MADRID - The Madrid-Waddington Fall Sports Awards Night climaxed with the recognition of the Boys Varsity Soccer team which went undefeated at 12-0-2 to win the NAC East Division title.
But according to the Athletic Director Gary Tischler the varsity, JV and modified teams at M-W and the merger students who run cross country and swim for Canton Central and play football at Potsdam went 137-for-137.
We had 137 students start athletics and not one single student left their program and we had 23 all-academic selections, said Tischler after offering thanks to the athletes and their parents, the school districts staff and administration and the custodial staff for their efforts. We have four soccer fields and they are all kept in great shape. We can play four games at the same time here.
The Boys Soccer team earned the right to place a banner and a sign in the gym while the merger students were also part of championship seasons.
At the banquet, Ian Hawkins represented the M-W athletes who helped Potsdam to a second straight undefeated NAC Football Championship.
Cassidy Scott was recognized for helping the Canton Girls to a Section 10 Class Championship and a second place at the state meet.
Angie Domena was cited as one of the leaders of Canton Swimming team which went 12-0 in NAC meets and won the Section 10 Championship.
Domena swam a 5:35.35.1 to break a 30-year school record held by Patty Abt in winning the 500 freestyle at the sectionals. She also led the 200 freestyle and swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Connor Maskel won an NAC All-Academic Award running for the boys cross country team and Gabby Scott went undefeated in girls modified action.
SPECIAL SOCCER SEASON
Boys Soccer Coach Jeff Stein closed the presentations by honoring his varsity soccer team for becoming something special in a 13-1-3 season which ended in a shootout loss to Heuvelton in the Section 10 quarter-finals.
These guys played amazing soccer and 10 or 15 years from now when you guys walk in the building and see this sign you will know you were something special. We had 10 shutouts and allowed just .45 goals a game, said coach Stein who offered special thanks to coach JV Shane Sudol.
Shane is a great coach and we have a great coaching collaboration.
Coach Stein presented four coachs awards to first team All-NAC East selections honoring striker Kyle Pickering with the Golden Goal Award, goaltender TJ Gagnon with the Life Saver Award, striker Jeff Mott with the Feet of Fury Award and stopper Jacob Barney with the Most Valuable Player Award.
Zach Brock and Jonas Pandit earned second team honors and Sean Tiernan received the teams NAC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Earning NAC All-Academic Awards were: Shane Cryderman, T.J. Gagnon, John Lenney, Luke Miller, Jonas Pandit, Tyler Robinson and Harrison VanBuren.
Girls Soccer: Girls Soccer coaches Gary Tischler and Justin Richards cited their team for developing extraordinary chemistry amongst seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen and eighth graders.
The M-W coaches presented Captains Awards to Alison Fobare, Tess Knight and Desiree Pryce who earned First Team All-NAC East honors. Autumn Beckstead was honored as a Second Team NAC East pick, and Jen Wilson, Eve Ruddy, Mary Young, Emelia Bailey, Olivia Parmeter, Alison Fobare and Tess Knight qualified for NAC All-Academic Awards.
Volleyball: Coach Troy Cruer praised his team for continuing the upswing in the M-W program and for completing their season in a Section 10 Class D match at Edwards-Knox which featured two overtime games.
Janelle Trembley and Jenny King, two All-NAC selections, were honored as the teams Most Improved and Most Valuable Players respectively.
Boys JV Soccer: Coach Shane Sudol honored his team for winning the OFA Tournament and the NAC East title.
We had a great start at the OFA tourney and then had some players called up to the varsity. We had a little downhill in our season but then we went back uphill, said Sudol who presented Coachs Awards to Tyler Fobare and Koby McCall.
JV Girls Soccer: Coach Tim Dashnaw called his season perfect because of every member of the team improved and prepared themselves to play varsity in the future and as a whole the team never gave up. Cameron Chester came up from the modified team and took over goal where she made 35 saves in one game against Malone said Dashnaw who presented Coachs Awards to Brooke Nichols and Paige Moulton.
The M-W Modified Boys and Girls Soccer Teams and Modified Girls Volleyball team were honored jointly. Modified Boys Soccer Coach Dave Bailey cited his team for the way it exemplified good sportsmanship and cited his eighth graders for their leadership.
Modified Girls Soccer Coach Buffy Gabri spoke of team unity on a squad which had four eighth graders and 12 seventh graders. We won games, we lost games, we tied games and we went into sudden death overtime. It was remarkable to see the intensity on their faces, said Coach Gabri.
Modified Volleyball Coach Bill Roome said coaching at the modified level was awesome because you get to see the players grow. And hopefully become a member of a varsity team which someday becomes something special.