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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Elijah Oxendine Emi Olin Timmy Milbraith
Maia Tennant Riley Mentiply Kadien DeLong
JJ Strickland Emma Dodici Isa Mayes
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
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!
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!
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!
Award Of Excellence
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!
Breast Cancer Awareness Volleyball Tournament
The Dryden varsity volleyball team finished second in their bracket at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Volleyball Tournament.
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!
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.
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!
Information about cancelling the JV Football season
A letter explaining the details of the decision to cancel the season and the next steps can be found here.
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.
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.
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)