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March 3, 2022 - 12:21am
posted by Philip Casper in Alexander, Alexander High School, sports, basketball.

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The Alexander Trojans Girls Varsity Team beat the Addison Knights with a buzzer-beater finish to secure a one-point victory, 51-50, and advance to Saturday’s sectional finals.

The Trojans took the first-half lead 25-21 but began to slip scoring only eight points to the Knights 11 points while still maintaining a 1 point lead.  

Both teams rallied in the fourth quarter with the lead changing 4 times, ultimately ending with a shot with 1.1 seconds left on the clock by Natalie Whitmore, scoring 2 points to bring Alexander the win.  

Alyssa Kramer lead the team with 21 points, four two-pointers, three three-pointers, and four free throws made.  Melanie Pow and Natalie Whitmore scored nine, and seven points respectively.

Next up for Alexander, the #7 seed in the C1 bracket, the #1 seed, East Rochester Bombers at Rush Henrietta High School, Saturday at 3 p.m.

Top photo: Alyssa Kramer (5) with a lay-up

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Coach Hirsch lays out the gameplay for the Trojans

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Melanie Pow (32) reaching for a shot from the corner of the backboard

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Natalie Whitmore (32) drives with her eyes on the basket past an Addison defender

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Alexander fans celebrating an incredible win after making the 60-mile journey to Canandaigua High School

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October 9, 2021 - 5:36pm

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The Alexander Trojans raised their Section V football record to 5-1 this afternoon with a 49-6 victory over Class D rival Notre Dame.

The visitors wasted little time in exerting their dominance when junior Christian Kissel fielded a punt at his own 22-yard line, broke a tackle and raced 78 yards untouched into the end zone with 8:31 left in the opening quarter (photo at top).

Kissel’s play was the first time the Trojans touched the ball after forcing the Irish to punt from their own 47.

Kicker Eric Cline converted the point after touchdown – he was successful on all seven attempts for the game – to give Alexander a 7-0 lead.

Alexander went up 14-0 about a minute later when, following an interception by defensive back Ricky Townley, quarterback Nick Kramer broke through the line off left tackle for a 61-yard touchdown run.

Ben Merrill’s interception on ND’s next possession set up a three-yard run by Brayden Woods, capping a six-play, 61-yard drive to make it 21-0 late in the period.

Another turnover, this time a fumble after a sack, gave the ball back to Alexander at the ND 24, and seven plays later the score ballooned to 28-0 on a 13-yard screen pass from Kramer to 6-2, 230-pound sophomore fullback Clayton Bezon.

The next three possessions for ND, 1-5, resulted in a fumble, punt and interception – the last turnover setting up a two-yard TD run by Woods to make it 35-0 at halftime.

The Trojans scored again on their opening possession after intermission on a 16-yard pass from Kramer to Merrill, and went up 49-0 midway through the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run by Tyler Marino.

The Irish, victimized by four interceptions and two lost fumbles, scored with 2:46 remaining on a two-yard run by quarterback Jimmy Fanara. The touchdown was set up by an 18-yard pass to C.J. Thornley and 40-yard completion to Evan Cummings.

Cummings, who recovered a fumble in the end zone to thwart the Trojans early in the fourth quarter, prevented another touchdown when he ran down Ricky Townley after a long run deep into ND territory inside of a minute to play.

Leading rushers for Alexander were Kramer with 79 yards on eight carries and Townley with 73 yards on five carries.  Kramer was 4-for-8 passing for 47 yards and two TDs.

Defensively, Townley and Merrill each had two interceptions while Andrew Pulliam and Chase Graham recovered fumbles.

For the Irish, gained 46 yards on the ground, while Fanara completed five of 17 passes for 95 yards. On defense, Anthony Edwards was in on 14 tackles, while Anthony Fiorentino and Conner McWilliams had nine each and Vin DiRisio had eight.

Both teams play again on Friday night. Alexander hosts York/Pavilion while Notre Dame travels to Cuba-Rushford/Hinsdale.

