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Coaches’ Corner, Oct. 7, 2016

Varsity Football, coach Eric Jantzi, assistant coach Rob Valenti

Last week, the Griffins football team gave the large homecoming crowd something to remember, beating Jamestown 32-21.  Early on, Jamestown (a team that won the AA state championship two years ago) made it look easy when, on the second play of the game, their running back took it 81 yards to the house to put the Raiders up 7-0.  However, Springville was not having that when Ian Baker took it 93 yards for a touchdown and then took care of the 2-point conversion himself to put Springville up 8-7.   From that point on, Springville never relinquished the lead.  It was a memorable game for all GI fans, as they got to watch Ian Baker become the all-time leading rusher in school history. He rushed past Mark Rendell’s record of 2311 (set in 1996) with a 59-yard run for a touchdown.  Baker finished the night with 318 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 32 carries.  Senior Marcus James was once again solid on offense, adding 90 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries.  Sophomore Bryson Black (the J.V. quarterback call-up) ran the show most of the night with both varsity QBs injured and did a great job managing the clock.  The Griffins took the second half kickoff and used the entire third quarter before eventually being stopped at the half-yard line.  Defensively, senior middle linebacker and 3-year starter John Domes led the charge with nine tackles, six of which were solo tackles and three for a loss.  He has also played a crucial role blocking for Baker over the past few years from his right guard spot.  Senior Lexus Pollard and junior Andrew Lazarus were also stout on defense the entire night.  Next week the Griffins will travel to Dunkirk on Friday to take on the Marauders in a huge divisional game.  Dunkirk’s only losses this season have come to undefeated Cheektowaga and Olean.  The game has huge playoff implications.

Girls Varsity Volleyball, coach Kristin Hughey

Congratulations to the girls varsity volleyball team on another win against JFK on Monday. The team beat JFK in three straight games, bringing Springville’s overall record to 6 and 4, and a league record of 5 and 2.

The team has headed into the second half of their season and plays three more matches this week. The girls look forward to a second chance against the Eden and Alden squads!

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

Girls take 3rd place and guys take 5th place out of 22 schools at the 78th Grout Memorial in Schenectady, NY

The girls cross country team took home a 3rd place trophy at the 78th annual Everett T. Grout Memorial Invitational in Schenectady, NY. A very impressive day for the girls, as there were 22 teams racing. Sonya Krezmein took 1st place overall in the race, with Elle Russell coming in third out of over 140 racers in the varsity race. Samantha Fruehauf, Morgan Lukert and Gabbey Pfeifer ran gutsy races to help the team place in their second invitational this season. In the girls freshman race this weekend, Jaime Dickinson raced, finishing in the top half of the field.

The guys cross country team placed a very strong 5th place out of 22 teams. Kurt Uschold lead the way finishing 18th overall with Zack Peterman and Nathan Myers close behind. Elliot Emley and Luke Waterman helped keep the team’s score low (a good thing in cross country). This could have been the strongest the guys team has raced this season, and things will look even better for the guys team because the team was missing two of their top four runners in the race this weekend. Brett Russell, one of the missing racers, raced in a freshman race at Schenectady, placing in the top 15 racers in a very strong field of over 100 freshman from both large and small schools. Overall this was a very strong day for Springville Cross Country.

Girls JV Volleyball, coach Robert Gainey

The JV girls volleyball team traveled to JFK on Monday night and came out with a tough 2-1 win. The girls cruised in the first game to a 25-13 win as Sara Ehlers and Abby Stressinger played well particularly in the back row. Game two was a different story as the team struggled on serve/receive and made some mistakes, which led to the loss. Despite that, Mary DiGangi was a force at the net and Alyssa Hunter passed the ball extremely well. The girls took the decisive third game by winning 25-13. That game saw Ivette Lewandowski serve extremely well and Emily Ehlers passed well to help the team’s cause.

The team is currently 8-1 on the season and has eight matches left on the year.

Girls Modified Soccer, coach Alicia Dziak

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the girls faced neighboring Pioneer, losing 4-1. The Lady Griffins’ lone goal was scored by Dru Robinson off a penalty shot. Despite the loss, the girls put in a good effort. They face Holland for the first time this season late next week.

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