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Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

The second half of the year has officially begun.

Students who have had 95 percent attendance, 95 percent on time to school, no major referrals, and no grades below a 70 percent will receive VIP status.

The official VIP celebration will take place this Friday. It is a great way to recognize those who have put their best foot forward this past quarter.

Honor Roll assemblies will take place next week for students who have earned either honor roll or high honor roll status. The assemblies will take place during Guided Study Hall, and students will receive a certificate and will have their picture taken.

The freshman class assembly will be next Monday, sophomores will be next Tuesday, juniors will be on Wednesday, and finally seniors will be on Thursday.

Students who will be playing a spring sport who have not yet received a physical can schedule one in the nurse’s office. Make sure to schedule one soon, spots fill up quickly.

Terracycling is still going on for the GRB Environmental Club, so if you have any empty shampoo or conditioner bottles, cream cheese tubs, applesauce containers, or yogurt containers, please bring them in!

 

Two Maroun Elementary students perform in “Les Miz” in Baldwinsville

Two students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School have roles in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production of Les Misérables.

Larissa and Lily MacDonald, fourth and second grade students at MAM, were cast during auditions in June. They sang a song from the musical during the audition and both scored a place in the production, despite having never been in a musical before.

Their mother, Kristen MacDonald, heard about the show from Special Education Teacher Justin McArthur, who was also auditioning. MacDonald auditioned as well, and joins the cast as a factory worker.

She hadn’t been on stage since her children were born. The MacDonalds live in Pennellville.

Auditions for the production were elite. Out of the 120 plus who auditioned, only 35 were selected for the cast. The cast also include Phoenix alumni Henry Wilson, Jason Bean and Paul Thompson.

The story chronicles the struggles of Jean Valjean, a French peasant who searches for redemption after serving a prison sentence for stealing bread to feed his family. The musical is entirely sung.

Larissa plays Young Eponine, while Lily is a part of the youth ensemble. The cast is made up of mostly adults — the MacDonald sisters are the youngest of the children.

Singing in all of the chorus parts, Larissa is looking forward to joining chorus as a fifth-grader. She is also involved in gymnastics, Battle of the Books, and the school science fair.

Lily plays piano.

The girls have broken some of the MacDonald’s house rules in order to a part of the production. Play practices close to show time ran up until 11 p.m. some week nights, ending a few hours past their normal bedtimes.

The hard work and long rehearsals have paid off. Each show has sold out, and a Thursday night performance (Feb. 6) has been added.

After the curtain closes, Larissa and her sister hope to continue performing. Larissa recently sang the national anthem at the Winterguard’s first home show at the high school.

Fulton girls’ hoops goes 2-2 in last 4 games

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 2-2 in its last 4 games and now have an overall 4-7 record.

On Jan. 10, Fulton topped Chittenango, 37-23. Cazenovia edged past the Lady Raiders, 43-41 on Jan. 16. Cortland knocked off Fulton, 61-50 on Jan. 21, while The Lady Raiders retaliated with a 41-16 win over Homer on Jan. 23.

Chittenango and Fulton fought a competitive first quarter in their game, with Chittenango leading by 2 as they headed to the second quarter.  Chittenango expanded its lead in the second quarter by another 2 points to take a 14-10 lead into halftime.

The Lady Raiders took over during the second half, outscoring Chittenango by 10 points during the third quarter to take a 6-point lead. Fulton didn’t let up during the fourth quarter, outscoring Chittenango by 8 points to seal the win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Nicole Hansen with 10 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman, Mallory Clark and Sydney Gilmore with 7 points each. Courtney Parker scored 4 points.

Cazenovia escaped with a hard fought win over the Lady Raiders. Following a fierce first quarter, Fulton had a 3-point lead over Caz.The Lady Raiders added to their lead during the second quarter, outscoring Cazenovia to go into halftime with a 24-20 lead.

Then Caz pulled pulled ahead during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 5 points to take a 30-29 lead. Cazenovia was able to maintain its lead down the stretch and won by 2 points.

The Lady Raiders were led by Nicole Hansen with 14 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman with 10, Sydney Gilmore with 7 and Mallory Clark chipped in 5 points.

In the Cortland game, Cortland jumped out to a 4-point lead over Fulton in the first quarter and then added to the lead in the second to take a 36-23 lead into halftime.

