Winter Sports Season Wrap-Up (2015/2016): Timeline of this season’s major events

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winter sports wrap-up 2015:2016

Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | BataviasBest.org

 

Now that the season is over, lets take a look back week-by-week at what exactly went down this year.

 

 

REGULAR SEASON

This winter season began with an invite to the Batavia Lions Club Basketball Tournament Dinner – which was held at the Dibble Family Center in early December. The menu was fantastic, and the conversation was even better

STORY: Batavia Lions Club Basketball Tournament Dinner introduces 2015 matchups

Following the introduction to the Lions Club Tournament, the Winter Sports regular season was finally in high-gear, with several area teams performing extremely well in the early-going. One of those teams was Notre Dame Hockey, who began their long list of impressive victories with a road win vs Rush-Henrietta.

STORY: Notre Dame Hockey cruises past Rush-Henrietta to remain unbeaten

The intense GR Boys Basketball season was kicked off by a big win for Oakfield over Attica. The Blue Devils began the year as my #1 team in the league, making this a sizable upset for the Hornets.

STORY: Upset? Oakfield Boys Basketball stuns Attica behind strong late game effort

Following OA’s big win over Attica, Elba went into Notre Dame High School and defeated the Irish on their home floor for the first time in several years. John Hochmuth and Henry Pflaumer led the way for the Lancers in the blowout, which provided one of the most-exciting atmospheres for any game throughout the season.

STORY: Elba Boys Basketball ambushes Notre Dame; Hochmuth and Pflaumer score in double figures

Then came my father and my brother’s first ever meeting as opposing coaches (Adam is an assistant at CSAT out of Buffalo). Batavia beat up on the Eagles, but with another matchup between the two teams scheduled for next year, CSAT will have a chance at redemption in 2016/2017.

STORY: Brasky vs Brasky: Father and Son fight to the death tonight at BHS (not really to the death)

STORY: Brasky vs Brasky ends in heartbreak as Batavia wins

Then came the acknowledgement of Notre Dame Hockey’s head coach Marc Staley as the school’s new all-time wins leader. The Irish would eventually go on to win the Sectional Title.

STORY: PRESS RELEASE: Notre Dame Hockey to honor HC Marc Staley – new all-time wins leader

Shortly after the Irish honored Staley, the first matchup between the Irish and Batavia took place – with ND taking home the victory. Batavia started hot in the game, but was eventually overrun by ND – which foreshadowed things to come within the rivalry.

STORY: Batavia vs Notre Dame Hockey I: Irish throttle Ice Devils behind strong offensive performance

The swimming season would then jump into full swing, as a few local teams began their season.

STORY: Attica Swimming sweeps Byron-Bergen/Le Roy

STORY: Notre Dame Swimming swept by HAC

Then the wrestling season began, including Alumni Night for the Holley Hawks, as well as a big win for Lyndonville wrestling over Attica.

STORY: Holley Wrestling defeats Alexander on Alumni Night

STORY: Lyndonville overcomes Attica Wrestling

The Batavia Boys Basketball team, who would eventually win the Class A2 sectional title, started the regular season extremely hot. Including a big win over Eastridge when their team was shorthanded.

STORY: Shorthanded Batavia Boys Basketball Grind Out Victory Over Eastridge

Shortly after, Pembroke Girls Basketball’s Aralyse Johnson entered the school’s top-10 all-time scorers list.

STORY: Pembroke Girls Basketball’s Aralyse Johnson reaches Top-10 Scoring List

The Cal-Mum Girls Basketball team began their season with a string of victories, including a 10-point win over league opponent Geneseo.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball rolls past Geneseo by 10

Following an undefeated start in WNY, the Notre Dame Hockey team headed outside of the area where they met up with a state-ranked Lake Placid team – who they were able to overcome to remain unbeaten.

STORY: Notre Dame Hockey records another win over state ranked Lake Placid team

Also at ND, the swim team picked up their first win of the season on both sides – both boys and girls.

STORY: Notre Dame Swimming picks up first win of season from both boys and girls

The MCPHSAA Wrestling Championships then took place, with Batavia’s Jeremy Boyle and Joe Allegue each earning 4th place finishes in their respective weight classes. Also, Byron-Bergen finished on top of the heap at the Steve Garland Memorial Duals.

STORY: Batavia’s Boyle and Allegue earn 4th place finishes at MC Wrestling Championships

STORY: Byron-Bergen Wrestling finishes first at Steve Garland Memorial Duals

Before a tragic end to her season which came later in the year, Batavia’s Madison McCulley began the year extremely hot from the field, including an exceptional performance vs Aquinas. Tiara Filbert also played very well in the game.

