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Springville-GI student athletes report on 2012 winter season

SPRINGVILLE — Student athlete representatives updated the Springville-Griffith Institute Board on the most recent sports season, during the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

According to quarterback Bill Dickinson, although Springville’s varsity football team finished its 2012 season as the Class B south champion, it lost to Alden at Ralph Wilson Stadium, during the Class B final on Nov. 3. Dickinson, whom Coach John Sopko called “our valuable offensive player, this year,” helped lead his team to a 5 – 5 season record.

The board also heard an update about the S-GI golf team from senior Will Lawton, who was presented with the team’s most valuable player award for having the lowest stroke average, this season. Three of the golf team’s 18 players qualified for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference championship, where Lawton and two juniors took the course, in Cheektowaga.

The S-GI girls varsity soccer team upset opponent and reigning Class B champion Newfane in its final game of the season, according to student athlete and keeper Katie Zielen-Ersing, a senior. The 3 – 1 Springville win sent the Lady Griffs into the division cochampion spot, for the first time since 1996.

Student athlete Tyler Olrogg told the board about the school’s boys and girls cross-country teams, which closed out the season during sectionals, held on Nov. 2. The girls team finished in sixth place, out of 21 teams and the boys finished 12th out of 22 teams. Olrogg, a ninth grader, finished the race in 19:46.

Senior student athlete Abby Fornes reported that her girls swim team closed its fall season with an 8 – 3 record, including 6 – 2 in league play, following an away meet against Depew, which Springville won 122 – 17. Fornes’ coach, Karen Reynolds, called the athlete a “leader” on the team. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association ranked Springville’s girls swim team in 30th place, with 6 points, for the Section 6 championship.

The board also heard from Brandon Sullivan, a varsity soccer player; Alexis Lines, varsity volleyball player and Rebecca Maciuba, tennis player.

In other board news:
– The board received the claims audit report dated Oct. 5 and the treasurer’s report from the month of September.

– The International Club’s request to travel to Quebec City, Quebec, from Feb. 28 – March 3 for a cultural enrichment trip for all language students was approved. The students will make the trip, pending the status of the U.S. homeland security alert.

– The following fundraising activities were approved: Colden Parent Teacher Association-sponsored Colden Elementary School apparel sale (proceeds to benefit the Colden PTA); S-GI High School Europe trip-sponsored sale of Eat at Subway Night (proceeds to help students pay for the trip and augment the trip’s programming costs for the group); high school varsity football-sponsored sale of Buffalo Bills game tickets (to benefit the varsity football program’s conditioning equipment and materials) and CES Student Council-sponsored December food drive (to benefit the Springville Food Pantry) and candygram sales (to benefit and support the CES Student Council).

– The board approved an item regarding appropriation, resolving “that the S-GI Central School District urges Congress and the administration to amend the Budget Control Act to mitigate the drastic cuts to education that would affect our students and communities and to protect education as an investment critical to economic stability and American competitiveness.” The resolution may be read in its entirety on the Springville-GI website,, under the board of education tab.

– Leaves of absence were approved for CES Custodian Tim Ulinger, SES teacher Cheryl Machemer and middle school elementary teacher Mary Munro.

– The following instructional personnel appointments were approved: long-term substitute elementary teacher (12 weeks or more in duration) Rebecca Simmons, home tutor for elementary students out on medical Kim Pazzuti and home tutor for elementary students out on medical Phil Feraldi.

– Johna Swank was approved as a cleaner for the district office and Brian Swank was approved as bus driver. Both were recommended by Business Administrator Ted Welch.

– The following substitute teachers’ appointments were approved: Kelly Fedeson, Anthony Fisher, Richard Cambio Jr., Amanda Vara, Emily Bena, Allison Bogolin and Carolyn Tatlow.

– Mark Vogel was approved as the assistant wrestling coach. He is volunteering for the position.

The next S-GI Board of Education meeting will be held Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Center Fire Hall.

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