Sports Shorts

Oct. 2-8, 2003
Sports Shorts
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
CBA Boys Soccer Looks to Bounce Back From First League Loss

Christian Brothers Academy varsity boys soccer coach Joe Papaleo had no contention with Section III’s decision to move his soccer team up to Class A as it did three years ago. After all, in their first year, 2001, the Brothers won the sectional championship playing against the top teams in the region. The difference has been that there are no weak sisters in Class A and his team can expect to lose one or two games rather than simply dominate.

“In Class B, we could get away with not playing our game and still win, in Class A we can’t do that,” he said. “The kids play hard and they realize that in Class A you can’t win by just running by people. Every team, top to bottom, has athletes.” Wednesday, for instance, CBA fell 3-0 to league powerhouse Liverpool courtesy of two goals by Dan Stevens and one by Gary Sroka. Up to that point, CBA was undefeated in league competition. Since its emergence in Class A soccer, CBA has become one of the programs that the elite teams target. “We feel good about it because they give us respect,” Papaleo said. “But some teams, like Liverpool, you kind of wish would overlook you now and then.”

The Brothers are 7-1-1 in league play and 7-3-1 overall with an eye to return to sectionals. Papaleo says that his top players have been outside midfielder Nick Ashenburg and utility player Patrick Overton. Overton leads the Brothers with six goals, but Papaleo stresses that his real value is in his defensive play. “I think he’s the best defender in the league,” the coach said. Papaleo deploys Overton in a number of positions in CBA’s 3-5-2 formation to maximize his marking ability, but he is also a dangerous threat to score from anywhere.

This Saturday, CBA will host traditional league power Fayetteville-Manlius at 6 p.m.
Volleyball Players Sought

The Goodwill Ambassadors are currently accepting applications for high school age volleyball players, in the U.S. and Canada, to participate in the 2004 Goodwill Ambassadors Volleyball exchange to Europe. Members of this team will represent their country, community, and the Goodwill Ambassadors teams in volleyball tournaments and local competitions in London, Paris, Geneva, Venice, and Rome. The program is open to all youths ages 15 to 20 years-old. Those seeking additional information may call (425) 255-8102.
Le Moyne Golfers Place Third at Northeast-10 Conference Championship

Le Moyne men’s golf placed third Sept. 21 at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in Syracuse. Dan Falcucci (Syracuse/Christian Brothers Academy) earned Freshman of the Year honors with his top freshman finish (74-71-145). He was also selected for the tournament’s first team. Teammate Jim Vardaro was selected to the second team. Women Finish First, Men Second at Syracuse University Big Orange Invitational

The Le Moyne women’s cross-country team topped the Division II field at the Syracuse University Big Orange Invitational. The men’s squad finished second behind Delhi College among the Division II teams. For the women, freshman Jacquelyn Rappa (Clinton/Clinton) topped all Division II runners with a time of 20:52.35 in the 5k race. Junior Phillip Reid (Plattsburgh/Plattsburgh) paced the Dolphin men with a time of 30:36.83 and a fifth-place finish. The cross-country teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4, hosting the Frank Dillon Memorial Run. The competition begins at 11 a.m.
CNY Catholic High School Football

Christian Brothers Academy continued to dominate Class AA Friday night as it routed Nottingham 61-6 at Coyne Field. As of Sunday night, the Brothers were ranked second in the state poll among AA teams. Bishop Ludden bounced back from a tough loss to arch-rival Westhill to defeat Marcellus 14-7 at home. Keith Mitchell rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Bishop Grimes fell to Hannibal 40-7. Royce Orr scored the Cobras’ sole touchdown on a 67-yard kick return. Notre Dame fell to Herkimer 16-0.

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