By Coach Greg Miller
The 2017-18 boys Springville basketball season has come to an end for the Griffins, but it was a year of many successes. Overall, the team struggled in their divisional play as Springville came in second to last place in ECIC Div. 3. With two wins and 10 losses in league, we were not able to accomplish all of our team goals that we wanted to achieve.
Overall, we had a 5 and 16 record including our Holiday Tournament victory over winter break. We had some nice non-league games that displayed a lot of growth and development from our players. We had two big league wins against East Aurora, one that was capped off with an overtime victory. Both were team wins and we were able to sweep them in season play which has not been accomplished in many years. We came up short in our playoff game against Burgard; however, we were able to play a tough game against them closing the gap to 7 in the middle of the 3rd quarter.
The team chemistry this year was great and players learned to play unselfishly which turned out to lead to more opportunities of success; however, we didn’t always take advantage of them. There was team chemistry, laughter, excitement, and joy this season as all players really worked well with each other and put in great effort all the time. There was also defeat and disappointment at times.
Overall, the record does not reflect the team we were. Our players were dedicated, passionate and excited throughout the year, and they all played with a lot of heart, which that is something we stressed and asked for from the start. This built up morale, excitement, and enjoyment to play the game.
Some standouts for this year included great play from senior leaders including Matt Sion who won the MIP award, Anthony Lasker, Tyler Kostelny, and Mike Place. These gentlemen will be greatly missed next year and al of them were great leaders for the program. They were always motivating and putting their very best whenever they stepped on the court.
With seven juniors and one freshman returning, our team will be experienced and ready to achieve our goal of winning the division. Some of these players had great years including Mason Goodridge, who was named not only the teams MVP, but was also named the Player of the Year and Sportsmanship award in Division 3 of ECIC, and made 1st Team All ECIC. Goodridge set a new scoring record for single season points at 516, and tied Jeff Piscitelli’s record for single game scoring at 44 points.
Adam Pruitt led the team in rebounds and was the second leading scorer on the team. He was a vital part to the team this year, recording a serious amount of minutes on the court.
Other juniors who made a mark this year included Adam Ditchey, who received the Bob Schlagerter award, as a dedicated and passionate player. Austin Lux, Tyler Attebery, Alex Francisco, and Mike Sobota were great contributors to the team both offensively and defensively. These guys stepped up when called upon and were always putting in the time to help the team to succeed. Finally, Austin Boies was called up to varsity from the JV team midseason and it seemed like he never missed a beat. He was able to step into a comfortable role as 6th man and played really well. With these eight gentlemen returning and some of the JV guys moving up, we will have a great opportunity to be successful next year.
As coach, I am very proud of each of these players. They work hard, have a great attitude towards the game and each other, and really strive to become better players and individuals. Again, it was an honor to work with these athletes and I look forward to next year and wish those the best of luck who are graduating at the end of the school year.