By Brian Quinn

The Spectator

GENESEE — The Bolivar-Richburg student who lost his life in a Friday afternoon car accident is remembered by his coach as a dedicated individual.
“I’ve known Kolby for three years. I’ve know him since he was a sophomore,”?Mike Zilker, varsity boys’ soccer coach for the Wolverines, said of Kolby Geffers, 17. “Kolby was one of those kids who always showed up for practice, always on time, always ready to go, ready to taken on the challenge of everyday.
“The good thing about Kolby was, he was a very versatile player. He was willing to play anywhere I needed him to,”?Zilker said Saturday. “Anytime we needed someone, he was the first one to volunteer.”
Amity-based state police said the vehicle Geffers was driving went off the road on county Road 5 around 3:30 p.m. Friday and struck a tree. Troopers said Geffers was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
Zilker, who also coaches boys’ volleyball and track at Bolivar-Richburg, said he first learned about the accident from a friend who had heard about it from one of the kids at school.
”We got an e-mail through the school from the superintendent (John Marshall). The New York State Police?had contacted our superintendent and then our superintendent had relayed it to faculty and staff,” Zilker said.
“My initial response is, I?was heartbroken.?This was a young man who had a plan for his future and was ready to attack it upon graduation from high school,” he said. “This was a kid whose life was taken far too early.”
Zilker said he’s been in touch with the boys’ varsity soccer team and will have a team meeting Monday.
“The team’s pretty much in shock, heartbreak. We’re going to be getting together to discuss some options for how we can show love and support for the family,”?he said. “I just told them that we’re going to be having a mandatory meeting Monday to discuss everything. We want to talk to the team to make sure they’re OK and (about)?how we can progress from here. I’d like to really stress that When you are focusing on a team, you stress how much each person is part of a family.”
Zilker said the team sends the Geffers family its prayers. Also Saturday, the Bolivar-Richburg varsity girls’ basketball team held a moment of silence for Geffers during its Bolivar-Richburg Christmas Tournament consolation game with Otto-Eldred.
State police said there was no additional information on the accident Saturday. The Portville Fire Department, which covers that area, also responded to the call. The Clarksville and Bolivar fire departments assisted with traffic control.
Portville Fire Chief Jeff Latten said the department within 13 minutes of being dispatched. “That was 10 miles from our firehall. I was very happy with the response time,”?Latten said. “My second assistant (T.J.?Latten) with our rescue engine was the first one on scene. They got there and assessed the situation. We just closed off the scene. Clarksville closed off county Road 5 at Route 305 and Bolivar closed county road 5 (in the other direction). It was a team effort.”
“We knew it was going to be a prolonged extrication,”?he said. “We used our Jaws of Life?to extricate him (Geffers)?from the vehicle.”
Jeff Latten estimated the road was closed and traffic detoured for about three hours. He estimated the scene was clear by around 6:45 p.m. Friday.