Racqueting Up Accomplishments

Francesca Chirco, Everly Kessler, and Chloe Butler

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Boys Varsity Tennis team has served up losses to their opponents in their undefeated season. The team continued their success as they won sectionals. Five players went to state qualifiers where three players won and advanced to the state tournament.

In sectionals, the whole J-DHS team competed and brought home the sectional title. After sectionals, senior Somil Aggarwal, junior Dhruv Nanavati, freshmen Essex Glowaki and Peter Hatan, and seventh grader Mark Bratslavsky qualified for the Interclass Tournament. There, three J-D players qualified for the state tournament: Hattan, Glowaki and Nanavati. From each section in New York, only a total of nine players go to the state tournament, and J-D was responsible for three out of the nine players to qualify from Section III. Glowaki and Nanavati qualified as one of the three doubles teams along with Hatton who qualified as an individual for states for his third consecutive year. “My favorite part is the fun of being able to play with people that are at your level,” said Hatton.

States was held at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY where teams from all over New York State competed on June 1 and 2. Hatton made a good run in the competition, losing in the second round to the third seed in the state. Glowaki and Nanavati’s run was short-lived after losing in the first round. The boys hope to make a return trip to the state tournament in 2019.

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There is a significant amount of experience within the team. Aggarwal is co-captain and brings the experience of being on the varsity team all four years of his high school career and has been playing the sport for the past seven years. The other co-captain, Nanavati, has also had a lot of experience outside of J-DHS, as do many of the the younger members of the team. Most of the players have been practicing the sport when they were younger or they began middle school.

The team has representatives from all grades of high school, and also a seventh grader, Mark Bratslavsky. Although the team has a substantial age range, they have a strong team dynamic, which was a crucial aspect in making this season so successful. According to the players, the small team gets along very well, which allows them to work together even better in practice and while playing in matches. “We have so much fun together. We have lots of fun on the bus rides. We even have a couple of team group chats,” said sophomore Aniket Maini.

Head Coach Eugene Sul has led the team for 16 years and has his own personal experience with the sport as he played throughout high school. He didn’t dedicate much time to practice in college but still retained his passion for tennis. At J-D he has coached both Boys Varsity Tennis and Girls Varsity Tennis for many of his years. Mr. Sul utilizes many unique drills and methods into his coaching to keep the long winter months inside interesting and fun for his team. “We even dabbled in playing floor hockey with their tennis racquets as sticks,” said Mr. Sul.

Similar to years passed, the team achieved great success both individually and collectively under Mr. Sul. “Overall, we had a really strong team and our success is shown by our record,” said sophomore Will Guisbond. The team will pick the racquets back up next school year and continue to improve in order to have the same success next season.

A Fond Farewell

Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth

Staff Writers

After many years of hard work and dedication, senior Ailish McDevitt will continue her track career in college. “I wanted to continue running track so I could better manage my time and because of my love for the sport,” said senior captain Ailish McDevitt. She first joined the track team in seventh grade at the modified sports level. Originally, she wanted to get involved with track because she enjoyed running and sports in general, but she continued it because of the friendships she made with the people on her team.

McDevitt was selected as one of the captains for the track team this year. Her leadership skills and dedication to the sport are some reasons that McDevitt was selected by her team. “She’s very supportive and a great role model,” said senior teammate Brendan Sharon. Her leadership was also recognized when she was voted a captain on the soccer team last fall.

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In the fall of 2018, McDevitt will attend Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. She signed her National Letter of Intent to compete for their track and field team this May. There she will compete Division II in hurdles, the triple jump and will run the 200 meter dash. “I’m very excited, but definitely nervous,” said McDevitt. Her best result this year was running the 200m in 29.99 seconds, though her fastest time is 27.40 seconds, which she achieved in the 2017 season.   

Each year letters are earned by J-D athletes, the numbers may vary depending on the athletic success of students. “Within the last few years we can receive as low as eight letters a year or as many as 12 to 15,” said Athletic Director John Goodson. McDevitt was one of the recipients to receive a letter. “You have to be one of the top student-athletes in the country and in some sports, one of the top competitors in the world,” said Mr. Goodson. The National Letter of Intent is “an agreement between a student-athlete and an institution of a higher education to participate in whatever athletics you chose to compete in,” according to the National Letter of Intent website.

McDevitt will be graduating on June 24 alongside her fellow classmates at J-D. Her career as a Red Ram is coming to a close, but she will continue-0 to do what she loves as a Daemen Wildcat in the fall.


 

J-DHS Students Participate in Special Olympics

Johnny Keib

Staff Writer

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Every spring schools from all around Central New York gather together for students with special needs to compete in the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics provides a place for students with learning disabilities to go and compete in various track and field events. But more importantly, it’s an opportunity for students to go and have a good time.

Freshman Tim Beshers has attended the event every year since first grade, and he loves it. Every time it comes around he gets pumped up to bring home some ribbons. “I came in second place for the 200 meter. I came in third place for the high jump. I came in first place for the shot put,” said Beshers. Some other students that went with Beshers were junior Rachel Sartorti, and freshman Selah Ladew. Both love the event just as much as Beshers and won several ribbons, too. Sartori won the shot-put event, and came in second in the long jump. Ladew got second place in the 200 meter, and also won a ribbon in shot-put.

Winning the events is always great, but Sartori and Ladew both loved the other activities. The mascots at the event were a big hit, but the cotton candy given out stole some of the mascot’s glory. “My favorite part was the cotton candy,” said Ladew.

Along with the competitors, students from Jamesville-DeWitt middle school went to help them, as did their teachers. One of the student helpers was eighth grader Grace Evans. “We walked around with the students and cheered them on,” said Evans. She had a great time there and thought it was a great environment. The students were not the only kind of helpers that went along. There were also several teachers that attended the event. One teacher was special education teacher Jody Smith. Ms. Smith not only helps the competitors at the event, but she also helps them at school. Ms. Smith thinks that the opportunity for the kids to get out of school and have fun for a little is always a great one. “We do the Special Olympics for several reasons,” said Ms. Smith. Some of those reasons are for the students to get a community experience, and that it’s a day that lets the students shine in their events.

