While his basketball season was cut short, Marathon senior Diego Castellot used his strong season to be named a New York State Sportswriters Association Class D first-team all-star.
Castellot averaged 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals per game as the Olympians went 20-3 before reaching the state quarterfinals when the championships were canceled by the COVID-19 virus. Marathon was ranked fifth in the state Class D poll.
“Not sure what to say here,” Marathon coach Jim Holland said. “I think what he has done for my coaching career and this program speaks for itself. He has been an outstanding leader for us and will be sorely missed. He leaves behind numerous records: scoring leader, three point leader and back-to-back sectional title holder. The cancellation of this season didn’t hit me until a few weeks ago…I realized that my time to have any type of influence as his coach has ended. I am saddened by the graduation of Diego. He will never know what he has meant to me for years to come. He ranks as one of THE best I have ever coached.”
Six other local players earned all-state honors. Four were from DeRuyter, one from McGraw and another one from Marathon. DeRuyter senior Frankie Glisson and Marathon senior Andrew Tillotson were both Third Team all-stars. DeRuyter junior Benjamin Barnes and McGraw junior Caleb Smith were both Fourth Team selections. DeRuyter junior Tristan Worlock was a Fifth Team selection and DeRuyter sophomore Gavin Richardson earned honorable mention status.
Joining Castellot as Class D First Team all-state were Chateaugay senior Jonah McDonald (Class D Player of the Year) from Section 10, Lyme senior Isaiah Wilson from Section 3, Prattsburgh senior Mason Putnam from Section 5, Panama senior Cameron Barmore from Section 6 and Schroon Lake senior Andrew Pelkey from Section 7.
Other Section 3 and 4 Class D All-State selections
- Second Team: Aiden Retros (Faith Heritage-Section 3, junior), Josh Martin (Edmeston-4, junior).
- Third Team: Kyle Gaumas (Lyme-3, junior).
- Fourth Team: Seth Ashline (South Kortright-4, senior).
- Fifth Team: Jimmy Connell (Old Forge-3, senior).
- Sixth Team: Hunter Collins (South Kortright-4, junior).
- Seventh Team: Jarrett Beach (LaFargeville-3, senior), Cole Lapinel (Jefferson-4, senior), Logan Kaufman (South Kortright-4, senior).
- Honorable mentions: Kodie Abrams (Brookfield-3, junior), Keegan Morrow (Copenhagen-3, senior), Cody Powis (Copenhagen-3, senior), Tyler Wilson (Lyme-3, junior), Anthony Andreasen (Hunter-Tannersville-4, senior), Gavin Bonczkowski (Gilbertsville-Mt.Upton-4, junior), Cameron Duncan (Richfield Springs-4, senior), Kaeden Leach (Hunter-Tannersville-4, senior), Jordan Weir (Laurens-4, senior).
NYSSWA CLASS B Section 3 and 4 All-Stars
- First Team: Aidan Macaulay (Lowville-3, junior), Brett Rumpel (Binghamton Seton Catholic-4, junior), Scott Woodring (Waverly-4, senior).
- Second Team: Chad Bach (Lowville-3, senior).
- Third Team: Graham Wooden (Oneonta-4, senior).
- Fourth Team: Marcus Dyes (Binghamton Seton Catholic-4, junior).
- Seventh Team: Aidan Zehr (Lowville-3, junior).
- Eighth Team: Gavin Macaulay (Lowville-3, junior), Carson Maynard (Norwich-4, senior).
- Ninth Team: Tanner Kallfetz (Whitney Point-4, senior).
- 10th Team: Zach Brown (Westhill-3, senior).
- 16th Team: Edwin Seton (Syracuse Institute of Technology-3, senior).
- Honorable mentions: Brock Bagozzi (Solvay-3, senior), Nate Fouts (Skaneateles-3, junior), Eddie King (Mount Markham-3, senior), Justin Scott (Solvay-3, senior), De’Shaun Thorigal-Brown (General Brown-3, senior), Elijah Wright (Solvay-3, senior), Aiden Ackerson (Chenango Forks-4, senior), Brandan Evans (Owego-4, senior), Tommy Flanagan (Norwich-4, senior), Evan Harned (Owego-4, senior), J.T. Vinal (Norwich-4, senior), Joe Waitkavicz (Susquehanna Valley-4, senior).
NYSSWA CLASS C Section 3 and 4 All-Stars
- First Team: Jordyn Lanaux (Herkimer-3, senior).
- Second Team: John Kennedy (Cooperstown-3, junior), Josh Wood (Newfield-4, senior).
- Third Team: Alex Haight (Delhi-4, junior).
- Fourth Team: Josh O’Connor (Weedsport-3, junior), Isaac McIlroy (Watkins Glen-4, senior).
- Fifth Team: Dekwan Grant (Utica Academy of Science-3, junior).
- Sixth Team: Logan Nordman (Onondaga-3, senior), Andrew Soron (West Canada Valley-3, junior), LaRon Boykin (Newfield-4, senior).
- Seventh Team: Ian Anderson (South Lewis-3, junior), DaeJahd Leckey (Newfield-4, senior).
- Eighth Team: Dylan Jacob (Walton-4, senior).
- Ninth Team: Joey Melfi (Thousand Islands-3, junior).
- Honorable mentions: Jaeden Beam (West Canada Valley-3, junior), Dylan Lyons (Lafayette-3, senior), Zach Mast (Beaver River-3, senior), Levi Spina (Frankfort-Schuyler-3, junior), Shea Barber (Unatego-4, sophomore), Nate Barry (Greene-4, senior), Tyler Bruce (Delhi-4, senior), Drew Erickson (Greene-4, eighth grade).