Girls Basketball Looking for Three-peat

Nick Mannion and Steven Baker

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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Season Spotlight: Wrestling and Indoor Track

Jacob Marshall and Marcus Payne

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track team are coming off a loss in their first track meet on Dec. 16 at Onondaga Community College. Both the boys and girls teams are coached by Mike Acchione, Bill Leberman, Juan Martinez and Emily Rowles.

Although the boys in came in fourth with a total of 54.5 points, seven boys from J-DHS qualified for sectionals. Senior Alex Carbacio qualified with a time of 8.40 seconds in the 55 hurdles event. Carbacio also qualified for the high jump bounding to a height of 5 feet 6 inches. In the 55 meter dash, senior Murad Amurlayev qualified with a time of 6.99 seconds and sophomore Haberle Conlon qualified with a time of 7.12 seconds. In the 1600, juniors Nick Mannion and Alan Gao qualified for sectionals. Mannion had a time of 4:51.26 seconds and Gao qualified with a time of 5 minutes 1.71 seconds. Junior Lear Wang recorded 36 feet 8.25 inches in the triple jump, thus making him qualify for sectionals. In the pole vault, senior Brendan Sharon vaulted 10 feet, qualifying for sectionals.

The girls team scored a total of 73 points which put them in second in their first meet, with nine girls qualifying for sectionals. Senior Alex Payne qualified in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.55 seconds. Payne also qualified for the high jump leaping to 5 feet 2 inches. Sophomore Denise Yaeger qualified for two events also. In the 55 meter dash she had a time of 7.95 seconds and triple jumped 31 feet and 7.75 inches.  Junior Allison Virgo also qualified for the Triple Jump doing even better than Yaeger with a length of 31 feet and 11.50 inches. Sophomore Monica Hernandez also qualified for the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 9.97 seconds. Another sophomore, Tasha Bazile also qualified for the high jump, jumping 4 feet 8 inches. In the shot put senior Marianah Williams threw for 28 feet 9.75 inches. In the 1500 meter run three girls qualified for sectionals. Junior Sophia Vinciguerra with a time of 5:01.58, Senior Abbie Leavitt with a time of 5:31.26 and freshman Maddie Foss came up with a time of 5:12.72 making her the only freshman out of boys and girls to qualify for sectionals.

Although neither teams won, they still had great individual success. Payne said that her goal for this year is to “win states.” She is already one step closer by qualifying for sectionals. Rowles said the first meet was “great” regardless of the outcome. “Lot of PRs, lot of sectional qualifiers; that’s a good start to the season,” said Rowles.  The track team has been very successful over the past decade and they hope to continue their success this year by making their goal of winning sectionals.  

The Jamesville DeWitt High School/Christian Brothers Academy/Westhill High School/Solvay High School Varsity Wrestling team is undefeated so far in the season at 8-0. They have decimated all of their opponents so far, including a 69-9 win over Fayetteville Manlius and a 65-15 win over Auburn. The head coach is Paul LaBlanc and it is his fifth year coaching.

The wrestling team is led by undefeated wrestlers Senior Jake Wright and Junior Adam Honis. Honis was very successful earlier in the season before tearing a ligament in his knee. Regardless of his injury he is still staying in shape by working out frequently in the fitness center. Honis will be returning to the team around mid january and knows that he needs to stay in shape so that he can help accomplish the team's goal for the year. “Sectional championship, nothing else needs to be said,” said Lablanc.

The wrestling team prepares for each match one match at a time. The day before a match they focus on their opponents strengths and how to counter them. Each practice they work on different takedowns and then get individual instruction from the coaches. Lablanc agrees that the matchup against Fulton will be “the real test.” But he is not worried. “With the lineup we have this year this is probably the best chance we'll have to upset them,” said Lablanc.

On Dec. 13 the two schools were scheduled to have a match that was cancelled due to a snow day. “Everyone was disappointed,” said Honis, “but it is kind of a good thing because after Christmas everyone is allowed two more pounds so they can wrestle without having to worry about weight.” Freshman Mo El-Hindi, who occasionally wrestles up on varsity, said that the match against Fulton “Is going to be a crazy match (that) everyone better come out to see.” The two teams are now set to square off on Jan. 4.

After the Jan. 4 match against Fulton, the wrestling team will look forward to the sectional tournament. There, each player will be placed in a bracket determined by their weight class and “duel it out,” said Lablanc. The higher a wrestler finishes in their bracket the more points the school is awarded. Wright is eager to win it. “We have never won a sectional championship before and it would be amazing to highlight my last year with our first sectional win ever,” said Wright.

 

College Football Playoffs

Parker Cote, Brevin Scullion, and Kaleb McCloud

Staff Writer

After over 12 weeks of college football, the playoffs have been set in stone. The Clemson Tigers end their hot season at 11-1 and finish as the top seed. Clemson will match up against  fourth-seeded Alabama on Jan. 1, 2018 in the Sugar Bowl. The second-seeded Oklahoma Sooners will match up against the third-seeded Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018.

For the third straight year Clemson will be playing against Alabama, but this time it is not for the championship game. “I feel like it was kind of fate that they played each other this early again,” said sophomore Caleb Patterson. The first year the two played each other Alabama won, the second year Clemson came out with the victory.

Many students believe that the Crimson Tide can pull out yet another College Football National Championship this year. “I think Alabama has a good shot. They’ve done it before,” said Patterson. Alabama has won six national championships including their most recent one in 2015. “They have the most experience in big games,” said sophomore Matt Bradford. Their big wins in the past years have made Alabama a powerhouse in college football.

An unfamiliar face has entered this year’s playoffs. The Georgia Bulldogs have proven themselves to be a real threat and could potentially win it all. “[Georgia] beat a very good Auburn team to win their conference championship. So what they lost to them earlier, it’s the big games that counts,” said junior Eden Shiomos. The Bulldogs haven’t reached a National Championship since 1980, but maybe this year will be theirs.

