Celise Wicker has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for April as a member of the Varsity Girls’ Outdoor Track and Field team. The first-year varsity track athlete is only a 7th grader, putting her in rare company to be recognized this early in her career. However, Coach Owens was quick to point out that Celise is a strong distance runner and during the month of April, she boasted a 5:22 mile and ranked her #1 amongst Class B2 female runners. When asked what it takes to earn this type of award, she stated: “I tried hard at practices so I could go for personal records during meets.” This effort in practice is what often separates track athletes in competition. When nominating Celise, Coach Owens stated:
“Celise has a great attitude and is willing and able to do anything asked of her. As a 7th grader, she is a standout athlete for our Girls’ Track and Field team.”
Looking towards Sectionals, she is prepared to put her abilities to the test as she competes against the area’s best runners. When asked what makes her proud to be a Wayland-Cohocton athlete, Celise mentioned being pulled up to varsity to represent her school. She would like to thank her parents for supporting and encouraging her, Coach Owens and Coach McKenrick for pushing her to be more successful, and her friends cheering her on during meets.
Favorite Food: Strawberries
Fondest Memory in Sports: 5:09 mile
Superstitions or Rituals: Always wearing her warm-up jersey on game day
Brogan Cotter has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for April as a member of the Varsity Baseball team. Having played baseball his whole life, the senior-standout is competing at the varsity level for his second year. When asked what it takes to be successful in baseball, Brogan said: “Baseball requires confidence, a short memory, and a positive attitude.” This recipe has led to a very productive April campaign, as Coach Wager would attest. The all-star caliber centerfielder hit .429 which included 11 RBIs, two doubles, and 10 stolen bases. When asked what makes him proud to be an athlete at Wayland-Cohocton, Brogan stated:
“I am proud to be an athlete at Wayland-Cohocton because of the beautiful facilities we get to work with every single day and the passion our coaches have for sports.”
When nominating Brogan, Coach Wager remarked: “As a captain, he shows excellent leadership skills and leads by example on and off the field.” As the season marches on, Brogan will continue to be a beacon of hope and inspiration to his teammates.
Fondest Sports Memory: Reaching the Class B Soccer Finals
Favorite Food: Pizza
People to Thank: Coach Wager, Hurley, Owens, Bondgren, Kenney, Churchman, Brown, and Small
Pre-Game Rituals: Listening to some old, classic music
Brooke Lander has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for March as a member of the Varsity Softball team. Now in her third year at the varsity level, Brooke has played softball for 13 years. When asked what it took to earn this award, she stated: “It took hard work, dedication, lots of failures and strikeouts, perseverance, personality, and so much more.” Her effort has not gone unnoticed as Coach Stewart would attest. As a team captain and starting at first base, Brooke is batting .500 and has a 95.2% fielding percentage through the first five games of the season. When asked what makes her proud to be an athlete Wayland-Cohocton, Brooke said:
“It’s the people I’m surrounded by and my environment. There’s nothing better than hearing the ball hit the bat and the crowd going wild. There’s no where I would rather be than right here in the Eagle’s Nest.”
This passion for sports and commitment to Wayland-Cohocton is something that has never faltered for Brooke. She wants to thank her mom and dad, her brother John, and grandparents for being her biggest supporters. Also, her coaches her at Wayland along with Phil Huber, Eric Binn, Sarah Fordyce, Coach Culver, and Mr. Toland for all their support and advice. Lastly, thanks to her teammates that always have her back.
Favorite Food: Sushi
In-Game Rituals: Infield meetings every inning to get their minds right
Fondest Softball Memory: Coach Dee Dee stepping on a ball and falling in front of everyone in the gym
Michael Gammell has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for March as a member of the Varsity Baseball team. Now his third year at the varsity level, Michael has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old. In their lone game during the month of March, he pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up 1 earned run and went 1 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. When asked what it takes to be successful in baseball, Michael mentioned studying the game, having the ability to anticipate rather than react, and making sure every rep is met with purpose are key approaches to practice and games. In nominating him, Coach Wager described Michael as a hard worker and leader by example. When asked what it took to earn this award, Michael stated:
“Commitment to success and taking the knowledge and tips my coaches give me to apply to my game.”
