Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMvolleyball In the last days before the school holiday break, girls volleyball teams from East Syracuse Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy earned victories.The Spartans took on Utica Proctor last Thursday and endured a couple of tough sets, but still swept the Raiders 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 to reach the .500 mark at 3-3.Alana Day led the way as she put together nine assists, four kills and four digs. Olivia Fortuno had eight kills, three blocks and three digs. Skyler Mahoney also got four kills and Morgan Ransom earned six assists, with Helena Scolaro earning four aces and Jazmin Tyo getting four assists.Then ESM visited New Hartford last Monday, and in this Spartan clash the hosts got the best of it in four sets.After dropping the first set 25-18, ESM won the second set 25-20 to pull even. Yet New Hartford absorbed this and controlled the rest of the match, winning the third set 25-10 and the fourth set 25-16.As for CBA, it played last Friday at Cato-Meridian, taking only three sets to put away the Blue Devils 25-9, 25-16, 24. The Brothers improved to 4-1 overall and, after a tournament this Friday at Onondaga, will resume its league slate Jan. 6 at Faith Heritage.Back on Dec. 16, ESM faced Cortland and lost in four sets to the Purple Tigers.Cortland had roared out to a 5-0 start, highlighted by rallying from two sets down to knock off reigning sectional Class B champion Chittenango in five on Dec. 10. Not stopping there, the Purple Tigers swept CBA a day later and then, on Dec. 13, survived a comeback bid from Onondaga to claim another five-set decision.So the ESM match was Cortland’s fourth in seven days, but it jumped all over the Spartans in 25-14 and 25-13 sets.Recovering well from this, ESM did win the third set 25-13 to prolong the match, but with all of its starters back, the Purple Tigers closed it out 25-11 in the fourth.Fortuno produced six kills for the Spartans, adding five assists and five digs. Day had seven assists and 10 digs, with Ransom getting 11 digs and Scolaro and Tyo getting seven digs apiece.To lead Cortland, Grace Call produced 16 assists, her passes often going to Kayci Olson, who had nine kills. Lexi Zacek paced the Purple Tigers’ defense, earning nine digs.ESM plays in the Watertown Pink-Out Clash this weekend, and goes to another tournament at Mount Markham on Jan. 4 a day after a match against Camden.
TAFT, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into class in a rural California high school on Thursday and shot one student, fired at another but missed, and then was talked into surrendering by a teacher and another staff member, officials said.The teen victim was in critical but stable condition, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told a press conference. The sheriff said the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to the head but declined treatment.When the shots were fired, the teacher began trying to get the more than two dozen students out a back door and also engaged the shooter in conversation to distract him, Youngblood said. A campus supervisor responding to a call of shots fired also began talking to him.“They talked him into putting the shotgun down,” Youngblood said.The sheriff said that at one point the shooter told the teacher, “I don’t want to shoot you” and named the person he wanted to shoot.The shooter may have had up to 20 shotgun rounds in his pockets, he said.Officials said there’s usually an armed officer on campus but the person wasn’t there because he was snowed in. Taft police officers arrived within 60 seconds of first reports.