The Special Olympics is always a great event for kids to go out to compete and have a good time. Beshers, Ladew, Sartori and all the other kids who compete are ready to go out again next year.

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Warriors Meet Cavs in Finals for Fourth Straight Year

Brevin Scullion and Kaled McCloud

Staff Writers

 

As the NBA season is dwindling down to its end and the NBA playoffs are almost finished, the two teams who won the Western and Eastern conference finals will face off in a series to become NBA champions. With all the changes this year from the beginning of the season with many stars leaving their old teams for new ones, trades upon trades, and the many injuries that this season has been riddled with, it has all come down to The Finals.

Students here at Jamesville-DeWitt High School weighed in on this year’s finals and some predictions they have for the series. “Even though I’d love to see the Cavs win, I don’t think that it will happen,” said sophomore Jason Pritts. Along with Pritts, many other students here at J-DHS think that it isn’t likely that the Cavaliers can pull it out. “It was a great run for LeBron [James], but it’s over for him,” said junior Ameen Iraqi. With them down 3-0, it looks like this prediction could come true.

However, there are some students here at J-DHS that have faith in LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. “He’s the greatest of all time for a reason, he can pull it out,” said junior Shane Wright. Some students would rather see other teams than the Warriors and the Cavaliers.  “I’m sick of seeing Cleveland in the finals, but I’m even more sick of Golden State, so I’m hoping for the Cavs,” said sophomore Will Davis.

The Golden State Warriors have their fourth straight finals appearance. It seems likely that they will end up repeating as champions with their polarizing superteam. “Warriors in four [games],” said senior Meg Hair, who sites the four NBA all-stars of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant are too much for Lebron and the Cavaliers.They’re led by an experienced head coach of Steve Kerr, who has five NBA championships as a player, and two as a head coach.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, have also made their fourth finals as a franchise, and look to get revenge on the Warriors after last year’s finals defeat. Even more amazing is that Lebron James has made his eighth straight finals appearance which ties him with Boston Celtics legend, Frank Ramsey. “LeBron’s the GOAT [greatest of all time], period,’’ said senior Kasey Vaughan. The Cavs have struggled a lot, not only during the playoffs but also during the regular season. They struggled against the Indiana Pacers in seven games, the Toronto Raptors in four games, and the Boston Celtics in seven games. But now they face their biggest challenge yet, the Golden State Warriors.  

These two teams have a ton of history, making this the fourth straight year in which they are playing each other in the finals. The Warriors took the first and the most recent finals, while the Cavs won it all when they met up the second time. Their most memorable moment was during the 2016 NBA finals when the Cavs came back from trailing 3-1, and won the best of seven series 4-3. Senior Almir Salkic predicts a different outcome this year. “The Warriors are going to sweep the Cavs,” said Salkic.

No matter who comes out of this season as the NBA champion, it has been a very exciting one. From all the ups and downs throughout the season, it all lead up to a great playoffs and hopefully the trend continues in the finals. “It should be a really exciting finals this year,” said Pritts.

J-DHS Spring Sports Heading Into Postseason Play On A Roll

Julian Galleta and Harland Kissel

Staff Writers

As the spring season begins, it again brings the promise of great weather, allergies, and the much anticipated chance to get back out on the field for Jamesville-DeWitt High School athletes. This season has not, however, delivered on those promises. Many meets, practices and games have been canceled this season due to the ever-present and influential Upstate New York weather.

The weather has been the main reason why many games and meets have been cancelled this spring sports season. Senior Boys Track and Field captain Joey Armenta said, “The season is off to a good start, although we’ve had a few cancellations due to the weather.” Junior Varsity Baseball player Jakob Ellithorpe agreed with Armenta, “The weather has been horrific- we’ve had five or six games scheduled and we’ve only played two,” he then added, “We’re looking to have a game almost every day during spring break,” he said, staying optimistic. The weather has not only affected boys sports, but girls sports as well this season.  “Since it’s been so rainy, we’ve only had practice once a week,” said Freshman Olivia Norden, who plays on the girls varsity golf team. “It feels like half of our matches have been cancelled,” she added.

On the other hand, senior Boys Varsity Lacrosse captain Griffin Cook, believes that the weather has helped them so far in their efforts this season. “We love to play in the rain,” said Cook, “other teams hate it, but we like to embrace the weather, so I don’t really think its been affecting us at all.”

There has been no shortage of cancellations this season, and Athletic Director John Goodson has had a part in all of them. “As of April 16th, we had 109 scheduled contests,” he said, “of those 109 scheduled contests, 94 of them have been rescheduled to some capacity.” Although bad weather on game day has become ritual at this point, Mr. Goodson wants athletes to stay “optimistic” in regards to weather. “We go into every game expecting that we’re going to play. Our coaches go in with that mentality, and we try to get our athletes to go in with the same mentality.” said Mr. Goodson.

Spring sports teams look to jump head on into the difficult schedules of this season. With a difficult schedule comes the opportunity to play many teams,“A lot of our games are considered good games,” said Cook. Some of these teams have come to be known as “rivals” over the years.  “We’ve had a beef with Camden over the past couple of years,” said Ellithorpe, “but I’d say out biggest rival is going to be ESM (East-Syracuse Minoa).” Armenta agreed with Ellithorpe on ESM being one of the track team’s “rivals.”

Not all spring sports teams have the same rivals though. Armenta also added that Central Square is also one of their rivals this year. “I’d consider Homer as one of our rivals this season,” said Cook.

Currently, the J-DHS Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team hold an overall record of 10-3 and are 8-1 in league play. The J-DHS Varsity Baseball Team holds an overall record of 8-3 and are 6-3 in league play.

The J-DHS Boys Track team have also started off strong and are 3-0 while the J-DHS Girls Track and Field team is off to a 2-0 start.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse team has started a very dominate season so far with an undefeated record in league play and an overall record 12-2. Central New York teams have yet to find an answer for junior Ana Dieroff, who leads the team in both goals with 39 and points with 46. “Our goals are to defend our sectional title and bring home a state championship,” said junior Lindsey MacLachlan, who is also having a dominant year. MacLachlan is currently leading the team in assists with 12 and is third in points with 36.  

