Meet the 2020-21 Mohawk Valley High School Sports Award Recipients
UTICA – Rory richard and Nathaniel Sletten each took home the top prizes at the 2020-21 Mohawk Valley High School Sports Awards on Wednesday night.
Richard, an outstanding Holland Patent soccer player expected to attend Hartwick College, was named female athlete of the year. Sletten, one of Rome Free Academy’s top runners heading to Siena College, was shortlisted for Best Male Athlete of the Year.
The couple are among the Section III athletes of the Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Otsego County Schools who were honored at the annual show, which was again a virtual event this year that brought together many athletes and sports personalities. well known.
In total, more than 30 awards have been presented to athletes following high school seasons altered by the coronavirus pandemic. The winners for each of the spring sports will be announced in July.
Helping him win the Male Athlete of the Year title, Sletten didn’t lose a race in the cross country season last fall and won the TVL Colonial Division Championship by close a full minute last November. He has also had strong swimming and track seasons.
Richard made a record-breaking effort as a member of the school’s football team. Richard, who is a striker / midfielder, finished with a team record and the top 25 goals in Section III. She also participated in athletics in the spring.
Did you miss the show? Go to https://sportsawards.usatoday.com/mohawkvalley or YouTube watch.
Here is the list of this year’s winners:
Team of the year / Coach of the year
Holland Patent also produced Team of the Year and Coach of the Year.
the Holland Patent Field Hockey Team finished 13-0-1 and won the Center State Conference title against an equally talented Clinton team in a divisionless season.
Renee Morrison, who led the Holland Patent field hockey team for seven seasons, won the Coach of the Year award. She helped continue the recent success of the program and went through a season that included a hiatus due to a virus outbreak in the school district.
Little Falls soccer and basketball player Gabby sylstra was honored with the Prize for Courage after a devastating knee injury forced her to miss her senior season. While also trying to find the bright side of the situation, Sylstra had to make adjustments and learned to appreciate the opportunities she had as a result of the injury.
Girls swimming and diving
Emma Burke, New Hartford
Finalists: Elizabeth Deck, Whitesboro and Arianna Lange, Holland Patent
Boys swimming and diving
Jacob Lester, New Hartford
Finalists: Andrew Hicks, Oneida and Aidan Hicks, Oneida
Kamryn Yerman, Notre-Dame
Finalists: Evie Denton, Rome Free Academy and Laney Falkenmeyer, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill
Golf for boys
Gabe Williams, Waterville
Finalists: Caleb Decker, VVS and Cam Jenkins, New Hartford.
Madelyn McCormack, Remsen
Finalists: Ku Ku, New Hartford and LeAnne Lowery, VVS
Evan Kirkpatrick, VVS
Finalists: Tesfaye Hatch, Oneida and Joe DiNigro, Mount Markham
Grace LaFountain, New Hartford
Finalists: Emily Lyga, Notre Dame and Mei Cassidy-Heekin, Clinton
Aidan Hicks, Oneida
Finalists: David Fenner, New Hartford and Will Weldon, Cooperstown
Cross country ski girls
Emily Toth-Ratazzi, Free Academy of Rome
Finalists: Lizzy Lucason, Camden and Paris Welker, Oriskany
Boys cross-country skiing
Nathaniel Sletten, FRG
Finalists: Jack Gibson, CVA and Victor Lee, New York Mills
Miranda Smith, New Hartford
Finalists: Kiara Khiamdavanh, Whitesboro and Sienna Zuccaro, New Hartford
Jenavieve Lyon, Valley of Western Canada
Finalists: Sadie Falcone, Rome Free Academy and Maryssa Parker, Camden
Bowling for boys
Zachary Flint, New York Factories
Finalists: Keshawn Clark, Rome Free Academy and Ray Cyr, New Hartford
Emily Toth-Ratazzi, Free Academy of Rome
Finalists: Finley Davignon, Clinton and Laura Suppa, Canastota
Louis Pinto, Clinton
Finalists: Rico Lucio, Clinton and Nathaniel Sletten, RFA
Ice hockey (mixed)
Isaiah Nebush, Free Academy of Rome
Finalists: Mia Lopata, Clinton and Jimmy Kraeger, Whitesboro
Hanna Corrigan, Dutch Patent
Finalists: Mackenzie Mix, Camden and Gianna Trunfio, Clinton
Rory Richard, Holland Patent
Finalists: Anna Rayhill, New Hartford and Lexi Bates, Poland
Kade Ozog, Poland
Finalists: Adin Day, Central Valley Academy and Jake Pawlika, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill
Bryce Palmer, VVS
Finalists: Shawn Capes, Mount Markham and Paul Vitagliano, New Hartford
Jeff Cubino, Whitesboro
Finalists: Bryce Dare, Holland Patent and Aiden Fabbio, Westmoreland / Oriskany
Jacob Null, Dolgeville
Finalists: Marek Bush, Central Valley Academy and Mason Bush, Central Valley Academy
Mary Fiorentino, New Hartford
Finalists: Jace Hunzinger, Rome Free Academy and Grace Stuhlman, Whitesboro
Caden Kramer, New Hartford
Finalists: Anthony Campola, New Hartford and Noah Hammon, Rome Free Academy
Kaylin Curro, Oneida
Finalists: Brooke Musch, Camden and Taylor Koenig, Holland Patent
Chris Ubner, Cooperstown
Finalists: Aidan Maxwell, West Canada Valley and Colin Skermont, Whitesboro
Kaia Henderson, New Hartford
Finalists: Sydney Lusher, Oneida and Hayleigh Gates, Mount Markham
John Kennedy, Cooperstown
Finalists: Zach Philipkoski, New Hartford and Ryan Rutledge, Hamilton
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