Sen. Griffo and Assemblyman Miller Recognize Sauquoit and New Hartford Athletes

Legislators present resolutions to state champion wrestler, gymnast and girls soccer team

New York State Sen. Joseph Griffo (R,I,C-Rome) and Assemblyman Brian Miller (R,I,C-New Hartford) today recognized several local high school and middle school athletes who won state championships.

Those recognized included:

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Charles Tibbitts, a Sauquoit Valley Central School senior who, while wrestling for New Hartford Central School, captured the 285-pound Division I wrestling title at the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships in February. Dave Caruso was Tibbitts’ coach.
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Grayson Gall, an eighth-grader at New Hartford Central School, who won the 2022NYSPHSAA Girls Gymnastics All Around Championship in March. Gall was coached by Danielle Cerminaro.
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The New Hartford High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team who captured the 2021 NYSPHSAA Soccer Class A Championship in November 2021. Members of the team include Savannah Cole, Abby O'Connor, Sophia Vitullo, Grace Serafin, Katelynn Truax, Alex Volo, Meghan Kolb, Mia Roberts, Amanda Graziano, Talia Vitullo, Kacey Richards, Caroline Sekula, Willa Pratt, Carina Wu, Anna Rayhill, Biddie Clive, Makenzie Desmarais, Erin Cahill, Olivia Vitullo, Allison Falvo and Natalie Smith. The head coach of the team is Frank DuRoss Jr., while Rich Dobrodziej, Bethany Truax and Peyton LaReaux serve as assistant coaches.

Sen. Griffo and Assemblyman Miller presented the athletes with resolutions that commemorated and celebrated the achievements of the athletes and team.

Sen. Griffo said, “I am pleased to honor the hard work, dedication and commitment of these student athletes and their coaches and to recognize their respective state championships. They have all made their families, schools, communities and the region very proud and deserve to be commended for their accomplishments. The lessons that they have learned, the character that they have built and the memories that they have made will stay with them and position them to do extraordinary things in their lives.”

Assemblyman Miller said, “I want to congratulate Charles Tibbitts, Grayson Gall, and the New Hartford High School Varsity Soccer Team for their excellent achievements in wrestling, gymnastics and soccer. You have made your hometowns very proud. Your hard work and dedication as student-athletes are to be commended and these achievements will be with you throughout adulthood.”