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2017-18 Sports Start Dates


JV/Varsity-August 14

Mod. Football-August 21 (tentatively)

All other Mod. sports-August 28 or later


JV/Varsity-November 6

Mod. winter I-October 23

Mod. winter II-January 2


JV/Varsity-March 5

Modified-March 19 (estimated)

Miss the Annual Sports "Kick Off" Meeting?

View the Athletic Director's presentation here.

Dryden Athletics

Welcome to Dryden Lions Athletics

Phone: 607-844-8694 ext. 5201       Fax: 607-844-8541

Winter Season Practice Schedule

Please click on the link below for the Winter Season Practice Schedule


2017-2018 Winter Practice Schedule


Late Bus (5:15pm)

Attention parents of athletes: The Late bus will now pick up students at 5:15 pm.  This will give our athletes more time to practice in their respective sports.  The pick up will remain at the middle school entrance. 

Fall Sports Kick-Off Meeting A Success

Many, many thanks to all that attended the Fall Kick-Off Athletic Orientation meeting held this past Wednesday evening.  It was a great success. A special thank you to the Dryden Sports Boosters, Aaron Newman from Iron Mind Performace and Fitness, and to the awesome guest speaker that we had - Coach Scott Landers, Head Men's Baseball Coach at SUNY OSWEGO. Coach Landers was able to offer a very powerful message to all of our stakeholders here at Dryden. As mentioned to all of you that were in attendance, the power point presentation that was going to be displayed is available to view here.  On behalf of all of the coaches, we are in the hopes that all of your questions and/or concerns were addressed.  
Good luck to all this Fall season.

34th Senior Athletic Awards

Dryden’s senior athletes were sent out in style in a gala event co-sponsored with the Dryden Sports Boosters.   A capacity crowd cheered, laughed, and cried along as 33 individuals were honored for their athletic achievement, leadership, and character (see winner’s list here).  All Senior athletes also received the “Athletic D” Award for having played a Varsity sport for Dryden.  The night’s big winners included:  Lindsey Goodenough and Trevor Gardner (Most Outstanding Senior Athletes) and Dave Hicks (Coach of the Year).

A group of three-season athletes was honored with special plaques

Golfers "Ace" IAC's

Dryden's Varsity golf team capped off the year in style, winning the IAC championship on 5/24. Senior Trevor Gardner led the way with a 2nd place finish. The team already had a great year coming in, finishing undefeated, winning the Division title, qualifying three individuals for Sectionals, and taking 3rd place at the team Sectional Championship. Great job men!


Fall Sports Sign Ups

Fall  sport sign up lists have been posted outside the cafeterias.  This Fall we will offer: Var/Mod Football; Var Cheer; Var/Mod Cross Country; Var/JV/Mod Boys Soccer, Var/Mod Girls Soccer, Var/Mod Girls Swim, Var/JV Girls Volleyball (Mod is in winter).  In addition to putting their name on the list, to become eligible to tryout, a student needs to turn in medical clearance paperwork to the nurse (look along the right side of this page for links to downloadable forms).  Interested players should be listening to the announcements for pre-season meetings with coaches.    Middle Schoolers wishing to play on a JV/Varsity team have to go through the Athletic Placement Process to try to become eligible (see Mr. Ford for details).

Spring All-Star and Academic Teams Announced

Varsity Girls Lacrosse- 2nd Team Division - Brittany Hines

Varsity Boys Lacrosse-1st Team Division - Gavin Marsh and Garet Marsh; 2nd Team Division - Bryan Iannello and Jake Lewis

Varsity Baseball-1st Team Division-Devon Tyler and Jayson Wojcinski; 2nd Team Division- CJ Smiley and Mark Dodici

Varsity Softball-1st Team Division-Lindsey Goodenough, Grace DePaull, Kerri Calkins; Honorable Mention-Kelly Malepe, Brianna Stafford, Amy Gardner

Varsity Track and Field-1st Team Section IV-Corey Seymour, Vincent Scott, and Emily Miller; 2nd Team Section IV-Alyssa Gowe, Chelsea Shutts, Marli Hammond, Teaghan Murphy, Macie Maybury, Allison Morrow, and Chrissy Jackson

Varsity Golf-1st Team Division-Trevor Gardner, Kevin Gardner, and Sean McDaniel; 2nd Team Division-Jacob Cowen, Aaron Jackson, Connor Smith; Academic All-Star-Trevor Gardner


Also, Varsity Girls Track, Softball, Baseball, and Boys Lacrosse were all named NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Teams!

Boys Lacrosse Has “Banner” Week

Dryden’s Varsity Boys Lacrosse team garnered three impressive honors this week for their body of work this season.  Early in the week, the team appeared on the State Sportswriters’ Association state rankings list for the first time in program history.  Then, through a tiebreaker determined mid-week, the team won its first ever Division title.  Last, at the season end coach’s meeting we were also informed that our team had been selected by the Officials Association as the Bowie Sportsmanship Award winner, proving you can win and do it with class.  Great job men!


