M-W Student-Athletes Honored For Fine Fall
BY DAVE SHEA
MADRID - Madrid-Waddington Central School celebrated the latest in a string of outstanding seasons by its scholar-athletes recently at the MWCS Fall Sports Awards nigh. Yellow Jacket athletes were recognized for excellence in boys and girls soccer and and girls volleyball and for an outstanding academic records.
M-W Athletic Director Bryan Harmer presented the academic awards.
Two M-W teams earned New York State Scholar-Athlete team honors. To qualify for this 75 per cent of a team's roster must earn a collective GPA of 90 or above.
The Volleyball team had a cumulative team average of 93.90 with eight of 11 team members earning a 90 or above average during the first 10-week marking period . The Girls Soccer team had 16 out of 21 players earn above a 90 for a 94.6 team average.
Twenty seven varsity athletes qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award which is given to any varsity team member who earns a 90 plus cumulative average throughout the Fall sports season. Those who qualify receive a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete pin for their academic achievements.
New York State Scholar-Athletes Awards were earned by the following.
Girls Soccer: Alaina Armstrong, Anna Brady, Caeleigh Burke, Lindsay Burns, Cassidy Hargrave, Keli Kingston, Lily LaMere, Maggie Murphy, Emma Plumley, Grace Plumley, Alexis Sullivan, Lacey Sullivan, Lydia Thomas, Chloe Tiernan, Laney Tiernan and Kinza Solangi.
Volleyball: Katie Bateman, Riley Burke, Julia Cochrane, Kelsie Forbes, Marissa Hawkins, Eve Higginson, Sarah Weaver and Phoebe Zagrobelny.
Boys Soccer: Drew Harmer, Trent Lashua, Luke Lepage.
Section 10 also honors senior student-athletes with the Athlete of Distinction Award for students who have participated in a varsity sport for at least two years while maintaining a cuumulative average of 90 and above since ninth grade. Athlete of Distinction awards were volleyball players Sarah Weaver, Katie Bateman, Eve Higginson and Julia Cochrane, boys soccer player Brennan Harmer and girls soccer players Maggie Murphy, Alexis Sullivan and Lydia Thomas.
Athletic achievements were highlighted by the boys soccer team placing second boy one point to Parishville-Hopkinton in NAC East Race and then repeating as Section 10 Class Champions and winning the program's fourth straight sectional title. The memorable season ended in a 1-0 loss to Section 2 Champion Voorheesville in the Capital Regional finals.
The M-W Girls Soccer team reached the Section 10 Class finals for a third straight year and the M-W Volleyball team competed much better than their record would indicate in a very strong NAC West Division.
The coaches of M-W's three varsity teams offered a presentation on their teams and presented special team awards.
I"The single word I used to describe this years team was adversity. The second was this was the true definition of a team. We had 12 different goal scorers and played about three different formations all year due to injuries and having to adjust to our opponents strengths and weaknesses.
We lose 11 seniors which means the entire defense, two midfielders and both starting wingers. Next year we have 12 guys returning that all got experience in varsity games." Lucas Ryan was honored as the team's Defensive MVP after missing out last year with a knee injury.
"He anchored our defense in front of a first year goalie, first year player Trent Lashua who allowed just 9 goals all year. John McCall was honored as the Offensive MVP scoring 17 goals and having 8 assists. The Most Improved Player was Cade VanBuren who had to step into a center defensive role when Brennan Harmer was sidelined with an injury and then to returned into the offense where he figured in on all three goals in the Section 10 Class C Championship game with Brushton-Moira.
"Tough to do but he (Cade VanBuren) did whatever the team needed to keep winning and keep us going," said Coach Robinson.
Coach Robinson presented two Coaches Awards which represent the respect, hard work and dedication deserved and earned from their coach. The awards went to Brennan Harmer and Gabe Murphy.
"Through their play, work ethic and conduct they have set the standard for their team mates. Both guys had what should have been season ending injuries came back to help us get back into the state tournament. Both these guys helped us to contain Voorheeseville to just five shots and a goal after team scored 120 goals in the regular season.
