South Jeff Spartans face big challenges this season

Thursday morning sports wrap

ADAMS, N.Y. (WWNY) - A boys' basketball contest between Carthage and South Jefferson was one game on the local sports schedule wiped out by lake effect snow Wednesday.

A big challenge lies ahead for the Spartans in the Frontier League's B Division this season

Coach Kyle Bakers' Spartans posted an 8-10 overall record last season, 5-5 in league play.

The Spartans lost leading scorer Mitchell Scoville from last year's team, but return a solid core of players.

Baker says the goals heading into this season are no different from years past.

"Our goals are always the same -- put ourselves in a position to compete for a Frontier League title, which will be tough this year," the coach said. "Obviously Lowville returns a really strong team and a team that went to the state finals, so we've got a lot of work cut out for us. General Brown obviously very good as well, IHC now in our division -- we're also trying to aim for reaching the sectionals."

Heading into the game with Carthage, the Spartans sit at 1-2 with a win over Immaculate Heart and losses to Lowville and Fulton.

Through the three games the Spartans averaged 57 points a game while giving up 57 points a contest.

The Spartans feel a key to them being successful this season will be controlling the tempo of the game.

"I feel like we're a very hard-nosed group, defensive, we're going to make teams play our style of basketball." guard Colden Montague said. "Hopefully that turns into them becoming chaotic, turnovers, making bad decisions and hopefully we can just make the flow of the game run into our game."

With the likes of Lowville and General brown in the B Division, the Spartans know they face an uphill battle, but are ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“There’s a lot of talent in our division right now and the only way we’re going to have success with that is just going out there and giving a 100 percent every game,” forward Jeffrey Messinger said, “and just go out there and try our best and playing smart more than anything than just trying to shoot shots.”

With that mindset, look for the Spartans to be competitive in the Frontier League B Division this season.

Wednesday’s local scores

Girls’ high school basketball

OFA 50, St. Lawrence Central 46

Lisbon 35, Morristown 23

Malone 47, Potsdam 37

Boys’ high school hockey

Norwood-Norfolk 4, Salmon River 3

Massena 6, St. Lawrence Central 4

Girls’ high school hockey

Potsdam 3, Malone 1

Salmon River 2, Saranac-Lake Placid 2 (OT)

High school wrestling

Canton 72, Malone 14

Massena 42, OFA 30.

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