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Nine Griffins recognized as scholar athletes

SPRINGVILLE—Nine Griffins earned scholar-athlete recognition from Section VI for maintaining a 90 percent or above average while competing in a winter sport. The Springville-Griffith Institute athletes were honored among more than 500 from Western New York, with two-sport athlete Nick Abdo getting double honors.

Two groups were recognized by Section VI in conjunction with The Buffalo News. The top group – referred to as winners – obtained an academic average of 93 percent or higher, while the second group obtained an academic average of 90-92 percent and were awarded the distinction of honorable mention. Springville had three student-athletes in the top group with another five as honorable mention.

From strictly a grade-point average perspective, the most impressive feat was accomplished by Elle Russell. She became a two-time winner in the top group with a 93 academic average or higher with her participation with cross country in the fall and indoor track in the winter, and was the only Griffin as a repeat ‘winner’ and one of only 30 overall to accomplish the feat.


Matt Sion was a winner in the top group in the fall with boys soccer and repeated with an honorable mention in the winter with his participation in boys basketball. The last of the four repeat scholar-athletes were Sydney Rosati, who received two honorable mention distinctions with the first in volleyball in the fall and the girls basketball this past winter.

Of the other five recognized, only Mackenzie Engel achieved the top level for her participation with the girls basketball team, which lead with four overall recipients from coach Bob Gainey’s team. Joining Engel and Rosati were Leah Frank and Ryan Stedman with honorable mention accolades.

After the four recipients from Gainey’s team, bowling coach Kevin Farner had three recipients. Two recipients came from the boys bowling team with Emmitt Collins joining Abdo, while Emily Leverentz was recognized from the girls bowling team, all with honorable mention accolades.

Abdo earned honorable mention for track, bowling and fall’s cross country.

Almost 400 fewer student-athletes were recognized from the fall total number overall. There were 576 scholar student-athletes recognized by Section VI this past winter as opposed to 969 from the fall.


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