Class Act: Harrisville Honors Memory of Heroic Firemen
HARRISVILLE - Outstanding basketball players are often referred to as heroes for deeds on the court.
Several members of the Harrisville and LaFargeville boys and girls team rendered stellar efforts in a Lewis County doubleheader on Thursday night.
But a real life hero in the essence of the word was honored by the Pirate teams as the school district honored the memory of Peyton Morse, an Assistant Chief with the LaFargeville Volunteer Fire Department, who tragically died while training at Fire Fighting Academy to become a member of the City of Watertown Fire Department.
The Harrisville Boys and Girls teams paid tribute by wearing Assistant Chief Morse's number on their uniforms and a moment of silence was held.
"We had a moment of silence and a small tribute to Peyton Morse the firefighter who lost his life in a training accident. We had his number on our jerseys. Was sad but felt good to have our Boys and girls teams express our sorrow for him and his family," said Harrisville Girls Basketball Coach Steve Roberts.
The action on the court ended in a split as the Harrisville Boys won 63-23 and the LaFargeville Girls prevailed 58-19
Harrisville 63 - LaFargeville 23: Nate Schmitt tallied 11 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter to spark a quick start by the Pirates who were never headed after taking a 19-9 lead. Tucker Kelly scored 13 points and Will Taylor buried three 3-pointers scoring nine points.
Other scoring efforts came from: Matt Smith with eight, Ben Taylor with three and Zach Palmer, Nolan Sullivan and Degan Carr with two apiece.
Wyatt Parliment led LaFargeville with eight points and Nolan Wyatt netted five.
LaFargeville 58 - Harrisville 19: Josie Bartin tallied a game high 24 points leading a very consistent LaFargeville offensive effort. Megan Kackison tallied seven and Evelyn Winters netted six for the Pirates who played without their leading scorer and floor leader Tori Moore. Logan Smith tallied four and Ryanne Wukinsiedle added four.