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Three S-GI boys soccer players named all-stars in ECIC Division 3

Owen Gow

SPRINGVILLE — The Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 3 boys all-star teams have been announced and three players from Springville-Griffith Institute have been recognized for their play, this past fall. After leading Springville to its first playoff win since 2011, Brandon Sullivan, Owen Gow and Kevin Zabawa have been named all-stars of ECIC Division 3. Sullivan received first team honors, while Gow made second-team and Zabawa was selected as a third-team all-star.

Sullivan, the team’s lone first-team selection was a team captain, and finished the year second on the team in scoring, with 5 goals and four assists. Sullivan played multiple positions during the year, including forward, center-mid and stopper. The three-year starter was also selected, and competed in the Exceptional Seniors Game on Nov. 10, held at Orchard Park High School.

“As a second-year captain, he brought great leadership, [he] communicated well and led by example, with hard work and determination,” said coach Tom Szczerbacki. ”He wanted every player on this team to improve and he helped, in every possible way. Brandon has great touch with the ball, distributes the ball well and can finish. He anticipates the play, has great vision and plays both sides of the ball. He really is a complete player and a great competitor.”

Gow, a junior, was called-up to varsity last season, as a sophomore, at which time he was selected as a captain. The two-year starter and captain led Springville with six assists and chipped in with 3 goals, from his center-mid position.

“He really came into his leadership role, this year,” said Szczerback, of the second-team all-star. “He was more vocal, on and off the field, and helped the young guys on this team improve their game. Owen is a playmaker, for this team, an amazing player with a ton of talent. He has a great attitude and wants to win and works extremely hard to improve his game and the players around him. [I am] really excited to have Owen for another season.”

Zabawa, the team’s third-team selection, as a senior, scored a team-high 8 goals and led the team in points. He was given the team’s Most Improved Award at Springville’s end of the year banquet.

“Kevin worked hard on his game, during the offseason, and came into the season more confident,” said Szczerbacki of his 6-foot-4-inch forward.

“He is another player that has great passion for the game and does everything possible to be on the winning side of games. The thing that I really liked about Kevin’s game was he knew what he was going to do with the ball, when he had the opportunity to score. He wasn’t passing the ball; he was going to finish. I really liked how he attacked the ball, in the air. He used his height very well and positioned himself to get a bunch of opportunities, with his head. “
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