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Board of Directors
President Brett Banker
Vice President Chris Hollander, Secretary Dianne Victor, Treasurer Jim Masiello
Registrar Robin Vertino, Risk Mgmt. Mark Nemeth
Ed Barnaby (Western NY Rep.), Dan Robillard (Equip. Coor.), Brian Ailinger (Travel Coor.), Terri Pitts (House Coor.)
Rom Figler (U6 Coor.), Director Ray Billica, Director of Coaching: Russ Certo

Grand Island Soccer Club Announcements and Recognition - December 2006

(left) Mark Schimley, Sherry Schimley, Ray Billica and Anne Blonski

   The Grand Island Soccer Club (GISC), at its December 2006 board meeting, honored the long-standing contributions of several out-going board members and made plans for the future as well.
   Mark and Sherry Schimley, Anne Blonski and former club president, Ray Billica were thanked for their dedication and service to the youth of Grand Island. Each has served the GISC for many years in various capacities.
   In other club matters:
• 110 soccer balls were donated by GISC to a marine platoon from Fort Drum to be distributed to local youths in Baghdad.
• An initiative called, ‘Soccer Start’ is looking for donations of soccer shoes or cleats for inner city youth. Donations may be sent or dropped off at Sahlens Sports Park in Elma, SportsPlex in North Tonawanda or the Epic Center in Williamsville.
• The House league will be adding a division this year with a U-19 age-group. The Board was approached by Amanda Albrecht and after her presentation, the Board agreed to add the division. Previously the oldest division was the U-15. If you are interested, contact House Coordinator Terri Pitts at
• The club is looking for volunteers to begin working in the following areas; U-7 House Coordinator, overall House Coordinator, and Director of Public Relations. Those interested are asked to contact Brett Banker at 773-4905.

GI Soccer Club October Meeting - 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club hold its October meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 16 at the Community Center at the Nike Base. All are welcome.

GI Soccer Club Tryouts - U14 Tryouts Time Change - 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club will hold try-outs on Saturday, September 16. The U14 try-outs have been changed to 2 p.m. For more information, go to or contact Brian Ailinger, Travel Coordinator, at 774-0474.

GI Soccer Club Tryouts - 2006

    The Grand Island Soccer Club Travel Try-Outs will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, September 10 at Veteran's Park. A second try-out will be held on Saturday, September 16. For additional information, visit

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U7 Purple Dinos Celebrate Season's End - 2006

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   The members of the U7 Purple Dinos celebrated their season coming to end with trophies and lots of snacks!!!! They ralled to win their last game of season on Tuesday night, August 29, 2006 at Veterans Park, against the Green Guacamoles!

GI Soccer Club Tryouts - 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club will hold Travel Try-outs for the 2007 Season on Sunday, September 10 and Saturday, September 16, 2006 at Veteran’s Park. For complete information, click Grand Island Soccer Club Page. If you have more questions, contact Brian Ailinger at 774-0474 or Ed Barnaby at 773-2707 or e-mail:""

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U-10 Panthers Undefeated - 2006

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   The Grand Island U-10 Panthers finished their regular season undefeated, with a win over the Hamburg Wildcats on Friday August 8, 2006. The team also participated in the Odenbach Cup and Niagara Pioneer Tournaments. Coach Scott Boyko (center), along with Greg Pratt and J.P. Kennedy are pictured here with the players (listed in alphabetical order): Jack Boyko, Aaron Cook, Brad Kaminski, Jack Kennedy, Matthew McNaughton, Adam Missert, Anthony Mosher, Colin Osborne, James Osborne, Brendan Pratt, Andrew Reiderer, Eric Reiderer, Michael Rugg, and Timo Worbs.

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U12 Girls Soccer Tournament Champions - 2006

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   The GISC U12 Girls (Grand Island Spirit) were the Tournament Champions in the U12 Girls Division the weekend of July 29th at the Lancaster Tournament.
   The team members pictured are Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Kate Moore, Elizabeth Kowalik, Mallory Prygon, Katlyn Holt, Stephanie Senn, Angela Vendetti, Megan Karpie, Megan Tates, Emma Chambers, and Amanda Cinelli. With the help of guest players the team remained undefeated in the blistering summer heat!

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U10 Boys soccer Undefeated In Division - 2006

   The U10 Boys Soccer Team beat teams from Syracuse, NY (9-1); Ancaster, Ontario (3-1) along with Lancaster, NY (5-1) and finished undefeated in their division. Shown above are Coaches Jim Masiello and Brian Ailinger, Brock Tetreault, Paul Sukmanowski, Benjamin Purrington, Andrew Masiello, Zachary Jones, Kurtis Johnson, Andrew Husted, Benjamin Goc, Matthew Dimura, Zachary Boudrow, Griffin Atkinson, Tanner Atkinson, Eric Albrecht, and Brian Ailinger

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U11 Island United Girls Travel Soccer Team 2nd In Championship - 2006

Shown in the photo in alphabetical order are: Jennifer Amato, Jessica Bamberg, Jessica Brownschidle, Amanda Bruno, Megan Carroll, Alexa Kalinowski, Bridget Kennedy, Ellen Lutnick, Taylor Marino, Mickey Pariso, Taylor Schiffhauer, Maggie Weiser, Megan Wendt. Guest player Becca Alviro. Not shown in photo are Taylor Scheuing (who participated in the tournament, but missed the last game) and Kassie Bennett (who was unable to participate in the tournament).