Cortland cushioned its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 2 points to extend its lead to 15 points. The Lady Raiders still had some fight left in them and outscored Cortland during the fourth quarter to cut into the deficit, but they couldn’t pull ahead for the win.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Sydney Gilmore with 23 points, followed by Nicole Hansen with 14, Michaela Whiteman with 8 and Courtney Parker with 3.

Homer didn’t seem to have a chance against the Lady Raiders. Fulton built a big lead quickly, ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead. The Lady Raiders expanded their lead during the second quarter and went into halftime with a 24-5 lead.

Fulton continued to add to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Homer by 4 points to push its lead to 23 points. Homer played an impressive fourth quarter, but was unable to cut into Fulton’s lead.

Fulton was led by Mallory Clark with 10 points, followed by Michaela Whiteman with 8, Sydney Gilmore and Nicole Hansen scored 6 points each and Courtney Parker chipped in 5 points.

Hannibal boys’ hoops blows out Solvay

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its last 3 games, raising its overall record to 5-9.

On Jan. 24, Syracuse-ITC knocked off Hannibal, 48-38. Skaneateles rolled past the Warriors, 72-61 on Jan. 29. Hannibal tallied a 65-50 win over Solvay on Jan. 31.

Hannibal had built a 5-point lead over Syracuse-ITC in the first quarter of their game but Syracuse-ITC cut into the lead in the second. Hannibal had a 19-15 lead at the half.

Syracuse-ITC stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 14 points to take a 10-point lead. After a competitive fourth quarter, the Warriors had no answer for Syracuse-ITC. Both teams scored 11 points each as Syracuse-ITC came away with a 48-38 win.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 19 points, followed by Sam McCraith with 10, Zane Pointon with 4 and Charlie McCraith added 3.

Skaneateles and Hannibal fought a competitive first quarter, with the Warriors posting a 2-point lead. Skaneateles pulled ahead during the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 7 points to take a 38-33 halftime lead.

Skaneateles added to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 6 points to push its lead to 11 points. The Warriors were unable to cut into the deficit down the stretch, losing to the Lakers by 11.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Trevor Alton with 30 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 16, Charlie McCraith with 6 and Austin Mattison chipped in 4 points.

In the Solvay game, the Warriors got off to a fast start, outscoring Solvay by 8 points during the first quarter. Hannibal added to its lead during the second quarter and took a 28-19 lead into halftime.

The Warriors blew the game open during the third quarter, outscoring Solvay by 13 points to extend their lead to 22 points. Solvay wasn’t about to go down quietly. They outscored Hannibal during the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but it wasn’t enough and Hannibal won by 15 points.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 24 points, followed by Austin Mattison with 15, Sam McCraith with 10 and Zane Pointon added 9 points.

Hannibal girls’ hoops wins 2

 By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team went 2-1 in its last 3 games and now sport a overall record of 8-5.

On Jan. 21, Marcellus topped Hannibal, 50-38 but then the Lady Warriors cruised past Cato-Meridian, 54-33 Jan. 23.  Hannibal also won against Skaneateles Jan. 28 by a score of 54-44.

In the Marcellus game, Marcellus led Hannibal by only 3 points after thee first quarter. Marcellus added to its lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Warriors by 5 points to take a 23-15 lead into halftime.

Hannibal was more competitive during the third quarter. They outscored Marcellus to bring the lead down to 7 points. But then, Marcellus put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 5 points en route to a 50-38 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Sydney Alton with 11 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 9, McKenzie Mattison with 6 points and Rachel Shute and Devin Sorell added 5 points each.

In the Cato-Meridian game, Hannibal got off to a solid start on both sides of the ball. They outscored Cato-Meridian 10-1 during the first quarter and extended their lead during the second quarter to take a 30-8 halftime lead.

Hannibal refused to let up during the third quarter, outscoring C-M by 8 points to push its lead to 30 points. C-M outscored Hannibal in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough.

The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Gabby Griffin with 10, Spencer Kenney with 7 and Sydney Alton and McKenzie Mattison each had 6 points.

Skaneateles was leading after the first quarter of its game against Hannibal, but the Lady Warriors pulled ahead during the second quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 4 points to take a 22-21 lead into halftime.