The J-DHS Varsity Softball team has had a strong start to their 2018 season. Their record is 11-3 overall and are currently undefeated in league play at 9-0. The softball team has high hopes for this season with half of their team comprised of seniors in their last season as Red Rams. “The sky is the limit for our team this year and our goal is to win yet another sectional championship, and hopefully a state championship,” said senior Taylor Roadarmel.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Golf team has battled through the difficult weather to an overall record of 2-4 and a league record of 0-1 so far this season.  

All of the J-DHS spring sports teams look to continue their success as the regular season begins to wind down and start to prepare for deep runs in postseason play.

J-D Girls 3-Peat State Championships

I’m sure you’ve heard this before: the Jamesville-DeWitt Varsity Girls Basketball team has won the state championship, again. The girls continued their reign over New York state with a three-peat of state championships. Next up for the girls was Federations. On March 23, students left class around 12:45 p.m. to go cheer and send off the girls team to Federations as they boarded their bus to Glen Falls. In the game the team found themselves down 1 point against James Madison Academy with 20 seconds left. Sophomore guard Gabby Stickle dribbled around the three-point line and passed to LaClair with 10 seconds left, “I like shooting the floater and I got the opportunity to make the shot and I did,“ said LaClair. “The shot fell and we won, I couldn’t be more proud of Momo,” said Boeheim.

The girls started to realize their dreams of a three-peat could come true after defeating Seton Catholic 71-55 in the semi finals on March 16. Hair led the team with 23 points while freshman guard Momo LaClair and senior forward Jamie Boeheim each had 11 points. Although the team didn’t face Seton Catholic in the finals, players said that they were the toughest team to beat. “I’d say they were the hardest to beat because we had played them before so they knew how we play,” said senior guard Kasey Vaughn.

The girls’ back-to-back state championship streak was put on the line on March 17 when they tipped-off against Elmont Memorial. The girls had a 6 point edge over Elmont at halftime, “we felt like we had dominated up to that point and then the second half came and we continued to play our game,” said Vaughn. The game ended up being a 13 point win for the J-D girls and the three-peat had been accomplished. “Our hard work paid off and we completed our goals, I ended my career with a career with a bang,” said Hair.

Senior Meg Hair lead the team averaging 15.8 points per game and finished her high school career as J-D’s all-time leading scorer, accumulating over 1,000 career points. Hair will be attending The University of Pennsylvania to continue her athletic career. “I’m very excited to meet my teammates and get started with a whole new team,” said Hair.

Fashion Show Raises $15,000 for Booster Club

Zoe Potamianos, Meghan Evans, Mara Durkin

Staff Writers

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Smiles spread through the Ballroom at Drumlins Country Club like wildfire as parents watched the student athletes  of Jamesville-DeWitt High School work it on the runway.

The second Annual Red Ram Runway raised around $15,000. The profits went towards the JD Booster Club fund which supports the athletic program, providing for items not covered in the budget. This includes things like team awards, end-of-season parties, the senior awards banquet, and senior scholarships.

As many as 200 people attended the fashion show to support their friends and relatives. Besides ticket sales, there were also raffles and a silent auction that also raised money. There were over 30 themed baskets in the raffle and 25 silent auction items. Each sports team was responsible to provide a basket to raffle off. From a beach basket to a family movie basket, the teams had a wide variety of items for people to win. There were also two premium baskets which were raffled off. One basket consisted of two VIP tickets to a Dave Matthews rock band concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater on June 5 and the other basket contained a private plane trip to Lake Placid for the day with lunch included.

Another fundraiser was a friendly competion between teams to get their coaches to walk the runway. Students who donated $1 could vote during lunch periods leading up to the fashion show for the coach they wanted to see dress up in JD apparel and walk the runway. Physical Education teacher Jeff Ike, who coaches varsity boys lacrosse, varsity football, and varsity boys basketball, and Social Studies teacher Stephenie Rice, who coaches varsity girls lacrosse, were chosen by the students. “It was nice to participate and see kids from all sports take part and (I) loved to see this event grow from last year,” said Ms. Rice. “I thought it was really cool that I was chosen by the kids to be in the fashion show,” said Coach Ike.

Students who particpated, like freshman Jamison Maclachlan, had fun, and were glad to help their school raise money for the booster club. “The kids had so much fun,” said JD Booster Club volunteer and JD parent Tracey Loewenguth. Senior Nico Modesti was the announcer, and had the job of introducing the models. “It was a great experience. I love contributing to the JD Booster Club and I’m so glad I could watch this event transform over the past two years,” said Modesti. Students got to wear two different outfits to show to the crowd and strut out with a partner by their side. Senior Katie Lutz, who walked, also enjoyed the show. “I had a lot of fun. My dresses were really pretty and it was fun walking in them,” said Lutz. Sophomore Alex Pomeroy and junior Lindsay Maclachlan also agreed it was a fun experience. “It was fun pairing up with classmates and friends to walk down the aisle and dressing up in outfits was a blast,” said Pomeroy.

“It was a success and we should definitely do it again next year,”  said Mrs. Lowenguth. The J-DHS Booster Club is hoping to make the fashion show an annual event.

 

David Fikhman: Track Star Overcomes Injury to Set Record

Mia Potamianos, Jamie Boeheim, Scottie/B.T. O’Bryan

Assistant RamFeed Producers, Editor of Promotion

Indoor Track senior captain David Fikhman has had a phenomenal running career over the past four years, competing for J-DHS on cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. Running is a year-round passion for Fikhman. This was his third year on the indoor track team.

 Courtesy of Steve Cannerelli

Courtesy of Steve Cannerelli

This season, Fikhman accomplished a variety of set goals, both individually and as a team. “My goal for my senior year was to make it back to states in an individual event and a relay,” said Fikhman. After last year, he wanted to be more successful and hopefully break a school record. He accomplished each of these goals while helping his team to win sectionals for his third year in a row.
 

