JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH BOB GAINEY
The JV girls volleyball team played host to Olmsted on Thursday night and came away with a 3-0 victory. The girls were exceptional in all three games and played well as a team. Every girl who took the floor made important contributions, which included: Jill Roggie, Vaidah Emerling, Rachel Stressinger, Melanie Barry, Meg Rehrauer, Marie Emerling, Marin Lehr, Sara Ehlers, Katelyn Mesch, Liv Schindler, Ivette Lewandowski, and Ashley Blesy.
The JV girls volleyball team traveled to Cheektowaga on Friday night and completed an UNDEFEATED season!!!! For the first time all year, the girls dropped game 1 by a score of 25-19. The Lady Griffs looked like they were in trouble starting game 2, down 5-0 early. But everything changed after that. The team started passing the ball extremely well off of serve receive and the hitters, notably Marin Lehr and Sara Ehlers, were outstanding to lead the team to a big 25-19 game 2 win. Rachel Stressinger was great from the service line to bring home the win. It would be a mistake to not mention the unbelievable play by Vaidah Emerling. She was all over the court, keeping the ball off the ground and setting up her hitters time and time again. The girls completed the comeback by taking game 3 winning 25-16. Melanie Barry was excellent passing the ball from the back row and Ivette Lewandowski was outstanding with her hustle from the outside spot. The team couldn’t have won the match without the ENTIRE support from all members. There were girls who didn’t play but were excellent teammates and were very supportive throughout the match. The girls finished the season 17-0 and were an incredible team to coach every day. Congratulations ladies!
VARSITY GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL, COACH KRISTIN HUGHEY
Senior night was victorious for the girls varsity volleyball team Thursday night against Olmstead. Seniors Caroline Roy, Mallory Robel and Sydney Rosati played awesome in their last career home match. Caroline blasted spikes at the net while Rosati dug up everything Olmstead could dish out. Mallory had a solid night passing and outside hitting. Tremendous season for these talented players.
On Friday night, the team traveled to Cheektowaga and beat the Warriors in the first two sets. In game 3, the tide shifted and the Griffs could not pull out a win. After 5 hard fought games, the Griffs lost the match. The team finishes their league season with a 5 – 7 record going into playoffs.
JV FOOTBALL, COACH BRIAN KADER
The Springville Griffins JV football team bounced back Wednesday night from an ugly 39 – 6 defeat at Olean a few days prior and ended their 2017 season with a 24 -14 victory over Tonawanda. The win bumped the Griffs record to 2 – 7.
Nick Emmick opened the scoring with a 16 yard touchdown run on the Griffs opening possession. Tonawanda would respond after a Springville fumble to take the lead in the second quarter but the Griffs would put together another scoring drive keyed by the passing game. AJ Slippy would catch a 26 yard touchdown pass from Emmick as Springville retook the lead at 12 – 8. Emmick was a perfect 5 for 5 passing on the night with four completions coming Slippy’s way. Eric Pruitt hauled in the other reception as the Griffs totaled 85 yards through the air. Pruitt had his first interception of the season while Trevor Maracle had a sack and Marc Meissner added a forced fumble for the Springville defense in the opening half.
Springville would have the ball just twice in the second half, but both drives would end in Griffin scores. Quenten Leicht scored on a seven yard run to extend the lead to 18 – 8 in the third quarter. Tonawanda would once again respond with a touchdown of their own but the Griffs would end up driving the length of the field to seal the game. Alex Elkins would score on a two yard run with less than a minute left and then intercepted the final Tonawnada pass attempt of the game as the Griffins ended their season on a high note.
VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY, COACH CHAD RUSSELL
Girl’s and Boy’s Cross Country Wins Against Iroquois
Last week, the girls cross country team defeated Iroquois by the score of 26-32. Elle Russell finished first overall and broke our school record of the course. Corrin Sacilowski finished 2nd running through an injury to take 4th overall. Evelyn Smith and Gwen Fruehauf ran solid races to insure the win. Jaime Dickinson and Grace Wotjkowiak moved up during the second half of the race to take key spots in scoring for the team.
The guys team also won by an impressive margin of 22 – 35, against the much larger school. Brett Russell lead the tight pack of runners including Nick Abdo, Mikey Evens and Zack Peterman who all finished before Iroquois second runner. Nathan Myers and Austin Yetter raced very well on the tough course.
The team will now take full advantage of the 10 racing break to get ready for ECIC’s and then Sectionals.
VARSITY SWIMMING AND DIVING, COACH KAREN REYNOLDS
On Wednesday, the SGI dive team consisting of Samantha Zifra, Shannon O’Hara, and Alyssa Greaves attended the ECIC dive meet at Maryvale. All three girls qualified for this meet during the season with a qualifying dive score of at least 165 points. This is very exciting for SGI to have 3 solid divers, all that are returning next season as well! At the meet, there were 8 small school divers and 13 large school. All compete the same evening, but small schools are awarded separately. At the conclusion of the meet our three SGI divers represented our district and our team! Alyssa Greaves took 3rd place, Samantha Zifra took 4th place, and Shannon O’Hara took 5th place. These place values gives SGI Swimming and Diving team 45 points towards their ECIC championship which will be concluded Saturday with the swimming finals. I am so proud of how hard these girls have worked this season with their bravery and determination to try new dives is enlightening! Shannon and Sam will be representing SGI at the Class C/Sectional Meet on Nov. 2.
This past Saturday the Varsity Girls Swim Team competed in ECIC finals at Clarence High School. This year the girls finished the best they have ever in years. We took 3rd place!!! This is a huge accomplishment because last year we finished 6th overall. East Aurora led our league and Iroquois took 2nd. Many accomplishments happened at this meet that surprised us all! Elle Holland qualified for states in both the 100 free and the 100 back!!!! In addition to qualifying, she re-set and broke her own school records with two personal best times of her swim career. Her 100 free was swam in 53.85 and 100 back 1:00.36! Elle had two solid performances and took 2nd overall in both these individual events. We are so proud of Elle and her state qualifying times and look forward to what she does next week at our class meet and sectionals! McKenzie Galvin has shattered her personal best in the 500 swimming an amazing 5:54.25 taking 5th place, and in her 200 free she got another personal best of 2:11.81, fighting off the 5th place girl to earn a 4th place patch. Lauren Ditchey blasted out 2 personal best times in her individual swims surprising even herself! Her 200 IM time was a 2:30.40, taking a 5th place and her 100 breast was a 1:14.44 taking home a 3rd place patch. Carley Delaney swam her personal best in prelims for the 200 IM swimming a 2:43..05 and in the finals for 100 breast she swam her career best of 1:15.09 taking 5th place overall. Our 200 Medley Relay of Holland, Delaney, Lexi Blesy, and Allie Lavanture swam their best time, and only 1.5 seconds off the school record of a 2:01.04. They were able to pull off a 3rd place finish as well! The 200 freestyle relay of Lavanture, Hannah Bergner, Sydney Emley and Galvin took home 4th place patch as well as a best time of 1:51.36. Next week on November 1st our team will be representing Class C at ECC Burt Flickenger and our divers will be diving Thursday at Maryvale for their class meet. Another exciting meet to look forward to for our 19 girls representing SGI!