Athletes of the Week

Fall, 2019 

Week 8

Week 8 Athletes in the Spotlight

The coaches have chosen their Week 8 Athletes in the Spotlight.  

They are pictured (l-r): Reuben Rivers - Varsity Cross Country, Abby Pappalardo - Varsity Girls Soccer, Jahmeek Riley and Thomas Furmanski - Varsity Football. 

The coaches commented on each athlete and explained why each was chosen.   

Coach Hryvniak said, "Reuben Rivers placed 18th in the Niagara Orleans championship meet this past Saturday earning him honorable mention and leading his team to their first victory of the year against Medina. Reuben’s time of 18:59 was his fastest of the season." 

Coach Orbaker said, "Abby Pappalardo exemplifies the Purple Eagle in the Spotlight Award. Abby scored the winning 2nd half goal in our sectional victory over Maryvale.  She received the ball on a long corner kick and aggressively one touched the ball into the corner of the goal. Abby works hard in both practices and games. She is a leader by example, demonstrating determination and being a good teammate."

Coach Krenning said, "Jahmeek Riley has been an outstanding young leader on our football team this year. He is always willing to learn and take the advice from the coaches and do what it takes to make him better along with his teammates. Jameek is a true leader both on the field and off!"

Coach Krenning said, "Thomas Furmanski has gone over 1,000 all purpose yards this year with football. Thomas demands the respect of the opponents by his intelligence and ability to see the field. He has worked hard to be the best QB in the league. With his knowledge and toughness, Thomas has kept us in the games. He is a true competitor!"


Week 7

Athletes of the Week

The week 7 athletes of the week have been chosen.

Ellwood Hafner was chosen athlete of the week by JV Football Coach Ocie Bennett.

Coach Bennett commented, "Ellwood was a force on defense with 12 tackles and 2 tackles for losses in our game against Medina.  His hard work this season has proven to be a part of our teams success. We are proud of his hard work and commitment to our team."

Michael DiCureia was chosen athlete of the week by Varsity Football Coach Adam Krenning.

Coach Krenning commented, "Michael has worked hard this season and has become one of the top linemen.  He sacrificed his position so he could help the team be successful, and that we have been.  He improves every week, and is coming off of the best game he has ever had.  Michael is a true leader and team player in every sense."


Week 6

Athletes of the Week (October 7 - 12)

The coaches have chosen their athletes of the week for October 7 - 12. 

They are pictured (l-r): Jacob Hughson, Cody Wilson, Bonnie DiCureia, Chris Porter. Absent from photo: Leah Pritchard. 

Coach Bennett commented, "Jacob Hughson was the anchor in the second half of our game against Amherst rushing for 200 yards and a TD.  He showed that hard work does pay off.   We are so proud of this young man."  

Coach Krenning commented, "Cody Wilson has worked hard on football, always striving to be his best and make others around him better.  His leadership - although quiet - kids follow him and his leadership.  This was proven this last week when he received character leadership award for his poise on the field against Amherst.  Cody is the true meaning of Character and is a true role model for all to follow." 

Coach Price commented, "Bonnie DiCureia has been one of the hardest working players on our team.  In both practices and games she consistently demonstrates high levels of energy, effort, and enthusiasm.  She constantly and relentlessly battles for possession of the ball each and every game, and has learned to be more aggressive with passes and shots in the attacking 3rd of the field.  Her desire to win influences her teammates leading them to work harder as both individuals and as a group."  

Coach Bennett commented, "Chris Porter had an awesome day on the offensive and defensive line; anchoring them to a shout out.  He showed that hard work does pay off.   We are so proud of this young man."  

Coach Orbaker commented, "Leah plays defender on the Albion Varsity Girls Soccer team.  This is Leah’s 2nd full season on the Girls’ Varsity team.  Leah is a key center defender and a leader of our defense.  Most importantly, Leah is a leader by example. She treats her teammates and opponents with respect. You can often hear Leah encouraging her teammates at practice and in games. Leah always demonstrates the I Got Your Back mentality, both in how she plays and in her character."


Week 5 

Athletes of the Week

The fall sports coaches have chosen their Week 5 athletes of the week.

They are pictured (l-r): Kevin Hillman, Michael Smith, Greg Thompson, Alyson Knaak, Alanna Holman. 

Below are brief write ups of why each student was chosen athlete of the week.    

