignited the girls to do the wonderful job they did. Georgianna did a fantastic job and I was very proud to have coached her.”
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Coach: Joe McMahon
Most Valuable Swimmer: Taylor Foster.
Most Improved Swimmer: Taylor Huenink.
Coaches’ Award: Kathryn Merckel.
Rookie of the Year: Annie Steve.
McMahon on Foster: “Taylor earned more individual points (81 points) then any of the other swimmers. She also qualified for sectionals in more events than anyone else. She qualified in the 200-yard IM, 50 freestyle, 100 free, and 100 backstroke in addition to anchoring both the 200 and 400 free relay sectional teams.”
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There were no cheerleading awards.
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Eight of Cortland High’s fall sports squads have been named Scholar-Athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Varsity teams earning an academic average of 90 percent or better qualify for the award, with team certificates and pins provided to the individual athletes who made the team nomination possible.
Cortland High’s scholar-athlete teams, with their cumulative averages, are Girls’ Tennis, 95.278; Girls’ Swimming, 93.831; Girls’ Soccer, 93.084; Field Hockey, 92.902; Boys’ Soccer, 91.503; Girls’ Cross Country, 91.313; Boys’ Golf, 91.286 and Football, 90.226.