December 22, 2007


Purple Tigers roaring

Captures first Freedom Division victory at Fulton

FULTON — The Fulton boys’ basketball team didn’t look like the same squad that had lost by nine points to Cortland High at Shafer Gym late last month when the two teams met Friday night in Fulton.
Luckily for Mick Lowie and his Purple Tigers, though, the Red Raiders still weren’t good enough to win as CHS came away with a 52-49 victory — its first league success in five OHSL Freedom Division games this season.
Cortland is now 4-5 overall, while Fulton fell to 1-4 league, 1-7 overall. The first meeting between the two schools was a non-league affair.
“We were on the verge of breaking it open a couple of times,” Lowie said, his team having scored 11 of the games first 12 points and 13 of the first 16. “We were up by nine just before the half and got a steal, but the ball got away from us and they came down and hit a 3-pointer from half-court at the buzzer to cut it to six (27-21). We were up comfortable in the fourth and had a put-back that sat on the rim and then fell off. That would have put us up by 10.”
As it was, Fulton hung around and trailed by only one when CHS freshman guard Kevin Shaw, who led all scorers with 20 points, hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left. They proved to be the final margin as the visitors grabbed a missed Red Raider free throw on the next possession to seal the win.
“Fulton wasn’t the same team. They had a couple of starters, (Ryan) Stephens and (Vincent) Martinez who didn’t do anything last time,” Lowie said. “Neither scored, but both did okay. Martinez was the point guard, and distributed and handled the ball well.
“(Robert) Jackowski, who’s 6-5 or 6-6, had 10 points for them the first time with just three field goals, but this time we struggled mightily to stop him. Going in we focused on their 3-point shooters, (Christopher) Butera and (Gary) Kemp, and did a good job there —they only had three as a team, including the half-court shot — but that opened things up for Jackowski, and in the second half especially he tore us apart.”
The Red Raider center finished with 25 points, including eight in both the third and fourth quarters. Butera added 11.
Lowie noted that 6-3 senior guard Levi Walrath was able to deny Jackowski the ball at time after being switched over to him, and Walrath also had 14 points while junior forward Will Fickenscher added 12. Senior center Matt Pitcher rounded out the winners’ scoring with six points.
The Purple Tigers had a 28-26 rebounding advantage, led by Walrath and senior forward Chad Abbey with seven apiece. Shaw and Abbey each had three assists, while Shaw also came up with three steals.
“Kevin had a nice game,” Lowie said. “He started cold, but warmed up. Walrath and Fickenscher did good jobs; every time they went box-and-one on Kevin, Will would hit from outside and they’d come out of it. Abbey came off the bench and had the rebounds, plus two steals and three assists, and Pitcher had a solid game, with career-high scoring night.
The CHS head man also noted that he was happy with the way his team carried over the momentum of a strong performance against powerhouse Jamesville-DeWitt in a 20-point loss on Tuesday. “And it’s always good to win on the road,” he said. “It was just what we needed going into two weeks off (the next game a visit from Mexico on Jan. 4).”
CORTLAND JVs are now 7-0 after a 62-49 win over Fulton Friday. Jordan Prior led the way with 14 points, while Jake Robillard added 12. Alex Stacy, Caleb Wright and Walter Alexander chipped in with eight apiece for the Purple Tigers, who used an 18-8 third-quarter advantage to take control of the contest. Christ Frontale had 13 points and Derek Bateman 12 or Fulton.

The Cortland JVs are also off for the holidays until they host Mexico Jan. 4.  




Trojans roll past Falcons

Homer Central girls played one of their best games of the basketball season and gave head coach Bruce Tytler an early Christmas present.
Stephanie Hartquist poured in 22 points and Ashley Brown added 13 points as the Trojans routed visiting Fowler 63-36 in OHSL Freedom Division Friday.
Homer improves to 1-3 in division play and 3-5 overall while Fowler falls to 1-3, 2-7 overall.
“We had a good all-around game,” said Tytler. “We moved the ball well. We got open looks at the basket and we made the shots.
“We played good defense,” Tytler added. “This was a good team win for us.”
Homer raced to an 18-9 lead in the first quarter and added 23 more points in the second quarter as their advantage grew to 41-15. With a lot of playing time for all, the Trojans outscored the Falcons 22-21 in the second half.
Hartquist moved into the 11th spot on the all-time scoring list with her solid effort. The senior now has 461 points, 26 behind Shannon Tinkham, a 2006 Trojan graduate.
With her three 3-pointers, Brown now has built her school record career total to 80. The senior also had four assists against Fowler.
Haylee Riley played a solid game with eight points and nine rebounds to add to the Homer success.
Jameeka Holland paced Fowler with 13 points while Kayla Lawson netted nine points.
Coach Tytler hopes the Trojans can build on this success. “I hope we can keep the momentum going,” he said. “We are fun to watch when we play like this.”
Homer girls will meet Cazenovia in the first round of the Fabius-Pompey Tournament Thursday at 2 p.m. Fabius-Pompey and LaFayette play in the 4 p.m. game. The consolation and championship games are Friday at 2 and 4 p.m. respectively.
HOMER JVs had a solid team effort Friday as the Trojans rolled to a 45-13 win over Fowler.
“We had better ball movement and we cut our turnovers down to just eight,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman after his team evened its record at 3-3. “We had good passing and we took good shots. Our 2-3 zone was very active as well and put a lot of pressure on Fowler. It was a nice team effort.”
Ashley Crossway led Homer with 14 points while Ashley Barnard netted 10 points in he best game of the season.
Lazore and Miller paced the Falcons with four and three points respectively.

Homer will meet Cazenovia in the first round of the Fabius-Pompey JV Tournament Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Elementary School. Fabius-Pompey and LaFayette play in the 2 p.m. game. The consolation and championship games are Friday at 2 and 4 p.m. respectively.