The Captain's Award was presented to Nick Burna who through his leadership and mentoring prepared the underclassmen for play at this level.
Gabe Murphy, Cade VanBuren and Will Murphy all earned Second Team All-NAC East selection and Nick Burns, Lucas Ryan and John McCall all earned First Team selection. Jacob Murphy received M-W's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Also cited for their contributions to the success of the team were: Jacob Morgan, Cody Schweinberg, Ethan Bailey, Kyle Stoner, Matt Robinson, Brody VanBuren, Drew Harmer, Graham Hill, Luke LePage, Joey Greene, Logan Cordova, Omar Alamoush, Kaden Kingston and Nick Beldock
"It was a great year at 14-4-1. We missed the final four by one goal, but we had the opportunity. The year long goal was to get that opportunity and as a team we did. There is a pile of talent and potential that returns next year. It will take a lot of hard work and offseason work but they can do it," said Robinson.
"That’s what the Yellowjacket soccer program is pride and hard work." GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
"Let me start by saying that this team was a competitive, scrappy team that really challenged the other teams in our division and league. We started our season on a promising note losing a close 5 set match to Tupper Lake and then winning 2 of the next 3 games to give us a 2-2 record. Then we ran into some really strong teams in Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, Massena and Malone. This year was a particularly difficult year in the West Division with Canton, Ogdensburg and Potsdam all returning almost all their starting players from last year. Those three teams collectively only lost 4 crossover games out of 18 showing that the West Division was stacked with solid teams," said Coach Troy Creurer to open his remarks."
" We faced tough competition in every game battled to win a set here and there but our only other victory came in a match at Gouverneur. We finished the regular season at 3-11 and looked forward to a rematch with Tupper Lake. In preparation I thought we had a great week of practice. We called up some of the jv players to come out and help work us through some scrimmages and introduce them to the speed of the varsity game. I was confident our team had done what they needed to in order to play our best, but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. The end of our season came to quickly and sadly because losing hurts.
What I will say is that even in defeat the team held true to our number one rule this year, which was “Be a good teammate”.
Coach Creurer is looking for two freshman to aid in the effort replace his graduating seniors.
"We finished the year by adding 2 freshman to our roster. After watching them play at the JV level and have great success I was happy to add both Reese Fuller and Alexis Cole to our lineup as we finished the season. They both serve the ball very well and they certainly added a lot to our practices in terms of depth." he said.
Five Juniors competed well for the Jackets all season according to their coach's comments.
Erin Barkley played setter for us all year and was a very consistent back row passer. We have some officials who are slightly inconsistent with their calls and this really bothered Erin, as some of her passes which looked great would be called for a double hit. As the year went on she learned to not let this varsity roles next year.
M-W finished the year with 5 Juniors and they all competed well according to their coach.
Erin Barkley played setter for us all year and was a very consistent back row passer. Erin is very hard on herself and expects all passes to be perfect. We have some officials who are slightly inconsistent with their calls and this really bothered Erin, as some of her passes which looked great would be called for a double hit. As the year went on she learned to not let this inconsistency bother her, s much.
Delaine Lawrence played outside hitter and unfortunately for her she was playing behind two strong seniors. When she got on the court she showed good confidence and her serve really can on towards the end. Her outside hitting also developed nicely over the course of the season.
Phoebe Zagrobelny played libero in her first season as a volleyball playe and she was able to compete with her quickness and determination. Unfortunately her season ended early with a reoccurring knee injury.
Maddie Richardson played middle hitter and was an intimidating center blocker throughout the season. There were some really strong players in the middle of the court on the opposing teams and Maddie competed with the best of them. She had some great blocks that brought real momentum in some games when we were struggling to get points.
Riley Burke played outside hitter
but midway through September she suffered a concussion in gym class that kept her out of the lineup for more than a week and then upon return she sprained her ankle and was out again for an extended time. She battled hard to overcome the injuries.
