Purchyr powers Rome Catholic girls basketball to overtime triumph

Rome Catholic senior Mairyh Purchyr scored a season-high 24 points while the Lady Redwings’ defense was solid down the stretch in a 49-48 overtime victory over visiting Center State Conference Division IV foe Old Forge on Tuesday night.

Purchyr drained four three-pointers for the hosts, while senior Megan Melioris contributed with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, and senior Rachel Story finished with nine rebounds, a steal and 12 points.

Rome used a 7-6 run in overtime and also grabbed a key defensive rebound with 28 seconds left and played keep away until the final buzzer sounded.

Rome moved to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the league after the win.

Haley Josephson led Old Forge, 1-4 in the league and 1-6 overall, with 19 points.

Oriskany routs Westmoreland

In other girls CSC Division IV action, Oriskany stayed perfect in league play this season with a comfortable 43-7 victory over visiting Westmoreland.

Christina Graziadei, Shannon VanShufflin, and Jordan Sahl all finished with eight points for the hosts, which improved to 5-0 in the league and 7-2 overall.

Sahl and Brandi Zizzi had five rebounds apiece, as Sahl, Meghan Carlo, and Alyssa Balfe had three steals each.

VVS falls on the road

The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill girls basketball team suffered a 45-23 setback against host New Hartford to fall to 6-5 on the season.

Marissa Randall finished with a team-high eight points and Leanne Doolen netted six points for the Lady Red Devils against New Hartford, which improved to 10-2 overall. Ashley Chanatry led the hosts with 13 points.

Golden Knights down Camden

In more girls basketball action, Holland Patent came away with a 66-48 win over visiting Tri-Valley League foe Camden.

The Lady Golden Knights took a four-point lead following the first period and then managed to hold the Lady Blue Devils to just one point in the second period to build a 35-15 halftime lead.

Alyssa Curtis and Allyson Freiermuth both scored 15 points apiece to lead Holland Patent, as Friermuth added 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, as well. Korey Bunal also knocked in 11 points and Fallon Reinold made eight assists.

Holland Patent’s record goes to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in league play, and Camden falls to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the TVL.

RFA top two at championships

The Rome Free Academy boys finished as the best Division I team at the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Championships at Colgate University, while the girls claimed second place.

The boys tallied a team score of 172 points to beat out Cazenovia, while the girls scored 148 points as Cazenovia went on to win with 209.5 points in Division I.

Philip Caruso recorded two wins at the meet including the shot put with a heave of 45 feet, 10 inches, and the weight throw at 40 feet, 6 inches.

Connor Butters picked up a victory in the 1,000-meter run in 2 minutes, 52.79 seconds, as Josh Reed won the 55 dash in 6.85, Erik Winberg grabbed the 600 run in 1:29.35, and Josh Swancott came out ahead in the 55 hurdles in 8.39.

Leroy Brown was also the winner in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 9 inches, and Gabe Acevado was first in the non-scoring shot put on a throw of 26 feet, 9 inches.

RFA won two relay races as well including the 3,200 run with Winberg, Butters, Jeff Brown and Matt Silver, and the 800 race with Reed, George Brown, Anthony Capron, Leroy Brown.

On the girls side, Mariah Mays was the winner in two field events, including the shot put on a result of 34 feet, 3 inches and the weight throw at 31 feet, 11 inches. Dana Husband outleaped the competition in both the triple and high jump events at 30 feet, 5 inches, and 5 feet, 2 inches, respectively. Jennifer Taylor won the non-scoring shot put contest at 23 feet, 1 inch.

RFA topples Notre Dame

In boys bowling, RFA evened its Tri-Valley League record with a 7-4 victory over Notre Dame at King Pin Lanes.

Tom Hluska scored the high game and series for the Black Knights with scores of 248 and 678, respectively, while Kyle Snell rolled to a 576, John Iacone had a 574, and Joel Wenndt tallied a 550 to lead the victors. RFA improved to 4-4 in the TVL and 4-5 overall.

Notre Dame, 3-4 in the league and 3-5 overall, was led by Mike Valenti’s 239 high game and Rich Viti’s 658 high series.

