Fall Sports 2019 Season Wrap Up
Now that the fall season has come to a close, we want to give a shout out to our fall athletes for all of their hard work this year. Athletic Director Tim Wagoner said, “The Cortland athletics program had a strong fall season overall. In addition to being dedicated to trying their best on the field and court, many excelled in the classroom. From our girls soccer team finishing with 12 wins, to our cross country team finishing 3rd at the Tully invitational, we had many reasons to be proud to be a purple tiger!”
Below is a list of recaps from our coaches highlighting important events and athletes in each of their respective seasons.
Girls Soccer- Ilona Ryon, Head Coach
The varsity girls soccer team had a great season finishing with 12 wins and 6 losses. Coach Ryan said, “we had an incredible overtime victory in the sectional quarterfinal game against Watertown. We won 3 to 2, despite being down two goals in overtime. Tori Cruz broke Cortland‘s points leaderboard record this year and finished her career with 76 goals and 45 assists. Marissa Gilmore had seven shutouts this season. Our season ended in the sectional semifinal game against Central Square. We will miss our 14 seniors next year but look forward to rebuilding the team come August!”
Boys Soccer- Luke Schweider, Head Coach
The boys soccer team finished with a 3-10-3 record this year. Coach Schweider said, “our biggest game this year was tying Jamesville Dewitt away, with the score of 2-2. We were down 2-0 within the first 20 minutes of the game and then came back to tie it. This says a lot about our teams grit and determination to not give up at the end of the season. To be able to come out with a tie against a team like that is outstanding.”
Coach Schweider continued, “Our season was a roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows. Some games we played great, and others we were fatigued or just not there mentally. The best thing I want to highlight about this team is that we never gave up. Even though we knew we could not reach our goal in the win/loss column, we still fought hard and played as if every game mattered. That says a lot about a team's character I think more than the amount of wins we have. We are already preparing for next season in winter leagues as we see potential for the team again next year.”
Football- Pete Reif, Head Coach
The Cortland football team finished with a 2-6 record for the 2019-2020 season. League award winners were Jaden Fitch (1st team wide receiver), Collin Williams (2nd team quarterback), Brycen Palmer (2nd team linebacker), Marcus Hines (2nd team defensive back), Kaleb Thorhauer (2nd team full back) and Austin Burdick (2nd team linebacker).
Team awards went to Jaden Fitch (MVP), Collin Williams (offensive MVP), Brycen Palmer (defensive MVP) and Kaleb Thorhauer (most valuable lineman). Coach Reif said, “We are excitedly looking ahead to a great offseason and increased numbers to the team next year. This year’s team is only graduating one senior starter so next year we will be working to get stronger.”
Field Hockey- Nicole Latham, Head Coach
The Cortland girls field hockey team ended up finishing the season 7-7-2. Coach Latham said, “we made it to the Section Semifinals again for the second year in a row. We had 4 players make first team honors- Abby Ricottilli, Malana Booker, Rachel Kline and Megan Harrington. Our entire starting line up was honored by the league in some way, first team, second team and honorable mention. Kadison MacNabb and Makayla Cotterill shared the Rookie of the Year award. Abby Ricottilli received the MVP award, Morgan Zimmer received the Coach’s award and Rachel Kline received the Most Improved award! I am very proud of this hardworking group this year and I am very excited to continue to work with such a gifted group of athletes.”
Golf- Yale Hughes- Head Coach
The Cortland Golf teams overall record was 13-4. Coach Hughes said, “We finished in third place in SCAC Empire Division, third place in Class “A” Section III tournament. The MVP this year was Andrew Partigianoni. The Most Improved Player Joe Kane, Caden Congdon and Kooper Knabe. First team All-League award winners were Andrew Partigianoni and David Benjamin. We will be back in May as Andrew Partigianoni, David Benjamin and Landon Rozewski all qualified to play in the State Qualifier at Seven Oaks (Colgate) in May. We had a very skilled team this year. Our record was pretty good but I believe that we should have won a couple of matches that we lost. Overall it was a successful season.”
Cross Country- Paul Drexler, Head Coach
Coach Paul Drexler said, “The MVP this year was Jared Valentin. Most improved was Brady Pennock. We did not do that well this year in sectionals due to a couple of injuries about half way through the season, (Kris V and senior Jake Gilbert). For the girls team, I gave the coaches award to Serenity Schreffler. Serenity always shows up at the meets to cheer on the team, even when it's far away and not pleasant weather. The McQuaid Invitational in Rochester was our last full healthy competition. We did finish third as a team in the Tully Invitational. I am looking forward to another exciting indoor track and field season.”
Girls Tennis- Lara Discenza, Head Coach
Coach Lara Discenza said, “Some of the highlights this season is that we beat Westhill in the 1st round of team sectionals, but went on to lose to Jamesville Dewitt in the second round. My first and second singles (Lexi Zacek and Lindsey Bush) made it to individual sectionals. My first, (Kayci Olson/Pearl Hettich), second (Sadie Urtz/Julia Guest) doubles teams qualified for individual sectionals. Lexi Zacek was named MVP for the season, Jordan Vail was most improved and Heather Decker received Coach's award.”
Fall Cheerleading- Nikki O’Donnell, Head Coach
Coach Nikki O'Donnell said, "the Varsity cheerleading team achieved many of our goals that we set at the beginning of the season. The team was successful in executing many high level stunts and worked hard this fall season and it showed in their performances during the football games. We will transition to winter cheerleading and working hard to perfect our routines."
As always, follow @CECSD_Athletics for updated on how our winter teams are doing!