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Collaboration at DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion - April 2018

From left: Ray DeGlopper, Keith Wegrzyn, Ruby Benz and Carl Koppmann

Etched glass panel for Memorial Park display.

    A Grand Island High School senior, a 2007 GIHS alumnus and the commander of the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 have teamed up to lead a community project at the DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion on Grand Island, that will honor the U.S. military veterans who lost their lives during battle. The project is a true collaboration of the community and the Grand Island Central School District.
    Senior Ryby Benz is a member of the technology club, and is creating etched glass panels for 16 servicemen killed in action, who are currently listed on the monument at the park located at the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road. Guiding the design of the new, expanded park is Keith Wegrzyn, a 2007 GIHS graduate who currently works as a project manager for Russo Development and has experience in landscape design. They are teaming up with Ray DeGlopper, commander of American Legion Post 1346, and DeGlopper Memorial Park board members. Design drawings for the new, expanded park show a large triangular grassy area, walkways, multiple American flags and short retaining walls where the glass plaques, angled toward the road, would be installed.
    "I really like to create stuff," said Ruby Benz, who has already created one of the glass, etched panels. Using what she has learned in her technology classes, she used the Korel Draw software program to design the text for the plaque. Using that text design, the technology department's Epilog Helix Laser machine etched the tempered glass. Ruby originally thought she would have the etching appear on the front of the glass, but changed course after the design team wanted the plague to be weatherproof. The design was reversed so it is etched on the back of the glass to make it more durable. Each plaque will feature a photograph printed on wood. Glass will cover the photo. Etched into each plaque will be a short biography of the soldier explaining where he or she served and fought.
    Ruby, who plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering, is a student of high school technology teacher Carl Koppmann. Plaque and design discussions on the expanded park began about three years ago and organizers estimate the project could be finished by next year. "The memorial is for all of Grand Island,"said DeGlopper. The business and school community have donated materials, but according to DeGlopper, they still need donations for the project. Information about the memorial and how to donate are on http://degloppermemorial.org.

NTHS Welcomes Grand Island Seniors - March 2018

Grand Island Harkness Career & Technical Center:
Front L-R: Colin Bellinger, John Glose.
Back: Taylor Gojmerac
Missing: Eva Bobeck

Grand Island Kenton Career & Technical Center:
Front L-R: Maria Schnettler, Megan Stanley, Theresa West, Victoria Busch, Amanda Moran.
Back L-R: Aleece Cruz, Sarah Burns, Jacob VeRost, Ryan Frost, Kaitlyn Grybel, Missing: Jason Messing.

    A total of 174 students from 27 area high schools were inducted into Erie 1 BOCES' chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during a ceremony on March 20. This year's cohort included 15 students from Grand Island High School. Joining NTHS were Grand Island seniors: Taylor Gojmerac, Dental Laboratory Technology program; Colin Bellinger, Electrical Systems program; John Glose, Electrical Systems program; Eva Bobeck, Video Production and Recording Arts program; Sarah Burns, Animal Science program; Amanda Moran, Baking & Pastry Arts program; Aleece Cruz, Basic Nursing Skills program; Theresa West, Cosmetology program; Megan Stanley, Criminal Justice program; Victoria Busch, Culinary Arts program; Kaitlyn Grybel, Culinary Arts program; Maria Schnettler, Basic Nursing Skills program; Jason Messing, Sports Science program; Jacob VeRost, Sports Science program; Ryan Frost, Welding program. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz provided an inspirational keynote address.
    Over the past several years, the number of students inducted into NTHS has increased, with that trend continuing this year. In order to qualify for acceptance into NTHS, a student must be nominated by his or her teacher, have a 90 percent or higher average in their career and technical education (CTE) course, and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 85. Furthermore, students must demonstrate skill development and leadership and hone their responsibility and good character. NTHS takes a holistic approach to evaluating students' success in the classroom.

High School Offers Drivers Ed Program - March 2018

   Grand Island Senior High School will offer a Drivers Ed program by O'Days Driving School, starting in April. See flyer. This is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don't delay.

