June 27, 2008
Benz, Carboine top Trojan seniors
By TOM VARTANIAN
Homer Central recently announced its spring student-athlete 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. There were also a large number of special athletic awards handed out for the recently completed 2007-2008 season.
Highlighting the special awards were the naming of seniors Kaylee Benz and Michael Carboine as the Homer Central Athletes of the Year.
Benz played soccer and lacrosse, leading both teams in scoring. She had 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points in soccer and finishes eighth on the all-time scoring list with 27 goals and 19 assists for 73 point. In lacrosse, Benz set a new school single-season points record with 81 points and tied the single-season goal mark with 68. She also tied the school single-game record for goals (9) and points (10) against Fulton. She is sixth on the all-time scoring list with 100 goals and 17 assists for 117 points. Benz will continue her soccer and lacrosse careers at Nazareth.
Carboine competed football, basketball and lacrosse during his senior season. In football, he set a new single-game yards receiving record with 171 yards on five catches; posted the fourth-best single season yard receiving record with 441 yards and seven touchdowns on 21 receptions (21 yards/catch). Carboine was the leading scorer in basketball with 203 points (10.2 ppg, 73 FG, 57-118 FT). In lacrosse, he was a part of a solid defensive core that helped the Trojans post an 18-3 record ad reach the sectional semifinals. Carboine will attend LeMoyne college and play lacrosse.
Additional special awards winners for the 2006-2007 season included:
Following are the Most Valuable Players and Most Improved Players for each varsity sport with coaches’ comments on the MVP honorees:
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MVP: Anthony Brevetti
MIP: Brandon Simonetta
Coach Robert Nasiatka on Brevetti: “There is not a more coachable player, Anthony absorbed baseball and devoted his athleticism to baseball. Anthony was constantly in the weight room and at hitting clinics working on his skills. He hopefully proved to the younger players what it takes to be the team MVP. Anthony had the natural skills to be a good player, his devotion and hard work made him a great player. It has been a privilege and an honor to coach him and I hope through his example there will be more Anthonies coming up through the ranks in the years to come.”
Brevetti, an All-CNY first-team pick as well, hit .481 (39x81) this season with five doubles, nine home runs, 30 runs scored and 32 RBIs. On the mound, he went 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 38 strikeouts. He leaves the Trojan program with school records for best single-season records for batting average (.510 in 2007), base hits (39, 2008) runs batted in (32, 2008) and home runs (9. 2008). Brevetti is the first Homer player ever to have a .400 career batting average at .431 (84x195), and he is in the top five on the career hits (84), RBIs (60), home runs (11) and runs scored (58) lists.
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MVP: Mike Carboine & Carl Zimmerman
MIP: Matt Sharpe
Coach Tom Cottrell on Carboine: “Michael was our vocal and physical leader and he led by example. He would big close defense, long-stick midfield, anywhere we needed him. Being a four-year varsity player, Michael was looked at as a leader. He was a motivator in practice and in games. It was nice honor from the team and coaches to recognize him as an MVP.”
Coach Cottrell on Zimmerman: “Carl emerged as a leader due to his play on the field. Carl will become more of a leader as he continues his playing career. He had a great season and it was nice to see the team and coaches recognize him as an MVP.”
Zimmerman set a new single-season school record for goals scored with 73.
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MVP: Kaylee Benz
MIP: Danielle Compagni
Unsung Hero Award: Morgan Osborne
Scholar-Athlete: Lindsay Wilson
Coach Doug Pasquerella on Benz: “Kaylee could make things happen on offense and defense. She could score at will, but she was also the best defender on herself because she would not take the shot at times to keep her teammates involved in the scoring. Kaylee is an exceptional individual who was always more focused on helping the team. She does not want the attention that she has earned. I have never coached an athlete like her.”
Benz set a new school single-season points record with 81 points and tied the single-season goal mark with 68. She also tied the school single-game record for goals (9) and points (10) against Fulton. Benz finished her career with 100 goals, just the fourth player in school history to accomplish that feat, and 117 total points (17 assists) for the sixth spot of the all-time scoring list.
