Here's what's going on at the Orleans County YMCA, with results and analysis courtesy of the Y staff.
Fall Indoor Volleyball
The playoffs are here! In our C division, No. 4 seed Set on The Beach took on No. 1 seed Main Liquor. In a surprising upset, Beach took a 2-0 victory, by a score of 50-40. Jake Miller was a key part in the team succeeding, as he never gave up on loose balls. One time he added a horizontal dive for a successful save. In the next match, No. 2 seed Misfits took on No. 3 seed Just Us. Misfits prevailed 2-0 by a score of 50-32, thanks to Paula Welker making play after play to keep her team in the game.
Our last match was the finals, where we saw Misfits take on Set on The Beach. Beach continued their Cinderella story by beating Misfits 2-0, by a score of 50-27. Keith Ward dominated the match, sending down laser spikes in the beginning of the game, sending a message that his team was just not losing.
On to B division, where No. 4 seed Bridget's Bashers took on No. 1 seed Cupcakes in a semifinal match. Cupcakes continued their roll with a 2-0 victory, by a score of 51-42. Mike Crane was the pillar of stability for Cupcakes, as he was there to dig every ball for his team and provided great tips that earned his team a lot of points.
In our second match, No. 2 seed Heisenberg took on No. 3 seed Victorious Secret in a rematch of last spring's semifinals. It was a thrilling match with the same result. Victorious Secret was able to take it 2-1, winning the final two games to advance to the finals. James Tee had his best game ever, as even the opposing team was enthralled with Tee’s performance.
Tee had crushing spikes and serves, while his signature play "The Knife" couldn't have been more accurate. In our finals, it was another rematch of last spring, as Cupcakes took on Victorious Secret. Once again, Cupcakes prevailed with a 2-0 win, by a score of 50-42. The games were close, but the combined play from Adam Tower and Marie Zimmerman was too much for Secret to overcome. Zimmerman set perfectly to Tower for debilitating kills.
In our A division, our No. 1 seed Zacher Construction took on No. 4 seed The A Team, winning 2-0 by a score of 50-30. Zacher was on point with their serves and never let up from the beginning. Scott Grimm was the glue that held the team together. In the second game, No. 2 seed Notorious D.I.G took on No. 3 seed T-Shirts Etc. T-Shirts took the match 2-0, by a score of 50-32.
Brian Kemp was exceptional in the match, shooting laser-beam serves for aces. In the finals, Zacher Construction took on T-Shirts Etc. Zacher Construction continued its dynasty by winning the league again. They won 2-0 by a score of 50-32. Tim Lincoln destroyed the opposition with his signature jump serve, rattling off numerous rallies.
In our last week of youth soccer, our 4-6 year olds played a fantastic set of games. Julie Sentella played extremely well, showing off all the dribbling skills in her arsenal to help her team win 4-2 in the final contest. In our 7-9 year old division, The Sharks took on The Panthers in a back-and-forth game that got everyone involved. It was the The Panthers that won in the end, thanks to great play by Aiden Janda, someone who has come along way this season and has show true commitment to improving himself.
In our final game, it was our 10-12 year olds, where The Black Night took on The Blue Devils one last time. In a thrilling game, The Devils ended the season on a high note with a 4-1 victory. Isaac Niedert led his team with two goals and two assists, but most of all really showed off his development as a leader this season.
Coach Danny Anderson had this to say after all of the games, “I’m so proud of every child in this program. It was a great experience getting to meet and work with all the new faces, along with seeing how much previous kids improved throughout the session. I’m so glad I can say that I was a part of this program, and I hope to see everyone next session.”
Adult Floor Hockey
Playoffs began Saturday in our floor hockey league. In our play-in game, Knights took on defending champs Barn Busters. Barn Busters channeled some of its old last-season magic to win 8-2, as Scott Adkins tallied a number of great defensive stops.
In our second match up, it was No. 4 seed Men with Wood taking on No. 5 seed Team RamRod. Thanks to great play from Trevor Power, RamRod took the game 5-2.
Our third game was one for the ages. Barn Busters took on the No. 1 seed, undefeated Drum Oil. Going into the third period, it looked like the upset of the season was coming with Barn Busters being up 4-3, but Drum Oil was able to flip the switch and win the game 8-4, eliminating defending champion Barn Busters.
In our fourth match, No. 7 seed Goal Busters took on No. 2 seed Avanti's. From the first minute, you knew Avanti's was going to advance. They ended up winning the game 14-1, although Rich Nolan had a good game for Goal Busters. Goal Busters held their heads high after the game, knowing they just had their best season yet. In our last game of the night, two-time champion Avengers took on Canal Country Artisans. It was Artisans that advanced to the semifinals, by a score of 7-0. With Avengers out, we will have a first-time champion this season. Who will it be: Avanti's, Canal Country Artisans, Drum Oil, or Team RamRod?