AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Colton Kempney, Beaver River boys indoor track and field. During the March 12 Nike Indoor Track Nationals on Staten Island, Kempney ran 3,200 meters in nine minutes, 8.47 seconds, finishing second among small-school runners.
The Amish Group Master Builder: Alyssa Fitzpatrick, Copenhagen girls basketball. With her 10 first-quarter points, Fitzpatrick set the tone for the Gold Knights as it defeated Sherman 47-39 on March 19 to earn the state Class D championship at Hudson Valley CC in Troy.
Atlas Fence All-Star: Cason Stafford, Cincinnatus boys basketball. The Lions’ 56-43 defeat to Heuvelton in the Class D regional final on March 12 could hardly be blamed on Stafford, who finished the day with 20 points, nearly half his team’s output.
E.J. Electric Electrifying Performance: West Genesee’s 4×200 relay team of Dom Burris, Bryce Burt, Payton Manipole and Chris Moser finishing fifth in the 4×200 relay at the March 12 Nike Indoor Track Nationals on Staten Island and earning All-American status.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Male Athlete of the Week: Andreo Ash, Liverpool boys basketball. Even though the Warriors lost 71-67 in overtime to Albany’s Green Tech in the March 13 Class A regional final, Ash was sensational, finishing with 29 points, including four 3-pointers.
Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Female Athlete of the Week: Emma Dupee, General Brown girls basketball. When the Lions defeated Norwich 72-52 in the Class B regional final at Binghamton March 13, Dupee put together 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Kiara Samh-Khimadavan, Whitesboro girls gymnastics. Samh-Khimadavan helped Section III to the team title at the March 5 state championships in suburban Buffalo, and was fourth in the individual all-around standings.
Nagle Turf Winning Moment: Connor Karowski, New Hartford boys basketball, hitting an over-the-shoulder shot just before the buzzer to give the Spartans a 48-46 victory over Mekeel Christian in the March 13 Class A regional final at Troy’s Hudson Valley Community College.
Purcell Paints Hometown Hockey Hero: Zach Blevins, Ontario Bay. With his 23 goals and 41 asssits, Blevins finished in the top 10 in Division I both points and goals as the Storm, led by Blevins, finished with a 10-7-2 record, one of its best in a while.
Shute’s Water Systems Star Performance: Hannah Kaercher, Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field. Kaercher went to the March 12 Nike Indoor Track Nationals on Staten Island and finished second in the two-mile run to go with a third at 3,000 meters.
Syracuse Fitness Store Standout: Aubree Smylka, Copenhagen girls basketball. When the Gold Knghts defeated Hartford 51-40 in the state Class D semifinal March 18 at Hudson Valley CC in Troy, Smylka played a big part, finishing with 12 points and five assists.
Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons Student-Athlete: Mea Coppola, Central Square rifle. During the state championships contested virtually in early March, Coppola put together a fourth-place finish in the prone event, best among the Redhawks’ individuals.
Syracuse Sauna King Superstar: Madison Scranton, New Hartford girls gymnastics. Scranton put together a third-place all-around finish in the March 5 state championships in suburban Buffalo, which helped Section III also claim the overall team title.
U.S. Army Male Athlete: Ryan Moesch, Chittenango boys basketball. Moesch put up a career-best 28 points in the Bears’ Class B regional final March 13 against Binghamton Seton Catholic, though it wasn’t quite enough as Chittenango took a 69-65 defeat.
U.S. Army Female Athlete: Alita Carey-Santangelo, Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball. Carey-Santangelo hit the tying and winning baskets in the Northstars’ Class AA regional final win over Albany March 12, all part of a game where she produced 28 points overall.
Zero Draft Defensive Standout: Cy McCrink, Cazenovia ice hockey. It was McCrink leading Section III in save percentage in .932 for the Lakers, leading to his named to the sectional Division I All-Star first team after he helped Cazenovia reach the sectional semifinals.