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2015-02-26 / Sports

East names January’s top athletes


The West Seneca East Athletes of the Month for January included Brandon Day, left, Joe Ramunno, Vincent Leone, Kelsey Kaufman, Nicole Harris and Jaycee Frick. Fellow honorees Ed Radka and Josh Glaub are missing from the photo. The West Seneca East Athletes of the Month for January included Brandon Day, left, Joe Ramunno, Vincent Leone, Kelsey Kaufman, Nicole Harris and Jaycee Frick. Fellow honorees Ed Radka and Josh Glaub are missing from the photo. West Seneca East’s Varsity “E” Club and Girls Athletic Association recently announced that Ed Radka, Joe Ramunno, Vincent Leone, Josh Glaub, Brandon Day, Kelsey Kaufman, Nicole Harris and Jaycee Frick were their respective Athletes of the Month for January.

Radka, a junior co-captain on the boys basketball team whom coach Dan Lutman said “has been an outstanding leader for us both on and off the court,” was nominated after scoring a career-high 22 points in leading the Trojans to a 74-59 victory over Tonawanda in the championship game of the West Seneca Holiday Tournament.

Ramunno, a sophomore on the wrestling team, was nominated by coach Charlie Voorhees after he placed second at the Akron Holiday Tournament and first at the Alexander Green and Gold Tournament. Ramunno was a perfect 5-0 at the Alexander Tournament.

Leone was nominated by boys bowling coach William Morrissey after rolling a 299 during practice, which best demonstrated his development as a bowler over the past two years. Morrissey noted that Leone, who “has bowled some big games for us, is a great role model for my younger bowlers.”

Glaub, a freshman on the boys indoor track team, has posted personal-best times in the mile, two mile and 4x800-meter relay this season. Coach Jillian Tulowiecki noted that “Josh has become one of the top distance runners on our team over the past year. He has matured well beyond his years, and that maturity combined with his work ethic and talent have led him to the successes he has had this season.”

Day, a senior on the boys hockey team, was nominated by coach Dan Goldie because he “works extremely hard in every practice, and that hard work translates into games. Brandon is on both the power play as well as the penalty kill, and is one of our true leaders on and off the ice.”

Kaufman, a freshman on the girls basketball team, scored a career-high 13 points against Iroquois. Coach Heather Radder noted that “Kelsey has the bruises to show for her effort throughout the month of January. As a freshman, she is showing the upperclassmen that she can hang with them on both sides of the ball.”

Harris, a freshman second-year defenseman on the girls hockey team, was nominated by coach Brian Hillery because she “plays very aggressively and has great hockey sense to help her make the right decisions with the puck.”

Frick, a junior on the cheerleading squad, was nominated by coach Kristen Staychock because she “has shown tremendous growth so far this season” and “is pushing herself to new limits and is really stepping up as an example to other team members.”

“Jaycee has a consistently positive attitude and a contagious smile,” Staychock said. “She is a role model to our younger cheerleaders in terms of her abilities and talents.”

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