OFA Softball Coach Storm Cilley had only one disappointment concerning his 31st and final season at the helm of the Blue Devil program.
It ended three games too soon when the 13-5 Section 10 Class B Champion Lady Devils dropped a 6-3 decision to Section 7s Saranac Central in the first round of the New York State Tournament.
There have been many memorable moments to accompany the ups and downs that are an inevitable part of each sport season, said Coach Cilley at Wednesdays Awards Banquet at the Ogdensburg Elks Lodge.
This was one of those years where just about everything went right, and yet, once again the season ended three games too short.
The ups far outdistanced the downs in the season where Coach Cilley and his assistants Tim Farrell, Alyssa Farrell and Ryan Farrell guided the Blue Devils to a 7-1 NAC Central Division title and a 1-0 victory over Canton in the Class B Championship game.
OFAs entire 11-player roster qualified for a New York State Scholar-Athlete Team Award led by Kori Bresset and MaKenzi Stevenson who ranked 1-2 in their senior class. Other members of the team were: Brittany Barr, Stacy Barr, Mackenzie Cole, MacKenzee Holland, Kristen Snyder, Maddie Ward, Felicia Barr, Kori Bresett, Jocelyn Fifield and Shannon Tooley.
Stevenson, who set school records for most pitching wins in a season at 13 and in a career at 40, was honored by the coaches at the NAC Central MVP and by NNY Officials Board as the recipient of the David Huffer Gebo Award for exemplary ability, leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship.
Mackenzie Cole was also honored as a First Team All-NAC Central selection and Stacy Barr, Brittany Barr and Felicia Barr were recognized as Second Team selections. Kori Bresett received OFAs NAC Sportsmanship Award and earned NAC All-Academic Awards with Stevenson, Brittany, Felicia and Stacy Barr, Shannon Tooley and Maddie Ward.
Coach Cilley officially concluded his tenure by handing out team awards to MaKenzi Stevenson as the Most Valuable Player, catcher Felicia Barr as the Defensive Player of the Year, Mackenzie Cole as the Offensive Player of the Year and Kori Bresett and Shannon Tooley as the recipients of the Coaches Awards.
It was my pleasure to coach a great group of students who enjoyed tremendous support from their family, friends and school community. I wish to thank the Ogdensburg City School District for allowing me to coach and teach this sport to so many fine young ladies for the past 31 years, said Coach Cilley.