Welcome to Dryden Lions Athletics
Sports Kick Off Meeting Scheduled
The 2016-17 Sports Kick Off Meeting will be held in the High School Auditorium at 6:30pm on Monday August 8th. While this meeting serves as a formal meet and greet with Fall sport coaches, Winter and Spring athletes and their parents are invited too as we will be going over Athletic policies and procedures that impact all seasons. We especially encourage first time athletes to attend.
The Dryden Boys Varsity Soccer team will be running a soccer camp for the Town of Dryden Recreation Department for children grades K-8 July 11-15. Please contact the Recreation Department for registration information.
Lions Star at ESPN Ithaca Night of Champions
Dryden Athletics capped off a banner year in style at the 3rd annual ESPN Ithaca Night of Champions held at Ithaca Country Club. This event honors the top coaches and athletes from ESPN’s sizable 15 school listening area. Seniors Ali Abel-Ferretti (basketball), Abbey Yatsko (indoor track), and Taylor Bennett (soccer) were joined by Junior Gavin Marsh (lacrosse) in being named MVP’s for their respective sports. Janine Bennett (soccer), Wil Avery (wrestling), and Chris Dotson (lacrosse) were named top coaches in their sports. Athletic Director Bryan Ford was also honored as the AD of the year for his work with the media.
Track Takes States by Storm
Dryden’s distinguished Senior Track Athletes finished their careers with a flourish at the 2016 NY State Track and Field Championships. Abbey Yatsko headlined, winning the state title in the 400m hurdles, setting a new school record along the way. Tor Wildenstein took 3rd in the 400m, setting a new school record, while Liam Joyce took 3rd in the 200m and 5th in the 100m, tying his own IAC record in the 100m during the opening round. Ali Abel-Ferretti took 10th in the Shot Put. The 1600m relay team of Joyce, Wildenstein, Eric Varvayanis, and Kris Kelchner took 5th in their event, rounding out a banner day for the team.
Dryden Track and Field Gets National Recognition
National track news site MileSplit has taken note of Dryden's Track and Field success this year as we are sending are largest ever contingent of medal-likely participants to the New York State Track and Field Championships, including #1 seed in her event Abbey Yatsko. Our competitors include:
-Abbey Yatsko (400H)
-Liam Joyce (100m/200m/4x400m)
-Tor Wildenstein (400m/4x400m)
-Kris Kelchner (4x400m)
-Eric Varvayanis (4x400m)
-Ali Abel-Ferretti (Shot Put)
See Abbey's interview here.
See Liam's interview here.
See Coach Stuttle's interview here.
See Dryden's overall coverage in their weekly "Workout Wednesday" feature here.
Seniors Sent Off in Style
The 33rd Annual Senior Athletic Awards was held on June 6th in front of a crowd of about 200. Over twenty five individual awards were given, in addition to the “Athletic D” award which is given to all athletes who have played a Varsity sport (see the winner’s list here). The big winners for the night were Ali Abel-Ferretti, Abbey Yatsko, and Taylor Bennett, all named Most Outstanding Senior athletes . Special thanks to the Dryden Sports Boosters for sponsoring this gala event, to Junior parents for providing desserts, and to the Jazz Band for providing music during the refreshment portion of the evening. (See the photo slideshow of Seniors here.)
Photo of Senior 3-season athletes by Darl Zehr Photography
Boys Track and Field Runs the Table
Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Track and Field Team for adding another championship to their accomplishments for this year--the Section IV Class C Championship!
Iannello Heads up the Hill
Lions senior Soccer and Lacrosse standout Padraic Iannello has signed his letter of intent to play for the TC3 Panthers...read about it here.
