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M-W coaches honor Tischler at Awards Night


MADRID - In his 27-year coaching career at Madrid-Waddington Central School, Gary Tischler has always been a very vocal leader on the sidelines.

In his many years of serving as the school’s Director of Athletics, Tischler has always been very comfortable in addressing gatherings.

On Wednesday night, he was left at a loss for words and overcome by his emotions in the climax of his final M-W Fall Sports Awards Night. Tischler will retire at the end of the current year and in coaching the M-W Girls Soccer team this fall, he completed a 27-year soccer coaching career.

Tischler coached boys soccer for 25 years and girls soccer in his first and final season finishing with a 314-179-60 record. His team won seven league titles five Section 10 titles and he guided the 1990 and 2010 boys soccer teams to the New York State Final Four.

The 2012 Lady Jackets and Assistant Coach Justin Richards presented Tischler with a plaque honoring his achievements and the impact he has had on countless student athletes. Assistant Coach Justin Richards and Varsity Boys Coach Jeff Stein both played for and a served as assistant coaches for Tischler and both spoke of how the experience influenced them as teachers and coaches.

“Madrid-Waddington has given me more than I could every give,” said Tischler.

“To see people who I have taught and coached become teachers, coaches and successful people is very humbling.”

Tischler opened the evening by thanking administration and the board of education for allowing M-WCS to continue an expansive athletic offerings in the fall which includes three levels of boys and girls soccer, mergers for girls swimming and cross country at Canton Central and modified football at Potsdam Central.

“We operated four soccer fields which is amazing for a small school and we involved 154 students,” said Tischler.

“I want to thank the custodial staff and the bus drivers for their work, all the coaches and the support of the parents.”


Modified Girls Soccer: Coach Buffy Gabri praised the learning process which her 16-player, inexperienced team mastered.

“We knew it was going to be an uphill battle due to the fact that quite a few of the ladies had never played before. We had to learn more than two positions to execute and at the beginning we had some tough losses. But we found our formation, focused on what we had to do and had a tremendous second half of the season,” she said.

Members of team are eighth graders Felicia Timson, Kristen LeFleur, Logan Fairbridge, Hannah Mott, Jenna Marcellus, Kelsey Thisse, Marlina Bush, Autumn Baker and Carlie Stoner and seventh graders: Kerry Mayette Alexis Stoner, Gabriella Scott, Ariana Ramsey, Sara Evans, Daneille Hough and Megan McCall.

Boys Modified Soccer: Coach Dave Bailey, who was assisted by Mike Stebbins, cited his team for posting a 7-5 record for the only Class D school in Section 10 fielding a junior varsity team.

“This squad is a little different than teams I have had in the past. The psychology of this year’s group from day one to win, to be aggressive, to attack, to maintain pressure; to score,” said Bailey.

Members of the team were: eighth graders Braxton Chambers, Kaden Pickering, Seth Gabri, Loring Hill, Colby McCall, Nate Plumley, Chris Thew, Zeb Zagrobelny and Kobe Burwell and seventh graders Dan Dominy, Kyle Field, Kever McDonald, Josh Mikolay, Shea Putney, Jake Robinson, Evan Ryan, Shane Tiernan, Owen Uppstrom, Ryan VanPatten and Seth Cook.

JV Girls Soccer: Coach Tim Dashaw, who was assisted by Jessica Richards, spoke about the improvement of his team and presented Coaches Awards to Autumn Beckstead, Natalie Boland, Jenn Wilson and Samantha Duggan. Also recognized were: Kaitlin Ashley, Hannah Hawkins, Paige Moulton, Kelsey Wright, Katherine Travis, Brook Nichols, Hannah Marcellus and Taylor Burley.

JV Boys Soccer: Coach Shane Sudol recognized his team for a 5-5 season which included four shutouts and a great deal of player and team development. Michael Thew and Tyler Richardson received Captains Awards and were honored along with teammates Andrew Harris, Harrison VanBuren, Tanner Uppstrom, Josh Reed, Daniel Odenhaul, Luke Miller, John Lenney, DaKota Matthie, Tyler Fobare, Shane Cryderman, Jordan Arquitt and Aaron Armstrong.

