September Athlete of the Month- September's AOM is sophomore Riley Wisheart. This season Riley led the team in scoring with 33 goals. Also able to add 10 assists-Riley was able to surpass 100 goals for her career. A four year veteran of the team, Riley has made great strides as a source of positive support on the game and practice fields. Congratulations Riley.
September Athlete of the Month- September's AOM is sophomore Dale Lepper. Dale is the son of Dave and Beth Lepper. Dale has worked extremely hard on his game in the off-season both with his club team and Poland team. His ability to control the midfield throughout the season has been instrumental to the team's success. Dale has also shown much needed leadership this season. Congratulations Dale!!!
October's Athlete of the Month- October's AOM is junior Leah Basel. Leah is the daughter of Tom and Julie Basel. In Leah's fifth year on the team, she continues to set the bar for her teammates. Leah received a CSC League All-Star Patch. She is a dual sport athlete in the fall yet maintains her #1 spot on the team. She leads by example, she is proof that hard work and determination will pay off. Congratulations Leah!!!
October's Athlete of the Month- October's AOM is senior Joe Grimaldi. Joe is the son of Joe and Kristine Grimaldi. As a first year member of the team, Joe continued to improve his results throughout the season. Joe was the team captain, he supported and encouraged his teammates all season. We will miss Joe's sense of humor and wish him well in his future endeavors. Congratulations Joe!!!
November's Athlete of the Month- November's Athlete of the Month is junior Carliza Roark. Carliza is a second year starter for the Tornadoes bringing a high intensity energy to every practice and game. She is an excellent defender often causing havoc for opposing teams. She has been developing her shot and is quickly becoming a scoring threat on offense. Her willingness to listen and learn about the game helps her improve daily at practice. Carliza plays an essential role for this team and will be a key factor in the team's success this season. Congratulations Carliza!!!
November's Athlete of the Month- November's AOM is Dylan Miller. Dylan is a starter and captain this year. Dylan leads by example and is consistently one of the hardest workers in the gym. He dedicates himself to being good at the little things and influences others to match his level of dedication and determination to becoming excellent. Dylan is relentless in his pursuit to become a better basketball player by constantly paying attention to detail. He is often one of the first to volunteer to help with our young team. Dylan is extremely coachable and has taken his leadership skills to a new level. It is truly like having an assistant coach on the court. Dylan displays the utmost respect and sportsmanship to his coaches, teammates, opponents, referees and fans alike.
December's Athlete of the Month- December's Athlete of the Month is junior wrestler Tanner Allen. This is Tanner's first year wrestling for Poland and is quickly off to a 6-1 start wrestling at 113 and 120. He has been a great addition to the team always working hard and looking for ways to improve on a daily basis. Tanner is the son of David Allen and Stephanie Lawson.
December's Athlete of the Month is Sarah DeVuyst. Sarah has shown dedication to her team. She continues to grow as a person and cheerleader. She is willing to learn new things and always willing to fix her mistakes to become better for her squad. She has never missed a practice or game. Sarah has shown her coaches huge improvement since the beginning of the year.
January's Athlete of the Month- Senior Joe Grimaldi is January's Athlete of the Month in Indoor track. Though a first time participant in indoor, Joe has been one of the leaders on the team this season. His individual performances have remained at a high level and he has shown a willingness to branch out and compete in new and different events. Joe has shown toughness throughout league competition, fighting through injuries as he prepares for the league and sectional championships. He has found success on the track as well as in the field and Joe currently holds school records in the high jump, long jump and 1600 meter run. He has qualified for sectionals in two different individual events and is hoping to contend for league and sectional titles in the coming weeks. Congratulations Joe!!!
January's Athlete of the Month- Junior Leah Basel is January's female athlete of the month in Indoor track. Leah has been one of the team's most versatile athletes this season, qualifying for sectionals in 6 different individual events. She was voted team captain by her teammates and has proven that she is up for any challenge. Leah has led her team on the track as well as in the field and has scored regularly in difficult league competition in the Center State Conference. She has broken 2 individual school records this season and another as part of a relay team. Leah also met the standard to advance to the State Open qualifier meet in triple jump. Congratulations Leah!!!
February's Athlete of the Month is sophomore Amanda Sweet. She has been one of the main contributing factors in the team's success this season. She scored 21 and 22 pts. in back to back league games to help secure the league championship this season. She is averaging 16.4 ppg over the past 5 games and has had 3 double-doubles. Her effort and ability to make plays on the court has been impressive all season. Amanda has the ability to "take over" a game at any time with her athleticism and determination to win. Congratulations Amanda!!!
February's Athlete of the Month is sophomore co-captain Isaiah Zuchowski. Isaiah has been a standout for our boy's basketball program this year. With a very young team he has stepped into a leadership role this season both on and off the court. He is learning to be more vocal and always sets a positive example for his teammates. Isaiah is naturally very gifted but his work ethic has helped him take it to the next level. He worked extremely hard in the off-season and that has transferred over to our season. Congratulations Isaiah!!!
March's Athlete of the Month is junior Thalia Pantoja. Thalia is the daughter of Scott and Mary Ann Stulpin. Thalia has shown great enthusiasm during this year's practices and constantly works on improving her game. She has put a tremendous amount of time in the off-season to honing her skills, whether it be during individual instruction or playing summer ball. Last year Thalia had an outstanding season, earning all-league and all-section honors. We are looking for another great season from Thalia. Congratulations!!!
March's Athlete of the Month is Isaiah Zuchowski. Isaiah is a sophomore on the boy's varsity baseball team and is the son of Ed and Teri Zuchowski. Isaiah has demonstrated a strong determination to improve his skills and knowledge of the game of baseball during training camp and is considered a leader on and off the field. This is his third year on the varsity team and has been a strong contributor to the program all three years. Congratulations to Isaiah Zuchowski, as our March athlete of the month.
April's Athlete of the Month is Rachael Gauthier. Rachael is a senior on the varsity tennis team. She is the daughter of April and Chris Gauthier. Rachael is a three year veteran of the team and is one of this year's captains. Rachael consistently works hard to improve and works with her teammates to improve as well. She is willing to step into any position and has solidified her spot as our 2nd singles player this season. Congratulations Rachael!!!
April's Athlete of the Month is Chloe Lawson. Chloe is a senior on the varsity tennis team. She is the daughter of Mi Young and Patrick Lawson. Chloe is a four year veteran of the tennis team and one of this year's captains. Chloe has consistently worked hard to improve each year. She has contributed this season at singles and doubles. Her determination to do well sparked a comeback victory against Hamilton to win the final points on the former tennis courts at Poland. Congratulations Chloe!!!
Russell Rankins is May's Athlete of the Month in varsity track and field. As a senior, Russell is having the best season of his career. He has found success in events on the track and in the field. He has qualified for sectionals in the mile, the 800 meter run and in the high jump. Throughout the year, Russell has worked hard to improve, setting personal records in several events. He is also an important part of the team's 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays. Russell will be a big part of Poland's league and sectional lineups in the coming weeks. Congratulations Russell!!!
Sophomore Paige Grimaldi is May's Athlete of the Month in varsity track and field. Paige has been one of the most consistent performers on this year's very talented team. As a 2nd year track athlete, she has picked up right where she left off last year. She has excelled in the 100 meter high hurdles and the high jump. She has qualified for sectionals in both events. Paige won a first place gold medal in the high jump at RFA's Copper City Classic Invitational and set a personal record of 5 feet in the high jump this season. Congratulations Paige!!!