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Alexander's Clayton Bezon attempts a fullback option pass over ND linebackers Vin DiRisio (24), Evan Cummings (12) and Conner McWilliams (58).

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Bezon is brought down by ND's Ryan Fitzpatrick but not before crossing the goal line for a touchdown. No. 52 is Cole Dean.

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Eric Klein converts one of his seven point-after-touchdown kicks. 

Photos by Howard Owens.

May 2, 2021 - 2:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Alexander, Alexander High School.

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Alexander's football season didn't end the way the Trojans hoped as the team lost to Avon in Avon on Saturday 42-7 in their sectional championship game.

Brayden Woods rushed for 46 yards on 14 carries. Devin Dean, eight carries for 64 yards and a TD.

Nick Kramer injured and taken out of the game in the first quarter.

Defensively, Dean led the team with 7 tackles. Maverick Bump had four tackles.  Connor Hollands had three tackles and an interception.  

Trojans end the season 6-2.

Photos by Philip Casper. Top photo: Devin Dean (24) charging around the Avon Braves' line.

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QB Nick Kramer (3)

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LB Nick Kramer (3) chasing down Avon RB Thomas Welch (7).

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WR Jay Morrison (1) being tacken down by OLB William Greenwood (1).

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RB Thomas Welch (7) on the run.

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RB Jay Morrison (1), DT Lucas Findlay (62), DB Thomas Welch (7)

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RB Thomas Welch (7) shedding the tackle from LB Devin Dean (24).

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RB Brayden Woods (5) picking his way through the Braves' defense.

May 19, 2020 - 3:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in news, video, Alexander, Alexander High School, COVID-19.
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With all of the traditional ways seniors celebrate and commemorate their final year of high school canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of parents in and community members in Alexander came together to provide gift baskets to the Class of 2020.

June 6, 2019 - 12:36pm
posted by Billie Owens in jazz, Alexander High School, music, news, entertainment.

From Danny Allen:

Alexander High School's annual Jazz Invitational concert will be happening at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14th.

They've had great attendance in the past, and are looking forward to a full house this year.

Come out and enjoy some awesome jazz music along with scrumptious treats and refreshments.

Members of the "AJE" -- Alexander Jazz Experience -- will host the event in the school cafeteria, located at 3314 Buffalo Road, Alexander.
 
Presale tickets are $4 for adults; tickets at the door are $5.
 
Perfoming are:
  • Alexander Jazz Experience
  • Alexander Jazz Lab
  • Alexander Jazz Cadets
  • AJE Alumni
Featured Guest:
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet player extraordinaire Herb Smith.    
November 8, 2018 - 5:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander High School, musical, arts, entertainment, news, Alexander.

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The theater and music departments of Alexander High School will perform "Guys and Dolls" this weekend.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday.

Tickets are $9, or $10 at the door. Students, seniors, and veterans can purchase tickets for $7 or $8 at the door. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Directors and crew:

  • Director, Kate Schrodt
  • Music Director, Mark Hoerbelt
  • Pit Conductor, Rachel Clark
  • Set Design/Builders, Jeff Houseknecht & Ethan Schrodt
  • Choreographer, Mary Loliger
  • Costumer, Loretta Stratton
  • Sound Technician, Trinity Reynolds
  • Light Technician/Stage Manager, Hunter Doran

The Cast: 

  • Nathan Detroit, Carson Daley
  • Miss Adelaide, Alyssa Lafferty
  • Sky Masterson, Nick Allen
  • Sarah Brown, Lydia Daley Nicely-Nicely, Nolan Quackenbush
  • Benny Southwest, Connlan Hotnich
  • Rusty Charlie, Shawn Calmes
  • Harry the Horse, Bradley Caudill
  • Lt. Brannigan, Kylie Shillea
  • Angie the Ox/Joey Biltmore's Voice, Ethan
  • Stroud Big Jule, Jake Day
  • General Cartwight, Kasey Smith Arvide,
  • Holly Ulrich Waitress/Actress, Erin Hess
  • Hot Box Dancers: Allison, Paige Sikorski Ferguson, Julia Francis Vernon, Emma Cline, Mimi, Emma Ferraro
  • Mission Band: Leanne Dolph, Jasmine Wessel. Morgan Burns, Sara Chase, Kathryn McClellan, Olivia Burkhardt, Mercades Koschara, Hailey Szczygiel

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June 24, 2018 - 2:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander, Alexander High School, schools, education, news.

