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 Xavier Taylor - August 27 - Sep. 1, 2018

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Xavier Taylor - August 27 - Sep. 1, 2018

Xavier Taylor made an immediate impact on his return to the Salamanca varsity football team. Taylor, who last lettered at Salamanca as a Sophomore, started his seniuor year with a standout two-way performance in Friday night's season opener against Cattaraugus-Little Valley.  Taylor ran for a first-half touchdown and finshed with 50 yards rushing against the timberwolves and made several big plays as a linebacker.  Taylor shared a sack with teammate Seth Bocharski and recovered two fumbles, the second with just over two minutes to play, leading to the Warriors' Game-winning drive for a 26-20 victory. 

Class: Senior
Positions: Running back/linebacker
Coach: Paul Haley
Parents: Christine Perez, Raymond Taylor
Other Sports: Lacrosse
Hobbies: Playing Fortnite
Favorite Pro Team: Charlotte Hornets
Favorite Athlete: LeBron James
Favorite Sports memory: "Beating Catt-LV
Sports Role Model: "Don't have one"
Goal for the Season: "To get a ring"
Furture Plans: "Play lacrosse at the next level, and the level after that.


 Alexis Palmeri - August 27 - September 1, 2018

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Alexis Palmeri - August 27 - September 1, 2018

The Salamanca girls soccer team scored its fi rst three goals of the season Wednesday, Sept. 5, but it needed some strong defense to hold off Cassadaga Valley for the Warriors’ fi rst victory of the season. Goalie Alexis Palmeri played all 100 minutes of a 3-2 Salamanca overtime win, making six saves. Palmeri preserved the Warriors’ chance at a win with a diffi cult stop on Cassadaga’s Sarah Meder in the second overtime period. “She just made an incredible save,” coach Michelle Hill said. “That win was just as much her and our defense as the girls who put the ball in the net.”

Class: Junior
Positions: Goalkeeper
Coach: Michelle Hill
Mother: Tanya Whitwood
Other sports: None
Hobbies: Playing soccer
Favorite pro team: None
Favorite athlete: None
Favorite sports memory: Probably our fi rst win of the season
Sports role model: My mom inspired me to play soccer
Goal for the season: “To make as many stops as I can in goal”
Future plans: “To go off to college and maybe play sports. I don’t know yet.” 


 Dylan Jimerson - Section VI Character Athlete of the Game

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Dylan Jimerson - Section VI Character Athlete of the Game

Congratulations to Dylan Jimerson who was selected as the Section VI Character Athlete of the Game. This award was proudly being sponsored by: Intense Milk, Dave & Buster’s , Anthony Baldi & Associates, and Cross Training Athletics. Dylan was awarded this honor for best demonstrating positive character qualities of Speech, Conduct, Love, Faith and Integrity of the game!

CONGRATULATIONS DYLAN!

 


 Jordan Ray - September 10-15, 2018

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Jordan Ray - September 10-15, 2018

A co-captain in her junior season, Jordan Ray is off to a fast start with the Salamanca girls swimming and diving team. Ray won the 100-meter backstroke in the Warriors’ road meet against Chautauqua Lake on Thursday, clocking in at 1:20.95. So far, Ray has qualified for the Section 6 Class C meet (where she will attempt to qualify for the sectional championship and state qualifier) in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke and also is an “integral” part of the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, according to coach Madison Nieves.

Class: Junior
Events: 200-meter medley relay, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay
Coaches: Madison Nieves and Justin Hubbard
Parents: Theresa Ray and the late Ricky Ray
Other sports: bowling and softball
Hobbies: spending time with family and friends
Favorite pro team: New York Yankees
Favorite athlete: Jacoby Ellsbury
Favorite sports memory: “When I qualified for sectionals for the first time.”
Sports role model: Jacoby Ellsbury
Goal for the season: “To qualify for the class meet in at least two events.”
Future plans: “I’m undecided on a college but I want to be a psychiatrist.”


 Tyler Hedlund - September 17-22, 2018

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Tyler Hedlund - September 17-22, 2018

Tyler Hedlund scored touchdowns on both Friday and Saturday, as the Salamanca varsity football team took on Clymer/Sherman/Panama on homecoming. A weather delay caused the game to be suspended Friday night and continued Saturday morning and over the two days, Hedlund marked 101 rushing yards (including a 75-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter) and 49 receiving yards (including a 37-yard touchdown pass from Zariah Armstrong) in a 47-19 loss to CSP, the state’s No. 1 Class D team. Hedlund, a 2017 Big 30 All-Star on defense, also marked 13 tackles and eight assists in the game.