Softball Program Gives Back

The Dryden softball program capped off a fundraising effort for cancer charities with a “Pink Out” game against Groton.  The fundraising was a full program effort, from Varsity on down through Modified.  All told, $1,600+ was raised through this effort.  Great job ladies!


Boys Lax Gives Back

The Varsity Boys Lacrosse team took time off from their charge for the first Division title in program history to help lead a clinic with Town of Dryden Recreation Department lacrosse players in grades K-6.  It was great to see the present of the program help build the future—nice job men!


Marsh Makes His Choice

Dryden Senior Gavin Marsh has decided to sign on with Roberts Wesleyan College to continue playing lacrosse at the Division 2 level in college. He is enrolling in the pre-physicians assistant program. Congratulations Gavin!


Congratulations Jake!

Senior Jake Lewis was recently named ESPN Ithaca’s Male Athlete of the Week on the heels of his setting a school record with 9 goals in a single game against Watkins Glen!


Baseball Brains

Dryden Baseball was well represented at the 2017 National Honor Society inductions with past and present inductees. Front: Mark Dodici and Devon Tyler, Back: Jon Wimer, Cody Senecal, and Jayson Wojcinski


Learned Laxers

Dryden Boys Lacrosse was well represented at the 2017 National Honor Society inductions with many past and present inductees. Front left to right: Kobe Bangs, Garet Marsh, Gabe Woods, Steven Rachetta, Colyn Ashley

Back Left to right: Brandon Mailler, Denver Space, Elim Schenck, Gavin Marsh, Bryan Iannello


On the Way to Wells

Dryden Senior Alisa Hines has committed to attend Wells College and play soccer there. Congratulations!


Marsh Competes at States

Senior Gavin Marsh represented Dryden at the State Indoor Track and Field Championships on 3/4/17, qualifying in two events.   On the track, Gavin placed 24th in the 300m with a personal record of 36.62 and 32nd in the 55m with a 6.89.  His biggest win, however, was a gentlemen’s bet he had with assistant coach Billy Finnerty.  Coach Finnerty made a deal with him earlier in the season that if he made it to states, he would shave his beard any way Gavin wanted for a day.  Gavin chose a trim that made Finnerty look like 21st President Chester A. Arthur (proof below)!


Gardner Going South

Trevor Gardner has decided to attend Shenandoah University in Virginia to play golf. He will major in Exercise Science with an eye on becoming a Physical Therapist.


Cheerleading State Championships Information

As a result of winning the Section IV Cheerleading competition, our girls are competing in the State Championships on Saturday, March 4. This marks the first time a Dryden team sport will compete for a State Title. Here are the important details:


Location: SRC Event Center, Onondaga Community College; 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

Date: March 4

Time: Doors open at 8am, competition starts at 9am; Dryden’s preliminary competition routine will occur at 9:20am sharp. The top five teams in the Division move on to the Finals later that day, time TBA.

Directions: From South of Syracuse take 81 North to Exit 16 (Nedrow), turn left off exit onto Rt 11 (Salina St.) to Rt. 173 (West Seneca Turnpike); Turn left on to Rt 173 (West Seneca Turnpike) and continue 1.8 miles to intersection of Rt 175; Bear left onto Rt 175; Continue on Rt 175 for .8 miles to second traffic light; Turn right at the Onondaga Community College Entrance.

Admission: $8


Good luck ladies!

Winter All Star Teams Announced

Girls Basketball: IAC North MVP-Amy Gardner; 1st team-Keri Daley; 2nd team-Lindsey Goodenough; Honorable Mention-Veronica Cator-Szymanski


Boys Basketball: 1st team-Trevor Gardner and Wes Stahlman; 2nd team-Nick Hollister


Boys Swim: Ryan LeCuyer, Elijah Speight, Jeff Kucerak, Mark Dodici, and Zach Sinnott


Indoor Track: 1st team- Gavin Marsh, Garet Marsh, Devon Tyler, Corey Seymour, Lauren Mailler, Marli Hammond; 2nd team- Emily Miller, Allison Morrow

Class Championship Track Results

Dryden boys placed 4th, while girls placed 8th at the Class Championships.


Place winners are as follows:

Gavin Marsh: 1st 55m 6.73, 1st 300m 37.51

Corey Seymour: 3rd long jump 18-7, 3rd 300m 38.77

800m relay 1st, 2:38.90 Gavin Marsh, Garet Marsh, Devon Tyler, Corey Seymour


Lauren Mailler: 2nd weight throw 32-1 SCHOOL RECORD

Marli Hammond: 2nd shot put 30-2.5

Allison Morrow: 4th 1500m 5:24.30, 6th 1000m 3:30.35

Emily Miller: 4th 3000m 12:08.70

Everything Coming Up "Cheer-y"!

