The Best of New York

Sydney Balotin and Grace Evans

Staff Writers

This upcoming weekend (Dec. 8 and 9) the Jamesville-Dewitt High School Girls Varsity Basketball team is hosting the 3rd annual Best of New York basketball tournament. J-D will compete in this tournament against other very good teams around New York. Bishop Kearney (Rochester, NY), Sacred Heart (Buffalo, NY), and Colonie (Albany, NY) are the teams that are traveling to Syracuse in order to compete at a high level.

The Red Rams have been putting forth their best effort to adjust to the loss of graduated seniors Meg Hair, Jamie Boeheim, and Kasey Vaughan. “Our style of playing has changed a lot… we’ve been working on our shooting and running the court because those are our strengths this year,” said junior Co-Captain Andrea Sumida.  

The girls have also been playing in scrimmages. So far, they’ve played West Genesee High School, Central North Syracuse High School, Elmira High School, and Norwich High School. Like the start of any pre-season team, “there’s still room for improvement,” said Sumida.

Going into the tournament the girls know their competition will be hard. They kick off their season in a game against Sacred Heart. “Whoever we play Sunday will be our biggest competition… Colonie is really good,” said junior Co-Captain Paige Keeler.

Junior Gabby Stickle knows that the competition is going to be challenging, but is confident in her team’s ability to win this weekend. “We obviously want to win because this is such a big tournament… these are teams from Buffalo, Rochester, all over, and they are going to be good,” said Stickle.

In addition to having practice the night before the tournament, the girls are going to have a team breakfast Saturday morning. Prior to their first game, they will perform their traditional locker room ritual in order to get in the zone and have a positive outcome.

The Best of New York tournament will be held at Jamesville-Dewitt High School throughout the weekend of Dec. 8 and 9. On Saturday, J-D will face Sacred Heart at 6 p.m., and following, Colonie will face Bishop Kearney. On Sunday, the semi-final game will be held at 11:30 a.m., and the championship game right after.

Training to Win

Janis McPeak and Nina Dermody

Staff Writers

The Indoor track team is back for the 2018-19 season at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. The athletes have been training during practices in preparation for upcoming meets. With a wide variety of drills for runners, throwers, hurdlers and jumpers, each individual is working toward success.

Practices are different for each individual depending on the event that they specialize in. Each event has a coach that will teach them the techniques they need to be successful. Emily Rowles coaches distance runners, Mike Acchione coaches sprinters and jumpers and Pat Gillette coaches the throwers.“I enjoy indoor track because the coaches are really fun,” said Janna VanVranken.

Though the coaches are the main teachers and influencers to the runners, the upperclassmen on the team truly help bring all the athletes together. “High school track is very different from middle school track, and the upperclassmen understood the transition and helped me with it,” said freshman hurdler Rebecca Kassis. Even though the season has just begun, friendships and bonds are already forming. “I feel like I’m already part of the team,” said freshman sprinter Kevin Markert.

The team bonding and chemistry between the runners will not only grow during practices, but at meets as well. The runners have been preparing diligently for them. The meet lineups are based on each runner’s performance and race results from previous meets. The line-ups do tend to change frequently.

Not only do the runners compete in meets, but they also have a chance to compete in League Championships, Class A Sectionals and State Championships, which athletes from JD have attended in past years. The Red Rams will begin their race to sectionals at their first meet of the season on Dec. 8 at Onondaga Community College.

Fall Season Wrap-Up

Miriam Zoghby, Hannah Brooks, and Maddie Schnorr

Staff Writers

As the Jamesville-DeWitt High School fall athletic season comes to an end, the accomplishments of the student athletes will be remembered. The work that each team put in led to a successful season. There were six teams who won sectional championships, along with some teams extending their seasons into states.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Soccer team completed a tremendous season finishing 21-1. They won the Class A Sectional Championship for the 10th straight year as well as the Class A Regional title. After making it all the way to the state championship the team fell short against Valley Stream South in over time with a final score of 1-0. The team finished the season ranked second in the state.

