Section VI Scholar Athlete Champions:
2005 - 2006Fall ChampionsSection VI is pleased to congratulate two teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Fall Sports!
Wilson Girls Volleyball - State Champion with a team GPA of 96.460
Congratulations to members of the Wilson Varsity Volleyball Team for being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Team Scholar Athlete Champions for the 2nd straight year.
Kneeling Left to Right: Katherine Wolcott, Samantha Ketch, Stephanie Reagan and Alicia Mills.
Middle Row: Meagan Diez, Lauren Howe, Aryn Plunkett and Emily NugentBack Row: Charlie Jufer (Athletic Director), Daniel Johnson (Principal), Bob Dinse (Section VI Executive Secretary).Lockport Football- State Champion with a team GPA of 95.775Pictured: (Row 1, L-R) Bob Dinse (Section VI), Andrew David, Rob Girard, Chris Sova, Matt Ellis, Anthony Patterson, Nick DeMarco, Joe Scapelliti (Asst. Coach), (Row 2, L-R) Mike Finn (Head Coach), Andrew Piatkowski, Vince Davis, Greg Brockman, Mitchell Rankie, Jacob Weiland, Daniel Barrancotta, Frank Movalli (LHS Principal), and (Row 3, L-R) Dave Arlington (Asst. Coach), Greg Bronson (Asst. Coach), Treg Lewis, David Degan, Andrew Strong, Justin Szuromi, Dr. Bruce Fraser (Supt. Of Schools), Pat Burke (Director of Athletics)Congratulations to members of the Lockport Varsity Football Team for being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Team Scholar Athlete Champions! This is the first NYS Scholar athlete team champion title that has ever been earned by a Lockport High School team. The team’s 95.775 average was higher than the 500+ schools that play varsity football in New York State. A brief ceremony was recently held at LHS as Section VI Executive Secretary; Bob Dinse presented the championship banner to the players and coaches. The banner will be on display in the very near future in the LHS gymnasium. Pat Burke, Athletic Director at LHS, “We are very proud of these young men and what they have accomplished both on the field and in the classroom. As a matter of fact, every LHS varsity sport team this fall (2005) had a 90+ academic average and qualified as a NYS Scholar Athlete Team.” Mike Finn, Head Football Coach at LHS, “This award is a tremendous accomplishment for these young men. It is a tribute to the players, their parents and the Lockport City School District faculty for a job well done.”Winter ChampionsSection VI is pleased to congratulate two teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Winter Sports!Wilson Girls Basketball- State Champion with a team GPA of 97.200
Congratulations to members of the Wilson Varsity Girls Basketball Team for being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Team Scholar Athlete Champion.
Pictured: (Front: Left to Right) Meagan Diez, Katherine Wolcott, Stephanie Reagan and Amy Frauen (Back: Left to Right) Section VI Exec. Sec. Robert Dinse, Mary Gorman, Kari Seabert, Lauren Howe, Coach Larry Lash
Frontier Girls Gymnastics (fall team)- State Champion with a team GPA of 96.894Pictured: (seated, from left) Coach Nicole Haberer, Kelsey Kryszak, Corinne Miller, Megan Maher, Mallory Dickman and Vicki Samborski.(Standing, from left) Kristen Hibit, Section VI Executive Secretary Robert Dinse, Christie Jordan, Christina Stone, Rhiana Schwartzott, Riley Schwartzott, Casey Orth, Deanna Brockman, School Board Vice President Nancy Wood, Amanda Paolini, and Frontier High School Principal Michael Baumann.
