Awards for 1/1/2022

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Sam Sorenson, Homer wrestling. Sorenson rolled to the 215-pound championship in the December 29 Windsor Tournament, routing Waverly’s Ty Beeman 10-1 in the championship round.


The Amish Group Master Builder: Gabrielle Woeppel, Cooperstown girls basketball. The Hawkeyes knocked the Hamilton Emerald Knights from the unbeaten ranks 45-38 on December 27 led by Woeppel, who poured in 24 points.


Atlas Fence All-Star: Haydon Dumas, Madison boys basketball. Dumas all but carried the Blue Devils to a 52-48 victory over the Faith Heritage Saints on December 29, earning 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals.


E.J. Electric Electrifying Performance: Will Penoyer, Cazenovia ice hockey. The Lakers beat the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles 5-1 on December 29 and Penoyer had a lot to do with it, scoring twice and picking up a pair of assists.


Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Male Athlete of the Week: Jalynn Brownlee, Rome Free Academy boys basketball. It was Brownlee, with 20 points, leading five Black Knights in double figures during an 89-83 win over the Corcoran Cougars on December 29.


Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Female Athlete of the Week: Marissa Capone, Auburn girls bowling. The Maroons earned a 2-1 victory over the Central Square Redhawks on December 27 as Capone shot a 553 series with games of 202 and 201.


Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Robyn Kafafian, Cooperstown girls volleyball. Kafafian earned 27 assists and 11 digs, each of them important for the Hawkeyes in a five-set victory over the Holland Patent Golden Knights on December 30.


Nagle Turf Winning Moment: Kayleb Martin, Sackets Harbor wrestling, getting an overtime takedown to defeat Fulton’s Walter Crofoot 12-10 and take the 145-pound title during the December 28 Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament.


Purcell Paints Hometown Hockey Hero: Chris Yang, Cortland-Homer. When the Golden Eagles romped past the Mohawk Valley Raiders 12-2 on December 28 in its own tournament, Yang had a career-best four goals, plus an assist.


Shute’s Water Systems Star Performance: Jordan Cain, West Genesee boys basketball. The Wildcats stayed undefeated in a 79-47 win over the Bishop Grimes Cobras on December 30 as Cain, off the bench, had 20 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals.


Syracuse Fitness Store Standout: Sydney Tabor, Poland girls basketball. With her 24 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and nine steals, Tabor had close to a quadruple-double in the Tornadoes’ 74-22 win over the McGraw Eagles on December 28.


Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons Student-Athlete: Collin Hatch, Mexico boys swimming. Hatch’s pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyle helped propel the Tigers as it defeated the Watertown Cyclones 126-63 on December 30.


Syracuse Sauna King Superstar: Jaylon O’Neal, Central Valley Academy boys basketball. O’Neal poured in 26 points and helped the Thunder earn a 74-59 victory over previously undefeated West Canada Valley in a December 30 tournament final.


U.S. Army Male Athlete: Frederick Pagan, Fulton wrestling. By edging Auburn’s Mike Boyhan to take the 102-pound title, Pagan helped the host Red Raiders emerge victorious from the December 28 Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament.


U.S. Army Female Athlete: Natalie Musolino, Bishop Grimes girls basketball. With her 15 points, Musolino was instrumental in the Cobras handing the Indian River Warriors its first defeat of the season in a 56-50 decision on December 27.


Zero Draft Defensive Standout: James Welch, Liverpool ice hockey. Though the Warriors lost 2-1 to Syracuse on December 29 at Cicero Twin Rinks, Welch stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced from the Cougars.