The J-DHS Boys Varsity Soccer team finished their season with a 7-10-1 record. They qualified for sectionals and defeated Central Square 2-0 in the first round. Unfortunately, the team lost in the second round of sectionals against East Syracuse Minoa, with a final score of 5-1.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Tennis team had a record of 13-3 and qualified for sectionals. The team sent eighth grader Tara Pollock to states for singles but she unfortunately lost in the semifinals to a player from Fayetteville-Manlius High School. J-DHS sophomore Inika Gajra and senior Olivia DeHoog lost to Whitesboro in doubles 6-2.

The J-DHS Boys Varsity Volleyball team ended their season 9-10 and qualified for sectionals. Unfortunately, after a hard fought game, they lost against their rivals Oswego, two sets to three.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished their season with a record of 13-5. The team won their first sectional game against Fulton in three sets. Then, they went on to win the Class A Sectional Championship sweeping their rivals Oswego in three sets. The season closed with a loss to Burnt Hills in the semi-regional game.

The J-DHS Boys Cross Country team completed their season with a 4-1 record. After a long season of conditioning and preparing the team came out with a sectional title. They then moved on to the state race where they finished 9th as a team.  

The J-DHS Girls Cross Country team went undefeated this season with a record of 7-0 and qualified for sectionals. The top 15 members of the team were selected to train for sectionals. Along with placing 4th in sectionals senior Sophia Vinciguerra qualified and competed in states.

The J-DHS Boys Varsity Football team finished with a record of 1-7. After qualifying for sectionals, their season came to an end after losing to Carthage 38-15 in their first sectional game.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Gymnastics team finished their season with a record of 6-2. They were able to win their 18th straight sectional title. J-DHS sophomore Zoe Potamianos will also be competing in the state meet in February, along with 2 other gymnasts from Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

The J-DHS Boys Varsity Golf team finished a perfect season with record of 13-0. The team went on to win sectionals and some made it to states. Senior Max Schulman, sophomore Tanner Burns, sophmore Peter Hatton and freshman Punn Chittaralert were the four who represented J-D at states.

The J-DHS Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving team ended their long season with a record of 6-1. They won yet another Class B sectional championship. After sectionals 16 girls moved on to state qualifiers. The girls swimming and diving team finished up their season sending 3 relay teams to states which included Emma Galletta, Sawyer Parker, Amelia Hesler, Julia Antoine, Emily Ninestein, and Gwen Lister.

Overall the J-DHS fall sports teams had great seasons and finished strong. “Our kids did incredibly well and in particular our girls teams did really well, they’re very good.” said Principal Paul Gasperini.

Let's Hear it for the Girls

Sydney Balotin and Grace Evans

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Girls Varsity Basketball team doesn’t seem phased as they rebound from losing three talented seniors from last season, Meg Hair, Jamie Boeheim, and Kasey Vaughan. The girls plan to work really hard, hopefully resulting in another state championship. “Our big thing this year is going to be our speed because we’re not very tall,” said sophomore Kailey Mckenna.

The first week of tryouts focused on the “evaluation of the players and trying to determine where the best fit is for each player,” said Head Coach Robert Siechen. They worked on skill development while applying to their team concepts.  

Coach Siechen has led the girls to three state championships in a row. Siechen said he is never confident in his team’s ability to win states, but he believes the teams skills this season can pull them through, resulting in a four peat.

Teamwork is a big factor in the way this team performs. “No one player is going to win or lose a game,” said Coach Siechen. This year, six new players have joined the team and are learning from the returners. “We have a lot of younger girls this year, so we’re just trying to bring them in and welcome them to the team to make them feel comfortable,” said junior Andrea Sumida.

The team is working to fulfill the roles that Hair, Boeheim and Vaughan all held when they were on the team. Hair and Boeheim have both taken their talents the collegiate level. Hair is a member of the team at the University of Pennsylvania and Boeheim is a member of the team at University of Rochester. “We’re going to work really hard in practice, we’ve got a lot of really good girls that came up from JV,” said Sumida.

The team hopes to carry on last years pre-game traditions into the new season. They can’t share exactly what they do, but it involves a locker room ritual in which they “listen to music and have singing battles,” said junior Sydney Baker. A team favorite is “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” by Deniece Williams according to junior Paige Keeler.

“Winning is not just accomplished on the scoreboard, sometimes we have lost a game where we did what we wanted to do. We have also won games where we did not do what we wanted to do,” said Coach Siechen. Their first league game is home on Dec. 11 against Oswego High School.

