Awards in memory of Brett Farrell were given to standout Lake Shore student-athletes, from left: Jonathan Weber, Hayley Hammer, Claudia Koenig and Ryan Joslyn.
This year, it was with mixed emotion that Lake Shore presented the Scholar Athlete and Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards. The four recipients of the awards each received $200 in the name of Lake Shore 2010 graduate Brett Farrell, who tragically passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident earlier this school year.
Farrell’s dedication, enthusiasm and Lake Shore pride as a three-sport student-athlete are a direct reflection of the recipients of this year’s awards. Participating in volleyball, swimming and track and field in his four years at Lake Shore, Farrell epitomized what the athletic department considers to be an outstanding young man both on and off the playing surface. His family graciously set up a scholarship fund.
The recipients of this year’s scholar athlete award, given to two senior student-athletes who have a very high standard both on and off the playing field, are Claudia Koenig on the female side and on the male side, Jonathan Weber. This year’s Lake Shore Outstanding Athletes, who possessed and exemplified the highest standards of athleticism and sportsmanship, are Hayley Hammer for the girls, and Ryan Joslyn for the boys.
Koenig, who is ranked second in the senior class, understands what hard work on and off the playing surface is all about. She has participated in cross country and track and field for Lake Shore as well as ice hockey out of school. During that time, she was selected as a First Team All-WNY scholar athlete. She is a true competitor who thrives on hard work and leading by example. Her tireless commitment to academics and athletics proves that both can be accomplished at a high level. This senior student athlete carried an outstanding 4.459 grade point average.
Weber, who played soccer and tennis during his high school career, was voted team captain in both sports and selected to the All-WNY Scholar Athlete team for his work in the classroom and on the field of play. In addition, he was selected a Third Team All-ECIC as a sophomore and Second Team All-ECIC in his junior and senior years. He was also given the Sportsmanship Award for soccer this past season. In tennis, he received First Team All-ECIC honors his junior and senior years and tennis MVP his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He accomplished all of these achievements, while carrying a 4.397 grade point average and was ranked fourth in his senior class.
Hammer, who was a three-year starter for both the soccer and softball programs, has received over her high school career the 2012 coaches award for soccer, All-ECIC Division II honors for soccer, MVP for softball as a junior and All-ECIC Division II for softball. She was also selected as an honorable mention for All-WNY scholar athlete team in soccer and softball thanks to her 3.86 grade point average. She hit an impressive .400 her senior season with 16 stolen bases and was voted team captain. She loves competition and has always been very humble when it comes to her many accomplishments.
Joslyn has been a significant contributor to the volleyball, basketball and baseball programs. In volleyball, he was leader and co-captain for the three-time division champions, two-time sectional champions and Far West Regional champions and state runner-up in 2012. His volleyball team did not lose a division match in three years. Individual honors for volleyball included First Team All-State and First Team All-WNY as a senior, Second Team All-WNY as a junior, First Team All-Division as a sophomore and co-MVP as a senior.
In basketball, he was a three-year varsity starter and an All-ECIC division honorable mention, Hamburg Sun Seven Second Team selection and All-WNY honorable mention scholar athlete as a senior. In baseball, he was a two-year varsity starting pitcher and played first base. His team was division champions this season, and he was selected to Second Team ECIC Division III honors as a pitcher. These honors were accomplished while carrying an impressive 3.924 GPA. He will leave Lake Shore as eight-time letter recipient.
Also of note, this graduating class has accomplished more on and off the playing surface than any other at Lake Shore. Among the many team accomplishments are varsity squads were a combined 53 games above .500, five division championships (baseball, girls lacrosse, boys volleyball, wrestling and boys swimming), one sectional title and Far West Regional title (boys volleyball), Silver Bracket champions (boys tennis) and 20 of 21 varsity squads met the criteria for the State Scholar-Athlete team.
Among senior First Team All-WNY Scholar-Athletes were Kade McGarrity (soccer, track), Clark Brueckl (basketball), Lucas Vail (swimming), Matthew Kardach (golf, baseball), Connor Govenettio (tennis) and Koenig (cross country).
Honorable Mentions went to Dan Abrams (cross country), Mary Beth Benzing (cross country, track), Bruce Friedenberg (football), Alex Haley (football), Michael Kushner (soccer), Molly Parker (soccer), Kyle Tezanos (soccer), Dane Cala (basketball), Connor Govenettio (basketball), David Dombrowski (swimming), Austin Smith (swimming), Fred Ball (golf), Courtney Black (lacrosse), McKenzie Ciciera (lacrosse), Cory Coleman (tennis), Nick Schifano (golf), Hammer, Weber and Joslyn.