Boys Basketball Season Comes To an End

Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth

Staff Writers

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

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

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

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


J-D Indoor Track Competes at Yale

Momo LaClair and Paige Stepanian

Staff Writers


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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Spotlight: Girls Basketball

Meghan Evans, Zoe Potamianos, and Mara Durkin

Staff Writers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Inside the Life: Athletic Director John Goodson

Johnny Keib and Tanner Burns

Staff Writers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boys Dive Into Swim Season

Staff Writers

Brevin Scullion, Parker Cote, Kaleb McCloud



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

J-D/CBA Hockey Gears Up for Hockey Night

Francesca Chirco and Everly Kessler

Staff Writers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Basketball Looking for Three-peat

Nick Mannion and Tarky Lombardi

Sports Editor and Staff Writer

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

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


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


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:

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 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 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



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


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.