Class: Senior
Positions: Wide receiver/ strong safety
Coach: Paul Haley
Parents: Tim and Diane Hedlund
Other sports: Basketball, track and field, baseball Hobbies: “I just like hanging out with my friends and watching football.”
Favorite team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Favorite athlete: LeBron James
Favorite sports memory: “Last year’s homecoming game against Watkins Glen”
Sports role model: Coach (Adam) Bennett
Goal for the season: “I just want to get as many wins as possible and try to go to Rich Stadium.”
Future plans: “Go to college and try to play sports.”


 Brooke Kettle - September 24-29, 2018

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Brooke Kettle - September 24-29, 2018

After playing on Salamanca’s top doubles team last season, Brooke Kettle has transitioned well to third singles as a sophomore for coach Rich Morton’s girls tennis team. Kettle plays behind senior captains Nora Warrior and Haley Pond. Through last Thursday, Sept. 27, Kettle has won three straight matches against opponents from Frewsburg, Chautauqua Lake and Jamestown. Kettle won her last two matches in straight sets. Salamanca finishes the season with its last home match Wednesday, Oct. 3, then visits Frewsburg on Friday.

Class: Sophomore
Position: Third singles
Coach: Rich Morton
Parents: Hollie Mett and Michael Kettle
Other sports: none Hobbies: “Hanging out friends and doing stuff outside.”
Favorite team: none
Favorite athlete: none
Favorite sports memory: “When we went to Maple Grove and saw a dog. We were eating ice cream and we saw a dog by the lake.”
Sports role model: My dad because he helps me with a lot of stuff.”
Goal for the season: “Just get better.”
Future plans: “Go to school and get a good job.”


 Aly Hill - October 1-6, 2018

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Aly Hill - October 1-6, 2018

The Salamanca girls soccer team needed all three goals from Aly Hill to pull off a road victory on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Cattaraugus-Little Valley. The junior netted a hat trick with two assists from Rachel Chamberlain and one from Hayli Wilson as the Warriors topped the Timberwolves 3-2. Hill leads the team with six goals through last week with two games left in the regular season.

Class: Junior
Position: center midfielder
Coach: Michelle Hill
Parents: Donald and Michelle Hill
Other sports: basketball, bowling, track & field
Hobbies: spending time with family and friends
Favorite pro team: NC Courage and US women’s national soccer team
Favorite athlete: Samantha Mewis (No. 3 on US national soccer team)
Favorite sports memory: winning the league and becoming a section 6 Class C finalist during my 7th grade soccer season
Sports role model: Samantha Mewis
Goal for the season: to make it far in playoffs
Future plans: attend college for Forensic Psychology


 Rachel Chamberlain - October 8-13, 2018

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Rachel Chamberlain - October 8-13, 2018

Rachel Chamberlain recorded the Salamanca varsity girls soccer team’s second hat trick in as many weeks on Friday. Chamberlain scored all three of her team’s goals (with two assists from Marla Warrior and one from Aly Hill) in a 3-0 win at Cassadaga Valley in Salamanca’s regular season finale. A junior midfielder/ forward, Chamberlain now has four goals for the Warriors, who begin the postseason on Wednesday visiting Westfield.


 Hunter McAuley - October 8-13, 2018

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Hunter McAuley - October 8-13, 2018

Defender Hunter McAuley helped the Salamanca/CattaraugusLittle Valley boys soccer team capture a shutout victory on Senior Night, Tuesday, Oct. 9. The senior led Salamanca/CLV’s defense in holding Dunkirk to eight shots on goal, all of which were stopped by goalie Bobby Steffy in a 2-0 non-league win. The War Wolves previously tied Dunkirk this year. McAuley also plays placekicker for the SHS varsity football team, kicking extra points and kickoffs this season.


 Nora Warrior - October 8-13, 2018

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Nora Warrior - October 8-13, 2018

The Salamanca girls tennis team’s No. 1 singles player all season, senior Nora Warrior competed in both the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association doubles and singles tennis tournaments last week. Warrior first qualified for Wednesday’s singles tournament, falling to Dunkirk’s Isabella Surma 6-2, 6-0. On Thursday, Warrior teamed with classmate Haley Pond to win their first-round match 6-0, 6-1 before falling to Olean’s Mackenzie Windus and Maggie Waugh in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-0.