The Oklahoma Sooners led by Heisman winner senior quarterback Baker Mayfield, hopes in making a run to the big game. “Baker Mayfield plays with energy and has the potential to lead a team like Oklahoma to a national championship,” said sophomore Will Davis. Mayfield has thrown for 41 touchdowns and 4340 yards in the three years he’s played for the Sooners. “Like him or hate him, he is a excellent QB,” said Davis, who is referring to his controversial behavior. Mayfield was benched for a quarter and was demoted from his captain spot for his senior game because he made rude gestures towards an opposing team. “With Mayfield back, nothing can get in their way,” said junior Cece Hatem.

But, some students and teachers around J-DHS want defending champion Clemson to win because Syracuse beat them earlier this season. “Syracuse beat them earlier this year so, it would make SU look really good,” said French teacher Lauren Ludovico. “I want Clemson to win because if they win, it will theoretically make Syracuse the national champions,” said junior Adam Honis. Other students are just tired of Alabama being so dominant and would like to see a new college football powerhouse. “I think Alabama’s time as the premier college football team is over.” said junior Kendale Thompson.

Only four teams get to have the chance to be in the playoff each year. Because of that many teams that may deserve to get in, don’t. “Ohio State deserved to be in. They had one bad loss to an unranked opponent, but playing in and winning the BIG 10, one of the best football conferences, and with quality wins over Penn State and Wisconsin, they deserve to be in,” sophomore Haberle Conlon said. With many dominant teams some students think that this four-team playoff should be extended to an eight-team playoff. “I think it would be cool, seeing more competitive games.” said junior Courtney Burns. “The reason we have so many bowl games is because there are so many deserving teams, making it an eight-team playoff would reward the good teams even more,” said Conlon.

Basketball and Cheerleading set for another season

Lily Loewenguth and Grace Paparo

Staff Writers

As winter approaches a new season of sports arrives. The Jamesville-DeWitt Varsity Boys Basketball team and Varsity Cheerleading is gearing up for this season. Both of the teams have welcomed new members as well as many returning players.

The boys have had a shaky start to their season with a record of 3-2 compared to their undefeated start of last year’s first five games. They have lost to Fayetteville-Manlius along with Nottingham.  “FM was a good game even though they’re a class AA school,” said senior Luke Smith. Senior captain Takuya LaClair. LaClair agreed, despite JD’s loss.

Some think that it is because they lost last year’s star player, Buddy Boeheim. “When you lose a player of (Buddy’s) caliber… you lose scoring and you lose rebounding, but I think in games we’ve definitely adjusted,” said Physical Education teacher and Head Coach Jeff Ike. “He was a big part of our team, but we’re handling it pretty well,” added senior captain Takuya LaClair.

Ending in a final record of 9-2, the team just fell short of the state championship last year, losing to the evential state champions Irondequoit in the semis. In spite of their record this year, the team hopes to make it to back again and bring home the win. “The ultimate goal is always the same, to get into the last game of the season and have a shot at the state championship,” said Coach Ike. In order to get there it takes “a lot of hard work and dedication in practice,” said sophomore Payton Shumpert, a new player and student to J-DHS and former student-athlete of Christian Brothers Academy.

CBA has been our biggest rival for many years and is ranked AA this year in sectionals, while we’re ranked A. “CBA is always a big competitor, always a pretty good team,” said senior Luke Smith. Other tough teams are Bishop Grimes, Syracuse Academy of Science and Notre Dame from Utica, who are top teams in Class A basketball. “Our sectional games is where there will be tough, hard-fought games,” said Coach Ike.

Motivation is a key part in every game. To LaClair the key to being motivated is to “lock in” before every game. He also adds “when the other team is chirping it makes me want to work harder.” Coach Ike says “the games are supposed to be fun, practice is hard enough that they should be self-motivated...you have to play hard and work hard.”

The Varsity Cheer team has had a successful return. Of the 17 cheerleaders,15 showed off their skills during football season. “The team has come a long way from having five cheerleaders last year,” said junior Malysha Espey. There has been a strong bond created between the team during this season. Before each game the team “gets ready together, warms up together, and goes over the cheers, added Espey. “Cheering takes up 70 percent of our lives and requires a lot of hard work,” said freshman Toniann Pink. “As a cheerleader it is important to the team to set a good example for younger children who look up to many of them, we have to remember that we are happy cheerleaders no matter if the team is winning or losing… it is also important to them to make a good impression for our school,” said Pink.

Big Ballers Sweep the Sport of Basketball

Johnny Keib and Tanner Burns

Staff Writers

The Ball family has become prominent in not only sports but mainstream news over the past year. “Phase one” started off with Lonzo Ball playing at UCLA. When people started to pay attention to Lonzo, in came his dad Lavar. The father of the three brothers is considered by many to be outrageous, but some consider him a marketing genius. He exploits his kids fame to sell Big Baller Brand.

Big Baller Brand is an apparel company that was founded by the Ball family. This year the oldest brother Lonzo plays for the Lakers, the middle brother LiAngelo used to play for UCLA, and the youngest, LaMelo, is a five-star high school talent commited to UCLA. Even though they don’t have much professional success, they sell their clothing at very high prices. Lonzo’s shoes cost $495, Big Baller Brand t-shirts cost $50, but despite the prices the apparel still manage to sell. But why do people want to but it? “They want to become a big baller,” says senior basketball player Takuya Laclair. Sophomore Will Davis adds on to Laclair’s theory. “They want to look fresh in school,” said Davis.

As a way to promote the clothing line, Lavar routinely makes absurd comments about his kids. He even said that Lonzo is already better than a former MVP Stephen Curry. But are they really as good as Lavar makes them out to be? Freshman Alex Sanville doesn’t think so. “I think the hype is too much,” said Sanville. However, senior Nico Modesti disagrees because “they are the best players on the planet.”

He’s gone from just making comments about his kids to possibly affecting their future. Lavar pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA after they suspended him for stealing from a Louis Vuitton store in China. Before that he pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School because he disagreed with the coach. Some people believe this is going too far. Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Jeff Ike said, “It’s kind of sad because there are kids involved, and sometimes the big picture is not looked at.” Currently LaMelo and LiAngelo have signed with an agent and are looking to play overseas.

