Winter 2019 Sports Wrap Up
As the first signs of spring begin to show themselves in Central New York, it also brings with it the close of the winter sports season. Check out this article highlighting the achievements of our winter sports programs this season!
Boys Varsity Basketball: Jeremy Milligan, Head Coach
On the hardwood, the Purple Tigers basketball team played selflessly throughout the season, while earning a 13-9 record. The ten-man roster, including seven returning seniors to the squad, steadily improved over the course of the winter. Just over the midpoint of the season, the 6-6 team could have seen their season go in many directions. The experienced team of veterans showed their grit and talent by winning seven of the their final ten contests, including a thrilling double-overtime home victory in the opening round of sectionals against Syracuse Academy of Science, knocking off then undefeated Central Square at home with some late game heroics at the foul line, and avenging earlier season losses by beating Central Square, ESM, Oswego, and Fowler.
Before any contests, Captains Jay T Atkins, Rory Hines, and Daniel Ruggiero met with the team and discussed challenging yet attainable season goals. The team collectively persevered, showing great focus in accomplishing six of seven of those goals. The achieved goals included: earning the title Scholar Athlete Team, winning our holiday tournament, beating Homer, not being called for any technical fouls, finishing above .500, and advancing in sectional play. The coaching staff is incredibly proud of all ten young men for not only achieving these goals but for learning how to play through some adversity both on and off the court throughout the long winter season, while becoming one family unit supporting one another through the highs and lows. A season to remember--great job Purple Tigers!
Girls Varsity Basketball: Nolan Sinclair, Head Coach
This season was truly memorable for the Girls Varsity Basketball program. The girls won 11 games which was equal to the two previous seasons combined and they won a sectional game for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. The girls worked extremely hard each and every day they stepped on the court. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to make the sectional tournament, and not only did we do that, but we earned a home game as well. That home game, which ended in a victory over Oswego, was one that we will all remember for a long time.
Not only did the girls excel on the basketball court, but they did so in the classroom as well. The Girls Basketball team earned the Scholar Athlete Award for the fourth consecutive year, which is my entire tenure with the team. Our group of five seniors will be missed as they were not only outstanding basketball players, but also remarkable people. Coach Sinclair said, “the program is in good hands as we return six players for next year’s team as well as a group of girls from a very successful JV team. We look forward to the future, but are thankful that we have a strong foundation built by our graduating seniors.”
Boys Wrestling: Mike Tenkate, Head Coach
Coach Mike Tenkate is very proud of the boys this year. He said, “It was my pleasure to be their coach and have my Awesome Assistant Coach Garrett with me. We had some real bright spots such as Josh Rowland placing 3rd and 2nd at two tough tournaments. In addition, every wrestler got at least one varsity win and pin this year. Noah Wurst finished 5th at Class B’s.”
Coach Tenkate is looking forward to working this off season with the boys to get better and build the program next year and the years to come. He said, “I’d like to thank all the parents and everyone in the Cortland Community for their help and support this season. I’d like for all the former wrestlers and supporters to feel free to contact me if they want to be involved with the program. We can always use positive people around the program. Up next, is our end of the year banquet and off season training and fundraising events for next year’s happenings.”
Girls Volleyball: Cheri Olson, Head Coach
Volleyball had a successful season, finishing the year 11-7 overall. We lost in the semi-finals of sectionals to ESM. Our only senior, Amanda Parzynski, was injured in the 2nd match of the season, so we had a very young squad. Captains Kayci Olson and Grace Call were two of the biggest factors in our success.
Boys Ice Hockey: Chad Totman, Head Coach
The Ice hockey team had an excellent year. The team was ranked in NYS every week. Coach Chad Totman said, “we finished second in section three division second league play. This will give us a first round bye into the Semi finals of sectionals.”
Several of the athletes received all league honors. Jed Brazo, Trevor Jubran, Nick Gravel, and Brandon Ludwig were first team honors. Three athletes were second team all league winners which were Jake Prunier, Adam Jubran and Josh Cargen. Two athletes were honorable mentions for all league, Michael Jewett and Nate Evans.
Bowling: Annette McMahon, Head Coach
The Girls Varsity Bowling Team had an incredible year. With two senior starters, Taylor Cullip and Holly Vallese, Junior Calista Van Epps, Sophomore Makayla Cotterill and Freshman Autum Wells. They placed second in their League. Calista Van Epps placed sixth in the individual ranking and Taylor Cullip ninth, earning them a place for the “Shoot Out” that was held in Rome at King Pin Lanes on February 14th.
Coach Annette McMahon said, “We were very hopeful of them taking first place at sectionals this year but we were plagued with illness and minor injuries at the last minute. Victoria Strobeck stepped in during sectionals to help the team. The girls did take third place in Division III overall, just ahead of Homer. We have 8th grader Jillian Riccardi and 10th grader Emily Stoughton who will be stepping up next year to rebuild the team.”
Boys Varsity Bowling
On the lanes, the team was led by Dylan Luther, Alex Warholic and Jordan Shortsleeve. The boys won 40% of their league games to qualify for sectionals. The boys placed 8th out of 12 in their class and 10th out of 18 in their division.
Coach McMahon said, “overall, Dylan Luther was the top bowler on the team, with Alex Warholic and Jordan Shortsleeve close behind. Juniors Mason Bellrose and Jake Keep rounded out the starting lineup.”
Indoor Track and Field: Paul Drexler, Head Coach
Indoor Track and Field is having another exceptional year. Led by seniors and bolstered by large numbers of freshman athletes, the team has seen all-around growth and success.
We have a full flight of throwers in the shot put and the weight throw, each led by senior Niko Ingle, but closely followed by Oumou Diakite who finished as a first team all-league weight thrower!
Also finishing first team all-League, are Tyler Stevens in the 3200m and Alex Ryan in the 600m. Alex competed in the 600m at the state qualifier meet on February 13th, finishing 3rd. His time qualifies for the NYS Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 2nd. Keep posted on our website for more information on how he does in States!
Cheerleading: Nikki O’Donnell, Head Coach
This was the second season that the Cortland Varsity Cheerleaders participated in competition. The team focused on strength and stamina to improve stunting. As the team built our competition routine, the cheerleaders faced many challenges with a smile on their face.
The competition routine consists of cheering, dancing, tumbling, jumping, and stunting. Coach O’Donnell said, “this year we participated in 4 competitions and competed against other schools from the surrounding Central NY area in the co-ed division. As we continue to practice, we will strengthen our skills and be ready for next year's competitions.”
The team ended the season visiting F.E. Smith Elementary School to give a performance and talk about the Positivity Project trait: Zest/Enthusiasm. The team had 3 three seniors: Ashley Peterson, Lindsay Smith, and Allison Bishop.