Athletics

 

Florida Union Free School District believes that participation in sports provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that benefit students in the classroom and in life. The district offers students opportunities to participate in a wide-range of various sports across three seasons. Florida UFSD is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, competing as a member of Section IX and the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA).

The mission of New York State interscholastic athletic programs is to foster the quest for excellence by creating an educational and competitive experience within an atmosphere of sportsmanship. Successful programs develop individual and team potential by promoting high standards of competence, character, civility and citizenship.

 

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Sports Updates 2022-2023

 

  • January Scholar Athletes-TBA
  • HALFTIME SHOW: 2/1 @ the halftime of the Girls Varsity game we will have the 4th grade CYO team scrimmage each other
  • Senior Night Thursday 2/2 for Boys Basketball 6pm before warm ups
  • Senior Night Friday 2/3 for Girls Basketball 6pm before warm ups
  • February Student Athletes-TBA
  • Diving: OCIAA’s 2/2 4pm @ Washingtonville; Finals 2/17 4pm @ VC
  • Cheer Sectional Finals 2/18 @ Monroe Woodbury 10am
  • Post Season for Boys Basketball-TBA (2/25-3/1)
  • Post Season for Girls Basketball-TBA (2/25-3/1)

 

SPARTAN ATHLETIC NEWS

January Scholar Athletes 

Kendall Guerra 

Kendall is a Junior and is currently in the nursing program at BOCES. She is one of the flyers on the Varsity Cheer squad. Kendall is one tough flyer and is continuing to improve and try new things. She is one of our main tumblers as well. 

Josh Medina

Josh is a Senior. Josh is a second year Varsity Boys Basketball player who excels on the court and in the classroom. Josh is a hard working role player for the basketball team. He prides himself on rebounding and defense.

Shannon Sgombick

Shannon is a Senior and is currently playing in her 5th season on the Girls Basketball Varsity team. She is a leader on and off the court. Shannon currently has 1,256 career points, averaging a double-double this season thus far.

Shannon Sgombick was selected to the All State Class C Third Team for soccer.

December Scholar Athletes


Hanna Perez

Hannah Perez- December Scholar Athlete

    Hanna Perez is a sophomore Cheerleader. She is involved in many school activities and clubs around the school. Hannah is an all around hard worker and brings joy to whatever she is doing. No surprise she is a key component to the Varsity Cheer Team. Hannah is in her second year of cheer as a flyer. Her determination to hit stunts and try new things to help her team out is truly one of a kind! Great job Hannah on and off the cheer mat! 

     

    Tony Durante

    Tony Durante- December Scholar Athlete

    Senior Basketball player. Tony Durante. Tony is a second year Varsity Basketball player who excels on the court and in the classroom. Tony is a starter and team leader in rebounding on the court. Tony is currently ranked 23rd out of 61 in the class of 2023. 

    Kayla Valenti

    Kayla Valenti- December Scholar Athlete

    Kayla is a 9th grader starting on the varsity girls basketball team for the second straight year. She increased her skill development in the off season and has become the second leading scorer in the first 5 games of the season. She was selected to the All-Tournament in the Seward Invitational and is a big part of the early winning success.

    Girls and Boys Soccer: Individuals were selected for the 2022 Season

    Shannon Sgombick C/D All Star & All Section
    Maddie Rosado C/D All Star
    Jason Mitchell C/D All Star & All Section
    Alec Pawlicek C/D All Star
    Joe Buchalski C/D All Star

    Fall Team Scholar Athlete

    Girls Soccer & Volleyball

    We also had 22 Scholar athletes this Fall

    Taylor Vogt
    Josh Medina
    Joe Santiago
    Maddie Rosado
    Kristen Celiz
    James Walsh
    Sophia Brady
    Camila Fuentes
    Cameron Gafa-Byrne
    Shannon Maher
    Maris Neuman
    Stephanie Reicherter
    Eliana White
    Will Orlando
    Timothy Raines
    Derrick You
    Abby Orlando
    Kailey Stolowski
    Jackie Tomassi
    Saniya Walker
    Kendall Dazi
    Mikaelah Schreibeis

     

    Jason Mitchell was selected to the 1st team Small School All State for soccer.

    Jason Mitchell selected to the 1st team Small School All State for soccer.

    Congratulations to Kailey Stolowski (1st Team), Abby Orlando (2nd Team) and Ava Kirschke (Honorable Mention) for being selected to the Class D Volleyball All Star Team.


    Congratulations to Joe Santiago, was named by the Section IX Football Coaches Association to the All League Class C Team, the All Star and All Section Team which recognizes the top 48 players in Section IX!!! Special thanks to Chester Academy!!

     

    Joe Santiago

    Joe Santiago

    Congratulations to Volleyball player, Abby Orlando as she hit a milestone on November 2nd, 2022 with her 500th career assist!

    Scholar Athletes of the Month- October 2022

    Shannon Sgombick

    October 2022- Student Athlete of the Month- Shannon S.

