1976 Section VI – Division II Championship Football Team

1976 Section VI – Division II Championship Football Team

Head Coach: Richard Van Valkenburgh

Co-Captains: Dave Klemenich and John Pritchard

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Complied an 8-1 record during the ’76 season, ranked Top 10 in WNY and 25th in New York State. ­­­­­­­­­­­­10 Players were named Division II All-Star Team: 4-Offense, 5-Defense, 1 Special Teams. Mark Collins and Perry Dix selected as All-Western New York- Buffalo News. Perry Dix set Division II record by blocking 6 punts during the 1976 season. Outscored their opponents 156 points (17.3) to 89 points (9.8).

1992-93 Girl’s NYS Semi-Finalist Soccer Team

1992-93 Girl’s NYS Semi-Finalist Soccer Team

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME — A DREAM SEASON Those in the know describe soccer as “the beautiful game” and during the 1992 soccer season a group of beautiful young ladies played the beautiful game beautifully for a whole season. To be competitive in Section VI was always a goal, but to advance beyond that, to the NYS playoffs, was a dream. No Section VI, Class A, girls soccer team had ever taken the giant step to “The States.” This ’92 team was made up of six seniors and a bevy of underclassmen. From day one, co-captains, Heather Williams and Jolie Mandell, took the reins of leadership. The other seniors, Molly Sheehan, Chrissy Metzger, Jennifer Funke and Robin Barris bought into the process. The rest of the team also “bought in”. They had no choice, as the positive attitude passed on by the upperclassmen became contagious. As the season progressed it was easy to observe a good team chemistry and team trust being built. Practices had purpose and it showed in games. If there was an individual hero in a game it was because of a team effort. Being the runner up in Division I did not deter the Bulldogs. While Williamsville North took the Division title, they lost to Lockport while the Bulldogs were besting Orchard Park. That set up the Section VI Finals between Hamburg and Lockport. In the finals, it was the “never give up” Bulldog attitude which prevailed. The Hamburg Bulldogs were now headed for uncharted territory. Hornell High School hosted the States and it was the first time the Bulldogs played on an artificial turf field. The Bulldogs were pitted against Webster, Section V Champs. More Bulldog heroics! Being outplayed throughout the game, Hamburg kept Webster off the scoreboard. Goalie, Jennifer Funke, made some outstanding saves during regulation. Overtimes proved fruitless by both teams and it came down to penalty kicks for a berth in the Semi Finals. Forward, Lyneve Lauria, stepped into goal for the Bulldogs PK session and made a key save, while freshman, Mary Watts, tied the contest with a well-placed shot. That set up the winner by another freshman, Kate Dziedzic. She calmly placed a neat shot passed the Webster Goalie and the Bulldogs were off to the Semi’s. 

Shenendehowa was a totally different story. National polls had them ranked #10 in the country and the school was more than twice the size of Hamburg. A “David and Goliath” ending was not in the works and a “Dream Season” came to an end. Coach John Thomas had the highest praise for the play and conduct of his payers and felt that this team was not the most talented, but it was the blend of players and the way they played that created the success. The Hamburg ladies were awarded the state playoffs “Sportsmanship Trophy” for their positive attitude. Thomas stated, “I would invite every Hamburg athlete to have an attitude that our kids have. The more they overcame odds the more they believed they could overcome anything. They are a bunch of kids playing for each other. If someone faltered, someone else would step up and it would be someone different each time. Co-Captains Williams and Mandell came together and summarized the season this way. “The team worked on pride, determination and played for the love of the game. We worked together like a unit, a family. We were “All In.” We played through physical and emotional challenges and persevered through it all to be the best team we could be.” “Truly a “Dream Season.” 

Front Row: Moira Sheehan, Laurie Giumento, Christine Metzger, Heather Williams (Co-Captain), Jolie Mandell (Co-Captain), Robyn Barris, Nicole Abramo, Maggie Schreier, Jennifer Funke. Second Row: Amy Tomaszewski, Melissa Reinagel, Kristen Kummer, Chun Yu Liu, Lyneve Lauria, Jennifer Stockmeyer, Jennifer Errington, Brooke Catarella Back Row: Tara Manteghi, Sandra Gullo, Laura Sheehan, Mary Watts, Kate Dziedzic, Coach John Thomas

