MADRID - The Madrid-Waddington School District held its annual Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday evening.
The event was held much later than usual for the best of reasons.
It was delayed because of the extended postseason of the Section 10 Class D Champion Boys Basketball Team which played in the regional finals of the New York State Tournament.
The success of the boys team climaxed a winter sports season of unprecedented success.
This is a Championship Night, said M-W Athletic Director Gary Tischler
We have six different teams which won titles to honor tonight. We are here to honor of the commitment of our athletes on a very special night.
Along with Section 10 Boys Basketball title, the M-W Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Girls Basketball teams both shared the NAC East Division titles.
The outstanding tradition of M-W merger athletes was continued at the highest level. Athletes from M-W helped Canton to a regular season title in Girls Hockey and an unbeaten NAC season and an overall Section 10 Championship in Girls Indoor Track-Field.
Playing hockey at Canton is a great experience for me. It is like having two families, one at Madrid-Waddington aznd one at Canton, said Blake Orosz who earned First Team All League honors skating for the Golden Bears.
Norwood-Norfolk Boys Hockey drew great dividends from a group of M-W athletes in winning the NAC and Section 10 Division 2 Championships.
BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL
Coach Aaron Jones team entered the postseason as the number seven Class D seed in the Section 10 Tournament.
The Jackets ended the postseason as Section 10 Class D Champions for a third straight year and came close to becoming one of the top four teams in New York State.
Our season contained some hills, potholes, bumps and obstacles but we crossed them all, said Jones.
In the playoffs, we beat number two Morristown, number three Lisbon and posted a sweet win over Chateaugay. In the regionals, we outworked Moriah of Section 7 but they were a good team and their size hurt us.
Coach Jones presented special Senior Awards to his Four Horsemen Seniors of Jacob Barney, a second team All-NAC East selection, who played on three Class D Championship teams, Alex Hammond who received the teams NAC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award, All-Academic Award recipient T.J. Gagnon and Zach Brock.
Other members of the team were sophomores Aaron Armstrong and David Odendahl, juniors Mike Thew, DaKota Matthie, All-Academic Award recipients Austin Lanning and Harrison VanBuren and Brandon Vice. Moving up the JV team after the regular season were: Wade Lawrence, Jordan Arquitt and Dylan Wolf.
There are so many people I want to thank especially the players and their parents, my family and my assistant coaches Tim Dashnaw, Matt OBryan and my father Denny Jones.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Coach Gary Tischler thanked volunteer assistant coach Brad Knight and praised his team for leading the league in smiling as they composed a 16-4 record and shared the NAC East Division title with Chateaugay. The number 13 Jackets were also part of a five team Section 10 Class D contingent which earned places in the NYS Top 20 throughout the season.
We had a great season. Our only losses were to Section 10 Class B Champion Canton, Chateaugay which shared the division title with us and Section 10 Class D Champion Heuvelton which beat us twice. said Tischler.
Tess Knight was honored as the Co-MVP of the NAC East, Olivia Parmeter was honored as a second team all-star and Desiree Pryce received the teams NAC Sportsmanship Award. Knight and Pryce also received Captains Awards and Knight, Jenn King, a First Team All-NAC East selection, Mary Young and Sam Dugan all received All-Academic Awards. Rounding out the team were: Kayleigh Field, Hannah Marcellus and Kennedy Murray.
Eight proved to enough for Coach Danielle Armstrongs energetic squad which was cited for creating a buzz throughout the winter season. Jessica LaMay and Michelle Finnegan received Captains Awards and Samantha Hall received the Most Improved Cheerleader Award. Other members of the team are: Bethany Sochia, Alyssa Norman, Corrine McKnight, Alyssa Sabre and Dia Richards.
CANTON GIRLS HOCKEY
Three Madrid-Waddington athletes helped Canton Central win the Upstate New York Hockey League regular season title. The Bears lost to Potsdam in the playoff championship game and the Stoners went on to share the state title. Continuing the M-W tradition in the sport were First Team All-Star Blake Orosz, Jenna Marcellus and Megan McCall.
CANTON INDOOR TRACK-FIELD
Madrid-Waddington provided a very strong contingent for both the Boys and Girls teams at Canton Central.
Cassidy and Gabby Scott, Kerri Mayette, Sara Evans and Taylor Harris were part of a Section 10 Champion Lady Bears squad which ranks among the best indoor teams ever assembled in Section 10.
Connor Maskel was honored as the Most Valuable Performer of the Boys Team and Brendan ONeill was also a very productive scorer for the squad.
The merger athletes are very special to me. They are always dead serious when they arrive for practice and I always know what I am getting, said Whiteford.
I do worry about them driving over everyday but they always assure me that they take it easy.
N-N Coach Paul Durant was on hand to honor eight M-W student-athletes who contributed to a banner season by the Icemen who won the NAC Division II and the Section 10 Division II title.
The 17-5 Icemen set a school record for wins, bowed out of the state tournament in a 6-5 loss to the eventual state champion and earned a number four ranking in the final NYS Division II Poll.
The hockey merger between Norwood-Norfolk and Madrid-Waddington is one of the most successful in Section 10. I think it is the oldest, said Durant.
This merger has always worked well. Most of players have played together on different teams over the years and all of the M-W guys are really good kids.
Leading the M-W contingent was Kayden Pickering who set a freshman scoring record at N-N with 30 goals and 28 assists, earned First Team All-NAC honors and Second Team All-State honors. Other M-W athletes contributing to the great season were: Jeff Mott, Tyler Forbare, Shane Cryderman, Josh Reed, Tanner Uppstrom, Zeb Zagrobleny, and Grant VanBuren.
GIRLS JV BASKETBALL
Starting the season with an extremely young team featuring six seventh and eight graders, Coach Larry LaMere set some modest goals. Goals were totally outdistanced as the Jackets went 14-3 and shared the NAC East title with Chateaugay.
We far exceeded my expectations and came within a point of going undefeated in our division, said Coach LaMere who thanked his longtime assistant Millard Rogers, and had Brooke Nichols read a poem she wrote about the team which spoke of how the Jackets prevailed by forming one heart and one spirit.
Members of the team were: Brook Nichols, Liz Froats, Logan Fairbridge, Kristin LeFleur, Danielle Hough, Ariana Ramsey, Morgan Burns, Camryn Chester, Sydney Hosmer and Kellsey Tiernan.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
Coach Tim Dashaw called his teams record much better than expected and cited the team for its work ethic and improvement. Representing the team at the awards night were: Dylan Wolf, Seth Gabri and Chris Thew.
MODIFIED BOYS BASKETBALL
Coach Shane Sudol cited his 11-6 team for tremendous improvement in playing consistent team offense and defense. Representing the team at the awards night were: Evan Ruddy, Jesse LaMere, Timmy Allen and Jake Robinson.
MODIFIED GIRLS BASKETBALL
This season was very rewarding We started off individually coming together on a good note but fell into a little rut. But then we came back and really pulled it together and ended the season with 14 combined wins, said Coach Buffi Gabri.
I am very proud of their positive attitudes, their intense work ethic and their sense of humor.
Seventh graders on the team were: Mackenzie Sharpe, Alyssa Mayette-Oshier, Cree Cordwell, Alexis Rivera, Larissa Marchuat, Sadie Conger, Cheyenne Planty, Alexa Caswell, Stephanie Curran and Madlin Doelger. Eighth graders were: Celse McAloon, Brianna Hammond, Cassandra Sharlow, Emily Bracy, Breanna Bouchey, Cameryn Paige and Kathryne Harper. Scorekeepers were Jenna Dix and Kate-lyn Vice.