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MVP: Chris Bauer
MIP: Jeff Eves
Coach Nancy Cavellier on Bauer: “Chris Bauer, one of our team captains, salutatorian of his class, and this year’s MVP is an outstanding citizen and role model. He works hard in everything he does and has learned how to have that balance in life that will continue to guide him to continued success. This year Chris’ accomplishments include not only MVP, but also voted as second team all-league first singles player and placed third in the first singles Section III Class B Tournament. Chris’ overall record in singles during his career at Homer was 24-19, with a fantastic record this year of 13-3. Chris will truly be missed for not only his talent on the court, but more importantly his leadership, dedication and respect both on and off the court.”
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MVP: Stephanie Hartquist and Halee Riley
MIP: Alyssa Sears
Coach Cris Colasurdo on Hartquist & Riley: “The strong leadership of Steph and Halee, as well as their performance and character on and off the field contributed to both of them being voted MVP by their teammates. Steph and Halee developed their leadership roles this year. They became more vocal leaders, letting their teammates know what needed to be done and keeping them positive, as well as leading by example. The hard work and dedication they put into softball, with the desire to succeed was an example to all. Their performances on the field spoke for itself. They each strived to do the best they could do for the team, and in return, their teammates did the best they could do, making the team one of the most successful softball teams at Homer.”
Hartquist hit .620 (49x79) with 14 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 32 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 7-for-7 in stolen bases. Her career totals include a .513 batting average with 34 doubles, 17 triples, 25 home runs, 112 RBIS and 131 runs scored. Hartquist was walked 38 times, stole 44 bases and struck out just 21 times in 316 at-bats.
Riley had a 1.32 earned run average this spring and gave up just 88 hits while facing 451 batters (.195 batting average against) She struck out 152 batters in 120 innings pitched.
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MVP: Andrew Gregg
MIP: Jackson Randolph
Coaches Award: David Harris
Coach George Schneider on Gregg: “Andrew Gregg had a great sophomore track season. He had the best performance on the team in five different running events and two field events. He also led the team total scoring.”
Highlights of Gregg’s season include winning the pentathlon at the Class-A2 Sectional Championship; winning the pentathlon at the Freedom League Championship; a second place finish in the pentathlon at the State Qualifier; present All-Time Top-Ten Positions: sixth in 400m dash, fourth in the 400m split, tenth in the 800m split, eighth in the 110m hurdles, seventh in the 400m hurdles. Gregg led the team in the high jump, the long jump, the 110-meter hurdles, 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m dash and 400m intermediate hurdles. Gregg holds the sophomore class record in the pentathlon.
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MVP: Heather Wilson
MIP: Annalise Hess
Coaches Award: Jessica Bramhall
Coach George Schneider on Wilson: “Heather Wilson had a story book senior year. She led our relay teams to more come from behind victories that I can count. She competed in the state championships for the fourth straight outdoor track season. She led the team in scoring. Heather can be counted on to motivate teammates and to work hard everyday.”
In 2008, Wilson led the team in the 400 and 800m events, along with the 400 split and the 800 split times in the 1,600 and 3,200m relays. She posted first-place finishes in the 800m at the Freedom Division, Class “A” Sectional and State Division II Qualifiers as well as being the NYS Division II 800m champion. She placed eighth in the 800m Federation Championships. Wilson also finished first in the 400m dash at the Freedom Division and Class “A” Sectional Championships and was a member of the league, sectional and state qualifier championship 1,600m relay team as well as a member of the league and sectional championship 3,200-meter relay team.
On the All-Time Top-Ten lists, she is first in career points, the 800, the 400 split, the 800 split and the steeple; second in the 400; fifth in the high jump and the 3,000; sixth in the 1,500 and seventh in single season points. Wilson holds the school record in the 800-meter run, plus is a member for the school record-setting 400m relay and 1,600m relay teams.
Three Homer Central varsity sports teams were announced as New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the spring season. The boys’ tennis received the honor with its 93.31 average, as did boys’ lacrosse (92.55) and boys’ track (90.45) squads. Each member who qualifies is presented a pin and a letter of recognition for achieving academic excellence while actively participating in varsity level interscholastic athletics.
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