August 21, 2014
Sports

Nichols student-athletes excited for start of season

Nichols soccer player Mia Tirabassi and her fellow student-athletes open the fall sports season on Aug. 18. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.

While nobody enjoys saying goodbye to summer, for student-athletes all over Western New York, the calender turning to mid-August means the start of the fall sports season.

The Nichols School campus, like all schools in Western New York, will be buzzing with excitement on Aug.18 as coaches and players get back to work on the first official practice for the 2014-15 season.

“Everybody starts basically at the same time,” said Nichols athletic director Rob Stewart. “So that first morning of the 18th, when football and the soccer teams, the majority of the teams are out there and the kids all come back to campus. A lot of them have seen each other over the summer, but some haven’t.

“There’s just kind of that feel of getting ready to play for your school again and that’s always a great feeling and an exciting feeling. I think everybody is ready to get back and excited to see what the new season brings.”

Among the elite programs in Western New York high school athletics, Stewart is fast to praise his coaching staff for the hard work they put in day after day.

Stewart said that Nichols is fortunate to have a strong cast of experienced varsity coaches, especially in the fall season. Larry Desautels (girls soccer), Jack Flatau (boys soccer), Beth Stone (field hockey), Colin Brinson (football), Roddy Potter (cross country) and Ron Montesanto (golf) have been the anchors of the fall coaching staff for many years.

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