Kevin Hillman (Varsity Football) 
Kevin has worked hard this season to improve as an athlete as well as working on making his teammates better athletes on the field. Kevin is a selfless player, he always wants to perform well and at the same time wants to see his teammates perform better than him. Last week Kevin had 137 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns in the win over Olean. 

Greg Thompson & Michael Smith (JV Football)
Greg Thompson had 2 sacks, 6 tackles for losses, and an Interception return for TD. Michael Smith had an awesome day of Kicking Off. Team never got pass 35 yard line. Michael kicked one in the End Zone and one we got back on an onside kick. Both boys play their hearts out and were very great leaders for our team. 

Alanna Holman (Varsity Cross Country)
Alanna placed 2nd in her race against Roy-Hart and Wilson last Tuesday. She led the girls’ team to their first victories of the season.  She also placed 5th overall in the Pembroke Invitational competing against over 100 runners in her race.

Alyson Knaak (Varsity Soccer)
This is Alyson’s 2nd full season on Albion’s varsity soccer team.  Alyson is one of the key defenders and is a leader of the defensive unit.  More than anything else, Aly is a teammate who everyone else can count on.  She treats every practice and every game with intensity and commitment. She is a leader who points out the accomplishments of her teammates before her own. 

Week 4  

Athletes of the Week

The fall sports coaches have chosen their Week 4 athletes of the week.

They are pictured (l-r): Bryce Froman, Deyonci Farley, Brendan LeBaron, Spencer Sietmann.  

Below are brief write ups of why each student was chosen athlete of the week.    

Bryce Froman, JV Football
Coach Bennett said, “Bryce had 10 tackles and scored a two point conversion.  He played his heart out and was a great leader for our team.”

Deyonci Farley, Varsity Football
Coach Blanchard said, “Deyonce led the defense with 10 tackles to help post a shutout of the previously undefeated Lackawanna football team.  Not only did he lead the team in tackles but he also played well in pass coverage knocking down a pass and almost intercepting one.  On offense he recorded some big first downs for us with some hard fought short yardage runs up the middle.”

Brendan LeBaron, JV Football
Coach Bennett said, “Brendan had 5 sacks and 2 tackles for losses.  He played his heart out and was a great leader for our team.”

Spencer Sietmann, Varsity Soccer
Coach Flynn said, “Spencer has been the backbone of our defense.  He has been given the name “The Machine” by his teammates for his ability to run down players on the opposing team and get the ball from them quickly. Spencer has a great attitude on and off the field and is always giving 100%.”

Week 3  

Athletes of the Week

The fall sports coaches have chosen their Week 3 athletes of the week.

They are pictured (l-r): Javon Jones, Jabari Johnson, Abby Scanlan, Omar Peterson and Amari Jones.  

Below are brief write ups of why each student athlete was chosen athlete of the week.    

Javon Jones, JV Football 
The JV Football coaches commented that Javon was the spark that got rhe team going with his interception return for a TD. Javon then scored again on a 75 yard TD run. 

Jabari Johnson, Varsity Football
Coach Krenning commented, I am nominating Jabari Johnson for the Purple Eagle athlete spotlight.  Jabari is a sophomore playing varsity football and starting on the defensive line.  He also wrestles as a winter sport.  Jabari has shown great leadership skills and determination both on the field and in the classroom.  He has worked very hard in the off season and did not miss a single weight and conditioning session over the summer.  Jabari is not afraid of hard work and is very respectful of his peers and teachers. Jabari is very deserving of this recognition. 

Abby Scanlan, Varsity Girls Soccer
Coach Orbaker and Coach King commented that Abby, a sophomore forward, helped her team earn two more victories this week.  Abby scored five goals this week; three against Batavia Notre Dame, one against Barker, and one against Akron.  As we have just passed the mid-point of the season Abby has a total of 14 goals, making her the Niagara-Orleans League's second leading scorer. Abby works very hard in practices and games, demonstrates good sportsmanship, and always encourages her teammates.  

Omar Peterson, Varsity Boys Soccer
Coach Flynn commented that Omar has been utilized both in the goal and on the field this season. Omar has displayed incredible sportsmanship over the past few games and has been doing a great job of motivating his teammates. Omar uses his strong communication skills to help everyone on the field on a daily basis.

Amari Jones, JV Football
The JV Football coaches commented that Amari had 225 total yards and 4 TD’s during the game against Depew.  Amari ran for 2 scores and threw for 2 TD’s to Ozzie Matos.

Week 2

Athletes of the Week

The athletics department has named their athletes of the week for the week of September 16- 21.

