CANTON - Five year old Jacob Mayette of Norwood planned to throw the ball for the center tip for the Girls Senior Game at the Section 10 Senior Basketball Challenge Skills Competition which was staged at St. Lawrence University on Tuesday night.
But the young cancer victim was in Fletcher-Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt. receiving treatment for an infection.
Jacobs fighting spirit and the courage of two other young cancer victims,Oliver White and Travis Gilbert, were honored in the course of the evening by the Jules of Life Foundation. The foundation co-hosts the annual event as part of its continuous fund-raising efforts to aid youngsters beset with cancer and their families.
All of the money we raise tonight will go to help Jacob, Oliver and Travis and their families, said Carmen Gendebien of Lisbon who co-founded the Jules of Life Foundation with her husband, Blake Gendebien. They are really going through tough times right now. I want to thank all the athlete who competed tonight, all the people who turned out and all of our volunteers.
The evening featured the Girls and Boys Senior Games, a skills competition, a three-point shooting contest and a slam dunk contest.
SENIOR GIRLS GAME
The Senior Girls Game the West squad, coached by Cantons Mike Meyers, post a 63-48 victory over the East squad guided by Hermon-DeKalbs Steve Morrill.
Hermons DeKalbs Brianna Sayer scored all 10 of her points in the second half and Karyss Terrance of Salmon River (8 points) scored six after intermission to lead the winners. Katie Murray of Canton led the winners in scoring with 12 points on four three-pointers.
Other scoring for the winners came from Megan Morrow of Gouverneur (5), Claire Davis of Edwards-Knox (2), Jessica Jacques of Brushton-Moira (4), Shelby Gausby of Madrid-Waddington (6), Halea Gary of B-M (3), Nicole Brown of Clifton-Fine (4), Kristen Reynolds of Malone (4) and Kallie Barnes of Massena (3).
Mackenzie Cole of OFA tallied 11 points to lead the East and Natalie Remington of Parishville-Hopkinton finished with 10. Other scoring efforts came from Anna Kelly of Salmon River (1), Katie LaVoie of Malone (2), Bridget Gravel of Malone (2), Sam Sanford of Tupper Lake (4), Bridget Pierce of Madrid-Waddington (4), Allison Akins of Lisbon (5), Sandra Martin of Brushton-Moira (5) and Emilie Ross of Heuvelton (6).
BOYS SENIOR GAME
Alex Brock of Madrid-Waddington buried three-pointers on the first three possessions for the East team, coached by Potsdams Steve Kmack and St. Lawrence Centrals Joe Reome, which never trailed in recoring a 82-59 victory over the East in the Senior Boys Game.
Brock went on to score 18 points on six 3s for the winners who alo received 13 points from Lisbons Kyle Binion, eight points from Ben Fuller of Edwards-Knox and Devin Mills of Brushton-Moira.
Rounding out the East total were: Dylan Amo of Hermon-DeKalb (7), Connor Pierce (5) and Jake St. Pierre (3) of Heuvelton, Mike Boyea (5) and Erik Fleury (6) of Chateaugay, Zach Tudor of Brushton-Moira (4) and Zach Marcellus of Madrid-Waddington (2).
BOYS, GIRLS COMPETITIONS
The co-ed competition saw the boys and girls split honors.
In the Skills Competition which involved dribbling, passing and shooting phases, Rachel Knowlton of Gouverneur outdueled Jordan LaShomb of Norwood-Norfolk for ultimate honors. In the three-point shooting contest Tanner Duggan of Harrisville won on the first attempt of tie-breaking shootoff over Sara Vivlamore of Potsdam. The Dunk Contest also produced some high drama as Mitchell Gallagher of Malone recorded a perfect 10 in the finals to unseat last years winners, Kyle Binion of Lisbon.
Gallagher slammed home a flip pass from a teammate and Binion failed on two attempts to dunk after leaping over a teammate sitting in a chair.