Camden crushes HP

The Camden boys bowling team blanked Holland Patent, 11-0, in a TVL matchup at Liberty Lanes.

Mike Dean had the best series of the contest on a score of 628, while A.J. Welch had the highest game at 245 while finishing with a 607 series. Joe Sigg also scored a 554, Andrew Bourgeois added a 548 and Joe Clark had a 451.

Dalton Humpf led Holland Patent with a 483 series, as Michael Dambro had the team’s highest game at 194 and wrapping up with a 441 series.

VVS trumps New Hartford

The VVS girls bowling team picked up a 10 1/2 to 1/2 win over visiting TVL foe New Hartford at CAC Lanes in Sherrill.

The Lady Red Devils’ Jackie Neverette scored the highest series at 483 and Courtney Mennig had the team’s best game at 186.

Makayla Matys bowled the contest’s highest game at 187 while finishing with a 432 series.

VVS moves to 3-2 overall and in league play and New Hartford falls to 2-4 overall and in the TVL.

Blue Devils oust HP

In more girls bowling action, Camden came away with a 9-2 triumph over host Holland Patent at Adirondack Lanes.

Caitlin Lyke was the top bowler of the TVL match with a 481 series, featuring a high game of 176, as Nicole Farley added a 431 series, and Victoria Hayden scored a 403.

Jenna Harrington led Holland Patent with a 160 game and a 452 series. Camden now holds a 2-4 league and overall record.

HP edges Cooperstown

The Holland Patent boys swimming and diving team pulled out a 50-49 victory over visiting Cooperstown.

Andy Haier won the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:16.87, while Dean Schrider picked up the 200 individual medley race at 2:30.98, and Kevin Sidoran claimed the 100 butterfly at 1:05.27.

The Golden Knights were also victorious in two relay events including the 200 medley at 1:55.71 with Sidoran, Barrett Celecki, Kyle Freeman and Jack Redmond, as well as the 200 freestyle at 1:43.34 with Sidoran, Redmond, Ricky Arcuri and Ian Hague.

Westmoreland wins opener

The Westmoreland boys volleyball squad came out winners in their season-opener with a 3-1 decision over host Little Falls. Set scores were 25-23, 12-25, 25-11 and 25-17.

Bryan Harper had nine kills, an ace, two blocks, five digs and 10 assists for Westmoreland, while Tyler Barnes hit six kills, nine digs and three assists. Toby Fitzgerald recorded three aces, four kills, two blocks and a dig, and Jake Landry made 14 assists, six kills and an ace.

VVS shuts out Canastota

In other boys volleyball action, VVS scored a 3-0 shutout win over visiting Canastota for the Red Devils’ fourth in a row. Set scores were 25-16, 25-7 and 25-16.

Jacob Bitz made four aces, two kills and two digs, as Alex Rose chipped in two kills, a block and four digs, Andrew Kane recorded three kills and two blocks, and Jarett Durant had three kills and a block.

The Red Devils’ record jumps to 4-0 overall.

Camden escapes with victory

The Camden girls volleyball team captured their first TVL win following a 3-2 decision over visiting Holland Patent. Set scores were 25-20, 25-15, 20-25, 20-25 and 26-24.

Ashlynn Hatton captured three aces, 13 kills, three blocks and a dig to lead the 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the league Lady Blue Devils, while Courtney Bradish scored three aces, two kills, a block, five digs and made 19 assists, and Elena Edwards hit 14 kills.

Taylor Doolittle led 1-4 in the league and 1-5 overall Holland Patent with five aces, four kills and five blocks, as Lexi Lyon added three aces and 16 assists, and Sam LaManque hit four aces, two kills and two digs.

Bulldogs pounce Clinton

In more girls volleyball action, Westmoreland pulled out a 3-1 victory over Clinton to even their record at 5-5 overall.

Alison Brockway had nine aces, 10 assists and nine kills to pace the Lady Bulldogs, as Alexa McGregor tallied 12 kills and three digs, Jessica Harper made three aces, two kills and seven assists, and Cristina Rondenelli recorded six aces and seven kills.