Tonawanda News — As the Warriors head into the new season, the boys’ team will be looking to replace two of its famed “four-headed monster” relay team of Bobby Liebel, Jacob Choate, Phil Giuga and Nate Holler.
That Warriors four-headed monster, as they dubbed themselves, were not only Section VI champs but they also finished fifth overall in New York State in Class B.
With Giuga and and Choate having graduated, the mission now is to find two people who can step in with Holler and Liebel hoping to recapture that same magic.
Corbin Snyder and Brandon Frye will be called upon to step up and fill those key roles. While Snyder and Frye are certainly fast enough to carry their share of the load, part of why last years relay team did so well was because Choate, Liebel, Guiga and Holler not only ran together for years, they also had a close bond off the track too. But Bobby Liebel said Frye and Snyder have worked extremely hard to earn their spots and bring a lot to the team.
“The thing I’m most excited about is Nate’s really pushing us in practice a lot more than he did last year,” said Bobby Liebel. “Corbin has gotten really fast out of nowhere this year. I think he’s just so determined now. He probably sees his chance because Phil’s gone. Choate’s gone. Now it’s his spot on the relay now. I think he’s really determined to get faster and faster. Frye, he just a natural. He’s never run track before. But he’s out there and he’s doing really well in every aspect of it.”
Liebel is looking to make his third trip to states in sprints.
The Warriors are coming off of a 2-2 season that head coah Dave Nedell believes they can improve on.