Athletics

Canandaigua has a long standing tradition of excellence in Athletics that includes many League, Sectional, and State Championship teams.

The Canandaigua City School District offers a comprehensive, diversified Interscholastic Athletic program. We offer 30 different sport programs and 81 teams involving grades 7-12. There are over 1800 roster spots available to our students. Last year Canandaigua teams participated in over 1500 contests.

Our student athletes and coaches work together to create a positive environment designed to foster good sportsmanship and the development of character.

To check the sports calendar, click the red button in the right coumn of this page for the most up-to-date schedules for all the Braves Interscholastic teams.

Go Braves!

Fall 2017 Season Review

It was an excellent Fall season overall for Canandaigua Braves teams.

In Varsity sports, Girls Cross Country won the Section V Class A Championship. Girls Swimming sent five athletes to the NYS Swimming Championships, after winning four individual event Class B titles, and finishing 2nd overall in Class B, and Boys Volleyball had its first winning campaign in many years, turning the future suddenly bright for that sport.

Here’s the entire Fall wrap-up:

Cross Country

Girls: The Canandaigua Braves Girls Cross Country team won the Section V Class A Championship with a team low total of 77 points, beating 2nd place Hilton by 12 points. The race was held on a difficult, muddy route following morning rain on November 4th at Wayne High School. Event points are determined by the finishes of each team’s top 5 runners.

Canandaigua sophomore Molly O’Neill took 4th in 21:08.7 and junior Katie Cobos ran 6th in 21:16.3. Other strong finishes for CA came from Riley Poisson (13th) and Molly Smith (14th). Katrina Delamarter ran 40th.

At the NYS Championships on November 11th, also held at Wayne, Katie Cobos had the highest finish for a CA runner, placing 32nd in 20.57.

Boys: The Braves Boys team placed 9th at the Class A championships at Wayne. Senior Scott Loforte wrapped up his fine CA Cross Country career with a 16th place in 18:21.5. Matt McMullen, Ethan Owens, Drew Cuminale, and Thomas Adamescu also tallied for Canandaigua.


Girls Swimming

The Braves finished second in team competition at this season’s Section V Class B Championships with 389 points, just 15.5 points behind Class B Champs, Brighton.

Senior Kendall Ware was a double individual champion, qualifying for the New York State Swimming Championships (November 17-18 in Ithaca) in both events. The 200 Yard Medley and 400 Yard Freestyle squads also qualified for states, and senior Sabrina Turek won the title in the 100 Butterfly, making States.

Here’s the Class B Championships rundown:

200 Medley Relay – The Braves swam away from 2nd place Irondequoit to win the Class B Final in 1:48.55, easily qualifying the team of Kendall Ware (12), Ryland Turner (10), Sabrina Turek (12), and Kaitlyn Ringhoff (11) for a swim at the New York State Swimming Championships. It was the 2nd fastest time of season in Class B at 1:57.39, .42 behind Irondequoit.

200 Free – Senior Sabrina Turek took 3rd in 2:00.01

200 IM – Senior Kendall Ware is the individual Class B Champion in the event, winning by over 4 seconds in a state qualifying time of 2:10.60. Sophomore Katie Taylor grabbed 8th and senior Melina Brunelli won the B Final to finish 9th overall. 7th grader Lily Werges also pointed for CA with her 13th place finish

50 Free – Junior Kaitlyn Ringhoff finished 4th and missed qualifying for States by just 1-tenth of a second. Ryland Turner took 8th.

Diving – Sophomore Alex Rizzo had an outstanding meet, finishing 3rd with 419 points. Freshman Olenka Duncan placed 9th and 8th grader Daphnie Bradley (13th) and junior Jade Hoff (15th) also earned points for CA.

100 Fly – Sabrina Turek is the Class B Champion, winning by 7-hundredths of a second in 58.81 and qualifying for the NYS championships. Brunelli won the B Final for 9th place. Senior Lindsay Reho got 10th and junior Danielle Snyder also pointed in 13th place.

100 Free – Kaitlyn Ringhoff finished 6th in 55.60, with senior Emma Arthur in 7th at 56.73. Canandaigua also got points from sophomore Skyllar Weigert (12th) and junior Jessica Furnum (14th).

500 Free – Canandaigua’s Sarah Bernard (11th grade), Logan Ware (8th gr.) and Lily Werges (7th gr.) all pointed, finishing 12th, 13th and 16th, respectively.

