March 18, 2008


Mites struggle, Flames take cup

Staff Writer

With all the post-season banquets finished, Homer Central School announced its winter student-athletes awards winners. Each sport held its own season-ending banquet this year where the announcements of Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player honorees for each sport.
The team members did most of the voting for the major awards.
Following are the Most Valuable Players and Most Improved Players for each varsity sport, plus any other special awards, with coaches’ comments on the MVP honorees:
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MVP: Mike Carboine
MIP: Paul Armideo
Coach Jim Luchsinger on Carboine: “Michael is a very hard worker and gives 100 percent every game. He does all the dirty work inside. Michael has come a long way over the past two season by improving his shooting and his play with his back to the basket. He is a great captain and a good kid to coach because he listens and does what you tell him.”
Carboine scored 203 points in his senior season and 504 for his career.
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MVP: Stephanie Hartquist
MIP: Jessica Rigg
Coach’s Awards: Ashley Brown and Haylee Riley
Coach Bruce Tytler on Hartquist: “First and foremost, Stephanie is a leader on and off the court. She worked hard in practice and in all of our games. Everybody followed her lead.  Stephanie helped us keep things on an even keel off the court by staying positive and being patient. She is the person we all looked to when we were not sure what to do on the court — she is a calming influence. She rebounded, passed, scored, and played good defense. She would dive for loose balls and she would help us bring the ball up the court when we were having trouble breaking someone’s press.  The plain and simple fact is Stephanie is a player and I think that says it all.”
Hartquist scored 182 points in 17 games (10.7 average) after missing three games due to injury. This was her best scoring season of her career. She also finishes with 538 points, seventh on the Homer all-time scoring list.
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MVP: Nate Crawford
MIP: Nick Shanahan
Coaches MIP: Nick Shanahan
Tough as Nails Award: Ben McBride
Coaches Award: Saxon Sprouse
Coach Jeff Lewis on Crawford: “Nate’s record was .500 halfway through the season, struggling to find wins. He kept battling, working hard in the room and become of one the guys with the best records.”
Crawford posted a 17-21 record with five pins at 140 pounds. He placed second at the Cazenovia Invitational and third at the Sherburne-Earlville Classic. Crawford placed fifth at the Section 3, Class B championships.
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MVP: Katie Wick
MIP: Alexis Johnston and Jessica Brown
Coach Brian Fox on Wick: “Winning this honor for the past few years shows the respect Katie’s earned from her teammates. After four years on the varsity team and countless awards it’s getting harder each year to say how special Katie Wick is as a player and teammate without repeating myself. Katie is a coach’s dream. Her leadership is an essential part of the success of the Homer program. She’s the rare combination of outstanding volleyball skills and a humble personality.
Whenever she receives an individual award she will always be the first one to thank her teammates and coach personally. She realizes she couldn’t accomplish the individual success without her teammates and coaches. This is an attribute she’s had since I’ve known her as an eighth-grader and has never changed with her increased success. Younger players look up to her as a role model. Her dedication to playing and learning the sport of volleyball to become the best player she can be is astounding. Her positive attitude is contagious. She’s a very strong motivator. One of the greatest things about Katie and the reason she’s had such great success is that she’s not afraid to make changes to her volleyball game, which may not payoff immediately, but makes her much better in the future. Many players don’t reach their full potential because they’re afraid to make changes to their game without seeing immediate results.”
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MVP: Andrew Gregg
MIP: Josh Bergmark
Coach George Schneider on Gregg: “Andrew Gregg took the honors of being the MVP of the indoor team for the second time. Considering he is only a sophomore, this is quite an accomplishment. Andrew won the Freedom League Championship and the Class A Sectional Championship in the 600-meter run. He also placed fifth in the 600-meter run at the State Qualifier setting a new school record in the process. Andrew also set the sophomore class record in the 55-meter High Hurdles. Andrew hopes to find a way into the Outdoor State Championships this spring, but is still unsure of what event he will compete in.”
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MVP: Heather Wilson
MIP: Caitlin McMahon
Coach George Schneider on Wilson: “Heather became the MVP of the indoor team for the second year in a row. Although she missed the state meet, she did have a good indoor season.  She was the strongest runner on the girls’ team. This year Heather set two senior class indoor records: the 55-meter dash and the 500-meter run. Her 500-meter time was also a school record. Heather won the Class A Sectional Championships in the 1,000-meter run and the 300-meter run. Heather should be a contender to go to the State meet in the 800-meter run in the spring.”
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Co-MIP: Brett Kash
Coaches Award: Vic Marchetti
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MVP: Amber Van Dee
MIP: Diana Guest
Coach Erin Podsiedlik on Van Dee: “Amber is only a sophomore, but is a highly respected veteran on the squad. She’s very hard working and pushes herself, and her squad to make improvements everyday. She is extremely dependable and always willing to help fellow cheerleaders or coaches. Amber is a true cheerleader at heart and loves spreading blue pride.”