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SGI Coaches Corner, Feb. 3, 2017

Girls’ Varsity Basketball, Coach Bob Gainey

The varsity girls basketball team dropped a road league contest against Holland last week by a score of 42-25. The girls played outstanding defense, but gave up some baskets in transition and the Lady Dutchmen hit some big threes to keep a comfortable lead throughout. Despite the result, the team showed great energy and effort throughout the game. Lexi Sopko set the tone with her incredible hustle, rebounding and defense. Carrie Dickinson and Ivette Lewandowski played strong in the backcourt, especially with the press. Ryan Stedman provided a nice spark off the bench with her hustle and defense. Despite the result, the girls have a chance to string along some wins with the schedule in front of them.

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

For the final meet of the season, the Boys Varsity Griffins hosted the Saint Francis High School Swim Team.  With it being the final meet, the Griffins also had the opportunity to honor their three seniors: Bret DeFrain, Kurt Uschold, and Nolan West.

All three seniors were able to perform swims of their choice, while still working towards a Griffins victory with a final score of 58-43.

For nearly half the team, this was their final meet of the season as they were unable to achieve a qualifying time or score for the swimming and diving postseason. Many of the athletes were extremely close to qualifying and this only bodes well for the future as we look ahead to what we have next year without these three outstanding seniors.

Congratulations to all, but especially to Bret, Kurt and Nolan for the hard work and dedication that they have put into this team.

Meet Highlights:

Nolan West broke a 20-year-old pool record in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 49.10 while also taking first in the event.  This time now has Nolan ranked in the top 3 in all of Section 6 for the event.  Nolan was also a part of the winning 200 Medley A Relay, and also took 2nd place in the 100 Backstroke nearly breaking his own school record as well.

Kurt Uschold was also on the 200 Medley A Relay with Nolan taking first.  Kurt was also involved in the winning 200 Freestyle A Relay, along with taking 2nd place in his chosen events of the 100 Fly, and the 200 IM.  The latter in which he qualified for a Class meet time.

Bret chose to finish his dual meet career in style by embarking on the two distance freestyle events.   Typically, a sprinter, Bret was able to take 3rd place in the 200 Freestyle and 4th in the 500 Freestyle.

Elliot Emley took 2nd place in the 100 Freestyle behind Nolan, while also winning the 50 freestyle.  Elliot also contributed to the first place 200 Freestyle A Relay and the 2nd place 400 Freestyle A Relay.

Jon Boberg was a part of the winning 200 Medley A Relay, along with the winning 200 Freestyle A Relay.  Individually, Jon won the 100 Breaststroke in a close race while also taking 3rd in the 100 Fly.

Wyatt Fuller was able to finish off an undefeated season on the board with his 9th first place finish in 9 meets.

Dominic Hartenstein also was involved in the winning 200 Medley A Relay, and the 200 Freestyle A Relay, along with being in the 400 Freestyle A Relay that took 2nd.  Individually, Dominic was able to place 2nd in the 50 Freestyle behind Elliot.

Zachary Hughey was a part of two scoring relays for the Griffins.  Zach was in the 3rd place finishing 200 Medley B Relay, the 2nd place finishing 400 Freestyle A Relay, and also took 3rd in the 100 Backstroke in a spectacular swim where he dropped over 3 seconds.

Blaze Schelble scored a 3rd place finish in the 200 IM, while also swimming in the 100 Breaststroke.  Blaze also contributed to the 2nd place finishing 200 Freestyle B Relay.

Jackson Richert took 2nd place in diving behind Wyatt, while also being involved in the 2nd place 200 Free B Relay, and the 3rd place 200 Medley B Relay.  Jackson also took 4th in the 50 freestyle.

Eric Schweickert also swam in the 200 Medley B Relay that took 3rd, along with 400 Freestyle B Relay.  Individually Eric was able to score for the Griffins with a 3rd place finish in the 500 Freestyle.

Austin Yetter swam in the 200 Medley B Relay that took 3rd, along with swimming in the 2nd place 200 Freestyle B Relay.  Austin also swam the 200 IM and the 100 Fly.

