Twins Danielle and Gabrielle Orie are inseparable.
"We've been together since we were born," Gabrielle joked of the sisters who run by side during cross country meets.
"We're partners in crime and we're capable of the same thing," she continued.
"Gabrielle tries to push us the first mile and in mile three, I'm kind of like OK, we can finish this out strong together," Danielle added.
The conversations and words of encouragement vary along the course, but their favorite topic?
"Definitely our post meal dessert, I'd say" Danielle joked.
What does that usually consist of, you might ask.
"Ice cream or chocolate cake," she said.
The Nardin duo are no strangers to running. They compete in track and field during the spring season. But they're usually in the pool this time of year. It was after competing at a national track meet over the summer one conversation steered them from the water to the cross country courses of Western New York.
"We were so set on swimming," Gabrielle said. "It was unreal. When coach sat us down at the New Balance Nationals, he said let me give my spiel and that was it," Gabrielle said.
"It was very different because we were trying to think about the future in terms of the college process, because both Gabrielle and I want to run track and cross country in college," Danielle said. "So we figured that'd it be in our best interest to do it and push ourselves and see what we've got."
That conversation has translated to opportunity. The two have finished first or second in five meets this year and now, Danielle is heading to University of Pennsylvania and Gabrielle to Cornell, where both will compete in track and cross country.
"I knew that the opportunity to run one season in cross country in high school, would benefit them especially their first season when they got to college. I didn't want them going into their first collegiate season having never experienced a full cross country season," Head Coach Rich Skrabucha added.
"It was definitely the right decision," Gabrielle said.
Tuesday night against St. Mary's of Lancaster, the twins finished first and second again to help power the Gators to a perfect league record and claim the Monsignor Martin Association Championship.
"I tell me people all of the time, if I coached another 20 years it's very unlikely that I'm going to get two people at the same time on the high end that these two girls are," Skrabucha said. "It'll be hard to get one girl like this."
"It's nice to be together and run together," Gabrielle said. "Every step we take, it's a journey we share together."
***SUPER 7 COUNTDOWN***
#1 – Gabrielle and Danielle Orie, Nardin Cross Country
The sisters have finished 1-2 in three of the Gators’ six league meets this season, power the squad to its first undefeated league record and Monsignor Martin Championship.
#2 – Garrett Boldt, Olean Football
Threw the game-winning touchdown in the Huskies 21-17 win over Alden to remain undefeated (8-0) and advance to the Class B semifinals.
“Garrett has been the heart and soul of our team this year. Whenever we have needed a big play he has been able to produce one whether it be thru running or passing. He is a tremendous leader for our team and is one of our hardest workers. He is a relentless competitor always trying to make the team better. We have been blessed with a team this year that nobody cares who gets the credit, as long as we win, and Garrett has set the tone for that mindset. Quite simply we wouldn't have had the year we've had if we didn't have him.” – Paul Vecchio, Head Coach
#3 – Kayla Neumann, Wilson Soccer
Scored five goals and added three assists in the Lakewomen’s two section wins over Akron and Tonawanda.
“Kayla scored or had the primary assist in our 8 goals during our first 2 sectional games. She has led our team to the sectional final for 2nd time in 2 years.” – Thomas Baia, Head Coach
#4 – Daemani Devonshire, Hutch-Tech Football
Made the game-saving and game-winning tackle at the two yard line to secure the Engineers’ victory over Niagara Falls in the AA quarterfinals. The Wolverines were threatening to score with less than a minute to play in the game and needed a TD and two-point conversion to tie to force overtime.
"We actually call Daemani Primetime - after Deion Sanders, since he prides himself on making big plays, and he make our biggest play this past Saturday at Niagara Falls." – Chris Gelsomino, Head Coach
#5 – Elise Williams, Clarence Soccer
The mid-fielder has been an integral part of the Red Devils’ ability to outscore opponents 99-7 this season. Clarence is 16-1 this year.
“Elise is a starting Junior on the Clarence Girls Varsity soccer team. She has played on the Varsity team since she was a Freshman and has been on a team that has appeared 2 times at the State Championship Final 4 Tournament and looking to go for a 3rd appearance. Elise is a highly skilled player who plays a Holding Midfield position and plays with great composure and timing. She is one of the reasons Clarence is 17-1-0 so far this season and playing for the Sectional Title on Monday Oct. 31 at Depew High School.” –Dave Stephan, Head Coach
#6 – Tyler Curry, Lancaster Soccer
Contributed on all four of the Legends goals in a 4-0 win over Kenmore West in the Class AA semifinals. Curry had two goals and added two assists in the victory.
“Tyler's ability to shoot from any angle and range makes him a scoring threat at any given time in the attacking third of the field. As soon as the opposition starts to defend him tighter, he is able to deliver some extremely accurate passes to teammates to set them up for goals.” – Chris Palmer, Head Coach
#7 – Delaney Gillman, Williamsville South Field Hockey
Stopped every shot she faced in the Billies 2-0 win over Sweet Home in the Class B playoffs on Monday. She also added a 13-save effort in a 2-1 semifinal win over Pioneer.
“Senior captain/goalie Delaney Gillman has been instrumental in our team’s success this season. Posting 12 shut outs and South is competing in the sectional semifinals today.” – Mary Ferenczy, Head Coach
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