Freshman Class Chipotle Fundraiser - March 2018

   The Grand Island High School freshman class of 2021 is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle at 1785 Military Road in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, March 27th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bring in the flyer, show on your smartphone or tell cashier and 50% of proceeds will go to the Class of 2021. See Flyer.

DECA State Conference Winners- March 2018

Olivia VeRost, Cheryl Chamberlain, Faith Gworek

    The New York DECA State Career Conference was attended by Grand Island DECA and the theme "Limitless" helped them soar to be the best. Current NYS Officer, Yusuf Mojawalla, ended his term with the hope that sophomore Luke Hess could take over the reign. Unfortunately, this was not the case, but Luke ran a solid campaign and he and junior Jacob Corrao spoke in front of the 2400 students present.
    Once again, senior Samatha Garcia sang the National Anthem and gave a stellar performance. Grand Island continued to shine with state winners in Job Interview (Kaylee Butcher) and three middle school students placing in Sales Demo and Wholesale Selling (Jack Stavino, Justin Horvath, and Even Walowitz). Proud JVDECA Advisor, Mary Jane Fonte, watched two of the three take first place in each event! Ultimately, three students qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in April: Lauren Merletti, Faith Gworek and Olivia VeRost. Each contestant wrote business plans and presented them at the State Conference. In addition, many medals were won in top ten events for the other 41 competitors from Grand Island Middle and High School levels. Cheryl Chamberlain would like to thank local business representatives for continuing to aid students in DECA, whether it is as a judge, sponsor or mentor, as this program continues to flourish in our schools.

GIHS National PTA Reflections Winner - March 2018

Eva Bobeck

    The National PTA Reflections program gives students the opportunity to be creative and express themselves through the arts. This year students created artwork to express the theme "Within Reach." They could enter work in six different categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, or visual arts. The entry with the highest score in each category and age division received the Niagara Region PTA Award of Excellence and advanced to the state competition. Entries scoring within 10 points of the winner received the Region's Award of Merit. Grand Island High School senior Eva Bobeck, whose entry was in the music competition category, was one of only four Niagara Region PTA students to receive a NYS PTA Award of Merit. Her entry be displayed at the NYS PTA convention in Saratoga Springs in November. Next year's Reflections theme is "Heroes Around Me."

JV Boys Hockey Team win Championship - March 2018

Front Row Bobby Currie and Michael Foglia.
2nd row left to right - Ryan Pinzel, Nick Ratajczak, Mitch Fusillo, Michael Juntunen, Tyler Hunt, Stephen Leone; HC Marvin Pawlowski, AC Anthony Leone, Manager Rob Ratajczak.
3rd Row left to right - AC Ed Foglia, AC Bill Cline, AC Dean Massaro, Nolan Massaro, Joe Christiano, Tucker Leggett, Brian O'Neil, Connor Raine, Dylan Bush, Martin Castner, Jack Dlugokinski, Cam Davis, Patrick Dworak, Franchise Owner Scott Morrow.
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   The Grand Island High School JV Boys Hockey team completed its run thru the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Lew-Port in the Championship game on February 24, 2018. Another great team effort as the Vikings outshot Lew-Port 36-16. Grand Island goal scorers were Brian O'Neill, Nick Ratajczak and the game winner by Dylan Bush, short-handed with 2 minutes to play. The team finished the regular season in first place with a 14-2-1 record. The playoffs were more of the same with the Vikings winning four games by a combined score of 36-3. The Vikings were recognized with league all-stars. First Team goalie Bobby Currie; First Team Defenseman Nolan Massaro, second team forward Brian O'Neill and for the second time in the last four years Coach of the Year Marvin Pawlowski. The championship win qualified the team as the first seeded small school in the State Championships at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls March 2nd - 4th. The JV Vikings ended up winning the JV AAU State Tournament over the weekend 5-0, with a 3-2 4OT win in the final. Congratulations!

