MASSENA - The sirens blaring through the streets of Massena Sunday night werent for an emergency.
They were welcoming home the Massena Red Raiders hockey team, who earlier in the day captured the New York state Division I high school championship with a 4-1 victory over Ithaca.
The teams bus arrived home under police escort, starting in Gouverneur, then to Canton, with the Massena Volunteer Fire Department and Massena Police Department escorting the champions the final leg of the journey to the Massena Arena, where a crowd gathered on a blustery evening to welcome them home with shouts of joys, banners, hugs and high fives. Each player was introduced individually as he disembarked from the bus into the crowd of excited fans.
Its just amazing, sophomore Ben Sprague. Its the best feeling Ive ever had.
Its a great day to be a Red Raider, said coach Mike Trimboli, who was named Division 1 coach of the year. Team captain Tyler Young was named the New York state Division 1 high school player of the year, and he and Devin Page were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Mr. Trimboli said he appreciated the crowd support, including a large contingent that traveled to Utica.
I thank everybody from this town and village for coming out here and supporting these boys. You are truly our seventh man, Mr. Trimboli said.
The atmosphere in Utica was just tremendous. The Massena crowd was four time the size of the Ithaca crowd, said Jerry Manor, who called the game on WMSA radio.
The wins didnt come easy, Mr. Trimboli said, but the team sacrificed everything they had to make sure they came home the champions.
They sacrificed. They traveled the hard road, he said. They stayed steady. They stayed true.
He also paid homage to the late Louis Trevino, who was known as the Red Raiderss biggest fan
I had to blow the (fire) siren because Louies not here to blow the whistle, he said.
Six seniors will graduate with the state title on their resume - Josh Blair, Cameron Marsh, captain Tyler Young, Jeremiah Reagan, Ryan Thomas and Connor Paquin. But it was a full team effort, according to the coach.
Tournament MVP Patrick Manning scored twice to lead the team in the championship game. Dylan Stone scored the game winner at 7:43 of the second period, and Ryan Thomas sealed the victory with the empty netter with less than a minute left in the game.
All-Tournament goalie Connor Paquin had 16 saves for Massena.
Mr. Manor said, from his vantage in the press box, he saw a Massena team that got better as the season went on.
I was confident going in. Massena has just been getting better. Ithaca came out and tried to slow down the game, but Massena stuck to their game plan. Connor Paquin brought his A game. He made some tremendous saves and the Massena defense stepped up. Each player on that team contributed. Thats how you win championships, playing as a team, he said.
This was the teams sixth state championship since 1980, and their first since 2008.
I just think its great for the kids. You see the excitement in their face. When you see that, you know its worth it, Athletic Director Tim Hayes said. Any time you can get to this point, anything can happen. Theyre a confident bunch.
Its a bittersweet moment for the players, he said.
The coaches and athletic director are here for the long haul. The kids only get a chance at this once. Mike does a great job with the kids, he said.
When the moment arrives, its time to savor it, said Mr. Manor, who has been the Raiders hockey play-by-play radio man for 31 years.
Believe me, folks, it never gets old, he said.
AMHERST - Brendan Scrappy Phippen broke a 3-3 tie in the second overtime as Tri-Town skated to the Tier III U-12 state championship with a 4-3 victory over Palisades.
Tri-Town had advanced to the championship with a 3-1 victory over Bronxville 3-1 Sunday morning.Jah Robertson, Noah Adams and Jarrett St. Hilaire scored for the winners in the game.
Tri-Town had downed Onondaga 5-0 and Jametown 5-1 on Friday before dropping a 6-2 decision to Palisades Saturday evening in divisional play.
Camillus downed Tri-Towns bantams in the Tier III U-14 game.
MASSENA - Tournament MVP Patrick Manning scored twice to lead the Massena Red Raiders to a 4-1 victory over Ithaca to capture the New York state Division I state high school title.
Ithaca took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but the Raiders scored the games final four goals, including an empty netter in the games final minute, to earn their first state title since 2008.
Dylan Stone scored the game winner at 7:43 of the second period, and Ryan Thomas sealed the victory with the empty netter with less than a minute left in the game.
All-Tournament goalie Connor Paquin, a senior, had 16 saves for Massena.
Tyler Young of Massena was named the New York state Division 1 high school player of the year, and Mike Trimboli was honored as the states Division 1 coach of the year.