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Brian West Jr., who would have graduated Saturday from Alexander High School if not for an automobile accident in July 2017 that took his life, was not far from anybody's heart in the school's auditorium as the members of the Class of 2018 finished their high school careers.

Each speaker mentioned West. His jersey sat on a chair in the first row of graduating classmates, and his father, Brian West Sr. (top photo), walked on stage to accept his diploma.

"The passing of Brian West was a tragedy that touched all of our hearts," said valedictorian Cassidy Graham. "Many of us had a hard time understanding how such a horrible thing can happen to our little town. None of us wanted to believe that we had seen Brian’s smiling face or heard his hearty laughter for the last time; however, in Brian’s absence, we found the best possible outcome from such a loss. In mourning, we came together as a class, closer than ever before."

Principal Shannon Whitcome said, "Although Brian isn’t here with us physically, he is here with us. He is here with your memories of Brian and love we all have for him and his family. Those things will ensure he lives on long after we leave here today. His legacy is going to last through each one of you and your accomplishments in the future."

Steve Dodoszak, former assistant principal, selected by the class for the commencement speech, also recalled Brian as a special person.

"I believe Brian’s presence is with us today," Dodoszak said. "When I reflect on some of the memories of this class, know that Brian is part of it. There are no words to ease the pain but know that he and you are in our thoughts and prayers. We miss him and we will always love him."

Alexander celebrated the graduation of 68 seniors during the ceremony.

Graham noted the accomplishments and promise of her classmates.

"On this stage, we have football players who took our team to sectionals two years in a row," Graham said. "On this stage, we have record-setting swimmers and state champion wrestlers. We have talented artists, incredible singers, a great actor, a brilliant dancer.

"We have three future members of the military. We have individuals who maintained their grades while working part time, not an easy task. What this tells me is that the Class of 2018 is a group of motivated individuals who are willing to work hard to get what they want in life. All I can say is never, ever, lose that drive that is within each of you."

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Cassidy Graham

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Salutatorian Benjamin Slenker

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July 11, 2017 - 12:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Alexander, Alexander High School, news, notify.

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A community gathered to come to grips with the loss of one of their own Monday night at Alexander High School in the wake of the death of 17-year-old Brian West Jr.

"We're going to struggle for a while," said Andrew Young, a father of an Alexander student and athlete. "You need to have conversations you’re not used to having. You need talk with your parents. You need to talk with each other. If you don't, you're going to struggle longer than you should."

A group of classmates brought 17 sky lanterns as a way to honor and remember Brian.

"I didn’t know him the best," said one of the girls involved, "but he always had a smile on his face. Since he lived the best 17 years any kid could, we bought 17 paper lanterns."

After a few words by Young and Tim Sawyer, an Alexander teacher and head football coach, the students went down onto the football field and launched the lanterns.

Sawyer encouraged the kids not to take anything for granted.

"What if life were all good?" Sawyer said. "What if we never had an injury? What if we never broke a bone? What if we didn’t have death? What if there was no hunger? What if there were no broken relationships? Would we appreciate any of it? I’m just saying, life is a struggle and we can’t feel cheated by it. I think it’s part of life, and death, it seems final, but if things were good all the time, would we appreciate anything?"

Matt McCracken recalled a game last season just after Brian's grandfather died. The family was devastated, he said, and Brian already had an injured ankle. The opponent that week was Attica, and Brian played.

"He shows up on Friday night and plays the game of his life, and Brian Sr. and Jr., afterward, I’ve never seen a father and son that close, that happy, and that’s something I’ll remember forever," McCracken said.

Then McCracken turned his attention to a group of teens who came through the grades with Brian and pointed to the community of support around them. 

