March 13, 2008
Local quartet named division all-stars
By TOM VARTANIAN
With the high school basketball season over for the local teams, four boys were recognized for their achievements this season and named to Interscholastic Athletic Conference all-star teams in their respective divisions.
Groton led the way with two Division III first-team selections while Marathon had one first-teamer in Division III and Dryden had one Division I first-team honoree.
Junior guard Peter Jackson and sophomore guard Ethan Tilebein were each Division III First-Team all-stars for the Indians with Marathon junior Chase Wiley another first-team selection.
Rounding out the IAC Division III first-team were senior MVP Julius McClary and senior Devon Brady from Union Springs, Newfield senior Mike Armstrong and Moravia senior Taylor Mackey.
Division III Second-Team all-star selections were Groton sophomore Kyle Reed, Marathon junior Stephen Birdsall, Moravia sophomore Pat Mott, Newfield junior Julian Smith-Magee, Southern Cayuga junior Sean Driscoll and Union Springs senior Mike Howell.
DIVISION I saw Dryden High senior Rob Solveson named a first-team all-star.
Other first-team selections included senior MVP Teagan Barresi and senior Tyler Fleming from Lansing, Elmira Notre Dame senior Brett Shay, Newark Valley junior Ryan Warchocki and Waverly senior Mark Kuzma.
Dryden senior Rob Leviere led the Division I Second-Team all-star squad, Joining Leviere were seniors Brian Milliman and Will Opperman from Lansing, senior Bryan Marsh and sophomore Kevin Coleman of Newark Valley, junior Steven Moore and senior Ethan Van Houten from Trumansburg, plus Waverly sophomore Kevin Gorman.
DIVISION II saw three Elmira Heights Edison seniors at the top of the first-team list. That trio was Jon Coats (MVP), Symeon Fulwood and Steve Sawyer.
Rounding out the first-team were junior Will Gates and sophomore Jake Tubbs of Candor, Odessa-Montour junior John Blaha and Watkins Glen junior Justin DeDominick.
Comprising the Division II Second-Team all-star team were Candor juniors Cody Rose and Jordan Updyke, Elmira Heights Edison seniors Zach Renko and Jon Schiefen, Odessa-Montour senior Bobby Hornick, Spencer-Van Etten junior Adam Park, freshman David Ulrich and junior Zeth Henneman from Tioga, plus Watkins Glen seniors Chris Hong, Alan McIlroy and Jonathan Fazzary.
Following are comments from Groton coach John Filzen, Marathon Jim Holland and Dryden coach Dan Miller on their first-team all-star selections:
Coach Filzen on Jackson: “Peter is a great athlete. He showed more promise this year of becoming a very good point guard. Peter helped to get our offense going, made some big clutch shots for us and got his teammates involved in the scoring. He was also a good defensive player for us.”
Jackson scored 186 points this season and now has 414 career points. He tied the single-game record for assists with 11 against Candor.
Coach Filzen on Tilebein: “Ethan is a real good scorer. He also learned one very important thing, that other teams have scouted him and are building their defense around stopping him. Ethan has that scorer’s mentality, so I look for him to find new ways to improve his scoring over the next two years.”
Tilebein scored 359 points this season and now has 567 career points, moving him passed his brother Ryan on the all-time scoring list. Tilebein made 44 3-pointers this season while also setting single-game (15) and season (93) records for free throws made. He was 93-for-132 (70.45%) at the charity stripe this season.
Coach Holland on Wiley: “Chase was a smart player and very easy to coach. He is a quick learner and his work ethic is great. Chase lifts regularly and really works out hard. He lost 17 pounds before the season to help with his conditioning. He started every game for us this season and it was not long before coaches knew that he was one of the guys to key on. Chase was one of the most consistent players on the team all season long. He did not shoot much so we will work on before next season. We want him to become a shooter.”
Wiley averaged 10.5 points and seven rebounds per game for the Olympians in the 2007-2008 season. He hit double figures ten times, shot 40 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range. He made 17 3-pointers and 93 field goals overall.
Coach Miller on Solveson: “Robbie had one heck of a year. He was one of our most consistent players all season long, averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. Even though he was only 5-11 or six-foot, Robbie played like he was 6-5. He really stepped up of us and played in the lane because we needed him there. Robbie always had a lot of energy and the team fed off of it.”
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