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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 column of this page for the most up-to-date schedules for all the Braves Interscholastic teams.
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.
The Braves are Hockey Champions!
Girls Basketball in Sectional Final on Friday!
The #2 seed CA Girls blasted #3 Irondequoit on Tuesday night, 63-33, in the Section V Class A1 semifinals at Eastridge High. The Braves (17-5) got a big game from leading scorer Rachel Simmons, who tallied 24 points. Katie Stegall netted 14, Taryn Kelley had 8, Killian Mahoney 7 and Isabelle Ceddia 6 as the Braves dominated in every facet of the game.
The Braves now go for the Class A1 title against #1 seed Pittsford Mendon, winners Tuesday against Brighton. Mendon is 21-1 on the season, their only loss an away tilt at Jamesville-Dewitt. The Vikings beat Canandaigua twice during the regular season. Third time’s a charm, Braves!
Let’s bring back The Red Sea to Eastridge High on Friday night, March 2nd. Game time is 8 p.m. Go Braves!
The Canandaigua Braves (15-7-1) are Section V Class B Champions after a thrilling 4-3 win on Monday, February 26th over the #2 seed Webster Thomas Titans (13-6-3) at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center. It’s the first sectional title for CA since 2007.
The Braves rode a second straight hat trick from senior Alex Burley, the game-winner coming on the power play with just 43 seconds left in regulation. Assisting on the championship goal were Gianni Grasso and Carter McWilliams.
It was a see-saw battle throughout, with Webster on the board first but CA getting a tally from Carter McWilliams at 12:53 of the first period off a mishandle by a Webster defenseman in front. Webster nosed back in front early in the second period, but Burley cashed his first goal of the game at the 7:01 mark from McWilliams to knot things back up.
In the final 15 minutes, Burley struck first at 1:40 off a helper from Grey Benham, but Webster pulled square less than two minutes later. The tense third period rolled on with the teams trading shots – shots on goal finished even at 28 apiece.
But at the 13:17 mark, Webster was penalized for a trip, and a minute later Burley finished a neat passing combination to win it for CA. CA Goalie Noah Schwartz turned aside 25 shots to earn the victory.
The Braves now travel to Buffalo’s Harbor Center to face West Seneca in the NYS Division II Regional Game on Saturday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Congratulations to the Braves, Head Coach Pat Wade and Asst. Coach Paul Fitzpatrick!
CA freshman Kailee Lupton had a fine 7th place finish in Tuesday's Giant Slalom at the NYS Ski Championships at Bristol Mountain.
Sister Kenzie, a junior, also had a good race, finishing in 11th
In the Slalom on Monday, Kailee tied for 29th and Kenzie did not finish.
The Canandaigua Braves Boys basketball season ended on February 24th, as the Braves lost 60-49 to Pittsford Sutherland (18-3) the #3 seed. The Braves finish the season at 11-11.
The CA Braves Cheerleading squad finished second in Division 1 Small at the Section V Winter Cheerleading Championships at RIT on February 24th. The Braves racked up a fine score of 93.3, and were narrowly bested by Webster Thomas with a 95.1.
The Canandaigua Boys Swimming Team won the Section V Class B Championships on Thursday, February 15th at Webster Aquatics Center, beating Brighton by 16 points to claim the Class B crown!
Junior Thomas Chapman won the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke in times that qualified him for the NYS Swimming Championships. The State Swim Meet is scheduled for March 2-3 at Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island.
Alex Turek won the 500, the 200 Medley Relay team of Chapman, Nicholas Nicoletti, Gabe Arthur, and Hayden Bement took 2nd, Arthur grabbed a 3rd in the 100 Fly, Kair D’Allessandro took 3rd in the 500 Free, Nicoletti took 3rd in the 100 Breast and Nicoletti, Arthur, Turek, and Bement took 3rd in the 200 Free Relay. Sophomore Ethan Cobos took 4th in the Diving.
At the Section V Indoor Track State Qualifier Meet on February 23rd, CA junior Katie Cobos ran third in the Girls 1500 Meter Run in 5:02.82, falling just short of qualifying for the NYS meet in State Island.
Previously, the CA Girls finished 5th at the Section V Class B meet on February 16th.
Katie took the Gold in the Class B 3000 Meter Run in 10:42.59 and finished 3rd in the 1500. Senior Katarina Delamarter grabbed 4th in the 1000 Meter Run. Sophomore Molly O’Neill took 6th in the 3000.
Junior Jordyn Brown was 4th in the 55-Meter Hurdles, losing 3rd place by photo finish, one-thousandth of a second behind. Senior Julia Gallagher was 5th. Canandaigua scored points with a 5th place finish in the 4x200 Meter Relay and placed 3rd in the 4x800. Sophomore Dinya Hughes took 4th in the Long Jump and senior Hailey Fish finished 2nd in the 1500 Race Walk.
The CA Boys finished 8th in Class B.
Senior Matt Johnson took 4th in the 300 Meter Dash. Sophomore Gabe Erickson was 2nd in the 55 Hurdles in 8.63. The Braves scored points with a 5th place finish in the 4x400 Relay. Junior Gabriel McHenry was 5th in the Pole Vault, Matt Johnson grabbed third in the Triple Jump and senior Nick Scammell pointed with a 6th in the Weight Throw.
* 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.
- All Varsity & JV Sports August 14th
- Freshman ‘A’ Football August 21st
- Modified ‘B’ Football August 23rd
- All other Modified Sports September 5th
- All Varsity/JV Sports November 6th
- All Modified Sports and Levels November 13th
- 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
District & NYS Concussion Management Information
It is the policy and procedure of the Canandaigua School District to seek the safe return to play for all sick or injured athletes.
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.