Canton Cross Country, Swimming: Three Madrid-Waddington athletes performed in lead roles through merger agreements for undefeated championship cross country and girls swimming reams at Canton Central.

Lauren Orosz registered top 10 finishes in every race for the Canton Girls Cross Country team which won NAC and Section 10 Class B Championships and took ninth overall in the state meet to qualify for Saturday’s New York State Federation Meet.

“Lauren was very quiet but a fierce competitor who was an outstanding team member,” said Canton Coach Tom Vandewater.

Senior Jenn Ryan served as a captain on the swimming team and freshman Angelina Domena earned First Team All-NAC honors in the 100 and 500 freestyles, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay and will swim in the state meet in Ithaca beginning Friday.

“Jenn and Angie were key members of our team and as merger students they show an outstanding level of commitment,” said Canton Meg McGovern.

“I am very pleased to be able to come here tonight and speak about them.”

Varsity Volleyball: Coach Troy Creurer, who was assisted by Alissa Stebbins, presented Captains Awards to Schiler Ashley and Logan Barkley for their leadership on a young team which went through a rebuilding season with a great deal of enthusiasm.

“We started the season with 16 players and ended the season with 16 players and in volleyball terms that is akin to having 30 soccer players,” said Creurer.

“The girls all accepted their roles and gave their best effort when it was their turn to get in the action.”

Jenny King, Sophia Roome, Alyssa Ryan and Brittani Dawley received All-Academic Awards and other members of the squad were: Alyssa Sabre, Alyssa Gagnon, Abbie Cope, Cimone Doelger, Jaxmine Trombley, Dia Richards, Janelle Trombley, Hannah Austin, Autumn Wells and Natasha Middlemiss.

Varsity Girls Soccer: Coach Gary Tischler, who was assisted by Justin Richards, called the last soccer team of his 27-year coaching career unique because of its unselfishness and the amazing chemistry among 24 players. Outscoring their last 13 opponents 24-11, the Jackets finished with a 9-4-1 record and ended their season in a well-played 1-0 decision to NAC West Champion Heuvelton.

The team featured 10 All-Academic Award qualifiers, a second team All-NAC North Division selection in Dez Pryce and first team North Division All-Stars in Taylor Marcellus, Katie Marcellus and Taylor Lenney.

Captains Awards were presented to Bridget Beldock, Michaela Blair, Zoe Zagrobleny, Taylor Lenney, Katie Marcellus and Katie Tiernan.

Rounding out the team were: Sierra Dumas, Shelby Kendall, Casandra McKnight, Andrea Wyman, Emily Doelger, Alison Fobare, Hannah Hill, Tess Knight, Jessica LaMay, Ameila Bailey, Kaleigh Field, Cassidy Scott and Mary Young.

Boys Varsity Soccer: First year coach Jeff Stein compared his team to the many musical productions he has directed at M-W.

“When a show is finished there is often a sense of euphoira because everyone has done their absolute best. That is not always the case with a soccer team but it was with our team. We played Heuvelton (eventual Section 10 Champion) in our last game and it was a great show,” said Stein who presented Captains Awards to Colin O’Bryan, Dan Cassada and Tony Zeledon.

“We had a very large team with 25 players but we made it work. Our 14 seniors provided great leadership and we developed great honesty, ethical behavior and integrity.”

The Jackets, who tied for second place in the NAC East, were led by First Team All-NAC East selections in James Hunt and Kyle Bent, Second Team selections in Terry Crump and Colin O’Bryan and Austin Scott who received the team’s NAC Sportsmanship Award.

Earning NAC All-Academic Awards were T.J. Gagnon, James Hunt, Conor Maskel and Jonas Pandit. Other members of the team were: Jake Barney, Zach Brock, Mike Cummings, Jeff Mott, Kyle Pickering, Maurice Reese, Sedan Tiernan, Nick Zeledon, Randy Ball, Alex Baxter, T.J. Hill, Brian Jaquith, Jim Miller, Greg Thompson and Richard Wright.

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