Warrior athletes conclude successful winter season

Student-athletes in the Hannibal Central School District recently wrapped up a strong winter season highlighted by team and individual accomplishments.

The varsity cheerleaders had a banner season, earning titles as OHSL and sectional champions. Coach Teri Dunsmoor noted that the team worked hard throughout the season and constantly fine-tuned their routine enroute to an appearance at the state championships in Binghamton.

“They placed seventh in a division of 15 and had the highest score of all Section III teams at the state competition,” Dunsmoor said. “The team’s hard work, cooperation and determination led them to be so successful this year!”

In other action, the girls’ varsity basketball and boys’ varsity basketball teams each earned recognition as scholar-athlete teams. To qualify as a scholar-athlete team, the team average of 75 percent of the roster must be a 90 or above. In addition to the academic successes, girls’ basketball teammates Samantha Emmons and Tenly Baker excelled on the court and were named to first team all-league and were on the holiday tournament team. For the boys’ team, Brady Kuc was named second team all-league while Gavin Griffin earned honorable mention.

The boys’ and girls’ varsity indoor track teams also earned recognition as scholar-athletes. Coach Dan Pawlewicz said the teams faced some challenges during the season, but the athletes “battled at every meet and put points on the scoreboard.” Three student athletes — Alex Hall, Milina Marchenko and Lena Turaj — advanced to the state qualifier as well.

“We had such a great season, and I am so proud of these kids,” Pawlewicz said. “They are a hardworking group and the definition of what it means to be a Warrior athlete.”