MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Central School held its 2013 Spring Sports Awards Night on Monday at the high school auditorium.
In the course of the evening, the coaches of the spring sports honored their teams and spoke of the athletic and academic accolades earned by their players.
While introducing the coaches, Athletic Director Gary Tischler paused at one point to make a brief remark which spoke volumes to explain the success and respect the school districts athletes have earned across Section 10 and the state.
There is a lot of good parenting going on in this district. There are so many quality people in the halls of this school, said Tischler who also offered his thanks to the administration and school board for their support of athletics and to the custodial staff for meticulously maintaining the schools athletic facilities.
Over the course of the evening 129 spring sports participants were honored by a small district which offers big-time spring opportunities for its student-athletes in: modified and varsity baseball, softball and track and field; boys and girls golf and girls lacrosse in a merger agreement with Canton.
BASEBALL: Coach Justin Richards, and his volunteer assistant Ian Glaser, recognized a Yellowjacket squad which went 9-7 overall highlighted by a 2-1 win over NAC East Division and Section 10 Class C Champion Norwood-Norfolk. Anchored by First Team All-NAC East selection Greg Thompson, the Jackets pitching staff posted a team ERA at 1.94. Zach Brock and Jacob Barney earned second team all-star honors and Eric Squires received the teams NAC Sportsmanship Award. Earning NAC All-Academic Awards were: Luke Miller, Eric Squires, Harrison VanBuren and James Hunt.
As a team pitching and defense kept us in most games. We were in every game until the last out was recorded, said Coach Richards.
The parents should be very proud, this was a great bunch of boys who love the game of baseball. It has been an honor to call myself their coach and get to know them on and off the field.
Team awards went to: catcher Jacob Barney - Golden Glove, Zach Brock - Silver Slugger for batting a team high .350, Greg Thompson - Cy Young Outstanding Pitcher after striking out 52 and walking only five while pitching to a 1.29 ERA, Jim Miller who improved his batting average by 200 points - Most Improved Player and Alex Baxter - Coaches Award.
Luke Miller, Dan Casada, Mike Thew and Mike Cummings also received special senior t-shirts.
GIRLS LACROSSE - As one of his final duties retiring Canton Girls Lacrosse Coach Sparky Newman honored Tess Knight for her contributions to the Golden Bear program as a merger student-athlete. Newman cited Knight for making immense contributions for the Lady Bears who reached the Section 10 Class C title game and projects that the M-W junior will be an candidate for NAC MVP honors next season.
MODIFIED BASEBALL: Coach Dave Bailey cited his 19-player squad, which included 11 seventh graders, for going 6-6 on the season, making dramatic skill improvement and developing excellent team chemistry while sharing playing time.
Members of the squad were: freshman Trevor Moulton, eighth graders Seth Gabri, Brian Middlemiss, Charlie Pryce, Nathan Lumley, Patrick Taillon and Chris Thew and seventh graders Grant VanBuren, Shane Tiernan, Shay Putney, Owen Uppstrom, Kyle Field, Dan Dominy, Evan Ryan, Ryan VanBuren, Caleb Lawrence, Josh Mikolay and Kever McDonald.
Girls Modified Softball: Coach Buffi Gabri cited her 24-player squad for its unselfishness and team play and thanked Steve Newcomb for his dedication to the players as an assistant coach. The Jackets went 9-5 and scored 96 of their 184 runs in the last six games.
Members of the team are: Hope Kingston, Hannah Mott, Josie Pandit, Ariana Ramsey, Cheryl Squires, Katie Travis, Ashley Curran, Kristen LeFleur, Kelsey Thisse, Lydia Maskell, Alyssa Gagnon, Hanna Hawkins, Kourtni Dix, Bethany Sochia, Marlaina Bush, Breanna Bushey, Brooke Nichols, Carlie Stoner, Logan Fairbridge, Chelsea Flynn, Briana Hammond, Sadie Newcombe, Jenna Marcellus,Danielle Hough, Brianna Hammond and Sadie Newcombe.