A question that many people asked themselves is why people pay attention to Lavar. Many people have different opinions, like freshman Jamison Maclachlan. “He’s such an idiot that people just want to see what he does next,” said Maclachlan. Coach Ike agrees with Maclachlan that people pay attention because he is “outlandish.” As to whether Lavar is manipulating the media or actually believes the things he says, Coach Ike is unsure. “He’s just so stuck in his ways that he won’t listen to reason,” said Coach Ike.

The Ball family have become icons around the world over the past couple of years. Most of this success has been due to Lavar. He has been very out there and this makes people want to pay attention. It’s only a matter of time before we see the next trick up Lavar’s sleeve.

Ms. Becher takes over Freshman Basketball Team

Momo LaClair & Paige Stepanian

Staff Writers

 

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On Nov. 16 the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Freshmen Boys Basketball team took on the Westhill Warriors. This was a bittersweet game for Head Coach Denise Becher, who coached the Westhill Freshman Boys basketball team for 15 years before taking over the team this year here at J-DHS. It was tough for her to play against the kids she’s been coaching for so long and had developed relationships with. “It’s hard because you want to win, but you also want to respect the kids on the other team,” said Coach Becher. Even though this particular game was the season opener, it was a relief for her to get it out of the way.

So far, Becher’s transition from coaching at Westhill to here at J-DHS has been smooth. “The transition has been really easy, there are very similar students, parents, schools,” said Becher. J-DHS Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Jeff Ike and Becher had been discussing plans for her to coach here at J-DHS since he got the job as the varsity head coach. So, when the opportunity presented itself this year, she happily stepped up. Coach Becher has worked at J-DHS as a counselor for 12 years and being able to finally coach alongside her colleagues has been a pleasure.

For many of the players, this is their first time having a woman as a coach. Despite the change, the boys are adjusting well and are more than happy to be playing under Coach Becher. “She’s probably the best coach I’ve had so far,” said freshman Marshall Withers. Not only does Withers enjoy Becher as a coach, the rest of the team is enthusiastic about her coaching as well. “She’s harder on us in practice to get us to do better in games, and that shows how good of a coach she really is,” said freshman Ethan Kesselring. The team’s hard work in these practices has paid off in their so far undefeated season.

Both the boys and Coach Becher have enjoyed the season this far. “Basketball is my favorite sport and I just love playing with all the guys,” said freshman Tyler Aitken. Coach Becher has very much enjoyed coaching this particular group of boys. “These kids are mature as a group, they’re dialed in, and everything I say they take in and try to learn,” said Coach Becher. Not only are they focused, but they’re “probably one of the nicest groups of boys I’ve ever coached.”

Coach Becher’s past experiences have really helped her become the coach she is today. In college, she started for the University of Pittsburgh Women’s Basketball team. She also had the option of playing for the University Of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team; however, she chose PITT instead for more playing time. Having played college basketball at an elite level, she has learned so much about coaching. When she played at PITT, Becher’s assistant coach was a major role model for her. “When I was playing, I always knew I wanted to be a coach,” said Becher. She learned a lot from her teammates and coaches at PITT and because of her time there, she has successfully been coaching for almost 30 years now.

With a current record of 7-0, the team hopes to keep their winning streak alive. Their next game is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec.19. Be sure to go out and support!

Signing Day

Jamie Boeheim 

Assistant Producer

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Every year, college-bound students all over the country sign an official document called a National Letter of Intent, which confirms their commitment to play a sport at a Division I or Division II college. This marks the end of the recruiting process and prohibits other colleges from recruiting athletes who have signed. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, eight students at Jamesville-DeWitt High School signed National Letters of Intent. That afternoon, the J-DHS Main Gym foyer was packed with friends, family, teammates, coaches, and news reporters to watch Scott O’Bryan, Jillian Risavi, Ali Durkin, Meg Hair, Katie Lutz, Riley Burns, Griffin Cook, and Alex Payne sign.

The number of signing participants this year is extremely high, with two more signing ceremonies still scheduled. “This is a great group. We’ve always been blessed with a good amount of signing athletes, but eight is a very solid number,” said J-DHS Athletic Director, John Goodson. He also added that the large number of student athletes signing is reflective upon the J-DHS Athletic department because, “it shows the hard work and dedication of our staff and kids. They take their academics seriously and obviously with the opportunities we have here from youth sports (JDYAA) to our club sports, we have a very supportive community academically and athletically.”

Throughout the signing ceremony, each participant went up to the podium and gave a speech to give thanks to everyone who helped them throughout the recruiting process. Every student-athlete expressed how much their coaches helped to shape them into the athlete they are today and thanked parents for all their time and support, as well as other people. O’Bryan, committed to Siena College for baseball, started his speech off by giving thanks to God, his parents, sister, and travel/school coaches for keeping him motivated and in love with the game. Durkin, committed to the University of Connecticut for lacrosse, also gave thanks to her family and specifically said, “thanks to my dad for always giving me rides to lacrosse practice, tournaments, or whatever the occasion was.” Each student-athlete devoted most of their speech to recognizing the people who supported and guided them the most.

When choosing a college, there are many factors that contribute to finding the best fit.  As for Hair, committed to the University of Pennsylvania for basketball, she said she made her decision by considering that “after college, I won’t be playing basketball anymore so having the best education was what I was most concerned with.” Lutz, committed to Columbia University for lacrosse, agreed with Hair and said her main goal during the recruiting process was to find a school with a good location, a coach that was going to take the program in the right direction, and, most importantly, a quality academic program. Lastly, Risavi, committed to Siena College for lacrosse, said Siena was the best fit for her because of the location, academics, and the lacrosse program.

Each committed student-athlete went through a lengthy, frustrating recruiting process. Payne, committed to the University of Albany for volleyball, said, “my parents and coaches were the biggest help during the recruiting process, (because) they drove me to visits and gave me good advice.” Along with parents, having coaches with lots of experience by their side made a huge difference in making the recruiting process less stressful. Cook, committed to Syracuse University for lacrosse, said how his club and school team coaches guided him using their own background knowledge from being recruited in high school. There are many people involved in this process, and each athlete had a long list of names to thank.

