The Sandy Creek Varsity Girls’ Softball team may have lost their bid to be State Champions, but that did not dim their accomplishments in the eyes of their school, their coaches, their families and their community. In a district Board of Education recognition ceremony, they were honored for their accomplishments including the Section III Championship title.
Coached by Bill Fowler and Assistant Coach Jonn Stoker, the team got off to a rocky start when they fell to the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown team in only game two, leaving them with a .500 season record of 1-1.
The loss, according to Coach Fowler, was the motivation needed to bring the team into focus. After that loss he challenged and encouraged each team member to step up their game, and did they ever, ending the regular season with a division record of 14-1.
In post-season play, the team soundly defeated Weedsport 11-0 to secure the Class C-2 Section III title.
Next they faced Cooperstown in the overall Class C Championship defeating them with a score of 6-4.
The team then played Seton Catholic with a final score 6-2 sending the team to the state semi-finals against Greenwich.
The team defeated Greenwich 11-1, which moved the Comets into the state championship game. In that game, unfortunately the Comets fell to Frewsburg in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss.
“The best team did not win that game,” said Fowler. “If we played that team ten times, we’d win maybe eight or nine,” he said.
Fowler praised the team for their outstanding season and thanked the Sandy Creek community for their overwhelming support.
“The community support was incredible,” he said. “We had parents and community members who don’t have girls on the team travel to Albany and Binghamton to support the team.”
The district’s slogan is aptly fitting for the support shown the team: “Comet Pride is Community-Wide.”
According to Fowler, it is not just a slogan but real life in the small close-knit community.
Sandy Creek’s Superintendent of Schools Stewart Amell commended the team and its coaches for such a successful season.
On top of their athletic accomplishments, the team has also excelled in the classroom.
“What really impresses me, is that with all of these accomplishments this year, you are a New York State Scholar Athlete team,” he said.
Scholar athlete designation requires a high percentage of a sports team to maintain high academic and attendance averages.
Several players on the team have been named to All Star teams in both league and Section III play including, Frontier League All Stars: Viktoria White, Gabriella Gaurasce, Kylee Martin, Jordan Miller, Michaela Martin, Kendra Valley and Karintha Myslivecek. Section III All Stars included: Chelsea Claflin, Viktoria White, Karintha Myslivecek, Michaela Martin and Jordan Miller.
Additional honors will be coming for team members, Coach Fowler is certain, from All North, All CNY, and All State.