JD-FM Wins 18th Sectional Title

Miriam Zoghby

Staff Writer

The Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius girls gymnastics team was recently named the Section 3 gymnastics champions. The team was one of many to compete at the section meet on Oct. 19 at CNY gym center. The team came up on top yet again winning their 18th sectional title in a row for their schools.

The team had been working hard the past couple weeks leading up to sectionals. Sophomore Zoe Potamianos said, ”We really focused on our routines during practice rather than games and conditioning, and worked harder than we’ve ever done before.” In order to prepare for sectionals during practices the girls repeated the skills they were struggling on and made sure that they could successfully accomplish the skill before moving on. Also, many girls worked outside of practice at their own gyms. During the week most girls on the team went four to five times a week after their practice to their clubs to help perfect their routines.

The JD-FM gymnastics team brought their all at sectionals when facing the competition at the meet. Some of the teams that were there included, East-Syracuse Minoa, Baldwinsville, New Hartford, Utica-Proctor, and Rome. “Our biggest competition there was definitely New Hartford.” said sophomore Lily Hadley. As well as winning sections, the girls also won over all beating the small schools group and their own big schools group.

The team performance at sectionals from the JD-FM gymnastics team was exceptional. Senior Ana Dieroff described the the meet, “Our team did really well in executing our routines. We also achieved our all time high in all around score.” Many of the girls felt that winning sectionals was a huge accomplishment since they’ve been working for the win ever since the beginning of the season.

Now that the season is over and sectionals is complete, senior Taylor Fishkin, sophomore Zoe Potamianos, and freshman Rylee Fishkin will be moving on to states, in February. The trio will be preparing for states at their own gyms since the season regular season has concluded. The three are working hard to represent their team and bring home a state title.  

The team worked hard this season in order to hold the sectional banner and their medals while smiling for the camera this past Oct. After an overall successful season, the team will be back next year ready to achieve their next sectional championship.

JV Boys End Their Season

By Andréa Butler

Staff writer

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Junior Varsity Soccer Team currently has eleven wins and four losses this season with their most recent win against Christian Brothers Academy. “For the rest of the season we want to get a win out,” said Junior Varsity Soccer Captain Reinaldo Colon.  Using the remaining time left in the season, the team hopes to win more games to accomplish their goal.

The Junior Varsity Boys Football Team captains Stephen Oliva and Marcus Payne both agree that “the team chemistry is really hot” and that the team is working really hard. Despite the extremely positive team chemistry and the team’s hard work, the season is not looking good with zero wins. Nevertheless, the team is hopeful that they will snare a win before the end of the season.

The Junior Varsity Boys Volleyball Team has five wins and nine losses. Their most recent match was against Fayetteville-Manlius. “Oswego and Liverpool are our rivals,” said team member William Werner. He adds, “Oswego is our rival because our coach works at Oswego.”  

JV Girls Conclude Their Fall Seasons

Maeve Dougherty

Staff Writer

Jamesville- DeWitt High School Junior Varsity girls teams started their seasons strong this school year. Between Cross Country, Soccer, and Volleyball, each team has powered through the fall season with winning records.

JV girls soccer ended their season with a record of 9-4. “Our record wasn’t as good as it was last year, but we worked hard and I’m proud of it,” said sophomore captain Amelia Zumbuhl. Although the JV girls soccer is losing four sophomores next year to Varsity soccer, the eighth graders coming up next year will bring lots of talent to the team.

The JV girls volleyball team is finishing up their season with only one game left. Carrying a record of 8-4, they’ hope to end the season with even more wins. The girls this year have lots of spirit and energy, and enjoy cheering their “big sisters” on the Varsity volleyball team.

Girls Cross Country finished their regular season on Oct 17. Being undefeated, the girls are striving to continue their winning streak at sectionals. With lots of team parties, the Cross Country girls have a special bond that many runners described as family.  “It’s a family kind of vibe,” senior Emma Buck explained.

While the Junior Varsity Girls soccer season is over now, the JV cross country and volleyball teams are continuing on with their seasons, hoping to end off on a good note. Cross Country sectionals are on Nov 3, and the next volleyball game is Oct 19.

Cheerleaders Soar Into the New Season

Grace Evans

Staff Writer

As most fall sports come to an end, the Jamesville-Dewitt High School Varsity Cheerleading squad is just getting started. The team cheers during both football and basketball seasons, typically at home games.

