AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Ekiana Bonbrest, Lowville girls volleyball. When the Red Raiders put away Vernon-Verona-Sherrill to win the Section III Class B championship on February 12, Bonbrest was sensational on defense, finishing with 17 digs.
The Amish Group Master Builder: Haydon Dumas, Madison boys basketball. Dumas earned a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, plus four steals, as the Blue Devils put away New York Mills 71-51 in the opening round of the Section III Class D playoffs.
Atlas Fence All-Star: Jacob Griffin, Cicero-North Syracuse boys swimming. Griffin twice broke school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle during the Section III Class A meet and state qualifier February 16 and 18, earning outstanding swimmer honors in the latter of the two meets.
E.J. Electric Electrifying Performance: Tavian Camper, Cooperstown wrestling. It was Camper named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Section III Division II championships February 12 as he Canastota’s Culley Bellino for the 132-pound title.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Male Athlete of the Week: Ethan Crouse, Beaver River boys bowling. With a 1,397 series and high game of 249, Crouse took individual honors at the February 18 Section III Shootout at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama, advancing to the state tournament.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Female Athlete of the Week: Cece Powell, Marcellus girls basketball. It was Powell’s 13 first-half points that set the tone for the Mustangs, who ousted reigning champion South Jefferson 58-47 in the February 19 second round of the Section III Class B playoffs.
Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Skye Simmons, Sauquoit Valley girls basketball. Simmons put up 26 points, six rebounds and five assists, carrying the Indians past Sandy Creek 50-47 in the February 18 second round of the Section III Class C playoffs.
Nagle Turf Winning Moment: Tully girls volleyball defeating fellow unbeaten Mount Markham in four sets to win the Section III Class C championship on February 12 and, by doing so, complete a perfect 21-0 season while adding to its championship legacy.
Purcell Paints Hometown Hockey Hero: G.P. Giamartino, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt. With one goal and one assist, Giamartino led a well-balanced Brothers attack as it defeated New Hartford 4-3 in the second round of the Section III Division II playoffs.
Shute’s Water Systems Star Performance: DeSean Strachan, Auburn boys basketball. When the Maroons took out East Syracuse Minoa 56-48 in the opening round of the Section III Class A playoffs February 18, Strachan carried the attack, finishing with 28 points.
Syracuse Fitness Store Standout: Tommah Gummow, Indian River wrestling. It was Gummow’s victory at 110 pounds over Baldiwnsville’s Aidan Cali that helped propel the Warriors to team honors during the February 12 Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena.
Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons Student-Athlete: Cianna Papineau, LaFayette girls basketball. Papineau did it all, from 23 points to 10 assists, seven steals and five rebounds, helping the Lancers top Westmoreland 73-55 in the opening round of the Section III Class C playoffs February 18.
Syracuse Sauna King Superstar: Maddy Hass, Baldwisnville girls bowling. Hass rolled a 270 game and, with her 1,195 series, led the Bees to a lopsided victory in the Section III Division I championships February 13 at Liverpool’s Flamingo Bowl.
U.S. Army Male Athlete: Tyler Warner, Mexico boys swimming. Warner won the 100 breaststrok and was second in the 200 individual medley, leading the Tigers to its first-ever George Falwell Cup during the February 18 Section III state qualifying meet at Nottingham.
U.S. Army Female Athlete: Emma Freidel, New Hartford girls volleyball. The Spartans finished an undefeated run to the Section III Class A championship, beating rival Whitesboro in four sets February 12 as Freidel earned 35 assists, 15 digs, five kills and three aces.
Zero Draft Defensive Standout: Kristian Matthews, Whitesboro ice hockey. Stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced, Matthews made sure the Warriors turned back the Auburn Maroons 4-2 in the February 18 second round of the Section III Division II playoffs.