Young and Devin Page were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
AMHERST - The two-time defending national Tier II U-14 silver medalist St. Lawrence Thunder bantams will meet Camillus at 6:20 p.m. tonight for the New York state championship.
The Thunder improved their state tournament record to 4-0 by doubling the Westchester Vipers 4-2 in semi-final action this morning.
UTICA - The Tri-Town bantams won the battle of the Northern Zone representatives with a 5-1 decision over Louisville and will play Onondaga for the state title later today.
The rivals had tied 1-1 in the sectional tournament held last month at the Tri-Town Community Center.
Tri-Town, backed by a strong goaltending performance by Bransen Kinnear, took a 2-0 lead into the third period enroute to their victory.
Trent Dow led Tri-Town with two goals and Keith Felix, Carter Brown and Drew Rose also scored for the winners.
Onondaga opened the Tier III state tournament with a 4-2 victory over Tri-Town, a win that included an open net goal.
The puck is scheduled to drop at 4 p.m. for the championship game.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - MASSENA - Village police charged Nicholas C. Smiddy, 22, of 50 Kelly Road, Fort Covington, with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest at 3:10 a.m. on Church Street at Nadeau. Police said Smiddy left the Hotel Nadeau and jumped on and across two vehicles, including a Massena Transport cab, and then ran when police attempted to question him about the incident.
AGGRAVATED UNLICENSED OPERATION - MASSENA - Village police charged Michael J. Sears, 39, of Helena with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed him for operation of a vehicle with an inadequate plate lamp at 1:17 a.m. Sunday following a traffic stop on Main Street.
ENDANGERING THE WELFARE - MASSENA - Village police charged Cynthia M. Cancel, 26, of 112 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, with endangering the welfare of a child at 4:46 p.m. Saturday. She had reportedly hired a teenager to watch her child while she went out for a few hours. Police alleged Cancel became intoxicated and incapacitated and failed to return home until Saturday.
PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged a 15-year-old male with petit larceny at 12:38 p.m. Saturday stemming from an investigation into a shoplifting incident that had occurred in January at Price Chopper. His case was turned over to the probation department to determine if the teenager will be petitioned to St. Lawrence County Family Court.
STOP SIGN - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Roger D. Smith Jr., 24, of Talcott Street, Massena, for a stop sign violation following a traffic stop at 9:02 p.m. Saturday on Parker Avenue.
INADEQUATE HEADLIGHTS - MASSENA - Village police ticketed John C. Tulip, 57, of Grant Street, Massena, for operation of a vehicle with inadequate headlights following a traffic stop at 8:13 p.m. Saturday on state Route 37.
CELL PHONE - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Eric A. Converse, 36, of Maple Street, Massena, for use of a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle following a traffic stop at 3:07 p.m. Saturday on North Main Street
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Shantel N. Sullivan, 29, of School Street, Massena, for following too closely and operation of an unregistered motor vehicle accident following a property damage accident at 12:42 p.m. Saturday on state Route. 37.
SPEEDING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Cheri L. Rogofsky, 40, of Rooseveltown, for speed in zone following a traffic stop at 9:15 a.m. Saturday on Bayley Road.
CRIMINAL POSSESSION MARIJUANA - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Daniel Menard, 24, of LIle Perrot, Que., with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers allegedly found he was in possession of four pounds of marijuana at 7:59 p.m. Saturday during a secondary inspection at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - NORTH LAWRENCE - Massena-based state police charged Kenneth J. Snyder, 34, of Fort Jackson with second-degree criminal contempt after responding to a complaint at 3:25 p.m. Saturday from the town of Lawrence.
DWI - NORFOLK - Massena-based state police charged Trevor H. James, 42, of Parishville with driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana and ticketed him for operation of a vehicle with inadequate plate lamps and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway following a traffic stop at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on state Route 420 in the town of Norfolk.
ANIMAL CRUELTY - MADRID - Massena-based state police charged Stephen A. Westurn, 42, of Madrid with 28 counts of torturing/injuring/not feeding animals Saturday following an investigation into an animal cruelty complaint filed with troopers at 1:45 p.m. Friday from the town of Madrid.
FELONY DWI - LISBON - Ogdensburg-based state police charged Ronald E. Self, 33, of Ogdensburg with a felony count of driving while intoxicated - previous conviction within past 10 years and ticketed him for failure to keep right, operation of a vehicle with an inadequate exhaust and driving on the shoulders following a traffic stop at 3:26 a.m. Sunday on County Route 28 in the town of Lisbon.
