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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

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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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Mexico’s running game too much for Phoenix football

by Rob Tetro

Every player that took the field during Saturday’s game between Phoenix and Mexico had this game marked on their calenders for months.

However, there was no player more ready for this contest between these two long time rivals than Mexico’s John Eastman.

Phoenix had no answers for Eastman, who led Mexico with five touchdowns en route to a 36-6 win.

To the credit of the defenses of both teams, little scoring was done during the first half. During the first quarter, Eastman gave Mexico a 6-0 lead following a 46-yard touchdown run. Eastman struck again during the second quarter. He scored from 6 yards out to give Mexico a 12-0 lead going into halftime.

Eastman doubled his touchdown total during the third quarter, which created a deficit Phoenix was unable to overcome.

Early on in the third quarter, Eastman scored on a run from 30 yards out to give Mexico a 20-0 lead. Later in the third quarter, Eastman scored his fourth touchdown of the game. Eastman gave Mexico a 28-0 lead following a four-yard touchdown run.

Eastman capped off his five-touchdown performance during the fourth quarter. His fifth touchdown came on a 24-yard touchdown to put Mexico ahead 36-0.

Phoenix was able to get on the board before the game concluded. Avery Chisolm threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Dakota Belknap.

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Running game carries Firebirds

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team’s rushing attack proved to be too much to overcome when the Firebirds took on Jordan-Elbridge Friday.

Avery Chisolm, Brock Maruscsak and Austin Farco combined to rush for 335 yards while defensively, Phoenix forced three interceptions to helped the Firbirds hang on for a 33-26 win.

The back and forth atmosphere of the first quarter foreshadowed the action that the remainder of the game offered.

Chisolm, Phoenix’s quarterback, quickly showed Jordan-Elbridge just how much offense he could generate with his feet. Chisolm gave Phoenix a 7-0 following a 65-yard touchdown run. Jordan-Elbridge responded before the first quarter concluded. The Eagles cut the Firebirds’ lead down to one point at 7-6 following a six-yard touchdown run by Brad McMahon.

During the second quarter, Phoenix struck again. Phoenix took a 14-6 lead when Furco scored on a touchdown run from two yards out.

Jordan-Elbridge had an impressive rushing attack as well. Before the first half concluded, Colby Trexler showed just what he is capable of when he took the handoff and ran 64 yards for the score. Trexler’s score cut The Firebirds lead to 14-12.

Early in the third quarter, Trexler gave Jordan-Elbridge its first lead of the game following a touchdown run from 41 yards out. However, Phoenix was not intimidated. The Firebirds tied the game at 20-20 when Maruscsak scored on a 16-yard touchdown run before the third quarter ended.

The determination Phoenix displayed paid off during the fourth quarter. Maruscsak’s second touchdown of the game put the Firebirds on top once again. Maruscsak scored on a run from four yards out to give Phoenix a 27-20 lead.

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Phoenix football team topples Thousand Islands

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity football team earned its first win of the season last week when it took on Thousand Islands.

Phoenix intercepted three passes while outscoring Thousand Islands by 21 points during the second quarter en route to the 28-7 win.

Both teams found the endzone during the first quarter. The Firebirds took a 7-0 lead when Avery Chisolm scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. Thousand Islands evened the score at 7-7 before the first quarter ended.

Quarterback Austin Bach tied the game with a 1-yard touchdown run.

During the second quarter, Phoenix blew the game open and didn’t look back. Austin Furco gave the Firebirds a 14-7 lead following a 10-yard touchdown run.

Phoenix took a 21-7 lead when Richie Howington caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Furco.

Capping off the Firebirds’ second quarter, Chisolm scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to give Phoenix a 28-7 lead and the eventual win.

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Phoenix boys varsity soccer determined to reach sectionals

by Rob Tetro

When Phoenix boys varsity soccer coach Chris Prenoveau speaks about his teams goal’s for the 2012 season, there is no confusing his intentions.

The main goal that Phoenix has this season is to qualify for sectional play.

Prenoveau said that there are games on the schedule that can be won. If the Firebirds are able to win the games they should win, they could qualify for the postseason.

However, Prenoveau suggested that in light of the expectations for the season, they haven’t forgotten about the importance of working hard and representing their school in a positive manner.

“As always, the team wants to pursue this goal with keeping sportsmanship and determination in mind,” Prenoveau said.

Phoenix takes the field in 2012 as an experienced team. They will be led by many seniors who have lots of experience playing together. However, Prenoveau suggested that his team’s maturity level is suspect in light of the quality minutes that the freshmen will be asked to produce.

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Phoenix resident chosen as one of six New York Sea Grant Launch Stewards

The first New York Sea Grant Launch Stewards are now at public boat launch sites along Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake and the Salmon River.

The six stewards are participating in a nationwide campaign educating boaters about how to inspect their vessels to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Boaters in New York State participate in the inspections voluntarily.

One of the 2012 New York Sea Grant Launch Stewards is Julia Gilbert of Phoenix. She is a sophomore at SUNY Canton. She is  majoring in engineering science with an interest in alternative energy and the environment.

New York Sea Grant Community Development Specialist Mary Penney, based at SUNY Oswego, leads the environment-focused workforce development initiative.

“This type of ‘in-the-environment’ employment is a great way for students to gain valuable experience through public interaction and education opportunities,” said Penney.

“They research a chosen aquatic invasive species topic and prepare a public information program and materials. They also engage citizens one-on-one on timely, need-to-know issues of local interest.”

The stewards’ observations and documentation of aquatic invasive species is useful to local resource managers and such organizations and agencies as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The students’ career aspirations include becoming environmental resource managers, marine biologists, and teachers.