By Janet Schultz, NYHOL

The WNYGVIH #4 Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca team closed out its season on a fairly successful run. While they only won two of their 14 games, they made a mark in the playoffs when they up set #3 Monsignor Martin in the Federation quarterfinals and moved on to play in the semis. There they lost 5-1 to #1 Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew.

In the Section VI quarterfinals they lost to Kenmore/Grand Island, who placed second this year and lost the Championship to Williamsville in a 3-2 overtime game.

Coach Tom Ferro will lose four seniors this season with Annika Balk, Bella Cervoni, Maddy Ferro and Emma Tambacas graduating.

This was Balk’s first season on the team. The forward from West Seneca High School will be attending, and playing hockey, at SUNY Potsdam. While there she will major in biochemistry with a minor in environmental science on her way to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Balk played in 16 games and garnered 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points.

Cervoni is a four year varsity player, played defense and served as an assistant captain. She will graduate from Hamburg Central School, attend The SUNY College at Buffalo focusing on criminal justice as she works toward a career as a police officer.

Assistant Captain Maddy Ferro, daughter of coach, played four years for HEWS. She will be attending Canisius College after graduating from Hamburg High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society. Ferro plans to major in sports management as she looks toward a front office job with a sports team. She is also planning to revive the women’s club ice hockey program at Canisius.

Tambacas has played defense for HEWS for four years. The Eden Jr/Sr High School student will attend SUNY Albany, majoring in biochemistry, followed by medical school, as she works towards a career as a medical examiner.