Brighton dominated this single event, placing three of the top 4 finishers and earning 51 team points, providing the difference in winning the overall Class B crown over CA.

200 Free Relay – The Braves young squad of Freshmen Julia Carey and Grace Brinza and sophomores Katie Taylor and Ryland Turner took 5th in 1.44.80.

100 Back – Kendall Ware doubled her Gold medals, winning handily with a state meet qualifying time of 58.53, the only swimmer under one minute in the race! It’s the 17th fastest time in the state for this event this year. Danielle Snyder took 7th. Skyllar Weigert (11th) also pointed for CA.

100 Breast – Ryland Turner took 4th and Katie Taylor was 7th, with Lindsay Reho winning the B Final, earning 9th place. Sophomore Sarah Weinel also pointed at 15th place.

400 Free Relay – CA’s veterans got the chance to cap the meet, and the team of Turek, Ringhoff, Arthur, and Ware grabbed 2nd place with a wonderful state qualifying time of 3:40.55!

At the NYS Swimming Championships on November 17-18:

The CA 200 Medley Relay team of Ware, Turner, Turek, and Ringhoff placed 9th in 1:49.87.

In the 200 IM, Ware was 26th in 2:12.70.

In the 100 Fly, Turek placed 44th in 59.96.

In the 100 Back, Ware placed 15th in 58.39.

The 400 Free Relay team of Turek, Ringhoff, Emma Arthur, and Ware finished 42nd in 3:45.73


Football

The Braves finished 6-3 on the season, making the semi-finals in Section V Class A playoff action as the #4 seed, before losing to #1 seed Irondequoit, unbeaten at the time, by a score of 40-34. The Braves fell behind by 30 points early in the game and stormed nearly all the way back.

The Braves had rolled over Spencerport, 28-7, in their quarterfinal game at Braves Field.

The season was highlighted by the inauguration of Braves Field and the resulting Friday Night excitement of home CA Football under the lights. This season’s home night football was the first in program history since a single game utilizing portable lights at Evans Field that opened the 1952 season. Homecoming was held on a perfect day, and a great crowd jammed Evans rooting the Braves to victory over Eastridge.


Volleyball

Boys: Though the season ended in disappointing fashion, the CA Boys Volleyball team enjoyed historic success in 2017. The Braves barnstormed through a 16-4 regular season, their first winning season in many years.

In Class B Sectionals, the Braves beat Medina/Lyndonville in their opener, but lost a thriller in 5 games in the quarterfinals to Pavilion/York.

Girls: It was a very successful season for Girls Volleyball, too. The Braves finished the regular season 11-7 overall record but went 8-1 in their Monroe County League Division 3 to capture that crown.

In Class A sectional action, the Braves beat Greece Arcadia in four games in the pre-Quarters, but were upended in the Quarters in four games by Pittsford Sutherland.


Soccer

Girls: The Braves concluded a tough 1-16 season with a loss in the first round of the Section V Class A tournament to #2 seed Pittsford Sutherland, 5-0.

Boys: The Braves beat SOTA/NW/NE by a 5-1 margin in the pre-quarters of Section V Class A1 action, then concluded their season with a 2-0 loss to #1 seed Brighton in the Class B Quarterfinals. The Braves finished 4-16 overall.


Tennis

The CA Girls Tennis team finished 7-8 during regular season dual matches and 3-3 in their class to earn the #3 seed for team competition in Section V Class A. The Braves swept #6 seed Greece Lightning in the quarterfinals 7-0, then were knocked out by Mercy, 5-2, in the semifinals, with Brynn Schauman and Kylie French winning at 2nd and 3rd singles, respectively.

In State Qualifiers, the CA Doubles team of Natalie Logan and Shea Simmons won their opener against a Marcus Whitman duo, 6-0, 6-1. They were then defeated by a team from Pittsford-Mendon.

2017-2018 Season Start Dates

* These are the earliest dates for teams to begin practices as determined by the Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference. Please contact your coach for specific times and dates for practices.

