Awards for 12/30/2023

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Sean Graziano, Mohawk Valley ice hockey. Graziano’s three-goal hat trick were needed for the Thunder to pull out a 4-3 overtime victory over LaSalle Academy on December 27. Atlas Fence All-Star: Mollie Peckham, General Brown girls basketball. The Lions edged Marcellus 59-57 in a December 29 showdown of state-ranked Class B teams as Peckham earned 21 points along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Attilios Ace Award:  Elise Courto, New Hartford girls volleyball. The Spartans earned a three-set sweep of Central Valley Academy on December 22 helped by Courto picking up 11 kills and helping on defense with 13 digs. Byrne Dairy Prime Performer: Eric Barski, Auburn boys bowling. Shooting games of 211, 247 and 267, Barski picked up a 725 series and helped the Maroons improve to 7-1 on the season with a 7-0 shutout of Fulton on December 28. CNY Sealing and Paving Defensive Standout: Tyler Nilsen, Baldwinsville boys basketball. Picking up 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points, Nilsen led the Bees past Watertown 51-48 on December 27 on the way to winning the East Syracuse Minoa Holiday Tournament. Ethan Allen Award of Excellence: Gavin Rodman, CNY Fusion ice hockey. Picking up a pair of goals, Rodman helped CNY Fusion improve to 5-2-1 on the season on December 28 with a 4-1 victory over Geneseo. Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Outstanding Athlete: Kyle Carney, Herkimer boys basketball. The Magicians moved to 7-1 beating Cato-Meridian 69-61 on December 29 in the Tully Tournament, Carney getting 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Image Press Icon: Logan Baker, Waterville boys indoor track and field. Amid an elite field at the December 27 CNY Holiday Classic at Utica University, Baker impressed with a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run. M. Lemp Jewelers Rewarding Effort: Rocky Files, Central Square wrestling. Claiming the 215-pound championship, Files helped the Redhawks take the team title during the December 30 Cooperstown Invitational. Mooney Marketing Group/Bristol 7 Enterprises Major Performance: Charlie Foster, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill wrestling. At 20-1 on the season, Foster earned the 170-pound championship for the Red Devils in the December 28 Tieke-Bernabi Tournament at Spencerport. North Syracuse Lawn and Snow Notable Effort: Lindsey Speer, Hamilton girls basketball. Speer’s 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks all helped the Emerald Knights get past Cooperstown 57-50 on December 27. Nye Automotive Mark of Excellence: Lilly Sorenson, Homer girls wrestling. Sorenson remained undefeated when she won the 165-pound championship during the December 29 Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament at SUNY Oswego. Purcell Paints Prime Performer: Tyler Lokker, Rome Free Academy ice hockey. When the Black Knights outscored Clinton 7-5 on December 29 at Kennedy Arena, Lokker piled up five points thanks to two goals and three assists. Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Student-Athlete: Coltan Frederick, Little Falls boys basketball. Each of Frederick’s 23 points was needed for the Mounties to edge Lowville 67-65 on December 30 at the Nexus Center. University Sports Shop/Manny’s Major Moment: West Genesee ice hockey knocks off unbeaten, state Division I ranked Suffern 4-2 on December 28 and, by doing so, gives long-time head coach Frank Colabufo his 500th career victory. Upstate Urology Upstart: Gia Kinsey, Bishop Grimes girls basketball. Just a seventh-grader, Kinsey stepped up for a career-best 29 points to help the Cobras take out Fayetteville-Manlius 65-46 on December 29 in the opening round of the More Than A Game tournament. U.S. Army Athlete of the Week: Dominic LaFrambiose, Port Byron boys basketball. When the Panthers won a 65-59 showdown with Weedsport at the Cayuga County Tournament, LaFrambiose’s 28 points led the way. Wilkins RV Winning Player: Marissa Doty, Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field. Doty won the 55-meter hurdles and helped the 4×400 relay team for the Northstars prevail during the December 27 CNY Holiday Classic at Utica University.