Homer Central’s winter sports teams were honored at their respective postseason banquets recently and handed out awards to members of each squad.
Below is a list of each team’s award winners and each head coach’s comments on their team’s Most Valuable Player.
Co-MVPs: Jarrett Wilbur and Derek Fickett.
Coach Rex Ryan on Wilbur and Fickett: “I am really proud of these student athletes. It’s no wonder they were selected as captains by their peers. They led by example and that leadership led us to a very successful season. I wish Derek the best of luck moving forward and can’t thank them enough for being great senior leader. I look forward to working with Jarrett and pushing him to be the best possible version of himself again next season.”
Wilbur averaged Jarrett 15 points,9.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.1 blocks per game.
Fickett averaged a double-double of 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game along with 1.8 assists per game.
MVP: Gracie Patriarco.
BIM (Believe in Me) Award: Katlyn Sovocool.
Coaches’ Award: Jerze Joseph.
Coach C.J. Kudla on Patriarco: “Gracie finished her sophomore season fourth overall in All-OHSL Liberty American votes, placing her on the first team All-League. She was fourth in Section 3 in steals with 116 and she led our team in scoring with 311 points.
Most Outstanding Wrestler:Sam Sorenson.
MIP: Jakob Denkenberger.
Coaches Award: Carter Monroe.
Rookie of the Year: Sam Sorenson.
Denny Wright Memorial Award: Jacob Rice.
Hammer Award: Ryan Opanhoske.
Captain’s Award: Jagger Tanner.
Academic Excellence Award: Conor Powers.
Senior Awards: Kaiden Haynes, Jagger Tanner, Zach Apker.
Coach Jason Reynolds on Sorenson : “As a freshmen, Sam has broken new ground in our program. He represented Homer at the NYS Wrestling Championships in Albany, the pinnacle of our competitive season, this past post-season. Sam was our program’s first sectional champion since 2005; first ever to accomplish that feat as a freshmen. He was our first top-five state placewinner since 1974. To further put that individual accomplishment in perspective by looking at it through a wider lens, Sam is one of only eight NYS placewinners in our school’s program history dating back to the 1950’s. As an upper-weight eighth grader and freshmen, Sam has earned 69 total wins. That win total ties him from 28th on the All-Time wins list. This , Sam amassed an impressive total of 38 wins which ties him for third in most in a single season. Sam’s accolades pale in comparison to his character, leadership, and work ethic. Whether it’s at a 6 a.m. lift and conditioning practice, assisting with the junior high wrestlers, at a community service event, at a program fundraiser, or in the classroom, Sam tirelessly attacks every expectation and obstacle with a motivating willingness to succeed. He’s an exceptional student-athlete that puts his teammates first and has galvanized a growing program intensely focused on moving forward and setting a standard.”
MVP: Jed Brazo.
MIP: Andrew Partigianoni.
Coaches Award: Nate Evans.
Coach Chad Totman on Brazo: “Jed has one of the quickest and most accurate shots that I have seen. His ability to turn his wrist over and put the puck right where he wants is impressive. He is self-driven, setting individual goals for himself and works every day on the little things to reach each goal. He is an outstanding leader who relates with all players on the team and plays with a ton of passion.”
Brazo netted 26 goals and handed out 24 assists for 50 points in league action. His goals scored and total points were tops in Division 2. Brazo finished the season with 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points.
MVP: Nick Hinshaw.
MIP: Brenton Hapgood.
Coach Robert Nasiatka on Hinshaw : “Nick was a three year MVP. He made tremendous progress this year after his summer and fall of travel bowling. Going to bowl next year at Mohawk Valley Community College. He will be missed and I wish him the best.”
MVP: Makayla Miller.
MIP: Allyson Natale.
Coach Robert Nasiatka on Miller: “Makayla was great to see her come back this year. She is such a bowling fanatic. I wish she had never walked away but I was happy to have her this year. ”
GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK
MIP: Hannah McMasters.
Coaches’ Award: Edie Russo.
Coach George Schneider on Cole: “Maddy was selected by her teammates as this yearís MVP. Maddy returned to the indoor team after a two year break. It was great to have her back. Not only could she be counted to be in practice everyday, she could be counted on to be there with a good attitude.”
Highlights of Cole’s season include perfect attendance. She led the team in the 200-meter split, 55m, and long jump. At the league championships she placed second in the long jump and was a member of the sixth place 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relay teams. At the sectional championships, Cole placed second in the long jump and was a member of the second place 4 x 400 and third place 4 x 200 relay teams. She broke the school record and placed fourth in the long jump at the Section III State Qualifier. Homer top 10 positions since 2005 see Cole seventh in the 200 split, third in the 55m dash, and first in the long jump.
BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK
MVP: Jed Swayze.
MIP: Caleb Mulvaney.
Coaches’ Award: Tommy Mahunik.
Coach George Schneider on Swayze: “Jed was selected by the team as their MVP. Jed is a hard worker everyday in practice. He gives his best and is a leader by example in every practice and meet.”
Highlights of Swayze’s season include perfect attendance. He led the team in points scored, the 600, 1000, 1600, 400 split, and 800 split. At the league championship he placed third in the 600 At the sectional championship he placed fifth in the 600 and anchored the winning 4 x 400 relay team. Swayze placed sixth at the State Qualifier as a member of the 4 x 400 relay team. Swayze’s present top-10 positions are sixth in the 3,200m, sixth in the 600, tied for sixth in the 800 split, fourth in 1,000m, tied for fourth in the 400 split and third in the 1,600.
TROJAN SMARTS: Two Homer varsity teams were recipients of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2019-2020 winter season. Those teams were girls’ indoor track (92.32) and, with Cortland, boys’ ice hockey (92).