June 29, 2011
Groton, Marathon both have first-team tandem
Interscholastic Athletic Conference baseball coaches selected seven local players among the league’s North Division first team all-star squad at the year-end meeting.
Marathon Central and Groton Central each had two players chosen on the IAC North Small School Division first team, while three Dryden players were on the elite IAC North Large School squad.
The IAC North Small School Division first team featured Groton senior pitcher-left fielder Nick Coombs and senior pitcher-centerfielder Sammy Wright, along with Marathon senior pitcher-third baseman Erik McGowan and junior pitcher-infielder Eric Barry.
Rounding out the Small School first-teamers were the Union Springs contingent of Justin Lyndaker, Eric Guyle, Bobby Strapach, Jared Bretherton, Nick Tabone and Ben Giamcola; the Moravia trio of Dylan Powers, Dillon Langtry and Neil Proper, plus Southern Cayuga’s Steve Hewitt.
Small School honorable mentions went to junior Zack Diedrickson (pitcher-infield), Brandon Pollack (catcher-pitcher) and John Cooper (pitcher-shortstop) from Groton and Marathon senior catcher Evan Holl. Other honorable honorees included Moravia’s Nick Dwyer, Dylan Turner and Nick Marr.
Dryden’s Purple Lions were represented by senior pitcher-third baseman Joel Whitmore, junior pitcher-first baseman Giordan Meyer and freshman pitcher-middle infielder Derek Wilson on the IAC North Large School Division first team all-star squad.
Rounding out the group were Harrison Herzog, Ellington Hopkins, Benji Parkes and Sean Streb from Lansing and the Trumansburg duo of Ethan Peck and Brian Sheridan.
Groton coach Jeff Lewis and Marathon coach Dick Barry commented on their first-team all-stars in the Small School Division —
Lewis on Coombs: “Nick was our number one pitcher. He was highly respected by his peers, teammates and coaches. When he wasn’t pitching he played in left field instead of first base. He made that sacrifice because, as a captain, we needed him there. He is a heck of a competitor who hated to lose as much as I did. Nick is very hard working and well-mannered on and off field. That makes him a great role model for the team.”
Lewis on Wright: “Without a doubt, he was one of best athletes I’ve ever coached. He has great athletic ability, works hard at every sport. Sammy never says anything against what he is told to do. He is a true competitor, willing to learn. Sammy moved from third base to centerfield and we were in trouble when he wasn’t there. He could run down everything and has unbelievable range.”
Barry on Barry: “Eric did a great job. He could play anywhere we needed defensively. He continued to play hard even though he wasn’t 100 percent at the end of the season. He has a lot of talent and it will be interesting to see how he grows with another season yet to play.”
Barry on McGowan: “Erik was another guy who we could use at a couple of positions as well as pitcher. He pitched well, but his win-loss record didn’t reflect how well he did. Erik has a lot of talent and still more potential.”
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