The Cheerleading program is on a roll. Varsity and JV Cheerleading squads both took first place at the IAC Cheerleading Competition.  The Varsity squad then went on and took the Section IV Championship, giving them a birth in the State Championship competition, marking the first time a Dryden team sport will compete for a State title. Congratulations ladies!

Congratulations Trevor!

With a free throw in the 2nd quarter against Lansing, Dryden Senior and 5 year starter Trevor Gardner went over 1000 career points. He is the second male and 3rd overall player to do this in school history.


Congratulations ladies!


Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted at Whiteout Game

We are proud to announce the newest Athletic Hall of Fame induction class of William "Billy" Finnerty, Matthew Van Houten, Megan Stuttle Spellman, Kirsten Clapper, and Rex Hollenbeck.  A small induction ceremony will occur at the 9th Annual Whiteout Basketball Game on 1/13 between the JV and Varsity contests (estimated ceremony start time of 6:30pm).


Fans are encouraged, as always, to wear white to this special event.  All of our winter sports teams will be honored at halftime of the Varsity game.  As for the game, the Lions will be taking on the #1 ranked Class C team in New York State, the Moravia Blue Devils.

Cheer Gives Back

The Cheerleading program recently performed two acts of community service.  First, they braved the cold, participating as bell ringers for the Salvation Army kettle drive.  Second, the team donned rubber gloves and rolled up their sleeves to perform a deep clean of the school's fitness center.  Coach Alisha Scheffler noted that that the girls really wanted to give back in a way that others would see right in the building and that motivated the fitness center project.  Great work ladies!

Hammond Honored

Senior Indoor Track and Field athlete Marli Hammond was recently honored by ESPN Ithaca as their Ehrhart Energy “Fueling Excellence” athlete of the week.   Marli was recognized for her 1st place finish in the Shot Put at the Finger Lakes Small School Invitational at Cortland State.  As part of her award, Marli was interviewed on the radio on ESPN Ithaca’s “Between the Lines” local sports show on 12/6 (the interview should become available on their Podcenter soon, if you missed it).  Congratulations Marli!


Dryden Honors Empire Games Participants

The Dryden Athletic Department honored recent participants in the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. In conjunction with the Dryden Sports Boosters, participants were presented with a Varsity "D" by Athletic Director Bryan Ford at their awards ceremony. Similar to Varsity athletes, student-athletes who continue to participate annually will receive pins for each subsequent year to add to their letters. Special thanks goes out to Adapted Physical Education teacher Krista Gillette for all of the great work she does in organizing this event for the students.


Letter winners:

Elijah Oxendine        Emi Olin                  Timmy Milbraith       

Maia Tennant           Riley Mentiply          Kadien DeLong

JJ Strickland             Emma Dodici           Isa Mayes                

Shyanne Loveless


First Alumni Soccer Game a Success!

While many were out Black Friday shopping, the Dryden Boys and Girls soccer programs hosted what they hope will become an annual tradition--an alumni game. Due to the weather that socked the area earlier in the week, the game had to be moved from the stadium field on campus to indoors at TC3 (thanks to our friends up there!). Despite the change, it was a great event with 36 alumni taking field and over 30 spectators on hand. Current Senior Gabe Woods roused the crowd with the national anthem and the teams offered a moment of silence to honor their classmates who had passed on since graduation. As the teams took to the field, it was like they had never left. Coach Laszlo Engel, the event's organizer, was really impressed with the quality of play from the alumni, despite the years that had gone by.


We look forward to trying to build this tradition...alumni, mark your calendar for next year!



Fall 2016 All-Star Teams Announced

Boys Soccer- IAC 1st Team: Jacob Lewis and Sean McDaniel;   2nd Team: Felix Abel-Ferretti, Bryan Iannello, Braden Russell

Girls Soccer-IAC 1st Team:  Sarah Wescott and Brittany Deeley; 2nd Team Keri Daley, Alex Brotherton, Lexi Tracy, Alisa Hines, and Ashleigh Scheidweiler

Football-1st Team Division:  Elim Schenck, Jah-Meek Lumpkin, Devon Tyler; Honorable Mention: Colyn Ashley, Skylar Ponton

Swim-IAC 1st Team Allison Morrow and Marita Miller

Volleyball- IAC 1st Team: Lindsey Goodenough, Kiera Whyte; 2nd Team: Erin Harkenrider, Rachel White; Honorable Mention: Danielle Wojcik

Cross Country-IAC 2nd Team:  Emily Miller, Bobby Brotherton

Swim Success

The Girls Varsity Swim Team performed well at Sectional qualifiers.  The following ladies qualified for the Finals:


Captain Marita Miller - 4 events

Captain Veronica Cator-Szymanski -1 event as an alternate

Sydney Bishop - 1 event (and 1 as an alternate)

Ashley Thorington- 3 events (and 1 as an alternate)

Kennedy Humphrey -2 events (and 1 as an alternate)

Maddee Alexander - 2 events (and 1 as an alternate)

Caroline Tenkate - 2 events

Allison Morrow - 4 events


Good luck ladies!


