A steady stream of blue, gold, and white flowed into the District’s Philip Sheridan Building as all 17 members of the Kenmore Varsity Girls Ice Hockey Team, wearing their game jerseys, attended a recent Board of Education meeting to publicly thank Trustees, Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro, and Director of Athletics Brett Banker for establishing and supporting the team’s first season. Team coaches joined players and parent volunteers who worked with the team all season.
“I would like to thank the board for giving us the opportunity to play a sport we love. Most of us never thought playing for our school was an option. You made that a reality. It was an exciting season for all of us,” said team captain Kate Miller, a First Team All Western New York selection who finished the season with 27 goals in 13 league games.
The Kenmore Varsity Girls Ice Hockey Team was made up of student athletes from five Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District schools: Kenmore East High School, Kenmore West High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Hoover Middle School, and Kenmore Middle School.
“The team had a successful first season, and it wouldn’t have happened without your support. These 17 girls are pioneers in the sport, a sport that is one of the fastest growing in the country. They came together and played their hearts out for their school. We bonded together and became a close-knit family. This season will not be forgotten,” said Kenmore Varsity Girls Ice Hockey Team Head Coach Jeff Orlowski, who is also a district math teacher and Kenmore East High School Varsity Field Hockey Coach.
Student-athlete Kaeli Mathias made history as the first girls varsity ice hockey player to score a goal in a December 6
th, 2010 game against West Seneca. The Kenmore Varsity Girls Ice Hockey Team picked up its first win of the season on January 6 th, 2011, in an eleven-to-three victory over Lancaster. The team finished the season with six wins and 12 losses, with five of those losses being by only one goal.