Section VI Scholar Athlete Champions:
2000 - 2001Fall ChampionsNYSPHSAA has announced that Section VI had three State Scholar Athlete Champions in fall sports:Iroquois Central High School Football Team - GPA 95.856The 2000 Iroquois Varsity Football Team proved this season that they could not only perform on the field but also in the classroom. The Chiefs won the "A" Bowl Championship and finished with a record of 7 – 3 while breaking 30 school records! Equally impressive was the team’s accomplishment in the classroom. Twenty members of the 38 – man roster had a 90 or above average and the top 12 had a State-high GPA of 95.856 (1st out of 132 schools)! The 2000 Football season truly was successful, both on the field and in the classroom!Springville Griffith Institute Boys Soccer Team - GPA 95.523Improving considerably over the past four seasons, the Springville-G.I. Boys Varsity Soccer team finished the 2000 season with an overall record of 9 wins to 9 losses and a division record of 5 wins to 7 losses, missing a playoff berth by one victory. However, this disappointment was somewhat tempered by the honor of being named the NYSPHSAA State Champion Scholar Athletes! This award is a direct result of a total team commitment to academic achievement, shown by the winning average of 95.52 for the top twelve players and an overall team average of 89.04. In all, fourteen players earned scholar-athlete honors and the team is proud to have a banner to display in our gymnasium! Essential to the team success was a strong positive attitude in both winning and losing games; no matter the score, this team worked together and encouraged each other to do their personal best. Led by captains (honor students) Shawn Parker (96.44 average, eight goals and five assists) and Greg Salzler (98.14 average, two goals and one assist), this team placed equal emphasis on game and academic performance. Eleven out of the top fourteen academics were starters or important reserves including All-WNY Second Team All-Stars Paul Goodrich and Adam Phillips, also honorable mentions Salzler, Parker and goalkeeper Chris Giroux. They are a great bunch of guys and I was pleased with their behavior, both on and off the field. Many of the opposing coaches and referees commented on the clean and consistent effort the team exhibited; they are to be commended for their honor and their commitment to the team, to the game and to their education.Sweet Home Central High School Girls Volleyball Team - GPA 96.159At the 2000 NYSPHSAA Girls Volleyball Tournament at SUNY at Stonybrook, Sweet Home defeated North Rockland from Section I three straight times. Unfortunately the Lady Panthers lost to the same team three times in a row to narrowly lose the state title.
The State Tournament is a familiar place for Sweet Home. From 1990-1995, the Lady Panthers won the first six state titles given. To advance to the states this year, Sweet Home stormed to three-game sweeps in the Section VI Championship over Lancaster at Buffalo State College and in the Far West Regionals over Canandaigua at Geneseo State. Including tournament play, the Lady Panthers finished the season 37-3 and with the No. 1 ranking in the Buffalo News Large School Coaches Poll.To its many athletic accomplishments, this teams adds the highly coveted academic award of State Scholar Athlete Champion. With eleven team members averaging 96.159, the Girls Volleyball team proved they are tough competitors in the classroom as well as on the court!The team was coached by Kathy Neelon.Winter ChampionsNYSPHSAA has announced that Section VI has three teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Winter Sports:Iroquois Boys Basketball - State Champion with a team GPA of 96.186The Iroquois Central School Varsity Boys Basketball Team was declared Scholar/Athlete State Champion for the Winter Season 2000 – 2001 with a team Grade Point Average of 96.185. The following players, with their averages, helped attain this high honor:NameGradeGPABrian Argauer1196Brian Carey1295.570Brian Faith1295.170John Jimenez1197.430David Monte1197.630Scott Reilly1194.500Tom Kolarczyk997John Huetter992.290Jon Jarnot1191.830Iroquois Wrestling- State Champion with a team GPA of 95.289The Iroquois Central School Varsity Wrestling Team was declared Scholar/Athlete State Champion for the Winter Season 2000 – 2001 with a team Grade Point Average of 95.288. The following players, with their averages, helped attain this high honor:NameGradeGPAJames Blackwell996Brian Daum1293.140Chris Ferraro1096.430Drew Ferraro1295.430Matt Keem1297.670John Korzelius1097.430Pat Korzelius1094.140Kevin Reichert892.786Jason Rothfuss1095.430Jeff Simmons1194.430Richard Palmer1192.290Damianos Skaros1192.570Williamsville North Girls Bowling - State Champion with a team GPA of 95.577For an unprecedented third year in a row, Williamsville North's Girls Bowling Team were the proud recipients of the New York State Scholar Athlete Champions Award.
