Cortland native Jack Gutchess on first year of high school basketball

CORTLAND, N.Y. — It's not every day that a high school  freshman earns a starting spot on the varsity basketball team. Jack Gutchess, a freshman at Bishop Grimes, falls into that coveted category.

Even more impressive? Gutchess is from Cortland, but he decided to attend the private school to play on a more competitive level.

In his first season for the Cobras, the 6'4", 180-pound Gutchess averaged 4.5 points, 2 assists, and 1 rebound per game.

"There's some stuff I need to improve on, but it was a good season overall," Gutchess said.

Bishop Grimes fell to the Utica Notre Dame boys basketball team, 81-65, in the Section III Class A sectional title game at the Carrier Dome on Sunday.