December 21, 2006


CHS keeps improving, rolls past Chittenango


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High 125-pounder Clint Morse (right) wards off takedown try by Chris Case last night at Shafer Gym.Morse won by pin in 46-18 Purple Tigers win over Chittenango.

The Cortland High wrestling team is exceeding_expectations.
At least those of coach Dave Darrow, who noted in the wake of a 46-18 win over visiting Chittenango Wednesday that “We’re 9-4 overall, which is pretty good for a young team. I thought we’d have eight or nine wins at Christmas, and if we win Saturday (in a non-leaguer at Southern Cayuga) we’ll be one or two ahead of that.”
The win improved CHS to 1-2 in the tough OHSL Freedom Division.
“We’re getting better,” said Darrow. “The kids are working hard and are a little tired, but this was a good match for us. After Saturday, we’ll have some time off until the Holland Patent Duals the Thursday after that.”
Dan Foster improved to 13-0 at 160 pounds for the Purple Tigers with a 20-7 major decision over Kyle Schiedo. Mike Gates took just 53 seconds to pin Nick Tedford at 112 pounds, raising his record to 10-1 with six pins at that weight class and 12-1 overall.
Clint Morse flattened Chris Case in 1:28 at 125, while Coty Cute took 1:33 to dispose of Karl Chappell at 171 and A.J. Meldrim put Mike Linger’s shoulders to the mat in 5:32 at 140, where he’s 8-4 with three pins.
“Dan works hard, and he’s big and strong,” Darrow said. “Mike and Clint wrestled well, and so did Coty and A.J.”
Decisions went to Josh Morehouse at 189 (7-1, 9-1 overall) and Jon Wood at 215.
Garret Morse (112) and Cody Hartmann (189) won by pin and Eric Reisweber scored a major decision at 112 for the Cortland JVs.
CHS Alumni Night Planned
The Cortland High wrestling team will conduct an Alumni Night Jan. 3, featuring the inductions of the first two members of the CHS Wrestling Hall of Fame.
All alumni are welcome to attend, with ceremonies starting at 6:15 p.m. in the downstairs gym before that night’s non-league match with Oneida.





Knight all-state runner

Margaret Knight has been received one more award to cap an outstanding cross country career.
The Cortland High senior has been selected to the Class B all-state third team after taking 17th in 19:13 in the state meet last month, her third straight appearance in the state meet. It was her fastest time of the season and 10 seconds off her career personal best. Knight was 14th in the Class A state meet in 19:08.4 in 2005 and 31st in the Class B meet in 20:30 in 2004.
“Margaret really has done an awesome job all season,” Purple Tigers coach Bob Vidulich said. “She had a terrific three seasons in an row, going to the state after each and running very strongly. Being named to the all-state team is a distinct honor. She’s a tremendously hard worker, and her work ethic has gotten her where she is and will continue to help her be successful in whatever she does in the future.
“She’s also an excellent student, with a 90-plus average and a member of the National Honor Society, and a superb dancer. She’s a solid citizen of Cortland High.”
Knight was the MVP of the CHS girls’ team in each of her four varsity seasons. She was sixth in the OHSL B meet and 26th in the OHSL overall meet in 2004 before taking fifth in the Class B sectional meet, qualifying for the state meet for the first time.
Knight took second in the OHSL Freedom Division meet and ninth in the OHSL in 2005 and won the Class A sectionals in 19:59. She also took 48th in the Federation state meet in 20:01.3.
This past fall she was third in the league meet at 20:21.1, 12th in the OHSL and third in the Class B sectionals.
Junior Michelle Brandt from Chittenango made the Class B all-state second team, while Vernon-Verona-Sherrill senior Ryan Kelly made the fourth team.
Homer MVP Correction
There is a correction to the cross-country portion of the Homer Fall Sports Award story that ran Tuesday. Heather Wilson was the only MVP for the Lady Trojans. Wilson and Laura Niederhofer were both first-team all-stars, not co-MVPs.
Also, Caitlin McMahon received the Coach’s Award for the girls’ cross-country team and Josh Bergmark earned the same honor for the Trojan boys’ harriers. Both names were inadvertently omitted.