Williamsville North is proud of its athletic program and its on-field accomplishments, however this award shows how much our school values academic success. We are equally proud of our athletes' classroom performances. Many of our teams have been scholar athlete teams but this accomplishment shines.The Williamsville school district recognize seniors Beth Springate, Tracy Yip, Shai Notarius, juniors Katie Marciniak, Nancy Yip, Jacki Malinowski, and Ashley Ruth, and sophomores Leona Bluestein and Lindsay Roth for their outstanding efforts. we are honored to have received this award for a third time.Spring ChampionsNYSPHSAA has announced that Section VI has three teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Spring Sports:Frontier Boys Track - State Champion with a team GPA of 97.636Frontier Central’s Boys Outdoor Track team has been named New York State Scholar Athlete Champions. During a meeting of the Frontier Board of Education, the team was presented with a certificate and State Championship banner by Section VI Executive Secretary Robert Dinse who stated, "This is a most prestigious accomplishment, as over 200 teams qualified statewide, with Frontier Central #1!" The Board of Education also presented the team with a special commendation for their accomplishment. Director of Athletics - Larry Bryant, noted that the team competed and won in classroom competition as well as on the track, where they were the top team in Western New York and the ECIC Division I Champions.The qualifying team members are: Greg Wojtasczyk, James Miller, Brian Pack, Derek Ferguson, Jeff Fiut, Steve Carden, Steve Palmer, Daniel Ver, Will Nowadly, Josh Zimmerman, Mike Kania and Jeremy Cole. The team is coached by James Zubler.Pioneer Golf - State Champion with a team GPA of 96.980Pioneer High School’s golf team was tops in New York’s Scholar/Athlete program, with a cumulative scholastic average of 96.980. It was the first time a team from Pioneer received this statewide honor. This year, over 1,000 athletes from 146 schools across New York were nominated in the golf category.
In golf, coaches nominate seven players from their roster to have their scholastic averages considered for the Scholar/Athlete award. On the Pioneer golf squad, the selected players included juniors Kyle Burmeister,
Nicholas Murphy and Erik LeFauve, sophomore Seth Jerge, 8th graders Brennan Payne and Thomas Walker, and 7th grader Kyle Armstrong. Other members of the golf team were Joshua Angrignon, Matthew Baker, Phillip Biggie, Lance Claypool, Kyle Holts, Collin Krehbiel, John Nelson, Doug Noel, Brandon Phetteplace, Adam Reisdorf, Justin Roblee, Josh Watkins, Kyle Armstrong and David Van Splunder.
"It is indeed an honor for our school to have won such a prestigious award," said Max Payne, Pioneer golf coach. "Of the 700 public schools in New York, it is very gratifying to be the number one academic golf team. All of the credit must go to the parents, teachers, administrators and to these fine young men themselves.""Pioneer can be proud of these student-athletes because of their stellar academic and athletic achievement" said Pioneer athletic director James Graczyk.Medina Boys Lacrosse - State Champion with a team GPA of 94.710In ceremonies preceding their Section VI, Class C semifinal game, members of the Medina High School Boys Lacrosse team were honored for earning the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar/Athlete team championship for boys lacrosse. Mustang team members compiled a composite academic average of 94.71 to earn the prestigious state honor. Medina Coach Eric Valley holds the plaque presented to the team by Section VI Executive Secretary Robert Dinse as Mustang players display the banner proclaiming the state title. The players are, from left Bill Forder, Pat Pollard, Nick Hermann, Kevin Root, Jason Castricone, Nate Snell, Kevin Martin, Matt Crandall, Jevon Cecchini and Mark Mazur.