Tags: cross countryJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill A string of races across the area marked the start of Onondaga High School League Liberty division competition for a quintet of area high school cross country teams.Two local sides met each other on Wednesday, and Jordan-Elbridge got the best of it, defeating Marcellus 27-31 in the boys meet and 23-31 in the girls meet.The Eagles went 1-2 in the boys race as Kenny Williams, in 18 minutes, 34 seconds, edged Sean Dristle (18:35) for the top spot and Lee Jewell finishing fourth in 19:09. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story K Huss led the Mustangs, getting third place in 18:48 as Aiden Shea (19:13) was fifth and Caeden Cox sixth in 19:16.Four Mustangs followed as Kevin Huss, in 18:48, beat out Jewell, Aiden Shea (19:13) and Caeden Cox (19:16).Eli Hart was eighth in 20:27, just ahead of Jaiden Capozzi (20:32) and Tom Hoey (21:10).J-E’s 23-31 win over Marcellus in the girls race started with Vassianna Klock winning the individual race in 21:38 over the 22:19 by the Mustangs’ Anelia Bolster (22:19) and Meghan Strempel (22:51) in the next two spots. Hannah Fichter was fourth in 23:21, with Coral Uhle fifth in 24:16 as Tatiana Parkolap was sixth in 24:43 and Kendall Shaw was seventh in 25:17. The Mustangs had Sophia Maum (25:32), Violet Lucchetti (25:55) and Amy Francesconi (26:18) round out the top 10.Skaneateles had a clean sweep of its three-team meet against Hannibal and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown at the Polo Grounds Course. The boys Lakers, no. 10 in the state Class C rankings, defeated the Warriors 21-39 and the Rebels 15-50.Caleb Bender won the individual race in 15:48 as Matt Persampieri, in 16:43, beat out Joe Norris (16:52) for third place. Will Girzadas was sixth in 18:02, ahead of Josh Reed (18:14) and Seamus Fogerty (18:39) as Nolan Gryzlo, in 18:59, also had a top-10 finish.The Skaneateles girls swept the top six spots against Hannibal and APW, Sarah Tallerico prevailing in 20:49 over the 21:20 from Hope Cross-Jaya. Elyse Osmun (21:34) beat out Lily Yengo (21:37) for third place as Georgia McSwain was fifth in 22:03 and Sophia Aurdeen was sixth in 22:28, Ellie McSwain taking eighth place in 23:36.Westhill took a pair of close defeats to Christian Brothers Academy. The boys race, a 22-33 loss, had the Warriors’ Jacob Fricano finish in 17:47, six seconds behind the Brothers’ Mike McMahon, while Mike Ferrara was fifth in 18:16. Will Thornton got sixth place in 18:35 and Brandon Mulholland was seventh in 18:49.The Westhill girls’ 23-32 defeat to CBA involved Liz Kessler leading the Warriors, her time of 22:17 third behind the Brothers’ Olivia Morganti (21:14) and Lea Kyle (22:01).Kessler was followed by Addie Lowery, getting fourth place in 23:17, while Emily O’Reilly was seventh in 23:50, just ahead of Catherine Dadey (23:59) and Angie Mesa-Espinosa (24:25).Solvay was swept by Cazenovia, though the 22-37 boys race proved close as Luke Dwyer finished third in 18:54. Adam DeLucia got fifth place in 19:09 as Ryan Trendell finished sixth in 19:30. The girls Bearcats lost 15-51 to the Lakers.Up in the SCAC Metro division, West Genesee was swept by Liverpool, though in the boys race the Wildcats’ Matt Bartolotta was victorious, his time of 16:39 well clear of the 17:02 by the Warriors’ Carter Rodriguez.Despite this and Peter McMahon’s fourth-place clocking of 17:37, the Wildcats fell 23-38 to Liverpool, who claimed the next five spots after McMahon before WG’s Aiden Walsh took 10th place in 19:08.WG’s girls lost, 15-46, to Liverpool, no. 5 in the state Class A rankings. Hannah Craybas finished in 21:07, but that trailed five Warriors, led by Jenna Schulz, who won in 19:03. Natalie Buckhout was seventh in 21:09.