Individually, Fikhman best event is the 300 meter, which he placed first in at sectionals and also placed in at states. He also placed in states for the 4 x 200 meter relay, consisting of senior Murad Amurlayev, senior Joey Armenta, and junior Maki Potamianos. The four made it to the state finals and broke the school record. He also made a huge comeback after having plantar fasciitis, which caused extreme pain in the bottom of his foot. Cross country and Indoor Track Head Coach Emily Rowles, said Fikhman is hardworking, dedicated, talented, and a detailed-oriented athlete. When it comes to being a captain, “he leads by example, he is also more of a ‘get it done’ kind of guy. He always performs with precision, accuracy, and consistency,” said Rowles.

Though he does not know where he will be going yet, Fikman's future plans are to run in college. He will miss running for J-DHS. Also, he will never forget all of the memories he has made over the years with friends, like making it back to states for the second year in a row.

 

Record Breaking J-DHS Diver is Flying High Into the Future

Mia Potamianos, Jamie Boeheim, Scottie/B.T. O’Bryan

Assistant RamFeed Producers, Editor of Promotion

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Senior Ryan Evans finished off his final high school diving career by meeting one of his personal goals as well as breaking a school record. Evans started his diving career in seventh grade for the Jamesville- Dewitt Middle School Modified Swim team. Before that, he started swimming at the Drumlins Country Club team at seven years old. His interest in diving began early in life when he found cliff jumping and bridge jumping at his camp “thrilling and exciting.”  

In high school diving, the athlete needs to be able to do a Six and an Eleven Dive. A Six Dive means that the divers are at a meet with swimmers and have to do six different dives.  On the other hand, an eleven dive meet is when there are only divers at a meet but multiple schools and all divers compete 11 dives. Evans said he is better at the Eleven Dive competition, however he holds the record for the school for the six dive competition with a combined score of 297.6 on the six dive competition. Unlike swimming where all you need is a pool, there are not many diving boards for open practice in Central New York. So Evans said he is limited to only practicing during the two hours a day during school practice, six days a week. Evans stays in shape year round by working out and playing lacrosse for school.

Evans first year going to states was his junior year but he only made it to the first of three rounds.  “A big thing I strived to do (this year) was to make it to the second round in states, and I was able to,” said Evans. Not only did he get to the second round, but he made the finals for the first time in his career, placing 18th overall. Evans said he’s going to miss the team environment the most and “messing around” before and after practice with teammates. After such a successful season, Evans now hopes to continue his diving career in college. A few college coaches have shown interest in his abilities and he is currently in the process of deciding on where he will be getting his feet wet come fall.  

Football and Wrestling Star: Jake ‘The Snake’ Wright

Mia Potamianos, Jamie Boeheim, Scottie/B.T. O’Bryan

Assistant RamFeed Producers, Editor of Promotion

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Courtesy of Roger Hagan

Senior wrestling and football captain Jake Wright was nicknamed “The Snake” by his teammates back in middle school. “We call Jake ‘The Snake’ because he’s a predator on the field,” says fellow football captain, senior Ben Fleet; “he hunts down the opposing players and strikes to kill, just like a snake.”

Wright is a star football player who had a very successful senior season in which he was named to the All-CNY first team and fourth team all-state. Also, in this past season, Wright broke the J-DHS school record for the number of tackles in a single game when he recorded 30 tackles in a win against East Syracuse-Minoa this season.

Wright has never been benched for an injury, despite starting on the Varsity Football team since freshman year. “He hasn’t missed a single down of play, which shows how tough (Jake) is,” says Varsity Football Head Coach Eric Ormond. Coach Ormond calls Wright a “physical leader” with “rare athletic abilities.” “He’s the guy on the team that everybody knows can go out there and make plays when you need them,” says coach Ormond.

Wright had a strong finish to a dominate wrestling career at J-DHS, with an overall record of 23-6. “Jake is a savage,” says junior football and wrestling teammate, and life-long friend Adam Honis, “he is one of the best wrestlers in the state and a great guy overall.” The Christian Brothers Academy/J-D/(add schools) Wrestling team came in second to Fulton in sectionals. Individually, Wright also finished second in sectionals. Despite not accomplishing his goal of placing into states, he is happy in what he says was a “good season overall.” “Looking back at it, there was a lot of great memories over the years,” says Wright, “I am going to miss all my teammates, coaches, and friends.”

Wright’s future plans are to attend Syracuse University where he intends to walk-on to the football team.

Swimming and Indoor Track Take On States

Chloe Butler, Everly Kessler, and Francesca Chirco

Staff Writers

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Since the beginning of the winter sports season, it has been the driving goal of Jamesville-DeWitt High School Indoor Track and Swimming/Diving athletes to make it to States. Many of these athletes accomplished just that as they ended their seasons on the highest possible note by qualifying and competing in States. On the road to achieve their goal, many athletes even set personal records and broke long-standing school records.

From the Track team, senior runners Joey Armenta, Murad Amurlayev, David Fikhman, and Alexandria Payne and junior runners Ana Dieroff and Michael Potamianos qualified to represent J-D in States at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, NY.

To end their season with a bang, Armenta, Potamianos, Amurlayev, and Fikhman placed 5th overall in the four by two team relay. The boys even set a new school record for the relay, 1:31.48. “It was a great way to end my last indoor season and it was a great experience,” said Armenta. Payne placed 6th in the high jump and 9th in the hurdles and Dieroff placed 18th in the 600 meter dash.

Indoor Track coaches Emily Rowles and Juan Martinez were very pleased with their athletes’ performances all season long and their success at States was the cherry on top of a great season. “To even qualify for States is an accomplishment in and of itself and to then go and place at States, where there is a much larger pool of kids, is a huge accomplishment,” said Coach Rowels.

Throughout the season, the runners found that it was the guidance of their coaches that helped them to improve and reach their ultimate goal of making it to States. From pushing the athletes during practice to staying later to give individual help, Rowles and Martinez were major contributors to the success of the runners. “My coaches would stay after practice to help me work on certain things I struggled with,” said Payne.

Aside from competing, the athletes made time for bonding as they went to a nearby mall, had a team dinner, and even brought down a PS4 and an Xbox so they could play Fortnite in the hotel room. “It was a lot of fun to hang out with the team in the hotel, it was a great bonding experience,” said Potamianos.

The States meet for Swimming and Diving was at Nassau County Aquatics Center in Long Island, NY. Representing J-D in the meet were seniors Spencer Schultz, Owen Farchione, Ryan Evans, and David Chen, as well as sophomore Lucas Dekaney. The team is coached by Bob Bewley, who has been an asset to the J-D Swim team for many years.

Schultz went to the finals for the 100 fly event and the boys placed 12th in the medley relay, setting a new school record at 1:37.83. “I was very nervous before the race but after I was relieved because it was a great way to finish off my last meet,” said Schultz.  For the diving events, Evans placed 18th in publics and 28th in federation while Dekaney placed 13th in public and 16th in federation. According to Schultz, only 3.9% of all high school swimmers make it back to States, so it was a big accomplishment for the J-D swimmers to return to States this year.

Before and after their meet, the team had some time to relax and bond with each other on their trip. The swimmers had a team dinner with their parents and did many more fun activities while at States. “We had a team dinner with all of our parents, which was a nice celebration,” said Schultz.

March Madness

Brevin Scullion and Kaleb McCloud 

Staff Writers

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“I don’t think that there are going to be any upsets,” said Jamesville DeWitt High School junior Eden Shiomos. This sentence became ironic after the first two days of the tournament because the biggest upset ever when a 16 seed beat a one seed. The one seeded Virginia Cavaliers fell  to the 16 seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers. The day before, the four seeded Arizona Wildcats lost to the 13 seeded University of Buffalo Bulls, and the six seeded University of Miami Hurricanes lost to the 11 seeded University of Loyola Chicago Ramblers.

“It was over quicker than I thought. Just like that, my bracket was busted after the first two days;” said sophomore Matthew Cieplicki. “There are always upsets, but not as many major upsets like we saw those first couple of days,” said Cieplicki. Many students were frustrated when they had their brackets busted, but others enjoyed the upsets. “I always like to see an underdog win. I think it’s cool what Loyola Chicago is doing,” said sophomore Connor Durkin. Others were bold enough to even predict these major upsets. “I knew this year that there were bound to be major upsets. I happened to just pick the right one,” said sophomore Kenny Hildreth, who happened to pick the University of Buffalo Bulls over the Arizona Wildcats.

Though many students try to get 100 percent, there are a variety of strategies used when picking winners. “Since I watch college basketball I have some background information on the teams already. I look at the team’s seed and look back on their overall season, and I’ll try to make an accurate pick based on that,” said sophomore Sydney Baker. For other students who don’t know as much about college basketball, they have a different strategy when making their picks. “I just pick the team with the better seed, and if I am feeling an upset then I’ll pick an upset,” said Shiomos. Whether students analyze the games for days or make their pick based on the team’s mascot, no true strategy has shown to be better due to the fact there has never been a perfect bracket in the 33 years the tournament has been around.

Though there are always upsets in the first round, people tend to be able to predict the Final Four teams accurately. However, this year is unusual because two common Final Four teams, Arizona and Virginia, exited this tournament in the first round. “I think so many teams have the potential to go to the Final Four. Like junior Josh Greenway said, “it is going to be a tight race to the big game.”

With only 68 teams making the tournament out of so many Division I teams, teams are bound to be worthy of getting in, but never end up doing so. “Syracuse shouldn’t have made the tournament for any reason at all;” said Salkic, “ Notre Dame should’ve made the tournament because they were so much better than Syracuse and Notre Dame beat Syracuse.”

Boys Basketball Season Comes To an End

Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth

Staff Writers

After a hard fought game against Bishop Grimes, the Jamesville-DeWitt Varsity Boys Basketball team lost in the Class A Sectional semifinal game. The Red Rams lost by one, with a final score of 63-64. “To lose by one is the worst way to lose in my opinion,” said senior captain Marcus Johnson. The majority of the team was very upset and felt they could have done better. “It was disappointing being a one point game knowing that there were opportunities that we could have won,” said senior captain Luke Smith.

The team finished the season with a league record of 11-3 and an overall record of 15-7. “The boys worked as hard as I asked them to work, we just ended up playing a really good team at the end, which unfortunately caused the season to end,” said Head Coach Jeff Ike. Smith agreed, adding “we made a good run this year, and we had a young team. I think they’re in a good spot for next year.”

This year the boys beat Christian Brothers Academy both times that they played them. Smith and fellow senior captain Taku LaClair agreed it was one of their favorite memories from the 2017-18 season. “I had a lot of fun this season,” said LaClair. After high school, Smith will continue his love of sports at Haverford University playing baseball. LaClair is still undecided as to where he would like to continue his education and basketball career. Along with LaClair, Johnson is also undecided on where he wants to go to college, but hopes to continue playing basketball in the future.

As the season has come to an end, many players will continue to play sports. Smith will play baseball, LaClair will run track in hopes of making it to states. Sophomore Payton Shumpert will continue playing, enrolling in “circuit” basketball and “AAU,” with his younger brother, freshman Preston Shumpert. They both agreed they will “keep working hard,” in preparation for next season. Johnson will possibly run track or play AAU as well. “I think we have potential to make it further, especially because a lot of young kids had quality minutes,” said Coach Ike.





 

J-D Indoor Track Competes at Yale

Momo LaClair and Paige Stepanian

Staff Writers

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A select number of student athletes from the Jamesville-DeWitt Track teams recently competed in a meet at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Top teams from all across the Northeast attended and gave the Red Rams a run for their money.

