MORRISTOWN - It was a special night at Morristown Central School on Tuesday evening.
The administration and booster club honored one basketball player and three cheerleaders on Senior Night and gave a standing ovation to Lyle Woodcock, a member of the community who has been a vocal contributor and a on the field-court performer for many decades.
Tristen Gilmour, the son of David and Jane Gilmour, will be graduating early as a junior and was honored along with cheerleaders Kristen Paquette, daughter of Pete and Mary Paquette, Taylor Lapinsky, daughter of Mike and Karen Lapinsky, and Madison Mayer, daughter of Joe and Lisa Mayer.
Woodcock, a MCS Hall of Famer, played football, basketball and records that have stood for over 30 years. His free throw record has remained for 50 years and he only played two seasons. In baseball, he was a standout pitcher and feared homerun hitter. After graduation, he signed with the New York Giants National League baseball team and had a successful season in Kingsport, Tenn. before the Korean War intervened.
The Rockets made Woodcock very proud jumping out to a 27-14 start against NAC West Division co-leader Edwards-Knox enroute to 81-70 win improving to 10-3 overall, 9-3 in NAC West play.
We came out with a lot of passion and played really good defense from the start, said Morristown coach George Beaulieu whose rising Rockets dropped the Cougars to 11-5 overall and 9-3 in the NAC West. Our man was effective and we switched to zone effectively. Edwards-Knox has length and also has some shooters so it was very hard to defend, said Morristown Coach George Beaulieu.
Offensively, we got some good production from Jake VanArnam and Ryan Vollmer early and Devin Dulmage was steady all game. Weve got to play them again on Thursday in Edwards and we know will be in for another battle because they didnt quit after both Kaden (Dandrow) and Dan Pharoah foulled out.
Vollmer scored nine of his 20 points in the first quarter where he teamed with Jake VanArnam (15 points) for 17 of the Rockets 27 points. Dulmage sparked Morristown to a 63-44 lead with eight of his team high 23 points. Jacob Fox added 13 points while Zach Kanaly chipped in seven.
Dandrow paced the Cougars with 22 points. Jeremiah Randall fired in five threes and scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. Trent White added 12 points including three threes. Pharoah finished with five points. Noah White also had five points.
Harrisville 41, Heuvelton 36: Zane Mono scored 13 and Brendan Best tallied 10 leading the balanced 11-6, 9-4 NAC West Harrisville effort past host Heuvelton (8-8, 7-4 NAC West). Mike Martin scored 11 while Jack Palmer and Reilly Pierce each added seven for the Bulldogs.
Hermon-DeKalb 49, Clifton-Fine 38: Cody Merritt dropped a career high 30 points for the visiting Demons (3-14, 2-11 NAC West) who reversed a recent loss to the Eagles (1-15, 1-12 NAC West).Jaron Robinson added 13 including four three. Chase Koster tallied 20 points and Carl Provost scored 10 for C-F.