Trojans, Purple Tigers show off all-star glitter

Cortland’s Albright Coach of the Year

On the heels of successful soccer seasons, state-ranked Homer Central and Cortland High girls had seven players selected to the OHSL Freedom Division First-Team All-Star squad as voted by the league coaches.
Homer’s Trojans, who finished the 2006 campaign with a 19-2-1 overall record and a division-winning 14-1-1 Freedom Division mark, had four seniors selected. Midfielder Laura Buerkle, goalkeeper Hillary Simon, defender Molly Siwula and forward Meghan Finn were the first team choices for the team that went on to win the Section 3 Class A Tournament champions.
Cortland High placed three girls on the first-team all-star list with honors going to junior forward Natalie Muka, sophomore midfielder Casey Marks and sophomore defender Caitlin Cottone.
Rounding out the Freedom Division First-Team All-Stars were the CBA quartet of senior and Cortland resident Grace Barnard (goalie), plus juniors Mary Catanzarita (defense), Jamie Carrick (defense) and M.E. Lapham (midfield); Jamesville-DeWitt freshman defender Victoria Niles and senior midfielder Cassie Guerra; the Mexico midfielder duo of sophomore Gabby Ariola and senior Abby Smith; East Syracuse-Minoa senior midfielder Lauren Krisak, Phoenix junior forward Jackie Rossi and Fulton sophomore forward Michelle Bateman.
After posting a 16-4-1 overall record, 12-3-1 league record and reaching the Section 3 Class A title game, Cortland High coach Abbey Albright was named the OSHL Freedom Division Coach of the Year by her peers for her work this work with the Purple Tigers.
“Being named Coach of the Year is a great honor,” said Albright. “I owe much of this to the dedication that my team showed throughout the season. They are a great group of girls who made me look forward to coming to each practice with a focused mindset and objectives to_accomplish.”
Cortland and Homer split regular season victories, each winning on the other’s home field.  Then in the Section 3 Class A title game played at SUNY Cortland, Homer rallied to beat CHS 2-1 in overtime.
The Trojans ended up 10th in the final Class A state poll, with Cortland finishing 18th in the rankings.
Homer placed four more players while CHS had three named to the OHSL Freedom Division Second-Team All-Star list.
Representing the Trojans were seniors Meghan Marchetti (defense) and Erin McSherry (MF), junior Kaylee Benz (MF) and sophomore Morgan Osborne (defense), while the Purple Tigers had seniors Stephanie VanGorder (defense) and Kim Natoli (MF), plus sophomore Katherine Hunsberger (forward) honored.
Other second-team selections went to juniors Caitlyn Titus (GK) and Emma Loewy (defense) from J-D; senior Ali Wood (GK) and junior Stacie Wall (forward) of ES-M; Chittenango sophomores Ellen Heenan (defense) and Emily Smith (MF); Phoenix sophomore Michelle Peck (defense) and senior Nikki Lippert (defense); CBA senior defender Julie Albanese and junior forward Sarah Paulus; Fulton sophomore Carissa Bracey (MF) and senior Michelle Beeman (MF); plus Mexico senior Alyssa LaBoda (MF) and junior Chelsie Cleveland (forward).
Among the honorable mentions were sophomore defender Kazzondrah Kohne, junior midfielder Erika Trivisonno and junior forward Emily Swisher from Homer, plus the Cortland trio of senior defender Natalie Khazzaka, sophomore midfielder Emily Van Gorder and sophomore midfielder Jenna Phelps.
Homer coach Jim Baranello_comments on his_first-team all-stars:
On Laura Buerkle - “Laura is unquestionably the most technically gifted and tactically knowledgeable player I have ever coached. Although those qualities make her a great player, it is her passion for the game,_her creativity and vision that really set her apart from all others. Laura simply lives to play the game. It is a part of her life and that is what makes her special.”
Buerkle led the Trojans in scoring with 24 goals and 17 assists for a single-season record of 65 points. She set single-season records for goals scored (24), plus single-game record for assists (4) while tying the single-game goals record (4). In just two years, Buerkle is number-four on the all-time scoring list with 122 points (43 goals-36 assists).
On Hillary Simon - “If the Homer soccer program has been successful during my term as coach, it is due in large part to having one of the best goalkeepers in Section Three. For four years, Hillary has anchored our team, making countless great saves and starting attacks. Hillary is everything you want in a goalkeeper,_but, if I had to pick one word to describe her, it would be fearless. Hillary’s lack of fear is what makes her so dominant. I will miss her_very much.”
Simon allowed just nine goals this season (0.44 goals-against average) and had shared in the team-record 16 shutouts, including a school-record seven consecutive shutouts. Simon has a career GAA of 0.697, surrendered 51 goals and has been part of 41 shutouts in_her four-year stint. Simon has played 5,855 minutes, which is slightly more than 73 games, recording 288 saves.
On Molly Siwula - “Every successful team has that player that possesses intangible qualities that help propel it to success. Molly Siwula is that player and the qualities she brings are her work ethic, leadership and competitive attitude. In practice and in games, Molly sets the example and raises the level of play of everyone around her.”
Siwula did score one goal this season and had four assists for six points while working hard to help shutout the opposition scorers.
On Meghan Finn - “Meghan Finn is perhaps the most versatile player I have coached. Meghan could play anywhere. Until last year, Meghan was an outstanding outside defender. In 2005, out of necessity, Meghan moved to the forward position and excelled. In 2006, our team won six games by a score of 1-0. Meghan scored the winning goal in five of those games; a clutch player to say the least. Meghan most the most of whatever opportunities are provided her and, if a team makes a mistake, you can bet she will make them pay for it.”
Finn scored 15 goals and had seven assists for 37 points in 2006, second on the team this year and the 10th best single-season in school history, She finished 11th on the all-time scoring list at Homer with 54 points (23 goals-8 assists).
CHS Coach Albright comments on her first-team all-stars:
On Casey Marks - “Casey is a very versatile player. She is a very smart player who has both an offensive and defensive mindset at the right time during the game. On the field she is one of the players who makes those around her better soccer players.”
Marks netted eight goals and added eight assists for 24 points as a Purple Tiger this season.
On Natalie Muka - “Natalie has amazing skills as an attacker. She creates some great combination plays and has a tremendous shot. Natalie plays very well with her back to the goal.”
Muka scored 18 goals and had five assists for 41 points in the 2006 season.
On Caitlin Cottone - “Caitlin was the core of our defense. She would communicate well with her players on the field to ensure that positioning was correct. Throughout the season Caitlin had numerous defensive stops as the last defender.”
As much as it was her defensive play that stood out, Cottone also scored one goal this season.




