Athletics Roundup: Nearly 330 Played A Fall ’18 Sport
In addition to being competitive, the athletic program works to build the interpersonal skills of student-athletes while emphasizing the value of giving back to the community.
The program saw nearly 330 Midlakes students participate in a fall sport, with many student-athletes recognized for their hard work and dedication on and off the field. The following is a team-by-team round-up of the ’18 fall season.
The boys and girls volleyball teams started the season by improving skills at the annual Midlakes Volleyball Camp, which draws players from other schools. Both varsity teams also worked with younger players on Saturdays in youth camps. The older players not only served as role models but gained experience in mentoring the younger players
The boys volleyball team captured another league title and finishing undefeated in league play (10-0). The team made it to the sectional championship game but fell just short of a title on way to an impressive 16-3 record. Eleven players received all-league honors.
First-team honors went to Maverick Coryell, Ben Jansen, Brandon MacDonell (all-tourney team), Kyle McCann, Josh Delgado (all-tourney team), Matt Crouch, and Isaiah Delgado. Second-team honors went to Sam Day and honorable mentions were given to Andrew O’Connor, Nate Mahoney, and Ashtian Llano. The team’s grade point average was above 90, earning it the distinction of being a Scholar-Athlete Team. The junior varsity and modified teams worked hard this season and showed tremendous growth.
The girls volleyball team dug in deep and gave it their all in every match. The team won six matches and played hard in a first-round matchup against Honeoye Falls-Lima in the final game of the year. The team finished with two second team all-league selections in Lydia Day and Sydney Passalacqua. Marie Rogers received honorable mention. The team had one of the highest grade point averages among all the fall teams at Midlakes and is a Scholar-Athlete team. The junior varsity and modified programs are full of rising talent.
The girls varsity swim team made every meet exciting, including wins in two dual meets and two tri-meets. The team’s hard work and dedication paid off with every swimmer qualifying for sectionals. Kennady Perri set a new school record in the 500-meter freestyle while earning fourth place in sectionals. Perri was joined by Paige Mattoon, Emily Meissner and Cecelia Harris-Maxwell in taking third place in the 400-meter freestyle relay at sectionals. All-league honors went to Maggie Mahoney and Paige Mattoon. Also, the team finished as a Scholar-Athlete Team with an overall GPA of 97.34, the highest of any Midlakes sports team. The girls modified team showed some true grit swimming against any opponent put in front of them.
The varsity football team saw high participation and remained visible cheering on younger players in the program. The team also held an event to give younger kids a taste of a high school football practice. The team finished with seven athletes posting a GPA above 90. Second team all-league honors were given to Collin LeGault and Linwood Carswell with honorable mentions given to Patrick Blankenberg, Jeb Bassett, David Pane, Jordan Maher, Justin Teed and Simon Rizzo. The modified program had a successful run finishing undefeated with a tie.
The girls varsity team played in multiple tournaments, several travel games and participated in a preseason clinic aimed at preparing athletes for the season. Midlakes finished the season with a record of 9-7-1, fifth in Class B. Macy Kisner received first team all-league honors. Second team all-league honors went to Alaina Forbes and Cara Walker. Hannah Galloway earned honorable mention. The squad was named a Scholar-Athlete Team. The JV team pushed forward in setting team and individual goals. The modified team continued to cultivate exciting young talent.
The boys varsity team combined with Red Jacket and remained very competitive. Ryan Spingler was selected to the first team all-league, Brady Lannon and Adam Wilkes were selected to the second team and Chase Obit and Farhad Begaliev received honorable mentions. The boys modified soccer team picked up a few wins at the end of the season by capitalizing on some key improvements.
The boys and girls cross country teams hosted more than 90 schools for sectionals. The time and dedication Midlakes’ runners, coaches and parents put into the event made it an incredible success. Eight athletes finished with a GPA above a 90. The team picked up eight wins and finished 13th at sectionals. Katelyn Wilkes received all-league honors while finishing 13th at the league competition.
The boys varsity team also had eight wins on the season, with three students recognized as scholar athletes. The team finished 11th at sectionals. Meanwhile, the modified boys team finished in ninth place and the girls modified team placed fourth at the league competition.
The Midlakes girls varsity tennis team played competitively throughout the season and lost some close, tough matches. Three girls had an overall GPA above 90, earning them the distinction of being named a Scholar-Athlete Team.
Midlakes varsity cheerleaders held a few clinics to help build up cheerleading in our area. During the season, the team took third place at the Canandaigua cheerleading competition, first at the Victor competition and placed third at sectionals held at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Eight cheerleaders will be recognized as scholar athletes. Faith Searls was selected to first team all-league and received all-star honors with teammate Ashley Chrisman.
The boys varsity team remained competitive and will build off a two-win season when its entire roster returns next year. Conner Hicks received the honor of scholar athlete. Lucas Garver, Reese Ford and Trevor Loney qualified to compete in the Finger Lakes league championships.