October 18, 2021

Cortland boys’ XC impressive in first win

CORTLAND — The thunderstorms in the forecast Wednesday didn’t materialize, giving the Cortland Purple Tigers the opportunity to pick up their first win, beating Central Square, 20-35.

The Tigers (1-1) swept the top three places, with Jared Valentin finishing first by a full minute at 17:31, followed by Joe Cataldo and Asa Terwilliger.

Central Square had a pack in the top 10, led by Jonatahn Clarke at 19:39, but Luca Canzano and Bradyk Pennock’s sixth- and eighth-place finishes were enough to seal the victory for the hosts.

For the second straight race, the Purple Tigers did not field a girls’ team, allowing Central Square to win 15-45. Julia Mann finished first with a time of 20:22.

Cortland is off until October 15 when they visit Auburn at 5 p.m.

Cortland field hockey loses in OT

Head coach Nicole Latham described Wednesday’s game between the Purple Tigers and Cicero-North Syracuse as “like a heavyweight boxing match all game.”

The Purple Tigers successfully defended a whopping 10 penalty corners, but freshman Gabriella Wameling scored the winner in overtime to give CNS the 1-0 edge over Cortland.

“I love that my girls are tenacious and fearless and are not scared to punch above their weight,” Latham said. “Both teams played incredibly well and I am so proud of my girls for meeting the challenge of playing such a large school.”

Kylie Davie, Malana Booker, Gabby State and Claire Dearie all played staunch defense for the Purple Tigers, with Davie making a miraculous save on a shot above her waist.

“Pat Kennedy, the CNS coach, does a great job with his team and we both shared sentiments before and after the game about how we are just really grateful to be playing this season especially for our seniors who have worked so hard to get to this point,” Latham said.

Tully sweeps Homer XC

Tully swept the Homer Trojans cross country teams Wednesday.

Ethan Lowell (17:41) and Jed Swayze (17:45) placed second and third for the Trojans on the boys’ side, but Tully took all of the other top 10 spots.

Emma Anderson (21:21) was the top finisher for the Trojans girls, but Brooke Rauber of Tully dominated the race, finishing over three minutes ahead of the next closest runner at 16:56.9.