1992-93 Girl's NYS Semi-Finalist Soccer Team Team of Distinction

Boy’s Golf Dynasty of Teams, 1988 – 1999 

Boy’s Golf Dynasty of Teams, 1988 – 1999 

The Hamburg Boy’s Golf teams dominated Western New York for twelve consecutive years, coached by Hamburg Wall of Famer, Jim Henneberg. In the twelve-year stretch the Bulldogs won or shared 12 consecutive division championships, and only losing 3 matches, which is an astounding 97% winning percentage! Several team records were made and broken during the streak, including the team scoring- individual match total team scoring of +4 over par for 72 holes, and the individual match school record, set by Kris Cappuzzo, of -3 under for 12 holes. This school record along with Cappuzzo winning the NYS golf champion, helped launch his induction into the Hamburg Wall of Fame in 2012. In total, there were 50 boys who were members of these twelve teams, and many of them have gone on to careers in the golfing industry.  The talent level was so deep that some of the most difficult competitions came in the playoffs for starting positions among the team! That dilemma was solved by Coach Henneberg, who scheduled two opponents on the same day and devised a split squad strategy, which allowed more players to compete without sacrificing a drop in the quality of play. Many team members remain friends and look forward to teeing it up with former teammates. Golf remains one of the “lifetime sports” which can be played for decades after graduation, combining a blend of mental and physical ability, and is one of the few sports which requires a competitor to self-enforce the rules. Our Hamburg golfers displayed this high level of integrity both on and off the course.

Hamburg Boy’s Golf Teams 1988-1999 Coach: James Henneberg 

Team Members: Brian Andrea Luke MacDonald Jason Ansuini Brian McElwain Rob Black Rob McElwain Adam Boland Colin Maher Jon Boland Mike Measer Pat Bowman Derek Nicholas Kris Cappuzzo   Mike Pallotta Joe Centrich Paul Peccia Tim Claret’ Jason Polisoto Mike Cohoon Jeff Rapini Chad Collins Mike Rapini Kevin Devine Jason Ruh Dave Dunn Craig Saundres Kevin Edson Andy Sheffield Brad Fischer Mark Szarowicz Mike Frydrych Mike Szarowicz Ryan Gannon Chris Thuman Jason Geiger Doug Wagner Joe Gervase Brad Weaver PJ Hoak Jacob Werner Chad Hoisek Dave Will Todd Hoisek Tim Will Jim Jordan Gene Williams Joel Kenyon Andy Zemrac Jeff Kummer Bill Zoeller 

 

Boy's Golf Dynasty of Teams Team of Distinction, 1988 - 1999

1962, 1963, 1964 Undefeated Cross Country Team 

1962, 1963, 1964 Undefeated Cross Country Team 

This year’s Team of Distinction is Hamburg High School’s 1962, 1963 and 1964 Boy’s Cross Country Teams. These teams were undefeated Division I Champions over three autumn seasons, compiling an impressive dual meet log of 32-0. This was a new record for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference founded in 1954-1955. These ECIC Championships were Hamburg’s 5th, 6th and 7th titles since 1954. The cross country teams during these years faced great competition at the start of their season. Strong competition in the Buffalo State Invitational brought teams from Section V, Section VI and beyond. The 1962 team finished in 2nd Place, 2 points behind the winning team. “Best showing ever out of 33 teams,” Coach Foster stated. The 1963 squad duplicated the 2nd Place finish against 31 teams. In 1964 the entries increased to 40 teams with Hamburg finishing in 2nd Place again. Definitely a signal of things to come. After the ECIC dual meet season ended, the ECIC Divisional Meets were held at Chestnut Ridge Park at the Casino. The championship races were run on a challenging course starting downhill into the meadow, running uphill to the toboggan chutes, along the roadway at the Casino to Benning Loop. Runners retraced the route back to the finish line. In Division I, “The 1962 Team ran in a “pack” to finish with a :12 second spread between runners 1-5 … Excellent work!” was Coach Foster’s reply after winning the championship. Ralph Kelly and Ray Sprickman made the ECIC All-Star Team to lead the squad. The 1963 Team also captured the Division I Championship, but encountered hazards! The prolonged, exceptionally dry autumn left training surfaces hard as rock causing more than eight runners to suffer leg, shin, ankle and broken bone injuries. ‘The squad achieved greatly because of team depth,” stated Foster. Thomas Hoffman, team captain, led this tenacious team while gaining ECIC All-Star status. The teams grew in size, talent and experience. The 1964 Team rolled onward to capture the ECIC 1962 Division I Championship for a third consecutive year, conquering teams, race courses and titles. The Bulldog’s placed Chris Hart, Edd Webster and Bruce Cook on the ECIC All-Star Team. 

