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 Aly Hill - September 9-14, 2019

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Aly Hill - September 9-14, 2019

Senior midfielder Aly Hill helped lead the Salamanca girls soccer team to two victories in three games last week, scoring three goals. Hill, a six-year starter, scored twice in a 3-2 league loss at Randolph on Thursday and scored another in a 3-1 victory over Christian Central Academy on Saturday. She now has a team-high six goals on the season. Along with her goal-scoring last week, Hill has earned praise from coaches Kirsten Furlong and Michelle Hill for her verbal direction on the fi eld, offensively and defensively, helping guide her teammates in maintaining possession through patience and having composure.


 Lucas McKenna - September 9-14, 2019

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Lucas McKenna - September 9-14, 2019

Junior quarterback Lucas McKenna led the Salamanca football team’s offense through the air and the ground to its fi rst victory of the season on Friday at Cattaraugus-Little Valley. McKenna completed 10-of-15 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns despite strong winds throughout the night. He also had a team-high 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. The performance gives him three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns through two games entering Salamanca’s non-league home game against Gowanda/Pine Valley on Friday at Veterans Park.


 Rachel Chamberlain - September 16-21, 2019

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Rachel Chamberlain - September 16-21, 2019

In her fourth season as a starter for the Salamanca girls soccer team, Rachel Chamberlain is showing strong senior leadership. While small in stature, Chamberlain can put long, powerful shot on goal. Chamberlain had a goal and four assists over two victories last week. In a 7-0 win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Chamberlain netted one goal and two assists. Two days later, she had two more assists in a 3-0 win over Franklinville. 


 Emma Lightner - September 16-21, 2019

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Emma Lightner - September 16-21, 2019

A key singles player for the Salamanca girls tennis team, Emma Lightner has won four straight matches through last week. Lightner beat opponents from Jamestown (6-2, 6-3), Frewsburg (6-2, 7-5), Southwestern (6-2, 6-2) and Chautauqua Lake (6-6 T-7-3, 6-4). With her win against Chautauqua Lake, Lightner avenged an early-season loss.


 Jordan Ray - September 16-21, 2019

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Jordan Ray - September 16-21, 2019

The senior captain for the Salamanca girls swimming and diving team, Jordan Ray is a valuable multi-event swimmer and leader for the “Swimmin’ Women.” “She leads through her hard work in the water and her vocal ability to motivate and direct,” coach Laurie Lafferty-John said. “She is a utility player for us, with the ability to swim various events and place anywhere we put her.” Ray has qualifi ed for the Class C sectionals in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke and has claimed several first-place fi nishes so far this season.


 Laila Zolner - September 23-28, 2019

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Laila Zolner - September 23-28, 2019

Sophomore Laila Zolner is already in her third year onthe varsity girls soccer team at Salamanca and leads the Lady Warriors’ back line as the central defender. Coach  Michelle Hill said despite a “tough week” with losses to Ellicottville and Portville, “there is one thing that we can always count on ... the heart and hustle of Laila Zolner.” “She may be petite, however, she is never tentative about laying her body on the line to make a defensive save for the Lady Warriors. She is always tasked with watching the biggest offensive threat of our opponents and she does so with confi dence.”

 Jarrett McKenna - September 16-21, 2019

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Jarrett McKenna - September 16-21, 2019

Senior Jarrett McKenna helped the Salamanca football team climb above .500 with its win over Gowanda, 28-6, on Friday at Veterans Memorial Park. McKenna scored a touchdown on a “pick-six” interception return in the fi rst quarter, giving the Warriors an early 14-0 lead after the extra point. He also recovered a fumble, accounting for two of the team’s four turnovers of the Panthers, and had a 20-yard catch on offense.



 Justin Blakesslee - September 23-28, 2019

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Justin Blakesslee - September 23-28, 2019

Last week netted two goals and two assists for Salamanca senior Justin Blakesslee. Blakesslee scored a goal and had two assists in the Warriors’ 4-0 victory over Pine Valley. He also had the team’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to Randolph on Wednesday.


 Jem Yarbour - September 23-28, 2019

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Jem Yarbour - September 23-28, 2019

Sophomore Jem Yarbour has qualifi ed for the Section 6 Class C meet in two individual events and counting as the season winds down for the Salamanca girls swimming and diving team. Yarbour swims on Salamanca’s top relay teams and is a sectional qualifier in the 100-yard butterfly and 50 freestyle and is close to doing so in the100 backstroke. Assistant coach Laurie Lafferty-John called her one of the Salamanca’s hardest workers and appropriately named as a “gem” of the team. “She inspires her teammates and the coaching staff with Her endless
smile and positive attitude,” Lafferty-John said. “Jem is unselfi sh and swims with the heart of a champion.”


