Girls Varsity Basketball, Coach Bob Gainey

The Varsity girls’ basketball team had their two game winning streak snapped last Thursday night as they lost to Alden 41-27. The girls played a fantastic first half as they entered the locker room, up 19-18. Unfortunately, the third quarter was filled with turnovers, little scoring, and poor rebounding to help give the Bulldogs the advantage and eventually the win. Despite the loss, Ivette Lewandowski poured in 10 points, Julia Krzemien ran the point and put in six points, and Lexi Sopko played excellent defense to go along with her five points. Despite the loss, the girls are still in a good position for a nice post season placement.

The girls pulled out a big win on Tuesday night over JFK by a score of 26-24.  The girls found themselves down by one point at half time but came out of the locker room and put up 10 points, two huge points by Ryan Stedman towards the end of the quarter, to help the girls gain momentum going into the fourth quarter.  The game was decided by a strong drive from Ivette Lewandowski with under a minute to play.  Ivette was fouled and made two huge free throws to give the Griffs the lead for good.  It was the same story for the girls: great leadership/point guard play from Julia Krzemien, timely shooting from Sydney Rosati, and incredible hustle and defensive pressure from Lexi Sopko, which helped lead the girls to the win.  Julia Krzemien finished with a team high nine points, Sydney Rosati and Ivette Lewandowski chipped in five points, Lexi Sopko, Ryan Stedman and Maddie Pazzuti put in two points each and Carrie Dickinson rounded out the scoring with one point.

Please make every effort possible to come support our Lady Griffs on Senior Night this Friday in the High School gym when they take on MEC. Playoffs for the Lady Griffs will begin on Tuesday of next week with opponent still TBD.

Girls Modified Basketball, Coach Kim Pazzuti

Last week, the girls modified team ended their season with a win over Holland. Leading the Griffs in scoring was Marie Emerling with 10 points. Sarah O’Neal added six points, Meghan Rehrauer added three, and Hannah Carrow, Melanie Barry, and Katelyn Mesch each added a basket. Solid performances were also put in by Hallie Hayden, Serienty Heim, Marinna Heichberger, Jamie Dickinson, and Autumn Woodruff. Many of these 8th graders will be missed next year! It was a pleasure to coach these 16 girls that worked hard day in and day out. Their skill progression increased as our season moved along, which was our goal. The few wins we experienced was only the icing on the cake. I look forward to this off season, where we can continue our work.

Varsity Bowling, Coach Kevin Farner

The Springville Varsity Girls & Boys bowling teams completed their regular seasons with a home match on Jan. 31 against Lackawanna and an away match on Feb. 6 at Eden.

The girls won both matches, by a score of 7-0 over Lackawanna and a score of 6-1 at Eden to finish their regular season with a record of 6 wins, 4 losses. Mariah Gamel was top performer in both matches, shooting 236-573 against Lackawanna, and a 516 series at Eden. Emily Leverentz contributed a nice 507 series in the Lackawanna victory.

The boys’ team was also triumphant in both matches; besting Lackawanna 6.5 – .5, and Eden by a 6-1 count. The victories brought the Griffins to a season won/ loss record of 9-1, good enough for their second consecutive E.C.I.C. Small School South title. The Lackawanna win was fueled by a well balanced team effort led by Austin Coon (233-607), Nick Abdo (221-604), Matt Warner (203-567) and Zack Slippy (240). The division clinching win at Eden was led by Slippy, was made his last regular season match of his high school career one to remember by rolling a games of 234,267, and 223 for a school record 724 series. Abdo once again came up strong firing 225-626.

The teams now enter post season competition.

Boys’ Swimming and Diving, Coach Duane Boberg, Assistant Coach Ryan Dygert

Sectionals Recap

Prelims Monday Night

First in the 200 Medley Relay Springville saw the foursome of Dominic Hartenstein, Jon Boberg, Austin Yetter, and Elliot Emley take 34th out of 39 teams.

Next, Kurt Uschold Swam the 200 Freestyle in a time of 2:03:80.

In the 50 Free Nolan West swam a time of 22.60 to place him into sixth going into finals.

In the 100 Freestyle, Nolan swam a time of 48.15, qualifying for the New York State Meet, and placing 2nd going into finals!

Following was Kurt in the 500 Freestyle, with a time of 5:32 and good for 24th place.

Next was the 200 Freestyle Relay of Nolan, Elliot, Kurt, and Jon, which was able to achieve a season best time of 1:37:21 and qualified for the consolation finals in 15th place.

The final event of the night for the Griffins was the 400 Free Relay, comprised of Nolan West, Dominic Hartenstein, Kurt Uschold, and Jonathon Boberg, took 23rd in a season best time of 3:41:21.

Great Job in night 1!

Finals Day!

Leading off Finals was Boys 1 meter diving featuring Wyatt Fuller from the Griffins.  Wyatt was able to dive a personal best score of 356.20, adding nearly 40 points to his previous best, and scoring 4th place in all of section 6!

Once swimming began, Nolan West was the heavily featured Griffin in these finals.

Swimming the 50 in a time of 22.59 Nolan placed 7th overall in Section 6 in the sprint.

Next up was Nolan in the 100 Freestyle.  Nolan was able to take a 3rd place finish with a time of 48.62!

Finally, we saw the 200 Freestyle Relay.  Once again featuring Nolan West, Elliot Emley, Kurt Uschold, and Jon Boberg, the boys were able to drop another second off their previous best time from the night before and tie Panama Central Schools for 13th best in Section 6, out of 26 total teams who qualified for the meet in total.

Nolan continues practicing for the New York State Championships to be held in Long Island March 4-6.

Special Message in Celebration of Kurt Uschold finalizing his career with the Griffins following the conclusion of these Sectionals.  Congratulations Captain!