By Julia Schwartz,
ECS Student Correspondent
As summer comes to an end, ECS fall sports are just beginning with a mandatory meeting for all athletes on Aug. 13 (see box) in order to be eligible to practice and play.
Coaches attending will be Mary Neilon, a physical education and health teacher at ECS and varsity girls’ coach; Katie Taylor, an elementary teacher in Salamanca and the junior varsity girls’ coach; and Jen McAndrew, the varsity girls’ assistant coach.
Girls’ varsity and junior varsity soccer begins Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. with a second practice 5 p.m. These athletes will be working very hard including some double practices.
On Aug. 27 at 3 p.m., the girls’ modified soccer team will hold their first practice with Coach Tammy Eddie, an ECS guidance counselor. Game play starts after school begins in September.
Coach Neilon is hoping to yet again lead her team into the Final Four as she has for the last two years, hopefully bringing home a state championship. In the past, Neilon’s teams have won four state titles. During her 27-year coaching career with the Lady Eagles, she has gotten her school 25 league titles. McAndrew has been there for providing coaching experience with great advice for the players.
Tammy Eddie and Katie Taylor have played for Neilon in the past, and have followed her footsteps in coaching for the Lady Eagles. Taylor played for Neilon when she and her team were 1998 and 1999 state champions.
Coach Taylor, who’s called “Tazor” by the first team she coached for the school in 2009, said, “I don’t know who’s on my team this year, but I am excited for my new group of girls!”
The first varsity and junior varsity scrimmages will be held Aug. 24 at Genesee Valley at 10 a.m.
“I’m excited for this season,” said Emily Uhrinek, a varsity Lady Eagle. “We’re a young team, but I think that we can do great things and just surprise people with our skill.”
The boys’ varsity and junior varsity soccer programs begin Aug. 13 at 12:01 a.m. for an awakening practice bright and early. Matt Finn, an ECS middle school math teacher, is coaching the varsity team, and Chris Keenan, the ECS ninth and tenth grade global studies teacher is coaching junior varsity. They have been doing this early-morning practice for enough years to be able to call it a tradition.
The first boys’ varsity scrimmage will be against Portville on Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.
The modified boys’ soccer coach is Chris Edwards, an engineering/tech teacher at ECS. This team’s practice will begin Aug. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Like the modified girls’ team, the boys also do not have a game until after school begins.
Ellicottville Central School
2012 Mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting
Monday August 13th at 7pm. High School Cafeteria
This is a mandatory meeting for student-athletes and a parent of the student-athlete(s) that plan to participate in fall 2012 sports programs. The purpose of the meeting is to ensure eligibility criteria for participation (attendance and academic policies), prepare paperwork with regard to recent medical history, parent permission form and verification of current IMPact Concussion Management Test. Student-athletes currently participating in a fall sport will then break out into informational team settings with their coaches.