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June 26, 2009

 

Liberty spotlight shining on Luety

Trojans’ Riley also on 1st team

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Gabby Luety has helped keep a Trojan post-season softball tradition alive.
The Homer Central junior catcher earned Co-Player of the Year honors for the 2009 OHSL Liberty Division season, joining an elite group that included 2008 graduate Stephanie Hartquist and 2006 alumnus Laynie Stillman as past OHSL Freedom Division Players of the Year.
Luety, who was also an All-CNY honoree, is joined by Homer senior McKenna Riley as Liberty Division first team all-star selections.
Luety hit an even .500 (41-for-82) this season with nine doubles, four triples, four home runs, 28 runs scored and 31 RBIs. Her slugging percentage finished at .854. All the above were team highs or tied for team-high honors. Luety also walked 14 times, stole six bases and struck out just three times.
She shared the Player of the Year honor with Jordan-Elbridge senior infielder Sarah Fordyce.
Riley was the Trojans’ shortstop and she hit .400 (36-for-90) with five doubles, four triples, 14 runs scored and 21 RBIs. She had four stolen bases.
Joining Luety and Riley as first teamers are Westhill sophomore Toni Secreti, who was named Liberty Division Pitcher of the Year; Fordyce; senior infielders Emily Mangicaro, Alyssa Reale and Brittany Kaiser from Westhill; senior outfielder Lindsey Smith, sophomore infielder Taylor Malmsheimer and sophomore infielder Belle Hoagland of Cazenovia; Jordan-Elbridge junior infielder Liz Caspari; senior infielder Marissa Bankey and senior pitcher Gina Cardarelli from Marcellus; Solvay junior infielder Shannon Slowik; Skaneateles junior catcher Erica Tardiff and Hannibal senior outfielder Laurel Jicha, Cazenovia’s Lisa Smith was selected Coach of the Year by her Liberty Division peers.
Homer senior outfielder Courtney Rainbow and junior infielder-outfielder Ashley Crossway head the list of Liberty Division second team all-stars.
The Trojan duo were joined by junior catcher Courtney Morgan and junior outfielder Nicole Toth from Westhill; senior infielder Alissa Easterly, senior pitcher Alyssa Boswell and sophomore infielder Korena Fenton of Cazenovia; senior infielder Erika Peterson and junior pitcher Jenn Gasparek from Jordan-Elbridge; sophomore catcher Sophie Jackson and senior infielder Lisa Filtch from Marcellus; Solvay junior pitcher Gabriella Nurod; Skaneateles senior infielder Britton Weber and Hannibal senior infielder Kayla Blaney.
Homer senior pitcher Jessica Rigg senior infielder-outfielder Jamie Gray and freshman infielder Katie Sinclair earned honorable mention status.
Other honorable mentions included junior outfielder Mary Bailey and freshman outfielder Andrea Golembiewski from Westhill; sophomore outfielder Abby Eschen and sophomore catcher Emily Mastropaolo of Cazenovia; junior catcher Samantha Lewis, sophomore infielder Natalie Andrianos and senior outfielder Alicia Andrianos from Jordan-Elbridge; senior infielder Emily Hunt and sophomore infielder Jessica Manahan of Marcellus; sophomore infielder Tiff Giunta, plus senior infielders Arianna Campagnone and Brittni Casimiro from Solvay; freshman infielder Jackie Leslie and senior outfielder Emily Devins from Skaneateles; along with junior infielder Karisa Fiumara and sophomore pitcher Jami Keding of Hannibal.
Homer coach Cris Colasurdo comments on her first team all-stars.
Colasurdo on Luety: “Gabby is a smart player who recognizes what needs to happen. Defensively, she helps refocus the pitcher and knows the opponents’ offensive strengths. Offensively, Gabby led the team in almost every offensive category: batting average (.500), 28 runs and 31 RBI’s. I look forward to her coming back next year, as she continues to strive to reach her full potential.”
Colasurdo on Riley: “Kenna is a strong athlete. Because of her athleticism, she was able to adjust to a new position this year, playing shortstop. Her range and strong arm contributed to her solid performance. Kenna also helped us offensively. She was second on the team in batting average (.400) and RBIs (21).”