December 28, 2007


No present for Trojans after gallant comeback

FABIUS — Homer Central boys had their chances Thursday night, but the Trojans came up a little short in the end as host Fabius-Pompey posted a 58-53 victory in the opening round of the Falcons Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Homer falls to 1-8 while Fabius-Pompey improves to 5-3.
The Trojans will meet Cincinnatus in the consolation game at 6 p.m. today. The Lions (2-8) were crushed by Cazenovia (5-3) in the opening game by a 55-22 count.
Fabius-Pompey 58, Homer 53: “We just can’t seem get over the hump,” said Homer coach Jim Luchsinger. “It really came down to two bad runs. We had one in the second quarter and the other in the third quarter.
“We did not have great first half, but we hung with them,” Luchsinger continued. “We did rally from 14 points down to take a four-point lead in the fourth quarter. We worked hard to come back, but ran out of gas at the end. It took lots of energy to come back and we could not maintain it.”
Homer did build a five-point lead in the first quarter, only to have Fabius-Pompey rally for a 13-11 advantage at the end of the quarter. The Falcons continued with the momentum in the second quarter for a 27-19 halftime advantage.
Homer rallied back from the 14-point deficit and cut the margin to 37-31 through three quarters. The Trojans went on to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the home team bounced back and did just enough to pull out the win despite being outscored 22-21 in the final eight minutes.
Mike Carboine led Homer with 14 points with Kane Hartnett adding 10 points.
Jonathan Charette poured in 25 points for the Falcons with Mark Wasmund netting 12 points.
Cazenovia 55, Cincinnatus 22: The Lakers put the game away early by building a 23-9 cushion in the first quarter. Cazenovia built the lead to 34-16 by halftime.
Cody Ash scored 14 points to lead Cazenovia in the scoring column with Bryan Wight netting 10 points. Chris Nourse and Trent Widrick each chipped in with nine points.
Kyle Blanchard scored 11 of the 22 Cincinnatus points.

Caz sends Homer to consi

FABIUS — Homer Central girls ran into one of the best teams and player that head coach Bruce Tytler has seen this season. Kiley Evans poured in 25 points to lead the high-powered Cazenovia Lakers to a 65-31 win in the opening round of the Fabius-Pompey Holiday Basketball Tournament Thursday. Homer falls to 3-6 overall while Cazenovia improves to 5-2.
“Cazenovia is a real good team,” said Tytler. “By far, they are the best shooting team we have faced all year.
“Kiley Evans is a phenomenal player,” Tytler added. “She runs, shoots, jumps and rebounds. She is great on both ends of the floor. She can really play the game.”
Evans pumped in 14 points in the first quarter and Cazenovia bolted to a 24-9 lead. The Lakers built the cushion to 36-14 by halftime.
In addition to Evans, Carrie Stevens tallied 12 points for the Lakers and Molly Dougherty netted 11 points.
Ashley Brown found her shooting touch and drained three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points. Stephanie Hartquist was under the weather, but still added seven points to the Trojans attack. Courtney Rainbow netted seven points for Homer as well.
“Ashley found her stroke again and shot well,” said Tytler. “The girls really hung tough through a tough night.”
Homer will meet LaFayette in the consolation game today at 2 p.m., the Lancers losing to Fabius-Pompey 63-25 in the other first round game. Fabius-Pompey and Cazenovia play in the 4 p.m. championship game.
Lauren Scalisi scored 26 points to pace the Fabius-Pompey win. The hosts raced to a 20-4 lead in the first quarter and enjoyed a 32-14 advantage at halftime.
Ashley Steinberg scored six points to lead LaFayette with three players netting five points each.
HOMER JVs ran into a very hot team Thursday as Cazenovia  captured a 62-32 win over the Trojans.
“Cazenovia is a very good team,” said Homer coach Marv Zimmerman after his team fell to 3-4. “They did not miss in the first half. They also played a tough man-to-man press for much of the game.”
“It was a good learning experience for our girls,” Zimmerman added. “We played well and got some work against the press.” Sarah DiGiovanna played a good game and led the Trojans in scoring with 12 points. Ashley Crossway added seven points while Abbey Phelps netted five points.
Raeanne Cluveaux paced Cazenovia with 12 points with Katie Kleine and Emily Mastropoalo each pumping in 10 points.
Homer JVs will face LaFayette, a one-point loser to Fabius-Pompey, in the consolation game at 2 p.m. in the Elementary School. Fabius-Pompey and Cazenovia play in the 4 p.m. championship game.