Fall

  • All Varsity & JV Sports August 14th
  • Freshman ‘A’ Football August 21st
  • Modified ‘B’ Football August 23rd
  • All other Modified Sports September 5th

Winter

  • All Varsity/JV Sports November 6th
  • All Modified Sports and Levels November 13th

Spring

  • All Varsity/JV Sports March 5th
  • All Modified Sports and Levels March 19th

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Canandaigua City School District's Interscholastic Athletic Department is to promote excellence in athletics as an integral part of our educational mission, creating a positive, balanced, atmosphere of sportsmanship, character, discipline, perseverance, team spirit and fun for students, coaches and our community.

Program Philosophy

The athletic program is an integral part of the overall educational program in the Canandaigua City School District. The program promotes a desire in our student body and community to take an active part in our sports program either as participants or spectators.
The aim of the program is to develop highly competitive athletes, but not to lose sight of educational values such as sportsmanship, health, scholastic attainment, etc.. The program is to occupy a position in the curriculum comparable to other subjects or activities and to aid in promoting school pride.

Modified Athletics

This program is available for those students in grade 7-8 or in some cases grade 9 who seek an interscholastic experience. At this level the focus is on learning athletic skills, participation, game rules, fundamentals of team play and socio-emotional growth.
Squad size at the modified level is a complex issue. The district and athletic department have worked very hard to minimize any team reductions. However, the reality is that in some team sports a reduction in numbers may be necessary to provide a meaningful, positive, and safe athletic experience.

Junior Varsity

The Junior Varsity level is intended for those students who display the potential for continued development into varsity level performers. Junior Varsity teams are usually comprised of freshman and sophomores, unless a team dedicated to freshman is offered, in which case the JV team would be comprised predominately of sophomores. In some instances, a junior may be permitted to participate at the JV level.
Squad sizes may vary dependent upon the program. Therefore, cuts may take place. While it is the philosophy of the school to promote broad participation, the reality is that some sports can only provide a quality, safe experience with squad size limitations.
At this level, athletes are expected to have visibly committed themselves to the program, the team and to continued self-development. Accordingly, increased emphasis is placed on physical conditioning, refinement of skills and developing understanding of strategies associated with the sport. Junior Varsity programs work toward achieving a balance between individual player development and striving for team victory. The final outcome of a contest is a consideration.
The understanding that practice sessions are critical to individual as well as team success needs to be demonstrated. A specified amount of game playing time is never guaranteed. Participants at this level are preparing themselves for the heavy demands of varsity sports. While practices and contests are rarely conducted on holidays or Sundays, practices are sometimes scheduled during school vacation periods. With the goal of becoming a varsity athlete clearly in sight, a high level of commitment is expected at the Junior Varsity level.

Varsity Program

Varsity level competition is the culmination of each sports program. Normally, a squad is comprised of junior and senior athletes. Occasionally a sophomore, and infrequently a freshman, may be included on the team, providing evidence of advanced levels of physical development; athletic skill and appropriate socio-emotional development are demonstrated. It is possible, but rare, for a middle school student to be included on a varsity roster. Such placement through the Selection/ Classification Process would most likely occur in sports classified as "individual" such as track, wrestling, golf, swimming, tennis, etc.
Squad size at the Varsity level may be limited depending upon the sport. The number of participants on any given team is a function of the number needed to conduct effective and meaningful practices as well as to adequately meet the strategic requirements for successfully playing in athletic contests. It is important that each squad member recognize and accept the role that they will serve on the team. The number of roster positions is relative to the student’s acceptance of their individual roles in pursuit of the team goals. While contest participation over the course of a season is desirable, a specific amount of playing time at the Varsity level is never guaranteed. It is important that both students and parents understand this aspect of varsity competition.
A positive attitude and an advanced level of skill are prerequisites in order to win a roster spot on a Varsity team. There must also be a realization that Varsity athletics requires a major time commitment. In most sports, a six-day per week regime may be required. This commitment is often extended into vacation periods for all sport seasons.
The Varsity coach is the instructional leader for the entire sport program and determines the system of instruction and strategy for that program. ; The communication among the modified, junior varsity and varsity programs is the responsibility of the Varsity coach. Preparing to compete at a high level, striving for victory in each contest and working to reach the group's and individual's maximum potential should be the goals of a Varsity team.

jim simmons
Jim Simmons
Athletic Director

(585)396-3825

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Concussion Management

District & NYS Concussion Management Information
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Recent research in sports-related concussion injuries has increased awareness in both the medical community and the general public. This valuable new knowledge forces us to rethink our approach to concussion recognition and management.

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