Champion McGraw heads up CCL’s best

Staff Writer

Three-time defending champion McGraw Central was rewarded with five first-team selections in voting by the Central Counties League girls’ soccer coaches.
Representing the Eagles on the elite squad are senior back Sarah Bilodeau, freshman back Kristin Guy, senior midfielders Diane Ralyea and Jen Rutan (who also performed at forward), and freshman forward Emily Williams.
Runner-up Cincinnatus placed junior stopper Courtney Brown, senior midfielder Kim Wehner, and a pair of sisters, junior midfielder Jolene Eaton and senior forward KaraBeth Eaton, on the first team. Third-place DeRuyter is represented by senior defender Lori Forshee, junior midfielder Kate Vosburg and junior forward Chelsea Way.
Also named to the first team were senior goalkeeper Amy King from Brookfield and sophomore goalkeepers Caitlyn Smith from Madison and Kylie Martin from Otselic Valley; Brookfield senior Tiffany Haines and Stockbridge Valley junior Kayla Dalrymple on defense; Madison senior midfielders Stacy Jeffris and Shayla Snyder and Stockbridge Valley senior forward Liz Harp.
Way led the league in scoring with 19 goals and seven assists for 45 points, with Williams second (12-5 29), KaraBeth Eaton fourth (8-3 19), Rutan fifth (5-8 18), Harp sixth (7-3 17) and Jolene Eaton tied for 10th (3-3 9).
Bilodeau, Rutan, KaraBeth Eaton and Way were named to this fall’s All-Section 3 Class D squad, the second year in a row that the McGraw pair has been so honored. Bilodeau, Rutan, and Way were all named CCL first-teamers for the third straight season, while Forshee is on the first team for the second season in a row.
Honorable mention was accorded to sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Hayes, senior defender Julie Hewes and freshman forward Nicole Law from McGraw, Cincinnatus senior defender Sam Shepard and junior forward Kortni Wright and,_from DeRuyter, senior defender Kristi Custer and junior forward Kortni Wright.
Also among the honorable mentions are Stockbridge Valley senior goalkeeper Heather Clark, Madison junior defender Sarah Kenrick, midfielders Meghan Mahony (senior) from Stockbridge Valley, Samantha Domion (sophomore) from Brookfield and Chelsea Ghent (freshman) from Madison, plus Brookfield senior forward Danielle Domion.
Law was third in the league in scoring (9-3 21) and Wright seventh (6-4 16).
Area coaches’ comments on their first-teamers are below.
McGraw coach John Rutan —
On Sarah Bilodeau: “Sarah has played sweeper and been an exceptional leader of the defense for the past two years.  She reads the opponent’s offensive tactics so well and closes down attackers so quickly, that her play looks effortless at times.  She has organized a defense that has allowed only 14 goals in 38 contests, accumulating 26 shutouts over two years.  Her speed, confidence, superior skills and work ethic have been especially vital to the team’s accomplishments.  Sarah is an exemplary leader and scholar student on and off the field.”
On Kristin Guy: “In her first year on varsity Kristen has a very solid left back, exhibiting exception touch on the ball and a confident strength that few freshman can. She steps up to handle any opponent’s attacker, regardless of their ability and does so in a controlled, poised manner.
Kristen will be the anchor of the McGraw defenses in the future.”
On Diane Ralyea: “Diane has been an extremely hard worker in the midfield for the past three years. Her attributes have been strength on the ball, endurance, aggressiveness and desire.  Her presence on the field is immediately felt and she closes down opponents, winning the 50-50 ball exceptionally well.  She has been an outstanding leader by example in all aspects of her school career.”
On Jen Rutan: “Jen has accepted the role of offensive leader for the past two years and although she has been the constant focus of opponent’s defenders, her athleticism, strength and desire have been a tremendously important part of the team’s success.  Her ability to play various positions has always kept opponents off balance and she spent the majority of the regular season setting up teammates for scoring opportunities.  She garnered fifth place in CCL scoring this season, and is a respected leader in all her endeavors.  Jen and Sarah have been four years starters on McGraw teams with the accumulative record of_72-6-4.”
On Emily Williams: “Emily has quickly made the jump from JV scoring leader last season, to a major offensive threat at the varsity level (second in CCL scoring).  Her desire to succeed and love of the game shows through in her play and she has been an integral part of a respected offense this season.  She will continue to be a valuable asset to future squads as she accustomed to playing several positions.”
Cincy coach Lisa Schuyler —
On Courtney Brown: “New to the sweeper position this year moving back from playing stopper last year, Courtney learned the position very quickly and was very consistent throughout the season. She’s a hustler and a hard worker.”
On Kim Wehner: “A great leader (a captain along with KaraBeth Eaton) and play maker on the field, Kim, a center halfback, is able to move the ball and switch things up quickly. She works hard and is very coachable. With five goals and one assist overall, it will be hard to replace her in the center half position next year.”
On Jolene Eaton: “Capable of playing defense and offense, Jolene (at midfielder-forward) moves the ball very well, talks a great deal on the field and is a great team player.”
On KaraBeth Eaton: “KaraBeth is an all-around player - defense, mid field, and forward. She’s a great player, never complains, moves the ball really well and creates plays all over the field no matter what position she is playing. She has great commitment and self-discipline, and we could count on her for anything. She will be a huge loss for Cincy.”
DeRuyter coach Amy Prince —
On Lori Forshee: “Lori has started on defense for the varsity team all four years, since she was a freshman. She’s a captain and leader of team. She led the defense playing sweeper We really found out how valuable Lori was when she got hurt in the Cincy game and missed the Brookfield game.  Lori came back and played in the sectional game, still injured, but you would have never known it.”
On Kate Vosburg: “Kate started the season playing stopped and did a great job. However, when we were getting beat in the midfield I decided to move her to help control midfield. She did an outstanding job there, and played 80 minutes per game.”
On Chelsea Way: “Chelsea was the top scorer in league, and scored 24 goals with nine assists overall for 57 points. She led the team in scoring and led our offense; she is a great all-around player.”

Final CCL standings: McGraw 11-0-1, Cincinnatus 8-3-1, DeRuyter 7-4-0, Madison 7-4-0, Stockbridge Valley 4-8-0, Brookfield 2-9-1, Otselic Valley 0-11-1