UTICA – Rory Richard and Nathaniel Sletten every earned the highest awards in the course of the 2020-21 Mohawk Valley Excessive College Sports activities Awards on Wednesday night.
Richard, a standout soccer participant from Holland Patent who is about to attend Hartwick Faculty, was named the Feminine Athlete of the Yr. Sletten, a high runner from Rome Free Academy who’s headed to Siena Faculty, was chosen for the highest male athlete of the yr award.
The pair are among the many Part III athletes from faculties in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Otsego counties who had been honored in the course of the annual present, which was once more a digital occasion this yr that featured many well-known athletes and sports activities personalities.
In complete, greater than 30 awards had been handed out to athletes following highschool seasons that had been altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Honorees for every of the spring sports activities shall be introduced in July.
In serving to him earn the Male Athlete of the Yr, Sletten didn’t lose a race in the course of the cross-country season final fall and earned the TVL’s Colonial Division championship by practically a full minute final November. He additionally had strong swimming and monitor and discipline seasons.
Richard turned in a record-setting effort as a member of the college’s soccer group. Richard, who’s a ahead/midfielder, completed with a team-record and Part III-best 25 targets. She additionally participated in monitor and discipline within the spring.
Here’s a checklist of this yr’s award winners:
Workforce of the Yr/Coach of the Yr
Holland Patent additionally produced the Workforce of the Yr in addition to the Coach of the Yr.
The Holland Patent discipline hockey group completed with 13-0-1 report and earned the Middle State Convention title in opposition to an equally gifted Clinton group in a season that didn’t have sectionals.
Renee Morrison, who has led the Holland Patent discipline hockey group for seven seasons, earned the Coach of the Yr honor. She helped proceed this system’s current success and navigated by way of a season that included a pause due to a virus outbreak within the college district.
Little Falls soccer and basketball participant Gabby Sylstra was honored with the braveness award after a devastating knee harm pressured her to overlook her senior season. Whereas additionally looking for the brilliant facet of the scenario, Sylstra needed to make changes and realized to understand the alternatives she had following the harm.
Ladies swimming and diving
Emma Burke, New Hartford
Finalists: Elizabeth Deck, Whitesboro and Arianna Lange, Holland Patent
Boys swimming and diving
Jacob Lester, New Hartford
Finalists: Andrew Hicks, Oneida and Aidan Hicks, Oneida
Kamryn Yerman, Notre Dame
Finalists: Evie Denton, Rome Free Academy and Laney Falkenmeyer, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill
Gabe Williams, Waterville
Finalists: Caleb Decker, VVS and Cam Jenkins, New Hartford.
Madelyn McCormack, Remsen
Finalists: Ku Ku, New Hartford and LeAnne Lowery, VVS
Evan Kirkpatrick, VVS
Finalists: Tesfaye Hatch, Oneida and Joe DiNigro, Mount Markham
Grace LaFountain, New Hartford
Finalists: Emily Lyga, Notre Dame and Mei Cassidy-Heekin, Clinton
Aidan Hicks, Oneida
Finalists: David Fenner, New Hartford and Will Weldon, Cooperstown
Emily Toth-Ratazzi, Rome Free Academy
Finalists: Lizzy Lucason, Camden and Paris Welker, Oriskany
Nathaniel Sletten, RFA
Finalists: Jack Gibson, CVA and Victor Lee, New York Mills
Miranda Smith, New Hartford
Finalists: Kiara Khiamdavanh, Whitesboro and Sienna Zuccaro, New Hartford
Jenavieve Lyon, West Canada Valley
Finalists: Sadie Falcone, Rome Free Academy and Maryssa Parker, Camden
Zachary Flint, New York Mills
Finalists: Keshawn Clark, Rome Free Academy and Ray Cyr, New Hartford
Ladies monitor and discipline
Emily Toth-Ratazzi, Rome Free Academy
Finalists: Finley Davignon, Clinton and Laura Suppa, Canastota
Boys monitor and discipline
Louis Pinto, Clinton
Finalists: Rico Lucio, Clinton and Nathaniel Sletten, RFA
Ice Hockey (co-ed)
Isaiah Nebush, Rome Free Academy
Finalists: Mia Lopata, Clinton and Jimmy Kraeger, Whitesboro
Hanna Corrigan, Holland Patent
Finalists: Mackenzie Combine, Camden and Gianna Trunfio, Clinton
Rory Richard, Holland Patent
Finalists: Anna Rayhill, New Hartford and Lexi Bates, Poland
Kade Ozog, Poland
Finalists: Adin Day, Central Valley Academy and Jake Pawlika, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill
Bryce Palmer, VVS
Finalists: Shawn Capes, Mount Markham and Paul Vitagliano, New Hartford
Jeff Cubino, Whitesboro
Finalists: Bryce Dare, Holland Patent and Aiden Fabbio, Westmoreland/Oriskany
Jacob Null, Dolgeville
Finalists: Marek Bush, Central Valley Academy and Mason Bush, Central Valley Academy
Mary Fiorentino, New Hartford
Finalists: Jace Hunzinger, Rome Free Academy and Grace Stuhlman, Whitesboro
Caden Kramer, New Hartford
Finalists: Anthony Campola, New Hartford and Noah Hammon, Rome Free Academy
Kaylin Curro, Oneida
Finalists: Brooke Musch, Camden and Taylor Koenig, Holland Patent
Chris Ubner, Cooperstown
Finalists: Aidan Maxwell, West Canada Valley and Colin Skermont, Whitesboro
Kaia Henderson, New Hartford
Finalists: Sydney Lusher, Oneida and Hayleigh Gates, Mount Markham
John Kennedy, Cooperstown
Finalists: Zach Philipkoski, New Hartford and Ryan Rutledge, Hamilton
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