Fall 2018 Sports Kick Off
With the summer days getting ever so slightly shorter, Cortland student-athletes have taken to the fields and started training for the rapidly approaching fall sports season. We sat down with all of our varsity head coaches to discuss the coming fall season. The following will give you a glimpse of what’s to come during the upcoming fall sports season!
Girls Soccer- Ilona Ryon, Head Coach
This is Ilona Ryon’s fourth year as head Varsity coach.
Ryon said, “the timing feels right this year. I think we are going to have one of the best seasons because we have a large group of returning athletes mixed with energy from the newcomers.”
The team is hoping to do well in sectionals this year. For those who wish to support the team, they are hosting a pancake breakfast September 23rd from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Elks Club on Homer Ave. Tickets are available at the door. Their next game is September 6th at Oswego at 5 p.m.
Boys Soccer- Luke Schweider, Head Coach
This is Luke Schweider’s first year as the head Boys Soccer Varsity coach.
Schweider said, “Seniors Grayson Jones, Chris Tanner and Josh Henry have been putting in a lot of work during the off season and trying to step up in leadership roles this year. With the talent we have we feel that qualifying for sectionals are within our grasp.” Catch the boys in action on September 8th at 3 p.m. at Fowler High School.
Football- Pete Reif, Head Coach
At the helm of the football program is head coach Pete Reif.
“The varsity football team hopes to improve on its 3 - 5 record from last year,” Reif said. “The return of thirteen seniors from last season's team along with the addition of a strong sophomore class have the program excited. The players have been working hard year round to get bigger, faster, and stronger.”
The teams first game is scheduled for August 31st at Bishop Ludden High School at 7:00 p.m. The team is further encouraged by having five home games this year and would love to play in front of a packed stadium. Come out and support your Purple Tigers!
Field Hockey- Nicole Latham, Head Coach
Nicole Latham is excited to be the Varsity coach this year. Last year she was the Junior Varsity coach so she coached many of the same girls that are now on Varsity.
“Watching the girls grow and develop as field hockey players is one of my favorite parts of the job,” Latham explained. “I really love this team and am excited to start off the season on September 8th against Baldwinsville at 1:30 p.m.”
The Field Hockey program is also welcoming the new Junior Varsity coach and Junior High physical education teacher, McKenna L’Hommedieu. Latham continued, “Returning seniors Karen Swartz, Tara McMann, Larkin Schumacher, Sam Forrester, and Meredith Meagley will be leading the team.”
Golf- Yale Hughes, Head Coach
The Varsity Golf team is coming off a second place finish in last year’s Class "A" Sectionals. The team returns a bevy of experience, only losing Cooper Swartwout to graduation from last year’s team that went 10-6 in its sectional run. The returning starters are Senior Jake Prunier, Juniors David Benjamin, Landon Rozewski, Nick Djafari and Joe Kane. Back after a one-year hiatus is Senior Brandon Ludwig. Another returner is Junior Nick Marshall. This year's squad is looking to vie for first place in the difficult SCAC Empire Conference.
Cross Country, Paul Drexler, Head Coach
This is Paul Drexler’s first year as head coach of the Varsity program.
“All of my student athletes have trained hard this summer. They are coming in to the fall season prepared and ready to compete,” Drexler said.
Their first competition will be on September 8th at Chittenango.“One of the reasons we are going to Chittenango early on in the season is so the kids can see the course twice. This course will be the same course sectionals will be held at,” Drexler explained. He added that, “The running community in Central New York is impressive and Cortland cross country hopes to be competitive this year.”
Girls Tennis, Lara Discenza, Head Coach
Lara Discenza is in her fourth year as head Varsity tennis coach.
“Unfortunately this year we have two injured senior captains. We are looking for our younger athletes to step up and fill the void,” Discenza said.
This year, the modified program will have girls in grades 7, 8, and 9. The Varsity team is facing off against Homer on September 5th at 4 p.m. The team is also looking for more student athletes. If interested please contact the Athletic Department.