Faculty, Sheriff’s Dept. meet at the net in a special volleyball match at Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 November 2016 at 7:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville faculty members Jeff Kingsbury, left, and Jim O’Connor, right, make returns during this evening’s volleyball match against the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department squad at Lyndonville High. Backing up the play is Michelle Randolph.


Deputy Jason Barnum spikes a return for the Sheriff’s Department team.

Law enforcement, faculty and community came together for an entertaining and very competitive five set volleyball match this evening at Lyndonville High.

The matchup saw members of the Lyndonvlle High faculty challenge officers of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department whose ranks were bolstered by players from the New York State Police and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Down two sets to none, the Sheriff’s Department put together a big rally to claim a 23-25, 18-25, 25-19, 2-19, 25-22 victory in the match where the outcome on the scoreboard was secondary to the event’s building of positive relationships between students, school community and law enforcement.

“It’s all about building community, ” said Sheriff Randy Bower who coached the law enforcement team. “It’s an outstanding event. It’s about bringing law enforcement together with the school and kids together with law enforcement. It’s a great experience for everyone.”

“It’s a great outreach event,” said Lyndonville Athletic Director Lee Dillenbeck. “It’s bringing everyone together, the school, the kids, the community and law enforcement in a very positive and fun way.”

The law enforcement team included Jason Barnum, Dean Covis, Torry Tooley, Shannon Brett, Brian Belson and Vernon Fonda.

The LCS faculty squad included Kerry Papaj, Jim O’Connor, Mitzi Fredericks, Lisa Kent, Aimee Chaffee, Elizabeth Eggert, Dillenbeck, Kim Bow, Michelle Randolph, James Zeliff and Jeff Kingsbury.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Lyndonville Junior Class.

The event also had Sheriff’ Department Investigator Ken Strickland on hand to issue New York State Registry ID cards to youngsters.


Orleans Sheriff’s Department Investigator Ken Strickland here meets with Karli Sturtevant and her two daughters, Kalynn and Arianna, to issue the youngsters New York State Registry ID cards.