 Tristen Gillette - October 15-20, 2018

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Tristen Gillette - October 15-20, 2018

Senior fullback Tristen Gillette scored his first two touchdowns of the season in the Salamanca varsity football team’s Week 8 victory at Maple Grove. Gillette finished with a career-high 74 yards, including a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, helping the Warriors come back to beat the Red Dragons on a last-minute field goal, 23-21. Gillette also made six tackles playing linebacker. The Warriors (4-4) hope for similar success this week as they return to Maple Grove for a Section 6 Class D semifinal playoff game.


 Haley Pond - October 15-20, 2018

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Haley Pond - October 15-20, 2018

Senior cocaptain Haley Pond recently wrapped up her girls tennis season after playing second singles this fall for coach Rich Morton’s team. Pond finished the year with three victories, and Morton noted most of her matches were close and many went to three sets this season. Pond and classmate Nora Warrior played in the CCAA doubles tournament, winning their first match to reach the quarterfinals before falling to the top team from Olean.


 Aly Hill - October 15-20, 2018

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Aly Hill - October 15-20, 2018

With the season on the line, junior cocaptain Aly Hill stepped up with two goals for the Salamanca girls soccer team in the Section 6 Class C playoffs. Salamanca fell, 4-2, to Westfield on Wednesday, Oct. 17, but Hill scored twice on assists from Rachel Chamberlain and Marla Warrior. Hill finished the season with a teamhigh eight goals as the Warriors went 5-12, a four-win improvement from last season.


 Quiana Stevens - October 15-20, 2018

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Quiana Stevens - October 15-20, 2018

Quiana Stevens has helped lead the Salamanca volleyball team to a pair of victories over New Life Christian this season. On Friday, for the Warriors’ second win of the season, she marked five aces, 10 kills, six assists and 19 digs. Previously she had 15 aces, nine kills and a block in the team’s first meeting with New Life. She now has 63 kills, 15 assists, 90 digs, 16 blocks and 43 aces on the season. A captain and all-around player, Stevens earned praise from coach Brandy Kinney as a leader who “plays with tenacity and no complaint, inspiring her team at every turn.”


 Isaac Brown - December 3-8, 2018

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Isaac Brown - December 3-8, 2018

Sophomore Isaac Brown put together backto-back 20-point games to lead the Salamanca boys basketball team through a split in home games last week. Brown scored 22 points with six rebounds on Wednesday as the Warriors lost a heartbreaker in overtime against Franklinville, 66-63. Two days later, the team bounced back and Brown had another strong night as he scored 21 points with seven rebounds in a 58-54 win over Pioneer. After visiting Cassadaga Valley on Monday, the Warriors get nearly three weeks off, returning to play Franklinville on Dec. 29 in the Cattaraugus County IAABO Tournament at St. Bonaventure.


 Haley Pond - December 3-8, 2018

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Haley Pond - December 3-8, 2018

Haley Pond, a firstyear varsity senior guard/ forward, scored her first varsity points to help the Salamanca girls basketball team claim its first victory of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 4 Pond hit a pair of three-pointers and finished with eight points, tied for the team best on the night with Kylee Dowdy. Salamanca plays a pair of home games this week, hosting Cuba-Rushford on Tuesday and Forestville on Friday.


 Marla Warrior - December 10-15, 2018

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Marla Warrior - December 10-15, 2018

Sophomore Marla Warrior had her biggest game of the early girls basketball season Friday night, Dec. 14, helping the Warriors defeat Forestville, 46-28. As Salamanca scored a season-high point total, Warrior broke doublefigure scoring for the first time with 13 points and added six rebounds and five steals. Her efforts helped the team improve to 2-2. After a loss to Pine Valley on Monday, Salamanca plays two more times on the road this week, visiting Cassadaga Valley on Wednesday and Cuba-Rushford on Friday.


 Aaron George - December 10-15, 2018

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Aaron George - December 10-15, 2018

Aaron George helped Salamanca go into an extended break with a victory on Monday, Dec. 10. George led the team with 18 points and added five rebounds and a teamhigh four steals in a victory at Cassadaga Valley, 59-48. A junior guard, through five games, George has 75 points (15 per game), tied with the team-high with Isaac Brown. Now 4-1, Salamanca is off until Saturday, Dec. 29-30, when it plays at St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center in the IAABO Small School tournament.