The M-W coach cited his six graduating seniors for fine careers
Kelsey Forbes returned to volleyball this year after taking a one year break. She was a consistent server for us all year and was been able to work in some back row time as the year has progressed. I am happy I got the change to coach her on the varsity team.
Eve Higginson was in her sixth year of volleyball and had played just about every position on the court. Last year she was our libero and played exclusively in the back, this year she transitioned to the setter position and, although it might not have come naturally she worked very hard to help our team in a position that demands a lot of skill and precision. Over her career she has been one our most consistent receivers and also one of our most consistent competitors and a real leader. She was named as our teams Sportsmanship Award winner and also earned a Coaches Award for dedication based on her hard work and positive attitude.
Katie Bateman. Katie had a number of big kills and blocks for us in the middle of the court this year. In only her second year as a player she developed the raw talent she displayed last year and helped us play with consistent net presence.
Julia Cochrane was a dependable server for us throughout the year. She improved in all aspects and was a great teammate. She was a consummate teammate who supported our team in her role and didn’t complain or cause distraction.
Sarah Weaver played outside hitter. Last year Sarah saw limited court time and worked very hard on her serve and passing skills. This year she maximized her potential and was a consistent performer for us on the outside. While not a dominant hitter she had a good knack for finding the opening and scoring points with touch rather than power.
Marissa Hawkins is in her sixth year of volleyball and fourth year on varsity. Marissa possesses all the skills of a great player, she can hit, block, dig, cover the court. Her enthusiasm for the game is unrivaled and she plays with an intensity that is hard to match. Marissa has been a joy to coach. This year Marissa was nominated as a First Team All-Northern and is our team's MVP.
"I will remember the post game chat after a disappointing loss to Potsdam and the subsequent recommitment by all of our players. The game was not pretty and the direction of the team at that point was most certainly not heading in the right direction. But all of the players came back ready to rededicate themselves and be certain about the effort that would be necessary to play to our potential. The game itself was not a highlight but the response was," said Coach Creurer.
Coach Justin Richards recognized his team for a dramatic turnabout which climaxed with a return trip to the Section 10 Class C Championship game.
"Thank you so much for a great season, I can honestly say I’ve had so much fun coaching and watching you improve throughout the season. Started off 0-5-1 but we were so close to flipping that record around, a few bounces go our way and our record looks a lot different. Getting used to playing cohesive/consistent soccer took us a bit, but we started playing better in the second half of our season," said Coach Richards.
"This season was quite different than most I’ve coached- any teams in the league could beat anyone on any given night. We were in every game we played in. Finished 6-4-2 in our last 12 games…making it to the Class C championship losing a tough 2-1 game to Brushton-Moira.
M-W placed three players among the All-NAC East selections.
Sweeper and tough defender Maggie Murphy and fullback, not afraid of anything, a team leader Anna Brady.
Forward Alexis Sullivan who led the team in points earned First Team selection.
Cassidy Hargrave earned the team's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Coach Richards also presented three team awards.
The Team Award (voted by players) honored Anna Brady for willingness to learn/grow as a player, demonstrating team spirit as a good teammate, a positive enthusiastic attitude, excellent attendance at games/practices and has leadership qualities and is respected by teammates
Coaches Awards were presented to Cassidy Hargrave for always giving 100 per cent as a most improved player in a solid senior season and to Jaelynn Uppstrom for her offensive contributions and for showing a genuine love for the game of soccer.
Richards cited his seniors who "have been a part of some very successful teams over the years, first Section championship last year since early 2000s and a group a will truly miss next year."
Jaelynn Uppstrom: 4 years, forward/midfield, great vision and work ethic.
Maggie Murphy 3 years, solid defender-tough, outside full/sweeper.
Anna Brady 2 years, tenacious on defense-shielding, outside full.
Alexis Sullivan 3 years, speedy forward with great finishing ability.
Cassidy Hargrave 2 years, midfielder-hard worker.
Emma Martin 2 years, goal keeper who worked hard to learn position-improving every game.
Lydia Thomas 3 years, forward/midfield-aggressive- solid outside shot.
Meredith White 2.5 years, midfield/stopper/fullback -works hard.