 

Going through the recruiting process is rigorous and leads to one of the biggest decisions of a person’s life. “It’s a dream that starts in elementary school and middle school playing on the field, and this day is the reality,” said Mr. Goodson. Some advice that the committed athletes at J-DHS have for them is to choose a college not based on the name, but on the factors considered most important. “Reach out to family, coaches, and teammates who have a different perspective so that they can give you their opinion on where they best see you,” said Hair. Adding to Hair, Lutz said to try not to stress, and consider all your options to make sure you choose a school you’ll fit best at. Lastly, O’Bryan said, “to go somewhere that you believe that you can reach your full potential both academically and athletically.”

Congratulations to all the student-athletes at J-DHS for all your success and for signing National Letters of Intent. Best of luck!

 

Fall Sports Come to an End

Staff Writers

Kaleb McCloud, Parker Cote, Brevin Scullion, Reinaldo Colon, Lucas Bort

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Boys Soccer team lost in the first round of sectionals to East Syracuse-Minoa ending their season at a record of 7-10. “It was a disappointing end to a great season,”said senior captain Nico Modesti. ”Even though we didn’t end our season the way we liked, it was still a memorable season,” said senior Liam O’Malley. One highlight in their season was there close game against ESM in the sectional playoffs. With this year’s season in the books, they look forward to next year. Next year team will be losing 14 seniors including captains Modesti and O’Malley. Despite this loss, senior Joe Didomenico has faith in next year’s team.

The J-DHS Varsity Girls Cross Country team ended their season on a high note. After winning sectionals, the girls managed to finish in eighth place out of 11 teams in the state finals. Freshman Madeline Foss and junior Sophia Vinciguerra led the Red Rams. The girls  finished their undefeated season at a record of 6-0. “We were all happy with the outcome of our great season,” said sophomore Danielle Cacchione. “It was a great team to be a part of for my last year,”  said senior Abbie Leavitt.

The J-DHS Varsity Boys Golf team went 11-5 and won their eighth consecutive league championship. They had a disappointing end to their season,  coming in last place in sectionals. “We were disappointed with our sectional performance,” said junior Turner Pomeroy; “we fell into a hole we couldn’t get ourselves out of.” However, they have high hopes for next year. The team expects most of the players to return, including leaders freshman Peter Hatton and junior Jake Ellithorpe. “I think we can even do better with the players we have returning next year,” said junior Max Schulman. “I’m looking forward to a great season next year,” said sophomore Bryan Fennell.

After coming up short in sectionals this year, the J-DHS Varsity Boys Cross Country season has come to an end.  Although they lost in sectionals, they finished the year with a very successful regular season, with a record of 6-0.  This year was also successful off the course; “this year was a good experience because of all the good kids on the team. I made a lot of new friendships,” said freshman Collin Revercomb. Many of the runners interviewed said that their favorite part of the season was winning the league this year in the Baldwinsville Invitational.  Freshman Nate Rindfuss said the Baldwinsville meet was one of his fondest memories of this season because he got his personal best there with a 17:43 5k time.  “Next year I’m expecting another all-league award for the third time as well as a sectional title,” said junior Nick Mannion who has won the all-league award twice already.  This year’s team consisted of 13 seniors that will be leaving after this season.  “I will miss the team and our coach...Coach Rowles was great as well as the guys on the team,” said senior Brendan Sharon.

The J-DHS Varsity Boys Volleyball team finished this season with a 6-10 record which included a 4-10 record in their league.  This record included a three-game win streak from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11 when the team beat Liverpool, Living World Academy, and Nottingham. “Being on this year’s team was awesome, all the players and coaches are really fun and nice,” said sophomore Matt Cieplicki. Juniors Ameen Iraqi and  Liam Kaplan said that their favorite moment of the season was a match against Oswego on Senior Night.  Even though they lost, they still played great and it was close the whole match .  ”For next year I’m expecting an undefeated year and a sectional championship,” said Kaplan.

The Varsity Football team concluded the season with 42-56 loss to Indian River in one of the two class B semifinal games.  This left the team with a total 5-4 season after the team went 5-3 in the regular season.  “Beating ESM in overtime at their house was the best moment of the season,” said senior Mikey Anderson,who plans on pursuing football in college. “It took a lot of hard work and it was a great moment for our team,”  Anderson said.  Sophomore Caleb Patterson said that the final game against Indian River was the best game of the season because even though they lost, it was a good comeback effort after going down four touchdowns.  Senior Ben Fleet said his last season this year was different than the rest and that this season he really got to be a leader.  After the season, he left some advice to future players; “they just need to keep working hard every single day, work hard in the offseason, and listen to what Coach (Eric) Ormond has to say.” Fleet’s final advice was for players to “buy into what (Ormond’s) trying to build here at JD.”  Football has left an impact on all those leaving after this year.  “I loved playing with my team and just playing Friday night lights,” said Anderson.

Girls Volleyball Caps Off Their Season

Michael, Julian, and Harland

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Volleyball team finished their season by making it all the way to the sectional finals for the third year in a row. Unfortunately, they fell to their toughest opponent, the Oswego Buccaneers, by a score of 3-2 on Nov. 4.

The team had a solid year, even though they lost a couple of key seniors which meant they had to work extra hard to maintain a good record. “It was a struggle in keeping everyone on the same page in terms a new lineup,” said senior Amy Shen.

The seniors had a larger role to play because of their younger teammates, and had to work extra hard to figure out the different skills of the new players and incorporate them. Their strong leadership helped the younger players improve and become better at the sport. “I know a lot more because of them,” said junior Kaitlyn Gera.

Even though they lost in the sectional finals, they still had a memorable year. The team got closer together throughout the course of the season, through “‘team bonding exercises,’” said Shen. Sophomore Alexis LeClair said the team loved “getting warmed up in the locker room, getting hyped up” before games.

Since next year’s team will have more returning players, the team bond will still be strong. There were many words of wisdom from the veterans on the team who all hope the team succeeds next year, even though they won’t be part of it. “Good luck, and be friends,” said Shen. Gera, who will be a returning senior, wants next year’s players players to “‘work hard and never give up.”