GIHS Football Coaches Attend Pro Bowl - February 2018

   GIHS alumni Brett Kern made the Pro Bowl for the first time this year and invited two of his football coaches to join him at the big game. Assistant Coaches Steve Steck and Mike Stauffer were flown down to Orlando, thanks to the NFL's "Thank You, Coach" program, attended practices and were on the field at the beginning of the game. See Buffalo News article.

GIHS 2nd Quarter High Honor Roll - February 2018

Allan Benjamin, Camille Burruano, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Haley Coombs, Zachary Cramer, Brooke Eichel, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Riley Kane, Eleah Leng, John Mandura, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Ryan Pinzel, Vincent Ricotta, Kevin Rogoza, Alexander Wright.

William Atkinson, Madison Conway, Alexa Fox, Luke Hess, Mackenzie Heyden, Victoria Huang, Colby Kalp, Trevor Knight, Kevin Koch, Lucas Kruse, Marissa Lewis, Katrina Linenfelser, Dominic Loss, Patrick Loss, Maggie McNamara, Ben Moskala, Emily Phillips, Emily Reynolds, Sean Rustowicz, Kaylynn Savoy, Karie Stedman, Patricia Tavarez, Luke Webb.

Lauren Baeumler, Samantha Bailey, Quinton Becker, Hannah Cool, Lexie Diaz, Sara Gorton, Nicholas Hess, Gianna Horvath, Nathan Hunt, Harleen Johal, Celia Jones, Grace LoHouse, Allison McDonald, Lindsay Robinson, Laura Schultz, Christian Whetham, Bethany Wolcott, Amanda Ziehm.

Tyler Bernatovicz, Claire Brandon, Nathan Canazzi, Aleece Cruz, Jenette DiLaura, Jordan Eckrote, Abigail Fay, Maricella Fusillo, Jessica Gonda, Kaitlyn Grybel, Alicia Haak, Cross Kalp, Alyssa Luzak, Arthur Meaney, Hallie Mingoia, Katherine Riederer, Kate Riniolo, Maria Schnettler, Allison Sorri, Megan Stanley, Gracie Tompkins, Hannah Tribby, Eric Watt, Sara Wolcott.

GIHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll - February 2018

Allyson Bellinger, Isabel Buckingham, Grace Carey, Samuel Carpenter, Matthew Castellino, Martin Castner, Tristan Chaffee, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Krystyna Colautto, Alyson Czerwonka, Polla Daghestani, Cameron Davis, Ava DeFranks, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Sarah Dodge, Kameron Greene, Alison Gula, Quinn Hart, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Cynthia Johnson, Edward Kanfoush, Jaime Lechner, Savanna Lenze, Stephen Leone, Thomas Lockett, Ashley Maras, Angelina Marinello, Madeline Maroni, Samantha Meierer, Ryan Michki, Alyssa Nelson, Cecilia Nowak, Elaina Page, Maya Pecoraro, Mia Phillips, Morgan Proctor, Mark Ramsperger, Grace Samplinski, Hannah Schiffmacher, Ethan Schinnagel, David Schnell, Joseph Seifert, Lucas Seifert, Amina Shaibi, Yifan Shen, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Aaron Szczepankiewicz, Lucas Tahara, Morgan Tollner, Connor Tribby, Nathan Wallens, Grace Wenner.

Hamzah Al-Naji, Avery Andrews, Ronald Appoloney, Gabriella Bergstrom, Abigail Blair, Maria Buscaglia, Isabel Calabrese, Kenneth Carter, Samuel Castellino, Ruby Chen, Erin Cool, Donovan Cornelius, Emily Czyrny, Gianna D'Addario, Eve DiCarlo, Emma Dickinson, Allison Fay, Jenna Foglia, Mitchell Fusillo, Louis Genovese, Jasmin Gill, Alex Gottler, Shawna-Lea Harper, Sean Heffley, Kira Hutton, Michael Juntunen, Joshua Kam, Blake Kenney, Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Alyssa Konopczynski, Kristian Krantz, Anna LeBrasseur, Robert LeFevre, Kendy Li, Michael Loss, Madison MacNeil, Michael Marino, Tyler Meyer, Sarah Moore, Morgan Payan, Grace Pearse, Rebecca Rebmann, Mikayla Robinson, Eliza Sarigiannis, Thomas Shemik, Amritpal Singh, Brandon Smith, Elzbieta Sorel, Mark Steck, Anthony Surace, Lydia Sweeney, Griffin Sykes, Anna Thompson, Chloe Tolsma, Leo Wain, Amiah Wilkes, Jenna Wilkinson, Olivia Williams, David Wynne, Alexa Yamonaco.

