December 23, 2006


Watkins Glen cools down Dryden in 1st place clash


Dryden High’s Chris Streeter eyes the basket with Watkins Glen’s John Bianco defending in the third quarter of Friday’s IAC game. Host Dryden fell, 64-40.

Staff Writer

DRYDEN — With the Christmas Spirit in the air, Dryden High boys were in a very giving mood Friday night.
Unfortunately, visiting Watkins Glen was happy to be on the receiving end as the undefeated Senecas rolled to a 64-40 victory in a basketball showdown for sole possession of first-place in Division I of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
Watkins Glen is now 4-0 in division play, 6-0 in IAC and overall play. Dryden, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped, falls to 3-1 in the division, 5-1 IAC and 6-2 overall.
“I just told the guys that I thought we really played tremendously hard,” said Dryden coach Dan Miller. “We forced them (Watkins Glen) to take a number of shots just before the shot-clock expired and they made them.”
“Once they got ahead, we tried to comeback too soon,” Miller added. “That took us out of our flow and the things we wanted to do. We had some good shots tonight and they just did not go in.”
Both teams got off to a slow start, but Jonathon Fazzary (11 points) hit a couple of big 3-pointers as Watkins Glen enjoyed a 14-6 first quarter advantage. The Senecas only shot 29 percent (5-for-17) in the period, but Dryden struggled more hitting just 2-of-15 shot (13 percent).
The game really changed in the second quarter.
Watkins Glen used a 12-4 run in the first four minutes to build a 21-10 cushion. Alan McIlroy and Chris Hong buried 3-pointers while Sam Schimizzi 10 points, eight rebounds), Jeff Meehan and Fazzary worked for open looks as well.
The Senecas worked well on the boards at both ends of the court with Schimizzi and John Bianco doing much of the damage. Bianco led the Senecas with 12 points and 12 rebounds, both totals were the game-highs. Another reason for the Senecas domination was 62 percent shooting (eight-for-13) in the quarter.
The teams traded points the rest of the quarter as Watkins Glen enjoyed a 33-17 lead going into the break.
The second half saw Watkins Glen remain in control while the Purple Lions tried to force things and turned the ball over 14 times during the final two quarters. The Senecas enjoyed a 31-23 edged in scoring thanks to more solid shooting. Watkins Glen was 13-for-28 (46 percent) from the field.
Dryden tried to rally back in the second half, but never got closer than 16 points after a three-point play (basket and free throw) by Robbie Leviere with 4:45 left in the third quarter. The play cut the Seneca advantage to 38-22.
Tim Finnerty led Dryden with 10 points as he hit four-of-seven shots from the field and made both of his free throw attempts. Finnerty also shared team-high rebounding honors with Leviere as each pulled down seven caroms.
For the game, Dryden shot 28 percent by hitting 15 of 53 shots.
On the positive side for Dryden, the Purple Lions are just the second team to score 40 points against Watkins Glen this season. Odessa-Montour scored 40 points in the season opener against the Senecas on December 1.
“We take a lot of pride in our defense,” said Watkins Glen coach John Fazzary. “We are number one in defense with about a 36 points allowed per game average. You will win a lot of games, regardless, if you hold them under 40 points.”
“We have a nice mix of shooters of this team,” Fazzary added. “We have some good guys who can cut and slash to the basket and we have some good 3-point shooters.”
At 6-2, Coach Miller is still pleased where the Purple Lions are heading into the break. The Purple Lions will meet Trumansburg when the season resumes in 2007.
“I am pleased with where we are right now,” said Miller. “We have a couple of things that we need to fix defensively and I think the guys will be willing to be that. Offensively, we just need to keep doing what we have done for the most part. We have a couple of things that need some tweaking, but things are going well overall.”
In junior varsity play, Dryden fell to Watkins Glen.


Red Dragons suffer first loss in Florida

LONGWOOD, Fla. — SUNY Cortland wrestlers, ranked seventh nationally in the latest Division III poll, won two of three dual matches at the Gator Duals held this past Sunday.
The Red Dragons opened with a 31-9 victory over Division II North Carolina-Pembroke, then lost 25-19 to Division III third-ranked Luther College of Iowa.
Cortland finished the tournament with a 36-6 victory over the University of Central Florida, a club team, and is now 4-1 in dual action this season.
Cortland opened up a 24-0 lead after five matches in its victory versus Pembroke.
Freshman Dave Colagiovanni pinned his opponent at 125 pounds, senior Eddie Ortiz won 4-2 at 133 pounds and sophomore Paul LeBlanc, ranked first nationally at 141 pounds, pinned his opponent. Senior Jack Holmgren won 6-4 at 149 pounds and freshman Corey Barber recorded a pin at 157 pounds.
The Red Dragons’ other wins in the match were sophomore Treavor LeBlanc’s 8-1 win at 174 pounds and senior Mario Schiano’s 12-2 major decision at 184 pounds. Treavor LeBlanc is ranked seventh nationally at 174 pounds.
Cortland split its 10 matches versus Luther, but the Norse’s wins included three pins. All five of Cortland’s losses in the match came against nationally-ranked opponents.
After Colagiovanni was pinned by top-ranked Nate Hansen at 125 pounds, Cortland answered with a 4-2 win by Ortiz at 133 pounds and Paul LeBlanc’s pin at 141 pounds to take a 9-6 lead. Luther’s Matt Pyle, ranked third nationally, pinned John Franchi at 149, but Barber posted a 20-10 major decision at 157 and Cortland led 13-12.
Junior Jesse Fendryk took seventh-ranked Nate Van Dyke down to the wire before losing 9-8 at 165 pounds. Treavor LeBlanc won 8-4 at 174 and Schiano was a 6-5 winner at 184 pounds and the Red Dragons led 19-15 with two matches left. At 197 pounds, third-ranked Alec Bonander earned a 13-5 major decision over fifth-ranked junior Phil Archer to tie the match at 19-19. Luther heavyweight John Miller, ranked second, pinned senior Matt Eldredge for the deciding points.
Cortland won eight of 10 matches against Central Florida. Colagiovanni won by a 19-4 technical fall at 125 and Ortiz won in a 13-3 major decision at 133. Paul LeBlanc also won by major decision with a 14-0 win at 141 and Barber was a 19-3 technical fall victor at 157.
Fendryk pinned his opponent at 165 and Schiano won 10-4 at 184. The Red Dragons wrapped up the win with a 5-3 decision by Archer at 197 and a pin by Eldredge at heavyweight.