STAC Soccer All-Stars Announced

The Southern Tier Athletic Conference announced their girls’ and boys’ soccer all-stars Thursday.

For the girls, STAC champion Owego put four players on the league’s Central/East All-Conference Team: Lexi Hilliker, Courtney Malia, Mandy Spadine and goalie Brittany Rando.

The Metro/West team features Liz Howell and Erica Eiche from Vestal, Union-Endicott’s Abby Renfro and Maine-Endwell players Taylor Enty, Keggen Griffith and Erin Savoldy.

For the boys’, Owego’s Camden Bushen was joined on the Central/East All-Conference team by three Johnson City Wildcats: Dominick Vitali, Evan Baileys and Hans Purtell.

Union-Endicott goalkeeper Alex Arbes was named to the Metro/West All-Conference team along with Adam Kozecke from Maine-Endwell and Vestal players Alex Pelto, Geno Rocco and Nate Economou.

B-Sens Win, Volleyball and Soccer All-Stars

The Binghamton Senators blanked the Syracuse Crunch 4-0 Wednesday night in Syracuse. Barry Brust made 33 saves for his second shutout of the season.

On the offensive end, Bobby Butler scored his league-leading 13th goal for Binghamton and Corey Locke extended his points streak to 11 games with a goal and two assists. His 26 points lead all AHL players.

The B-Sens will host Hershey on Friday and Hartford on Saturday at the Arena.

The Southern Tier Athletic Conference released their all-conference volleyball teams this week. Picks include Vestal seniors Kristen Willets and Amanda DeAngelo, Union-Endicott junior Jill Darpino and Owego senior Janna Karpel.

The Interscholastic Athletic Conference selected their girls’ soccer all-stars this week.

Newark Valley senior Lindsay Bakal was named a co-MVP while teammates Angela Holliday and Colleen Quartararo were selected to the first-team. Other selections were Lila Carpenter, Danielle Talenti and Carol McEvoy from Waverly, Candor’s Alison Wilcox, Spencer-Van Etten’s Samantha Steiner and Kara McDuffee, Leandra Brink and Kacie Hoyt from Tioga.

SU Basketball Beats Detroit on Tuesday

The Syracuse University men’s basketball team recovered from another slow start to take down Detroit 66-55 at the Carrier Dome Tuesday in the first game of the Legends Classic.

Junior Scoop Jardine netted a career-high 27 points to lead the Orange in the game that was heard live on WEBO. He also had eight assists and five steals.

Senior big man Rick Jackson earned his second straight double-double, with 10 points and 22 rebounds.

Syracuse is 3-0 to begin their season, ranked 10th and 11th in the two polls. The Orange will play William & Mary on Sunday at the Dome.

SU Basketball vs. Detroit Tuesday on WEBO

The Syracuse University men’s basketball team will host Detroit at the Carrier Dome Tuesday, a game that will be broadcast live on WEBO.

It is the third game in five days for the Orange, who beat Northern Iowa on Friday and Canisius on Sunday. SU is ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Detroit lost its season opener at New Mexico. The Titans were picked to finish second in the Horizon League this season by the conference coaches after going 20-14 a year ago.

Tuesday’s game is part of the 2010 Legends Classic, which will feature 12 teams from across the nation competing at four different locations: Syracuse, Michigan, Georgia Tech and UTEP. The four hosts will advance to the tournament’s championship round at Atlantic City on Thanksgiving Weekend.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm Tuesday. Coverage will begin at 6:30pm on 1330AM and 107.9FM.

SU Football Bowl Eligible, Basketball Starts 10-11 Season

It was a busy weekend for Syracuse University sports, as both the football and men’s basketball teams were in action on WEBO.

The football team won its seventh game of the season on Saturday, beating Rutgers 13-10 to stay perfect on the road in 2010. Freshman kicker Ross Krautman kicked the game-winning 48-yard field goal with just over a minute remaining to make the Orange bowl-eligible for the first time since 2004.

The men’s basketball team opened their regular season with a 68-46 win over Northern Iowa at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. Syracuse started sluggish but went on a 21-5 run to start the second half.

The basketball team was back on the court Sunday, taking down Canisius 86-67. It was the 831st career coaching victory for Jim Boeheim, giving his sole possession of fifth on the NCAA all-time win list.

Syracuse will play Detroit at 7pm Tuesday on WEBO.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Down to the Wire

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship will go down to the final weekend of the season with the top three in the points standings separated by just 46 points.

Points leader Denny Hamlin finished 12th in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500, allowing Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick to both pick up points in the standings. They are 15 and 46 points behind, respectively.

Carl Edwards won yesterday’s race at Phoenix.

The championship will be decided next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In other NASCAR news, Chemung County native Todd Bodine clinched the points title for the truck series on Friday night.

Tioga Standout Signs with PSU

A Tioga baseball standout will play at Penn State next year.

Patton Taylor signed his National Letter of Intent last week. The senior was a first-team all-state pick last year after leading the Tigers with a .476 batting average and 29 runs batted in. He was 5-1 as a pitcher with 63 strikeouts in 30 innings.

Tioga baseball coach and Athletic Director Bob Seymour says Taylor chose Penn State over Wake Forest to be closer to his family and because of their state-of-the-art facilities.

Patton is the son of Tioga Central School District Superintendent Scot Taylor.

SU Plays Tonight

The Syracuse University men’s basketball team wraps up its exhibition season tonight against a LeMoyne squad that beat them last year.
The loss to the Dolphins did not appear to negatively affect the Orange, who went on to win their first 13 regular season games and finish with a 30-5 record.

Tonight’s game begins at 7 in the Carrier Dome. It will be broadcast live on WEBO, coverage begins at 6:45pm on 1330AM and 107.9FM.

Syracuse beat Kutztown 96-60 last Tuesday in their first exhibition game. They open the regular season on Friday against Northern Iowa.

After winning the Section 4 championship on Friday, the Owego girls’ soccer team will begin the state playoffs with a regional game against Section 1 champion Rye at 4:30pm today at Union-Endicott High School.

Owego beat M-E on penalty kicks Friday to win the program’s first-ever sectional title. The Indians are led by Lexi Hilliker, who has 23 goals, and goalie Brittany Rando, who has posted 12 shutouts this year.

Rye is undefeated through 20 games and ranked No. 1 in the state’s Class A.

Vestal will play North Rockland at 7pm at U-E while Chenango Forks will take on Bronxville at 6pm in Binghamton.

The winners of all three games will face the Section 9 champions in the state quarterfinals on Saturday.