STORY: McCulley Starts Hot with 7 three-pointers during 1H, Filbert Finishes Strong in Batavia Girls Basketball Victory

At about the midpoint of the regular season, three local high school sports teams found themselves ranked in the first set of NYSSWA rankings.

STORY: Three local high school sports teams ranked in the State

Back in GR Boys Basketball, highly ranked Pembroke Boys Basketball continued to roll along with a thrilling win over Oakfield on the road. The Hornets had also been red hot until their matchup with the Dragons.

STORY: Pembroke Boys Basketball justifies spot in Power 5 – defeats Oakfield by one

Cal-Mum Girls Basketball then kept their season rolling, and handed Wheatland-Chili their first loss of the season, in winning the Wildcats Holiday tournament. Adrianna Molisani won the MVP for the tourney.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball wins Wheatland-Chili tournament as Molisani wins MVP

The Batavia Lions Club Tournament arrived with Batavia and U Prep advancing to the final game – only to see the Griffins beat up on the Devils in the final three quarters of said game. UP’s Jeenathan Williams recorded the big night.

STORY: Batavia Lions Club Tournament Finals: Williams Dominates as U Prep Knocks Off Batavia

The second edition of Rapone vs Rapone was then upon us, as Le Roy destroyed the Irish – for their second win in as many seasons. Last year, the Knights ended ND’s longstanding home win streak.

STORY: Le Roy dominates Notre Dame in Rapone vs Rapone II

Becoming the second in school history to do so, Batavia’s Madison McCulley then eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in the Devils’ win over Pittsford Sutherland.

STORY: Miss 1,000: Batavia’s McCulley eclipses career milestone in Devils’ win over Sutherland

Following which, Pembroke Girls Basketball held their annual ‘Shooting for a Cure’ game which raised near $10,000 for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In the game’s existence, the Dragons have raised near $10,000 each year.

STORY: ‘Shooting for a Cure’: Pembroke Girls Basketball raises near $10,000 for Roswell Park

Following the Lions Club Tournament, Batavia Boys Basketball got back on track with a big win over Greece Olympia. Ryan Hogan led the Devils with 23 points in the game.

STORY: Batavia Boys Basketball Cruises Past Olympia Behind Hogan’s 23

The Batavia Rotary Club Tournament then was upon us, as a tragic ending to the first round was followed up by a Batavia win in the Finals.

STORY: Batavia Rotary Girls Basketball Tournament: First round ends tragically, Batavia and ND to meet in Finals

STORY: Batavia Girls Basketball wins Rotary Tournament for second-consecutive season

Continuing their unbeaten streak, Elba Boys Basketball remained on top of the GR League with a big win over Pembroke in their home gym.

STORY: Number 1: Elba Boys Basketball overcomes Pembroke in order to secure #1 spot in GR League

On the girls side, Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball also recorded a big win right around the same time as the Elba Boys – in order to also stay on top of their league standings.

STORY: Led by Clar and Seilheimer, Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball knocks off Byron-Bergen

Conversely, the Notre Dame Hockey team fell for the first time during the regular season to Geneseo – who would eventually go on to beat them three times before falling to the Irish in the Sectional Finals.

STORY: The Streak is Over: Notre Dame Hockey falls for the first time this season, to Geneseo

Despite a big win against Olympia, Batavia Boys Basketball would then fall to Greece Arcadia at home on a last second tip-in. The Titans would later go on to crush Batavia at their place later in the year – even without their top player Keith McGee.

STORY: Batavia Boys Basketball controls game vs Arcadia, but lose on tip-in inside final :15

After their ‘Shooting for a Cure’ game, the Pembroke Girls Basketball team was invited out to Roswell Park in order to deliver the money they raised for the cause.

STORY: Pembroke Girls Basketball visits Roswell Park to deliver money raised during ‘Shooting for a Cure’ game

Getting back to the Mat, Alexander’s Green and Gold tournament came and went, as did the final Section V Rankings.

STORY: Alexander Wrestling finishes third at Alexander Green and Gold Tournament yesterday

STORY: Byron-Bergen Wrestling ranked in top-10 of Section V Division II Dual Meet teams

STORY: Near ten local Matmen ranked in latest Section V Wrestling Rankings

And back to the pool, Byron-Bergen/Le Roy Swimming split with Wheatland-Chili, while Pembroke defeated Notre Dame both boys and girls.

STORY: Byron-Bergen/Le Roy Swimming splits with Wheatland-Chili

STORY: Pembroke Swimming sweeps Notre Dame

Tiara Filbert had yet another game for Batavia Girls Basketball, recording a near quadruple-double on the way to a Devils win over Arcadia.

STORY: Batavia Girls Basketball beats up on Arcadia as Filbert records near quadruple-double

Also at Batavia, but on the boys side, the Devils suffered yet another last-second loss – this time to Livonia.

STORY: Livonia Stuns Batavia Boys Basketball at the Buzzer

Back to the mat – where Byron-Bergen finally secured the GR League Title following a dominant season.

STORY: High School Wrestling Results from last night – Byron-Bergen wins GR Title with win over Holley

And to the pool, where Oakfield split with Alexander in their GR League Swim meet.

STORY: Oakfield Swimming splits with Alexander

The Cal-Mum Girls stayed on track with a win over Mount Morris, during which Gill Flint scored 19 points to lead the Red Raiders.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball defeats Mount Morris as Flint scores 19

Despite being handed their first loss by Cal-Mum earlier in the season, Wheatland-Chili was still able to rebound and get back on board in order to secure the top-spot in the GR League with a win over Alexander late in the year.

STORY:Wheatland-Chili cruises past Alexander Girls Basketball to secure top spot in GR League

After a few tough losses which came down to the wire, Batavia finally got over the hump and won a close game against a tough team – defeating HFL at the buzzer in double overtime.

STORY: Hogan’s a Hero: Batavia PG drains game-winning jumper in Devils 2OT win over HFL

The Batavia Girls also knocked off HFL around the same time as the boys.

STORY: Batavia Girls Basketball Knocks Off HFL Led by Filbert and Stefaniak

After their first loss of the season earlier to Geneseo, the Notre Dame Hockey Team came back to defeat Irondequoit in overtime.

STORY: After being down 3-0, Notre Dame Hockey comes back to beat Irondequoit in OT

Near the end of the season before Sectionals, Batavia, Alexander, and Cal-Mum performed extremely well in their season-ending tournaments.

STORY: Batavia Wrestling finishes 4th at Corning Hawks Wrestling Duals

STORY: Alexander’s Heberlein finishes third at 120 lbs at Eastern States Classic

STORY: Cal-Mum’s Geiger earns top finish at LCAA Wrestling Championships, while a few Le Roy Knights finish second

Still on their way to an eventual sectional championship, the Cal-Mum Girls continued to trend upward with another win over Way-Co.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball keeps grinding out victories – this time over Way-Co

The Lyndonville Boys continued their successful season within the GR League, as they dropped Oakfield in what was an incredibly crazy game. Eddy Schildt led the Tigers.

STORY: Holy Schildt: Lyndonville Boys Basketball drops Oakfield in crazy contest

Holley’s John Grillo won his 700th match as head coach of the Hawks’ wrestling team.

STORY: Wrestling Results from last night – Holley’s Grillo picks up 700th win as Section V HC

Notre Dame then lost to Geneseo for the second time in the season.

STORY: Geneseo hands Notre Dame Hockey second defeat of the season

Attica ended Elba’s previously unbeaten streak, as the Devils defeated the Lancer Boys in Attica. This was the turning point for eventual champion Attica.

STORY: Attica Boys Basketball earns huge win over previously undefeated Elba

Another set of State Rankings were then released, with several teams, and an individual each being honored in their respective sports.

STORY: Seven local teams honored in most-recent State Rankings – One individual honored as well

Following a string of victories, the Cal-Mum Girls finally suffered a loss to Letchworth.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball falls to Letchworth

Tiara Filbert continued her unbelievable season for Batavia, as the Lady Devils won again over Aquinas.

STORY: Filbert is Fierce: Lady Devils’ Senior puts team on her back in Batavia Girls Basketball’s big win over Aquinas

After Holley held their Alumni Night earlier in the year, the Alexander Wrestling program honored their alumni as well.

STORY: PHOTO: Three decades of Alexander Wrestling Alumni the other night

Trey Nadolinski, who eventually went on to win Batavia’s Best Performance of the Year for his performance vs Kendall, recorded a quadruple-double in said game.

STORY: Nadolinski records quadruple-double as Oakfield Boys Basketball throttle Kendall

The Genesee Region League Diving Championships took place, with several talented divers each performing exceptionally well – earning top finishes.

STORY: Genesee Region League Diving Championships – Results

In the second matchup between Batavia and Notre Dame Hockey, the Irish started strong, and finished strong, earning a lopsided victory over the Ice Devils.

STORY: Batavia vs Notre Dame Hockey II: Devils handled by the Irish

At the GR League Swim Championships, several local swimmers performed exceptionally well.

STORY: GR League Swimming Championships: Gelb and Lemley earn top-honors in exciting meet

The Notre Dame Hockey team simply could not solve Geneseo during the regular season, but they eventually got over the hump come sectional time.

STORY: Notre Dame Hockey falls to Geneseo for third time this season

On the other side of town, the Batavia hockey team finally ended a lengthy losing streak by defeating Greece Arcadia.

STORY: After losing six in a row, Batavia Hockey gets off schneid with win over Arcadia

In the two teams’ second matchup of the season, Elba Boys Basketball once again was able to overcome Notre Dame – this time at home.

STORY: Elba Boys Basketball sweeps season series over Notre Dame in defensive slugfest

Continuing the roller coaster of a season experienced by Batavia, the Devils were defeated by Greece Odyssey on the road for the first time in many years.

STORY: Greece Odyssey comes back to defeat Batavia Boys Basketball for 2nd time in 20 years

Our Batavia’s Best Cheerleading Team of the Year – Byron-Bergen – won the GR League Championships, and was also selected as Grand Champion.

STORY: GR League Cheerleading Championships: Byron-Bergen and Notre Dame walk away winners

The Final Section V Wrestling Rankings were then released.

STORY: Final Section V Wrestling Rankings: A few local teams and individuals make the list

Perhaps the best moment of the year occurred, when Wheatland-Chili’s Zachary Sands scored his first and last varsity basket of the year.

STORY: Sands leads Wheatland-Chili Boys Basketball versus Elba

The Monroe County Cheer Championships then were held, where Batavia finished 3rd.

STORY: Batavia Cheerleading finishes 3rd at Monroe County Cheerleading Championships

At the GRNO Swimming Championships, seven meet records were set during an exciting meet.

STORY: Seven meet records set at GRNO Swimming Championships last night

In the Section V Wrestling Tournament, 13 local wrestlers walked away with sectional titles.

STORY: Section V Wrestling Tournament: Thirteen local matmen earn Sectional Titles over the weekend

The second big milestone for the Notre Dame Hockey team was reached, as Ryan Webster recorded his 100th point in a game vs Geneva.

STORY: Notre Dame Hockey destroys Geneva – Ryan Webster records 100th point

The second player this season, Gill Flint joined the 1,000-point club in Cal-Mum Girls win over Clyde-Savannah.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball’s Gill Flint joins 1,000 Club in Raiders’ win over Clyde

Following a tough loss to Greece Odyssey, the Batavia Boys Basketball team rebounded with a big win over East Aurora.

STORY: Batavia Boys Basketball crushes Section VI opponent East Aurora – Ayala with 22 for Devils

In what won Game of the Year, Lyndonville Boys Basketball defeated Elba in overtime.

STORY: Lyndonville Boys Basketball picks up biggest league win of the year – over Elba in OT

The Batavia Hockey Team, despite a tough year overall, seemed to be gaining momentum with a big win over Geneva late in the regular season.

STORY: Batavia Hockey defeats Geneva – Ice Devils gaining momentum going into Sectionals

Opening the 600/600 club at Pembroke High School was the Dragons’ Aralyse Johnson.

STORY: Pembroke Girls Basketball’s Aralyse Johnson opens 600/600 club with huge performance vs Lima-Christian

I made my first ever appearance on the Radio, as I was hosted by CJ Country to talk about the Section V Basketball Tournament.

STORY: Batavia’s Best on the Radio: I went on CJ Country on Friday to talk about Sectional Basketball Tournament

To conclude the regular season, the Notre Dame Hockey team swept the season series over Batavia.

STORY:Where’s the Love? – Batavia vs Notre Dame III gives Irish season sweep over the Ice Devils

I then started the Batavia’s Best Podcast, which will be making its triumphant return soon.

STORY: Batavia’s Best Podcast – Episode 1 (02/15/2016): Section V Winter Sports Sectionals

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Sectionals

The Cal-Mum Girls started their journey to a second-consecutive sectional title with a win over Byron-Bergen.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball edges Byron-Bergen after late rush from the Bees falls short

Likewise, the Batavia Girls defeated Eastridge in order to begin their trek towards a championship.

STORY: Batavia Girls Basketball gets 20-20 effort from Filbert en route to blowout win over Eastridge

Earning their second win of the sectional round, Cal-Mum defeated Notre Dame in order to move on to the sectional semis.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball edges Notre Dame in order to advance to semi finals (PHOTOS INCLUDED)

The Wheatland-Chili Girls defeated Mount Morris in what was almost a big upset for the Blue Devils, in order to move to the sectional semis.

STORY: Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball overcomes Mount Morris in thrilling contest (PHOTO GALLERY)

In order to move themselves to the sectional semis, the Batavia Boys defeated Monroe at home despite being tested.