The Lady Warriors expanded their lead during the third quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 4 points to push their lead to 5 points. Hannibal capped off a solid effort during the fourth quarter to clinch a 54-44 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 29 points, followed by Gabby Griffin with 10, Rachel Shute with 7 and Sydney Alton added 4 points.

Phoenix student-athlete receives honor

By Rob Tetro

Phoenix three-sport athlete Dylan Doupe was honored recently during an event at Turning Stone Casino for his induction into The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The event marks the 14th annual Scholar Athlete Dinner that the National Football Foundation offers its recipients. Doupe and his fellow recipients were honored for their achievements both on the gridiron and in the classroom.

Doupe’s parents have been been a big part of his success in athletics and in the classroom.

Brian and Brenda Doupe have a strong involvement in their son’s life, making it perfectly clear to him that if his average is 90 or below, he loses certain privileges.

As a result, Doupe has the 17th best grade point average in his class at 93.4.

Message received.

When a student succeeds in both the classroom and athletics, impressive local honors tend to follow. Doupe was elected president of his class at John C. Birdlebough High School and was selected to the National Honor Society.

However, as impressive of a student-athlete he is, who Doupe is outside of school and sports is far more impressive.

He is a volunteer scorekeeper, referee and basketball coach for a local youth basketball league. Doupe is the supervisor of Bridge House Brats. He works to keep the community clean. Doupe also helps local boaters dock their boats. On top of his volunteer efforts, he also has three jobs — Doupe works at a local Nice N Easy, a local ice cream shop and does construction work for his father.

Throughout the course of the school year, Doupe takes part in football, basketball and track and field. Fittingly, he is a captain on all three teams. This past fall, Doupe was a defensive end and fullback for the Phoenix varsity football team. Football Coach Chad Rowe said Doupe was named a team captain following the first game of the season.

At defensive end, he recorded 36 tackles, with 6 tackles for a loss. At fullback, Doupe ran for 190 yards on 48 rushes while also catching 7 passes for 146 yards. His efforts at defensive end earned him 1st Team All-League Honors.

On top of the numbers he produced on the field, Doupe’s efforts went beyond anything a statistic could dictate. For the most part, he never missed a key block and always knew what he needed to do. Without question, it will be quite a challenge for Phoenix to fill the void Doupe leaves behind next season.

Rowe said Doupe is a player that any coach would want on their team..

“He was a great leader for us and kept the moral of the team up when things were not going our way.”, he said.

Doupe hopes to attend St. John Fisher College in Rochester in the fall. He wants to major in biology and hopes to be able to play basketball.

Volney students rewarded for good behavior

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School held a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Reward Day for students Jan. 29.

The reward day recognized students for being role models of the school’s four behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Problem Solver.

Students in all grades celebrated with activities during the morning, and were dismissed for the afternoon while teachers and staff went through staff development training.

Students could choose from many sessions, including movies, bracelet making, pom-pom critter crafts, dodge ball, karate, board games and string tricks.

Phoenix softball pitcher raises money to fight cancer

Team up with the Phoenix Lady Firebird Varsity Softball team this season for an opportunity to strike out cancer.

Support seasoned pitcher Megan Brown in her mission to raise money for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center.

Brown, a student at Phoenix’s John C. Birdlebough High School, is accepting sponsors to pledge a dollar amount for each strikeout she throws during the upcoming 2014 regular season.

Inspired by her team’s participation in the annual local “Strike Out Cancer” tournament that raises money for the same mission, Brown said, “I really want my journey this season to help others.”

Varsity softball coach Raina Hinman said she is so proud of her junior pitcher, saying, “Megan finished last season with an astounding 128 strikeouts. This year she really wants her varsity career strikeouts to make a difference in more than just stats.

“Megan is a leader on and off the field and truly wants her strikeouts to help others and make a difference in someone else’s life,” Hinman said.

To join Megan Brown’s strikeout cancer campaign, make a donation or pledge a per-strike amount, contact Hinman at 695-1521, 552-7526, email at rhinman@phoenixcsd.org, or visit www.PhoenixCSD.org and look for more information under the news section of the homepage or under the Athletics Department page.

The 2014 varsity softball season begins in March.