Category Archives: Phoenix News

Phoenix boys basketball team splits pair of games

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix Boys Varsity Basketball Team topped Chittenango but came up short against Westhill in games played in the last week.

Phoenix outscored Chittenango 35-15 during the second and fourth quarters to come away with a win Feb. 5.

In the Feb. 9 contest against Westhill, Phoenix lost to one of the premiere teams in all of New York State

Phoenix earned a hard fought win against Chittenango (3-14) in what proved to be a game of runs. Chittenango got off to a solid start. By the end of the first quarter, Chittenango had built an eight-point lead.

The Firebirds fought back during the second quarter. They outscored Chittenango by 14 points to take a six-point lead into halftime at 23-17.

Chittenango cut into the deficit they faced in half during the third quarter. They outscored Phoenix by three points to bring The Firebirds lead down to three points by the end of the quarter.

The Firebirds, however, put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter. They outscored Chittenango by six points to come away with a 51-42 win.

Dylan Doupe led Phoenix with 16 points while Richard Howington finished with 15 points. Zach Sisera added 13 points and Brian Sawyer, Chris Vaverchak and Kyle Huniford combined to score seven points for The Firebirds.

Up next for Phoenix was a matchup with league leading Westhill (16-2).

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Phoenix students collect items for Hurricane Sandy victims

Hurricane Sandy
Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix helped to fill a van with items collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured with Senator Patty Ritchie are, from left, teacher Lisa Balles, Assistant Principal Diane Galster, students and Principal Mary Stanton.

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix helped to fill a van with items collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The items were added to the donations made throughout the past month by Central and Northern New Yorkers taking part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s drive to help those affected by the storm.

Lisa Balles’ Pre-K class filled more than 25 boxes with canned food, toiletries, blankets and other necessities to be delivered to people on Long Island who are still recovering from October’s devastating storm.

“This sort of response — especially from people this young — is extremely overwhelming,” said Ritchie. “I’m so grateful that the students at Maroun Elementary took action to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“There’s still a very long road to recovery ahead for the people downstate who are trying to rebuild their homes and businesses,” she added. “I’m thankful that these students, and many other Central and Northern New Yorkers joined with me to come to the aid of those affected.”

For about a month, Ritchie has been collecting donations at her Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County offices. She has partnered with Senator John Flanagan — who represents part of Long Island — to give donations to Island Harvest, one of the affected region’s largest hunger relief organizations.

“On behalf of all Long Islanders, I want to thank everyone who got involved to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Flanagan. “Senator Ritchie and her staff deserve a great deal of credit for organizing this donation drive and for taking the time to let those who are still rebuilding their lives know that there are people throughout our great state who are ready to help.”

Those still interested in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy can do so by calling Island Harvest at 631-873-4775.

Ritchie also recommends donating to help with the American Red Cross’ relief efforts. To make a donation, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Phoenix indoor track team to feature new faces this season

by Rob Tetro

Phoenix girls varsity indoor track and field coach Andy Lewis will be leading 20 athletes this season, which is a few more athletes compared to a year ago. Overall, Phoenix is a young team which will feature only one senior.

Lewis added that there are many freshmen on the team this season who are learning about indoor track for the first time. Despite the inexperience his team has in certain areas, Lewis expects his team as a whole to improve this season.

Learning and development will be common goals for the Lady Firebirds this season. The team’s biggest goal of the season is becoming a more competitive team compared to last season’s team. Lewis suggested that his athletes can achieve its biggest goal by showing the development that they need to show throughout the season.

At this point in the season, Lewis said his team’s overall conditioning has met his expectations.

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Phoenix Community Band to perform

The Phoenix Community Band, under the direction of Dave Frateschi, will present a fall concert Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at JCB High School. The high school is located on Route 57 (Main Street) at the north end of the village of Phoenix.

“Once again, the band is performing music that you have not heard before (except for one reprised favorite), which will transport you from the high Himalayas to Broadway to the floor of a metalworking mill,” a spokesperson said. “Our percussion section has been particularly busy with this series and the trombones are featured on one number as are two of our trumpet players on another.”

The band is now over 70-strong. Admission is free, though donations – the band’s major source of funding – are welcome.

Technology upgrades highlight SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center renovations

The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, offering credit courses and professional development opportunities for people throughout the region, has upgraded its audiovisual and technology capabilities as part of a floor-to-ceiling interior renovation.

Two smart podiums with state-of-the-art computer, projection and other equipment partner with a new large-screen TV to offer a multimedia learning experience for those attending the many courses, career-development workshops and business consulting sessions at the center, off Route 481 at Exit 14.

