December 26, 2007


Lots of holiday action for area squads

While there is no school until next Wednesday, a number of high school sports teams will be busy this week with holiday tournament action.
It all gets underway today as the Dryden High boys travel to Watkins Glen to face the host team at 7:15 p.m. in the opening round of the Senecas’ Holiday Basketball Tournament. The winner plays the winner of the 5:30 contest between Newfield and Hornell Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The Watkins Glen Tournament consolation game begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
HOMER BOYS will return to action in the Fabius-Pompey Tournament Thursday as the Trojans play against the host team at 8 p.m. Cincinnatus and Cazenovia play in the opening round game at 6 p.m. The consolation and championship games are Friday at 6 and 8 p.m.
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.
GROTON GIRLS begin play in the Trumansburg Holiday Tournament Thursday at 7:15 p.m. against the host Blue Raiders. Vestal and Corning West open the tournament at 5:30 p.m. The consolation (5:30) and championship (7:15) games will take place Friday.
MARATHON GIRLS travel to the Bainbridge-Guilford Holiday Tournament to face the host Bobcats at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Oneonta and Unatego meet in the 3:45 p.m. varsity contest. The consolation game is at 3:45 p.m. Friday with the championship game slated for 8 p.m.
DRYDEN HIGH GIRLS will compete in the Watkins Glen Holiday Tournament Friday as the Purple Lions tip-off against Odessa-Montour at 5:30 p.m. Lansing and Watkins Glen meet in the 7:15 p.m. contest. The consolation (5:30) and championship (7:15) games will take place Saturday.
DERUYTER BOYS will host McGRAW in the opening round of their own tournament Friday at 7:30 p.m. Waterville will face Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton in the first game at 6 p.m. The consolation (6 p.m.) and championship (7:30) games will take place Saturday.
In the lone non-tournament contest on the slate this weekend, the CORTLAND HIGH GIRLS will visit non-league opponent West Genesee Friday, the junior varsity game getting underway at 4 p.m.
CORTLAND-HOMER will host its annual tournament Friday and Saturday at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. The Golden Eagles face off against Auburn Friday at 7:45 p.m. with Canandaigua meeting Frontier in the opening game at 5:30 p.m. The consolation game is Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with the championship game slated for 2 p.m.
CORTLAND HIGH will compete in the Brett D. Dixon Memorial Duals at Central Square Thursday and Friday. The action starts at 9 a.m. each day.
HOMER CENTRAL will travel to Windsor for the annual Black Knights Holiday Invitational Friday and Saturday. Action begins Friday at 9 a.m.
CORTLAND and HOMER GIRLS will both compete in the Solvay Holiday Tournament Saturday. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.




New year, new Trojan season

Staff Writer

With the start of the new year right around the corner, the 2007-2008 Homer Central indoor track team will also have its first meet of the season. The Trojan boys and girls will make their season debut at a Section 4 meet inside Cornell University’s Barton Hall starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 5.
“Our main focus will be on improving as the season goes on,” said Homer coach George Schneider. “The girls’ team is small, but all four girls should be very competitive. The boys’ team has higher numbers, but many are new to track.
“Hopefully, between the two teams, we will have multiple athletes make it to the state meet,” Schneider added. “At the very least, I expect to have a half dozen athletes be very competitive in the league and sectional championships.”
Among the returning boys, Jackson Randolph will look to lead in the distance events, specifically the 1,600-meter run. The junior will be supported in the distance events by a returning group, including Ross Pouliott and Josh Bergmark.
Sophomore Andrew Gregg will be running multiple middle distance and distance events for the Trojans. Gregg has a season goal of winning the 600m run at leagues and sectionals.
Members of 2007 outdoor team that are new to indoor include sprinter/jumper Justin Spinner, sprinter/thrower Eli Kabat, and sprinter/thrower Aleks Glover.
The Trojan boys’ team is loaded with first-timers that came out to compete in the sprints. Zerek Zimmerman, Zandrew Zimmerman, Zack Andrews, Chris Dewey, Jordan Pettit and Chad Knapp look to compete in the sprints and sprint relays for the Trojans. Jake Morris, a newcomer to the track team, seems to be the fastest sprinter on the team at the moment. Chance Russell will be competing in the shot put. Jacob Weber and Micah Brown both competed in cross-country and will be running in distance events and distance relays.
Homer senior Jessica Bramhall heads the returning girls and will contribute to the team in all distance events. Bramhall hopes to win the 1,500m run at leagues and sectionals while consistently running under the five-minute mark.
Another returnee is senior Heather Wilson, who will look to break three-minute mark and make another state meet in the 1,000 meter run. Wilson will be competing in the middle distance events.
The final returning girl is senior Caitlin McMahon, who hopes to compete in the middle distance events and relays. Her goal is to run the 600m run in under 1:45.
Homer freshman Rayne Perry ran on the varsity outdoor team last year as an eighth grader. This newcomer will contribute to the indoor team in the 55m dash, 300m run and relays.



Mite travel squad wins easily twice

The Cortland Flames Mite Travel youth hockey team went on another scoring rampage in winning twice at home over the weekend, beating Salmon River 11-1 on Saturday and Onondaga 11-0 on Sunday.
Ben Gravel had five goals and an assist against Salmon River, while Cole Compagni had two goals and an assist. Emily Krebs scored twice, while Jared Berry and Mike Turck scored once each and goalie P.J. Shager didn’t make any saves. Devin Baylor stopped nine shots and Shager three in the shutout win over Onondaga, while Gravel had four goals and an assist, Berry two goals and an assist and Matt Pelowski two goals to pace the offense. Jackson Brazo had a goal and two assists, Krebs a goal and an assist and Dylan Cooper one goal.
Cortland beat Midstate 7-2 on Saturday as Matt Gombas scored four goals, Turner Pomeroy two and Trevor Jubran one. Goalie Zachary Wilhoit made 13 saves.
In a 4-2 loss to Camillus on Sunday, Jonathan Frederick and Gombas scored once each. No goalie statistics were reported.
Goalie Zach Randall made 11 saves in a 6-0 shutout win over visiting Ithaca Saturday. Jordan Zehr had two goals and an assist, Dakota Baylor a goal and an assist and Kyle Gibbons, Mike Lavere and Devin MacHenry one goal each.
Lavere had a goal and an assist while Kyle Gibbons and Danny Turck scored once each in a 3-2 win at Binghamton on Sunday. Goalie Jared Lavine made 18 saves.