AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Jacob Null, Dolgeville wrestling. Null won the
state Division II championship at 160 pounds Februrary 29 in Albany
and completed a perfect 51-0 season when he beat Eden’s Giovanni
Schifano 7-3 in the championship bout.
Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Ola Bednarczyk, Baldwinsville girls
basketball. The sophomore netted a team-high 21 points to help the
Bees defeat Rome Free Academy 68-57 in the March 1 Section III Class
AA semifinal at SRC Arena.
Sam’s Auto Body Sensational Athlete: Justin Scott, Solvay boys
basketball. The Bearcats handled General Brown 65-45 in the February
29 Section III Class A semifinal as, back from foot injury that
sidelined him for nearly two months, Scott led with 19 points.
Sport Center 481 Driving Force: Tyler Wilson, Lyme boys basketball.
The Indians outlasted Old Forge 62-58 in overtime in the March 2
Section III Class D semifinal at Carthage High School as Wilson
produced a team-high 20 points, plus three rebounds.
Summitcars.com Coach of the Week: Neal Purcell, Syracuse ice hockey.
For the third consecutive year, Purcell’s Cougars earned the Section
III Division I championship as it shut out West Genesee 3-0 in the
March 2 title game at the War Memorial.
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Student-Athlete: Lora Marial, Bishop
Grimes girls basketball. Marial’s five late points helped the no. 13
seed Cobras stun top seed Oneida 51-46 in the March 1 Section III
Class B semifinal at OCC’s Allyn Hall.
Upstate Medical University Magic Moment: Tyler Mousaw, South Jefferson
wrestling, pinning Bolivar-Richburg’s Hudson Evingham in 36 seconds to
win the state Division II championship at 195 pounds February 29 at
Albany’s TImes Union Center.
U.S. Army Male Athlete: Charlie Russell, Skaneateles ice hockey.
Russell’s two goals and one assist in the first period set the tone as
the Lakers handled Whitesboro 5-1 to win the Section III Division II
championship March 2 at the War Memorial.
U.S. Army Female Athlete: Miranda Smith, New Hartford gymnastics.
Smith earned the all-around championship and also prevailed in floor
exercise, uneven bars and balance beam during the February 29 state
championships at Cold Spring Harbor.
Wegmans Winning Player: Josh O’Connor, Weedsport boys basketball. The
Warriors beat the Onondaga Tigers 67-47 in the Section III Class C
semifinal February 29 at SRC Arena, with O’Connor picking up 17 points
and 10 rebounds.