BOYS TRACK-FIELD: Coach Mike Zagrobleny recognized his squad as one that was very team oriented while achieving a series of individual milestones.
Leading the way was senior Austin Scott who set five school records in his first and only season of outdoor track-field and erased two marks that stood for 25 years. Scott, who plans to run collegiately at Worcester Polytechic Institute in Massachusetts, capped his season by taking 27 seconds off his own 3200 meter run record in the state championships.
In other record setting efforts Randy Ball matched the school record in the 100 dash and combined with Maurice Rease, Connor Maskel and Richard Wright to set a new school mark in the 4x100 dash.
Also in attendance and honored at the awards night were: Josh Patnaude, T.J. Hill, John Kenney, Ian Hawkins, Tom McLaughlin, Nick Zeledon and Austing Lanning.
GIRLS TRACK-FIELD - Coach Larry LaMeres squad of 13 performers continued a long tradition of success in the program going 7-3 and placing third in the Northern Conference and at the VanDusen Invitational at OFA and earning a New York State Scholar Athlete Team Award.
It was an amazing effort by these girls. There are 51 positions available in a meet and we filled all of those spots almost every meet because all of the girls were willing to do everything that was asked of them, said Coach LaMere.
And they were very able led by SUNY Plattsburgh bound Katie Marcellus who earned first team All-NAC honors in the shot put at the Section 10 Championships, Manfield State bound Lauren Orosz who placed second in the 2000 steeplechase and Taylor Lenney who placed second in the 200 dash and combined with Blake Orosz, Makayla Blair and Gabriella Scott for a second place finish in the 4x100 Dash.
Other members of the Coach LaMeres untiring Bakers Dozen were: state meet qualifier Cassidy Scott, Schiler Ashley, Kaleigh Field, Hannah Marcellus, Angie Matthie, Olivia Parmeter and Zoey Zagrobleny. Carrie Mayette represented the modified team at the banquet.
GIRLS SOFTBALL: Coach Tim Dashnaw cited his team for their very consistent efforts in a very strong NAC East Division.
We played in a very tough league with a lot of excellent pitchers and we competed very well, said Coach Dashnaw.
We were much better than our 5-11 record would indicate. And we had a very good chance of beating Chateaugay in the sectionals but the game was rained out twice.
Coach Dashnaw and his players offered special thanks to longtime assistant coaches Millard Rogers and Tom Appleby and Emily Uppstrom displayed a special plaque of appreciation the girls had made for Coach Appleby.
Desirae Pryce and Blair Cryderman earned Second Team All-NAC East honors and Taylor Marcellus earned the teams NAC Sportsmanship Award.
NAC All-Academic Awards were earned by Blair Cryderman, Bridget Beldock, Brittani Dawley, Katyln Dominy and Allison Fobare. Coach Dashnaw presented team awards to Desirae Pryce who batted .483 as the Outstanding Offensive Player, Blair Cryderman as the Team MVP and Bridget Beldock as the recipient of the Coaches Award.
Also recognized at the awards night were: Paige Moulton, Caitlin Dominie, Mariah Patenaude
GOLF: Coach Aaron Jones presided over the final presentation honoring his 10-1-1 NAC Division II Champions who earned a New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Award.
Golf is a very unique sport because coaches dont coach during match. The players turn in their scores and we talk about their experiences after the match, said Jones who offered his thanks to longtime volunteer assistant coach Bill Gotsch. These players have dedication for the game, they had a great season and the best thing is that they are all coming back next year.
Leading the Jackets were: Jeff Mott who earned First Team All-NAC D2 honors and finished as one of the Section 10 first-day leaders at the New York State Championships and Alex Hammond who went undefeated in NAC matches. Mary Young and Emily Cappella represented M-W well in the girls matchups.
NAC All-Academic Awards were earned by Hammond, Preston Dominie, Mary Young and T.J. Gagnon. Other members of the team were: Hunter Wilmart, Jacob Seguin, Zeb Zagrobelny, Wade Lawrence, Brackston Chambers and Colby McCall