Girls Soccer Makes A Long Run

Momo LaClair and Paige Stepanian

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Pearl River on Nov. 11 in the New York State Final Four. Throughout the game the teams went back and forth, neither of them scoring, until the 78th minute. In the final two minutes of the game, Pearl River scored the only goal. The Lady Rams pushed in the final few minutes, but fell short of tying the game. They ended their season 19-3.

Although their season ended sooner than they had hoped, the team still made it far in the postseason. They won sectionals for the ninth year in a row, playing against long time rival Christian Brothers Academy. “Winning nine straight titles was a legacy and was special for our team,” said senior captain Lainey Foti. The fact that they beat CBA made the win even sweeter. “I don’t mind losing unless it’s against CBA. It’s always a rivalry and will always be a good, competitive game,” said Foti.

The sectionals win was extra special for senior captain Sophia Foti, Lainey’s twin sister. It was her first year playing on the varsity team and she got to experience a very special moment in J-DHS girls soccer history. “It was a special moment and I was proud of everyone on the team because we were working so hard to get there and having won it nine years in a row, that’s a big deal,” said Foti.

After sectionals the team advanced onto sub-regionals where they played Scotia Glenville out of Section II. This was a significant win for J-DHS because Scotia Glenville was undefeated and came in at No. 2 in the Class A rankings, J-DHS coming in at No. 3. They won the game off of two second-half goals from junior Haley Quakenbush and senior Lainey Foti. In the regional final they played Franklin Academy from Section X. The game was an easy win for the Lady Rams, who shut out Franklin Academy with a final score of 7-0.

Going into the NYS Final Four the team was confident that they had the ability to make it back to the championship. However, this wasn’t the case. Pearl River came out strong, catching the Lady Rams off guard. “The team beat us to all the 50/50 balls and we couldn’t get anything going,” said Head Coach Haley Nies. Lainey Foti also recognized the higher level of intensity brought by Pearl River. “That was definitely our toughest game so far, they were a really good team and really gave us a run for our money,” said Foti.

Although the team didn’t get the outcome they were hoping for, Coach Nies was still very proud of all the team had accomplished. The team lost five starters last season which meant that the underclassmen had to step up. “I was very pleased with making it back to states, it was a big accomplishment for the girls… I thought the kids did a great job staying focused,” said Coach Nies. Senior captain Ailish McDevitt was disappointed with the loss in states, but was proud of how far the team had come. “It was unfortunate, but a lot of people didn’t think we could make it as far as states in the first place, so I’m really proud of our team and all we accomplished,” said McDevitt.

With three seniors off to college next year, the rest of the team will miss having them around. “Being at practice everyday and having such a long season, we all got really close,” said junior Courtney Burns. Next year it will be harder without the leadership of the senior captains but the team will still stay strong. The girls all had tons of fun throughout the season and made so many memories that will last forever. “I will never forget our step routine at the state’s banquet and when Grace Martin said ‘shut them up’,” said Burns.

With a lot of young talent on the team, the girls hope to accomplish even more next season. And to the seniors, we wish you the best of luck as you go on to bigger and better things.

NFL Players Taking a Knee

Brevin Scullion, Parker Cote, and Kaleb McCloud

Staff Writers

Over the past couple of seasons in the NFL some players caused controversy by sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem to call attention to injustices people of color face in America today.  Many players have been participating in the protest but the figurehead in the NFL is former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick started sitting during the national anthem because he believed that what the anthem stood for is not true in today’s society as there is still racism. Then after a meeting with Army veteran and former Seattle Seahawks long snapper Nate Boyer, they came to a compromise to kneel instead of sit during the National Anthem. This has sparked important conversations about racism across the country among all age groups and even here at Jamesville-DeWitt High School.

In September, Donald Trump further popularized the controversy by saying the players who kneel should be fired and further tweeting his thoughts on the subject and how it was disrespectful to our country. He even trashed the NFL for not making a rule, where all players have to stand for the anthem.This sparked even more anger and protest in the NFL and in the country.

J-DHS students have strong opinions on whether athletes should be able to kneel or sit during the anthem. Some support the players using their First Amendment right. “It’s really important for people to use their freedom of expression to stand up for things they believe in,” said social studies teacher Donna Oppedisano, who believes that NFL players have the right to kneel if they would like to. “Anybody is entitled to voice their  opinion in a peaceful and productive way,” said social studies teacher Andrew Cottet who also thinks that it is okay for players to be kneeling. The First Amendment is a common reason people give on why they think it is in their rights to kneel. Senior Danielle Jaffe said, “I think it is a part of their free speech so they can do whatever they want.”

Sophomore Amirah Britt and many other students are glad that they are protesting.“Racism in our country needs to be stopped because things are getting out of hand,” said Britt. “Athletes are not disrespecting the soldiers, they are protesting racism in the U.S,” said Britt. “Soldiers are fighting for freedom in the United States and the NFL is taking away the athletes freedom,” said junior Mia Antonucci.

However, some students disagree with the idea of politics in sports. “I don’t agree that politics and sports should influence each other, they should just play,” said freshman Scott Reeves. “They are just causing unwanted attention,” said sophomore Brendan Coyle. Some students are angry with how politics are beginning to influence sports. “Athletes should just stick to playing their sport,” said Coyle.

Other students are frustrated with how the players are reacting. “Players are disrespecting soldiers who fight for our country every day,” said sophomore Josh Duby. “Soldiers are dying everyday to protect our freedom, the least players could do is show respect during the anthem,” said Duby.

This topic has sparked debates in the US and has brought up many important racial issues affecting the United States. “In the end, there is no right or wrong answer,” Reeves said.

FBI Looking Into Numerous NCAA Violations

Johnny Keib and Tanner Burns

Staff Writers

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On Sept. 26, 2017, the FBI officially brought charges against several NCAA basketball teams on recruiting violations. This has been an ongoing investigation since 2015. Teams affected were Arizona, Auburn, USC, Miami, Oklahoma State, and Louisville.

According to ESPN, the charges are that Adidas gave the teams money that they used  to bribe recruits to come to their school. Adidas would give the players money and gear if they promised they would sign with them when they make it to the NBA. Adidas would also make the players that took the money promise that when they make the NBA they would sign an endorsement contract with them.