They are pictured (l-r): Ozzie Matos, Junior Morales, Breanda Johnson, Charley London, Claire Squicciarini, and Chris Shabazz. 

Each athlete's spotlight play from the coaches is listed below.

Ozzie Matos, 10th grade, JV Football
Ozzie had an interception return for a TD.  In addition, he is one of our captains and is a great leader for our football program.

Junior Morales, 10th grade, JV Football
Junior had three tackles for loss, lead the defense in tackles and scored a TD on offense. He is a captain with Ozzie and together they are great leaders for our football program.

Breanda Johnson, Varsity Volleyball (12th grade)
Bre led the girls to a 5-set win against Newfane on September 12th. She had a record setting 12 aces, 26 assists, 8 digs and 2 kills. She also was selected to the all-tournament team at the Albion "Tip Off" Tournament the previous Saturday.

Charley London, JV Soccer (10th grade)
Charley has been a dominant defender through the first month of the soccer season. Her work ethic is outstanding as she leads by example setting the tone for her team during practices and games. As a leader, her coaches and teammates respect how she encourages and challenges her team in positive and constructive ways. She scored a goal on a direct kick during an early season tournament game and she has been the backbone of a defense that has only allowed 4 goals to be scored through 6 games!

Claire Squicciarini, 11th grade, Varsity Soccer
Claire Squicciarini is a junior midfielder/forward.  Claire has played a key role as her team has started the season with a record of 4-2.  Claire has scored four goals and earned three assists.  Claire puts constant pressure on the opponents, wins the ball and initiates our attacks. Her extraordinary work ethic affects everyone on the team.  She encourages her teammates, always demonstrates excellent sportsmanship, and exemplifies our team motto “I’ve Got Your Back”.  

Chris Shabazz, 11th grade, Varsity Football
Chris has played very well for the varsity football team in their first 2 weeks.  In week 2, Chris made his presence known to the offense of Springville.  Late in the 2nd quarter Chris picked off a pass, and with the help of his teammates, ran it all the way back to the end zone.  This was Chris’s 2nd pick of the year and also 2nd pick six of the year.  He will have to continue his stellar defense in week 3 as the Purple Eagles take on the Depew Wildcats in a B3 divisional match up.

Week 1  

Athletes of the Week

The athletics department has named their athletes of the week for the week of September 9-13. Congratulations to the following athletes   (l-r): Mariah Plain, Patrick Ricker, Tyray White, Angel Rosario, Aurora Serafin.

Spotlight play from the coaches:

Mariah Plain, senior - Varsity Girls Soccer (Coach Orbaker)
Mariah is a senior captain and has played a key role as her team has started the season with a record of 3-1.  Mariah earned three assists in our first victory over Honeoye, an assist against Holley as we won the Holley Tournament Championship, and an assist against York at the Kendall Tournament.  Mariah helps her team win the midfield, she dominates air balls, consistently wins 50/50 situations, and excels in distributing the ball to her teammates.  Mariah works hard in practices and games.  She welcomes new teammates, is a leader by example, and demonstrates positive sportsmanship.  Congratulations, Mariah!

Patrick Ricker, senior - Varsity Golf (Coach Dambra)
Patrick shot scores of 43, 44 and 40 to help lead the golf team to a 2-1 record. Patrick was medalist (low score) for two of the three matches. The highlight was a hole-in-one on hole #3 at Hickory Ridge during our win over Barker. Congratulations, Patrick!  

Tyray White, senior - Varsity Football (Coach Krenning)
Tyray has been a tremendous leader and a strong voice for the football program this year.  He always does the right thing when it comes to practice and game time.  For the game on September 6th, Tyray ran for over 128 yards, 1 touchdown and led the team in tackles with 12 solo tackles.  Congratulations, Tyray!

Angel Rosario, senior - Varsity Soccer (Coach Flynn)
Angel has scored a goal in each of the games that we have played so far.  He has done a great job motivating his teammates to not give up during the back- to -back overtime periods we faced this weekend in Byron-Bergen.  Congratulations, Angel!

Aurora Serafin, sophomore - JV Soccer (Coach Price)
Aurora has demonstrated the ability to be a strong leader as well as an impact player to start this soccer season.  As a captain, she has led her team to a 3-1 record.  She led the charge as her team won the Kendall soccer tournament this past weekend.  She played solid defense, and when on offense, she scored a goal in both tournament games.  As a result of her outstanding play, she was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.  Congratulations, Aurora!