"We're a small community and something like this hits us especially hard," McCracken said. "Don’t forget there are people who care about you."

It's important, Sawyer said, that the community supports each other and the community supports the parents of Brian, Brian Sr., and Jen, but in coming together Monday night, they were doing that.

"I don’t know how long this was going on social media that this was going to happen tonight, two or three hours, but there are a couple of hundred people here, and this is a little town," Sawyer said. "This is a little community. People look out for each other. People share other people’s sorrows. Guys, if it was good and happy and rosy all the time, I don’t know that we would all appreciate each other the way we do."

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February 10, 2017 - 9:37pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, basketball, JV, Alexander High School, Oakfield Hornets.

Alexander Trojans 61 - Oakfield Hornets 40

The Trojans got off to a quick start and never looked back during their last home game of the season with the entire gym filled to capacity. 

Alexander ended the first quarter with a 19 point lead.

Coach Emanual  Williams said  "Tonight we finally played well from start to finish. After a disappointing loss last week, we bounced back with exceptional effort and energy throughout the entire game. I made adjustments with some players, we were well prepared, and we came out and gave a stellar performance on both ends of the court. Everyone played their role and the team was successful tonight."


Ryan Davis played a phenomenal game, going 7 for 7 from the field, 6 of 7 from the free throw line, and 14 rebounds with limited playing time.

Tyrone Woods was perfect at the free throw line, shooting 6 for 6 with a game high 6 steals in limited action.

Joshua Devries and Jacob Farnsworth played well in the fast break offense, with Joshua scoring 10 points and Jacob scoring 4 points respectively.

Dylan Busch chipped in with 6 points in the second half and was perfect from the free throw line.

For more pictures from this game and other games this season: Francletography

January 28, 2017 - 9:21am
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, Alexander High School, varsity, basketball.

From start to finish Alexander dominated its matchup with Kendall, to claim a 66-34 victory.

Alexander had four players scoring in double figures, they scored 26 points in the first quarter and was up 40-20 at halftime.

Alexander only allowed 2 points scored against them in the third quarter.

Zach Jasen had nine points, four rebounds, five assists; Brian George 11 points; Chris McClinic 12 points, five rebounds, five assists; Matt Genaway 11 points; Erik Scharlau eight points, eight rebounds, four blocks; and Dustin Schmieder had 11 points.

"I thought the guys played great tonight," said Coach Josh Bender. "We played with energy and intensity and played great team defense throughout the entire game. We shared the ball very well tonight totaling 20 assists. We got our offense going early and that allowed us to get on top and set our defense down the stretch."

For Kendall, Brandon Miller had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. John Rath had seven points, seven rebounds.

More pictures from the game can be found on Francletography

January 27, 2017 - 9:09pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, Alexander High School, JV, Kendall Eagles, basketball.

Alexander JV Basketball defeats the Kendall Eagles 55 to 49.

From Alexander coach Emanual Williams - "Tonight I thought we started the game with very little enthusiasm and energy. I don't think we respected our opponents abilities, and Kendall was able to keep the score close in the first half. (Alexander 23 - Kendall 14).  At halftime I spoke about effort, accountability, and not taking your opponent for granted."

At the start of the second half Alexander's guards Tyrone Woods, Carson Wright, and Dylan Busch set the tone, with a combined 14 defensive turnovers.

Alexander lead at the end of the 3rd 46-18. Tyrone Woods led all scorers with 15 points to go with his game high 7 steals and 6 rebounds. Ryan Davis chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

With forward Alex Schmidt out with an injury, and 6th man Jay Morrison out with an illness, 6' 1" freshman Jacob Pope started at forward and played well with 10 rebounds.

Alexander's alternate players finished the game with a solid effort defensively to help Alexander secure the win.