All teams affected lost coaches, but Louisville is the only one that also fired their head coach, hall of famer Rick Pitino. “I really thought he was a good coach,” said senior Kasey Vaughan, member of the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Basketball team. But his great coaching has been affected by negative actions within the program off the court. Just last year a Louisville coach got busted for hosting parties for their recruits, that included prostitutes. Despite those allegations last year they had a successful season.

With all of these players breaking the NCAA rules, it brings up the question of whether  players should be paid? Teachers and high school players had many different opinions about whether college players should be paid. We talked to students who play football, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse and most thought all college players should be paid. Two-time Varsity Girls Basketball New York State player of the year Meg Hair thinks yes. “It’s a full time job,” said Hair. Junior Pat Murad, a member of the Varsity Boys Basketball team, agrees with Hair. “100 percent they should be paid. If you are making the money for the school and the NCAA, you should have (part of the) profit.” Murad also said, “I think (the players are) smart really. If they’re coming from a poor family, poor environment, and need some money, it’s a quick easy way to use their talents, and they should be getting paid anyway.”

On the other hand senior basketball and soccer player Marcus Johnson does not think NCAA players should be paid. The teachers and coaches seemed to agree. Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Jamie Archer thinks they shouldn’t be paid, but deserve more than what they are already getting.“They deserve benefits. They deserve meals and everything to be paid for while they are there,” said Coach Archer. Guidance counselor and Freshman Basketball head coach, Denise Becher, who played DI women’s basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, also agrees with Coach Archer that they should be getting benefits, but not paid. “They should let some kids work if they come from a family with low income,” she said. Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Jeff Ike agrees with the rest of the teachers. “I don’t think players should be paid. I know they put a lot of time and effort in, but a lot of those kids get a free education, and that’s a big payment,” he said. Although Varsity Assistant Football Coach Andrew Cottet also agrees that they should not be paid, but should be able to turn pro whenever they want.

Adidas, a very popular brand on the rise in basketball, has been a big part of the investigation. People are shocked to hear about their part in the scandal. “I would expect bigger things from a big time corporation,” said senior varsity basketball player Taku Laclair. However, Sports Literature teacher Courtney Romeiser doesn’t think this scandal is going to affect their pro endorsements.

The FBI investigating the NCAA has affected all kinds of people. Whether it was the coaches being fired, Adidas breaking the rules, or players getting money, it has brought up a questions that involves ethics, money and, and the rights of a player. The right solution might not come in the near future, but hopefully there is an answer that will help both the NCAA and the players still to come.

Girls Swimmers Glide to Sectionals

Harland Kissel, Michael Bratslavsky, and Julian Galletta

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt Girls Swim team is off the blocks, starting the season with a strong record of 7-1. Though the squad was unable to pull off a win against powerhouse swim program Fayetteville-Manlius, the Red Rams are thrilled with their performance thus far in the season. “We are right where we want to be,” says team captain Caelen Constantino.

The team has already faced two of Section III’s toughest opponents: Liverpool and Fayetteville-Manlius. Though J-D swept six out of the 12 events in the meet against F-M on Sept. 12, the girls were unable to overcome the extraordinary depth of the Hornet roster, and the Red Rams ended up losing by 18 points. Just two days later, the J-D girls went up against another section rival in Liverpool. This time, though, the meet went in favor of J-D, as the squad came out with a close 12 point victory.

J-D’s toughest battle of the season came during their meet against the New Hartford Spartans on Oct. 11. “We’ve always had a long history of rivalry with New Hartford. It’s a meet that I look forward to every year,” says senior captain Lexi Phillips. Throughout the night, the lead went back and forth between the two adversaries, but after a tight final race, the Red Rams edged out the Spartans by a single point.

Even after the loss of a powerful senior class last year, the team is right on track, says Constantino. Juniors Emma Galletta, Sloane Leach, and Sawyer Parker have stepped up and “filled the shoes” of last year’s key swimmers, says Phillips.

Sophomore Amelia Hesler has had a breakout performance this year, nearly beating Baldwinsville’s pool record in the 100 backstroke. Though Hesler has yet to qualify for states in an individual event, she joined  Phillips, Galetta, and sophomore Kenzie Moore in achieving the state time in the 200 Free Relay during the Salt City Athletic Conference meet on Oct. 16. “It’s really uncommon for us to qualify for states during the regular season. I’m excited to see what we can do during Sectionals,” says Phillips.

Over 25 swimmers have already made sectionals, and the rest of the team is not far behind. “Almost everybody has a chance at making sectionals, or even states.” says senior captain Rachel Setek. The team hopes to win the section championship as a “strong and powerful unit,” says Constantino.

The team bonds and prepares for meets by warming up and singing the campfire song from “Spongebob Squarepants.” After they all finish, they stand in a circle and focus on their goals for the meet. “Everybody always has great energy and are always prepared to swim their best,” said Constantino.  

Be sure to check in with the girls on Nov. 3 for the Section III Championship.

 

Syracuse Football Is On The Rise

Lucas Bort and Reinaldo Colon

Staff Writers

In the 70s, football was one of the first things to pop into people’s minds when they thought about Syracuse.  But that has long since faded.  “Syracuse football isn’t what it used to be. To win we have to play like we used to,” says freshman fan Matthew Alexander.  

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With Dino Babers returning for his second season as head coach, he hopes to turn the program around.  Student Counselor Will Hartley says he “likes Syracuse’s hurry up offense,” which Babers brought to Syracuse.  Freshman Nolen Brann suggests that Babers should work on improving the defense in order to win more games this season.  But with this season’s schedule, that could be tough.

This season, Syracuse plays five teams ranked in the top 25, including second ranked Clemson, the reigning champions. All five of these teams are in Syracuse’s conference, the ACC.  Most fans are not expecting these games to be pretty.  “Syracuse football needs to leave the ACC to get wins.  There are too many good teams in our conference,” says freshman Marshall Withers.   