Michael has developed into a natural talent on and off the field. He recognizes the tradition that Wayland-Cohocton baseball has cultivated over the years and is a proud to be a part of its success. A habit telling of his character is making his bed every morning. This simple task completed leads towards multiple tasks completed in a day.
Nickname: Goose (no surprises there!)
Favorite Food: Bacon
People to thank: Dad, Coach Owens, Coach Wager, Coach Brown, all other coaches, and teammates
Pre-Game Ritual: Blasting AC-DC
Skye Cody has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for February as a member of the Varsity Cheerleading team. Now in her third year competing at the varsity level, Skye has come to appreciate the hard work and dedication that comes with the sport. Coach Wagner has taken notice of all the effort put forth and stated: “she never fails to show up on and off the mat to make her team the best it can be.” In a season that was plagued with quarantines and abrupt changes, Skye remained focused and determined to put the best product on the floor. When asked what it took to earn this award, she claimed:
“It took persevering through the hardships of the year and working as hard as I could.”
The result was a very successful season that led to a 1st place finish in Victor and a 2nd place finish at the LCAA Counties Championships. Despite the difficulties of the season and long nights at practice, Skye still found the season to be fulfilling and fun. She would like to thank her parents and coaches for their support over the years. She is proud to cheer for Wayland-Cohocton and appreciates those that view cheerleading as the sport that it is.
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Superstitions: Lucky bracelets were a must when competing
Fondest Memory: Hitting the routine in Sectionals during her 9th grade season
Tyler Jordan has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for February as a member of the Boys’ Varsity Swimming and Diving team. Now a senior that just completed his 5th season on the varsity team, Tyler wants to thank Coach Hughes and Coach Welch for their impact on his success in the sport. According to Tyler, success in the sport of swimming requires dedication and good mindset. He stated: “If you don’t have a strong mindset, you will not succeed.” This strong mindset resulted in a senior season that earned Tyler a 1st place finish in the 200 Individual Medley and 1st place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay at the LCAA County Championship Meet. Coach Welch was quick to point out the fact that Tyler broke 4 school records this season which included the 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Freestyle Relay.
When asked what his fondest memory was, Tyler said: “Getting my first Sectional patch during my freshman year.”
Favorite Food: Sirloin, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables
Pre-game Rituals: Playing the right music to get in the right head space
Advice to be successful: Trust the process and be strong minded
Rachael Gray has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for January as a member of the Girls’ Indoor Track team. Now in her first full season as an indoor track athlete, Rachael quickly came to learn how much hard work and effort go into the sport. Coach Martin has been more than pleased in her quick progression in the 1000 meter run, pointing out that her personal best time of 3:50.36 already qualifies her for Sectionals in this event. When asked how she would like to thank, Rachael stated:
“I want to thank my coaches, my friend MaryLi, and my sister Charina who give me motivation to keep going and do better in everything I do.”
Rachael has approached every practice and competition with a mindset to put forth her best effort. All this despite a lingering knee injury. She is able to push through the adversity by appreciating the opportunity to spend time with friends and bond with teammates as athletic opportunities allow for.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Proudest Moment: The support that her team always provides
Pre-Game Rituals: Warming up the same way every day with her teammates
Noah Magin has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for January as a member of the Varsity Wrestling team. Now in his fourth year on varsity, he recognizes the hard work and dedication required to be successful in the sport. When asked what it took to earn this award, Noah said “you have to practice at a high level, work hard in the off-season, and keep grinding.” This all paid off well for Noah as he maintained a record full of wins, most of which by pin. In addition to a stellar December (15 – 3), Noah continued his winning ways into January, culminating in a 1st place finish for his weight class, 189 pounds, in the LCAA Championships. Not one for superstitions or rituals, Noah would like to thank his coaches, Coach Hamsher and Coach Cronmiller for their guidance all season.
