By Anya Tikka
Season Highlight: “The most exciting game was against Tri-Valley that we won in triple overtime. Tyler Knapp scored the winning. It was a team effort, and Knapp was there at the right time.”
Kean noted that among the key players for the Yellowjackets this season were Zak Dilles and Anthony Moriggia. Dilles, a linebacker, led the team in tackles and was named to the Democrat’s All-Star team. Moriggia was a nose guard on defense and center on offense.
Coach’s Comment: “I believe it’s the same record they had the previous year,” said first-year Coach Pat Kean.
“The reason for the record is that in our division, we happened to have very good teams this year. We played against Chester, who ended up going to the state finals.
Looking Ahead: The team will be losing a good group of eight seniors, Kean noted. But he’s looking forward to working with the younger members of the squad.
“There’s good talent coming through,” he commented. “I think the team is going to be very good next year.”
Season Highlight: Making the section tournament for the first time in 10 years, knowing they had to win or tie the last three games.
Coach’s Comment: “It was a really fun year,” said Gass, who is in his sixth year of leading the team. “The players were all friends, and worked well together. They also worked over the summer, just getting together to play, went to camps and kept in shape.”
Gass noted that striker Brian Hazen and goalie Travis Steimle benefited from attending soccer camp at West Point for the last five years. Steimle also plays year-round on a Warwick travel team. “It’s made him a lot better, and he’ll be able to play college soccer in the fall,”Gass said.
Looking Ahead: “It’s going to be a young team next year,” Gass said.
Girls’ Cross Country
Season Highlight: Christine Donnelly was the OCIAA Division V Champion. She and Sara Malzahn qualified for the state championship where they finished 46th and 81st respectively.
Donnelly, a senior, was named the Section IX Class D Sportsmanship Award Winner and to the OCIAA Third Team.
The team was once again named a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team.
Coach’s Comment: “We have some very good individual runners on the team, but because the school is the smallest in the league, it always ends up not showing up well in the championships,” Frank Schorling said.
Looking Ahead: The team is going to lose three seniors to graduation Tamara Bodnaruik, Erika Bowring and Christine Donnelly.
But Schorling noted that most of the team members will be returning next year. And most of those athletes train throughout the year.
Boys’ Cross Country
Season Highlight: Hunter Proscia was the OCIAA Division V individual champion and the team finished second.
Alex Campanella repeated as Section IX Class D Champion. Both Campanella and Proscia qualified for the the State Championship Meet where Campanella finished a close second in the Class D boys’ race, while Proscia was 15th.
Campanella was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for most of the season among the state’s Class D runners and Proscia was among the top 10. The team ranked between ninth and 15th in the state Class D poll throughout the season.
Proscia was named the winner of the Section IX Class D Sportsmanship Award. He and Campanella were both named to the OCIAA First Team.
Coach’s Comment: “Most of the meets are multi-meets and we’re always the smallest school, often going against Warwick or Tri-Valley, that are much bigger,” Frank Schorling he said. “But we always do well when we compete in Section IX Class D.”
Schorling added that the team’s 49 record is a little disappointing, because at least half of the losses were due to not competing as a full team. At least five of the boys went down at some period with sickness, injuries and accidents, he noted.
Looking Ahead: Most of the team members should return next year. Proscia was the only senior for the Yellowjackets this autumn.
Season Highlight: The Lady Yellowjackets defeated Chapel Field, 5-0, in an away game.
Coach’s Comment: “We were unlucky with the injuries right from the beginning of the season,”Kelly Robertson said. “I had six girls go down with injuries, and they could not return to play.” Robertson added the girls are given a summer exercise schedule, and in addition they can attend soccer camps and play on travel soccer teams.
Looking Ahead: Six seniors will be leaving the team, but Robertson noted that there are team members who are ready to step up to take their place if they are “motivated and determined to practice over the offseason.”