Melina Aceti, Anastasia Ackerson, Brianna Bachman, Hayden Backlund, Brandon Beiter, Sarah Berlinger, Brianna Beyer, Julia Byrne, Nicholas Carey, Alexander Castillo, Justin Chadima, Alexa Chiarenza, Ryann Colan, Jacob Corrao, Mia Devirgilio, Julia Eichel, Camryn Fisher, Allison Fluker, Henry Grunzweig, Faith Gworek, Trevor Hauer, Brianna Hays, Ethan Hodge, William Hoover, Diamond Jones, Megan Kennedy, Elizabeth Koyn, Margaret Kubanek, Emily Kurtzhalts, Alex Laschinger, Amanda Lawrence, Allisen Lepenven, Elisabeth Lupp, Alicia Marlin, Clarice McCaffery, Rhys Mendel, Christopher O'Connor, Jordan Pachla, William Person, Jordan Popovich, McKenna Prochaska, Miranda Proctor, Shandi Putzbach, Nathan Reichel, Issei Sajika, Amanda Samplinski, Trevor Samplinski, Eric Scalise, Allyson Schoener, Cameron Sionko, Savannah Sipe, Easton Speer, Emma Sullivan, Benjamin Szabo, Joshua Tamsen, Kassidy Taylor, Samantha Terrana, Grace Thorpe, Wyatt Tollner, Natalie Turck, Joy VanderMey, Konstantinos Vasiliadis, Marie Wagar, Kaitlyn Warakomski, Ryan Wellence, Bryce Wolf, James Worrall.

Jonathan Abbott, Tima Abdellatif, John Bellia, Colin Bellinger, Evan Bender, Ruby Benz, Eva Bobeck, April Booker, Maddison Bower, Rosemarie Boyko, Victoria Busch, Ryan Buzby, Alice Chagniot, Julianna DeSimone, Isabel Dickinson, Alana Enright, Grace Federico, Emily Fred, Philip Gentz, Mark Giancola, John Glose, James Grinchishin, Joshua Hannibal, Sam Hepineuze, Madelyn Heyden, Marissa Hovey, Nicole Hoy, Anam Hussain, Conner Hutton, Joseph Killian, Shannon Klein, Elisabeth Krstevski, Hannah Kurek, Tessa Lariviere, Brendan Larsen, Nicholas Lenz, Anthony Leone, Laura Link, Richard Little, Matthew Logel, Ethan Lynch, Sierra Maras, Jason Messing, Spencer Mitchell, Dominic Nappo, Nathan Newell, Natalie O'Brien, Samantha Pusatier, Taylor Raine, Alyssa Ruminski, Laurel Salvaggio, Joshua Schaefer, Megan Shickluna, Vanessa Shores, Katelyn Simpson, Michele Sutton, Jenna Tavano, Andrew Thompson, Luke Traina, John VanderMey, Olivia VeRost, Theresa West.

