Section VI Scholar Athlete Champions:
2001 - 2002Fall ChampionsNYSPHSAA has announced that Section VI had two State Scholar Athlete Champions in fall sports:Clarence High School Girls Swimming - GPA 97.439
For the third time in four years, the Clarence Girls Swimming Team earned the honor of achieving the highest composite grade point average in the state of New York. State Champion honors for a third time is a first at Clarence High School.The Clarence swim team earned a composite grade point average of 97.439 as posted by the minimum eleven swimmers. The student athletes selected were Ashley Poelma, Jennifer Brinkman, Nicole Slootsky, Lindsay Scott, Emily Caruana, Ariana Hawkes, Jennifer Adams, Christine Martinez, Jessie Carney, Lauren Byers, and Ashlee Patnode with averages ranging from 96.25 to 99.43. A total of forty-one swimmers earned averages of ninety or above. The swim team is coached by Eric McClaren, Abby Cohen, and Katie Sugg.Pioneer Field Hockey- GPA 95.602They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but the way things are going for Pioneer student athletes, it could be the start of an electrifying era.On the heels of last spring's State Scholar/Athlete Award for the Pioneer Golf Team, The Panther's Field Hockey Team has won the fall 2001 State Scholar/Athlete honor, with a scholastic average of 95.602."This is an honor that can be truly shared by the athletes, their parents, their teachers and anyone who has contact with them since they started school," said Coach Jana Landahl. "These kids are bright, fun, hard-working and easy to coach."Pioneer's golf team was tops in the state last spring with a cumulative average of 96.980, marking the first time a team from Pioneer received this statewide honor. This fall the Lady Panthers competed against 135 other teams and over 1600 fellow field hockey players. In field hockey, the top 12 players have their un-weighted scholastic averages considered for this award. The selected Pioneer players were Rachel George, Misty Waite, Amanda Glasner, Kristina Raab, Erica Colwell, Sandra Cook, Emily Kandel, Amy Neamon, Coty Reisdorf, Danielle Zink, Lissa Landahl, and Kelsey Landahl.
Not only are these students winners in the classroom, but they had a very successful season on the field. Their record was 11-4 including a 7-1 mark in league play. The y were ECIC Division II co-champions, with 7 players selected to various all-star teams. Lissa Landahl became Pioneer's second 1st team all WNY athlete in Field Hockey. "One of the most important aspects is that through athletics, we are helping to mold well-rounded individuals" said Mrs. Landahl. "The combination of competition and good academics helps to breed excellence.""Winning this award last spring was very gratifying" said Pioneer Athletic Director Jim Graczyk. "It set the standard. This fall's field hockey team accepted the challenge and kept the tradition going.Winter ChampionsNYSPHSAA has announced that Section VI has two teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Winter Sports:Iroquois Boys Basketball - State Champion with a team GPA of 96.425The Iroquois Central School Varsity Boys Basketball Team was declared Scholar/Athlete State Champion for the Winter Season 2001-2002 with a team Grade Point Average of 96.40. This is the second consecutive season the team has achieved state champion status! The following players helped attain this high honor (grade and GPA listed below)Congratulations to the boy’s basketball team and the other twenty varsity teams that have qualified for the Scholar/Athlete Program.NameGradeGPATom Kolaarczyk1098.63Brian Argauer1298.50John Himenez1298.33Scott Reilly1297.71Dan Cline1296.33Nathan Regdos992.75John Huetter1092.71Jon Jarnot1290.17Iroquois Boys Bowling - State Champion with a team GPA of 94.504The Iroquois Central School Boys Bowling Team was declared Scholar/Athlete State Champion for the Winter Season 2001-2002. A team of 8 varsity members placed first out of 30 teams in the state with a combined average of 94.504%. This is Iroquois’ 13th Scholar/Athlete State Championship in the 11 years since the state program began, the 1st for the Iroquois Boys Bowling team, and Section VI’s 1st Scholar/Athlete State Championship in boys bowling since 1994-95.The following players helped attain this high honor (grade and GPA listed below)