Wrestling, Coach Mark Vogel

After a tough loss to Pioneer, the Springville Wrestling Griffs were able to bounce back and have some team success at the Franklinville Varsity Wrestling tournament this past Saturday.  Ian Baker and Mikey Evans both went 3-0 to take home first place, and Matt Evans wrestled strong to take home a fifth place finish.  Mikey Evans was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament; a prestigious award voted on by all of the coaches.

This past weekend, a few Springville wrestlers competed in the ECIC’s championships at Starpoint High School.  Ian Baker took third place after going 3-1.  Ian pinned his opponent, Brad Straw from Sweet Home, in the consolation finals in the second period.  His lone loss came against the number one seed, Joe Andresson from Lancaster. Mikey Evans went 3-2, and Matt Evans went 2-2 in the tournament.  Mikey’s two wins came by technical fall (19-2) against Radwan Alderwish from Lackawanna and a first period pin against Blake Colantino from Eden; he  also pinned Owen Weller from Frontier in the second period..  Shilo Rogers showed a lot of growth and wrestled two tough matches, but came up short in each.  Shilo has shown growth and maturity over the course of the season and we expect him to only devote himself further and improve as his career moves forward.

The Griffs have a busy week, wrestling dual matches against Tonawanda and Eden on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Kenton for a JV/Varsity tournament on Saturday.  Good luck Griffins!

Varsity Boys Swimming and Diving, Coach Duane Boberg, Assistant Coach Ryan Dygert

On Friday night, the Varsity Boys Swimming and Diving team traveled to Eden for their final away meet of the season.  The result would determine who would be taking 2nd place in the division behind East Aurora.

Ultimately, the Eden Dolphins were able to prove victorious with a 104-82 victory, yet the Griffins were able to sustain numerous best times and a few more ECIC qualifying times in the final chance of the season.

Meet Highlights:

Springville was able to secure 2nd place in the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Dominic Hartenstein, Jon Boberg, Zach Hughey, and Elliot Emley.

Along with the 2nd place in the 200 Medley, Dominic was able to also take 1st place in the 100 Backstroke, 2nd place in the 50 Freestyle, and help the 400 Freestyle Relay to a 2nd place finish as well.

Jon, along with the 2nd place in the 200 Medley, also took first in the 100 Butterfly, and first in the 100 Breaststroke while also being on the winning 200 Free Relay.

In the 200 Freestyle, Kurt Uschold was able to secure a first-place finish for the Griffins, along with a first place in the 500 Freestyle.  Kurt also was on the 400 Freestyle Relay that finished in 2nd place.

Elliot Emley was able to take 2nd in the 100 Freestyle and 3rd in the 50 Freestyle, along with the 2nd place finish in the 200 Medley Relay.  Elliot was also on the winning 200 Freestyle Relay.

Zach Hughey was able to take 3rd place in the 200 IM, while taking part in all three top finishing relays for the Griffins.

Wyatt Fuller was able to win Diving, while also being in the 200 Medley B Relay that took 4th, and also the 200 Free B Relay that took 4th.

Dakota Schelble took 3rd in Diving while also swimming in the 200 IM, also swimming on the 200 Medley Relay that took 4th, along with swimming on the 200 Free Relay that took 4th.

Special mention to Nathan Myers who was able to drop his 100 Breaststroke time by nearly 4 seconds to qualify for ECIC’s Next Saturday, with a time that secured him a 3rd place finish.

Austin Yetter took 4th in the 200 Freestyle, and 3rd in the 100 Fly while also contributing to the 200 Medley B Relay.

Blaze Schelble was able to score for the Griffins in both the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle while also taking part in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Bret DeFrain was able to score for the Griffins in the 100 Free, and also swam in 3 relays for the Griffins.

Modified Girls Basketball, Coach Kim Pazzuti

The modified girls basketball team captured their first win of the season over Lakeshore last week, 30-19. Melanie Barry was the team’s leading scorer with 10 points, followed by Sarah O’Neal adding eight points, Meghan Rehrauer with five points, Jamie Dickinson with three points, and Autumn Woodruff and Haley Hayden both adding two points. Great defense play was led by Katelyn Mesch, Serenity Heim, Mackenzie Steff, Hannah Carrow, Lily Vanuga, and Avery Boyles. Way to go SGI!