Team captains include senior Escince Hines, juniors Emma Carlton and Melissa West, as well as sophomore Violet Craw. Strong leadership from the captains ensure that the team works well together.

Although cheerleaders are often portrayed poorly in the media, the J-DHS cheerleaders are nothing like that. However, cheerleaders still face criticism from outsiders. Hines says that the outside comments are one of the most difficult things about cheerleading.

Cheerleading is both a physically and mentally challenging sport. A large portion of cheerleading practice is conditioning, and the rest is spent working on stunts to prepare for sidelines. “It’s a two and a half minute routine where you’re running and flipping and throwing people, so we have to work really hard to build up our stamina,” Carlton said.

Although the fall season has ended for the cheer team, they will perform this winter season at basketball games.

J-DHS Varsity Football Keeps Their Season Alive

Sydney Balotin

Staff Writer

The Jamesville-DeWitt Varsity Football season isn’t over yet. After their televised win against East Syracuse Minoa, the Red Rams head into sectionals as the eight seed.  Senior captains Zach Goodson, Steven Baker, Kelvin Huynh, and Adam Honis are hopeful to keep their season going.

This past Friday, J-DHS squared off against ESM on the home turf.  Honis put his team in the lead, scoring a touchdown with two minutes to go in the first quarter.  Junior Evan Dougherty had a game changing play near the end of the fourth quarter, dodging four people and advancing his team to the five yard line.  The scoreboard buzzed at the end of the game to a final score of Jamesville-DeWitt 28 and East Syracuse Minoa 20. The Red Rams were full of pride as they finished the regular season with a win.  However, their journey isn’t over yet. Winning this game bought them a trip to sectionals.

The captains feel their challenging schedule has helped them become a stronger team overall.  “I am pleased with the effort that we have gotten as a team and the mentality that we go in week in and week out and how hard we work,” said Baker.  

Coach Eric Ormond believes the team chemistry is fantastic this year and has brought out the best in the players.  “The camaraderie of this group, chemistry of this group has been outstanding. Especially during some very difficult games,” said Ormond.

The team has suffered their fair share of bad luck this year.  Seniors Nick Brotzki, Carter Kowalczyk and Nick Abbott were injured this season along with Goodson out for two weeks, challenging the players to work even harder through their games.

Top scorers this season include seniors Kaleb McCloud and Pat Murad both with 18 points. Huynh averages a total of six points per game, with McCloud in a close second averaging three.

The football team is set to play away on Oct. 19 against Carthage.

Girls Swimming is Back at Home

Hannah Brooks

Staff Writer

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Swim team has had a strong start to the season with a  4-1 record. Their first victories were against Syracuse High School, Cicero-North Syracuse High School, and Liverpool High School. They just took down one of their big rivals Christian Brothers Academy in a meet on Sept. 25 with a final score of 100 to 83.  So far the team’s only loss has been to currently undefeated rival Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The girls fought hard but came up short with a score of 83-95.

The girl’s success has come so far without a pool to call their own. Unfortunately the team’s pool at the Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School had been out of commission until very recently, forcing the team to travel to either Cazenovia College or Lemoyne College for practice.  “Everyone wants to have that feeling of this is my home pool. I’m comfortable here and we didn’t get that until a few days ago,” says senior captain Emma Galletta.

Fortunately for the team, the pool has been repaired and the girls are back to competing at home.  “Now that we are back on the right track, I have high hopes because we have a ton of great swimmers and I’m looking forward to great things,” said Galletta.

Despite not having a home pool, the team has high aspirations this season. Senior Captain Sawyer Parker said, “I want to win Class B Sectionals and State quals again.” The Jamesville Dewitt Girls Swim Team won state quals during the 2017-2018 season. They are currently undefeated in their league but they don’t want to stop there. They lost in sectionals last year so they are determined to finish the job this 2018 season.

The girls next home meet on Oct. 18 against Baldwinsville High School. Following the meet on Oct. 18 they will have  7 meets left until they compete in sectionals.

Boys Cross Country Races Toward Success

Lizzy Smith and Janis McPeak

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Boys Cross Country team is making strides to finish with an undefeated season. The team hopes to maintain their record of 4-0 and No. 7 standing in the state. “My goal as a captain would be to make sectionals as a team, not just me,” said junior captain Kaleel Boykins.

