Story by Jon Dinan
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Coach: April Ackerman
Season Highlights: Boys went to Delhi Invitational and Reed Scott qualified for States and Federation.
Top Performers: Reed Scott and Eric Haberli. Chris Scott was our most improved runner.
Coach’s Comment: “We will be losing our top two runners but we’re hoping to a bit more summer running in the offseason will help get us prepared for next year. We improved steadily throughout the course of the season and I think that will carry over into next year.”
Coach: Debbie Owens
Record: 8-9, 1-5 league
Season Highlights: “Winning against Liberty on their home field and earning a sectional berth for the first time since 2005.
Top Performers: Richard Lander, midfielder/striker. This season he scored 16 goals and had one assist. For his varsity career, he scored 39 goals and had eight assists.
Eli Vaknin, midfielder/sweeper. This season he had nine assists; For his varsity career, he had 17 assists and one goal.
Coach’s comment: “We had several big games that highlighted our determination and competitiveness. One against Class A Port Jervis which we lost in the final minutes, and a game against Class B O’Neill which we won.”
Coach: Ron Bauer
Record: 6-3; 3-1 league
Season Highlights: “Making the playoffs. We also had three Class C All-Stars this year: Sawyer Erlwein, Brad Hemmer, and Scott Erdman and four honorable mentions: Cody Franskevicz, Andrew Stabbert, Brian Stauch, and Jared Meiola.”
Top Performers: Sawyer Erlwein accounted for almost 1,000 all purpose yards. Brad Hemmer was our leading receiver and Scott Erdman was a leading tackler.
Coach’s Comment: “We were a sophomore team this year. Next year they will be upper classmen. We’re hoping to have over twenty juniors next season.”
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Coach: Mike Ellmauer
Record: 8-8, 2-4 league
Season Highlights: “We made it to the sectionals for the first time in three years, and we played at O’Neill in our first round. The entire season was a highlight because we were very young with five freshmen and three sophomores out of 18 players.
“We were not expected to do well. However, the kids really worked hard, they really bought into the systems that we ran, and the chemistry between the girls was the best that I have ever seen. Every game was a highlight and a learning experience. Our improvement from the very beginning to the very end of the season was nothing short of amazing.”
Top Performers: Cassidy Sauer was our leading scorer; Katie Taylor, our only experienced defender and a great on-the-field teacher and Hannah Feinman, a four year starter at this level and our leading assist maker. We also had great seasons out of juniors Marianne Durkin, Jordan Parsons and Haley Puerschner; sophomore Carly Grishaber and freshmen Megan Brockner and Elaine Durkin.
Coach’s Comment: “What was really special about this team was how well they all got along, all of the different age levels, and how well they all played together. Our play was consistent regardless of how we played and where we played them. What a truly enjoyable team it was to work with! I believe we have a real bright future ahead of us.”
Coach: Dan Parisi
Season Highlights: “We gave the top three teams [in our league] a run for their money the second time we played them. I think they were expecting the same team, but we continued to progress.”
Top performers: Karalii Rabii, Erika Stauch and Catherine Lavinski.
Coach’s Comment: “It was really a pleasure working with this squad. They were a bunch of good girls with big hearts and strong determination. The seniors will be missed, but I’m encouraged by the returners that we have and girls coming up from JV. I’d like to tip my hat to Coach Molusky for the great job he did with the JV.