More pictures from the game can be found on Francletography

 

January 21, 2017 - 5:35pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, Alexander High School, Elba Lancers, basketball, varsity.
The final score ended up Elba Lancers 49 Alexander Trojans 40
Alexander Coach Bender said "We came out with great energy and played a really solid first half. I always tell the guys the first 4 minutes of the 3rd quarter is where a game can be decided and I thought we just came up a little short in the second half. I was happy with the effort and energy, we just needed to maintain better focus down the stretch and execute on offense better."
Key Players for Alexander:
Dustin Schmieder 19 points and 10 Rebounds
Matt Genaway 9 points 
Erik Scharlau 4 points 14 rebounds 
Key players for Elba:
Jordan Miller 12 points
Shane O'Halloran 13 points
Coach Bender added "We will use this loss as a stepping stone to continue to get better and improve!"
 
More pictures from this game can be found on Francletography
January 19, 2017 - 9:49pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, Alexander High School, Elba Lancers, basketball, JV.

Elba Lancers 57 - Alexander Trojans 53.

Coach Williams - "My guys played a great game from the second quarter until the final horn. Everyone on the team played a part in this hard fought game. Missed shots and turnovers hurt us early but we adhered to our defensive philosophy and turned it around. I'm proud of the effort everyone gave."

Alexander won the tip and scored immediately. That was the best look the Trojans got in the first quarter with Elba leading 13-4 heading into the second quarter.

Alexander went full court man to man in the second, creating turnovers and fast break opportunities, pulling within 8 at the half.

The third quarter was an entirely different game, Alexander was within 3 by the end of the third. Early in the fourth quarter PG Tyrone Woods left the game with an injury.

The Trojans kept the game close with key baskets inside by sophomore Ryan Davis, then Dylan Busch hit a three pointer to keep the game close.

With 3 minutes left Mike Atkinson hit a 3 making the game 51-48. Alexander held firm on defense, created turnovers, and near the 2 minute mark Carson Wright made a three, tying the game 51-51.

Ryan Davis made two key free throws but Alexander had missed opportunities on open shots, and in the end Elba was able to pull away at the foul line with the final score 57-53.

More pictures can be found on: Francletography

January 15, 2017 - 11:24am

Alexander Trojans 69 -- Lyndonville Tigers 51

Alexander key players:

Dustin Schmieder 33 points  (Tying his career high) 4-4 3-point FGM, eight rebounds;

Matt Genaway 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, three 3-point FGM;

PJ Brennan six rebounds;

Chris McClinic eight points, four assists, three steals.

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Lyndonville key players: Jacob Hoffee 18 points, Eric Neace 15 points.

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Coach Josh Bender -- "Great team win for us, proud of the effort that everyone put forward. We got off to a great start shooting the ball in the first quarter and that confidence stayed with us throughout the game. We have been playing good basketball of late and guys keep working hard in practice and its paying off in games."

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"I thought defensively we got after it and I told the guys at halftime we needed to apply pressure in the second half in order to finish the game and we did just that."

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More pictures from the game: click here.

April 13, 2015 - 11:29am
Event Date and Time: 
April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Health & Wellness Fair

April 16, 2015 • 6-8pm • Alexander's High School Cafeteria

Join us for face painting, exercise challenges, balloon animals, BMI, blood pressure, sumemr camp info. Pulse oxygen tests, raffles, food samples, essential oils, nail care and first aid.

Sponsored by Alexander United Teachers

September 28, 2013 - 7:39pm

A week of festivities was capped off in grand fashion Friday night under the lights in Alexander.

 

The night started with a homecoming parade that featured floats from the high school classes as well as the Tri-Town organization's football players and cheerleaders that started at the Alexander Volunteer Fireman's Recreation Hall and ended at the high school football field.

 

Attendance was high as the Alexander community turned out in force to cheer on the hometown Trojans.

The game itself found Alexander (2-1 heading into tonight) besting Attica (3-0 prior to the game) by a score of 30-15.

 

Dylan Scharlau had two touchdowns and added a couple of two-point conversions.

Sam Brown returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.

 

Nelson Burke added a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions. Zach Laird also scored for Alexander.

 

Scoring for Attica were Derek Walker and Zach Kozma.

 

More pictures from tonight's game can be found at : Francletography : Alexander - Attica Homecoming

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