Boykins emphasized how getting to sectionals is a team effort because they are a very close-knit team and motivate each other to do better. ”The team’s bond is stronger and more cohesive than last year,” stated Head Coach Emily Rowles. While cross country is an individual sport, team bonding has been a key factor for the team’s success with their pasta dinners every Friday night before their Saturday invitational meets.


The team’s motivation is only half of the picture. Success has come with hard practices and drills led by Coach Rowles. She also stresses the importance of mental strength in running. “I’ve been on the team for three years which leads to a lot of personal growth and I am a lot stronger than I was sophomore year, mentally and physically,” said senior Fidel Martinez.

Coach Rowles bases her drills off characteristics she wants to see in her runners such as willingness to improve, a strong work ethic and the desire to be the best version of themselves. “Coach Rowles is very difficult when it comes to workouts. You just got to be ready to work and commit to what's necessary to get better,” said Boykins. The team knows that these tough practices have produced strong results.

The team has three more meets including one invitational at Whitesboro on Oct. 6 to achieve their goal of the whole team making it to sectionals and maintaining their undefeated record.

Boys Soccer Kicks it up a Notch

Andrea Butler and Grace Evans

Staff Writers

After losing nine seniors from their 2017 team, the Jamesville-Dewitt Varsity Boys Soccer team has been working towards rebuilding their lineup.

Their current record is 5-6-1, having won their most recent game against Auburn High School. With this win, they are optimistic for a comeback. “We’re still adjusting to the difference in ball control,” said senior captain Andrew Balotin. Along with Balotin, seniors Joey Bertone and Jalique Huntley are also team captains.

All three agree the team works very well together. “The seniors are very good leaders. They’ve come back with a lot of experience which has helped evolve the way the team works together,” said J-DHS Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach Dan Law.

While the team works together on the field, they also bond outside of practices with team dinners and other activities. “We’re J-D. We’re family,” said Huntley. With family comes the common theme of unity among the team members.

“We’re getting to the part of the season where we play everybody a second time,” said Coach Law. This brings hope for redemption, especially against their rival, Fowler High School. Their next game is Oct. 4 against Fulton at J-DHS.

Girls Cross Country Runs Full Speed into Sectionals

Sydney Balotin and Elsa Hardt

Staff Writers

This season, the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Cross Country team is getting a sweet taste of success. They are undefeated after competing in five meets, dominating in their invitational and league meets.

Making it to sectionals last year was a huge success for the girls.  “It would be hard to [do] better than winning sectionals like we did last year,” says Coach Jim Lawton who has high hopes for a two-peat.

With Christian Brothers Academy joining the class B schools, J-D added another rival to their season. Senior captains Samantha Aitken and Sophia Vinciguerra use their new rival to push the team to work even harder. They try to go the extra mile to make a good atmosphere for all the girls. “You are running by yourself, but you can't score by yourself. You score as a team and succeed as a team,” said Aitken. Both captains try to possess the same positive energy as their coach.  “Everyday Lawton is encouraging us to do our best and catch the girl in front of us,” said Vinciguerra.


With a loss of 10 seniors after this season, Coach Lawton is hopeful that the team will be equally as successful next season.  “I am optimistic that several of the underclassmen will continue to improve and be the strength of next year’s team,” said Coach Lawton. It won’t be easy, but both Vinciguerra and Aitken have said that underclassmen Maddie Foss, Miriam Zoghby, and Rachel Gao have really stepped up their game during the meets and hope they will continue to impress through sectionals.

The Varsity Girls Cross Country team hopes to continue their undefeated streak with only three meets remaining in their season. They also hope that their hard work will reward them with a place in sectionals.

Swinging Through Sectionals

Max Fagelman and Charlie Miller

Staff Writers

Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Boys Golf have their standards set high for both new and returning team members. After finishing last season with a record of 11-5, they are working towards an undefeated season this fall.

“Play well, execute what we’ve got to do as a team” says senior Max Schulman on how the team plans to stay undefeated. Outside of school, the team goes out to dinner and plays water basketball which strengthens the bond of the team and contributes to their success. Their biggest rivals this season are ESM and Auburn, and they have already defeated both.

Last year the team graduated two players who helped contribute to past success. Although this year they have had to make adjustments without the graduates, the team has continued their success. With the addition of more players and new tactics, the team remains undefeated with a current record of 13-0.

