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S-GI varsity football honored for its successes in 2012 season

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity football team was recognized for its players’ and coaches’ performances, during the 2012 sports season. The Griffins won the Class B South division title.

Many of S-GI’s players were honored for their play within Class B South. Quarterback Bill Dickinson and Reed Lipowicz both made first team all-offense.

Chris Phinney, Brandon Ball and Tyler Studd were named to the first team all-defense.

Tyler Conklin made second team all-offense, while Andrew Scharra made second team, for his punting contributions, during the season.

Ethan Benz, Ryan Cordova, Bobby Fisher and Josh Cieslica all made second team defense. Talon Berry, Andrew Suffoletto and Nate Wolcott received honorable mentions.

Studd was also named the defensive player of the year, for the entire Class B South division.

In addition, he is a finalist for the Trench Trophy, which goes to the highest-performing lineman in Western New York.

Dickinson was one of three players selected as finalists for offensive player of the year in Class B South.

He was also named to the WNY all-academic team. Phinney was recognized for his defensive play, by being one of three finalists for defensive player of the year.

Head Coach John Sopko and his coaching staff handed out some team awards, as well.

Dave DeLuca was given the team leadership award.

Dickinson was named offensive team most valuable player and Phinney was named defensive team MVP.

Lipowicz was recognized as the most improved player award on offense and Cordova received the most improved player award on defense.

Phinney received the Pop Warner Trophy.

The Trench Trophy winner will be announced at a banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Lancaster Elks Lodge at 5 p.m.

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