Awards for 12/23/2023

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Aniyah Jones, East Syracuse Minoa girls basketball. Jones earned 32 points and 13 rebounds and all but carried the Spartans to a surprising 52-49 victory over Auburn on December 19. Atlas Fence All-Star: Sean Burdick, West Canada Valley boys basketball. West Canada won a big early-season showdown with Frankfort-Schuyler 65-56 on December 21 as Burdick earned 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists. Attilios Ace Award:  Dakota Deavens, Clinton girls volleyball. When the Comets pulled out a five-set decision over Sherburne-Earlville on December 18, Deavens was crucial on several fronts, finishing with 14 kills and adding nine digs. Byrne Dairy Prime Performer: Brayden Huntley, Central Valley Academy boys volleyball. Huntley earned 24 assists, five aces and two blocks as the Thunder earned a three-set sweep of Canastota on December 21. CNY Sealing and Paving Defensive Standout: Mason Stanton, Whitesboro ice hockey. Helped by Stanton stopping 35 of the 38 shots he faced, Whitesboro knocked off Christian Brothers Academy/Jamesville-DeWitt 4-3 on December 22. Ethan Allen Award of Excellence: Jacob Marji, Oneida boys indoor track and field. Marji swept both the shot put and weight throw as part of the evening session of the December 19 John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University. Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Outstanding Athlete: Jeremie Hale, Cortland boys bowling. Shooting a 684 series with a high game of 238, Hale helped the Purple Tigers defeat Christian Brothers Academy 5-2 on December 19. The Image Press Icon: Surafia Norries, Rome Free Academy boys basketball. Norries had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, all helping the Black Knights claim a 71-64 decision over Bishop Ludden on December 22. M. Lemp Jewelers Rewarding Effort: Ellie McElhannon, LaFayette girls basketball. McElhannon had 12 points, eight steals and seven rebounds which helped the Lancers edge Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 51-50 on December 19. Mooney Marketing Group/Bristol 7 Enterprises Major Performance: Tomah Gummow, Indian River wrestling. On his way to a 12-0 record in December, Gummow won the 131-pound championship as Indian River hosted the North Country Duals on December 15. North Syracuse Lawn and Snow Notable Effort: Mischa Palmitesso, Oswego girls ice hockey. The Buccaneers routed Massena 8-1 on December 22, Palmitesso’s two goals and one assist part of a deep, well-balanced attack. Nye Automotive Mark of Excellence: Addison Nichols, Fulton girls bowling. The Red Dragons had a 7-0 shutout of the Oswego Buccaneers on December 20 as Nichols shot a 658 series with games of 218, 215 and 225. Purcell Paints Prime Performer: Andrew Davis, Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey. The Northstars pushed past Cazenovia 5-4 at Colgate University December 18 as Davis carried his team’s attack and set a new personal mark with four goals. Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Student-Athlete: Arianna Piazza, New York Mills girls track and field. Piazza was victorious in the 1,000 and 1,500-meter runs during the first session of the December 19 John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University. University Sports Shop/Manny’s Major Moment: Marcellus boys basketball team earning its first-ever state no. 1 ranking when it sat atop the Class B poll and followed it up with victories over rivals Solvay and Skaneateles to stay undefeated. Upstate Urology Upstart: Nick Miller, Sherburne-Earlville wrestling. Miller’s four mat victories, three of them pins, were key to the Marauders going a perfect 5-0 and winning the Cato-Meridian Duals on December 16. U.S. Army Athlete of the Week: Kayla Flask, Weedsport girls basketball. Weedsport improved to 5-1 on December 21 by defeating Lyons 56-50 on December 21, Flask leading the way by getting 24 points, four rebounds and four steals. Wilkins RV Winning Player: Bennett Pistner, Watertown boys swimming. Pistner’s first-place finishes in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke helped the Cyclones rout Frontier League rival Carthage 123-54 on December 21.