IAC Champions

Congratulations to the JV Volleyball team for winning the IAC Championship for the second year in a row!  This year the team came back from a first game loss to beat TAE two games to one with scores of 22-25, 25-11 and 25-21.  Great job ladies!

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Cross Country Brings Home the Hardware

Dryden’s Cross Country program swept the JV Boys and JV Girls levels at the Blue Devil Challenge, taking first place in both groupings.    Great work team!

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Award Of Excellence

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Dryden's Athletic Department was recently awarded recognition by the NFHS and NYSPHSAA for its collective sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity within the athletic program.  Congratulations to our student-athletes and everyone involved. 

Spreading Cheer to the Community

Members of the Dryden Cheerleading team helped out with a recent "build day" for the project to update Montgomery Park...great job ladies!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Volleyball Tournament

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The Dryden varsity volleyball  team finished second in their bracket at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Volleyball Tournament.


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Although they lost to the eventual tourney champions, the junior varsity team made it to the semifinals. Off the court the varsity and junior varsity teams raised hundreds of dollars for breast cancer awareness. 

Trophy Kicks Rivalry Up a Notch

This Columbus Day marks the third year in a row that Dryden and Lansing will play a Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer doubleheader at TC3. The two schools' Athletic Departments have agreed to make this "challenge" game an annual tradition. To add a little "juice" to the competition, a perpetual trophy has been created to go back and forth to the winning school for each game. After considering a variety of trophy ideas, we settled on a paw, representing the fact that both schools have a cat mascot. The game has been dubbed "The Feline Feud: Battle for the Paw." Coming into this year's game the Lansing boys and Dryden girls are the teams possessing the coveted paw. Come on out to see this year's game with the girls starting at 5pm and the boys at 7pm on Columbus Day!


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Lions Sweep GLM Tournament

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Soccer teams who both took home 1st place in the annual GLM Tournament at Watkins Glen.

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Boys Soccer State Ranked!

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer team as they have been placed at #14 in the NY State Class B Boys Soccer rankings in the Fall's first state sportswriters poll.  This is on the heels of a hot, undefeated start.  Great job guys!

Exciting New Program for Varsity Athletes in Dryden

Thanks to a generous donation from the Dryden Sports Boosters, we have been able to create a pilot strength and conditioning consultant program this year.  Read about it here.


 Master Athletic Schedule

(Note: Athletic contests are subject to frequent change due to weather and other factors.  This master schedule is the most up to date place to check for changes as it is updated in real time.)


NOTE: Students scheduling SAT/ACT exams should be aware of possible conflicts with Sectional/Regional/State Championship dates-see notice here.)

Signing up for a sport

You will need to fill out/sign and return the below and have these cleared by the nurse prior to the start of the season...DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE--if the forms are not signed by the nurse (the final OK), you must sit!



--Health Form

--Extracurricular Code of Conduct

--Coaches Manual


--Physical Form (if getting it done by your own doctor)

--Administration of medicine

--Self-administration of medicine


Physicals are required to participate in athletics.  For a physical to be valid, it has to be within a year of the start date of the sport, to the month (for example, if a sport starts on August 15, a physical is valid as far back as August 1 of the previous year).  Each year the Athletic Department sets up free athletic physicals for a day in August at the school.  To participate, you MUST pre-schedule with the Athletics office.   Participating in this is a good idea if there is a chance your insurance will not allow a new physical in time for one of the sports season's beginning dates (ie: maybe a sport starts in January, but you can't get your annual physical until February, keeping you ineligible until then).  2017-18's physical day will be August 4.   For those needing a quick out-of-pocket option for getting a sports physical, Five Star Urgent Care in Ithaca does walk in physicals for a relatively low price (contact info here).

Notice on Dogs on Campus

Spectators please note that dogs are not allowed on campus, even at outdoor sporting events. Event staff are on site for events and will enforce this rule.


Athletics is an integral part of a student’s education. It has an obligation/goal of developing skills that will enable our young women and men to be successful in life. Skills such as leadership, teamwork, character, poise, discipline, loyalty, mental toughness, physical conditioning, hard work and school pride are not only by-products of participation in our program but also a shared vision by our coaching staff and Board of Education.

A majority of Dryden students participate in interscholastic athletics. Dryden has traditionally boasted its share of championship teams and all-star players. However, such measures of success are the outcome, rather than the primary goal, of the athletic program.