Averill Park Sports By Isaac Joseph
AVERILL PARK – Hello Warriors fans! Our winter sports teams have had a very successful week of competition.
The girls basketball team reamined undefeated again this week! On 2/22, the girls team blew out Ballston Spa 77-39. Allison Lapinski and Elizabeth Aiossa both had career highs, scoring 14 and 9 respectively. Ameila Wood also chipped in with 11. The girls team had another blowout win against Columbia on 2/24 by a score of 64-30. Senior Anna Jankovic led the team with 17 along with 13 points from Amelia Wood and 10 from Michelina Lombardi. The girls basketball team had a 60-30 resounding victory over Troy on 2/26. Anna Jankovic dropped 21 points and Taylor Holohan dropped 10 in the winning effort. The girls team moved to 8-0 on 2/27 after a 61-52 win over Colonie. Amelia Wood led the girls with 22 points while Anna Jankovic chipped in with 15. The girls basketball team will travel to Guilderland for their next game on 3/5.
The boys basketball team fell 71-62 to Ballston Spa on their senior night on 2/22. Senior Ben Romer led AP in scoring with 20 points. The boys team picked up their second win of the season defeating Columbia on 2/24 with a 45-36 final score. Ben Romer scored 18 to lead the team along with 5 points from Dan Coiteux off the bench. On 2/26, the basketball team lost 55-42 at Troy. Romer once again led the team with 19 points. The basketball team lost a nailbitter to Colonie on 2/27 by a score of 51-50. Seniors Ben Romer and Nick Clemenzi led the team scoring 16 and 14 points. The boys basketball team will face Guilderland on 3/5 in their next game.
The Capital District Jets hockey team lost 8-6 to Lasalle on 2/26. Cole Davidson scored in the loss. The Jets fell in a tight one on 2/27 to Lasalle with a final score of 3-2. Kyle Millington and Cole Davidson assisted goals in the losing effort. The Jets will face Albany Academy on 3/6 for their next game.
The wrestling team had matches on 2/23 and 2/25 against Shen and Colonie. They will face Niskayuna in their next match on 3/4.
The cheer team placed 2nd in the D2 small and 3rd overall in their first virtual competition on 2/21. The cheer team’s next competition is on 3/6.
I will be back next week to report on AP scores and highlights. Go Warriors!
Scholar Athlete of the Week By Tyler Michaels
AVERILL PARK – This week’s Scholar Athlete is Sarah Wing. Sarah was a captain on the Varsity cross country team, and participates in indoor and outdoor track. In track, Sarah is a distance runner and enjoys the steeplechase. Sarah began running in middle school because her friends were on the cross country team, and Sarah has now been in track for five years. Sarah’s favorite part about her sport is the chemistry between teammates. Sarah said that it resembles a family. Sarah also said that the most difficult part about her sport is the strenuous workouts. In the past, Sarah improved her time enough to earn the second fastest time for girl’s steeplechase for Averill Park. This year, Sarah wants to break the school record for girl’s steeplechase.
While participating in three different sports, Sarah still maintains academic excellence. Sarah has a 93 GPA while taking Advanced Placement Government and Politics, and Advanced Placement Calculus. In her free time, Sarah enjoys volunteering at the nursery in her church. Sarah balances school and sports by limiting her screen time. This ensures she can get enough sleep, keep up her grades, and attend athletic practices. Sarah also remembers that the faster she runs, the less time she has to be running for, which helps make her faster in her meets.
Sarah’s parents help inspire her to do well with her schoolwork. In the future Sarah wants to go to college to pursue a career in the healthcare field. We wish Sarah the best as she finishes her senior year and prepares for college.