   The U11 Grand Island United Girls Travel Soccer Team won all three games in their division and placed second in the Championship game at the Niagara Pioneer International Tournament July 8-9, 2006. The team is coached by Tony Pariso, Tim Wendt and Robyn Kania.

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U-10 Panthers Travel Soccer Team 2nd In Tournament - 2006

Shown in the photo (front) James Osborn, Eric Riederer; (seated) Anthony Moser, Jack Boyko, Adam Missert, Brendan Pratt; (standing) Andrew Riederer, Timo Worbs, Matthew McNaughton, Michael Rugg, Jadon Wegrzyn, Jack Kennedy, Brad Kaminski and Colin Osborn; (rear standing) Greg Pratt, Scott Boyko and J.P. Kennedy. Key player Aaron Cook is missing from the photo.
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   The Grand Island Panthers, an under-10 division team in travel soccer, placed second in the Odenbach Cup tournament on Saturday June 18, 2006. The Panthers remained undefeated this spring, until their second place finish in the Odenbach Cup. Missing from the tournament was the team's key player, Aaron Cook.

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U-12 Jaguars Travel Soccer Team Wins Indoor Championship - 2006

Shown in the photo but not in order are James Asbach, Josh Bastian, Eric Bellanca, Korey Bennett, Danny Blocho, Chris Brownschilde, Eric Colon, Lenny Fike, Sean Garten, Andrew Gugino, Kyle Hager, Robert Kerr, Brendon Lutnick, Dominic Morell, Josh Pierce and Joseph Torregrossa. Missing from the photo are Josh Miller and Ryan Miller
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   U12 Jaguars Travel Soccer Team from Grand Island, NY won the indoor championship at Sportsplex, North Tonawanda on April 22nd. It was a hard fought game with a final score of 2-0. Each player contributed to the game. "Ryan and John Miller missed the game but were key contributors in getting us to the championship game," Coach Dorothy Bennett said this week. The team is coached by Ron Asbach, Scott Bastian and Mrs. Bennett.

GI Soccer Club Needs Your Help - May 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club is looking for volunteers to help with the administration of the Club. Several Board positions will be available in October. The GISC Board meets on the second Monday of each month. Interested volunteers are asked to attend a meeting, Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nike Base. "We welcome everyone to join us. We need your support to continue."

GI Soccer Club Meeting - May 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club will hold meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006 at the Nike Base. All parents are invited. Several Board positions will be available in the fall. "Join us at our meetings now to see how you can get involved," a club spokesman said this week. For more information, contact Ray Billica at 773-7021.

GI Soccer Club Meeting - April 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2006 at the Grand Island Memorial Library Meeting Room, Bedell Road. Those interested in finding out how the Club is managed or interested in helping, are cordially invited to attend.

GI Soccer Club Registration - March 2006

   The deadline for Grand Island Soccer Club Registration is fast approaching! The final in-person registration at the Grand Island Memorial Library Meeting Room is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Registration forms are available at the Library, the Town Hall or the Town Recreation Department at the Nike Base. They may be mailed in and must be in by March 15. For more information, click

Grand Island Soccer Club Thanks Those Who Donated Time and Equipment - 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club would like to recognize the following people and their businesses for their donation of time and equipment in renovating the soccer fields at Sidway School. Without their help and expertise, this renovation could not have been accomplished.
• Dan Drexelius – Double “D” Construction – a special thank you for coordinating the effort!
• Dan Beck – Beck Trucking
• Ed Colan – Quarry Products Trucking
• Dan Robillard – TLC Landscaping
• Dan Wood – Equipment Operator
   "Thank you ever so much for your help in making the fields better for the soccer players on Grand Island," Soccer Club President Ray Billica said this week.

GI Soccer Club "House" Registration Is Happening Now - February 2006

   The Grand Island Soccer Club “House” League (July-August) provides basic instruction and is intended to be a “FUN” league promoting fair play, good sportsmanship and teamwork for youth ages 5 – 15. A “Travel” league (May-July) is offered for a more competitive environment with try-outs held in September. For registration and complete information, click .

GI Soccer Club House Registration For Summer - February 2006

   For complete information on Grand Island Soccer Club house registration for summer, click GI Soccer Club House Registration.

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