January 26, 2019 Awards

Here are our award-winners for the January 26 edition of the Inside High School Sports show.

AFLAC Amazing Athlete: Ashley LaRuffa, Hamilton girls basketball. LaRuffa’s 19 points and 13 rebounds helped the Emerald Knights top New York Mills 53-48 on January 22 and improve to 10-5 overall.

Crouse Hospital Clutch Performance: Kace Cook, Central Valley Academy wrestling. Cook prevailed at 106 pounds to get the Thunder going in its 52-23 win over Beaver River in the January 19 sectional Dual Meet Division II final.

Mirbeau Inn and Spa Megastar: Danny Mecca, Rome Free Academy ice hockey. The Black Knights topped Cicero-North Syracuse 5-4 on January 22 with Mecca landing a three-goal hat trick to lead his side.

NAPA Prime Performer: Kwamere White, Henninger boys indoor track and field. White has cleared 6 feet 8 inches this season and topped 6’2″ to win again at the January 19 Bob Grieve Invitational at SRC Arena.

Sam’s Auto Body Sensational Star: Drew Johnson, Cazenovia boys basketball. The Lakers prevailed 67-58 at Solvay on January 22, with Johnson putting up 32 points, 15 of them free throws.

Sport Center 481 Driving Force: Evan Kirkpatrick, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill boys volleyball. Kirkpatrick’s 11 assists and eight kills helped the Red Devils defeat Chittenango in five sets on January 17.

Summitcars.com Coach of the Week: Karl Norris, Skaneateles boys basketball. Norris has led the Lakers to a 14-0 start and a climb to no. 10 in the latest edition of the state Class B rankings.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Student-Athlete: Cameron Boehlert, Whitesboro girls volleyball. Boehlert’s 18 kills and 28 digs would lead the Warriors past South Lewis in a five-set battle on January 19.

Syracuse Pool and Patio Pivotal Play of the Week: Jay Atkins, Cortland boys basketball, hitting free throws in the final seconds to help the Purple Tigers hand Central Square its first defeat of the season 51-50 on January 18.

Upstate Medical University Magic Moment: Nick Rouse, Canastota wrestling, earning his 150th victory on January 22 with a pin of Dolgeville’s John Talbot during the Raiders’ 56-30 victory over the Blue Devils.

U.S. Army Male Athlete: Tyler Warner, Mexico boys swimming. During the January 18 Onondaga High School League championships, Warner was victorious in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke.

U.S. Army Female Athlete: Brooke Blaisdell, Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field. Blaisdell won the high jump and was second in the 55-meter hurdles in the January 18 MVITA meet at Utica College.

Wegmans Winning Player: J.D. Speer, Cazenovia ice hockey. Speer’s three-goal hat trick, plus an assist, carried the Lakers past the Liverpool Warriors 4-2 on January 22 at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

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