 Ira John -  January 10-16, 2019

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Ira John - January 10-16, 2019

While Ira John’s offensive statistics don’t compare to some of his Salamanca boys basketball teammates’, the senior guard has found other ways to help fuel the Warriors’ current five-game winning streak through last Friday. Namely, John’s defensive efforts helped Salamanca defeat both Franklinville and Ellicottville in the Joe DeCerbo Memorial Tournament. John drew the defensive assignments of Josh Haskell and Leif Jimerson, respectively, and held both under their scoring averages on the season. The Warriors won the tournament, their first championship in the Cattaraugus County IAABO since 2000-01. After defeating Gowanda on Friday, 64-45, the Warriors were set to visit Silver Creek on Tuesday and host Portville in a league home opener on Friday.


 Aaron George - January 7-12, 2019

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Aaron George - January 7-12, 2019

Junior Aaron George averaged 17 points and five rebounds last week as the Salamanca boys basketball team split a pair of games in CCAA East I division play. George scored 21 points with 6 rebounds at Silver Creek on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and added 13 points and four boards in a victory Friday, Jan. 8, against Portville. Overall, George ranks second in CCAA East I in scoring after three league games at 20 per game. On the season, he’s averaging 16.6 points per game, currently in the top 30 in Western New York boys basketball.


 Zoe Gross - January 7-12, 2019

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Zoe Gross - January 7-12, 2019

n Junior Zoe Gross scored eight points and seven points in two games for the Salamanca girls basketball team last week. A hot-shooting point guard, Gross totalled 15 points in CCAA East I games against Silver Creek and Portville. Gross has scored 11 or more points in five of her last seven games, raising her season-long average up to 8.75 points per game.


 Emma Fiske - January 21-26, 2019

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Emma Fiske - January 21-26, 2019

A junior in her fifth season on the Salamanca girls bowling team, Emma Fiske has lifted her average game to 144 after finishing last season with a 132 average. She leads the team with three games over 200 for the season, all within the past three matches. Her 239 game on Thursday against CattaraugusLittle Valley is the highest game rolled since coach Gene Jankowski started coaching back in 2002–03. Her 596 series, meanwhile is the highest for a Salamanca girl since Janae Jimerson’s 607 rolled in January 2013 and the secondhighest series rolled since Jankowski started coaching. The Warriors are 37–7 on the season and in second place in CCAA Div. II.


 Aaron George - January 21-26, 2019

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Aaron George - January 21-26, 2019

n Junior Aaron George continued his breakout first season on the Salamanca varsity boys basketball team with two strong offensive games last week in a win over Gowanda and loss to Depew. On Thursday, George scored 17 points and collected eight steals, three assists and three rebounds as the Warriors defeated Gowanda 80-43. On Saturday afternoon, he led the team with 18 points and chipped in five rebounds and three steals in a 70-64 loss to Depew. The hot-shooting George leads the Warriors with 15.2 points per game through Monday night.


 Zoe Gross - February 4-9, 2019

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Zoe Gross - February 4-9, 2019

a career-best performance during a busy week for the Salamanca girls basketball team. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Gross made eight three-pointers for a career-high 26 total points in a loss to the CCAA East I champion Portville Panthers. She also chipped in two assists, two rebounds and a steal in the game. “She couldn’t miss,” coach Bryelle Wallin said. “It was incredible to watch her shoot tonight.” Two nights later, Gross went over the 20-point mark again as she scored 22 in a loss to Randolph. The Warriors close the regular season this week, set to visit Cattaraugus-Little Valley on Tuesday and playing host to Cassadaga Valley on Friday.


 Mushirah Sheppard - February 11-16, 2019

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Mushirah Sheppard - February 11-16, 2019

Salamanca senior Mushirah Sheppard finished her high school wrestling career with five more victories on the way to an inaugural NYSPHSAA girls wrestling invitational tournament championship on Saturday. Sheppard with 5-0 with four pins, not allowing a single point while winning the round-robin tournament for first place at 120 pounds. The tournament was open to female wrestlers from across the state and was Western New York’s first sanctioned all-girls wrestling tournament. Sheppard is set to finish her varsity career with 87 victories.


