By Scott Kindberg
SYRACUSE - Jon Blanchard has had quite a month.
Frewsburg’s Jon Blanchard is the New York State Sportswriters Association choice as the Class C softball coach of the year.
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The Frewsburg softball coach saw the Bears knock off previously unbeaten and top-ranked Keshequa in the Far West Regional during the first week in June and then watched them win two more games in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C Tournament a few days later in Queensbury to claim the program's first-ever state crown.
But the girls aren't done making headlines.
On Wednesday, the New York State Sportswriters Association's announced its all-state teams. Not surprisingly, the Bears are well-represented.
Leading the way is Blanchard, who was selected the state Class C Coach of the Year.
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He is joined by three of his seniors - first-teamer Sam Mott, second-teamer Shawna Raymond and fifth-teamer McKenzie Cass - on the all-state squads.
''We're just relishing the whole thing,'' Blanchard said. ''The individual awards are nice, but it's really a win for the team, and for our school and our community.''
Also receiving all-state honors are Forestville seniors Ryanne Dugan (first team) and Cherish Pope (third team), Ripley sophomore Ryleigh Hawkins (third team) and Brocton junior Jessica Putcher (fourth team), all in Class D; and Cassadaga Valley senior Kristi Zink (third team), Cattaraugus-Little Valley junior Sara Crandall (third team) and Maple Grove senior Lauren Nickerson (fourth team).
The all-state honors cap quite a season for those girls, particularly those from Frewsburg.
''My quote of the month,'' Blanchard wrote in an email, ''is, 'Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being full engaged in whatever I'm doing.'''
That ''engagement'' will continue this weekend when the Bears' team will serve as the grand marshal for the Frewsburg Gala Days on Saturday. It will be the second parade the girls have been part of in the last few weeks.
''It's nice to get the (state) recognition,'' Blanchard added, ''but really the focus has been on the team effort. It's hard to say one player or another. It was 10, 12, 13 girls who came together to do something special.''