Senior Katie Lutz was one of the athletes that attended the meet for the Girls Indoor Track team. She competed in the open 400m and the 4x4 relay and placed second in the 4x4. Junior Ana Dieroff and sophomores Eva Wisniewski and Denise Yaeger ran in the relay alongside Lutz. Placing second was a big accomplishment for them because of the tough competition they went up against. “Oh my gosh, everyone was really fast,” said Lutz. In comparison to Section III, the athletes from across the Northeast were very talented. “All the girls were way faster than they are here, the competition was a lot better,” said Dieroff.

Freshman Maddie Foss was the only freshman to compete at the meet. She ran in the 3000m and very much enjoyed her first experience at Yale. “It was my first time at this meet, so I was pretty nervous but it was a lot of fun,” said Foss. She enjoyed not only the time on the track, but the time she spent with her teammates.

The Boys Indoor Track team was also very successful. The 4x2 relay team broke the Jamesville-DeWitt High School record. Running the 4x2 were seniors Joey Armenta and Murad Amurlayev, as well as junior Michael Potamianos and sophomore Haberle Conlon. Although they only placed fifth in the event, they still broke a 52 year record, showing just how good the competition really was.

When they weren’t competing, the track stars were off having a good time. At the hotel they all hung out together, playing card games like Mafia and eating pizza as a team. With the other free time they had, they also walked around and explored the campus. A highlight of the campus for many was getting to see the football bowl because the stadium was really cool.

Both the boys and girls track teams recently won sectionals. They will go on to compete in states on Saturday, March 3 in Staten Island. Best of luck to all of the athletes!

Senior Spotlight: Girls Basketball

Meghan Evans, Zoe Potamianos, and Mara Durkin

Staff Writers

Senior co-captains Jamie Boeheim, Kasey Vaughan, and Meg Hair are wrapping up their final varsity girls basketball season for Jamesville-DeWitt High School. The three girls have been playing together since sixth grade and it will be a drastic change for these girls next year, when they will go their separate ways to college.

So far, the team is 12-2 but are 7-0 in league games.The two losses came from the tournament they played in New York City on Jan. 13 and 14, and one was from their biggest rival, Averill Park High School, who they hope to play again at regionals. Since their two losses are against very hard (non league) teams, they have a good chance of making it to sectionals and states.

The senior co-captains have personal and team goals for this season. As a team, they want to win states for the third year in a row and take home the title. Hair’s goal was to break the varsity girls basketball scoring record, and was 41 points away as of Jan. 17. Only three days later, on Jan. 20, Hair accomplished her goal of breaking J-DHS’s 1986 graduate Amy LaCombe’s previous record of 1,531 points.

They will remember their accomplishments and miss their teammates as they head off to college. “I will definitely miss playing with Meg and Jamie as we have been playing together forever,” said Vaughan, who will also miss the team chemistry. The girls will miss the coaches that have taught them how to develop as persons and players on and off the court.

They started playing basketball when they were in elementary school. “I was in fourth grade when I began playing basketball. I really liked the fast pace of the game and how you have to work as a team to win”, said Hair. Boeheim, being in a family that revolves around basketball, was in kindergarten when she started playing the game. Vaughan started her basketball journey in second grade. “I have to thank my dad for helping me fall in love with the sport by putting me on the court young,” said Vaughan. These three ladies have gotten closer and closer over the years and splitting up for the first time will be a milestone in their lives.  

Not only will they have a hard time leaving each other and the team, their teammates will miss them, too. “They bring excitement and energy and are great role models for us underclassmen,” said sophomore Gabby Stickle. “I’ll miss the laughter and all the fun we’ve had in these past years,” said sophomore Paige Keeler. “They make it so much more fun to play,” said sophomore Andrea Sumida, who will personally miss each senior when they go off to college. There is no doubt that the team will change once the seniors leave, but they're off to bigger and better things.  

The girls keep playing and getting better because they have role models that they look up to. Hair’s personal role model growing up was Rajon Rondo because she liked how he moved the ball on offense. Boeheim’s role model is Breanna Stewart because she is a local player, and Boeheim thinks it is “cool seeing someone who grew up so close to you” be so successful. Vaughan’s role model in basketball is Kobe Bryant, because she just loved watching him play.

College will be a big change for these basketball stars. Boeheim will be playing college basketball at University of Rochester. Hair will also play basketball at University of Pennsylvania. “I am so excited, even though it will be different and more difficult, it’s a new adventure I am looking forward to,” says Hair. Vaughan is undecided about where she’ll go to college at the moment but hopes to continue playing.

 

Inside the Life: Athletic Director John Goodson

Johnny Keib and Tanner Burns

Staff Writers

Jamesville-DeWitt High School Athletic Director John Goodson spends most of his day scheduling athletic events and attending meetings with coaches and teachers. However, what Mr.Goodson likes the most about his job is helping kids achieve their athletic goals. “I like setting up a plan in place and trying to work through it and make it happen,” said Mr. Goodson.

Mr. Goodson’s daily routine consists of going into his office around 8 a.m. and getting a project done right away. Then, after completing his project he usually has a couple of meetings. “You’re in and out of meetings all day, and usually wrapping the evening around 10 at night with my last scheduled meeting.” said Mr. Goodson. He follows a very structured schedule to better the school. Mr. Goodson always wants to be organized and two seasons ahead of what the actual sports season is right now in terms of scheduling.

Since Mr. Goodson first came to J-DHS eight years ago, the sports programs have taken off. There have been nine state championships in the past 10 years in boys lacrosse, girls basketball, and boys basketball. He contributes part of the success to the structures within the school. “This is a place that really has a lot of structures, from code of conducts to academic ineligibility and all these things that help students be successful,” said Mr. Goodson. Another reason that Mr. Goodson believes J-DHS has successful sports programs is that he works closely with the Booster Club in order to fundraise.

With such a significant job within a school there are going to be people who think Mr. Goodson is great, but also some people who question his decisions. Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Jeff Ike thinks very highly of him. “I think he’s one of the top in this area, if not one of the best in the state,” said Coach Ike. Senior varsity football and baseball player Anthony Ciccone agrees with Coach Ike. “I think he’s a pretty good guy overall,” said Ciccone. However, some students question whether he supports all of the sports programs equally or favors the boy programs more.