Dryden boys wind up third, Marathon, Groton girls fall

WATKINS GLEN — Robbie Solveson pumped in 17 points as Dryden High boys bounced back from a tough loss Wednesday.
The Purple Lions (4-5 overall) posted a 59-51 win over Newfield (2-5) in the consolation game of the Watkins Glen Holiday Basketball Tournament Thursday.
It was a tougher day for the girls as two local team lost first-round tournament contests. Marathon girls (3-5) dropped a 63-43 decision to host Bainbridge-Guilford (4-1) in the Bobcats Holiday Tournament while Trumansburg (6-2) rolled to a 56-28 victory over Groton (0-7) in the opening round of the Trumansburg Holiday Tournament.
Dryden 59, Newfield 51: Dryden led 17-11 after the first quarter, but Newfield battled back to grab a 32-31 edge at the halftime intermission
The Purple Lions retook control in the third quarter and enjoyed a 45-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Dryden added to its lead during the fourth quarter.
Doug Bushnell nailed three 3-pointers and tallied 12 points to aid the Purple Lion offensive attack with Patrick Streeter netting eight points.
Kyle Newhart paced Newfield with 18 points, thanks to four treys, while Marcus Kastenhuber chipped in with nine points.
Bainbridge-Guilford 63, Marathon 43: “B-G is a good team that is very quick,” said Marathon coach Rick Brooks. “We are looking to play better today against another tough team.
“We were a little flat,” Brooks added. “We were not rebounding well and gave up too many second and third scoring chances.”
Bainbridge-Guilford took a 19-11 lead during first-quarter play and increased the margin to 37-20 by halftime. The Olympians played more evenly in the second half, bing outscored by a slim 26-23 margin.
Casie Wood scored 20 points to lead Marathon with Dakota Ripley adding eight points.
Mariah Schaeffer pumped in 27 points to lead a solid B-G attack while Danielle Conway connected for 19 Bobcat points.
Marathon will face Oneonta in the consolation game this afternoon at 3:45 p.m.



Cortland starts off going 3-2

CENTRAL SQUARE — The Cortland High wrestling team went 3-2 Thursday on the first day of the Brett D. Dixon Memorial Dual-Meet Tournament at Central Square.
The Purple Tigers beat Batavia 42-36, East Syracuse-Minoa 54-25 and Liverpool 61-18, while losing to Vestal 44-38 and Sandy Creek 43-39. CHS was 13-6 overall heading into the today’s action, when it was slated to meet Chambersburg (Pa.), Central Square and Greene.
Sandy Creek and Vestal both went 4-0 on Thursday, while the hosts were third at 4-1 and Cortland fourth. Coty Cute at 171 pounds and Dan Foster at 189 both went 5-0 for Cortland. Cute pinned all five of his opponents and raised his record this season to 19-0 with 12 pins while Foster pinned three of his foes and is now 18-0 with 10 pins.
Corby Reynolds (145) and Tyler Thayer (103) both went 4-1 with three pins on the day, Reynolds improving his season’s record to 14-4 with five pins and Thayer moving to 8-8 with five pins. Going 3-1 on the day were Brandon Fitzgerald at 152 and 160 (one pin; now 12-2 with 3 pins) and Josh Morehouse at 215 (two pins; 14-2, seven pins).
Cortland’s quickest pin of the day came from Barklee Sanders, who needed just 14 seconds to flatten Matt Revette from ES-M at 96 pounds.