Favorite Food: Steak
Fondest Memory: Winning Counties his Senior year
Proudest Moments: Continuing Wayland-Cohocton’s winning ways as a wrestler
Mackenzie Pickard has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for December as a member of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. Now in her second year on varsity, she credits a lot of her success to great coaches in her athletic career along with a dedication to improvement and her teammates. When asked what it took to earn this award, she stated:
“It takes a lot of dedication and love for the sport you play. Not only do you need a love for the sport you also need to care for the people you are playing with. Always be positive and try to lift those around you up. No matter the amount of skill you think you have, always make sure you give your all.”
Mackenzie has been a reliable teammate this season and contributes in all phases of the game. She is among the team leaders in scoring and rebounds. Her coaches praise her uplifting attitude and positive encouragement on the court and in the locker room.
Nickname: Kenz, Pick, Ming Ming
Favorite Food: Anything homecooked!
Motivational Quote: Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
People To Thank: All her coaches, past and current, including Danielle Blair for her hard work. Also, her teammates she looks forward to playing with every season.
Wyatt Mastin has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for December as a member of the Boys’ Indoor Track team. Now in his 3rd year as a varsity runner, Wyatt recognizes that it takes perseverance and courage to compete at a high level in track. Coach Martin described him as “a very hard worker that pushes himself everyday in practice. Even when he’s supposed to be running 85%, he is running 95-100%.” His consistent effort has him ranked 3rd in the 1000 meter run in Class A3 and 6th in the 1600 meter. When asked who he would to thank for his success thus far, Wyatt stated:
“I want to thank Mrs. Bondgren, Coach Rizzieri, and my long-distance coach, Mr. Snyder. They have help me with learning how to keep a pace, what my stride should look like, and how to be an all-around great track star!!
Wyatt is a very talented runner with aspirations to compete at the college level. As a student and athlete, he is proud of his teammates and the environment that Wayland-Cohocton provides; he always feels there are people willing to help him and he is just as happy to lend a helping hand as well.
Favorite Food: Chicken wings
Fondest Sports Memory: Finishing 1st in Bath with a 5:02 mile
Pre-Race Ritual: Listening to motivation speeches on YouTube
What Did It Take: Determination, Leadership, and Responsibility
Kloe Azzi has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for November as a member of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team. Now in her second year on Varsity, Coach Martin described Kloe as: “always positive and a good role model for her teammates.” Her consistent hustle, strong defense, and competitive nature were always evident. When asked what it takes to be successful in soccer, Kloe stated: “In practice, you have to balance fun and work. I believe that how you practice is how you’ll play in the game.”
When asked what makes her proud to be a Wayland-Cohocton athlete, she said:
“Despite being a small school, we are all really supportive of each other and always have an audience. In my opinion, Wayland-Cohocton has some of the best sportsmanship and team chemistry.”
Favorite Food: Quesadillas (claimed to be the best food ever made)
Fondest Sports Memory: Middle School Travel Soccer
People to thank: Mom for always pushing her to participate in sports because it has made her the person she is today.
Titan Rocha has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for November as a member of the Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team. Having spent the past three seasons on the varsity team, Titan will never forget the Class B2 sectional finals run, Wayland-Cohocton’s first ever appearance. When asked what his fondest memory is, he stated: “Scoring against Penn-Yan in the semi-finals to bring Way-Co to its first finals appearance is most definitely my favorite moment.” His motivation and strong play during sectionals were fueled by a desire to keep a special season alive; one that thrived on brotherhood and comradery. Coach Owens described Titan as the team’s “rock in the midfield.” He is proud competitor that credits his coaches for catering to individual needs while making decisions that are best for the team.
When asked what it takes to be successful in the soccer, Titan remarked:
“What I learned most from this last season, being strong and having grit is what will win high school soccer games.”
