By Todd Palmatier
With ECS fall sports behind us, all that was left was the awards, and the Ellicottville Eagles racked up quite a few league awards as well as team awards.
In football, seniors Phalla Musall and Calum Watt were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, in the Big 30. Joining them in the Big 30 first Team awards is Alex Delity. All three players have qualified for this summer’s Big 30 Football Classic. Junior Tommy Easton and sophomore Preston Hutchison were named second team All-Stars and Jonas Hurlburt was named to Honorable Mention for the Big 30.
In soccer, the Lady Eagles award winners are as follows: first team are senior Hannah Doro, Junior Morgan Zlockie and Junior Shelby Toth. Named to the second team were junior Kaleigh Hunt and sophomore Tarah Scharf. Morgan Zlockie was also Big 30 and All WNY first teams. Also, for the girls’ 2014 awards, Hannah Doro was named to the All WNY Scholar Team and Morgan Zlockie was named to the Class D first team All-State.
In boys’ soccer, Patrick McMahon Eagan was named to the Big 30 All Stars and was a first team All-Star along with Cole Lapi, who also was named Defensive Player of the Year for Big 30. Second team All-Stars are Quinn O’Rourke and Jack Haley. Honorable Mention awards went to Georg Lavman and Matt DiDonato.
Winter sports are in high gear and the boys’ varsity basketball team is off to a 2-1 start with wins over Hinsdale 55-24 and Fillmore 56-20, and a loss to Class B Springville 42-37. Freshmen Elliot Bowen led the team in scoring against Hinsdale with 19 points and six rebounds, freshmen Austin Grinols chipped in 10 points and senior Phalla Musall added seven pts, eight assists and seven steals. The team had 20 defensive steals.
Musall and Bowen led the team in scoring against Fillmore with 15 and 13 points, respectively, and the team recorded 25 defensive steals. In the game against Springville, freshman Griffin Chudy led all scorers with 10 points. The boys’ JV basketball team started the season 0-3 with losses to Portville, Fillmore and Springville.
The girls’ varsity team has begun its season 1-1, with a loss to Salamanca 54-28 and a huge 62-5 win over Hinsdale. The team was led by Marissa Hamilton, Evie “Little Crazy” Cortez and Courtney Charlesworth.
The Ellicottville grade 5-6 boys’ basketball team is off to a fair start. They have run their record out to 3-2 with wins over Randolph, Salamanca and Fredonia. The team is being coached by Phil Jimerson and Todd Palmatier, and the players are Leif and Liam Jimerson, Wyatt Chudy, Harrison Newark, Braedyn Palmatier, Noah Steinbronner, Jamison Caldwell, Xander Ireland, Clayton Rowland and Hayden Rust. They are playing in a league at the Cattaraugus Community Center of the Seneca Nation in Irving, N.Y.