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SGI Coaches Corner, Oct. 19, 2017

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JV GIRLS’ SOCCER, COACH ALICIA DZIAK

The JV girls’ soccer team wrapped up their season last week with two tough games. On Thursday, they lost to Iroquois despite a great team effort.

The following day, they traveled to East Aurora and ended their season Friday with a 1-1 tie. The Blue Devils took the lead late in the first half. With only minutes remaining in the game, Cora Boundy shot one in off Ava Dziak’s assist. After two 10-minute OT periods, the score remained a tie. Led by captains Morgan Kotlarsz and Emma Gang, this squad of 22 had an awesome season. Not only did they come together on the field against some tough competition, they came together off the field as well.

This season had its share of ups and downs. The girls played in 85 degree sun and 50 degree rain, they withstood several injuries and were competitive with a variety of teams. In the end, the nine sophomores, 11 freshmen and two seventh graders came together and fought their way through a challenging season as one class act team. Complimented over and over again by refs, other coaches and even parents of opposing players, this team had all the heart a coach could ask for. With 13 girls eligible to return to the JV level next year, the team will look to build on this year’s successes and continue to improve. The coach and fans are looking forward to what this group will do when they’re all back together on Varsity in two years. Great job ladies- be proud of yourselves! Thanks for the memories!

JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH BOB GAINEY

The JV girls volleyball team hosted the East Aurora Blue Devils on Monday night and came away with a dominating 3-0 win. Rachel Stressinger was unstoppable from the service line as she reeled off 14 consecutive points for the big 25-5 win. The girls continued their dominance in game 2 as Melanie Barry and Marin Lehr played well from the back row to set up their teammates. Vaidah Emerling was excellent from the service line as well. The girls won game three 25-12 behind Ashley Blesy’s net play and Katelyn Mesch’s excellent serving. The girls are now 15-0 and wrap up the home portion of their schedule on Thursday night when Olmsted comes to town. Great job girls.

JV FOOTBALL, COACH BRIAN KADER

The JV Griffins picked up their first win of the season in thrilling fashion with a 38 – 36 road victory over Allegany-Limestone.  The Griffins trailed by 20 points in the second half and battled all the way back to score the winning points on the final play of the game.  AJ Slippy busted a 46 yard run on 4th and 11 to set up the Griffs deep in Gator territory on the winning drive.  After two unsuccessful plays, Springville was faced with one final chance with less than two seconds on the clock.  Nick Emmick received great pass protection and delivered the game tying strike to AJ Slippy from 15 yards out as time expired to tie the score at 36-36.  The Griffs then converted their two point conversion on an AJ Slippy run to claim victory.

Springville piled up 369 yards rushing for a season high and were led by Nick Emmick who ran for 121 yards and two scores.  Emmick also added the aforementioned touchdown pass to Slippy and three two point conversion completions.  AJ Slippy ran for 76 yards and a touchdown while Alex Eklins chipped in 79 yards on the ground.  Rhett Butzer ran for his first ever touchdown as a Griffin and Devin Hitchock had his most productive game on the ground to help contribute to the comeback win.

Marc Meissner recovered a fumble and Tyler Scholes recovered a perfect onside kick by Anthony Shultz to help spark the Griffins during their rally.  The Griffs were down 22-8 at the half and piled up 30 points in the second half for the win.

SGI will try to keep their momentum rolling into Olean for a 10:00am Saturday morning contest against the Huskies.

VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY, COACH CHAD RUSSELL

The Cross Country team headed to Saratoga this past weekend to compete in the Burnt Hills Invitational.  Eighty-five teams competed at this large invitation that had more than 3,000 athletes in attendance.  The Griffins were very successful at the large invite, taking home a trophy for 3rd place out of the 28 teams in the Division 2 sized schools.  The top five runners for the guys all medaled in the race, finishing in the top 60 out of the 190 runners.  Leading the way for the team was Nick Abdo and Brett Russell, finishing 11th and 13th, followed by Zack Peterman, Mikey Evans and Nathan Myers.  Close behind the front five were Austin Yetter, Elliot Emley, Casey Waterman and Henry Domst.   

The Girls Cross Country Team finished 13th out of the 27 teams competing.  Having strong individual performances were Elle Russell, Jaime Dickinson, Gwen Fruehauf and Evelyn Smith.  Elle Russell finished second place out of the 160 runners.  After the race, Elle was interviewed by Milesplit.com and her interview can be found on the milesplit website.  Jaime Dickinson had a great day and took almost 2 minutes off her PR and won a medal for her performance finishing 59th at the meet.  The girls team seems to be coming back together after injuries from over training.  Morgan Lukert ran her first race of the season this weekend and she had an immediate impact on the strength of the team.  The girls look to get a couple more athletes back in time for ECICs and Sectionals.

VARSITY SWIMMING AND DIVING, COACH KAREN REYNOLDS

The girls varsity swim team ended their undefeated season when they swam against the tough competition of East Aurora on Tuesday, 111-75.  Going into the meet, the Lady Griffs were 8-0 defeating Holland and Maryvale the week prior.  East Aurora has lead our division since 1978 and continues to develop year round swimmers that devote their time to the sport.  This season was the closest SGI has gotten to beat East Aurora in many years, but their powerhouses are fierce and fast.  SGI divers really stole the show when Shannon O’Hara took a 1st place finish, Samantha Zifra a 3rd, and Alyssa Greaves a 4th.  When going into tough meets, diving is a game changer and after diving we were able to close the gap, 41-37.  The 2nd half of the meet had a lot of action and unfortunately EA was able to outmatch us in our swims.  However, great things did happen for our swimmers.  Emily Schlemmer who has been bringing it on strong this season (after all her hard off season training), dropped another 3 seconds in her 200 free crushing her own personal goal!  Lauren Ditchey was teetering her time all season in the 200IM and yesterday she was able to drop 2.5 seconds and get her personal best time.  Kaitlyn Blake has a quiet beast inside her when she swims, and yesterday we saw her endurance and speed kick in during both her 200 IM swims and her 500 swim, both personal best times.  Elle Holland dominated in the 50 free taking a strong 1st place finish and dropping .3 seconds for her seasonal best time.  Trailing right behind Elle and learning a lot from Elle’s talent, is teammate Hannah Bergner.  Hannah continues to drop time in both her 50 and 100 free swims which has been a true pleasure to watch this season.  Allie Lavanture had 2 amazing individual swims for her season.  Her 50 free took a strong 3rd place finish and dropped .2 seconds and her 100 back she dropped 1.2 seconds.  Lauren Cosenza has amazing determination and work ethic was able to pop her personal best time in the 100 free.  The team has ended their divisional meets with a 7-1 record.

The dual meet swim season has come to an end for the Lady Griffs.  They ended their season with an overall 8-2 record, and a division record of 7-1.  These girls had an outstanding season with so many time improvements and success stories.  We will have 19 girls representing SGI at ECIC’s being held this week (Oct 18, 19, 21).  This is the most girls SGI has taken to represent at ECIC’s since Coach Reynolds has taken over coaching in 2009.  We are very proud of our hard working family and are excited what we are going to do during post season meets.

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