October 23, 2021

Homer High volleyball team sweeps Auburn

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It wasn’t easy, but the Homer Trojans girls volleyball team picked up another sweep, while the Marathon Olympians girls soccer team routed Whitney Point.


Homer 3, Auburn 0
The Trojans (5-2) cruised through the first set, 25-7, before needing to come from behind in the second and third sets to win them 25-21 and 25-23.

“We had a really rough week last week with two losses to Solvay and Marcellus,” Trojans head coach Jeremy Cook said. “The girls have really put their heads down and have been all in on making the necessary improvements going forward. After a few really focused practices, I think they were highly motivated to play well today. We made a few personnel changes in the second and third sets, and the chemistry was just off a little bit. I was proud of how the girls kept battling and pulled through some tough patches to seal it in three. We have been spending a lot of time on being more diverse offensively and there, are some small growing pains with that. Like anything, it’s a work in progress, but it’s getting there.”

The Trojans had contributions up and down the stat sheet. Kayla Miller had four digs and six kills, Kloey Roos had five aces, six kills and eight digs, Madison Wethje had 12 assists, Mya Updike had seven assists and two digs; Mallory Douglass had 13 digs and three aces; Keira Miller had six aces, five kills and four digs; and Lilly Sorenson had 11 blocks, four aces and two kills.

“We practice at high intensity and as game-like as possible, so even being down a few points, I like to think we were able to still feel like we were right there and only a few smart plays away from being right in the match,” Cook said. “I like the mentality of our team, and it’s one we are constantly in progress with. When the girls believe in one another and are playing with a lot of heart, they really believe they can win. So in the third set, although it was a little sloppy and having to come from behind, we still felt like we could win the match.”

The Trojans are back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday when they host Westhill.

Today’s schedule

Marathon at Groton, 4:30 p.m.
Jamesville-DeWitt at Cortland, 7 p.m.
Lansing at Dryden, 7 p.m.

Cortland at Jamesville-DeWitt, 6:30 p.m.
CBA at Homer, 7 p.m.

Homer at Canastota, 4:30 p.m.

Cortland at East Syracuse-Minoa, 3:30 p.m.
Homer at Skaneateles, 3:30 p.m.

Homer at Westhill, 4:30 p.m.

DeRuyter, Fabius-Pompey at Manlius Pebble Hill, 4:30 p.m.
Whitney Point at Dryden, 5 p.m.

Waverly at Dryden, 5 p.m.

Trumansburg 3, Dryden 0
The Lions kept the match close, especially in the third set, but ultimately fell by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 27-25 to drop their record to 2-2.

Katie Spano led the Lions with eight kills and seven blocks, while Sophia Yuz’vak had nine digs and Natalie Day had three assists and three digs.

Union Springs 3, Groton 0
Union Springs swept the match by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-10.

Devyn Roberts had two digs and Mackenzie Hamilton had two kills, an ace and a dig as part of the Indians effort.


DeRuyter 6, McGraw 0
Cam Daley had a hat trick, Gavin Richardson had two goals and two assists and Brandon Darrow had a goal and assist as the Rockets defeated the Eagles for the second time this season.

“We started the game quite flat and did not play our best soccer for the first 20 minutes,” Rockets coach Matt Skeele said. “We had opportunities, but we just could not finish the ball. We finally got on the board halfway through the first half, and knocked another one in to make it 2-0 at halftime. We talked about making things simple, using the easy pass, and finishing at halftime, and I commend the guys for turning things around and coming out strong in the second half from the start. We were able to capitalize on our opportunities, which we did not do in the first half, and scored three goals in a seven minute span to start the second half. Things kind of opened up from there and we were able to get guys in different spots and move the ball around nicely.”


Marathon 11, Whitney Point 0
The Olympians walked into Whitney Point and put the game out of reach early with eight first-half goals to secure their fourth straight win.

Paige Hurlburt, Marissa Allen and Brooke Tillotson each had two goals and an assist, while Delta Barber had one goal and three assists and Audrey Jasper, Addison Oram, Megan Howard and Carissa VanDee each had one goal.

“It was another great team effort and win,” Olympians coach Elizabeth Duncan said. “I’m glad we can play unselfishly and get everyone involved on offense.”

Kendre Euson made two saves for the clean sheet for the Olympians, who face Groton at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

DeRuyter 2, McGraw 1
Keely Worlock scored both Rockets goals on assists from Peytin Burrows, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Rockets edged the Eagles.

Andrea May pulled the Eagles level in the first half with a goal assisted by Adrianna Stacconi.

Dryden 2, Southern Cayuga 0
Despite outshooting Southern Cayuga 28-0, it wasn’t until the 43rd minute when Nicole Morrow scored off a rebound of her own shot to give the Lions the only goal they would need to secure the win.

Emma Lobdell finished the scoring with a penalty kick in the 71st minute.


Weedsport 4, Cortland 0
After a scoreless first half, Weedsport pulled away with two goals in each of the third and fourth quarters to hand the visiting Purple Tigers the loss.

Gabby Jeffers and Christina Jackson each had a goal and an assist, and Mallory Brown and Trinity Davis each had a goal for Weedsport.


Homer 213, Tully 249
The Trojans won their sixth straight match to improve to 6-2.

Mitch Riter had the top score of the match with a 39 and was backed up by Tanner Douglass’ 41 and a 43 from both Lukas Quinn and Mike Stiles.

Cortland 219, Central Square 267
All the medals went to Cortland in this match as no Central Square player could muster better than a 50. Andrew Partigianoni led the Purple Tigers with a 39.

Carter Baum added a 40, and Kooper Knabe and Ethan Hay each put up a 46 as part of the Purple Tigers’ winning effort.


Homer 4, Manlius Pebble Hill 3
The Trojans’ doubles play was the difference as Charlotte Wallis and Georgianna Goodwin defeated Caroline Mezzalingua and Eden Hildebrandt, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), and Lauren Franco and Molly Gallagher defeated Sophia Menacho and Arielle Nemes, 6-0, 6-1.

The Trojans improved to 4-3 while MPH fell to 2-2.