Awards 5/9/20

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Alita Carey-Santangelo, Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball. All through the 2019-20 season, Carey-Santangelo improved as a scoring threat and was consistent on defense for the Section III Class AA champion Northstars.

Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Damien Call, Rome Free Academy boys basketball. Call was a 13th-team All-State selection in Class AA for the Black Knights, who knocked off reigning state champion West Genesee on the way to the Section III Class AA semifinals.

Sam’s Auto Body Sensational Athlete: Maura Clare Conan, Christian Brothers Academy girls basketball. Both on defense and with her 3-point shooting, Conan was an integral part of the Brothers’ rise to a Section III Class A championship.

Sport Center 481 Driving Force: Payton Shumpert, Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball. Though the Red Rams fell just short of another Section III Class A championship, Shumpert, averaging better than 20 points per game, was a fifth-team All-State selection. Coach of the Week: Michelle Whitley, South Jefferson girls basketball. Restoring the dynasty established a decade earlier, Whitley has led the Spartans to back-to-back Section III Class B titles and a state final four berth in 2019.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Student-Athlete: Elijah Wright, Solvay boys basketball. After leading his school to a Section III Class B football championship in the fall, Wright started every game for the basketball Bearcats that also reached the sectional finals.

Upstate Medical University Magic Moment: Suzie Nemec, Weedsport girls basketball, reaching the 50-point mark for the first time in her career on January 30 when she led the Warriors to a 79-34 win over Cato-Meridian on her way to second-team All-State honors.

U.S. Army Male Athlete: Dekwan Grant, Utica Academy of Science boys basketball. Averaging 21 points per game in the 2019-20 season, Grant led the Atoms to the Section III Class C quarterfinals and was a fifth-team All-State honoree, too.

U.S. Army Female Athlete: Brooke Smykla, Copenhagen girls basketball. As she led the Gold Knights to the Section III Class D title game, Smykla used her fine scoring, rebounding and passing skills to ultimately garner a second-team All-State choice.

Wegmans Winning Player: Kyle Gaumes, Lyme boys basketball. Though in the long shadow of Isaiah Wilson, Gaumes helped the Indians return to the Section III Class D championship game and ultimately was a third-team All-State selection.

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