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SGI Coaches Corner, Sept. 14, 2017

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JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH BOB GAINEY

The JV girls volleyball team ran their record to 2-0 on the season after a convincing 3-0 win over Maryvale. The team dominated game 1 behind Sara Ehlers’ excellent hitting and serving ability. Alyssa Hunter and Rachel Stressinger were great setting the ball and getting their teammates involved. The team won the 2nd game 25-17 thanks to Jill Roggie’s hustle and Sara Ehlers’ passing ability. Marie Emerling was active at the net and gave the Griffs an edge in the middle. The team finished the sweep behind the solid play of Ivette Lewandowski and Marin Lehr. Olivia Schindler had an excellent kill at the net to seal the win.

The JV girls volleyball team made it three in a row on Tuesday night after a dominating 3-0 victory over the Tonawanda Warriors. The girls were a little sluggish to start but found their footing thanks to solid net play by Rachel Stressinger and the steady passing of Sara Ehlers, the girls won that game 25-16. The ladies took control in game two behind excellent play from Liv Schindler and Marin Lehr. Liv was great at the net and took control from the beginning of the game. Sara Ehlers hit an aggressive outside kill to help seal the win. The ladies made it a clean sweep in game three winning 25-12. Rachel Stressinger served the ball all over the court and Katelyn Mesch made some solid passes to give the ladies a comfortable win. The girls are now 3-0 and look to keep their winning ways going when they travel to Iroquois on Thursday night.

JV GIRLS’ SOCCER, COACH ALICIA DZIAK

The JV girls’ soccer team opened their season last Thursday with a 5-1 win over Maryvale. Scoring for the Lady Griffs was Francesca Deluca with two, and Cora Boundy, Morgan Kotlarsz and Jackie Roggie each adding one. The lone goal by Maryvale came late in the game off a penalty shot. Logan Lukert did a great job protecting the net, with strong defensive efforts by Shelby Stisser, Shay Ellis, Gracie Attebery and Destiny Lightcap. Mabel Robinson, Ava Dziak, Emma Gang and Kylie Gerlach helped control the game at midfield, despite standing water all over the center of the field. Great job ladies!

On Tuesday, the girls fell to Ellicottville 1-0. Despite the loss, the girls excelled at midfield, where Morgan Kotlarsz, Hannah Carrow, Ava Dziak and Emma Gang all had strong contributions. Great defensive efforts were put in by goalie Logan Lukert, along with Gracie Attebery, Shay Ellis and Brenda Steiner. The girls now head on the road for their next five games, starting with Pioneer. They have a chance to redeem themselves against Ellicottville next week Wednesday when they take them on under ECS’s lights.

JV FOOTBALL, COACH BRIAN KADER

The Springville JV Griffins dropped their second straight contest in a 42 – 0 defeat to the Dunkirk Marauders.  A slew of turnovers would be the Griffins’ undoing as fumbles stopped their first few promising drives.  AJ Slippy had an early interception for the Griffs defense and David Thompson added a forced fumble in the first half.  Quenten Leicht recorded the lone sack for the Griffins.

Offensively, the Griffins were led by quarterback Nick Emmick who ran for a team high 68 yards and running back AJ Slippy chipped in 52 yards on 8 carries.  Eric Pruitt once again hauled in the lone reception for the passing game with a 21 yard catch.

The JV Griffins begin a string of four straight Thursday night contests with an away game at Depew on Sept. 14.

GIRLS’ VARSITY SWIMMING, COACH KAREN REYNOLDS

The girls’ varsity swim team is off to a great start.  Last week, we hosted our annual non-league meet against Pioneer and won 71-31.  Not only did the win elevate our team, but our personal accomplishments did as well.  We had 16 qualifying Class/Sectional times, and 19 ECIC times, and 23 personal best times and splits as a team.  The team is led by captains Chloe Milbrand and McKenzie Galvin.  Both of these girls’ leadership brings together the team’s ability to work hard, stay committed, and never give up!  Our family-oriented team of 26 girls are very supportive of each other and the best part of this team is that we celebrate all our successes!  This team has a very bright season ahead of them, and with their perseverance and determination we are trying to get as many of our girls to qualify for ECIC’s and/or Class meet.  Yesterday we had our first league opener at home against Depew.  The team won 90-9.  It is very difficult in our league to get pushed with the many strengths on our team.  When we go against the smaller teams we just try to stay focused on personal best times and showing great sportsmanship to the opposing team.  Elle Holland broke her own pool record for the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.89.   As a team we added 5 more Class/Sectional times, to make it 13 girls out of 26 that have qualified for post season meets.  In addition, we had 19 personal best times overall as a team.  Post Season qualifiers are: Lexi Blesy, McKenzie Galvin, Abby Moscato, Sydney Emley, Lauren Ditchey, Olivia Langa, Allie Lavanture, Anna Lawton, Sadie Olrogg, Elle Holland, Emily Schlemmer, Hannah Bergner, and Carley Delaney.  Next week Tuesday, we host Tonawanda in hopes to add more names to our list!  Congratulations girls on a great start to our 2017 season!

CROSS COUNTRY, COACH CHAD RUSSELL

Guy’s Cross Country Takes 2nd Place, Girl’s Take 4th

Out of 25 Schools at the Red Dragon Invitational

The boys and girls cross country team traveled to Bemus Point this weekend to compete in the Maple Grove Red Dragon invitational.  With 50 teams and 1,500 runners competing, this was a very large invitational.

The guys won a second place trophy against 25 schools in the small school division.  Leading the team was Brett Russell, Nick Abdo and Zack Peterman finishing 16th, 19th and 22nd respectively.  Close behind the front three were Nathan Myers and Mikey Evans, who’s strong racing grabbed key spots to help take the highest finish they guys team has earned in the 10 years that cross country has come back to Springville.

The guys team has a heaLthy pack of runners pushing the top 5 with quickly improving times.  Elliot Emyle, Luke Waterman, Frank Uschold, Jarod Reese and Casey Waterman also ran this weekend and each had an impressive 5000m personal record.  With four more guys resting, this team is enjoying the spoils of a very deep talent pool.

In the JV race this weekend, there were two stand-outs— Aedan Smith and Dustin Folts.  Dustin smashed his personal record breaking 30 minutes for a 5K with a new personal best of 28:50.   Congrats to Dustin.

The girls team raced well also at the Red Dragon Invitational.  The team finished 4th against 25 teams.  Elle Russell and Sonya Krezmien finished 7th and 10th in the large field of runners.  Having great races and scoring for the team was Corrin Sacilowski, Gwen Fruehauf and Jaime Dickinson.  Evelyn Smith and Grace Wojtkowiak raced well to help push other teams behind Springville and help seal the 4th place team finish.

The girls team also has two “secret” weapons in Lizzy Miranda and Hannah Goetz, who are dual sporting this season with soccer.  When they are added to the team, along with 5-year veteran and one of the team’s captains, Morgan Lukert, who is trying to heal from hard training, the girls will also enjoy the benefits of having a deep, strong team.

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