HS sports roundup: Marcellus football coach earns 50th career win (photos)

Behind a big game from his nephew, Marcellus football coach Nick Patterson earned his 50th career win Monday evening on the road against Westhill.

Senior back Wilvon McKee led the Mustangs offense in the 31-16 victory, rushing for three touchdowns in the game.

“Using the run game was our game plan, and we wanted to play some smashmouth ball,” Patterson said. “(McKee) opened some holes on his own. The offensive line did a good job and Wilvon did a great job.”

The Warriors grabbed an early 8-0 lead after Myshawn Thomas returned a kickoff 89 yards to the house and Geoffrey Daniul tacked on a two-point conversion run in the first quarter. McKee ran in a 12-yard touchdown in the second, and Sean Tierney added an 11-yarder to give Marcellus a 14-8 halftime lead.

A third-quarter safety for the Mustangs defense made it 16-8 before McKee’s second touchdown – a one-yard plunge – and a two-point conversion brought the score to 24-8. Thomas boosted Westhill with another huge run in the fourth quarter, this time scoring on a 70-yard rush, and his added conversion run brought things back to 24-16.

“I was telling the guys, ‘Play for your seniors.’ They were cheated out of a season,” Patterson said. “Just go out and enjoy it. You see how quickly football can be taken away from you, so go out and enjoy things.”

McKee’s final touchdown run came from one yard out in the fourth and the point after accounted for the final points of the contest. With the win, Marcellus improves to 1-1, and it will close the spring at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against the Institute of Technology Syracuse Central.

Lowville 46, South Jefferson 20

Lowville quarterback Aidan Macauley rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another in the Raiders win.

Macauley rushed for 84 yards on nine carries and scored on runs of 2- and 7-yards. He competed 13 of 17 passes for 250 yards that included a 22-yard scoring strike to Gavin Macauley. Michael Hamburg finished the game with 98 yards rushing on 22 carries and two touchdowns and Andrew Beyer also had a touchdown on a 17-yard run.

Boys Volleyball

Chittenango 3, Central Square 0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-11)

The Bears got a match-best nine digs and five aces, as well as five kills, from Nathaniel Dziedzic to propel them to a sweep over the Red Hawks. Chittenango – now 7-4 – also got a big performance from Alek Reymond, who led the squad in kills with eight and blocks with five and recorded six digs as well.

Evan Edwards also led the victors in assists with 17.

Girls Volleyball

Tully 3, LaFayette 2 (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 10-25, 25-17)

The Black Knights were narrowly able to hold off a comeback bid from the Lancers, prevailing in five sets to stay undefeated at 9-0. Tully won the first two sets by identical 25-22 scores, then fell by the same score and was blown out in game four, before recovering for the dramatic victory.

In the win, Alexa Shay led the team with her 40 assists, providing 10 digs and four aces as well, and Julia Dietz led the Black Knights in digs with 32. Emma Byrne led Tully in kills with 18 and aces with five, while Keagan Usherwood pitched in 14 kills and 13 digs.

Auburn 3, Central Square 2 (25-23, 12-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15)

The Maroons outlasted the Red Hawks in a five-set thriller to better their record to 3-6. Auburn saw Kirsten Casterline record a team-high 18 assists and 16 digs as well, while Shelby Weeks led the group with 12 kills on top of her 12 digs.

Sidney Gera contributed a Maroons-high 19 digs, and Nicole had 12 digs with a team-best five aces in the win.

Baldwinsville 3, West Genesee 0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-20)

The Bees are now 8-1 after sweeping the Wildcats in straight sets. Baldwinsville’s Kyrah Wilbur was big in the win, leading all players with 17 kills, four blocks, and three aces, while adding four digs as well.

Jenna Garvey led the team with 20 assists and added five digs, while Brooke Clute was clutch with 13 kills, six digs, and two aces. In the defeat, Olivia Snyder stepped up for the Wildcats with a match-high 23 assists and seven digs as well, while Izzy Allen was solid with 12 kills and five digs.

Living Word Academy 3, Syracuse Academy of Science 0 (25-7, 25-18, 25-10)

The Lions rattled off their fifth match victory in a row to improve to 6-1, knocking off the Atoms in straight sets. In the victory, Regina Fernandez had a match-high 23 assists and seven aces, while Melita Fernandez led the group in kills with 13 and blocks with two.

In the loss, SAS was led by Illaqah Brown, who tied for the team lead with two aces, while posting a team-high two kills as well.

Cicero-North Syracuse 3, Nottingham 0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-14)

The Northstars are now 8-2 on the season after sweeping aside the Bulldogs. Cassidy Ormond had a team-high 12 assists to go along with three digs for C-NS, while teammate Mckenna Johnston racked up a team-best four kills and contributed two digs.

Fayetteville-Manlius 3, Corcoran 0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-12)

The Hornets swatted away the Cougars in straight sets to move to 8-3 on the campaign. F-M was led by Zoe Myint, who had a team-best seven digs to go along with 11 assists and three aces, as well as Morgan Napier, who led the team in assists with 12 and recorded two aces.

Harper Stoppacher tied Amanda Groesbeck for the team lead with seven kills, while slamming three aces, and Kaylene Nobel had a team-high six aces.

Westhill 3, Cazenovia 0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-12)

The Warriors went to 7-1 on the year by downing the Lakers in straight sets. Westhill was led by Hannah Schmitz’s team-best 26 assists and 15 digs, Morgan Richardson’s six kills, five digs, and team-high three aces.

Kate Heinrich led the team with 12 kills in the win.

Dolgeville 3, Utica Academy of Science 0 (25-5, 25-9, 25-8)

The Blue Devils registered a convincing win over the Atoms in straight sets. Dolgeville received big contributions from Rylee Lamphere (11 assists, eight kills, five digs), Morgan Beaulieu (nine aces, nine assists), and Brianna Bruce (seven kills, four aces.)

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