Mr. Goodson hopes to make many improvements to the sports teams this year. He looks at it this way: “every sport is always at a different level. So like right now baseball last year made it to the sectionals but didn’t win the sectionals. So the goal this year is to try and repeat and get back to sectionals and win,” said Mr. Goodson.  

Mr. Goodson was born and raised in Clinton, NY and grew up playing sports, which made him want to be involved in sports when he was older. But he didn’t always want to be an athletic director. At first he wanted to be a football coach. Mr. Goodson played two years of Junior Varsity football at Ithaca College. After playing he was brought on to be the coach of the J-V football team as a student assistant. When his years at Ithaca were over, he headed out to the University of Northern Colorado for his graduate degree. Finally, he went to SUNY Cortland so he could become an athletic director. Mr. Goodson would then go on to be a physical education teacher at Geneva High School before becoming the athletic director at J-DHS.

There is no doubt that the sports programs at J-DHS have been very successful with him at the helm. However, there are some people who disagree with how he runs things. But as long as the sports teams are winning, it is tough to doubt his ways.

Boys Dive Into Swim Season

Staff Writers

Brevin Scullion, Parker Cote, Kaleb McCloud

 

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The Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy Varsity Boys Swim team is 5-1-1 with a loss to Liverpool and a tie to Mexico. Leading the team are senior captains Ryan Evans, Spencer Schultz, and Owen Farchione. “The seniors have done a great job leading the team and have motivated us lower classmen,” said sophomore Hayden Braun. “The seniors push us to be better as an individual and a team,” said junior Liam Kaplan.

JD/CBA’s one loss was a close one to Liverpool: 100-81, with Evans, Schultz and sophomore Lucas Dekaney scoring big points to keep it close. “It was a disappointing lost because we knew we could have won,” said Evans. They also tied against Mexico with Evans and Schultz scoring big again. “I felt disappointed when we tied because it felt like either team won,” said sophomore Logan Roadarmel.

As one of only two sports that combine rival schools, it adds an interesting dynamic to the swim team. “The kids from CBA are fairly good people.” said junior Hunter Ball. “It's good that kids from CBA are on the swim team because you get to meet a lot of new people,” said Kaplan; “they aren’t as bad as people think.” JD and CBA with have to work together to achieve their goal of being sectional champions.

With regionals and sectionals nearing, the team hopes for a sectional championship. “I am very confident in our teams ability to secure a sectional championship,” said Evans. They have won two sectional championships in the past. “I feel a little pressure because we haven’t won a sectional championship in awhile and we have a good chance of winning this year,” said Roadarmel.

With many key seniors leaving next year, underclassmen will have to step up.

“We have a very young team but I have a lot of faith next year without the help of our seniors,” said Evans. “I think we will do fine and keep improving next year,” said Braun. They will be losing eight seniors for next year’s team. However, many kids currently on the team will be staying and will have even more experience for next year. “I have learned a lot this year and hope to carry my experience over to next year,” said Roadarmel.

With the help of the captains, the younger players are pushed and motivated every practice. The leadership is a key contributor to the recent success the team has had. “I enjoy swim [team] and am looking forward to the rest of the season,” said Braun.

JD/CBA match up against New Hartford on Jan. 30.

J-D/CBA Hockey Gears Up for Hockey Night

Francesca Chirco and Everly Kessler

Staff Writers

On Friday, Jan. 12,  the Jamesville-DeWitt/Christian Brothers Academy Varsity Boys Hockey team was scheduled to play against New Hartford for Hockey Night. Unfortunately, due to an approaching winter snow storm, Hockey Night was rescheduled to Feb. 9 and the team will now be playing Oswego.

Each season, one home game is determined as Hockey Night, in which the J-D/CBA students are able to skate with the team after the game. Students always look forward to this event and many were disappointed when the game had to be rescheduled. “I couldn’t have been more upset to have heard that Hockey Night was cancelled. I was really looking forward to watching a great game,” said sophomore Riley LaTray.

Although the team has been off to a rough start, winning only two games, the team continues to persevere in order to end the season on a high note. “The team’s struggling a little to win games, but we’re getting better every day,” said junior Turner Pomeroy. The team is currently 2-8-1, with nine games left to be played.

Head Coach Mike McKie believes in the players and the potential growth of the team.  “We have a very young team and I consider this season as a rebuilding year. I would also say that every game is like a playoff game and we can compete with anyone in the league,” said Coach Mckie.  

Motivation is the key, according to Coach McKie. “We motivate our players with inner-squad competition in preseason and throughout practice during the regular season. When the competition level is high it is easy for the players to be motivated to get better and work to earn a spot in the lineup.”   

In order for the team to succeed, they must act as one and work together, while supporting each other throughout the way. “If we come together to play as one band, one sound we can have a shot at sectionals,” said freshmen Tanner Burns. Fellow J-D players, sophomore Dylan Drury and junior Bailey Doust agree that with hard work and the team’s strong connection, they have ability to make sectionals.

As assistant captain, J-D senior Liam O’Malley has a leadership role on the team which makes him influential among his fellow players. O’Malley is not only able to offer his support to the head captain, CBA senior Tanner Coleman, but he is in the position to motivate and give guidance to the rest of the team.“It is definitely an honor to be one of the captains because CBA hockey has such a great reputation,” said O’Malley.

Although the team is a combination of two rivaling schools, the players know how to work together to put their best skate forward. “For hockey, when we put on the same uniform, we become one,” said O’Malley.

Girls Basketball Looking for Three-peat

Nick Mannion and Tarky Lombardi

Sports Editor and Staff Writer

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Basketball team has had a lot of success in recent years, winning six consecutive sectional championships, and the Class A State Championship the past two years in a row. Now, they’re looking to continue that success this season with help from their talented captains. “We want to win sectionals and regionals, and hopefully play for another state title,” said senior captain Jamie Boeheim.