Dakota Schelble took 3rd place in diving, while also swimming in the 200 Freestyle B Relay.

On Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28, the Springville Boys Swimming and Diving Team Competed at Sweet Home High School for ECIC-A.

ECIC A is where all the “small schools” of Erie County come together to compete with the swimmers and divers who have been able to achieve a qualifying time or score.

Qualifying for Springville were seniors Nolan West and Kurt Uschold,  junior Dominic Hartenstein, sophomores Jon Boberg and Jackson Richert, freshmen Elliot Emley, Wyatt Fuller, and Nate Myers,  8th graders Zach Hughey, Blaze Schelble and Eric Schweickert, and 7th grader Austin Yetter.

Friday night saw the divers compete.  Unfortunately for the Griffins, Wyatt Fuller was unable to compete due to illness.  Jackson Richert had also qualified though and rose to the challenge of an 11-dive meet.  Staying consistent through the two-and-a-half-hour long competition saw Jackson rise from his initial placement of 5th entering the competition to finish in 3rd place!

Starting off the swimming portion of the meet was the 200 Medley Relay.  Seeded in 4th place, the Springville Medley A Relay comprised of Dominic, Jon, Kurt, and Nolan, swam a season best time by dropping multiple seconds and place 2nd overall in the race.

In the 200 Yard Freestyle, Kurt, dropped four seconds from his season best time to be within two seconds of a sectional qualifying score, and place 7th.

In the 200 IM, Zach, Blaze and Austin all swam personal best times and achieved higher place finishes than seeded.

In the 50 yard Freestyle, Dominic was initially placed 15th and finished in 10th place overall.  Elliot, Jackson, and Nate all swam well in the event as well.

In the 100 Butterfly, both Austin and Jon achieved lifetime bests.  Jon was also able to move from 9th place to 6th!

In the 100 Freestyle, Elliot swam a best time and qualified for the Class Meet next weekend.

The 500 Freestyle saw 3 personal best times from Eric, Kurt, and Nolan.  Nolan was the overall winner of the event while Kurt took 6th place overall and qualified for Sectionals.

The 200 Yard Freestyle Relay came next.  The lone Springville Relay team comprised of Jackson, Elliot, Kurt, and Jon dropped time from the season best and took 7th place.

The 100 Yard Backstroke had four Springville swimmers in it.  Zach Hughey, Eric, Dominic, and Nolan all competed.  Nolan lowered his own school record and took 2nd place overall.  Zach was able to swim a near lifetime best yet and took 8th place overall. Dominic swam a personal best, and came in 9th place.

In the 100 Yard Breaststroke, Blaze, Nate, and Jon all competed. Jon placed 8th out of all swimmers.  Both Nate and Blaze swam great races as well.

In the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, the relay comprised of Nolan, Zach, Dom, and Elliot were able finish 7th place overall while dropping their season best time by nearly 12 seconds.

Wrestling, Coach Mark Vogel

This past weekend, several Springville wrestlers participated in the Kenton JV/Varsity tournament.  Mikey Evans won the 99 lb division, going 3-0.  Ian Baker took 2nd place, going 2-1 and Matt Evans took 3rd place going 2-1.  In JV competition, Jared Hecht led the way with five wins and zero losses.  4 of those wins came by pin.  Other JV wrestlers participating at the tournament were Jake Bystryk at 152 lbs (3-1), Colston Saulter at 182 lbs (2-2) Shilo Rogers at 99 lbs (1-1), Sam Weber at 106 lbs (0-3) Hayden Taylor at 113 lbs (1-3), Sean Saramak at 132 lbs (2-2) and Damien Occhino at 126 lbs (0-4).

In their last match of the season, the wrestling team beat Lackawanna 54-18. Shilo Rogers, Colston Saulter, Ian Baker, and Mikey Evans all earned pins on the evening.  The win gives the Griffins a 9-4 record on the season.  Great job and good luck this weekend at class!

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