There’s no shortage of praise from Hamburg Head Coach Jerry Severino about senior Jason Chiodo.
“In my mind the best offensive athlete in Western New York,” he said. “A freak of nature. He has a talent that is really special.”
If you’ve watched Hamburg lacrosse of the last four and a half years, you’ve either cheered on the Bulldogs’ Chiodo or been terrorized by his ability to score at will.”
“I just play my game,” the senior attacker said. “I don’t really let a set defensive play really shut me down. I can work off anything. I’m going to keep working to get myself better.”
As a junior Jason helped power Hamburg to one it’s best seasons in program history, scoring 48 goals while adding another 38 assists as they finished 18-1 on the year.
But, Severino saw something special in Jason before he even suited up for the varsity squad.
“Tough to miss a kid like that,” the head coach said. “In our summer program, in our offseason we have our eyes on the younger kids and of course Jason stood out.”
And in his final season, Jason isn’t hoping to standout but have his legacy live on, like Hamburg legends Max Maxwell and Joe Resetarits, who used to play for the hometown Buffalo Bandits in the NLL and currently plays professionally in Rochester.
“When I’m on this turf, I’m trying to be one of the best at Hamburg,” he said. “It drove me to succeed and I’m still working at it.”
***SUPER 7 COUNTDOWN***
#1 – Jason Chiodo, Hamburg Lacrosse
#2 – Arianna Welch, Niagara Falls Softball
Collected four hits and drove in three runs to power the Wolverines to a 15-2 win over North Tonawanda
“Arianna puts in the time and effort to improve all aspects of her game, so far it has paid off, especially at the plate. She is a tremendous leader on and off the field. Arianna's hard work and dedication to our program makes everyone around her better." - Martha Amoretti, Head Coach
#3 – Matt Grace, Niagara Falls Baseball
Tossed a complete game 2-hitter in the Wolverines 11-0 win over North Tonawanda.
"Matt has been an integral part of the varsity program for three years. He is undoubtedly our leader both on the field and off. From day one he has led workouts, out worked everyone I the weight room, took extra batting practice and often sits with the coaches after practice to discuss strategy. To start the season like he did with a complete game and 15 strikeouts on the mound and homer at the plate is a testament to his preseason work and dedication." - Robert Augustino, Head Coach
#4 – Emma Faso, Clarence Lacrosse
Scored two goals, including the game-winning goal in a 9-8 win over Williamsville South.
"Emma Faso has made an exciting start to her varsity career, Emma has scored multiple goals in all three games we have played this season, including the game winning goal with just over 4 minutes left against Williamsville South. In addition to her ability to score her pure athletic and competitive mentality has been a threat on the circle for draws, she's dynamic through the midfield and shut people down defensively." - Jocelyn Canaday
#5 – Jack Bull, Lockport Lacrosse
Scored six goals and added another assist to help the Lion rally for a 12-11 win over Sweet Home.
“Jack's six goal performance on Tuesday vs. Sweet Home is a reflection of the courage and optimism that he displays as a leader of our team. No matter which way the game is going, Jack is always concerned about staying positive and keeping his fellow teammates focused on the next play. He was without a doubt the driving force behind Tuesday's comeback win." – Scott Reddinger, Head Coach
#6 – Ally Haskell, Franklinville Softball
Tossed a two-hitter and struck out 17 batters in Franklinville’s 3-0 win over Southwestern. She also went 2-2 at the plate.
“Ally pitched an outstanding game in our opener against Southwestern. She is a tremendous competitor. As a pitcher she has the ability to change speeds, levels, and place the ball exactly where she wants to. She also went 2 for 2 at the plate while scoring the go ahead run to break a 0-0 tie. Ally has lead the team in hitting average every year since 7th grade.” – Dunlap, Head Coach
#7 – Griffin Chudy, Ellicottville Baseball
With the bases loaded, he cleared them all with a 3 RBI triple to help rally Eagles to a 5-4 win over Sherman. He also scored the game winning run.
“Griffin pitched 5 innings with 7K allowing one earned run. He was 2-3 at the plate with a 3 run triple that tied the game in the 7th inning. We where down 4-1 with one out bases loaded and Griffin hit the base clearing triple to tie the game. The next batter Preston Hutchinson singled and Griffin scored the winning run.” – Chris Mendell, Head Coach