Though the girls are coming off back-to-back state championships, this year’s a little different. In previous years the team has been dominated by upperclassmen, mostly seniors; however, this year, of the 11 players on the team, six are underclassmen: four sophomores and two freshman. “This makes it a little difficult for us because we’ve always had older seniors to help guide us, but now Meg, Kasey, and I are the seniors,” said Boeheim. However, Boeheim does not think that this makes this year’s team any worse than their last two teams that won the state championship. “We still definitely have the potential to win another championship,” said Boeheim.

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So far the team is meeting their expectations, with a record of  5-0, and has already earned recognition, with a ranking of first in the Class A state rankings by the New York State Sportswriters Association.  

Senior co-captain Meg Hair has been a critical piece of the team’s success these past four years. Last season Hair joined a select group of varsity girls basketball players, becoming the seventh player at J-DHS to score 1,000 points or more in her high school career. Hair is well on her way to breaking J-DHS alum Lorraine Schunk’s record of 1,612 points set in 1980, with half a season left to do so. This season, Hair is leading the team in scoring with 18.6 points per game, with two three-pointers per game. Hair credits her accomplishments to her coach and her teammates; “without them I wouldn’t be here,” said Hair. Next year Hair plans to play Division I college basketball for the University of Pennsylvania

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The team is going up against top competition this year. Early in the season they hosted the Best of New York Basketball tournament on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, which included three teams that ended the 2016-17 season state-ranked: Rochester’s Bishop Kearney, Buffalo’s Williamsville South, and New York City’s Paul Roberson. The Rams started off the tournament hot with a 30 point victory against Paul Roberson, and won the tournament in fashion, beating Bishop Kearney in overtime by four points. The victory over Bishop Kearney is impressive, considering their star freshman Saniaa Williams already has an offer from Syracuse University. Outside of the tournament the girls have another quality victory over the defending AA sectional champions West Genesee, beating them by two points.

Given the team’s success in recent years, there is a great deal of pressure on the players to keep competing at a high level. The players deal with this pressure well. “There is a lot of pressure and expectations on us, but if we use it to our advantage we can definitely make it back to the state championship,” said Boeheim. Senior co-captain Kasey Vaughan agreed with Boeheim, saying that the team this year is “strong” and  uses this pressure as motivation. Along with that, the girls know that their success comes at a price, “we know that we have a target on our back, and everytime we take the court we are going to get the other team’s A-game,” said Hair.   

Follow the Rams for the rest of the season to watch them make another run at the New York state title and complete the three peat. Their schedule can be found on the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Athletics website: http://jamesvilledewitt.org/athletics

Boeheim Takes His Talents to Prep School

Murphy Foss and Steven Baker

Staff Writers

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After helping the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Boys Basketball team bring a regional championship to J-DHS last season, 2016-17 Syracuse.com All CNY Player of the Year and J-DHS standout Buddy Boeheim decided to take the next step in furthering his basketball career this year by attending prep school. This school year Boeheim has been attending Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, playing for the school’s basketball team.

Boeheim played two years on the J-DHS varsity team before deciding to attend Brewster. In his junior season Boeheim dominated Section III, averaging 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block. He was a captain along with seniors Matt Carlin, Terrence Echols, and Darvin Lovette. His leadership on the hardwood led J-D to a 21-4 regular season with big wins against Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes. The team also beat Syracuse Academy of Science in the sectional championship, Where Boeheim led the charge with a 28-point triple double. They went on to face Lansingburgh High School in the CNY Regional Championship, a game in which Boeheim dropped a season high 40 points.

After an extremely successful season at J-DHS, Boeheim decided that it was time to take his career to the next level. He felt that prep school, specifically Brewster, was the right step to take. “I wanted to really challenge myself and play against the best possible competition for my senior year to get me ready for college,” said Boeheim. Brewster is a prestigious prep school for basketball players, as they have won the national championship five times in the past seven years. “Travel and prep school ball have helped my game,” said Boeheim, “it has really helped me figure out what I need to work on and what I need to utilize in games.”

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Boeheim was selected to be a captain at Brewster this season. “It is a tremendous honor to be a captain at Brewster especially looking at all the former captains at Brewster and the type of college and pro careers those guys had,” said Boeheim. These former captains have gone on to play at  power five conference, schools like The University of Kansas, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University,  The University of Michigan, Syracuse University. Former players currently on NBA teams include Donovan Mitchell, Chris McCollough, Thomas Robinson, TJ Warren, and Will Barton. However, Boeheim is more focused on what he can do in the present to help his team, “I just want to make sure I’m always positive on the court and someone my teammates can rely on at all times,” he said.

While prep school has been treating Boeheim well, he does miss attending J-DHS. “I miss the people most at J-D,” said Boeheim, “my friends, teachers, and coaches made [J-DHS] so great and it was a tough adjustment not being with them at first.” Boeheim’s decision was not an easy one for him, “I’m happy with my decision, obviously it was tough leaving J-D but I have been able to play with some of the best players in the country and have learned a lot from them and the coaches [at Brewster],” said Boeheim.

Prep school is also very different from a public high school, Boeheim has to adjust to being on a campus a long way from home as well as being on his own. He also lives with a roommate, four-star Oregon commit Miles Norris. “It’s weird having a roommate at first but after a while you get used to it and it is a lot of fun having him around,” said Boeheim. His schedule at Brewster is also very different than the schedule of a J-DHS student. He has classes six days per week every other week. classes are 55 minutes, nearly 30 minutes shorter than classes at J-DHS. Boeheim also has a free period during class days as well. “I’ll go to the gym or something during [my free period],” said Boeheim, “Coach will also make us have mandatory study hall after school if our grades are bad but that is usually just once or twice a week.” Although he is far from home, Boeheim is able to come home every four weeks. He also has week-long breaks and he get three weeks for Christmas and spring breaks.

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In September of 2017, Boeheim announced his commitment to play basketball at SU, turning down a scholarship offer from Gonzaga University. He will be playing for his father, legendary college basketball coach Jim Boeheim, in what will be a highly anticipated season among ‘Cuse fans. “I am really excited to see Buddy play for Syracuse, it will definitely be a spooky season,” said friend and former teammate, senior Takuya Laclair.

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