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SGI Coaches Corner, Sept. 29, 2017

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GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING, COACH KAREN REYNOLDS

The girls varsity swim team is currently 4-0 defeating Alden on Friday night.  Many great accomplishments came from this meet.  Emily Schlemmer continues to drop time in both her 200 and 500 swims.  Kaitlyn Blake qualified for sectionals in her 200 free.  McKenzie Galvin and Katie Schlemmer dropped time in their 200 IM swims, and Lexi Blesy dropped 2.5 seconds to qualify for sectionals in the 200IM.  Allie Lavanture, Sydney Emley, Hannah Bergner, Abby Moscato, and Carely Delaney all got their personal best 50 free times (all these girls are sectional qualifiers for this event).  Sydney Emley also swam her best time of the season in her 100 free making it another sectional qualifying event.  Samantha Yetter had the meet of her swimming career, qualifying for sectionals in the 100 back and dropping time off her 50 free split as well.  Galvin also dropped 3.6 seconds in her 100 back time.  Elle Holland had 2 exceptional swims in her 100 fly and 100 breast.  The 100 breaststroke school record is the longest record on the board with a time of 1:12.76 from Gretchen Karlson in 1997.  Gretchen (a good friend of Coach Reynolds) is excitingly waiting for someone to break that record.  Holland swam her fastest breast time is a 1:13.62. Avery Boyles dropped 3.7 seconds in her 100 breast time.  The team now has 15 out of 26 girls that have qualified for ECIC’s and Sectionals.  This week the team swims Cleveland Hill at home Tuesday and Friday we travel to Eden for our biggest meet of the season!  The girls look really strong and we are just reaching our mid-point of our season.

The Lady Griffins Swim Team has added another win, still remaining undefeated 5-0.  Yesterday we swam Cleveland Hill and won 70-32.  Elle Holland shattered not only her own pool record, but took down Daina Bouquin’s record for the 200 freestyle.  This makes Elle have 7 individual records and 1 relay record on the board, and I know there are more to add this season!    Junior Hannah Bergner has really developed this season and has swam her way to sectionals in the 200 IM, 100 Free, and 50 Free.  She has also improved all her strokes making her a very strong asset to the varsity line-up against Eden (Friday).  Divers Shannon O’Hara, Samantha Zifra, and Alyssa Greaves are getting riskier and challenging themselves to up their DD’s (degree of difficulty) so that they can qualify for sectionals.  Emily Schlemmer is dropping more time in her 500 swims and NEVER quits!  She is so fun to watch race to the very end! Lauren Ditchey, again another versatile swimmer for the team.  I put her in the 100 fly, she qualifies for sectionals! I put her in the 500, again qualifying time. The same goes with the 200IM, 50 Free, 100 back, 100 breast!  She is an effortless swimmer with so much talent!  Carley Delaney is still the teams 100 breaststroker, fighting off and blowing away all her competition!  As a team we are looking forward to going to Eden Friday to swim a competitive team that is strong and will help push our team all together!

VARSITY GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH KRISTIN HUGHEY

The varsity girls volleyball team pulled out a big 3-1 league win last week Wednesday night over the Pioneer Panthers. The girls came out slow dropping the first game 25-19. The girls rallied and had to fight back in game two to take a dramatic 26-24 victory to even up the match. Game three saw the real Lady Griff’s as they dominated all over the floor winning 25-14. The girls completed the comeback win in game four winning by a score of 25-22. Overall the team was led by the 21 digs from Sydney Rosati, 15 assists from Meadow Wittman, 19 digs from Devyn Rowe, and 8 kills by Caroline Roy. The girls will look to make it a three game win streak when they travel to East Aurora tomorrow night.

The lady Griffs defeated Cheektowaga in 3 quick sets Tuesday night, bringing their league record to 3w-3l. Starts of the night were junior setter Meadow Wittman with 17 assists, 2 kills and 2 serving aces. Morgan Crist served strong with no errors earning her team 12 points. Devon Rowe had another amazing night on defense with 17 passing assists, and also swung for 5 kills at the net.  Sydney Rosati played solid defense as Caroline Roy put down 10 kills. The girls play again at home on Friday against Lake Shore.

JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH BOB GAINEY

The JV girls volleyball team traveled to Pioneer last week Wednesday night and came away with a resounding 3-0 win. The team played extraordinarily well from the back row. Sara Ehlers covered every swing and passed great throughout the game. Ivette Lewandowski had many kills at the net to lead the team to the win. Alyssa Hunter communicated throughout the game to help keep her team on the same page for the 25-11 win. The girls took game two 25-10 behind the excellent net play of Meg Rehrauer. Meg was a force and ended many points in the Griff’s favor. That game also saw great hustle out of Vaidah Emerling. The girls made it a 3-0 sweep by winning 25-22. Jill Roggie was excellent in the front row and Rachel Stressinger made her mark from the outside.

