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LISBON - Lisbon Central School takes great pride in its tradition of student speakers at its sports awards nights.

At Tuesday’s Fall Sports Awards night, Matt Snyder and Gabby Walker spoke for the Boys and Girls Soccer teams which both enjoyed outstanding seasons. Both offered thank yous to their families and everyone who supported their squads in any way.

And they spoke as well as they played.

“We never stopped working and we never stopped getting better,” said Snyder recalling his team’s gratifying development which produced an NAC West Division title and a number eight ranking in the latest New York State Class D Poll.

“I loved every minute of it and it was the experience of my life.”

“Soccer was always my favorite sport but our coaches Scott and “Papa Bruce” Richardson taught me to play with passion. They showed me what true hard work can do,” said Walker.

“Our team played with passion, patience and pride and we all felt like sisters”.

The success of Lisbon’s fall season was not limited to soccer.

Running through a merger agreement,Lisbon Central junior Laura Pierce repeated as NAC Runner of the Year after leading the Canton Girls Cross Country team to an undefeated NAC Championship, a Section 10 Class B crown and a berth in Saturday’s New York State Federation Championships which features the top pubic and private schools in the state

“We had a tremendous fall season. Our student-athletes made our school and community proud,” said LCS Principal and Athletic Director Eric Burke.

LCS Superintendent of Schools Erin Woods said the student-athletes represented their school and family extremely well and spoke of how preparation aided success.

“We had a summer soccer camp here at Lisbon and when the season began everyone was really ready to go,” she said.

FALL SPORTS AWARDS

Cross Country: Canton Coach Tom Vandewater honored varsity runner Laura Pierce and modified runner Mike Hazen Courson for continuing the tradition of Lisbon runners enjoying excellent running careers through a merger agreement.

As a two-time NAC Female Runner of the Year Pierce will lead the Golden Bears into the New York State Federation Championships at Boudin Park In Poughkeepsie on Saturday.

Pierce, who will also run in the Nike Northeast Regional the following weekend, was part of a very strong team effort which allowed the Lady Bears to place ninth overall among schools of all class sizes at the NYS Public High School Championships on Saturday.

“Laura has been our leader for the past few years and she placed first in every race in Section 10. She didn’t place as well as she wanted at the state meet but she ran one of her better times,” said Coach Vandewater.

“Our other girls really had great days and we qualified for the federation meet as a team which is a great achievement.”

Modified Girls Soccer: Coach Michelle Kelley and her assistant coach Taylor Jordan recognized the 29 members of their team which showed excellent chemistry throughout a 5-6-1 season.

Members of the team are: TaShauna Schofell, Anna Robinson, Hailie Addison, Bridgett Oshier, Paige Woods, Marissa Bigelow, Claire Donaldson, Kaitlyn Barse, Spencer Donie, Andee Farrand, Michaela Fields, Riley Green, Sierra Seguin, Hannah Beebie, Cheali Kench, Alexis Laflair, Trisha Martin, Adrien Hyde, Sydney Mee, Maggie Crowley, Emily Pike, Lorraine Hollis, Desiree Johnston, Reiley Burwell, Jen Snyder, Fayeanne West, Sierra Ashley, Jadzia Gleason and Briana LaRock.

Boys Modified Soccer: Coach Dick Marcellus honored a team of outstanding potential, which featured only three ninth graders, which went 9-0-3 with a 36-6 goal scoring differential.

“We are basically a young team and to go unbeaten was a very big achievement,” said Marcellus of his squad which was composed of Kody Allen, Hunter Gray, Kane Jordan, Koby Jordan, Tucker Jordan, Jake Kiah, Josh Lampett, Braiden Martin, Ryan Mason, Jake Pellerin, Adam Robinson, Al Robinson, Noel Robinson, Donnie Seguin, Carson Smith and Nick Spooner.

Girls Varsity Soccer: Coach Scott Richardson, who was assisted by Bruce “Papa” Richardson, praised his 13-4-2 squad which went 11-3 in the NAC West as a “value based team which was quick to help each other to donate time to the community”.

“We scored 58 goals this season, up 21 from last year, we only allowed eight goals in the regular season and this was just a great group of ladies who were diligent and had a vision.”

Leading the Lady Knights’ quest for that vision was goaltender Jackie Sovie who was honored as the NAC West Defensive MVP, fellow first team selection Gabby Walker, second team selections in Alyshia Murray, Holly Williams and Beth Crowley, NAC Sportsmanship Award recipient Shelby Dishaw and team captains Emily and Shelby Dishaw.

Sovie, Walker, Crowley, Rileigh Mee, Alex Amo and Maeve Bowdish all earned NAC All-Academic Awards.

Also contributing to memorable season were: Maddy Vine, Sadie Bigelow, Madelin Caufield, Sierra Erwin, Aneissa Fields, Katie Barney, Rebekah Robinson, Katie Sovie, Courtney Green, Kristin Warner, Hannah Richardson and managers Caleb, Grace, Gabby and Gavin Richardson.

Boys Varsity Soccer: “Home Sweet Home” said Lisbon Coach Bill Reed speaking about the key to his team’s 13-3-2 season which featured a co-championship NAC West with Harrisville with a 10-2-2 record, a 45-8 goal scoring differential, 12 shutouts in 18 games by goaltender Jimmy Robinson and Coach Reed attaining his 200th career win in 14 years at the LCS helm.

The Knights went 9-0 at home and allowed only one goal.

“This team worked extremely hard and that was the key to their consistency,” said Reed who was assisted by John McBath and Kelley Geary.

Leading the Knights were First Team All-NAC West selections in Adam Felt who was honored as the division Defensive MVP and Lisbon’s 11 division MVP in 14 years; Adam Kelley who led the division with 15 assists while scoring 12 goals and Robinson whose 18 shutouts fell one short of the school record held by LCS Girls Soccer Coach Scott Richardson.

Defenders Matt Snyder and James Darcy earned second team all-star honors and another defender Ryan Buckley received the team’s NAC Sportsmanship Award. NAC All-Academic Awards went to: Snyder, Buckley, Tristan Vine and Colin Smith.

Also contributing to the success of the Knights were: Riley Alberto, Jordan Carr, Connor Hammond, Coleman Smith, Tristan Vine, Eric Berstorff, Jake Putney, Cody James who scored a team-high 13 goals, John Hunter, Colin Fields, David Turri, Chris Measheaw and Matt Willard.

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