    A senior. Shannon is our varsity soccer starting midfielder.
    Shannon scored her 28th goal of the season becoming the 2nd
    leading scorer in Seward history with 148 career goals. Shannon
    is a true leader as she helped an inexperienced team to 10 wins
    on the season. She also leads the team in assists with 11.

    James Walsh

    October 2022 Student Athlete of the Month- James W.

    James is currently a sophomore who competes on the
    Seward cross country team. James comes to practice every day
    ready to work hard. He has shown great improvement throughout
    the season by lowering his previous personal best times from
    2021 by over a minute on multiple courses this season.

    Joe Santiago

    Student Athlete of the Month- October 2022- Joe S.

    Joseph Santiago has a complete repertoire of “student tools”
    that allow him to find success in the classroom and on the football
    field. Joseph is well regarded by his teammates and coaches,
    displays critical thinking skills beyond his years and
    communicates clearly.

    Student Athletes of The Month – September 2022

     

    Abigail Orlando
    Abigail Orlando- Student Athlete of the Month- Sept 2022
    Abigail is a Sophomore starting setter and right side hitter on the varsity volleyball team. She is a leader on the court in both her mentality and skill.  She’s already racked up 40 kills, 64 Aces, 118 Assists, and 43 digs so far this season. 
    Taylor Vogt 
    Taylor Vogt- Student Athlete of the Month- Sept 2022
    Taylor is a Sophomore starting on the varsity girls soccer team and a member of the girls XC team. Taylor has already improved in her PR’s at multiple meets thus far. In soccer, she has 5 goals (second on the team) and 1 assist in 7 games thus far.
    Joe Buchalski 
    Joe Buchalski- Student Athlete of the Month- Sept 2022
    Joe is a Senior starting defender. Joe has had a spectacular September making many saves stopping multiple goals

    Spartans named all-state in softball

    Congratulations to Kailey Stolowski, Katie Mulhare and Kaitlin Stolowski who were named all-state for softball this past weekend. Kailey was named all-state first team, while Katie and Kaitlin were named second team! Way to go Spartans!

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    Seward softball team has incredible 2022 season

    Congratulations to the 2022 Seward Spartan softball team. This group of young women went all the way to the state final four this season. Great job to all!

    Congratulations to our awesome coach, Don Lewis.

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    2022 Seward Softball Team

    • Haley Carmack
    • Sophia de Jong
    • Camila  Fuentes
    • Raquel Hamling
    • Brook Irizarry
    • Kristen   Matuszewski
    • Katie Mulhare
    • Abby Orlando
    • Stephanie Reicherter
    • Kaitlin Stolowski
    • Kailey Stolowski
    • Taylor Vogt

    Aidan Finley and Kailey Stolowski named May student-athletes of the month

     

    Aidan is a senior who went 4-0 in the month of May as Seward’s starting pitcher. He brings versatility and energy every game, even when he doesn’t pitch.

    A young man in a blue and orange baseball jersey that says Spartans with the number 9 on it, wears a blue and orange cap.

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    Kailey is a junior who led her team to a division and sectional title in softball this season as the starting pitcher. Kailey went undefeated in May with a 9-0 record. Her team is still playing in the postseason.

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    Softball, boys spring track and field earn scholar-athlete team status;

    Congratulations to our spring scholar athletes for 2022. This spring, the  softball team received team recognition as did the boys spring track and field team. In addition,  15 individuals earned the scholar-athlete designation.

    At the end of each sports season, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) honors those teams and individuals that excel academically.

    To receive scholar-athlete team recognition, the team’s average GPA must be greater than or equal to 90 for 75 percent of the roster.

    If a team does not meet the scholar-athlete criteria, the individuals on that team with a 90 or above GPA are named individual scholar-athletes.

     

    Spring Scholar-Athletes:

    • Alex Cotes-Aguilar
    • John Cutrona
    • Joshua Medina
    • William Orlando
    • Haley Carmack
    • Camila Fuentes
    • Raquel Hamling
    • Kristen Matuszewski
    • Abigail Orlando
    • Stephanie Reicherter
    • Kailey Stolowski
    • Kaitlin Stolowski
    • Taylor Vogt
    • James Walse
    • Katie Mulhare

    Team Scholar-Athlete Awards

    • Softball
    • Boys Spring Track

    Cheers to our seniors softball players

     

    Big congratulations to our senior girls softball players Katie Mulhare and Sophia de Jong! Katie and Sophia are concluding their athletic careers here at Seward and were recently honored by their coaches, teammates and families for their contributions on and off the field.

    Great job and best of luck to you both in the future!

    Three people in front of blue and orange star balloons. A man n the right, wearing a dark shirt, a high school senior in the center wearing a softball uniform - blue with orange letters that says Spartans - and a woman wearing a blue and white blouse on the right.
    Sophia de Jong
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    Katie Mulhare

    Kailey Stolowski named TH-R softball player of the week

    Congratulations to Kailey Stolowski for being named softball player of the week (May 16-22) by Times Herald-Record readers. Kailey has had an extraordinary season for the Spartans. Read the TH-R story here.

