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Coaches’ Corner, Sept. 23, 2016

Varsity Football, coach Eric Jantzi, assistant coach Rob Valenti

Last week, the varsity football team hosted next door neighbor Pioneer in an early season battle for first place in the division.  The contest was over early as the Griffins went into halftime with a 26-0 lead.  The first half was led by senior Ian Baker who had three touchdown runs, two 2-point conversion runs and a safety.  The second half started much like the first half, with Baker taking it in for his final score of the evening.  Pioneer would not surrender and completed a 73-yard “double pass” for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage after the Baker touchdown.  Springville QB Connor O’Brien would cap off the scoring early in the fourth to make the final score Springville 40 and Pioneer 7.  Senior Marcus James had 12 carries for 84 yards and scored on two 2- point conversions.  He and his brother, Lexus Pollard, combined for four receptions for 64 yards on the night, all of them coming from O’Brien.  The Griffins defense was swarming to the ball all night and held Pioneer to just 33 plays and 63 yards rushing in the game (compared to 60  and 372 for GI).  Juniors Scott Bove and Andrew Lazarus were in on several defensive plays during the contest.  Senior John Domes also led the charge with some very punishing hits in the backfield.  The Griffins will travel to Olean Friday night at 7 p.m. to take on the undefeated Huskies in yet another battle for first place.

Varsity Cross Country, coach Chad Russell, assistant coach Steven Dillsworth

This week, the girl’s cross country team faced their first and probably toughest league opponent and came away with a win 27-28 (low score wins) against Alden. The girls won by one point. Elle Russell and Sonya Krezmein lead the team and were followed by Morgan Lukert and Samantha Fruehauf. After they finished the score was at a dead tie. Gwen Fruehauf ran a very gutsy race beating Alden’s 5th runner to seal the win in what should be a division winning season. Gabbey Pfeifer ran an awesome race for 6th on our strong team.

The boys team fought hard and raced well but lost to Alden 18-37. Nick Abdo and Kurt Uschold ran very strong performances and lead the guys team. Zack Peterman, Nathan Myers and Brett Russell raced hard and completed the team scoring for the Griffs. They guys team has a very strong pack of freshman and sophomores and they continue to become stronger.

Girls Varsity Volleyball, coach Kristin Hughey

The girls varsity volleyball team beat Pioneer last week in a long 5-game match. Devyn Rowe debuted as libero specializing in defense. Sarah Zimmer stepped into a strong offensive position to pull the Griffs out of a slump early in the match. Zimmer had four kills and eight assists.

Meadow Wittman brought the team back from a deficit in game four with strong serving, and set up Caroline Roy for 5 kills. Meadow ripped 10 aces in a row in game five to give Springville a huge lead which lead to the match victory. Great playing by all!

The Lady Griffs also beat Holland this week in a quick match winning 3-0.

This brings their winning league record up to 3-1 so far this season. Captains Chloe Wnuk, Sarah Zimmer and Lexi Sopko lead their team to victory with powerful hitting! Lexi served 4 aces in game two.

Middle hitters Caroline Roy and Gabby Nichols had a total of 7 kills, while Rosati played solid defense with 12 assists.

Girls Varsity Soccer, coach Eric Holler

The girls went 2-0 last week, when they defeated Lackawanna with a score of 13-0. Jena Schelble led the scoring efforts with four goals and one assist, followed by Courtney Lazarus and Jenasis Fisher with two goals each. Goals were also scored by Jocelyn Jenis, Grace Zabawa, Nyah Solly, Gabby Wnuk, and Talia Mangano. Carrie Dickinson maintained a clean sheet in net.

Springville also defeated Lake Shore in a 2-1 victory, with goals by Jenasis Fisher and Grace Zabawa.

This week, Springville defeated Eden 3-1. Goals were scored by Kelsey Zabawa (2) and Leah Frank, with Grace Zabawa adding one assist. Carrie Dickinson had six saves.

The girls are now 4-2 overall.

Girls JV Volleyball, coach Robert Gainey

The JV girls volleyball team traveled to Cleve Hill on Friday night and came out with a resounding 3-0 win. The girls dominated the first game going up 10-0 behind the excellent serving of Ivette Lewandowski. Morgan Christ was also very good in that game at the net. Game two was much closer but the girls hung on for the win. Mary DiGangi made some solid plays at the net and Erica Tyler had some great passes from the back row to help transition the offense. The girls finished the sweep with strong play from Marin Lehr and Ashley Blesy. The girls have a tournament this Saturday and return to league play on Thursday when they travel to Eden. The team is currently 5-0

Girls Modified Soccer, coach Alicia Dziak

The girls lost a tough game to East Aurora on Monday, Sept. 19. Despite their best efforts, the girls gave up three goals off corner kicks and a fourth late in the game, resulting in a 4-0 loss. Strong defensive play was put in by Shelby Stisser and Shay Ellis, with Brooke Walker and Sophia Cureo putting in great efforts on offense. The team faces off against Lake Shore on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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