September Athlete of the Month- September's AOM is senior co-captain Ethan Satterlee. Ethan has been a pivotal part of our defense this year. His aggressive play and knack for shutting down opposing players makes him a valuable asset to the team. His leadership as a captain has also been very important to both the returning players and new players so far this season. We are looking forward to a strong showing from Ethan for the remainder of the season. Congratulations Ethan!!!
September Athlete of the Month- September's Athlete of the Month is senior Leah Basel. Leah has been with the team since her 8th grade season. Due in part to her steady behavior both on and off the field, she was voted a Captain as a junior. In her career, Leah has already gained several individual and team accolades such as Section III titles, or All-State nominations. What sets her apart from other strong players however, is her work ethic and attitude. In addition to playing soccer year-round, Miss Basel puts in extra time, practicing various skills on her own. Her focused visions of success extend off the soccer field and in to the classroom, appearing regularly on the high honor roll and serving as Class President. Congratulations Leah.
October Athlete of the Month- Dane Tanner: Son of Richard Tanner and Cindy Appel. Dane was our only senior runner this year. He competed in 6 meets including league and invitationals. His favorite memory in XC is the Rome Invitational because of the muddy conditions. His best time was 22:23 at Herkimer. Congratulations Dane!!!
October Athlete of the Month- Madison Altamura: Granddaughter of Sherry and Gene Carcone. Madison's favorite memories include meeting new friends and gaining a new respect for distance runners "because running a 5k every week or sometimes twice a week is harder than it sounds." Madison's best time was a 23:51 at the CSC Championships. Being only a sophomore, she has many years of running for the Tornadoes left. Congratulations Madison!!!
November Athlete of the Month- Nathan Draper: Nathan is bound for great things in his lifetime. Nathan shows up to practice every day ready to improve with the desire to become the best he possibly can be. He is a natural leader on and off the court and will be successful in whatever journey he decides to take in life. Look for the sophomore to be a key player offensively and defensively for us this year. With his work ethic, I project Nathan to be a top player within the next few years.
November Athlete of the Month- Erin Powers: November Athlete of the Month is junior guard Erin Powers. Erin has shown outstanding work ethic in the pre-season for basketball. She is focused on her team and making herself and her teammates better players. Erin has also earned a captain role for this year's squad because of her positive attitude, willingness to learn and her "lead by example" effort on the court. She will be a major contributor for the team's success this season. Congratulations Erin!!!
December Athlete of the Month- Shayne Stein: December Athlete of the Month is junior wrestler, Shayne Stein. Shayne is in his second year of wrestling and already making huge strides picking up 3 wins in December. In one of those wins, Shayne was down 13-0 before pinning his opponent for his first varsity win. Shayne is the son of Shayne and Suzann Stein.
December Athlete of the Month- Madisyn Kraeger: Madisyn is truly an asset to her team. She is one of this year's captains. She is a true leader and is always helping her team to improve and be the best they can be. Congratulations Madisyn!!!
January Athlete of the Month- Junior Hunter Houghtaling is January's Male Athlete of the Month in Varsity Indoor Track and Field. As one of only four athletes on this year's team, Hunter has worked hard to improve in all of his events. With a goal of qualifying for sectionals, Hunter has competed in events both on the track and in the field. He has been the team's only sectional qualifier so far this season, hitting the mark of 5'0" in the high jump. He will represent Poland in the Center State Conference League Championships in high jump, shot put and as part of the 4x400 relay team. Congratulations Hunter!
January Athlete of the Month- Senior Leah Basel is January's Female Athlete of the Month in Varsity Indoor Track and Field. As one of the team's most talented athletes, Leah has qualified for sectionals in 8 different individual events this season. She was voted captain by her teammates and has proven that she is up for any challenge, on the track or in the field. Leah has led her team in individual events and as a member of relay teams and has scored regularly in difficult league competition in Center State Conference. Leah has met the standard to advance to the State Open Qualifier meet in triple jump and will be an important part of Poland's line-up in the League and Sectional Championships. Congratulations Leah!
February Athlete of the Month- Ryan Calhoun is February's Athlete of the Month. Ryan is a great kid that has the potential to be a great player. Ryan is someone who I challenged day in and day out throughout the season. He never quit and I commend him for that. If he continues to put the work in, I expect great things from him in the near future. Congratulations!!!
February Athlete of the Month- Logan Cookinham is February's Athlete of the Month. Logan finished her season with 246 total points. She averaged 14.3 points per game in the last three games of the season, helping her team to compete in the sectional quarterfinals. As a freshman, Logan had a very important role in the team's success with her outstanding hustle, effort, attitude, enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. Logan and her teammates, had a great season and their efforts in the off-season will be the determining factor in the future success of the team. Congratulations Logan!!!