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S-GI athletic director excited about fall sports season

SPRINGVILLE—Joseph DeMartino is entering his eighth year as Springville-Griffith athletic director and is excited for the upcoming seasons. He shared his thoughts on some teams, coaches and players this past week.

DeMartino was able to speak extemporaneously about a few topics this week while away from his desk and computer where all the detailed information on all his coaches and players exists.

The A.D.’s main concern is the school competing at Division III this year. The switch from Division IV is based on enrollment numbers of students, where currently the high school has about 600 students. Between the two divisions, DeMartino believes S-GI is much more competitive in Division IV.

As far as coaches are concerned, there has been a lot of shuffling in-house. Rob Valenti moves from an assistant position to the head position in varsity football. Joe Marvin left junior varsity football to assist cross country coach Chad Russell, while former modified girls volleyball coach Alicia Dziak moves up to the junior varsity level. New coaches in football are Brian Kader at the junior varsity and Jason Shelley at modified.

DeMartino believes girls soccer coach Eric Holler may be able to bring home a championship this season after previously obtaining a division title a few years back. The athletic director is also excited about the interest and late signees to the girls tennis program under Frank Noeson.

DeMartino has received a lot of positive feedback about Valenti.

“[He] is more than an X’s and O’s guy. He builds the entire student in terms of character and community,” DeMartino said.

Team-wise, he has his eye on the co-ed cross country team as perhaps having enough depth to unseat perennial powerhouse East Aurora this season.

In girls swimming, DeMartino is excited about Elle Holland adding more school records to those she already holds and Benn Smith’s potential to lead the boys golf team this fall.

While the athletic director didn’t want to leave any of his teams out, he believes the best part of the upcoming fall season is that each team will be very competitive.

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