Indoor Track, Coach Joseph Marvin

Russell and Sacilowski New School Record Holders

In the border war of section 5 vs section 6 at Houghton college on January 21st the Griffins held their own running many season best times and breaking two school records. Freshman Sonya Krezmien started the day out for the Griffs with a season best time in the 3000 of 11:03.33 shaving off 9 seconds. She followed that up with a 5:25 1500 meter race, another strong performance. Sophomore Payton Rowe ran a clean hurdle race and finished with a 10.05 in the 55 hurdles which is just off her season best 9.99 time. Chloe Chamberlain ran a personal best 7.69 in the 55 dash and improved her sectional standings.  In the weight throw Marykate Beyer through a season best 29’8.25” and Allison Lavanture jumped a season best 14’9” in the long jump. Both marks just missing sectional qualifying standards by inches. In the 1000 Lizzy Miranda ran a personal best 3:23.23 in the first heat which was a 6 second improvement. In the second heat of the 1000 Elle Russell ran a school record breaking and sectional qualifying time of 3:18.11. This broke McKenzie Maloy’s record by about a half second. In the very next race on the track Corrin Sacilowski took 3rd place overall and broke the school record by 16 seconds with a time of 7:49.6 games in the 1500 meter race walk. Corrin is now the indoor and outdoor record holder for this event.

Elle and Corrin have both been working towards these goals for some time now and it’s wonderful to see two such great student athletes set and accomplish their goals.  It is a pleasure to coach them and we as a coaching staff are excited to see how they and their teammates will finish out the season.

Varsity Girls Basketball, Coach Bob Gainey

The Varsity girls basketball team dropped a non league game to Maryvale Tuesday night by a score of 55-34. The girls could only muster up nine points in the opening half, which helped Maryvale take a big lead going into halftime. The third quarter was a different story as the team scored 17 points, led by 12 points by Julia Krzemien, to help pull the team to within 12 points going into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately the girls allowed too many easy interior baskets which stopped the girls rally. Solid performances were turned in by Julia Krzemien (game high 21 points,) Carrie Dickinson (5 points,) and Ryan Stedman played some excellent defense. Lexi Sopko did a great job of communicating and battling on the interior for offensive and defensive positioning. The girls will look to get back on track when they travel to Holland on Thursday night.

The Springville Griffins varsity bowling teams competed in two road matches this week, January 23rd at Pioneer and January 24th at Lackawanna.

Boys and Girls Bowling, Coach Kevin Farner

The girls’ team lost at Pioneer by a score of 7-0, and won at Lackawanna 7-0. Mariah Gamel, who currently leads the ECIC Small School division with a 180 average, was top scorer both days, rolling a 212 game and a 577 series at Pioneer and 220-579 at Lackawanna. Freshman Cece Krezmien also fired a personal best 190-507 in the Lackawanna victory. The win evened the team’s season record at 4 wins, 4 losses.

The boys’ team avenged their only defeat of the season with an exciting come from behind 5-2 win at Pioneer. Both the “A” team and the “B” team lost their first game to fall behind 2-0, but the determined Griffs stormed back to sweep the last two games and total pins to keep their hopes for a second consecutive division championship alive. Emmitt Collins was top scorer for Springville with a 580 series, followed closely by Daimen Skinner with 570 and Austin Coon with 214-566.

The boys won 6-1 at Lackawanna, in a match that was not nearly as close but just as important in Springville’s title chase. Nick Abdo led a balanced Griffins attack with 207-593, Skinner contributed 211-579, Matt Agle had his season best with 216-572, Coon chipped in with 242-568, and Collins shot a 217 game. The entire eight-man Griffins team averaged an impressive 183 per game for the match.

A look at the season long stats for the division show Abdo second overall in average and Coon third with 186 and 184. They are chasing Pioneer’s Karson Hulburt’s division leading 188. Springville tops the team standings with a 7-1 mark, followed by Pioneer’s 6-2 and Lackawanna’s 6-3.

Springville’s regular season wraps up with a home contest against the Lackawanna Steelers on Jan. 31, and an away match at Eden on Feb. 6.