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    Director of Interscholastic Athletics & Physical Education
    MRS. WENDY PAZDERSKI, Athletic Secretary

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         Akron High School and Middle School have announced the opening of sports registration for the Fall 2024 sports season.  Parents of Akron High School or Middle School student athletes participating in a fall sport at any level, including modified, will need to register their child on the school’s registration platform, FamilyID, at www.akronschools.org/FamilyID. Registration is currently open for those wishing to participate in varsity, junior varsity and modified cross-country, field hockey and volleyball; varsity and JV football, boys soccer and girls soccer, varsity cheerleading and golf.

         FamilyID offers an easy, user-friendly way to register athletes for interscholastic sports that is convenient and secure. The system keeps track of information for each FamilyID profile.  Information is entered only once for each family member and is good for multiple uses and multiple sports programs. FamilyID has helped the Athletic Department become more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible.
        Parents can also get to the school’s FamilyID platform by going to
    akronschools.org/athletics and clicking on SPORTS REGISTRATION from the left navigation menu.  The program will guide users through the registration process. 

        All athletes must be registered prior to the start of fall sport practices that begin Monday, August 26, 2024, for varsity and JV field hockey, soccer, golf, volleyball, cross-country, cheerleading and modified field hockey. The start date for JV and Varsity Football is Monday, August 19, 2024.  Modified volleyball and cross country will start on Thursday, September 5th. 
        Sports physicals must also be turned in to the school nurse prior to participation in any practices or submitted on the FamilyID webpage.
       Questions regarding the process may be directed to Mrs. Wendy Pazderski, Athletic Secretary, at (716)542-5088.

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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.