Spring Sports All Star Teams Announced
IAC 1st team: Jace McGrath and Jayson Wojcinski
Honorable Mention: Devon Tyler, Brad Canfield, Kyle Burvee
IAC 1st team: Grace DePaul, Bailey Rose, and Brianna Stafford
Honorable Mention: Kerri Calkins and Kelly Malepe
Division 1st team: Jake Lewis, Padraic Iannello, Gavin Marsh, Garrett Marsh, Connor O'Brien, and Ryan Harding
Division 2nd team: Bryan Iannello
IAC 1st Team: Trevor Gardner
IAC 2nd Team: Kevin Gardner and Sean McDaniel
Track and Field:
1st team IAC all-stars:
Liam Joyce, Tor Wildenstein, Christian English, Corey Seymour, Kris Kelchner, Ali Abel-Ferretti, Nick Muldoon, Eric Varvayanis, Abbey Yatsko, Marli Hammond
2nd team IAC all-stars:
Alex Perkins, Joey Rachetta, Kelvin Green, Alyssa Gowe, Brianna Schlicht, Christina Jackson
1st team Section 4 all-stars:
Liam Joyce, Tor Wildenstein, Christian English, Corey Seymour, Kris Kelchner, Ali Abel-Ferretti, Nick Muldoon, Eric Varvayanis, Abbey Yatsko, Marli Hammond
2nd team Section 4 all-stars:
Alyssa Gowe, Brianna Schlicht, Christina Jackson, Allison Morrow, Joey Rachetta, Justin Scheidweiler, Kelvin Green
2016 Senior Athletic Awards
This year's Senior Athletic Awards will take place on 6/6/16, which is a change from what was on the District Calendar. See flyer here.
Fall Sport Sign-Ups Have Begun
Attention students interested in signing up for a Fall sport...sign up lists have been posted outside the cafeteria. This Fall we plan to offer Varsity/JV/Modified Football, Varsity/JV/Modified Boys Soccer, Varsity/Modified Girls Soccer, Varsity/Modified Girls Swimming, Varsity/JV Girls Volleyball (Modified is in the Winter), Varsity/Modified Boys Cross Country, Varsity/Modified Girls Cross Country, and Varsity Cheerleading (we may consider adding Modified cheer if there is enough interest and a volunteer coach agrees to it). Remember, you also have to turn in medical clearance paperwork to officially sign up...so don't forget that. See Mr. Ford if you have any questions.
Estimated start dates:
Varsity/JV: August 15
Modified Football: August 22
All other Modified sports: August 29
A Fall Sports Kick-Off Meeting will be held in mid-August, details TBA.
New School Records
Congratulations to the following track athletes for setting new school records!
Tor Wildenstein set a new record in the 400m with a time of 49.99 at the Vestal Golden Bear Invite.
Liam Joyce set a new school and IAC record in the 100m with a time of 10.7. The previous school and IAC record was held by Dryden's Rex Hollenbeck (assistant track coach), set in 2007.
Abbey Yatsko tied the school record in the 400m with a time of 1:03.9. Abbey now holds 11 school records to date.
Nick Patte Scoreboard Dedication
The Dryden Athletic Department dedicated a scoreboard at the Varsity Softball game in honor of long time program supporter and team manager Nick Patte. It was a beautful event attended by about 130 family, alumni, staff, and community members. See the Ithaca Journal story here. Read the script from the ceremony here. See Nick's plaque here.
Lax Recognizes Teachers
During Teacher Appreciation Week, the Dryden Varsity Boys Lacrosse team had players select a teacher that has positively impacted them to honor at their game. Teachers were given a jersey to wear and were honored during a ceremony on the field.
Lions Track and Field Takes Second Invitational of the Season
The undefeated Varsity Boys Track Team won the Quinney Memorial Invitational (Girls were 8th out of the 24 teams), with Senior Liam Joyce taking home MVP honors. This is the second invitational victory this year for the boys, with the team bringing home the hardware from the Red, White, Blue, and Gold Invite earlier this year. Joyce has improved to within 1/10 of a second of the School and IAC record in the 100m, while the current record holder, assistant coach Rex Hollenbeck, cheers him on.