Junior Eric Dungey, the starting quarterback for Syracuse, was a popular pick for most exciting player to watch this season. “He can not only pass but he can run as well.  Ever since he became the starting quarterback at Syracuse he’s done an outstanding job,” said freshman Gunther Schnorr.  Throughout the first five games of this season Dungey has completed 135 out of his 212 pass attempts for 1437 yards.  Against North Carolina State, he threw for 385 yards and one passing touchdown. He also had one rushing touchdown. “There's no one else on the team that stands out on the team like him.” said  Brann.

Many people are also delighted on how wide receivers Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips have started the season.  Philips, a senior, has 420 receiving yards this season and is in second for receptions this season with 44.  Philips has just recently set the Syracuse and ACC record for most receptions in a game with 17 against NC State.  Ishmael, also a senior, has 51 receptions this season, first in the nation and slightly ahead of Philips.  Ishmael is also in second place for receiving yards this season with 632 yards and has had over 100 receiving yards in all five games. He most recently had 120 yards against NC State along with one touchdown.  “He is going to be very successful in his college career and the NFL.” says Schnorr.

With a third of the season complete and stuck at 2-3, Syracuse is preparing for the final seven games.  Freshman Audrey Norden predicts Syracuse will go 2-10 while junior Ameen Iraqi thinks Syracuse will finish this season at 5-7, which is a .42 win percentage.  Long time SU fan and sophomore Habe Conlon says to finish the season strong, Syracuse needs to “rely more on teamwork and less on a fraction of a team.”  He said he was referring to  how Eric Dungey and Steve Ishmael have made more of an impact than other players this year.  Conlon also said “Syracuse can’t think of these big name teams any differently, it’s just business as usual and the players should just try their hardest.”

Girls Tennis Finishes Another Successful Season

Steven Baker

Staff Writer

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Tennis team finished a strong season. In the regular season the girls tennis team had a very respectable conference record of 9-2 and were 14-3 overall. They landed second in the SCAC Empire conference among eight teams, with only two league losses, both to Auburn.

“I came into this season with tempered expectations,” said Head Coach Eugene Sul. “We have 11 starters and out of the 11, six of them are new. To finish 14-3 definitely exceeded my expectations,” said Head Coach Eugene Sul. The senior co-captains Sara Gow and Sonali Patel were also very pleased with the season they had. “We had a great group of girls and we proved that we could play with anybody,” said Patel.

Their biggest rival this year was the Auburn Maroons. In two tough meetings the Rams lost both by a just a point. “Each of them were barn burners,” said Coach Sul. The Maroons placed first in the SCAC Empire Conference with a record of 13-0 in the conference and 16-2 overall.    

One of the team's most impressive wins was against Indian River, and the Rams were the only team to defeat them in the regular season. “Indian River was a great team win,” said Gow; “they were a very good team, after that win it showed us that we could beat anybody.”

“We have definitely defied our expectations. We have not it made it this far in sectionals in two years,” said junior Shannon Beaudry. The Rams fell to the defending sectional champions, the Oneida Indians, in the sectional semifinals, 7-0. “We knew they were going to be a very tough team because of their talented seniors,” said Beaudry.

One of the team's biggest fans, senior Ben Fleet added, “I was really proud of my sister and the team this year, it was a great year for girls tennis.”    

Cross Country Runs Away with a Victory

Everly Kessler and Francesca Chirco

Staff Writers

 

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The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country teams are working to surpass their achievements from last year, as both teams hope to compete in sectionals and ultimately, states. Currently, both the boys and girls teams are undefeated in their meets with a record of 6-0. This season, the boys team is ranked No. 12 in the state, and this is the first time in eight years that the boys have earned a state-level ranking. The girls team has been able to maintain a state ranking as well, holding down No. 8 for Class B. As the season proceeds, all runners must remain focused and continue to put forth their best efforts in order to have a chance at winning sectionals.

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“This team is the strongest I’ve been on because the support that we have for each other is so overwhelming,” says sophomore Luke Hobika. Both on and off the course, the team has a very strong bond and there is chemistry among the runners. “The team chemistry is really good because any of the negative attitudes are stifled by the positive attitude that overwhelms it,” says junior captain Alan Gao. This bond is in part because of the strong leadership of the captains and also from Head Coach Emily Rowles. Coach Rowles said she motivates by the “use of positive reinforcement, motivational build up, and pointing out what they can do better so that they can believe in themselves.”

Coach Rowles motivated the team from the first day, by timing their first run on the first day of practice, to show them what the worst their time is, so they would have a basis to grow and improve throughout the season. Coach Rowles also gives the runners the individual goal to improve their times by at least 10% by the end of the season.

The boys team goes through a specific routine before each meet which includes walking the course, doing a stretching and dynamic workout, and finally doing a cheer and getting excited to go into the meet.  “We keep a positive mindset before races, think about what we have to do and get excited,” says freshman Jacob Cottet. The team practices an average of two hours per day with slightly shorter practices on the days before races. “Although the team is very young, they’re very hard working and motivated,” said Coach Rowles.

The team competed for the league championship on Oct. 18. “This team has a certain attitude that you don’t get very often. It’s an attitude of always working hard even when nobody's looking, and that’s an attitude that the J-DHS Cross Country team hasn’t seen in awhile,”  says Gao.

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The J-DHS Varsity Girls Cross Country team takes pride in not only their race accomplishments, but their bond and their ability to use one another for moral support and to thrive off of each other, in order to reach that next level. “We are all really close and we are all good friends, which is really great, and is one of the great things about being on the team,” says freshman Madeline Foss. The team has big aspirations for this season as they desire to take home the championship at sectionals and even advance to states. “We would like to win the overall sectional title for the Class B championship, that’s been our goal all season,” says Head Coach Jim Lawton. With a devoted team and a practice schedule that never rests, the girls really believe they have shot at bringing home some sectional titles for the J-DHS Cross Country program.

This season has been different from prior seasons because of the level of commitment and togetherness that this 2017-2018 team exhibits. “Even though it is a bigger team than usual, I feel like everyone gets along really well and everyone is really good friends,” says senior captain Abigail Leavitt. Leavitt, along with the rest of the team, knows that if they stay focused on their goal, continue to work hard, there is nothing that will stop them but the finish line.

