• Welcome to the Akron Central School Athletic Department webpage. This page has been designed to help keep our students, parents, community members, and alumni throughout the country, as well as any other visitors this site may have, informed of our athletic activities and achievements here at ACS.

    Interim Directors of Interscholastic Athletics, Physical Education & Health/Wellness
    MRS. WENDY PAZDERSKI, Athletic Secretary

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  • Get your tickets for the Section VI Class D Boys Lacrosse Finals! 
    Akron vs East Aurora

    Date: Friday, May 24, 2024, at West Seneca West High School

    Start Time:  7:30PM

    Location: West Seneca West High School, 3330 Seneca Street, West Seneca, NY 14224

    Tickets:  $7.00 Children 5 and under are free.

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    Section VI is Cashless – https://www.section6.e1b.org/CashlessPolicy

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  • Get your tickets for the Section VI Class B Track & Field Meet!

    Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Alden High School

    Start Time:  4:30PM

    Location:  Alden Senior High School, 13190 Park Street, Alden, NY 14004

    Tickets:  $7.00 Children 5 and under are free.

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    Section VI is Cashless – https://www.section6.e1b.org/CashlessPolicy

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         Akron Central Schools is pleased to recognize nine seniors who have earned Scholar-Athlete All-Western New York selection by Section VI of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.  This designation is reserved for seniors with an overall grade point average of 90 or above for seven semesters who are starters or important reserves on their respective athletic teams. 

         Dylan Crockford and Dawson Stone of Akron’s varsity boys’ swim team, Ashlee Henning of the girls’ basketball team, and Trace Hill of the boys’ basketball team, have won the top scholar-athlete recognition.  They will be featured with other scholar-athletes from Western New York in an upcoming edition of The Buffalo News and will receive a t-shirt recognizing this distinction, compliments of ADPRO Sports.

         Additionally, five students from ACS earned Honorable Mention as scholar-athletes in Section VI, including Emma Gerstung and Autumn Hall of the girls’ basketball team, Emily Snyder of the girls’ swim team, and Zackary Borton and Liam Haak of the boys’ basketball team.

         Mr. Stephen Dimitroff, High School Principal and Interim Director of Interscholastic Athletics, offered his congratulations.
         “It comes as no surprise that these four Tigers were recognized amongst the best and brightest senior athletes in all of Western New York,” he said. “Their hard work in the classroom is paralleled by their determination, perseverance, and leadership in their respective sports.  Congratulations Dylan, Ashlee, Trace, Dawson and our Honorable Mention Scholar Athletes! GO TIGERS!”

          The winter sports for which Akron Schools participates include basketball, swimming, wrestling and cheerleading.  Nominations are submitted to Section VI with the student’s transcript, academic and athletic accomplishments, community service and other school activities.

    2024 Winter All-WNY Scholar Athletes

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Sundown hits 100 wins milestone with varsity lacrosse team!

  • Gary SundownGary Sundown, Head Coach for Akron High School’s varsity lacrosse team, secured his 100th victory following the Tigers’ win against the Newfane Panthers on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Panther Field for a career record of 100 wins, 38 losses.
         Sundown began his coaching career with Akron Schools as a volunteer assistant coach during Akron’s 2000 inaugural season for varsity lacrosse. When a Modified team was added to the program in 2003, Gary became head coach at the modified level, earning the lacrosse program’s first win, while the varsity team remained winless. 
         In 2004, Sundown led the development of the Tonawanda Braves youth lacrosse program, a minor box lacrosse team and league for ages 5-21. The feeder program has helped to produce skilled players for not only school programs, but other club teams in the region as well.
         2005 was the year Sundown became Varsity Head Coach for the Tigers at Akron High School and the team earned their first win against North Tonawanda.  In 2006, the team beat Salamanca in their first Section VI playoff win.
         A house fire in 2007 kept Gary from coaching while he took time off to rebuild his family’s home.
         Gary returned to the program as a volunteer varsity assistant coach from 2008 to 2016 with Head Coach Bryan Bellis. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 the Tigers were Class C Champs.
         In 2017, Gary took over the reins as Varsity Head Coach again. The team has achieved even greater success since, becoming Section VI Class D Champions in 2017, 2018 and 2022, NYS Far-West Regional Champs in 2017 and 2022 and are two-time New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championship semi-finalists.
         USA Lacrosse honored Gary Sundown as Co-Head Coach of the Year in 2022.
         It is noted that the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 season altogether. The Tigers came back for the 2021 season ending in third place in Class D.
         Sundown’s teams are motivated by several factors.
         “They are students first, athletes second,” said Coach Sundown. “We have one hundred percent graduation rate for our team members. And just last year, in 2023, we enjoyed our first recognition as a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team.”
         Coaching has made a difference, too.
         “I have put together a bona fide coaching staff with past championship players who went on to play at the collegiate level and have brought back that lacrosse IQ to our game plan,” Gary added.  “We formulate our program from a family aspect – we treat them like sons.”
         NCAA teams recruit the Tigers.  In 2023, there were eight (the most ever) active Akron alumni players still involved and playing in Divisions I, II and III of the NCAA. Gary’s son, Larson Sundown, has reached the pinnacle, playing professionally for the New York Riptide in the National Lacrosse League.
         For the last nine years, the Tigers’ coaching staff, their players, and families have joined forces with their neighbors in Clarence to organize an annual fundraiser and non-league game with the Clarence Red Devils. The host team, which alternates from year to year, selects the charity and parents from both teams contribute the raffle items.  This year, the 9th Annual Lacrosse Fundraiser held at Clarence, raised $2,104 for Greater Adaptive Buffalo Sports, formerly known as The Sled Hockey Foundation.
         "Our school and community are so fortunate to have Coach Sundown leading our lacrosse student-athletes,” said Mr. Stephen Dimitroff, Akron High School Principal and Interim Athletic Director. “His relentless goal to teach appreciation of the medicine game to his players instills respect for the game and, more importantly, respect for each other as family. Congratulations, Coach!"
        To learn more about the Akron High School lacrosse team and to get the schedule of their remaining contests, please visit akronschools.org/athletics and follow the team on X @LaxTigers.