REGION 1 PRESIDENT’S CUP:
Although NYSW and WNYSRA were not planning on sending any referees or teams to this event, WNYSRA was asked to provide referees for PAWest who decided not to support the event with referees. PAWest paid all of the referee expenses. WNYSRA sent 5 referees to the tournament this year in Maryland. Attending the tournament were Josh Bovet, Charles Loweecey, Douglas Scaffidi , Yasir Soliman and Antonio Triana.
Based on their performance at the event, both Charles Loweecey and Josh Bovet were invited to the National Finals. Josh was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.
REGION 1 ODP TOURNAMENT:
10 referees and 2 assessors attended the event held the weekend after state cup in the Lawrenceville/Princeton area of New Jersey. Assessors attending were Dick Reif and Sam Akinbami. Referees in attendance were Bojan Atanasovski, Mason Callahan, Erin Buckley, Khiem Chau, Charles Loweecey, Yaser Soliman, Douglas Scaffidi, Garrett Brzozowiec, Amy Shmoys and Wyatt Buerkle.
Due to the level of their performance at this tournament, Khiem Chau, Charles Loweecey and Mason Callahan were invited and attended the regional finals in Kirkwood, DE. This
is the highest number of referees attending the regional finals from WNYSRA ever. The challenges being posed in 2017 with the tournament being split in half and taking place in both New Jersey and Delaware may pose some interesting problems for our state.
REGION 1 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALS:
Western New York nominated three referees to attend the finals in Kirkwood Delaware. They were Daniel Kaluzhnyy of Binghamton, Douglas Scaffidi of Buffalo and Jonathan Bilinski from the Soutern Tier district.
Both Jonathan Bilinski and Daniel Kaluzhnyy were invited to represent the Premier League at the Regional Championships. Daniel Kaluzhnyy was unable to accept due to prior work committments.
REGION 1 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
15 referees and 2 assessors attended the Region 1 Championships at Huntington, WV this year. Six of the fifteen referees were attending for the first time. Assessors attending were Dick Reif and Art Jaspe. Referees invited to the tournament were Mackenzie App, Bojan Atanasovski, Jonathan Bilinski, Wyatt Buerkle, Mason Callahan, Hannah Geitner, Danny Iadanza ,Charles Loweecey, Daniel McCagg, Alex Parent, Joseph Revell, David Rousseau and Amy Shmoys. Unfortunately, our 16th invited referee, Kheim Chau, was injured at the ODP Regional Finals and was unable to make the trip.
All but 1 of our referees were assigned to semis with centers going to Mason Callahan, Under 12 Boys, Antonio Triana, Under 14 Girls and Bojan Atanosovski, Under 17 Girls. Six of our referees received final assignments. Those were David Rousseau, AR2, Under 18 Girls; Amy Shmoys, 4th Official, Under 14 Girls; Hannah Geitner, Under 19 Girls, 4th Official; Mackenzie App, AR1, Under 15 Girls; Charles Loweecey, Under 12 Boys, AR1; and Jonathan Bilinski, AR1, Under 12 Boys 8v8.
JJ BILINSKI is still in a good mood at the start of a match at the Regional Championships.
KHEIM CHAU watches carefully as a player is triple teamed at the ODP Tournament.
BOJAN ATANASOVSKI awaits a long cross at the Regional Championships.
HANNAH GEITNER anticipating contact in a match at the Regional Championships