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    Coach Steele reaches 300 wins

    Big congratulations to Coach Bill Steele who won his 300th game as Seward baseball coach, quite a milestone not often attained. What makes it even more special is that Coach Steele also had his 300th win in the fall as the varsity soccer coach.

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    The number 300 in gold on sticks n the ground. There is a multi-color balloon above it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Coach Steele has been the Seward varsity baseball since 2002. The 300 wins were achieved in 20 seasons (the 2020 season was canceled).

    “The 300 wins in 20 seasons means that my baseball program has been consistently successful,” said Coach Steele. “It means that I have been blessed with good players and great parents.”

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    McKenzie Richner, Katie Mulhare sign to play college athletics

    Congratulations to seniors McKenzie Richner and Katie Mulhare, Seward student/athletes who will continue their athletic careers in college.

    McKenzie will play soccer at Division III Mount Saint Mary College.

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    Katie is heading to Marywood University in Scranton, also a Division III school, to play softball.

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    Best wishes for much success to both McKenzie and Katie as they venture out and compete on the next level.

    Girls basketball team, 10 individuals named scholar athletes

    Congratulations to our winter scholar athletes for 2022. This winter, the girls basketball team received team recognition along with 10 individuals.

    At the end of each sports season, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) honors those teams and individuals that excel academically.

    To receive scholar-athlete team recognition, the team’s average GPA must be greater than or equal to 90 for 75 percent of the roster.

    If a team does not meet the scholar-athlete criteria, the individuals on that team with a 90 or above GPA are named individual scholar-athletes.

     

    Scholar Athlete Team:

    • Girls Basketball

    Individual scholar-athlete status:

    • Kaitlin Stolowski
    • Kassidy DeGroat
    • Camila Fuentes
    • Shannon Sgombick
    • Joshua Medina
    • Bernard Rebaya
    • William Shannon
    • Kayla Valenti
    • Kyra Falone
    • Calleigh Perrino

    Shannon Sgombick honored by NYS sportswriters/coaches

    Shannon Sgombick was selected to the 10th All-State Class “C” Basketball Team by New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports. Congratulations to Shannon on an awesome season!

    A high school basketball player, waring a white uniform with blue and orange stripe down the side. It is an action shot, with her dribbling the ball. She is wearing a paper mask and her long dark hair is pulled into a ponytail.

    Boys’ varsity basketball team earns sportsmanship award

    Congratulations to our boys’ varsity basketball team for receiving the BCANY Sportsmanship Award for Class C.

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    Four Spartans chosen to All-Division V Team

    Congratulations to four of our varsity basketball players who were selected to the All-Division V Team:

    • Gavin Acuna
    • Cole Buchalski
    • Kassidy DeGroat
    • Shannon Sgombick
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    Cole Buchalski
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    Gavin Acuna

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Kassidy DeGroat
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    Shannon Sgombick

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In addition, Shannon Sgombick was selected to the BCANY’s (Basketball Coaches Association of New York) Top 50 Girls Basketball Players in Section 9. Now that is simply awesome!

    Shannon Sgombick and Tony Durante are the Seward  athletes of the month for February

    Shannon  is a junior, playing in her fourth season on the Seward varsity girls’ basketball team. In addition to being a dedicated student in the classroom, Shannon leads in most offensive and defensive categories. She just completed a milestone of 1,000 career points. Shannon ended the 2021-2022 season with 1,004 career points. As a captain, she brings leadership, experience, dedication to her team and the sport of basketball.

    A high school basketball player, waring a white uniform with blue and orange stripe down the side. It is an action shot, with her dribbling the ball. She is wearing a paper mask and her long dark hair is pulled into a ponytail.

    Tony is a junior center on the Seward varsity boys’ basketball team. In addition to being a dedicated student in the classroom, Tony is a defensive presence for the Spartans. His shot blocking and rebounding led the Spartans to the Section IX playoffs. Tony had his best offensive games down the stretch this season.

    Two male basketball players. The one on the left is wearing a blue uniform with an orange stripe down the side. He is number 23 and his arms are up playing defense. The player on the right is wearing a white basketball uniform with orange down the side. He is shooting the basketball.

    Melissa Cutrona and Joshua Medina are the Seward athletes of the month for January

     

    Melissa is a sophomore who was recently inducted into NHS and is a varsity cheerleader. Melissa is dedicated on and off the mat. Her versatility, dedication, and commitment to her team is second to none.

    A high school girl with long brown hair. She is standing by a window. She is wearing a blue, orange and white cheerleading outfit that says Spartans on it.

    Joshua Medina is a junior on the varsity basketball team. He is an extremely versatile team-oriented player. Joshua  brings constant energy to the  team. His dedication and commitment does not go unnoticed.

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