 Jarod White - February 11-16, 2019

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Jarod White - February 11-16, 2019

Jarod White fi nished the regular season with a pair of strong performances in victories over Franklinville and Cassadaga Valley. A sophomore center, White had 17 points and 13 rebounds in a 68-65 overtime win at Franklinville on Tuesday. He followed it up with 13 points and seven rebounds in Thursday’s 73-49 win over Cassadaga Valley. Since being called up to the varsity team from JV in January, White has scored 89 points, grabbed 67 rebounds and added 10 blocks. White has had to compete against some strong ‘big men’ from CCAA East I rivals like Brady Woleben, Gabe McCoy and Casey Curran while adapting to varsity play.


 Lucas McKenna - April 1-6, 2019

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Lucas McKenna - April 1-6, 2019

Lucas McKenna helped lead the Salamanca baseball team to its first victory since restarting its own varsity program in 2017, pitching into the sixth inning and earning the win in the Warriors’ season opener at Ellicottville on Thursday. McKenna struck out five batters. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the 5-3 win over Ellicottville. Salamanca was set to host Portville in its home opener on Wednesday.


 Liam Long - April 1-6, 2019

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Liam Long - April 1-6, 2019

Liam Long didn’t lose a set in his boys tennis season opener, sweeping his opponent from Cassadaga Valley 6-0, 6-0 on Wednesday in second singles. The Warriors won the match 5-0, with two straight-sets victories and a forfeit in singles and two more straight-set wins in doubles. Salamanca’s next home match is set for Friday against Olean.


 Jaden Hubbard - April 1-6, 2019

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Jaden Hubbard - April 1-6, 2019

Jaeden Hubbard won her first individual varsity track and field event on Wednesday, but she impressed coach Laurie LaffertyJohn the most by joining the 3,200-meter relay “at the eleventh hour.” Hubbard won the triple jump against Franklinville/Ellicottville with a distance of 15-feet-4-inches. “She competed in the two most physically demanding events, running the 400 hurdles as well,” Lafferty-John said. “Jaeden is one of the hardest workers we have and her willingness to take risks and new challenges with making excuses or complaining are  an inspiration to the team.”


 Amos Whitcomb - April 1-6, 2019

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Amos Whitcomb - April 1-6, 2019

Amos Whitcomb helped lead the Salamanca boys lacrosse team start the season 4-0 with offense and ball control. He scored a total of 16 points in two games last week, marking two goals and three assists against Newfane and seven goals and four assists in a thriller at Akron. In two games the previous week, he recorded 20 faceoff wins to just five losses.


 Holly McGonigle - April 18-24, 2019

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Holly McGonigle - April 18-24, 2019

Junior Holly McGonigle began the season as the top thrower for the Salamanca girls track and field team and against Chautauqua Lake on Monday, April 8, she swept the throws with two first-place finishes. McGonigle recorded personal best in the discus with a throw of 72-feet-1-inch, while her shot put measured 27-feet-0. “She is a coachable kid who is willing to do the little things that add up to find success and continued improvement,” coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. Throwing coach Eugene Oyer added that “Holly has unlimited potential and they are working on confidence to reach her goals this season.”


 Kohl Ambuske - April 18-24, 2019

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Kohl Ambuske - April 18-24, 2019

In two dual meets this season, Kohl Ambuske has already won six individual events for the Salamanca boys track and field team. The 6-foot-1 junior won both hurdles events, 110-meter and 400-meter, and the high jump on Monday against Chautauqua Lake. He ran the 110 high hurdles in 16.9 seconds and the 400 hurdles in 1:04.7 and cleared 5-feet-10- inches in the high jump. Ambuske also won the same events the previous week against Franklinville/Ellicottville.


 Jarrett Pond - April 25 - May 1, 2019

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Jarrett Pond - April 25 - May 1, 2019

In six matches so far this season for the Salamanca boys golf team, Jarrett Pond has been medalist or co-medalist every time. With an average nine-hole score of 41.8 (low of 40), he is averaging 9.83 of a possible 10 points. As a team, the Warriors are 4-2, only losing to Randolph and defending league champion Allegany-Limestone. “Jarrett has dropped 10 strokes off his scoring average from last year,” coach Gene Jankowski said. “You just don’t see that happen in high school golf.” When he’s not golfing, Pond also plays singles for the undefeated boys tennis team. “The consistency comes with experience, and we are seeing that with Jarrett this year,” Jankowski noted. “It’s nice to know we can count on him having a good round every match. We also have senior Brandon Milanowski playing well, and they are a good 1-2 punch for us. They play a lot of golf together and they push each other. If the weather is even halfway decent on a weekend, they will be out playing multiple rounds. It is paying dividends for us so far this season.”