Dryden place winners and highlights:
Liam Joyce: 1st 100m 11.05, 1st 200m 22.88
Tor Wildenstein: 1st 400m 50.94, 2nd 200m 23.15
Nick Muldoon: 1st 110mH 16.24, 4th 400mH 1:03.55
Ali Abel-Ferretti: 3rd shot put 44.6.5
Corey Seymour: 3rd 100m 11.58, 4th 200m 23.65, 6th long jump 17-10.25
Kelvin Green: 4th 1600m 5:03.27
Christian English: 6th 100m 11.88
Kris Kelchner: 6th 400m 55.62
400m relay 1st 45.70 (Seymour, Wildenstein, English, Joyce)
1600m relay 1st 3:44.94 (Kelchner, Eric Varvayanis, Muldoon, Wildenstein)
3200m relay 4th 9:44.16 (Varvayanis, Joe Rachetta, Toby Whitener, Green)
Abbey Yatsko: 1st 400mH 1:06.26
Allison Morrow: 4th 1500m 5:21.22
400m relay 4th 54.90 (Alyssa Gowe, Brianna Schlicht, Christina Jackson, Cameron Park-Miller)
1600m relay 2nd 4:21.07 (Morrow, Melina Katsiroumba, Jackson, Yatsko)
Abel-Ferretti Recognized by State Sportswriters' Association
Boys Basketball standout Ali Abel-Ferretti was recently named to the Class B Fourth Team for all of New York State. The Senior Center averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds this season and finished as the leading male scorer in school history with 1224 career points. See the notice here.
Run For the Pride 5k Coming Soon
The annual "Run for the Pride" 5k is set for June 5th. Check out the event website (www.DrydenRunforthePride.com) for information and to register!
McHerron and Stahlman Make Their Choices...
Senior Football standouts Matt McHerron and Stu Stahlman have made their choices for where they will attend college and play football. McHerron plans to attend Buffalo State in the Fall. Stahlman plans to join the Red Dragons at Cortland State.
Run for Hayli
Winter All-Star Teams Announced
Girls Basketball: First Team Co-MVP's Vicky Leyburn and Amy Gardner; 1st Team: Maggie Cole; 2nd Team: Keri Daley, Lindsey Goodenough
Boys Basketball: First Team MVP: Ali Abel-Ferretti, 1st Team: Trevor Gardner; 2nd Team: Stu Stahlman and Anthony Nichols
Boys Swim On the Rise
After struggling for a few years, things are looking up for the Boys Swim Team as many qualified for Sectionals at the recent qualifier meet. Senior captain Wesley Welch made it in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. Sophomores Mark Dodici and Matt Krebs qualified in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Breaststroke, respectively. First year Varsity swimmer Zach Sinnott made the cut in the 100 Butterfly. The 200 Medley Relay team of Welch, Sinnott, Krebs, and Kucerak and the 200 free relay team of Welch, Krebs, Kucerak, and Junior Ryan LeCuyer also earned their way to the competition. Great work guys!
Dryden Burns Up the Track
At the recent State Qualifiers several Lions competed well.
Abbey Yatsko: 3rd 600m 1:42.98
Liam Joyce: 2nd 55m 6.72
Tor Wildenstein: 3rd 300m 36.39, 3rd triple jump 41-6.5
Jace McGrath: 3rd shot put 43-.5
Alex Perkins: 4th shot put 40-8
Nick Muldoon: 3rd 55mH 8.35
Christian English: 5th high jump 5-8
800m relay team: 2nd 1:35.72 (Joyce, Gavin Marsh, Corey Seymour, Wildenstein)
3200m relay team: 5th 9:34.86 (Eric Varvayanis, Joe Rachetta, Steven Morrow, Kelvin Greene)
State Meet Qualifiers:
Abbey Yatsko 600m (she had the State Standard ealier in the year)
Liam Joyce 55m (by placing 2nd and he has the State Standard)
Tor Wildenstein 300m and triple jump (he has the State Standard in both)
As voted by the Section 4 coaches Abbey Yatsko will represent Section 4 as the sportsmanship winner at the State Meet in 3 weeks.
Bennett Commits to 'Cuse
Senior soccer standout Taylor Bennett has signed her national letter of intent to join the Orange at Syracuse. Read about it here.
Lions Make a Good Showing at IAC Wrestling Championships
Dryden placed 4th as a team at the 2016 IAC Wrestling Championships. Senior grappler Jacob Gombas bested the field in the 138 pound weight class to take home an individual title.
