2019 Spring Sports Recap
The short, soggy spring was jam packed with excitement as most of the Cortland Athletics teams made it to the sectional qualification level. Below is a recap capturing the spring sports teams accomplishments! We are proud of our purple tigers!
Head Coach: Ben Albright
Coach Ben Albright said, “the Varsity Baseball Team had a stellar season. Our final regular season record was 15-4, good enough to be one game out of first place. This was quite the turn around after a disappointing 2018 season. Our team was excited to break in the new All Turf Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex as our new home field. Despite a rainy spring, we were able to get our games in as scheduled. This was very beneficial as we were able to continuously work outside and on a field. Our 15-4 regular season record was good enough for a #3 seed in the Sectional Tournament. Unfortunately, we could not knock off the visiting league champion, Auburn Maroons.”
Coach Albright said, “this group of young men far exceeded expectations this season. This was because they have proven their work ethic is second to none and decided to have a positive mindset towards this season. They went out and proved to everybody that we are a top notch baseball program in CNY. The Cortland Community should be proud.”
Head Coach: Chelsea Palma
Coach Palma said, “Our overall record of 2-16 was two wins better than last season, but still does not show how hard this team worked or how much they improved. Our seniors, Ashley Shortsleeve, Sarah Boyce, Lily Devlen, and Reilly Record will be hard to replace next season. We ended up having five athletes earn league honors this season. Ashley Shortsleeve earned First Team Honors. Second-Team honors were Lillian Quick and Kayci Olson. Sarah Boyce and Pearl Hettich both earned Honorable Mention. With ten players returning next year, we are excited and looking forward to getting back to work.”
Head Coach: Sean Mack
Coach Mack said, “this season wasn't what we were hoping for but it should give our returning players motivation to make this a terrific off-season. We are losing some great seniors who gave a lot to this program and we greatly appreciate them. Brandon Ludwig, Matt Fernandes, Rory Hines, and BonScot Devlen will continue their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level. We also had individuals who were recognized with All League Honors. Brandon Ludwig (Attack) and Ethan Myers (Goalie) both received 1st Team and Matt Fernandes (Defense) earned 2nd Team. We have four team awards that we give out at the end of each season. Those recipients were Ethan Myers (MVP), Brandon Ludwig (Offensive MVP), Matt Fernandes (Defensive MVP), and Martin Monroe (Coaches Award - for constantly working hard and always giving a strong effort). With our returning players and the players who will be joining us from the junior varsity squad, along with a strong off season, we are excited about how competitive we could be next season.”
Head Coach: Kindra Catalano
Coach Catalano said, “Looking back on the 2019 season, I would like to recognize some individuals on the girls lacrosse team. Grace Call hit her 100 point milestone this season during our game against Syracuse on May 3rd. For these reasons and many, many more, Grace Call has also earned the Head, Heart, Hustle Award as well as Lauren Swartz who is a quiet leader who always finds a way to produce.
Hannah Partigianoni earned every shot, draw and ground ball this season. She is ranked 3rd in the section for assists in a season with 62 while scoring 56 goals. Hannah earned her 100th point on May 7th vs JD ending with 118 points on the season. She also hit another milestone this season earning 200 career points, ending her sophomore season with 221 career points, and for those reasons, Hannah Partigianoni is the Offensive Player of the Year.
Highlights from this season were beating ESM in regular season, earning a home game for the 1st round of sectionals and beating Carthage. This was the first postseason win in the program in nearly 6 years. We had shared goalie responsibilities from Isabella Smith and Dania Gutierrez as sophomores; their growth was incredible. The team ended the season 7-11 overall and 5th in our league. We look for more growth and production from the large, soon to be senior class. This group of girls earned a spot on the All Academic list for our school with several girls earning Scholar Athlete honors again.”
Head Coach: Cheri Olson
Coach Olson said, “the record this year does not indicate how well the team performed. We often only lost by 1 match that could have gone either way. We had many new players this year who ended up doing really well. Henry Storch and Alex Musci were first year players and earned 2nd team all-league honors at second doubles. They qualified for sections. Josh Henry and Aaron Hughes earned 2nd team all-league honors for 3rd doubles despite being a 4th doubles team. Dan Ruggiero made it to the 2nd round of sectionals at 1st singles and Daniel Zhang made it to the 2nd round at 3rd singles.”
Boys Track and Field
Head Coach: Luke Schweider
Coach Schweider said, “the boys track team had a great season. We had a good group of seniors who provided leadership for our younger track athletes (17 freshman). Our dual meet record was 2-3 this year against other teams in our league. The more important meets are the Invitationals in which some of our athletes placed within the top six. Tyler Stevens earned a First-Team All League Award by placing first in the League Championship in the 3K Steeplechase with the time of 10:33.31. Tyler also broke the school record at Sectionals, previously held by Andy Ryan (2018), with the time of 10:23.18. Alex Ryan earned a Second-Team All League Award by placing second in the League Championship in the 800m with the time of 2:00.48. Alex Ryan is also the Sectional Champion in the 800m (second year in a row) with the time of 1:59.58. We had a total of 16 athletes that made it to Sectionals, which is incredible!”
Girls Track and Field
Head Coach: Vince Lizama
Head coach Vince Lizama said, “the Girls Varsity Track and Field Team had a decent but interesting season. Springs sports are tough, as most if not all spring sports are outside in the freezing cold. As a team, I believe the biggest concern was the commitment of athletes. The weather has been a big deal when it comes to the outcome of our meets. We ended up breaking even with a 3-3 record this season in our league. We also ended up placing 5th out of 21 teams in the CBA Invitational which led to bigger goals as the season continued. The team made sectionals at first, then qualified at the State Qualifiers, and finally made it to States this season for the 1st time.”
Triple and Long Jumper, Kara Perkins and High Jumper, Malana Booker, competed in the State Qualifiers. Unfortunately, Kara fell just short of the State Qualifiers Finals ending her season with a new triple jump personal record of 33ft 10in. Malana Booker also set the bar high, clearing 5ft 2in, and taking 6th place in the State overall in Division 2.
The team has come a long way this season. Nobody knew how the season would end up. Consistency, improvement, and goal-setting are three words that would describe the Cortland Varsity Girls Track Team. They came every day to practice, working harder day by day to improve. With a memorable season behind us, the teams focus has changed, hoping to have a shot at States next season.”