Section VI Scholar Athlete Champions:
2006 - 2007Winter ChampionsSection VI is pleased to congratulate Wilson Central Girls Basketball as the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Winter Sports!State Champion with a team GPA of 97.794
Congratulations to Wilson Central and the Varsity Girls Basketball Team for being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Team Scholar Athlete Champion. Wilson’s team of 13 varsity members placed first out of 352 teams in the state with a combined average of 97.794%. This is Wilson’s 2nd repeat scholar athlete State Championship in 2 sports (Girls Volleyball in 04-05) and they remain as Section VI’s only State Champion in the sport of Girls Basketball. Overall, Wilson has earned 5 Scholar Athlete State Championships in the last 3 years. Pictured from left to right are: Kadie Curry, Section VI Executive Secretary Robert Dinse, Brittany Casino, Camille Ortiz, Carrie Seabert, Kimberly Winquist, Coach Larry Lash, Athletic Director Charles Jufer. Missing: Katherine Wolcott.
Section VI is pleased to congratulate two teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Spring Sports:
Southwestern Boys Golf
The presentation was made on Wednesday June 13th at the annual Southwestern Central High School Awards Program. It was held in their high school auditorium and attended by the entire 9-12 student body and faculty along with many parents and other award presenters. The award was well received and I was happy to present it on behalf of the NYSPHSAA.
Front Row: Troy Finchbaugh,Doug Weaver,Elliott Domagola,Dan Swanson,Coach Mark SleggsBack Row: Don Scholla(State Rep.),Cameron Smith,Kelsey Gambrel,Duncan OleshakMedina Boys TennisState Champion with a team GPA of 97.692A perennial league title contender on the courts, Medina High School’s boys tennis squad has proved to be equally formidable as perennial state champions in the classroom. The Mustangs compiled a composite average of 97.692, the highest of more than 600 boys tennis programs in the state. This earned them a record setting fourth NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete State Championship. The four-peat is a first for any school in any sport in the state. “Earning it four years in a row epitomizes the efforts of the kids. They really put academics first” said Athletic Director Matt McKenna. “It ‘s a remarkable achievement and just a wonderful honor. They are building a rich tradition.”
The Mustangs have been equally successful on the court the past three years with one Niagara Orleans League Championship and two second place finishes including a 26 match-winning streak at one stretch.“As student athletes, these kids are involved in a lot of activities and they are very focused, very motivated and very disciplined to balance them all and be successful” said coach Chris Horgan. ”And they are very proud of this honor.”Schools of DistinctionNYSPHSAA announced that of the 8 schools in New York State that achieved the status of Scholar-Athlete “School of Distinction” for 2006-07, two were schools in Section 6: Clarence and Wilson. These schools achieved the “School of Distinction” status by having 100% of their interscholastic varsity sports teams earn above a 90.0% grade point average. This is the first year winning the award for Wilson with 16 teams. Clarence, with 29 teams, is receiving the award for the 3rd consecutive year. Both districts were honored and presented with the award at the Section VI Athletic Council meeting, Wed. Sept. 19 at the Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus in West Seneca.The “School of Distinction” award, in its fifth year of existence, is the highest award handed out in the Scholar-Athlete program. The purpose of the “School of Distinction” award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor in addition to the already established Scholar-Athlete Team Award program was initiated in 1991-1992 school year. Of the 28 schools that have won the award since its inception in 2002-03, 9 were Section VI schools. Congratulations to Clarence, and Wilson!Clarence High School
Pictured left to right: Joseph Gentile, Principal; Student Athletes John Inziana and Brianna Nemmer; Dr. Thomas Coseo, Superintendent; Lloyd Mott, NYSPHHAA Asst. Exec. Director; Greg Kaszubski, ADWilson High SchoolPictured left to right: Dr. Michael Wendt, Superintendent; Student Athlete Kevin Walch; Charles Jufer, AD; Lloyd Mott, NYSPHHAA Asst. Exec. Director; Student Athlete Kadie Curry; Dan Johnson, Principal