Wayland-Cohocton names Athletes of the Month

Michaela Earley, Collin Mehlenbacher honored for stellar contributions

By Melonie Coley
Special to The Express

WAYLAND — Wayland-Cohocton Athletics has announced its September Female and Male Athletes of the Month.

Michaela Earley

Michaela Earley has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for September as a member of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Now in her third year at the varsity level and team captain, Coach Jerome says “she has really matured this year and is playing her best.” Michaela credits hard work and a good mindset to earning this recognition. She would like to thank her coach for believing in her when nobody else did and for always believing in the team. 

Michaela Earley has been selected as the female Athlete of the Month for September as a member of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team.

When asked to provide some inspiring words, here is what she had to offer: “Never give up on something, even though you are losing. If you’re losing by the score, it doesn’t show how successful you really are. Put in your goals and reach for them. It’s the best feeling when you overcome those goals. Trust me!”

Nickname: “Rocket”

Collin Mehlenbacher has been named the male Athlete of the Month for September as a member of the Dan-Way-Co Varsity Football Team.

Favorite Food: Mac ‘n Cheese

Pre-Game Ritual: Monster Energy Drink

Fondest Memory: Team sleepover at school

September Stats: 14 kills, 1 block, 28 digs, and an 80% service percentage.

Collin Mehlenbacher

Collin Mehlenbacher has been named the male Athlete of the Month for September as a member of the Dan-Way-Co Varsity Football Team. Now a third-year starting receiver and defensive back, Coach Knapp stated “Collin has been a big factor in our team’s success this year as his growth and maturity has made him a leader on and off the field.” Collin says it takes brotherhood, determination, and mentality to be successful on the football field along with a “ready to play” approach to practices. He would like to thank his coaches and parents for pushing him to be his best during his 12 years as a football player. 

When asked about his fondest memory from football, Collin stated: “I’d have to say winning a football game is one of the best feelings in the world, especially any time we won hard-fought games.”

Nickname: Petey

Favorite Food: Steak

Pre-Game Ritual: A quick prayer with teammates and getting hyped right before kickoff

September Stats: 13 carries for 201 yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 1 punt return for a touchdown, 25 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss.