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Coaches’ Corner, Sept. 9, 2016

Girls Varsity Soccer, coach Eric Holler

The varsity Lady Griffs soccer team has started their season 1-1.  The Lady Griffs fell to Pioneer 2-0 on Aug. 29 and defeated divisional foe, Alden, 3-1 on Aug. 31.  Goals were scored by Grace Zabawa (2) and Jena Schelble.  Carrie Dickinson played well in net.

Girls Varsity Tennis, coach Frank Noeson

The Lady Griffins tennis team opened up their season with a 4-1 victory over Lake Shore on Tuesday.  Winning matches for the team were all three singles players— Kaylee Timmel, Lily Vanuga, and Kamryn Keys, along with the doubles team of Jessica Slotman and Julianna Kraft.  Divisional play begins when the team travels to Tonawanda on Friday.

Varsity Football, coach Eric Jantzi, assistant coach Rob Valenti

The varsity football team won their first league contest last Friday defeating Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton by a score of 52-14.  The offense was led by Sr. Ian Baker who carried the ball 19 times for 252 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Connor O’Brien added two interceptions (one that he returned for a 62 yard touchdown) to pace the defense.  Senior lineman John Domes received a Trench Trophy nomination (WNY’s best lineman) and Ian Baker received a Connolly Cup nomination (WNY’s best player).   The win made the Griffs the number 2 ranked small school behind Cheektowaga, the only team that beat Springville last year.  The Griffs first home game will be this Friday night as they take on Frontier High School, a class AA large school, in a non-league contest.

Girls JV Volleyball, coach Robert Gainey

The JV girls volleyball team opened the league portion of their schedule on Tuesday night against JFK and came away with a 3-0 win. The ladies had to rally from a 25-24 deficit and they did so behind the excellent serving of Sara Ehlers and strong passing by Alyssa Hunter. The girls came away with a 25-14 game two win thanks in part to Abby Stressinger’s incredible back row passing and Marin Lehr’s solid net play. The team finished the sweep behind strong play from Morgan Christ, Emily Ehlers, and Mary DiGangi. The girls hope to continue their strong play on Friday when they travel to Alden. The team is currently 2-0.

Girls Modified Soccer, coach Alicia Dziak

The girls have been working hard in the heat to get ready for the season. Check them out in their first scrimmage at Pioneer on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

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