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Madrid-Waddington celebrates banner winter sports season


MADRID – Madrid-Waddington Athletic Director Gary Tischler called 2012-13 a banner year for the Winter Athletic program for the Yellowjackets on Tuesday evening at their awards night.

“What a year,” said Tischler. “Our merger athletes with Canton and Norwood-Norfolk were huge successes both athletically and with character. Our basketball teams in boys and girls basketball at both the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels were extremely successful with the four banners in front of me. We won three divisional championships, a Section 10 Class D overall championship in boys basketball, and a Section 10-7 Class D Boys Basketball championship. Academically, we had a New York State Scholar Athlete team and had success in the classroom. And our modified teams show excellent promise. So much of this is attributed to the work beginning at the biddy levels, travel teams, and modified coaches and the parents. There is a sense of tradition and pride that continues to grow here at Madrid-Waddington.”

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Tischler, Cheerleading Coach Danielle Armstrong, Boys JV Coach Tim Dashnaw, Modified Girls and Boys Basketball Coaches Buffy Gabri and Shane Sudol, and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Aaron Jones briefly spoke about their seasons. Coach Tischler also spoke on behalf of Canton Girls Hockey coach Anita Francis and Track coach John Casserly on merger athletes.


Varsity Boys Basketball: Coach Aaron Jones thanked his team for a fun ride.

“It was a fun ride or journey that our team was able to experience together. It was a journey like no other,” said Jones whose team recorded a 17-7 mark, 13-5 during the regular season. “We had a team of experience, no experience and little experience but we came together as a team. At times we played extremely well and then we had some games that we didn’t play well at all. Our team didn’t like being the called the sixth seed and we put together a great run and finish.”

The Jackets finished with Colin O’Bryan and Greg Thompson as NAC First Team All-Northerns and Richard Wright as a Second Team All-Northern. Terry Crump was the NAC Sportsmanship Award winner. Wright was credited with stepping up at point guard during the middle of the season when O’Bryan injured his knee. Thompson was a force inside and was credited for sending M-W into the overall championship game hitting a buzzer beating basket against Edwards-Knox.

O’Bryan has been a fixture on the court for M-W for four seasons.

Other members of Coach Jones’ squad honored were Randy Ball, Jacob Barney, Zach Brock, Terry Crump. TJ Gagnon, Alex Hammond, James Hunt and Maurice Rease.

Varsity Girls Basketball: Coach Gary Tischler told the crowd his team started with eight players and received a Christmas present.

“We began the season with eight girls and needing to find someone to step in for Bridget Beldock, who became our Christmas present after not being able to play soccer because of injury and illness. Our nine players were truly a wonderful blend of athletes, a coaches dream of cohesiveness and true caring for one another. Comparisons with past teams are something I try to avoid – but I have to say this group’s chemistry was as good as any group I’ve coached in any sport,” said Tischler whose team had a scholar athlete team of seven.

The Jackets were led by freshman second team All-Northern Olivia Parmeter, NAC Sportsmanship award winner junior Taylor Lenney, senior second team All-Northern Katie Marcellus, senior first team All-Northern Bridget Beldock and first team All-Northern Tess Knight.

Also honored for a 18-2 finish were Jenn King, Desiree Pryce, Sierra Dumas and Shelby Kendall.

JV Girls Basketball: Coach Tischler spoke on behalf of Coach Larry LaMere.

“This team of 10 players are incredibly self-disciplined, unselfish and have great chemisty. The icing on the cake was a 15-2 mark and two tournament titles and a league championship,” said Tischler speaking for Coach LaMere.

Honored were: Amelia Bailey, Samantha Dugan, Kaleigh Field, Elizabeth Froats, Danielle Hough, Hannah Marcellus, Brooke Nichols, Dia Richards, Sophia Roome, and Mary Young.

JV Boys Basketball: Coach Tim Dashnaw spoke regarding his team’s 16-2 mark.

“We finished 8-0 on the NAC North season and beat a very good Morristown team in overtime, went 1-1 against Potsdam, beat Chateaugay and lost to OFA – one of the best programs around. We had a great year with great attitudes,” said Dashnaw.

Members of the team honored were: Aaron Armstrong, Jordan Arquitt, Matthew Delosh, Austin Lanning, Wade Lawrence, John Lenney, Dakota Matthie, Liam Miller, Luke Miller, David Odendahl, Michael Thew, Harrison VanBuren, Brandon Vice and Dylan Wolfe.

Cheerleading: Coach Danielle Armstrong thanked her team for their dedication.

“This year, we were very flexible with our practices and cheerleading commitments so we can cheer on the basketball teams and prepare for competitions – something we did this year. We tried and did many new things this season and they worked very hard. I just want to thank the teachers and staff here at M-W that helped us raise money to attend the Edwards-Knox competition after we needed to cancel at Heuvelton to support our basketball team in the state playoffs and lost our entry fee,” said Armstrong who awarded certificates and pins to Autumn Beckstead, Ashley Bernard, Bailea Bigelow, Natalie Boland, Abbigail Cope, Michelle Finnegan, Selena Gonzalez, Jessica Lamay, Corinne McKnight, Kennedy Murray, Karlie Robertson and Alyssa Sabre. Also honored were: Morgan Beeson, Leslie Anne French, Casandra McKnight and Mariah Patenaude.

Track and Field: Cassidy Scott (distance), Austin Scott (distance), Branden O’Neill (200,400), Brian Jaquith (mid distance), Nicholas Zeledon (High Jump, 4x400, 4x100) and Connor Maskell (Shot Put, 4x200) participated for Canton as M-W students. The Bears Girls Team went unbeaten on the season and the boys team led Austin Scott improved each week during the season

Hockey: Coach Tischler, speaking for coach Francis, spoke from a email. “Taylor Marcellus, Blake Orosz and Lauren Orosz made a big commitment this season, traveling to practice and games for our girls hockey team. These are three of the finest players I’ve coached. Section 10 girls hockey is very competitive. We lost to Potsdam in our finals but beat three of the four teams in the final four,” said Francis.

Meanwhile, coach Tischler also honored Tyler Fobare who plays in the Norwood-Norfok hockey program.

Modified Boys Basketball: Shane Sudol thanked his teams for a solid year and working hard learning a new offense.

“We improved a lot during the season and worked extremely hard to improve. This team has a lot of potential in the future if they make the commitment,” said Sudol. The Yellow team consisted of Nate Plumley, Austin Delosh, Chris Thew, Seth Gabri, Devin Thomas, Braxton Chambers, Charles Pryce. The Blue team consisted of Brett Taylor, Mason Pankey, Jake Robinson, Caleb Lawrence, Justin Taylor, Brian Middlemiss, Mike Pankey, and Kobi Burwell.

Modified Girls Basketball: Coach Gabri spoke about her team’s improvement.

“We improved so much in the second half of the season that I didn’t want the season to end,” said Gabri. “But most of all, I’m extremely proud of our academics. We had 13 of 16 players on the honors list.”

Members of the team are: Ashley Curran, Shelby Dumas, Logan Fairbridge, Hope Kingston, Kristen LeFleur, Carlie Stoner, Felicia Timson, Breanna Bouchey, Emily Bracy, Brianna Hammond, Taylor Harris, Kerry Mayette, Celse McAloon, Cameryn Paige, Ariana Ramsey, Gabriella Scott, Alexis Stoner and Alexis Wells.

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