GIHS 2nd Quarter Merit Roll - February 2018

Evan Ackerman, Ra'ed Baaith, Kelsey Burns, Alaina Cameron, Bryahna Colbert, Giuliana Congi, Anna Dugan, Makaila Elandt, Jagger Flick, Kaylin Frost, Carolyn Ginsburg, Gina Graham, Dominic Gramza, Ryan Halliman, Matthew Hanlon, Margaret Hegarty, Celia Jackson, Ty Shawn Jennings, Dominick Kane, Alec Konopczynski, Zoe Kowalski, Taylor Kullerkupp, Hannah Lambert, Morgan Lynch, Hayden McLachlan, Jacob Miller, Maisie Mrkall, Joshua Mroz, Brionna Raiser-Russell, Sarah Reeves, Jessica Robertson, Arsal Shaheen, Brendan Sharp, Peyton Shearer, Anisa Todaro, William Wieberg, Brooke Willer, Emma Woroniecki, William Worrall, Jenna York.

Tala Abdellatif, Brooke Amato, Matthew Aronica, Aizaz Asif, Marion Averhart, Carmela Bartolomeo, Nicolas Bauman, Izabella Black, Derek Blanchard, Kaylee Butcher, Zoe Coutu, Stephanie Cox, Robert Currie, Benjamin DeFranks, Gianna DePalma, Patrick Dworak, Ava Eichel, Rhianna Enright, Austin Haak, Jack Hammond, Tyler Hunt, Cassidy Jensen, Ethan Klie, Abigail Krull, Cecelia Kubanek, Victoria Kuhn, Alexis Labin, Tucker Leggett, Jack LoTempio, Nolan Massaro, Lauren Merletti, Breckin Morris, Sean Murray, Matthew Newbould, Brian O'Neill, Carly Pannullo, Ryan Pecoraro, Justin Podgorny, Thomas Podsiadlo, Connor Raine, Jack Randle, Nicholas Ratajczak, Luke Rizzo, Makenna Scalise, Justin Schmadel, Zayan Shaheen, Brett Shickluna, Melody Snyder, Logan Snyder, Rachel Soluri, Jason Sorri, Benjamin Spiesz, Taylor Stock, Megan Taylor, Phillip Thomas, Aleksandra Tirone, Madeline Tribby, Kyle Vanderzell, VanessA VanNorman, Morgan-Lynn Wieberg, Brook Zdrojewski, Susannah Zherebilov.

Amr Ahmad, Charley Benz, Jared Berard, Joseph Botticello, Brandon Bruner, Adam Burns, Hannah Chorey, Jagger Click, Joseph Coughlin, Madison Davidson, Anthony DeSimone, Jasmin Dhillon, Anna DiBello, Lindsey Diehl, Jacob Doebler, Elissa Dojka, Cameron Fairbairn, Jenna Gleave, Liam Hart, Brady Hofmeyer, Austin Hogan, Ryan Jellinick, Kaylee Kavanaugh, Nicholas Kawecki, Madison Koeppel, Nicolas Lindaman, Madison Liss, Jacob Lunick, Matthew Mahon, Emma Mahoney, Laura McKenna, Francis McNamara, Alexander Melisz, Madeline Mesmer, Bridget Neeson, Jacob Nelson, Dalton Nyitrai, Olivia Pino, Jonathan Prell, Rhett Robinson, Tyler Russell, Dylan Russo, Kristine Schlifke, Maria Sciortino, Gabriella Sciortino, Jordan Simon, Gwendolyn Slachciak, Shay Sommer, William Soos, Benjamin Starr, Mary Szumla, Brienne, Westfall, Tiffani Wojcik, Olivia Wright.