 Neland Cummings - April 25 - May 1, 2019

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Neland Cummings - April 25 - May 1, 2019

Sophomore Neland Cummings earned his third win of the season for the Salamanca boys tennis team on Wednesday, April 17. Cummings defeated Brayden Haaksma 6-4, 6-2 in a match against Southwestern, leading the Warriors to a 5-0 sweep on the day. Cummings is now 3-1 as the top singles player for the Warriors, who are 4-0 through last week.


 Zach Helms - April 25 - May 1, 2019

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Zach Helms - April 25 - May 1, 2019

Senior outfielder Zach Helms had two doubles in two games in two different towns for the Salamanca varsity baseball team on Thursday. Helms hit his first double in a game at Allegany-Limestone on Thursday, which the Warriors lost 13-3. Later that night, the Warriors traveled to play Gowanda to complete a league doubleheader and Helms hit another double in a 11-1 loss.


 Aly Hill - April 25 - May 1, 2019

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Aly Hill - April 25 - May 1, 2019

Junior Aly Hill won the 200-meter dash and the triple jump and was a member of the 400 relay team, which posted a season best against Genesee Valley and Scio on Thursday in Belmont. Hill has been battling an injury and has worked hard to get back on the track, coach Laurie Lafferty-John noted. “She is a team leader for us and if she continues put in the time and effort will be an impact athlete for us this season,” Lafferty-John said.


 Kendell Valvo - April 30 - May 4, 2019

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Kendell Valvo - April 30 - May 4, 2019

Kendell Valvo has played his way into a third singles spot for the Salamanca boys tennis team and has helped the Warriors continue an undefeated start to the season. Valvo won his singles match over Jamestown’s Camron Curtis on Tuesday, April 30, 6-4, 6-0, helping the Warriors improve to 6-0. The Warriors are set to put their record to the test with a busy week, visiting Olean for a doubleheader on Tuesday, hosting Southwestern Wednesday, visiting Cassadaga Valley Thursday and hosting Dunkirk on Friday.


 Harley Hoag - April 25 - May 4, 2019

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Harley Hoag - April 25 - May 4, 2019

Freshman Harley Hoag pitched a complete game in his first varsity start on Thursday against first-place Olean, a Class B school. While the Warriors lost 7-1 in the first half of a doubleheader, Hoag allowed only five hits. The Warriors were set to host Gowanda on Wednesday and visit CattaraugusLittle Valley on Friday this week.


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 Arlen Newark - May 6-11, 2019

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Arlen Newark - May 6-11, 2019

Just a seventh grader, Salamanca’s Arlen Newark showed he’s ready for varsity boys track and field in the distance events on Tuesday, May 7. During the Warriors’ dual meet at Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Newark won the 1,600 (5:56.5), 800 (2:36.9) and 3,200-meter (13:04.9) runs as Salamanca defeated the T-Wolves 94-37. He also was part of the team’s winning 3,200-meter relay team.


 Jem Yarbour - May 6-11, 2019

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Jem Yarbour - May 6-11, 2019

Freshman Jem Yarbour had a big week for the Warriors’ girls track and fi eld, fi rst by winning two events in a 102-38 win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley. She won the 100-meter hurdles in :19.3 and the high jump by clearing 4-feet-8. She followed it up by taking fourth overall in the high jump at the Wellsville Spring Day invitational with a jump of 4-7. “Jem has been a huge point-getter for us this season,” Warriors coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. She is one of our most versatile athlete’s running anything from the mile to the 100 hurdles. “Jem is a coach’s dream when it comes to dependability and taking coaching advice and making herself better. She is extremely competitive and you can see her effort to fi nish first everytime. It will be fun watching her continue to improve and hopefully make it the next level of competition in the future.”


 Andrew Colburn - May 13-18, 2019

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Andrew Colburn - May 13-18, 2019

Senior Andrew Colburn tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout in the Warriors’ 7-0 win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley on Friday, the Warriors’ third victory of the season and second in league play. Colburn struck out seven and walked only three in the game, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The senior co-captain has helped the Warriors claim three wins after two consecutive winless seasons and two before that when the school did not fi eld its own team and merged with C-LV.