Mr. Alexander M. Massey, Interim Principal of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), has outlined what he described as the “existing state of affairs and accomplishments report” of the institute in recent years.In his remarks during a program marking the institute’s 86th Founders Day anniversary on Saturday, June 28, Mr. Massey said BWI’s current enrollment stands at 1139, down from a population of 1361 last school year in spite of “our best efforts to narrow this gap.”“We are of the opinion that the total enrolment is still a little too large because it exceeds our targeted student to teacher ratio of 35/40 to one and therefore impacts our ability to provide a premium learning environment for each of our students,” he asserted.The equal percentages of day and boarding students occurring last school year has changed to 60 percent boarding and 40 percent day students this academic year.The reason for this change, in part, can be attributed to the policy of returning BWI to the tradition of a boarding school where it was mandatory starting last school year for each freshman student to live on campus, Massey explained.Upgrades to the dormitories along with much needed improvements in the quality of the food served in the dining hall may have served to promote the policy to return BWI to an exclusively boarding institution, said Massey.In academic performance, BWI experienced a modest increase in the number of students making the honor roll last school year over the previous year. “We still had about 26 percent of our total enrollment failing one or more subjects,” reported Massey.The slight increase in the number of students making the honor roll last year, Massey said, was perhaps due to his administration establishing remedial classes for the students run by instructors three evenings a week.In addition to the evening classes, BWI has also introduced this year a four days a week “peer-on-peer” tutoring program utilizing a portion of the institute’s two hour lunch period in an attempt to provide additional remedial help and support for the students.The high failing rate continues to be an issue of outmost concern for his administration, Massey emphasized.“We have come to the realization that if we are going to reverse this trend and return BWI to the tradition of a Center of Excellence we are going to accomplish it in several significant ways.”He said BWI must adopt more rigorous standards and require higher expectations from its students, disclosing that his administration has begun to put in place some of the necessary measures in an effort to help elevate standards at BWI.Those measures include the recruitment and attraction of a better quality of students from across the country and the hiring of better qualified academic and trade instructors, Massey said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Flyers won’t be playing any more games in the 2016-2017 NPHL season.The Flyers hosted the Spirit River Rangers at the North Peace Arena on Saturday night, going into Game 5 with a 3-1 deficit in the best of seven series. It was the Rangers that would get on the board first, scoring just over 7:15 into the game. Though the Flyers had some excellent chances, Rangers netminder Michael Teslak made a number of excellent saves to keep his team ahead. Troy Hunt was also tested on many occasions at the Fort St. John end, stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first. The Flyers managed eight shots on net in the first twenty minutes.In the second frame, the Flyers finally got on the board over halfway through the stanza. Joey Massingham tied the game at one apiece with 8:30 left, assisted by Josh Bruha and Ryan Carter. This period, it was the Flyers that would outshoot the Rangers by the tally of 17-12. With 55 seconds left in the second, the Rangers got another past Hunt to take a 2-1 lead. However, the Flyers weren’t going to let the momentum shift going into intermission. Massingham scored his second of the night 36 seconds later to once again even the score, assisted by Jeff Fast.- Advertisement -It was an exciting final twenty minutes, as both teams were hungry for a W. Just over nine minutes in, the Rangers once again took the lead. But the Flyers stayed in it, and Ryan Carter tied things up at three on the power play with just over six and a half minutes left. Joey Massingham and Jeff Fast tallied the assists on the third tying goal of the game. Though Fort St. John again outshot Spirit River 15-13, it was the Rangers that would make more shots count. With five seconds left and the game ready to go to overtime, Spirit River’s Alex Curran fired a shot past Hunt to end the Flyers’ season.The Spirit River Rangers will now face the winner of the NPHL East Division final between the Grimshaw Huskies and the Falher Pirates for the NPHL Championship. The Pirates currently lead that series 3-2, with Game 6 taking place in Falher on Tuesday night.