Awards for 9/9/2023

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Will Kettell, Fayetteville-Manlius Green boys golf. Kettell’s 37 led the Hornets to a 192-203 victory over Baldwinsville that put an end to the Bees’ 24-match win streak.

Atlas Fence All-Star: Connor Zehr, Beaver River boys cross country. Zehr dominated the field in the September 9 New Hartford Invitational, winning the individual race in 16 minutes 12.4 seconds and beating the field by more than half a minute.

Byrne Dairy Prime Performer: Dalton Miranda, Adirondack football. With 20 carries for 145 yards and three touchdowns, Miranda helped the Wildcats battle past Bishop Ludden 42-34 on September 8.

Empower Federal Credit Union Rewarding Effort: Ava Burns, South Jefferson girls swimming. The Spartans defeated Carthage 101-81 on September 5 as Burns won both the 50 and 100 freestyle and helped in two victorious relays.

Ethan Allen Award of Excellence: Ebuela Bilengana, Nottingham boys soccer. Bilengana’s two goals and assist carried the Bulldogs past Fayetteville-Manlius for the first time since 2015 in a 3-1 decision on September 5.

Fitness Forum/Ultimate Goal/Sports 481 Fabulous Effort: Gracen and Gretchen Grimm, Clinton field hockey. The sisters Grimm combined for four goals and Gretchen had three assists as the Warriors handled Mount Markham 5-1 on September 6.

Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning Outstanding Athlete: Lily Gillette, Lowville girls soccer. When the Red Raiders shut out Carthage 6-0 on September 6, Gillette had a central role, earning a pair of goals and adding two assists.

Mooney Marketing Group/Bristol 7 Enterprises Major Performance: Nixon Karcz, Jordan-Elbridge football. Karcz threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 210 yards as well in the Eagles’ 39-6 win over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown on September 8.

Nye Automotive Mark of Excellence: Arcara Speicher, Copenhagen girls tennis. Speicher’s straight-set singles win over Karley Ferguson helped the Gold Knights pull out a 3-2 win over Beaver River on September 8.

Purcell Paints Prime Performer: Olivia Kalil, Sauquoit Valley girls soccer. Sauquoit put together a 6-2 victory over Plattsburgh on September 9 as Kalil not only got a three-goal hat trick, she had two assists.

Revitalize! CNY Rewarding Performance: Jackson Tedesco, East Syracuse Minoa boys soccer. Tedesco put in two goals that helped the Spartans push past West Genesee 3-2 on September 9.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Student-Athlete: Jeadi Higdon, Corcoran football. Higdon’s 175 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns helped lead the Cougars past Fulton 53-8 in the September 8 season opener.

University Sports Shop/Manny’s Major Moment: West Genesee girls volleyball team recording a five-set victory over Baldwinsville on September 5, marking the first time the Wildcats won a head-to-head match over the Bees since 2008.

Upstate Urology Upstart: Alexandria French, New Hartford girls cross country. French’s time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds beat the field by nearly a full minute as she won on her home course at the September 9 New Hartford Invitational.

U.S. Army Athlete of the Week: Abby McKay, Port Byron/Union Springs field hockey. The Panthers defeated Cato-Meridian 7-1 on September 8 as McKay contributed four assists to go with her pair of goals.

Wilkins RV Winning Player: Ava Larrabee, Cincinnatus girls soccer. Netting the game’s only goal, Larrabee helped the Lions pull out a 1-0 decision over Cortland on September 7.

Zero Draft Defensive Standout: Christian Masterleo, Living Word Academy boys volleyball. With his seven digs, Masterleo helped the Lions put together a four-set victory over Central Square on September 7.