Sports Briefs

Local grads help pace Ithaca track team

ITHACA — Vernon-Verona-Sherrill graduate Matt Femia and Camden grad Kevin Davis had a pair of first-place finishes during their respective events to help lead the Ithaca College men’s track and field team on Wednesday at Ithaca’s Invitational at Butterfield Stadium.

On the track, the freshman Femia won the 200-meter dash in 23.67-seconds, while the freshman Davis was a leg in the first place 400-meter relay team along with Femia, Brian Maley, and Clay Ardoin during their 45.20 timed finish.

Ithaca will compete at Penn Relays in Philadelphia today.

Rome Colts honored for academics

The Rome Colts Pop Warner Association had 12 members of its football and cheerleading programs honored during the Tri-Valley Pop Warner Association’s first annual Little Scholars Banquet last Sunday for their achievements in academics.

The youngsters from the Colts’ tackle football program who were honored were Xaviar Freeman, Tristan Hunzinger and Derrick Miller as Tri-Valley and Honorable Mention All-American Little Scholars; Cameron Kilpatrick and Preston Mecca as Tri-Valley and Second Team All-American Little Scholars, and Logan DeLutis as Tri-Valley, Eastern Region and Honorable Mention All-American Little Scholar.

The Rome Colts had six cheerleaders honored as Tri-Valley and Honorable Mention All-American Scholars including Bellay Esposito, Riley Lawton, Mira Esposito, Molly Lewis, Julia Rizzo and Jenna Esposito.

Each year over 400,000 youngsters in grades 5-8 participate in the National Pop Warner Little Scholars program in which the most academically accomplished youth compete for Academic All-American status. Those who achieve this status are among the top 2 percent of all Pop Warner participants. The process begins at the association level up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level. Athletes must have a minimum of a 96 grade point average to be eligible.

Honorees that receive First or Second team All-American Status are amongst the top academic participants in the Little Scholars program. Those who are honored as an Eastern Region Little Scholar are chosen from over 35,000 youth over a five-state Eastern Region area.

HP youth lacrosse fundraiser on Saturday

The Holland Patent youth lacrosse program will be having a fundrasier on Saturday at the Stittville Fireman’s Field on Route 365 across from General William Floyd Elementary School.

The program, which was started two years ago, consists of a junior varsity and a modified team and is fully funded by the parents of the players on the squads. A total of 24 players are on the junior varsity roster and 30 are in modified.