Favorite Food: Can’t go wrong with a good steak
People to Thank: Coach Owens, Coach Martin, Coach Welch, Coach Miller, Coach Rizzieri, Coach Wager, and Coach Schnitter for all help over the years
November (Sectional Play) Stats: Preserved a shutout against Dansville, had two goals and an assist against Attica, and scored the goal scored against Penn Yan to punch their ticket to the finals
Claire Donlon has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for October as a member of the Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving team. She is currently a sophomore but already has three years of varsity experience under her belt. Specializing in diving, Claire has represented Wayland-Cohocton proudly all season long. In the LCAA Championships, she finished in the top three for all four events she participated in which included a 3rd place finish in the diving championship. During the Class C Sectional Diving Championship at the Webster Aquatic Center, Claire rebroke her school record on her way to a 2nd place finish. When asked what it takes to successful in swimming and diving, she stated: “Showing up, working hard, and having a positive attitude.” Claire also mentioned that mistakes only make you better in the pool, even if those mistakes result in belly flops.
In speaking about what makes her proud about being an athlete at Wayland-Cohocton, she said:
“Being the only diver on the varsity team for the past 3 years has been such an amazing experience. I’m extremely grateful for the amount of support I get from my team and school.”
Favorite Food: Boneless wings
Pre-Meet Ritual: Listening to music and getting hyped with the team
Fondest Memory: Breaking her first diving record during her freshman season
Claire would like to thank Coach Welch and her Mom and Dad for their unwavering support. Having fun was the best advice she ever got over the years.
October Stats: 3rd place finishes in 200 Medley Relay, 50 Freestyle, and Diving (LCAA). 2nd place finishes in 200 Freestyle Relay (LCAA) and Class C Diving Finals (Sectionals)
Ben Teed has been selected as the male Athlete of the Month for October as a member of the Dan-Way-Co Varsity Football Team. Coach Knapp said “he has been a leader on the defense and when we need a few yards, he is the running back for the job.” Ben has been playing football for a long time, 14 years in total with the past three at the varsity level. When asked what makes him proud to be an athlete at Wayland-Cohocton, he stated: “I personally never thought I would win this award. Seeing myself improve through the years to be able to receive this award is what stands out the most.”
When asked what it takes to be successful in football, Ben stated:
“Putting in the work during the off-season. The coaches will get everyone coached up but the team needs to give it their all.”
Favorite Food: Tacos
People to Thank: All the coaches and teammates, especially the O-Line
Fondest Memory: All the times spent laughing and joking during practices
October Stats: 350 yards rushing, 6 touchdowns, and a team-leading 60 tackles on defense
Michaela Earley has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for September as a member of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Now in her 3rd year at the varsity level and team captain, Coach Jerome says “she has really matured this year and is playing her best.” Michaela credits hard work and a good mindset to earning this recognition. She would like to thank her coach for believing in her when nobody else did and for always believing in the team.
When asked to provide some inspiring words, here is what she had to offer:
“Never give up on something, even though you are losing. If you’re losing by the score, it doesn’t show how successful you really are. Put in your goals and reach for them. It’s the best feeling when you overcome those goals. Trust me!”
Nick Name: “Rocket”
Favorite Food: Mac ‘n Cheese
Pre-Game Ritual: Monster Energy Drink
Fondest Memory: Team sleepover at school
September Stats: 14 kills, 1 block, 28 digs, and an 80% service percentage.
Collin Mehlenbacher has been named the male Athlete of the Month for September as a member of the Dan-Way-Co Varsity Football Team. Now a 3rd year starting receiver and defensive back, Coach Knapp stated “Collin has been a big factor in our team’s success this year as his growth and maturity has made him a leader on and off the field.” Collin says it takes brotherhood, determination, and mentality to be successful on the football field along with a “ready to play” approach to practices. He would like to thank his coaches and parents for pushing him to be his best during his 12 years as a football player.
When asked about his fondest memory from football, Collin stated:
“I’d have to say winning a football game is one of the best feelings in the world, especially any time we won hard-fought games.”
Nick Name: “Petey”
Favorite Food: Steak
Pre-Game Ritual: A quick prayer with teammates and getting hyped right before kickoff
September Stats: 13 carries for 201 yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 1 punt return for a touchdown, 25 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss.