January 27, 2022

Homer boys win 2nd in row

Trojans cruise to 75-24 victory over visiting Hannibal

Paul Cifonelli/sports editor

Homer’s Dalton Eldridge lines up a 3-pointer Tuesday night at Homer High School. Homer won 75-24, and Edlridge made two threes for six points

The Homer boys basketball team moved to 2-1 Tuesday night thanks to a dominating 75-24 win over visiting Hannibal.

Homer led for the entirety of the game and won each quarter. At one point in the first half, Homer went on a 39-0 run, starting when they held a 7-4 lead and ending just before halftime when they led 46-4. The Trojans finished the first quarter with a 25-4 lead and led 46-6 at halftime.

The Trojans were able to be successful early against Hannibal due to crisp ball movement that moved the Warriors’ 2-3 zone around. Once gaps in the zone appeared, a Trojan made a cut to the basket and had a wide open layup.

“These guys have played together a lot, so that definitely helps,” Homer head coach Rex Ryan said. “Every day that we practice going forward, we’re going to keep getting better and there’s going to be better chemistry. We’ve got guys that are really good passers, especially our big men, Wyatt Wilbur and Evan Butts. They get guys open shots and get guys into spots where they can shoot the ball.”

Homer’s defense also played a big part in their dominance, constantly tipping and intercepting passes and trapping ball handlers. That led to a lot of fast breaks, where Wilbur was able to show off the skills that make him a quarterback on the football team.

Dalton Eldridge was one of the big stars of the night, drawing “We want Dalton” chants from Homer’s student section. When he got in, Edlridge delivered, draining two three pointers in the fourth quarter that sent the students into a frenzy.

Homer was able to play everyone on the team in both halves. Ten of Homer’s 13 players scored.

“This is probably the first time we’ve been on this side of a game like this,” Ryan said. “It’s nice to get everyone an opportunity and get everyone in. Guys work hard in practice so they deserve to get on the court during a game.”

Jon Barnes led Homer in scoring with 15 points on three made 3-pointers, followed by Wilbur’s 13 points, Reid Partis’ 11 and Butts’ 10. Mitchell Earle added eight points, Izaiah Beard and Eldridge had six apiece and Troy Tinkham, Max Franco and Kaylib Truitt all contributed two points.

With the youth on the Trojans’ roster combined with the increasing strength of schedule, wins could be harder to come by for Homer. However, tasting winning could go a long way for this team.

“We were down 14 at half in our last win over Oneida,” Ryan said. “I told the guys at halftime how hard it is to win, especially at this level. That was the emphasis today; we’ve got to come out fast and put the pedal to the metal. We’ve just got to keep gaining momentum and keep working hard because everything for us revolves around defense.”

Homer’s next game is at 5 p.m. Friday at home against Skaneateles.


Scott Schuyler led Cincinnatus’ offense with 21 points to help the Lions start 4-0.

Schuyler, Cason Stafford and Tyler Liddle led Cincinnatus in their 30-17 first half, scoring nine, eight and seven points, respectively.

Liddle had a double-double for the Lions, netting 12 points to go with 10 boards.

Cason Stafford finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Kooper Vosburg added nine points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Canden Stafford rounded out Cincinnatus’ scoring with seven points.

Cameron Nitti scored 10 points for McGraw in defeat. Nate Stiles, Caleb Epp, Nolan Knickerbocker and Antonio Underwood chipped in four points apiece. Nick Sutton, Jaydon Bassett and Matthew Heath all scored two points to finish off McGraw’s scoring.


Heather Magee scored 10 points and Hannah Wilson had nine points and nine rebounds as McGraw moved to 1-1 this season. Magee also had five rebounds and four assists, while Wilson chipped in three assists and three steals. Mariah Thompson pitched in eight points and three blocks for the Eagles. Hailey McCall (6), Lexi McCall (5) and Allie West (3) rounded out McGraw’s scoring. West ripped down seven boards as well.

Mattison Lucey led Groton with seven points, followed by Maddie Perkins.


Andrew Partigianoni had a hat trick and Cortland/Homer scored five third period goals to top Clinton for the Golden Eagles’ second win of the season. Partigianoni also added an assist.

Chris Yang also added two goals for Cortland/Homer and Tucker Gabriel had their final tally.

Tanner Douglass had two assists, while Gabriel, Ryan Spalding, Logan Swartz, Hunter Everle and Rowen Dankert all had one helper.

Riley Delage had 25 saves for the Golden Eagles.


McGraw lost a lopsided match with Stockbridge Valley in straight sets Monday night, 25-10, 25-23, 25-10.

Megan Stull had four digs for the Eagles. Madison Boyer, Tehya Long and McKenzie Fuller all had an ace and Madison Lawrence had one block.

“Tough loss against Stockbridge,” McGraw coach Jessyca Doran said. “The girls are learning to work together and developing as a team.”


Mike Grant’s 588 series led Homer to a sweep of Bishop Grimes. Grant’s best game was a 234.

Tanner Vogel had a 541 series, Ky Townsend threw a 524 and Nate McMullin bowled a 513 to aid Grant. Vogel topped Grant’s best game with a 235. Townsend had a 184 game and McMullin rolled a 192. Aaron Platt (500 series, 181 game) and Brenton Hapgood (438, 164) polished off the Trojans’ big day.


Southern Cayuga at Marathon, 7:30p.m.
Onondaga at Tully, 7 p.m.
Oswego at Cortland, 6:30 p.m.
Groton at home, 6 p.m.
Southern Hills at Altmar-Parrish-Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Cortland at Cicero-North Syracuse, 3:30 p.m.