“Teaching methods are continuously evolving and these technology upgrades allow us to have a dynamic learning environment for our students,” said Yvonne Petrella, dean of SUNY Oswego’s Division of Extended Learning.

“Smart boards have been shown to increase attention of students, encourage involvement and serve as a tool for educators to engage students of varied learning styles.”

Besides the technological gear, the center has new tables, chairs, paint and carpet throughout.

Among the current offerings at the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center are the Women’s Empowerment Series, classes in government contracting, computer classes in Google mail and calendar applications, and courses under the auspices of the American Management Association that can stand alone or lead to AMA University certification in human resource management or administrative professional.

Hannibal, Phoenix cross country take part in championship meet

by Rob Tetro

Both the Hannibal and Phoenix boys varsity cross country teams took part in the OHSL League Championship Meet Oct. 24.

In a meet that featured 141 runners from 10 different schools, Phoenix came away with a 10th place finish while Hannibal finished in second place.

Phoenix was led by Justin Rhodes, who finished in 45th place with a time of 19:04.4. Following Rhodes was Eric Hillpot, who earned a 58th place finish with a time of 19:22.9. Dylan Switzer finished in 63rd place with a time of 19:30.7 and Brian Stafford earned a 73rd place finish with a time of 20:08.2.

Michael Leach finished in 76th place with a time of 20:17.9. Brandon Halstead earned a 82nd place finish with a time of 20:23.7. Paul Boone finished in 84th place with a time of 20.35.2. Zach Manzer earned an 100th place finish with a time of 20:57.9.

Brendan Nichols finished in 104th place with a time of 21:18.01. Chris Fisk earned a 105th place finish with a time of 21:33.07. Jason Nipper finished in 107th place with a time of 21:35.5. Anthony Brienza earned an 109th place finish with a time of 21:43.3. Josh Dievendorf finished in 114th place with a time of 21:56.5.

Jacob Simpson earned a 125th place finish with a time of 23:01.2. Austin Wilson finished in 131st place with a time of 24:05.9. Tyler Gabrielle earned an 139th place finish with a time of 28.24.4. While Josh Stopher finished in 141st place with a time of 28.41.3.

The Warriors were led by Ryan Perry, who finished in second place with a time of 16:44.3. Ben Slate earned a 12th place finish with a time of 17:41.7 and Kyle Cooper finished in 16th place with a time of 17:48.

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Scrapbooking and stamping workshop


The Town of Schroeppel will be holding a Creative Workshop with Scrapbooking and Stamping at the Schroeppel Town Hall in Phoenix.

The workshop is for adults only and will be held every Thursday for six weeks except for Nov. 22. The hours for the workshop are 6 to 8:30 p.m. No materials are needed; everything is provided.

There is a cost for the workshop. Preregistration is required and the first class starts Thursday Nov. 8.  Classes for Thursday, Dec. 6 and 13 must be registered by Nov. 16.Those seeking more information or to register may call 695-2801, ext. 6.

The town will also be holding a Creative Workshop with Scrapbooking and Stamping for children 5 years and older and their parents at the town hall.

The workshop will be held Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

The first class is Nov. 10 and the other two classes will be held Dec. 1 and 15.


Westhill rolls past Phoenix football

by Rob Tetro

Westhill got off to an impressive start when it took on the Phoenix varsity football team Saturday.

Westhill scored the game’s first 17 points, which helped them build a 32 point halftime lead. The deficit Phoenix faced proved to be insurmountable as Westhill came away with a 66-22 win.

Westhill wasted little time to getting in gear. They took a 7-0 lead when Carson Hicks scored on a run from three yards out. Westhill added to its lead when Chris Brusa scored on an 18-yard touchdown run. Shortly after Brusa’s score, Collin Henson gave Westhill a 17-0 lead after connecting on a 24-yard field goal attempt.

Phoenix got onto the scoreboard when Avery Chisolm threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Brock Maruscsak. Before the first quarter ended, Westhill struck again when Reed Derrenbacher threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Whipple.

Any hope the Firebirds had of a rally were dashed during the second quarter.

Brusa rushed for his second touchdown of the game to give Westhill a 31-6 lead. While keeping the Firebirds off the scoreboard, Westhill scored again before the first half ended. Westhill took a 38-6 lead when a Phoenix interception was returned for a touchdown.

Westhill maintained its impressive ways as the third quarter began. Another three-yard touchdown run from Brusa gave them a 45-6 advantage. Ja’Shai Jamison scored on a run from 5 yards out to give Westhill a 52-6 lead.

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