Sama Abdelal, Bayan Abdellatif, Steven Bachman, Jessica Backlund, Jackson Besl, David Bilek, Cameron Blair, Kiana Bracero, Jason Breeden, Sarah Burns, Alyssa Butcher, Gionna Cafarella, Derek Callen, Matthew Carlson, Dean Cataffo, Thomas Cecere, Lauren Chadwick, Jesus Cisneros Vilchis, Emily Cordero, Abigail Czerwonka, Gabriel D'Addario, Jaynie Decker, Kelly Doyle, Michael Ellegate, Jessica Faso, Joseph Figliola, Ryan Frost, Samantha Garcia, John Griffin, Molly Hammer, Jennifer Hinaman, Robert Hodan, James Horwitz, Joshua Hoy, Jerry Huang, Zane Johnson, Nicholas Kam , Ryan Kernin, Angelina Koloshuk, David Lesinski, Nathan Lindaman, Jason Lupp, Kelsey Mankowski, Anastasia Mascaro, Chloe McQuestion, Nathan Miller, Brian Minton, Elizabeth Mitchell, Justin Mock, Muhammad Mojawalla, Angelina Morales, Amanda Moran, Margaret Morgan, Tyler Myszka, Collin Newbould, Nicholas Nowocien, Edward Payan, Shane Pfohl, Michaela Preston, Steven Pufpaff, Alyssa Scott, Mark Seibert, Emma Sickles, Kayla Staub, Kobe Swain-Bruyere, Stephen Sweeney, Dominic Tagliarino, Anna Ungaro, Jacob VeRost, Michelle Wadell.

Three Lady Vikings Sign Intent Letters - February 2018

From left: Grace Stranahan, Ana Mascaro & Sarah Bykowicz.

   On Wednesday, February 7th, three Lady Viking Varsity Soccer captains signed letters of intent in the school gym. Goalie Sarah Bykowicz will attend University of Buffalo, Grace Stranahan played midfield and will attend Daemen College and Ana Mascaro played midfield & defense and will attend Pace University in Westchester.
   Each girl has a career record of 56-5-1 and were First Team NFL in the fall. Their stats are amazing. Sarah had 72 saves this year and only four goals scored against her. She was also named second team ALL-WNY and sixth team ALL-NYS. Grace had 5 goals and 4 assists this year and was named first team ALL-WNY and fourth team ALL-NYS. Ana had 11 goals and 8 assists this past season. Good luck to all in their new schools and teams.

GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2018

    GIHS boys swim team vs. LewPort, Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Grand Island won 101 - 74. See results.

High School Musical "Pippin" - January 2018

   Grand Island High Schools students will entertain audiences during three performances of "Pippin" in February. The musical ensemble cast will bring to life the story of Pippin, son of Charlemagne, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. While trying to find the meaning of life, Pippin is manipulated into different scenarios by a group of leading players and his stepmother, who wants her real son to become king.
   Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 in the Grand Viking Theater. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Purchase advance tickets through the Showtix4u.com website at https://www.showtix4u.com. Type Grand Island in the Find a Show search box. Select the night you would like to attend and how many tickets. Print tickets at home by selecting the option to Email and Print Yourself. There is not a service charge to print the tickets.
   Senior citizen admission is free on Thursday, Feb. 1, with a Grand Island Senior Gold Pass. Eligible seniors can get the gold pass application at the Grand Island Central School District offices at 1100 Ransom Road. There will also be a basket raffle held by Student Council during all performances.

New BOCES Program for High School Seniors - January 2018

    West Seneca, NY (Jan. 22, 2018) - Erie 1 BOCES will hold a community information night on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 for parents, counselors and other members of the public to learn more about its three academically competitive New Visions programs.
   The New Visions programs are options for honor-level, college-bound seniors responsible for learning in immersive community settings, with esteemed professionals acting as mentors. Partners include the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Canisius College, University at Buffalo and the Buffalo Zoo.
   A New Visions course for a student takes place for three hours each school day, Monday through Friday. Connections: Health Related Careers takes place at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Millard Fillmore Hospital, while Legal Academy occurs at Canisius College with regularly scheduled visits to the University at Buffalo. Zoo Wildlife & Conservation Careers allows students to learn at the Buffalo Zoo.
   The information night will take place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 31st at the Harkness Career & Technical Center, 99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the teachers and learn about the application process. Questions may be directed to Terry Ruh, New Visions principal, at (716) 961-4014 or truh@e1b.org. More information can be found online at www.e1b.org/CTE.

GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2018

    GIHS boys swim team vs. Lockport, Tuesday, January 24, 2018. Lockport won 119 - 61. See results.

GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2018

    GIHS boys swim team vs. North Tonawanda, Friday, January 19, 2018. Grand Island won 113 - 63. See results.