 

Foster’s teams grew in size. The 1959 Team had 27 runners. The 1962, 1963 and 1964 teams had 33, 47 and 49 runners respectively. This makes a total of 129 runners for Foster’s last three seasons. 

Sectional Championships were the gold standard. Since 1950 to 1959 Hamburg had won 8 Sectional Championships. The 1962 Team lost a pre-season scrimmage to Kenmore East, defending Class MA Champion. The Hamburg harriers returned the favor and defeated Kenmore at Chestnut Ridge to capture Hamburg’s first Class AAA Championship. Leg, ankle, shin and bone injuries prevented the 1963 Harriers from defending yet finished in 3rd Place. The 1964 Bulldogs returned with great desire and won the Class AAA Championship, 10th Hamburg Sectional title and 5th Place at the State Meet in Baldwinsville, NY. “Best team exceeding 1962 Team, Best team in WNY, a top team in New York State.” – J. Foster

1962 Cross Country Mens Team 1963 Cross Country Mens Team 1964 Cross Country Mens Team 

1994 and 1995 Girls Varsity Tennis Team 

1994 and 1995 Girls Varsity Tennis Team 

1st row: C. Kaney, K Sargent 2nd row: W Tuttle, A. Heath, C. Wetsell, D, Rydholm, A. Sweeney, M. Benenati, K Manhardt, T Sargent, I Evans, L. Bauer 3rd row; T. (Manager), B. Schreiber (Manager), S. Rust,” Schuh, K Nicosia, K Dossinger, J. Kuhn, L. Reynolds, J. Foley, J. Spear, N. Sargent, A. Vara, K Bocian, Coach Martin Snyder Absent: D. Espinosa, C. Waggoner 

1st row: M. Benenati, B. Vara, D. Rydholm 2nd row: T Sargent, A. Sweeney, N. Sargent,A. Vara, J. Foley, L Reynolds, K Man-hardt 3rd row: C Ansuini, K Doster, L. Adornetto, K Maghran, L. Bauer, M Kos-a-an, A Heath, J. Furgala, E. Deisig Row 4: Coach Snyder, W Tuttle, B. Szydlowski, S. Rust, K McCLain, K Nicosia, J. Kuhn, K Dossinger,J. Schuh Absent: D. Espinosa, K Lawrence, T. Jusko (manager) 

Team of Distinction: Hamburg High School’s 1994 and 1995 Girls Varsity Tennis Teams. They were undefeated Division II Champions both years, with a 20-0 record over the two seasons. The ’95 Division Championship was their 4th in 5 years, with a 45-4 record in division matches. The winning continued into the late 90’s, with 5 members of the ’94 and ’95 teams advancing to the State Championships in 6 successive seasons. Margaret Benenati, along with doubles partner Kelly Sargent, just missed a trip to States in ’94. Benenati made it to States in singles in ’95 after finishing 2nd at ECIC’s and 3rd at Sectionals. 1994 Team members Andrea Sweeney and Nicole Sargent won the ECIC Doubles Championship that year. They went on to place 2nd in the Section VI Championships, advancing to States. They again qualified for States in 1995, and in 1996 advanced to States for the 3rd consecutive time. Sargent went to States 4 times while playing tennis at Hamburg High School. Nicole and Tricia Sargent were Section VI and ECIC doubles champions in 1997, advancing to States that year. Tricia and Jill Adornetto won the Section VI Doubles Championships, were ECIC finalists and advanced to States in 1998. Several of the girls from the ’94 and ’95 teams went on to play tennis at the collegiate level. In looking back, Coach Marty Snyder said, “Hamburg High School has a long history of having quality tennis teams, but what set the team apart during the ’94 and ’95 seasons, along with their accomplishments, was their camaraderie and shared unity of purpose. In a largely individual sport, rarely do a group of players, each bringing their own unique talents, skills and attributes to the team, come together to form such a cohesive unit”. What also made the team special was their collective ‘refuse to lose’ approach that they brought into each match, along with their ‘we’re not going to lose – you’re going to have to beat us’ attitude. These players wanted to do well – expected to do well – and gave their personal best in every match. They supported one another, took pride in the success of their team and thereby brought out the best in each other. Although they played with intensity, the players clearly showed a love of the game and had fun together on and off the court. It really made those years enjoyable and memorable for everyone who had the privilege of being a part of it.” The team was moved into Division I for the next 5 years where their win-loss record was 41-9. During that time, they had two 1st place and three 2nd place finishes.

1994 Girls Varsity Tennis Tea 1995 Girls Varsity Tennis Tea