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Team co-captain Jakob Ellithorpe said being a captain of the team is a big responsibility and that he enjoys doing it. Being a leader is different from being a regular player because he has the responsibility to look out for teammates and make sure everything at practice goes well. Ellithorpe said the team is laid back but still works hard to achieve their many goals.

Co-captain Max Schulman agrees with Ellithorpe by saying the team plays well. However, if one thing could be different, “it would be to have everyone be a bit more competitive,” said Schulman.

Since the team is undefeated this season, senior Turner Pomeroy says, “It’s overall a good time.” The team capped off their season by winning the Sectional Championship on Oct. 3.

Rammets Go For 18

Maddie Schnorr and Jakaija Ware

Staff Writers

With a combination of students from both Jamesville-Dewitt and Fayetteville-Manlius, the girls varsity gymnastics team, The Rammets, sets goals every practice and meet day to ensure another successful season.

Without the seniors who graduated in 2018, the team dynamic has changed and the current seniors have big shoes to fill. Head Coach Fishkin said that Taylor Fishkin, Rylee Fishkin and Zoe Potamianos have stepped up to become the top scorers so far this season.

The Rammets have a 2-1 record, defeating East Syracuse Minoa/Liverpool and Central Square. They lost a close meet with their biggest rival, New Hartford with a final score of 144.35 to 139.2. The Rammets have won the past 17 Sectionals in a row and are striving for number 18.


Senior Captain Ana Dieroff is confident the team will win Sectionals again. She motivates and helps any teammate who feels down or doubtful.  Coach Fishkin explained her confident expectations for the team this season by saying, “We’re going to win Sectionals, of course.”. The team works hard and practices five days a week for two hours each day. Dieroff says, “The team works very well together and it benefits us to be combined.” To bond with each other, the team has “Working Together Wednesdays” and pasta dinners. They also play games to strengthen this bond, such as scavenger hunts.

The next Girls Varsity Gymnastics home meet will be on October 10 at 5 p.m at CNY Gym Centre in Shoppingtown Mall. Everyone is encouraged to attend and cheer on the Rammets as they continue to work hard and strive to win their 18th sectionals championship.

Serving up a Great 2018 Season

Miriam Zoghby and Nina Dermody

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Tennis team began working hard as soon as they stepped on the court this 2018 season. They have played 12 games, losing only twice to their biggest rival Auburn. The Red Rams are focusing this season on getting better and working towards team success.

The team consists of 13 players and each contributes to the success of the team. Varsity Head Coach Eugene Sul said that, “The returning players are better than they were last year.” Tara Pollock, a two year varsity player is also improving everyday, and Coach Sul has high hopes for her even though she is still only in 8th grade.

Along with building skills to use on the court, the team has built friendships that will last outside of the season. “Tennis has definitely helped me get to know more people in the school and I’ve made some really close friends through playing,” said senior captain Anna Sofia Hege.

The team is preparing for the Section III tournament at the end of the season, where they will be facing more difficult opponents in Section B. Senior captain Shannon Beaudry said, ”I’m definitely looking forward to getting revenge on Oneida in the doubles for sectionals after our loss to them last year.” The Red Rams are determined to get further in sectionals this year, after all girls were defeated in the first round last year.


The team has ended their season at home and will be focusing on improving in practice as well as their last few away matches before sectionals. Team sectionals will be held on Monday, Oct. 1 at J-DHS and individual sectionals will be held on Oct. 9 in Utica, New York.

Girls soccer Headed to 10th Consecutive Sectional Title

Georgie Paparo and Anna Doughty                                                        

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-Dewitt High School Varsity Girls Soccer team is working towards winning their 10th consecutive Sectional Championship. Their current record is 11-0 under Head Coach Haley Nies. The girls are ranked number two in the state and number 11 in the country. On Sept. 25 the girls played their biggest rival Cortland High School and defeated them five to one.

So far this season Coach Nies has seen that the team bonding has contributed to the success so far. “The older kids have really pulled the younger kids along, really put them under their wing. They do everything together,” said Nies.

“The desire to achieve goals makes a winning team and these girls have set some good goals,” said Nies. This year, like many past years, the team’s goal is to win Sectionals and possibly even win States. ¨I’m really hoping we win Sectionals and go to States and even win States this year,” said senior caption, Sydney Tanner.


