AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Natalee Collins, Waterville girls basketball. The Indians defeated West Canada Valley 39-31 for the Section III Class C championship on March 5, led mostly on offense by Collins, who netted 17 points and also blocked several shots.
The Amish Group Master Builder: Brayden Stephenson, West Canada Valley boys basketball. Stephenson’s 25 points, which included five 3-pointers, helped the Indians hold off Dolgeville 73-64 on March 6 to take the Section III Class C championship.
Atlas Fence All-Star: Ella and Evelyn Dolce, Central Square girls indoor track and field. Ella was third (12 feet) and Evelyn fourth (11 feet 9 inches) in the pole vault during the March 5 New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Staten Island.
E.J. Electric Electrifying Performance: Ashley Hardy, Liverpool girls bowling. It was Hardy bowling a 300 and 815 series and also taking the individual title while leading Section III’s composite team to the state championship March 12 at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Male Athlete of the Week: Stevyon Jones, Syracuse Academy of Science boys basketball. Though the Atoms lost a 65-61 overtime epic to New Hartford in the March 6 Section III Class A final, Jones was exceptional with 34 points and 11 rebounds.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Female Athlete of the Week: Charli Carroll, Copenhagen girls basketball. Amassing 33 points and 22 rebounds, Carroll led the Gold Knights past Poland 58-40 on March 5 to win the Section III Class D championship.
Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Alex Vanderpool, Sauquoit Valley boys volleyball. The Indians beat Coxackie-Athens in five sets in the regional Class C championship match on March 5 as Vanderpool paced the front line, putting away 12 kills.
Nagle Turf Winning Moment: Rocky El, East Syracuse Minoa boys indoor track and field, crossing the finish line first to win the 55-meter hurdles at the March 5 New York State Public High School Athletic Association championhips on Staten Island.
Purcell Paints Hometown Hockey Hero: Jared Jaeger, West Genesee, It was Jaeger’s third-period goal that made the difference as the Wildcats edged the Victor Blue Devils 1-0 in the state Division I semifinal March 12 at Buffalo’s HarborCenter.
Shute’s Water Systems Star Performance: Colton Kempney, Beaver RIver boys indoor track and field. Kempney earned a second-place finish in the public-school portion of the 3,200-meter run during the March 5 state championship meet on Staten Island.
Syracuse Fitness Store Standout: Scott Schuyler, Cincinnatus boys basketball. Finishing wtih 20 points, Schuyler helped guide the Lions as it knocked off undefeated Hamilton 64-62 in overtime to take the Section III Class D championship March 6.
Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons Student-Athlete: Emma Dupee, General Brown girls basketball. Dupee, despite foul trouble, nabbed 22 points as the Lions, ending a 20-year championship drought, beat Bishop Grimes 47-26 to win the Section III Class B championship on March 5.
Syracuse Sauna King Superstar: Grayson Gall, New Hartford gymnastics. Only an eighth-grader, Gall was the all-around champion with a score of 38.025 and also took the balance beam and uneven during the March 5 state championship meet in suburban Buffalo.
U.S. Army Male Athlete: Ty Kelly, Chittenango boys basketball. It was Kelly’s pair of 3-pointers late in the March 6 Section III Class B final that allowed the Bears to go in front of Utica Academy of Science for good and eventually prevail by a score of 56-48.
U.S. Army Female Athlete: Tamiah Washington, Utica Proctor girls indoor track and field. Washington rose to second place in the triple jump and third place in the high jump during the March 5 state championship meet on Staten Island.
Zero Draft Defensive Standout: Liverpool boys basketball. As a team, the Warriors held West Genesee without point in the last three minutes while going on a 12-0 run to rally past the Wildcats 53-50 and win the Section III Class AA championship March 6.