 Harley Brown - May 13-18, 2019

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Harley Brown - May 13-18, 2019

An eighth grader, Harley Brown stepped up as a point-getter for the Salamanca girls track and field team on Monday, May 13, in the Warriors’ 92-49 victory over Portville. Brown took second in the 400 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles. “(She) has shown tremendous grit and
determination,” Warriors coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. “In dual meets she has been a big point getter for us and it’s amazing how much improvement she has shown. She has become one of the team’s top hurdlers and competed in the (CCAA) pentathlon event this weekend and did very well. “It has been a pleasure being her coach and she is going to be a very big part of our team for the next four years.”



 Zach Helms - May 20-25, 2019

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Zach Helms - May 20-25, 2019

In what turned out to be the fi nal game for five seniors on the Salamanca baseball team, Zach Helms hit a single and scored a run on Friday in a Section 6 Class C playoff game. While the Warriors fell to Portville 8-5, they finished the season with their most victories in several years, breaking a winless streak from the 2017 and2018 seasons. Salamanca is set to graduate five seniors this summer: Helms, Andrew Colburn, Hunter McAuley, Mitchell Gregory and Owen Reed. Helms also runs track and fi eld for Salamanca, including in the 1,600-meter relay in the CCAA championships on Saturday in Olean.


 Caleb Reed

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Caleb Reed

One of the top sprinters on the Salamanca boys track and fi eld team, senior Caleb Reed won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes during the Warriors 90-43 win over Silver Creek on Monday, May 20. Previously he won the 200 and took third in the 100 and long jump against Portville. On Saturday, he helped the Warriors’ 400-meter relay team place seventh in the CCAA championships. “Caleb is a tremendous senior leader for the team, always modeling a positive attitude and a hard work ethic,” coach Michelle Hill said. “Caleb is also the lead
leg in Salamanca’s 400 meter relay. He is a versatile athlete who has run everything from the 100 to the 800 meter. He also triple jumps at various meets when needed.


 Jillian Rea - May 20-25, 2019

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Jillian Rea - May 20-25, 2019

A rookie freshman to the Salamanca girls track and fi eld team, Jillian Rea has quickly become one of the team’s top throwers. With no experience prior to this year, she’s earned several fi rst-place finishes in shot put and discus, including in the discus on Monday, May 20, at
Silver Creek with a throw of 78-feet- 4-inches. “She is a quick study of the technique it takes to be a thrower,” coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. “Coach (Eugene) Oyer is excited about her and how interested she is in improving and learning. Jill has been one of most dedicated athletes this year.”


 Mushirah Sheppard - May 27 - June 1, 2019

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Mushirah Sheppard - May 27 - June 1, 2019

Senior Mushirah Sheppard, the No. 1 point-getter for the Salamanca girls track and fi eld team, kept her season going at the Section 6 championships on Saturday, qualifying for the state championship for the fourth consecutive season. Sheppard competed in the 100, long jump, pole vault and 400 relay this season. She matched the state standard on Saturday in the sectional pole vault, fi nishing second with a vault of 10-feet-6. “Mushirah is a multi-talented athlete on the track,” coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. “She can do any event and fi nd success. She has been a great role model for many of our girls over the last six years and has literally set the bar high for those who follow behind her.”


 Jacob Rozler- May 27-June 1, 2019

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Jacob Rozler- May 27-June 1, 2019

As a fi rst year goalie, junior Jacob Rozler was instrumental in the Salamanca Warriors’ winning boys lacrosse season. Although in a loss, Rozler made 14 saves on Wednesday in the Section 6 Class D championship game against Eden. Rozler made 143 saves over the course of the season, playing in 15 of the team’s 16 games as they went 13-3. “Jacob has demonstrated heart throughout the season and has demonstrated a lot of growth,” coach Larry Wheeler said. “Win or lose, he shows nothing but love for the game.”


 Kohl Ambuske - May 27 - June 1, 2019

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Kohl Ambuske - May 27 - June 1, 2019

Junior Kohl Ambuske competed in his second career Section 6 championship/state qualifi er track and fi eld meet, fi nishing second in the Division II pentathlon. He fi nished Saturday with his personal record in total points (3,024), only six points from breaking the Salamanca school record. He met the state standard in the event, but needed to place second or surpass the “super standard” in order to advance to the state meet, getting “very close in doing so,” coach Michelle Hill said. “Congratulations Kohl on an incredible season!” Hill adde


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