Not pictured: Rachel Kininger, Amy Stanley, Amber Tavakoli, and Kelly Young.Congratulations to members of the Frontier Varsity Girls Gymnastics Team for being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Team Scholar Athlete Champions! The team’s 96.894 average ranks 3rd highest of all 15 Scholar athlete state champions in girls gymnastics since the program’s inception. Frontier joins Hamburg as the only schools in Section 6 to earn the championship in this sport. 5 of the top 8 schools in the 2005-06 final standings in girls gymnastics were from Section 6, making Section 6 the most competitive section in girls gymnastics academically.This is Frontier’s first Scholar athlete state championship in girls gymnastics and its fourth title in the past 8 years.Spring ChampionsSection VI is pleased to congratulate three teams that achieved the State Scholar/Athlete Championship for Spring Sports!Wilson Softball- State Champion with a team GPA of 95.711Pictured: (Kneeling) Meagan Diez, Stephanie Reagan, Katherine Wolcott, Alicia Mills and Katie Mangel
(Standing) Athletic Director Charlie Jufer, Asst. Coach Maureen Mahar, Haley Meier, Britany Casino, Booster Club President Terry Reagan, Samantha Ketch, H.S. Principal Dan Johnson, Brittany Pollow, Emily Bloom, Charissa Kiszka, Superintendent Dr. Michael Wendt, and Section VI Ex-Secretary Robert Dinse.Congratulations to members of the Wilson Varsity Girls Basketball Team for being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Team Scholar Athlete State Champion! The state scholar team award is the fourth won by Wilson, the previous two times coming in volleyball and girls basketball.The Wilson Softball team won the League Championship in the Niagara Orleans League and went all the way to the sectional semi-final before losing to Falconer. Three of the girls were members of all three NYSPHSAA's Team Scholar Athlete Championship Wilson has earned this school year. Stephanie Reagan, Meagan Diez, and Katherine Wolcott (Volleyball, Basketball and Softball).Sweet Home Baseball- State Champion with a team GPA of 95.027Pictured: (Front row) Nathan McConnell, Derek Wiser, Steve Schmitt, Alex Esposito, Ryan Baroudi, Jordan Kacz, Dan Hagen, Coach Derek Zgoda (Back row) Bob Dinse (Section VI Exec Secretary), Brett Vroman, Chuck Whelan, Ted Buffington, Ryan Maxwell, Travis Denman, Greg Cimerman, Matt Stewart, Ms. Suzanne Thomas (Principal)Congratulations to the members of the Sweet Home High School baseball team. The varsity baseball team is the Spring 2006 Scholar Athlete/Team State Champion, an honor achieved with a combined average of 93.875%. The average placed the team first out of 100 teams across New York State. The team was recognized for their accomplishments at the spring sports recognition on Monday, June 5 and by the Board of Education at their June 20, 2006 meeting.Congratulations to the team and to head varsity baseball coach, Mr. Derek Zgoda on a job well done. This is the second consecutive year the baseball team has been named State Scholar Champions.Medina Boys Tennis- State Champion with a team GPA of 98.831Pictured: First row (Front): Margaret Craft, Lauren Canham, Eileen Horgan, Richa Mehta, Andrew Zelazny Second row: Coach Chris Horgan Third row: Tim Osgood, Joe Moriarty, Steven Lin, Ketan Mehta, Ryan Anderson, Andrew Lederhouse Not Pictured: Mark Fuller, Meghan Fuller, Rory Parker, Bailey Hartway, Casey Tuohey, Daniel VolkoshCongratulations to the members of the Medina High School tennis team, winners of their third straight NYSPHSAA Team Scholar Athlete State Championship. This is the fifth time in the last six years that a Medina team has won the state championship, with the other two times being the lacrosse team."To have received the honor as the top scholar-athlete tennis team in the state for the third year in a row is a tremendous accomplishment by these student athletes," said Chris Horgan, coach of the Medina Tennis Team. This year, the tennis team went undefeated (12-0) to win the Niagara-Orleans League Championship. "Winners on the court and in the classroom - what a great honor! This award speaks volumes about the dedication of all of our students, parents, teachers, and coaches - both on and off of the court," said Mark Kruzynski, Medina Athletic Director.Medina received their championship banner from Section VI Executive Director Robert Dinse at the annual Block M Athletic Banquet.Schools of DistinctionNYSPHSAA announced that three Section VI schools have achieved the status of Scholar-Athlete “School of Distinction” for 2005-06. Albion, Clarence, and Williamsville East achieved the “School of Distinction” status by having 100% of their interscholastic varsity sports teams earn above a 90.0% grade point average. As a result, each of these districts will be honored and presented with the award at the Section VI Athletic Council meeting, Wed. Sept. 20 at the Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus in West Seneca.
The “School of Distinction” award, in its fourth 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 which was initiated in 1991-1992 school year. Congratuletions to the Section VI Schools of Distinction!!Albion High SchoolClarence High SchoolWilliamsville East High School