March 20, 2012


All-star glow to trio of Trojans

Coach Fox steps away from post

Staff Writer

On the heels of a third straight league title, three Homer Central volleyball players earned Onondaga High School League first-team all-star status from the 2011-12 winter season.
Senior middle hitter Katie Sinclair, senior setter Taryn Heath and junior middle hitter Lauren Smith were all honored by the league’s coaches for their contributions this season. Heath is a repeat first-team pick. Sinclair and Smith were both second-team selections in the 2010-11 season.
“Katie, Taryn and Lauren are the type of players a coach dreams of having,” Homer coach Brian Fox said of his trio as a group. “All of them do whatever you ask of them. They trust what the coach is telling them and they work hard. All started their Homer volleyball careers as freshman and have grown tremendously as players.”
Individually, Fox had these additional thoughts.
“Katie and Taryn have taken the Homer volleyball program to a much higher level in their four-year careers,” he said. “Their career record is 66-13. They were members of teams who won three consecutive league championships and a Class A sectional title. Both were the first-ever in Homer history in the 37 years of the program.
“Lauren has worked really hard to become a vital part of our success,” Fox continued. “Without her contributions this year we wouldn’t have been as successful as we were.”
Heath dished out 485 assists this season, along with 37 service aces, 32 kills, 27 digs and 10 blocks. Sinclair notched 213 kills, 40 aces, 38 digs and 35 blocks while Smith contributed 150 kills, 19 blocks, three aces, two digs and two assists.
Sinclair was also named the Section 3 Class B “Player of the Year.” Sinclair and Heath were both selected to the All-Section 3 Class B all-star squad, too.
Joining the Trojan trio as OHSL first-team all-stars were senior middle hitter Liz Peters from Mexico and her classmate setter Mary Teifke, Jamesville-DeWitt junior outside hitter Jenna Hayward, sophomore outside hitter Rachel Aird from East Syracuse-Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy senior middle blocker Sophie Racciatti.
Two more Homer players and a Cortland High player earned OHSL second-team all-star status this season. Trojan junior libero Lainee Reed and senior outside hitter Jessica Mitchell were honored along with Cortland senior setter Jenna Gregory.
Rounding out the second team were senior libero Carrie Lehtonen and junior middle hitter/setter Tami Searles from Mexico, CBA senior setter Kelly Bewley and classmate outside hitter Marisa Hamel, senior right-side hitter Taylor Bierwagon from Jamesville-DeWitt, junior setter Kaitlyn Shaughnessy of East Syracuse-Minoa and Chittenango senior outside hitter/libero Brianna Schiedo.
Honorable mention status was awarded to the Homer trio of junior outside hitter Jessica Walter, freshman setter Emily Cottrell and junior right-side hitter Logan McEvoy, along with Cortland High senior middle blocker Zakarra Butts.
Other mentions were the Mexico senior trio of outside hitter Kayla Carter, outside hitter Alexis Giovo and right-side hitter Emily Yerdon; CBA’s senior threesome of setter Claire Gollegly, middle blocker Becky Scullin and outside hitter/setter Kara Dell’uomo; the Jamesville-DeWitt trio of sophomore middle hitter Laura Wildridge, sophomore outide hitter Carly Neugebauer and junior middle hitter Kristina Gitzen; East Syracuse-Minoa’s junior quartet of outside hitter Olivia Chopske, outside hitter Safira Lubenovic, middle hitter Daniella Steigerwald and libero Melissa Azzolino; the senior duo of outside hitter Allyssa Mroczek and libero Ami Petosa from Chittenango; the Hannibal senior trio of Brandi Moody, Liz Sullivan and Brittany Sizemore; plus the Jordan-Elbridge quartet of senior Katie Burns, sophomore Kali Kimak, senior Paige Brown and senior Emma Coomey.


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