The team undergoes rigorous practices everyday for about two hours. During practices, more experienced runners are expected to complete 6 miles and new runners have to complete at least 3 miles. Coach Lawton’s goal for the team is to have everyone running at least 5 miles by the end of the season. The practice before meets, the team does speed/tempo and ab workouts along with running for distance. Then, the team will come together for a pasta party in order to get excited and energized for an upcoming meet.

On Oct. 14, both the J-DHS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to Manhattan to compete in the Manhattan College invitational. Over 3,000 different programs attended this invitational, as it is one of the largest invitationals in the nation. The course is 2.5 miles long, with the first half of the course being very hilly, requiring the most exertion from the runners. Coach Rowles even believes that it was one of the hardest courses the boys team had to run all season.

From the boys team, sophomores Kaleel Boykins and Ahviere Reese, and senior Samuel Glisson, placed at the top of their groups. Glisson is the only runner who had already raced in the invitational as he has attended every year of his high school career. This trip he earned his best time for the course. From the girls team,  junior Sophia Vinciguerra and freshman Madeline Foss placed in the top of their groups. In addition to competing in the invitational, both the boys and girls teams went to the Manhattan Mall, Palisades, for shopping, dinner and team-bonding.  

Girls Soccer Comes Back Strong

Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth                                                                                                  Staff Writers

This season, Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s Varsity Girls and Boys Soccer teams have come very far in very little time. Both teams rank in the top three, with the girls team ranked first and the boys team ranked third in the Salt City Athletic Conference. Both teams have high hopes of making it to, and winning, sectionals this year despite their losses.

This year, the Lady Rams moved into the Salt City Athletic Conference and so are now playing teams who they wouldn't usually play. Despite this they started off strong with a record of 8-2, losing only to West Genesee and Fulton. Their biggest rivals this year are Fayetteville-Manlius, East Syracuse-Minoa and West Genesee. “Going into the season, the girls set goals and each player concluded they all want to communicate better and become better players as a team and individually,” said Head Coach Haley Nies.

Since they have set these goals, “there has been a lot team bonding,” says sophomore Grace Dimkopoulos. “Along with becoming better, the team also wants to make it to sectionals. In order to make it that far they want to continue to work as a team and use scoring opportunities wisely,” says sophomore Sydney Baker. Although past loses have had an impact on the team, they decided to not let it affect how they play. “We’ve decided to fight harder and become more competitive.” says senior captain Lainey Foti.

The experiencing of losing in states two years in a row has motivated them this year because they know what losing feels like after making it so far and they don’t want to feel like that again. In the face of losing many “contributing” seniors and last year's top scorer, Foti says the team had to do a lot of adjusting. But they are now “looking good” and have their eyes on winning a state championship. “This year we’re going to win,” said Dimkopoulos and Baker.

Boys Soccer Is At It Again

Staff Writers

Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth

 

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Boys soccer has welcomed many new players, which was needed this year after losing nine of eleven starters last year. Each player has gained a lot of valuable skills over these past couple weeks of their season. With the boys ranked third in their league, so their biggest rivals are the two teams ranked above them: East Syracuse-Minoa at 1, and Fulton at 2. They have to work hard to be able to defeat them. “In order to prepare for these big games the team discusses what worked and didn't work on the field and use that as guidance on how they should play in the following games,” says Head Coach Dan Law.

The season started out rocky, losing to two tough teams, Christan Brothers Academy and Fayetteville-Manlius in the first two games. Seniors and captains Nico Modesti and Kellen Mulvihill agree that the season started rough, but the team found their chemistry. Both players believe they will win the sectional championship this year. They have maintained a strong defense and the team is “pulling off some great games” such as Auburn and Central Square, said Mulvihill.

Coach Law says his goals for the team are to always have fun, work hard and get better. “My measurement of the team has always been that if they're working hard and having fun, wins and losses and goals don't really matter all that much to me, as long as the team is working hard and doing the best they and can leave it on the field,” He said.

A big success accomplished they had was on Sept. 23. The varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams competed against Fulton in the eighth annual Sally A. Lock Coaches vs. Cancer charity game. The charity soccer game started in 2010 after Coach Paul Krause’s sister, Mrs. Lock was diagnosed with Stage Four ovarian cancer for the second time after defeating it in 2007. She died in the winter of 2010 after her long battle. The boys raised $2,552 the first charity game but each year the amount increases. This year they set the record by raising $5,450. Although both the junior varsity and varsity lost in the charity game this year JV Coach, Paul Krause was extremely happy with the amount of money that is going towards this organization this year.

 

Gymnastics Looks to Win Their 17th Consecutive Sectional Championship

Nick Mannion

Sports Editor

The Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Gymnastics team looks to cap off yet another successful season. The team entered into this season with an astounding record of 16 consecutive sectional championships, and expect nothing less this year. “Our goal every year is to win a sectional championship,” said junior gymnast Ana Dieroff. The team has a good chance of making that streak 17 consecutive years, with a record of 4-1 heading towards sectionals; their only loss coming to undefeated New Hartford.

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The girls go through an exhausting two hour practice every week day. During each practice the girls work on their routine, and condition. “We have to run a lot; we run around the track almost every practice,” said senior Allie Bergman. “Our practices are really hard because we know that we’re one of the best teams in New York,” added Dieroff.   

The girls have gone into this season in stride, losing only one senior from last year, and gaining two more freshmen. “The team is extremely strong this year. A lot of us, including me, were freshman last year and have gained a ton of experience,” said sophomore Rachel Wells. Wells also said that experience is the reason their team is better than previous year’s teams. Fellow sophomore Gweyn Botto agreed with Wells. “This year has definitely been easier than last year,” said Botto.

Despite the girls on the team coming from separate schools, the team’s chemistry is “amazing,” said Dieroff; “we bond really well with the F-M girls and have a great time together.” The girls bond by going to Tully's together and sleeping over at each others houses.

Sectionals is on Oct. 20 at CNY Gym Centre, located in ShoppingTown Mall, and for many of girls, states come after that. “We hope that people come and support us at sectionals,” said Bergman. “We know that most people only like going to the football or basketball games, but we encourage everyone to come watch us win sectionals,” added Dieroff.