Along with Tanner, seniors Aryssa Lux and Hayley Quackenbush are the leaders on the team. “Good leadership can make or break a team. If you have leaders that just don't care or just don't communicate well, then the can't work well,” said senior captain Arysa Lux. “Our goal is to make it as far as we can, create a good bond and make memories,” added Lux.

The three captains agree that the team is like a family to them. “This team means everything to me, it is one of my biggest outlets if I’m feeling upset. I can always count on the team to lift me up,” said Quackenbush.

The team’s next home game is Oct. 11 against Oswego. Shortly after the team will turn their attention to sectionals which will be held towards the end of Oct.

J-DHS Girls Volleyball Sets Up For a Run at Sectionals

Maeve Dougherty and Theresa Grosso

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Girls Volleyball team started their season this fall with enthusiasm and spirit. Although the team lost three starting players from last year, they have proven that working hard can pay off. Among the three who graduated, two were the team captains Alex Payne and Amy Shen. With new spots to fill, the younger athletes are stepping up and doing their job.

The J-DHS Girls Volleyball team began their season with practices in mid-Aug. They had their first game against Skaneateles on Aug. 28, which they lost 0-3. However, the team came back from the loss with a win against their biggest rival, Oswego High School.

While the team has a record of 4-3, they are undefeated in their division. The team already faced off against Oswego, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, winning 3-0. The success on the team comes from the conversation on the court, which wouldn’t be possible without team bonding. With ‘family’ being the team’s motto, they make sure to spend time together on as well as off the court.

Senior captains Maddy Ferris and Kaitlyn Gera agree that ‘family’ is the perfect way to describe the relationship of the girls on the team. Senior Cassie Murphy also agrees with Ferris and Gera saying, “We’re like sisters, a whole family.” Between sleepovers, going out to dinner, and pasta parties, the girls spend plenty of time together outside of practice. Although most of the team is made up of upperclassmen, they are definitely making an effort to help underclassmen feel welcome.

Volleyball at J-D is very competitive, three sophomores have proven that they have the skills to compete at the varsity level. Sophomore Linda Shen joined the Varsity team this fall. Shen says the transition was easy due to hanging out as a team a lot during the summer. “They always correct me on my mistakes, and they push me to do my best,” said Shen.

The volleyball team has seven games left this season. Make sure to attend the J-DHS Varsity volleyball game against Central Square HIgh School on Oct. 9 at Jamesville Dewitt High School. Come show your support!

The Boys Are Back

Shiela Phoha and Macy Militi

Staff Writers

The last time the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Varsity Boys Volleyball team won Sectionals was back in 2013, but that isn’t stopping them from working towards winning it all this year. Although their record is 3-4, they are working hard for two hours everyday after school, focusing on their passing and blocking skills.

Both captains, senior Liam Kaplan and junior Matthew Cieplicki, as well as Head Coach Kyle Michael say their end-goal is to win Sectionals this year. “We haven't gotten close to that the last couple of years but this year we have a much better team than we've ever had,” said Kaplan. Cieplicki adds, “It’s going to be tough but it’s possible.” They have lost to their biggest rival, Oswego, but they are hoping for a comeback in their rematch later this season on Oct. 4.


The team lost two starting seniors, but last year’s JV members have stepped up this year to help the team, according to Kaplan. “The team chemistry is pretty solid right now,” said Coach Michael, but he would like to see his players improve their communication on the court. He hopes his captains will see to that since they are both vocal leaders. The team has cookouts outside of practice for team bonding, but Coach Michael is not worried about his players because he knows they are all friendly with one another.

Cieplicki and Kaplan have both been on the team since they were sophomores. “I definitely know how varisty works and I know Coach Michael very well. I think that experience made me captain,” said Kaplan. Cieplicki has worked hard on and off the court to get to where he is today. His advice to underclassmen is to “keep playing, keep working hard, go to all of your practices, and you know you’ll get better.”  “And,” he adds, “listen to your coaches.”

The J-DHS boys volleyball team has improved from last year and is working hard to reach their goal and go to Sectionals this year. The team aims to reach this goal by focusing on communication and working to improve their skills. They know that this will be tough but they are sure it’s going to be a great season.

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.