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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
Time Change For 2/5 Boys Basketball Against Waverly
To better accommodate Senior Night festivities, the tip time for the JV basketball game for Friday 2/5's game against Waverly has been moved up to 5:30pm. The Varsity game is a special one as, in addition to being Senior Night, it also pits the #7 Class B school in the state in Waverly against our own Lions who are ranked #15.