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Boys Basketball: Cornell looking to return to the playoffs

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Last season, Cornell had the unique distinction of having a winning record but not reaching the playoffs. The Raiders are looking to avoid that distinction this year and are off to a good start, winning their first section game of the season, 67-51 over Western Beaver.

It's the way the Raiders won, more than that they did, that means the most of their playoff chances. Cornell had four different players score in double figures, led by Dane Jackson. Jackson was well-known to local fans during football season but in a different uniform – he was the quarterback at Quaker Valley as part of a co-op arrangement and will play football at Pitt next season.

Jackson, though, wasn't forced to score anywhere near half his team's points as Blake Lipke had 17 points, Shawn Puskar had 12 and Devin Hines 11. The 6-6 Hines played at Moon last year and was one of the better big men in that Class AAAA section. He'll definitely be a difference in a Class A section (without Lincoln Park).

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Boys Basketball: Cornell dealing well with adversity

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Marky Billson profiles the Cornell boys basketball team.

"The Cornell Raiders boys basketball team has begun the 2014-15 season a man down.

Their longtime coach, Bill Sacco, has not been a part of any team activities this season. Sidelined with a leg infection, he has been hospitalized since the start of fall practice, leaving longtime assistant Fran Petraglia in charge.

"We really don't know when he'll be back," said Petraglia, who previously had a stint as the Raiders' head coach in the early 1990s. "I see him every day in the hospital and he hopes to attend games after the holidays.""

 

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Alumni Update - Ronnie Borne (Allegheny)

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CLEVELANDThe North Coast Athletic Conference has named Allegheny senior cornerback Ronnie Borne its Defensive Player of theBorne AC Week for games played on Sept. 20.


Borne, a Cornell graduate, helped lead the Gator defense in the team's 24-21 NCAC-opening victory at Hiram on Saturday, tallying two tackles while also recording a pair of crucial second half interceptions.


His first interception came in the third quarter, as he picked off a pass on the Allegheny 10-yardline, which led to a Gator field goal that tied the game at 17-all.  With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Terriers driving, Borne intercepted a pass in the end zone to thwart Hiram's final scoring chance and preserve the 24-21 Gator lead.


Through Allegheny's first two games, Borne has an NCAC-leading three interceptions, as well as eight tackles.  He becomes the first NCAC Player of the Week from Allegheny since Bill Devlin earned Defensive Honors on Oct. 16, 2012.

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Swimming: Cornell qualifies four for states

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The Cornell boys swim team will be sending four participants to the PIAA Class AA championships this weekend at Bucknell University. Senior Colton Claytor, juniors Cole Tipper and Logan Donahue and freshman Dan Joyce have all qualified for states. The foursome punched their state ticket in the first event at the WPIAL championships, taking fourth place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:43.95 that is seeded No. 18 in the 24-team field at states.

Tipper enjoyed a breakout individual meet at WPIALs. Along with his strong swim in the medley relay he took fourth place in both his individual events, the 100 butterfly (52.88) and the 100 freestyle (48.35). Those times have him seeded high at states, he is the seventh seed in the 100 butterfly and the No. 11 seed in the 100 freestyle. Claytor also earned a PIAA berth in an individual event by virtue of his eighth-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.79. Claytor is the No. 23 seed at states in the 200 freestyle.

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Cornell's Dane Jackson

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Name: Dane Jackson
School: Cornell
Grade: 11
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: After averaging almost 27 points per game in the regular season, Dane Jackson was continually among the top three in WPIAL scoring almost all year and could, arguably, be the best player not in the playoffs. A junior, he has already scored over 1,000 points and has lettered three years. After leading Quaker Valley to the football playoffs at quarterback through a co-op agreement, Jackson stepped up his game on the court as well this year.