March 18, 2011
Winter athletes honored at CHS
Members of the winter sports teams representing Cortland High School were honored recently as each squad held an individual team banquet.
Following are the award winners for each sport, with the respective coaches’ comments on their Most Valuable Players.
Coach: Mick Lowie
MVP: Justin Hogan and Brandon Babcock
Most Improved Player: J.P. Reagan and Jonathan Prior
Coaches’ Award: Qwuhail Barlow
Lowie on Hogan: “Justin, a senior captain, was selected as this year’s co-MVP for his outstanding accomplishments. Justin is a three year starter at forward and led our team in several statistical categories. He was our leading 3-point shooter with 35-95 for an impressive 37 percent, also shooting 51 percent from two-point range, averaging almost 10 points per game. More importantly, however, Justin led our team in assists with 73, quite an accomplishment playing in the four-spot. On the defensive end, he led our team in steals with 62, blocked shots with 27 and was our second-leading rebounder with 127.
“Justin’s overall statistics were quite impressive this year, especially the assists, because he passed up many scoring opportunities to feed the ball inside. He is a very unselfish player, and that attitude became contagious with his teammates. Justin’s overall senior leadership set the tone for how we were to perform this year, in my opinion, his greatest contribution to our record-setting season.”
Lowie on Babcock: “A junior captain, Brandon was also selected as this year’s Co-MVP for his outstanding accomplishments. As a two-year varsity starter, the 6-5 center started all 21 games and was our leading scorer with 285 points, or 13.6 per game, and shot 114-201 from the floor for an impressive 57 percent shooting percentage. Defensively, Brandon was our leading rebounder with 179, or 8.5 per game, and was second in blocked shots with 24 and third in assists with 57.
“We knew that Brandon was going to have a great year for us, but he exceeded our expectations. He improved in almost every statistical category, the keys being his rebounding, blocked shots and assists. To be our team’s third-leading playmaker as a center shows how well-rounded he is. Offensively, Brandon was constantly double- and triple-teamed inside but still managed to score almost 14 points per game. With his work ethic and coachability, we are sure that his game will only improve next year.”
Coach: Dick Penoyer
MVP: Maggie Brown
MIP: Nacirema Mann
Coaches’: Melanie Phillips and Emily Morehouse
Penoyer on Brown: “Maggie led our team in every statistical category. She made everyone on our team better with her leadership and emotional play, both in practices and in games. She is looked up to by her teammates and admired by the coaches for her positive attitude. Maggie represented the heart and soul of our team this season.
Coach: Don Armstrong
MVP: Cory Broyles
MIP: Brandon Paquin
Coaches’: Nick Potter (Homer)
Armstrong on Broyles: “Certainly goaltending was one of the team’s strong points this past season. Cory was chosen MVP not only because of his statistics — a save percentage of 92 percent and division-leading goals against average of 2.07 — but because of what he demonstrated not only in each game opportunity but at every practice. Cory takes great pride in always being prepared and working as hard or harder as anyone on the team. Above all he is a tremendous competitor. Whether in practice or in a game, he has the attitude of refusing to be beaten. He made a number of saves this year that left not only the opposition but also his own coaches and teammates shaking their heads in disbelief.”
Coach: Cheri Olson
Overall MVP: Kaylee Gebhardt
Offensive MVP: Kelly Knauerhase
Defensive MVP: Amanda Shelley
MIP: Alex Charles
Coaches’: Kelsey Wetherell and Carina Clayton
Olson on Gebhardt: “Kaylee was chosen as this year’s MVP for her all-around play. Kaylee had the second-most kills (135) on our team and actually led the team in digs (318). Kaylee started out as a sophomore who saw little to no playing time. She came to practice every day and worked hard for her first two years and ended up getting our Most Improved Player award last year. She had a great season. We could not have been as successful as we were without her. She was also a captain and a leader both on and off the court.”
Coach: Dave Darrow
Most Valuable Wrestler: Garret Morse
Outstanding Season: Zack Alexander
Most Improved Wrestler: Tyler Thayer and Luke Bush
Darrow on Morse: “Garret, a team captain, was 31-11 overall this season with 113 wins on his career, and placed fifth at 160 at the sectional Division 1 tournament. Garret is our most valuable wrestler because he is a strong leader who works very hard with the young wrestlers. He also consistently wrestles the other team’s best wrestler, allowing our team a better chance for success. Our program will miss him!”
Coach: Ron Reed
Boys’ Most Valuable Bowler: Josh Cook
Girls’ Most Valuable Bowler: Courtney Roher
Boys’ Rookie Award: Andrew Adsit
Girls’ Rookie Award: Nadeane Minnard
Boys’ Coaches’ Award: Jacob Passalugo
Girls’ Coaches’ Award: Hannah Franceschelli
Reed on Cook: “Josh is recognized as one of the top bowlers in Section III. His commitment to the sport of bowling, his consistent performances, and his quiet leadership have gained him the respect he deserves by everyone in the OHSL. Mike O’Connell, the boys’ Section III chairman, was disappointed that Josh was unable to compete in the Sectional match this year. ‘I still remember Josh bowling a 300 game at the sectionals as a seventh grader,’ Mike told me. ‘I’m sorry his missed his senior year, but I know we will see him in adult league competition in the future.’”
Reed on Roher: “Courtney’s 2010-11 season reflects the work of someone for whom bowling isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. For years, she has surrounded herself with others who share the same passion. Her outstanding accomplishments this year are the capstone of a young career. She will be moving on to bowl at the collegiate level, where I expect she will achieve even greater skills and confidence.”
Coach: Brittanie Gibbons
No individual awards were given.
A total of four Cortland High winter sports squads have been named NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete teams.
Varsity teams must earn an academic average of 90 percent or higher during their season to qualify for the award, with letters of recognition and pins provided by NYSPHSAA for the individual athletes who made the team awards possible.
The hockey team, for which CHS combines with Homer Central, led the way with an average of 95.048, followed by girls’ basketball, 93.783; volleyball, 93.813 and boys’ basketball, 92.096.
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