The JV girls traveled to East Aurora on Friday night and came away with a 3-0 win. The team dominated all three games as it was a total team effort. Sara Ehlers was fantastic from the back row with her passes and Elyssa Hunter was great with her all around court play. Vaidah Emerling was outstanding as she had multiple digs and a great swing from the outside. Rachel Stressinger was able to serve the ball all over the court stifling the Blue Devils. Melanie Barry played both the middle and outside positions and did an excellent job in both the front and back row.

The girls played host to the Cheektowaga Warriors on Tuesday night and came away with a big 3-0 win. The girls came out on fire from the back row thanks to the outstanding passing by Ivette Lewandowski and Sara Ehlers. Meg Rehrauer was solid at the net and Rachel Stressinger was great from the service line to take game one 25-12. The girls pulled away in game two behind Vaidah Emerling’s strong serving. Vaidah served 9 straight points to help give the Griff’s a big match win. That game also saw sound swings and passes from Marin Lehr. The girls made it a clean 3-0 sweep in comeback fashion. The team had strong play from Marie Emerling Elyssa Hunter, and Jill Roggie to complete the sweep. The girls are now 8-0 and host Tonawanda today in the High School gym at 4:30.

MODIIED GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH STEPHANIE SULLIVAN

The Modified Girls Volleyball team beat Pioneer on Saturday 3 out of 5 games!  They also won 4 out of 5 games against Eden on Thursday the 21st.  The girls are working together as a team and communicating on the court.  Marinna Heichberger and Kailea Sullivan were voted as team captains this year based on their leadership skills and positive attitudes both on and off the court.  Ella Wittman and Sydney Fuller have shown great focus and success this season serving and defensively handling the ball.  Kayleen Koffkey, Mackenzie Steff, Jamie Bradford, Jaiden Klahn, Aryanna Lee, Hailey Turner, Francesca Palmisano and Payton Rehrauer are all hard working and dedicated to working to the best of their ability on the court!

JV GIRLS’ SOCCER, COACH ALICIA DZIAK

In their fourth game in five days, the JV girls’ soccer team lost to Ellicottville last Wednesday, 2-0. Both goals were scored in the first half, the second of which was off a direct kick.

On Friday, the JV girls’ soccer team faced off against Holland for the second time in the same week. The Lady Griffs took the lead early on with a goal by Jackie Roggie, but unfortunately couldn’t hang onto their lead in the second half, and lost 2-1 after two tough goals from the Lady Dutchmen. While it was a long week for the girls, playing several back to back games and losing some players to injuries, they continue to pull together and have been repeatedly complimented by the refs.

Next week, the girls take on Hamburg (away) and Portville (home).

MODIFIED GIRLS’ SOCCER, COACH CHRIS MATHEWSON

Last week, the the Lady Griffs Modified Soccer Team lost a closely contested game with East Aurora 1-0.  Dru Robinson, Brooke Walker, Paige Rosenswie and Serenity Heim led a strong team effort with great energy and effort on the offensive side providing the Griffs with some good chances to tie the game.  An equally strong team defensive effort was highlighted by sweeper Madi Schwanekamp as the ladies kept the game within reach pushing hard for the second half equalizer. The Griffs face Holland on Tuesday.

JV FOOTBALL, COACH BRIAN KADER

The Springville JV Griffins returned home after a two game road trip to take on the Jamestown Red Raiders on Thursday night.  A rash of early injuries and turnovers would once again plague the Griffs as they dropped a 59 – 16 contest to the Red Raiders.  The loss drops the Griffs to 0-4 on the 2017 season.

Quarterback Nick Emmick would once again lead the Griffins offense on the ground with 12 carries for 79 yards and the lone first half touchdown for the Griffs on a 10 yard scamper.  Emmick also completed the two point conversion pass to Alex Elkins which made the score 32 – 8 at that point.

Fullback Quenten Leicht registered the Griffins other score on a four yard run as part of his 59 yards on the ground for the game.  He then ran in the two point attempt after a pass interference call gave the Griffs a second shot.

Freshman linebacker Eric Pruitt and freshman defensive tackle Anthony Shultz each made several nice plays at the line of scrimmage for the Springville defense.  Will Guilmain and Marc Meissner performed well as they each stepped in for injured Griffs during the game.

The Griffins will stay at home this week Thursday to take on the Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton Badgers at 6:30pm on Pop Warner Field.

CROSS COUNTRY, COACH CHAD RUSSELL

The girls and boys cross country team competed at home against Amherst.  The girls won against a tough Amherst team by the score of 26 to 29.  Having strong races were Elle Russell, Sonya Krezmien, Corrin Sacilowski and Gwen Fruehauf.  While Evelyn Smith may have had her gutsiest performance ever passing two Amherst girls in the last half mile to seal the close win.

The boys lost a very close race by the score of 30-25.  The boys had beaten Amherst the last two meetings and will look forward to seeing Amherst again at the end of the season.  Brett Russell, Nick Abdo, Nathan Myers, Zack Peterman and Mikey Evans were the first five for Springville.

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