December 21, 2007


Strong Golden Eagle comeback

PULASKI — The first line did all the scoring, including the game-winner by junior right wing Paul Zimmerman with 1:27 left in overtime, as the Cortland-Homer hockey team came from behind to down host Ontario Bay 5-4 Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles, now 3-3 in CNYSHL Division II West play and 4-5 overall, trailed 2-0 after one period and 4-1 after two before scoring three times in the third to force the extra session. “We did not plat particularly well early on, but as we have shown in the past we sometimes get stronger and start to play much better hockey as the game progresses,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said. “Even though we didn’t play well in putting ourselves down three, this was a great comeback. Once they got going and scored the second goal, bringing us within two, they finished very strong and really carried the play the last minutes of regulation and in overtime.”
Armstrong cited second-line center Carl Zimmerman, Connor Ferrito (filling in at right wing for Andre Coen, who was serving a one-game suspension), defenseman Sean McSherry and the defensive pairing of Vic Marchetti and Corey Gibbons.
Devon Coon and Joe Dillabough gave the Storm (3-3 league, 8-3-1 overall) a 2-0 lead after the first period. Senior center Steve Stowell scored Cortland-Homer’s first goal from the right faceoff circle 4:45 into the second, assisted by Paul Zimmerman. The hosts then got goals from Nate Perry and Hunter van Horn, the latter shorthanded, and were in control 4-1 after two periods.
Stowell scored again 4:39 into the third off an assist by Paul Zimmerman, who then scored with 8:06 left, assisted by Stowell and junior left wing Matt Porter. Porter tied the game with 4:35 left, assisted by his two linemates, from close range on a power play.
Junior goalie Brett Kash made 21 saves, one more than the Storm’s Rusty Moseley, as each team took 25 shots in the contest.




Lesson learned as Trojans rally to win

There was a lot to learn Thursday as Homer Central girls needed all five games to final subdue visiting East Syracuse-Minoa in OHSL Freedom Division volleyball. The Spartans (1-6 league and overall) won the first two games 25-22 and 25-18 and forced overtime in the third game before the Trojans bounced back to sweep the final three games. Homer (6-3, 6-4) claimed those games by scores of   27-25, 25-18, 25-17.
“This is what happens when you go into a match overconfident because you beat them pretty easily the first time you played them,” said Homer coach Brian Fox. “The positive from this match is we were able to pull ourselves out of a huge hole and win the match. We learned a lot from this match.”
McKenna Riley had 34 assists three kills and three aces to lead Homer with Katie Wick adding 18 kills, six digs and two aces.  Rachel Perry contributed six kills, four blocks and three digs to the Trojan attack with Shannan Keefe seven kills, four digs, four digs and two aces. Jessica Brown added seven digs, two kills and two aces, Alysha Camp two kills, Ashley Cavellier four kills and two aces and Alexis Johnston four digs.
Brittany Siechen led East Syracuse-Minoa with 29 assists, five aces and two kills while Andee Fox had 16 kills and six aces. Brittany Gmyr chipped in with eight kills, Kara LaBarge four kills and Kelly Markert four kills.
Homer Central will return to action December 29 as the Trojans compete in the Solvay Holiday Tournament.


Red Lions top sluggish Eagles

The Cincinnatus boys’ basketball team moved to a 24-12 halftime lead against host McGraw Thursday night and went on to score a 42-34 Central Counties League victory.
Both teams are now 2-3 in league play; the Red Lions improved to 2-7 overall, while the Eagles fell to 3-3.
In non-league volleyball action, McGraw downed host Harpursville 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17 and Cincinnatus lost to visiting Tully 25-22, 15-25, 25-22, 25-18.
Cincinnatus 42, McGraw 34: Cameron Blanchard scored 14 points while Kyle Eaton added 13 (with “a ton of rebounds,” according to McGraw coach Ben Albright, statistics unavailable) and Greg Monroe 11.
“Give them credit,” Albright said. “They were able to limit us to one shot a lot of times, much of that because of Eaton. We played a bad game; we didnt shoot or rebound well.”
Josh Shepard had nine points and 10 rebounds (of 40 total) for McGraw, while Brad MacLean had eight points and nine rebounds.
McGraw meets DeRuyter a week from today in the first round of the Rockets’ holiday tournament, while Cincy will compete in the Fabius-Pompey holiday tournament this Thursday and Friday.
The Cincinnatus JVs won 31-16, McGraw (0-5) led by Austin Chambers, Andrew Bilodeau and Vitaliy Levitskiy with four points each.
McGraw def. Harpursville: Nicole Law had 12 kills, two digs and six aces and Lisa Soshinsky 10 assists and three digs as the Eagles improved to 3-5 overall. Monica Byron had nine aces and Maddy Byrne six kills and three aces for the winners.
“The girls played very well all night,” McGraw coach Andrew Smith said. (We started the match serving very well and immediately put the pressure on them. Our defense was solid all night, and our offense picked up in games three and four. I feel that we’re playing better as a team now.”
The Eagles return to action Jan. 3, hosting Brookfield in a league match.
Cincinnatus def. Tully: “We played strong in the first game but couldn’t hang on to win,” Red Lions coach Macy Cobb said. “The girls took the lead early in the second game with tough serves and excellent digging, and finished the game with a convincing score. The third game was a battle, but too many unforced errors forced us the game. Tully came out strong in the fourth game and we were unable to stop their big hits at the net.