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Three F-M coaches earn awards from Syracuse Sports Corp.

F-M High School coaches Phil Rudolph, Bill Aris and Damien Rhodes each received Believe to Achieve Awards from the Syracuse Sports Corp. for the fall 2010 season. In association with the Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau, the SSC presents this award to local athletes and coaches to recognize athletic talent and noteworthy achievements.

"I take great pride in the fact that three of our F-M coaches were recognized with this award," said Director of Physical Education and Athletics Rich Roy. "Bill Aris and Phil Rudolph have taken success in their respective sports of cross country and girls tennis to not only a state, but a national level. They have set a standard of excellence to which others aspire."

"Damien Rhodes," Roy continued, "our assistant varsity football coach, in receiving the Believe To Achieve Community Service Award, has clearly demonstrated his belief of giving of one's self for the betterment of all."

In the fall 2010 season, girls varsity tennis coach Philip Rudolph led his team to its 18th straight sectional championship, for a total of 25 championships in the past 26 years. The team now has a consecutive winning streak of 288 matches, with five out of the nine total players possible competing in to the 2010 State Tennis Tournament.

"The key challenge is always in turning what many would see as the individual sport of tennis into a collective team endeavor," Rudolph said. "That really took little work on my part this year due to the terrific leadership of our captains along with the wonderful attitudes of all our players."

Under the direction of varsity cross country coach Bill Aris, the girls cross country team has won the national cross country title for the last five years in a row, and the boys team has qualified to compete in the national race five times. Both teams have also won numerous state and federation championships.

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