Sport Shorts-Feb. 5

Feb. 5-11, 2004
Sport Shorts-Feb. 5
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
• Gethers Gathers 1,000 Points

Bishop Grimes senior Ken Gethers provided the Cobras’ supporters with a highlight during a 56-55 loss to Mexico last week when he scored his 1,000th point. With Gethers averaging 20.6 points per game, the surging Cobras were pacing the Onondaga League Liberty American at 6-0 and are 9-5 overall as of Sunday. Bishop Grimes has accumulated its considerable success this season in spite of advancing into the ranks of the Class B schools. During the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, the Cobras were able to assume a berth in the Section III Class C Tournament final each time. Following the lapse against the Tigers, Bishop Grimes bounced back with a 69-52 triumph over Solvay. The Cobras scored by committee in that win, with Josh Gormel scoring 15, James Knoop knocking in 13, and Gethers tying Joe Hughes with eight apiece.

• Grimes Girls Hoops Rolling

The Bishop Grimes varsity girls basketball team finished last week atop the Onondaga League Patriot American division at 9-2 in league competition and 11-4 overall. The Cobras sparked off the season with a 55-53 upset of Bishop Ludden and rounded off last week with a 43-34 triumph over Fabius-Pompey. In the win over the Falcons, Grimes was led by Courtney Miller’s 17 points. In addition to enjoying its current success, the program is looking forward to a bright future: just four members of the current varsity team are seniors and the junior-varsity team is undefeated. The Cobras have won seven league titles in the last eight years.

• Le Moyne Softball Fifth In Division II Poll

The two-time defending Northeast Regional Champion Le Moyne softball team is No. 5 in the USA Today/NFCA Division II Preseason poll. In 2003, the Dolphins (47-10, 25-3 Northeast-10 Conference in 2003) posted a program-record, Northeast-10 Conference record and New York State NCAA record 47 victories. Only three other softball programs in New York State (Cornell, Cortland, and Hofstra) have ever won 40 or more contests in a season. With one of the nation’s best pitching staff, the Dolphins shut out 30 of 57 opponents and allowed only 34 earned runs in 57 games for a 0.64 ERA. The Dolphins will miss contributions from graduated seniors Marnie Sundberg and Emily Senko. Sundberg, the NCAA Regional MVP, left her mark as the program’s all-time leader in ERA, shutouts, innings, wins, and strikeouts. Senko established new standards for hits, home runs, doubles, and triples.

Le Moyne opens the 2004 season Feb. 29 in Orlando, Fla. against Northwood. Senior pitcher Megan Vecchiano (East Syracuse, N.Y./ES-M) returns to anchor the pitching staff. She went 22-4 with a 0.53 ERA and was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year. Second team All-America shortstop Jennifer Winters (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) led the Dolphins with a 373 batting average and a program-record nine home runs as a freshman.

• CBA Hoops Overcomes Henninger

In a match-up featuring two of central New York’s top teams, Christian Brothers Academy emerged with a 53-47 victory over Henninger last week in the Black Knights’ home gym. Both teams boasted a top Division I prospect in Henninger’s Andray Blatche and CBA’s Greg Paulus. The latter has made a verbal commitment to Duke University. Paulus paced the Brothers with 20 points, most of them coming in the second half. Erik Estabrook scored 12 and Dave Fine 11. Blatche led Henninger with 16, while guard Cornelius Vines scored 11.

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