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SGI Coaches Corner, Nov. 2, 2017

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 Evans 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 VOLLEYBALL, COACH KRISTIN HUGHEY

The varsity volleyball team ended their 2017 season Monday night in semi-finals losing to Alden in a long 5 set match.

The Griffs played well but dropped the first 2 games, 25-21 and 25-16.  But the girls came back with force winning games 3 and 4.  Caroline Roy was an unstoppable force at the net with 9 kills and 8 blocks in those games.  Sydney Rosati’s defense was incredibly consistent all night.  sydney is credited for 21 assists.  Senior and captain Mallory Robel also played solid defense and served for 17 points during the match.

The crowd was on its feet for the deciding game #5.  Alden started with a lead, and the Griffs just couldn’t close the gap.

MVP of the night goes to freshman setter Rachel Stressinger!  Rachel was called up to varsity just last week and stepped in to set a 5-1 for playoffs.

Congratulations to the whole team for a tremendous season!!

VARSITY FOOTBALL

Last Wednesday night, the Varsity Griffins wrapped up their 2017 season with a 42 – 18 loss at Alden.  The defeat dropped the Griffs to 1 – 8 for their campaign.

Alden would take a 14 – 0 lead early on following a pair of long touchdown passes, but the Griffins would battle back.  Jordan Salzler keyed a Springville scoring drive with a 38 yard run and finished the scoring march with a 2 yard touchdown run to pull the Griffs within 8 points.  Jake Perkins forced a fumble for the Springville defense on the ensuing Alden drive.  The Griffs would capitalize on the turnover and punch in a 2 yard touchdown run by Matt Evans to tighten the score to 14 – 12.

Springville’s defense made sure this score held up until halftime as Topher Elkins and Luke O’Neal would each grab interceptions late in the second quarter.  Jackson Richert and Andrew Lazarus would combine on another forced fumble in the fourth quarter that Springville recovered.  The four forced turnovers marked a new season high after registering their previous high of three in last week’s victory over Tonawanda.

Alden continued to pour on the big plays in the second half as they scored on touchdown runs of 95, 18, and 53 yards to build what would turn out to be a big enough lead to secure the win.

Springville would add their final score of the season as Nick Emmick would connect on a 43 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Albrecht.  Bryson Black tallied his first 100 yard rushing game for the Griffins in the season ending 42 – 18 defeat.

MODIFIED GIRLS’ SOCCER, COACH CHRIS MATHEWSON

After an 0-4 start, the girls finished the season 2-0-2 the second time through the schedule to finish 2-4-2.

During that stretch, the team tied Eden 1-1 and East Aurora 2-, and beat Lake Shore 5-0 and Pioneer 3-1.

Goal scorers for the season included: Dru Robinson with 7, Arianna Smith with 2, Serenity Heim with 2, Paige Rosenswie with 1 and Brooke Judkiewicz with 1.

The turn around the second half of the season is a credit to the girls working through a tough start and coming together as a team.

Madi Lissner developed into a solid goal keeper who made a lot of big stops during the season.

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