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Coaches’ Corner, Sept. 16, 2016

Varsity Football, coach Eric Jantzi, assistant coach Rob Valenti

The varsity football team lost a heartbreaker 20-19 on Friday night.  In a hard fought non-league game against a class AA large school, Springville surrendered the game winning touchdown with 13 seconds left in the contest.  For the Griffins, it was the story of missed opportunities and turnovers.  GI rushed for over 400 yards…easily doubling Frontier’s offensive output, but turned the ball over five times on the night.  Even after being sidelined for most of the 1st half, Ian Baker had 19 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown.  Connor O’Brien, the senior quarterback, added two rushing touchdowns of his own.  The Griffins will host Pioneer this Friday night in a battle of two teams for first place in the division.

Cross Country, coach Chad Russell, assistant coach Steven Dillsworth

Springville Girls ranked in top 10 in small schools in WNY

The girls cross country team took third place at the West Seneca West Invitational, on Sept.10.  Elle Russell lead the team by taking third place overall out of over 100 runners from 15 schools.  Morgan Lukert, Gwen Fruehauf, Sonya Krezmein ran as a tight pack.  Up and coming Jaime Dickinson, Miya Domes and Grace Wojtkowiak raced very well for the varsity team, helping the team receive a tropy for their efforts.

The boys team took third place in the freshman/sophomore race.  Brett Russell finished first for the team, taking third out of 133 racers.  Zack Peterman, Nathan Myers, Elliot Emley, Justin Paler and Luke Waterman ran in a tight pack to help the team take the highest place at a major invitational than they have in the last 10 years.

Girls Varsity Volleyball, coach Kristin Hughey

The Springville girls varsity volleyball team suffered a disappointing loss against Alden on Friday night, 0-3. Sydney Rosati dug up fierce serves from Alden’s team. Rosati’s defensive expertise kept her team alive during the match. Middle hitter Caroline Roy played tough defense at the net, and had 3 kills. Setters Meadow Wittman and Jessica Roggie took command of their team’s offense and set up Lexi Sopko and Devyn Rowe for 6 kills each. The Griffs played tough together and showed no sign of giving up! Despite the loss, the girls came out better individual players and a stronger team. We look forward to going up against Alden again in October.

Girls Varsity Tennis, coach Frank Noeson

The Lady Griffins  tennis team improved to 2 and 0 Friday with their first division win against Tonawanda by a score of 4-1.  Winning for the Lady Griffs were all three singles players: Kaylee Timmel, Lily Vanuga, and Kamryn Keys, and the doubles team of Jamie Slotman and Lexi Tyger.

JV Football, coach Joseph Marvin

Game 1 stats

Loss to Fredonia by a score of 32-46.  Many new starters on both sides of the ball for this first game.  While the defense played poorly the team was led in tackles by safety Jackson Richert with 15, Middle linebacker Nick

Game 2 offensive stats

10-0 victory over Frontier.  Defense gave up just 160 yards of total offense.  Outstanding individual performances were had by middle linebacker Nick Pfarner with 10 tackles, defensive tackle Alex Francisco had nine tackles and an interception.  Nose tackle Wayne Smith had eight tackles, a sack and pressured the quarterback on two interceptions.  Linebacker Bryson Black had seven tackles and an interception, and Jake Ciesinski had five tackles, many of which were solo tackles.

Girls Modified Soccer, coach Alicia Dziak

The girls modified soccer team won their first scrimmage of the season on Monday against North Collins in a 3-0 victory. The game was tied at 0 at the half, but the Lady Griffs got tough in the second half, scoring three goals. Dru Robinson scored the first one, followed by two goals from Shay Ellis. Logan Lukert and Sarah O’Neal split time in the goal and both did a fantastic job making their debuts in this position. The team was also anchored by Ava Dziak, Mabel Robinson and Madalynn Schwanekamp in the back, with Jackie Roggie, Caity Hazen and Brooke Walker playing strong up front. The girls face off against East Aurora on Monday, Sept. 19 for their first game of the season.

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