LISBON - Things dont always go the way you want them to.
That was the general consensus of the 2013-14 Lisbon Winter Athletic scene at the Athletic Awards night on Wednesday.
But clearly it wasnt for lack of effort. The Lisbon Varsity Boys and Junior Varsity Basketball teams and the Lisbon Cheerleading squad were the only teams won titles and a group of LCS athletes helped Canton to NAC and Section 10 titles in Girls Track-Field.
The Lisbon Cheerleaders will continue their competition season this weekend.
Senior speakers, Beth Crowley and Jackie Sovie for Girls Varsity Basketball, Maeve Bowdish for Track-Field at Canton, and Jimmy Robinson for Varsity Boys Basketball spoke before the coaches took the podium to honor over 90 athletes.
Speaking the words of Vince Lombardi, Crowley and Sovie said The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Bowdish said playing a sport for another school helped her get to know other athletes with the same interests. Robinson said playing athletics at Lisbon was a memory of a lifetime.
Track-Field: Coach Barry Whiteford spoke straight from the heart about Laura Pierce, Maeve Bowdish and Reiley Burwell.
I just loved coaching these girls, said Whiteford. I really see the difference in the merger athletes because they make many sacrifices to go to another school to play a sport. They work even harder too.
Pierces hard work has manifested in breaking many school distance records and will be one easy choice in the future when Canton makes Hall of Fame inductions. Coach Whiteford also said coaching Burwell and Bowdish was easy. They did everything I asked, said Whiteford.
JV Girls Basketball: Coach John McBath said the ball is your court.
You cant expect to improve if you dont pick up a basketball in the off season. Youve got the talent and but youve got to improve on it. But we made incredible strides this year, said McBath of Sierra Ashley, Riley Green, Claire Donaldson, Hannah Beebie, Margeret Crowley, Lorriane Hollis, Cheali Kench, Alexis LaFlair, Dana Olmstead, Hannah Robinson, Mercedee Bigelow, Kaitlyn Barse, and Fayeanne West, Sierra Dobbs, and Jenny Snyder.
JV Boys Basketball: Coach Bob Jordan expressed that his team was a great group to work with. Their humor always made me laugh. We had a great season at 15-3 and this team showed a lot of character, Jordan said of the team who won seven straight and won by a margin of 21 points or better.
Members of the NAC West Co-Champs were: Tucker Jordan, Nick Spooner, Jack Gray, Hunter Forsythe, Ryan Mason, Hunter Gray, Coleman Smith, Kane Jordan, Jake and Joey Pellerin, Jordan Carr, and Connor Hammond.
Cheerleading: Coach Beth Hooper thanked her team for the dedication and appreciation for detail which helped produced first places at the OFA and Heuvelton competitions.
Members of the squad are: Morgan Baldock, Alyshia Murray, Nicole Neadom, McKenzie Lynch, Natasha Middlemiss, Holly Williams, Aneissa Fields, Kali Martin, Rileigh Mee, Kaitlyn Scinta, Hallie Addison, Adrien Hyde, Bailey Dean and honorary member Hanna Richardson.
Girls Varsity Basketball: Coach Dick Marcellus spoke of his teams second half finish finishing 6-2 before losing to Hermon-DeKalb in the quarter-finals.
We grew tremendously as a team. This group had potential and the younger players can improve on that potential this offseason by just shooting the basketball on your own.
Coach Marcellus honored Katie Barney, Madelin Caufield, Rebekah Robinson, Katie Sovie, Beth Crowley, Hannah Richardson, Courtney Green, Jackie Sovie, Maddie Vine, Brook Oshier, Kristen Calkin,s Mikayla Deruchie, and Alex Amo and manager Kristen Warner.
Varsity Boys Basketball: Coach Sean Backus talked about his team buying into a new system.
I really didnt think that we were going to have the success we had this season. But the team bought into the new system and worked extremely hard. We improved so much from the first practice, said Backus who was assisted by Mike Backus.
Members of the Class D West Champs were: Pedro Janini, Kolby Jordan, Adam Kelley, John Hunter, Donnie Duprey. Alex Gravlin, Evan Robinson, Tristen Vine. Jessie Gleeson, Ryan Buckley, Jimmy Robinson, and Jake Putney.
Modified Basketball Girls: Coach Renee Robinson spoke of behalf of both teams. We had a rebuilding season and wins were limited but everyone worked hard to improve. Our seventh graders won two and eight graders recorded six. Both teams were scrappy, said Robinson of Hope Walker, Adrien Duvall, Mackenzie Gray, Abgail Hollis, Brielle Manke, Hailey Oshier, Emma Stemples, Abby Wilhelm, Caysie Lampett, Anna Burdick, Alyshia Brothers, Randi Legault, Hunter Lovely, Tricia Martin, Jessice Payne, Kaitlyn Reynolds and Lauren Truesdall.
Boys Modified Basketball: The Knights were blessed with great numbers according to coach Al Flack.
Most teams would have just one team. We could of had three. The seventh graders werent on the winning end of many games but they battled. Our eighth graders played very well and worked extremely hard. We got down 14-2 to Harrisville and won during our last game of the season, said Flack of seventh graders Cole LaRock, Patrick Buckley, Jacob Burwell, Adam Gravlin, Carson Massia, Josh OBrien, Reese Schroder, Colton Stemples, Nick Taylor and Zach Denny and eighth graders: Kyle Burgess, Austin Cadrette, Josiah Charron, Brayden Fargo, Jake Kiah, Josh Lampett, Brendan Martin, John McGrath, Adam Robinson, Devin Shattuck, and Carson Smith.