Lancaster senior carries on family legacy

Posted at 11:56 PM, Sep 11, 2015

It is often said that football is about family.

"To carry on our name, anything positive, it's a blessing," Lancaster senior quarterback Dan Speyer said.

And senior Dan Speyer is one of generations of Speyers to suit up for Lancaster. "My uncle Jim, my Uncle Rick, my dad, Jim, Joe, Matt Andy, cousin Ben, me and then some younger kids down the line."

From his demeanor, to even the number 11 jersey, everything about Speyer is a tribute to his family.

"My cousin Matt, he wore it when he played in high school," Speyer said. "I always looked to him as a role model. He's a big part of how I do things and why I do things. I'm proud to wear his number."

And in his final year, it's the coaches who look to the senior to be the rock of the Legends.

"It's a privilege to coach Dan," head coach Chris Dickson said. "You just look for him to lead this team and do some great things for us."

So far so good. The senior helped usher in a new era in Lancaster in the program's first game as the Legends, a 55-21 win over Clarence.

"It takes a strong class to represent the first name. We're ready for the Legends."


#1 - Dan Speyer, Lancaster Football

“It's a privilege to coach Dan. You just look for him to lead this team and do some great things for us.” – Chris Dickson, Lancaster Head Coach

#2 - Molly Petrucci, City Honors Soccer

Scored three goals against da Vinci to put her career total to 206 goals, two away from the New York State all-time career record.

#3 – Duane Robertson, Hutch Tech Football

Set a new school record with 211 receiving yards in a 28-6 win over Lakeshore. He also had three TD catches of 60 yards, and 67 yards twice.

“He is a freakish athlete with freakish hands.” – Chris Gelsomino, Hutch Tech Head Coach

#4 – Jessie Gacek, Orchard Park Field Hockey

Eight saves in a 4-0 shutout victory over West Seneca East.

“Jessie is the returning goalie who helped the Quakers win the Sectional Title last year!” - Bridget Callahan, Orchard Park Head Coach

#5 - Justus Hoffmann, Hamburg Soccer

Set a school record with five goals in a 6-0 win over Frontier.

“Justus is clutch under pressure and always executes well when the game is on the line.” –Tony Schiappa, Hamburg Head Coach

#6 - Melissa Postek, Williamsville South Volleyball

Tallied 21 Kills as South rallied to a 3-2 win over Niagara-Wheatfield.

“We leaned on Melissa for the comeback again NW and she delivered.” – Tom Sproull, Williamsville South Head Coach

#7 - Justin Bonnetto, Williamsville North Soccer

Scored twice in 4-1 win over Canisius.

“Justin is very technically talented player who is growing into his role up on the Varsity and my expectation is that as the season moves on he will continue to see an increasing role in our success.” –David Lamastra, Williamsville North Head Coach





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