DWI - LISBON - Ogdensburg-based state police charged Justin D. Putney, 22, of Lisbon with driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and ticketed him for making an unsafe lane change, failure to keep right and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a public highway following a stop at 6:45 p.m. Saturday on County Route 28 in the town of Lisbon.
PETIT LARCENY - WATERTOWN - Watertown-based state police charged Alicia C. Trudell, 25, of Canton with petit larceny after responding to a shoplifting complaint at 2:58 p.m. Saturday in the town of Watertown.
AMHERST - The Tri-Town pee wees downed Bronxville 3-1 Sunday morning to advance to the Tier III U-12 state championship game at 2 p.m. today.
Jah Robertson, Noah Adams and Jarrett St. Hilaire scored for the winners.
Tri-Town will be facing a rematch against the only team in the tournament that has beat them this weekend. Palisades dropped Tri-Town by a 6-2 margin Saturday evening. Palisades outskated Saranac Lake in Sundays other semi-final matchup Sunday morning.
Three other teams from the Massena area were also vying for a shot to play in the state championshp game this morning.
The defending New York state Tier II U-14 St. Lawrence Thunder were facing off against Westchester Vipers in a semi-final matchup. The winner will face the victor of the other semi-final game between neighborhood foes Syracuse and Camillus.
There will be a northern zone representative in the Tier III U-14 championship game. Louisville and Tri-Town were vying in a neighborhood semi-final matchup seven hours from home with the winner earning a chance to play either Onondaga or Cortland.
Canton skated to a 1-2 in the Tier II U-12 tournament and did not advance to championship Sunday.
Canton sandwiched an 8-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisonsaround a 4-0 loss to New Hartford and a 5-3 setback to Aviator Hockey.
FRAUDULENT ID - POTSDAM - Village police charged Michael C. Feeney, 20, of Lockport with attempting to purchase alcohol with a fraudulent identification by a person under 21 at 4:27 p.m. Saturday after officers responded to a local liquor store for report of a person attempting to purchase a liter of Bicardi 151 with a fake ID at a store at the SeaComm Plaza.
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY - POTSDAM - Village police ticketed Sarah E. Mulcahy, 22, of Liverpool for following too closely at 12:54 p.m. Saturday after responding to a property damage accident on Maple Street.
CORRECTION - POTSDAM - Potsdam Village Police incorrectly reported Saturday that Ferdinand Waibel was issued an appearance ticket for open container. He was onlygiven a verbal warning.
The Police Blotter
Saturday, March 8, 2014
0003 Report of a minorproperty damageaccident on Grove Street received.Patrolsresponded.Investigationis continuing.
0133Report of fight inprogress in front ofMcDuffs. Patrolsresponded. Involvedparties left prior topatrols arrival.
0152Patrol completed a traffic stop on Main Street.A verbal warning was issued.
0217Patrol completed a traffic stop on Pierrepont Avenue. A verbal warning was issued.
0245Report received of two suspicious subjects on Outer Elm Street. Patrols responded.
0305Patrol completed a traffic stop on Lawrence Avenue.A verbal warning was issued.
0311Patrol completed a traffic stop on Pierrepont Avenue.A verbal warning was issued.
0318Patrol completed a traffic stop on Sandstone Drive.A verbal warning was issued.
0321Patrol completed a traffic stop on Market Street.A verbal warning was issued.
0850Report of a stolen wallet from a local business.
1124Patrol dispatched to assist a village resident in gaining access to his apartment, after locking himself out.
1135Potsdam Rescue and Patrol dispatched to Pine Street Arena for a youth with a neck injury.
1236Attempt to locate an individual who left CPH against medical advice.
1254 Patrol dispatched to a property damage accident on Maple Street. Ticket issued.
1341A caller requested a patrol check on a subject dressed as a priest that appears to be hitch hiking on Maple Street.
2046Potsdam Rescue dispatched to a call on Constitution Street.
2111Potsdam Rescue Advanced Life Support dispatched to Colton.
2120 Patrol assisted village resident in obtaining access to their residence.
2343Patrol flagged down by citizen regarding loose dog.Patrol located dog, a female, dark brown with white on chest and nose. Secured thedog and transported it to Potsdam Humane Society.