AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Cedric Barkauskas, Town of Webb boys basketball. The no. 15 seed Eskimos shocked no. 2 seed Sackets Harbor 55-54 in the Section III Class D playoffs February 20 as Barkauskas poured in 25 points, adding seven rebounds.
The Amish Group Master Builder: Tanner Douglass, Cortland-Homer ice hockey. With Douglass netting two goals and adding a pair of assists, the Golden Eagles routed Whitesboro 8-1 in the Section III Division II semifinal on February 24.
Atlas Fence All-Star: Aniyah Neal, Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball. The Red Rams knocked off Fulton 52-51 in the February 22 Section III Class A quarterfinal as Payne went to the forefront, leading J-D with 21 points.
E.J. Electric Electrifying Performance: Ryan Mumford, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill boys volleyball. Earning 13 assists, 10 digs and four kills, Mumford led the Red Devils past the Canastota Raiders in a three-set sweep on February 24.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Male Athlete of the Week: Scott Schuyler, Cincinnatus boys basketball. Schuyler had consecutive 25-point games to help the Lions survive Madison in overtime and oust Town of Webb to advance to the Section III Class D championship game.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Female Athlete of the Week: Logan Cookinham, Poland girls basketball. When the Tornadoes edged Watertown IHC 40-38 in the February 26 Section III Class D semifinal, Cookinham carried her team’s attack, earning 25 points.
Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Emma MacLachlan, Marcellus girls basketball. When the Mustangs took out Utica-Notre Dame in the February 23 Section III Class B semiinal, MacLachlan keyed it by netting 22 points, adding eight rebounds and five steals.
Nagle Turf Winning Moment: Jaiden Reynolds, Liverpool boys basketball, hitting the 3-pointer in the last seconds of regulation that helped the Warriors eventually go to three overtimes and defeat CBA 84-81 in an epic Section III Class AA semifinal February 26 at SRC Arena.
Purcell Paints Hometown Hockey Hero: Sam Ciappa, Baldwinsville. Ciappa’s pair of goals, one of them short-handed, helped the Bees pull away from the Cazenovia Lakers 6-3 in the February 24 Section III Division I semifinal at Lysander.
Shute’s Water Systems Star Performance: Spencer Ingmire, Oneida boys volleyball. When the Indians claimed a five-set marathon with Canastota on February 25, Ingmire put away 21 kills at the net and also earned 16 digs.
Syracuse Fitness Store Standout: Nayweil Ayeil, Bishop Grimes girls basketball. The Cobras took out no. 4 seed Westhill 55-40 in the Section III Class B semifinal on February 23, seeing Ayeil earn 18 points, grab 10 rebounds and add six steals.
Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons Student-Athlete: Zach LaFrance, Hamilton boys basketball. With his 23 points, five assists and four steals, LaFrance helped the Emerald Knights rally and stay unbeaten by edging DeRuyter 61-54 in the February 26 Section III Class D semifinal.
Syracuse Sauna King Superstar: Natalee Collins,Waterville girls basketball. Helped by Collins’ 22 points, the top-seeded Indians turned back Weedsport 53-38 in the February 26 Section III Class D semifinal at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall.
U.S. Army Male Athlete: Makai Reed, Syracuse Academy of Science boys basketball. The Atoms upset no. 2 seed Fulton 57-51 in the Section III Class A quarterfinal February 23 as Reed did it all, from 17 points to nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
U.S. Army Female Athlete: Analyce Grabowski, West Canada Valley girls basketball. Grabowski earned 19 points and 11 rebounds, her double-double leading the Indians past Mount Markham 45-34 in the Section III Class C quarterfinal on February 23.
Zero Draft Defensive Standout: Dylan Desena, West Genesee ice hockey. Desena stopped all 25 shots he faced, helping the Wildcats shut out the Syracuse Cougars 4-0 in the February 23 Section III Division I semifinal at Shove Park.