Lions Take Impressive Regional Awards
Each year the Ithaca Journal gives out the Kenny Van Sickle Award to the top area male and female athletes of the year. The pool includes college and high school athletes from the area, so high schoolers winning is extra impressive. A Dryden athlete has only ever won this award once (1979- Sherri Snowberger)...until now. The 2015 iteration of this award was swept by Lions. Senior Soccer and Basketball standout Ali Abel-Ferretti has been named the male athlete of the year (check out the story here) and senior soccer standout Taylor Bennett has been named the female athlete of the year (check out the story here).
Gardner Named Athlete of the Week by ESPN
Dryden Varsity Girls Basketball player Amy Gardner was recently honored by ESPN Ithaca as their Fueling Excellence Athlete of the Week. Listen to her interview from "Between the Lines" here. (You can also listen to interviews from Abbey Yatsko and Ali Abel-Ferretti who were honored back in December).
Abel-Ferretti Honored at 8th Annual Whiteout Game
Senior Boys Basketball player Ali Abel-Ferretti was honored at the Whiteout Game with a commemorative engraved ball for passing 1,000 career points. Ali is believed to be the first male basketball player in Dryden history to hit this career mark. The mythical point came on a free throw in a game against Chenango Forks at the Cortland Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament. Ali is on pace to potentially pass the school's all-time scoring record, currently held by Sarah Demmo Mahoney, at 1,254 career points. Ali and his teammates celebrated by going on to defeat Lansing in front of a white-clad, packed house in the game as they continue to move up the state rankings.
Yatsko Trades Purple for Red
Dryden Senior Track star Abbey Yatsko has signed a national letter of intent to run for the Big Red...read about it here.
Lady Lions Basketball Tournament Results
Dryden hosted Moravia, Whitney Point, and Newark Valley over the Holiday Break for a Girls Basketball tournament that doubled as a Coaches vs. Cancer "Pink Out" event. Hundreds of dollars was raised for this great cause. Moravia defeated Dryden in the Varsity championship and Newark Valley downed the Lions in the JV bracket.
Varsity: Sierra Post-NV, Gracie Standish-Warpus-WP, Amy Gardner-Dry, Zoe Barrington-Mor, and MVP Marissa Hingston-Mor
JV: Maddie Kelly-Mor, Ashley Barnhart-WP, Madeline Harris-Dry, Tressa Nechwedowich-NV, and MVP Lizzie Ferguson-NV
Bennett to Wear the Red White and Blue
Taylor Bennett has been named to United States Women's Soccer U-18 National Team! Check out the story here.
Lion Wears the Crown
Senior Jake Gombas took first place in his weight class of 145lbs at the Larry Goodrich Memorial Tournament at Newark Valley on 12/5. Wyatt Andrews took 1st place in the 145lbs B bracket, and Tom Lindsay took home 3rd at 126lbs. Kris Kelchner, Braedon Libbey, Cody Senecal, and Sam Dow also placed and the team finished 7th of 16 teams. Nice work team!
Honors Continue for Bennett
Senior Girls Soccer standout Taylor Bennett continues to collect post-season hardware. Following her being named to the IAC All-Star First Team and taking home MVP honors, she has also been named to the All-State 1st Team . Perhaps most outstanding of all is that she has also been named the New York State Class B Player of the Year, a tremendous personal achievement. These awards come on the heels of a great career where Taylor finished with 186 goals, 2nd all time in Section IV and 7th all-time in the state. Congratulations Taylor!
Fall All-Star Teams Announced
Football: 1st Team-Connor O'Brien, Stu Stahlman, Matt McHerron, and Denver Space; Honorable Mention-Trevor Gardner, Trystan Dewey, and Elim Schenck
Volleyball: 1st Team-Lindsay Goodenough and Madison Seamans; 2nd Team-Kiera Whyte and Danielle Wojcik; Honorable Mention-Rachel White
Boys Soccer: 1st Team-Ali Abel-Ferretti, Jacob Lewis, and Padraic Ianello; 2nd Team-Felix Abel-Ferretti, Sean McDaniel, Joe Rachetta, and Bryan Iannello
Girls Soccer: 1st Team-Taylor Bennett (MVP), Keri Daley, Melina Katsiroumba, and Sarah Westcott; 2nd Team-Molly Arnold, Tiffany Burgos, and Alisa Hines