STORY: Batavia Boys Basketball goes up big at the half, hangs on to win over Monroe (PHOTOS INCLUDED)

In their sectional matchup, Batavia and Notre Dame Hockey saw what had occurred throughout the regular season, occur again – as the Irish once again defeated the Ice Devils in order to move to the next round.

STORY: Batavia vs Notre Dame Hockey IV: Irish move past Devils in blowout victory (50 PHOTOS INCLUDED)

The second edition of the Batavia’s Best Podcast was released.

STORY: Batavia’s Best Podcast – Episode 2 (02/22/2016): Section V Boys and Girls Basketball

In what was her top performance of the season, Tiara Filbert scored 23 in the first half vs HFL in the sectional semis.

STORY: All Eyes on Filbert: Batavia Forward carries Blue Devils to sectional semifinal win over HFL

The Batavia Boys followed the girls and also advanced to the sectional finals with a big semifinal win.

STORY: Batavia Boys Basketball is headed back to the Sectional Finals for the fourth-straight year

The third team to advance to the Sectional Finals, the Wheatland Girls defeated HAC in order to move on.

STORY: Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball advances to Sectional Finals with win over HAC

The Cal-Mum Girls also advanced to the finals.

STORY: The Cal-Mum Girls Basketball team is going back to the Sectional Finals for the second year in a row

In High School wrestling, there were many wrestlers who performed well at Super Sectionals – which advanced them to the State Tournament.

STORY: Ten Local Wrestlers headed to Albany this weekend for State Championships

Notre Dame Hockey then moved on to the sectional finals after defeating Aquinas.

STORY: Notre Dame Hockey moves on to Sectional Finals with blowout win over Aquinas

Overcoming longtime rival Mendon, the Batavia Girls won their first sectional title in school history.

STORY: Batavia Girls Basketball – Sectional Champions for the first time in school history

The Wheatland-Chili Girls were the next team to take home the ‘Block’.

STORY: “After all the years of 2-17”, Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball wins the Sectional Championship

Even though I was mistreated by the Section V Chairperson, here are some photos from the Section V Cheerleading Championships which saw several local teams finish admirably.

STORY: Section V Cheerleading Championships (PHOTO GALLERY)

The Cal-Mum Girls won the sectional title with a win over Avon.

STORY: Cal-Mum Girls Basketball – Back-to-back Sectional Champions

Alexander’s Dane Heberlein won his second State Title in his career, at 120 lbs.

STORY: Great Dane: Alexander’s Heberlein wins second Wrestling State Title

Despite falling to Geneseo three times during the regular season, the Notre Dame Hockey Team defeated their nemesis when it mattered most – in the finals.

STORY: Fourth Time is the Charm: Notre Dame Hockey seizes the day, drops Geneseo in Class B Final

Batavia Boys Basketball was the final team to lock up a sectional title.

STORY: The team that couldn’t, did – Batavia Boys Basketball, Sectional Champs

What a sectional season it was.

STORY: Five teams, Five Titles

The Wheatland-Chili girls handed Prattsburgh in order to remain alive in the postseason.

STORY: Survive and Advance: Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball defeats previously unbeaten Prattsburgh

The Batavia Boys also were victorious in their first game after sectionals.

STORY: Another One: Batavia Boys Basketball drops old rival Pittsford Sutherland in A1/A2 game

The Batavia and Cal-Mum Girls were not so lucky, as they fell one game before the far west regional.

STORY: Batavia, Cal-Mum Girls respective seasons come to an end with losses this week

Notre Dame lost their first game after sectionals, but were still in line for an at large State tournament berth.

STORY: Notre Dame Hockey runs out of gas vs Victor, will now head south to face Pelham

For each team still alive, I examined what exactly helped them reach such a late point in the season.

STORY: It’s a family affair in Wheatland, as three sets of sisters have sparked the Wildcats’ 2016 postseason run

STORY: The Batavia Boys Basketball team has a severe case of Senioritis this year

STORY: When it comes to Notre Dame Hockey, youth has carried the day for the Irish

Two Batavia High athletes performed well enough to be invited to the NYSPHSAA Track Championships this season.

STORY: Ray and Franklin head to NYSPHSAA Track Championships this weekend

All three teams still alive fell in their next game.

STORY: All three local teams remaining in NYSPHSAA Title hunt fall this past weekend

And my final act of the season, was to reflect on what a year ND Swimming’s Chris Lemley had this season.

STORY: Notre Dame Swimming’s Lemley endured historic season in 2015/2016

 

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This concludes our 2015/2016 Winter Sports Coverage. Thanks to all athletes and coaches for a fun-filled year.

 

 

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