 Brooke Kettle - September 23-28, 2019

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Brooke Kettle - September 23-28, 2019

While wins have been hard to come by so far for the Salamanca girls tennis team, coach Rich Morton can always count on positive leadership and strong play from Brooke Kettle. A junior, Kettle has played first singles all season and along with Maeghan Collins, sets a strong example for her teammates: “They have done an outstanding job this season and a great leaders in our program,” Morton said. In last Tuesday’s match against Falconer, Kettle tested Falconer’s top player, Macy Youngberg, before falling 6-4, 6-1.


 Maeghan Collins - Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

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Maeghan Collins - Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

Junior Maeghan Collins has won her last two matches as the second singles player for the Salamanca girls tennis  team. Collins won against Jamestown 7-5 (tiebreaker) on Tuesday, 6-1 and against Frewsburg 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 on Friday. “Maeghan is a junior and one of the leaders on our team,” coach Rich Morton said. “Maeghan is an outstanding student/athlete and has a great work ethic.”


 Camryn Quigley - Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

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Camryn Quigley - Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

As an 8th grader, Camryn Quigley has found her niche and is already a huge contributor for the SHS “Swimmin’ Women” girls swimming and diving team. Quigleyhas placed and earned Salamanca team points in every meet she has swam in. “Camryn has a sense of maturity
and work ethic that puts her above many of her peers,” coach Laurie Lafferty-John noted. “She has proven she understands the concept of team and has fi lled voids in our lineup numerous times when no one else would. Her improvements in her times and technique has really been a joy to watch.” Quigley has qualifi ed for the Class C sectional meet in the 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfl y, and is two-tenths (0.2) of a second away in the 200 individual medley.


 Ryleigh John - Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

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Ryleigh John - Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

Junior Ryleigh John made a huge impact for the Lady Warrior girls soccer team as it went 2-0 for the week. In Salamanca’s with the Randolph Cardinals, a determined John scored scored two goals and assisted teammate Hayli Wilson on another as the Warriors won 4-0. Ryleigh was also the positive motivation during the team’s halftime talk,” coach Michelle Hill said. “Her hustle, pep talk and determined play helped lead the team to a 4-0 win. “(Ryleigh) works consistently hard in practice, accepts critiques from the coaching staff and shows her love of the game in the way that she battles in every single game.” Salamanca defeated Cattaraugus-Little Valley 3-1 and while John didn’t tally a point, she created multiple offensive opportunities to help keep the defense of the Timberwolves busy.


 Isaac Brown - October 7-12, 2019

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Isaac Brown - October 7-12, 2019

Junior Isaac Brown scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, and ran for a seasonhigh yardage total in the Salamanca football team’s 48-32 victory at Clyde-Savannah after a long road trip for the Warriors on Friday. He scored Salamanca’s second touchdown of
the game, with a 15-yard reception from quarterback Lucas McKenna. In the fourth quarter, he ripped off a 61-yard run to help put the game out of reach. Brown had a total of 99 yards on 11 carries and also led the team in receptions, with four for 63 yards.


 Emma Fiske - October 7-12, 2019

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Emma Fiske - October 7-12, 2019

A fourth-year varsity player on the Salamanca girls soccer team and scored her fi rst goal of the season on Tuesday against Franklinville in a 3-2 victory. Coach Michelle Hill said Fiske crashing the far post showed her intelligence on the field, and she nearly scored an Identical goal on Thursday in the team’s loss to Ellicottville. “She has been a joy to coach, as she is genuinely friendly, hard working and cares about her teammates,” Hill said. “Emma is literally one of the smartest players on the team; her soccer smarts are what led to her first goal of the season during the league match up and win against Franklinville. This was just the spark that the team needed. (We) had already beaten the Panthers twice this season, and it is a diffi cult feat to win a third match up. “Emma has an incredibly positive attitude and work ethic that all coaches strive for their athletes to have.”


 Myra Breazeale - October 7-12, 2019

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Myra Breazeale - October 7-12, 2019

Sophomore Myra Breazeale has been reliable all season for the Salamanca girls swimming and diving team. Last week, her coaches credited her for keeping the team in meets against Allegany-Limestone and Chautauqua Lake, earning some points and providing depth.
“Myra is a huge pillar for the Swimmin’ Women,” coach Laurie Lafferty- John said “She leads by example in her work ethic and commitment to this team.” She also makes an impact as a vocal leader, giving both compassion and “tough love,” Lafferty-John said.
“All teams need athletes with grit, guts and determination and that is Mrya for us. She will never walk away from a challenge. It is visibly apparent that she gives everything she has when she competes. She just doesn’t know any other way to be, and that alone creates good
vibes and inspiration to our coaches and her teammates.”