SPORTS – For the first time since 2019, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Sports Award Banquet took place in-person Wednesday.
The 35th annual edition of the event took place at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown, with athletes and teams from Broadalbin-Perth, Gloversville, Johnstown, Mayfield, Northville and Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville honored at the event. Former Gloversville High School standout Chris Ciaccio was the guest speaker. Ciaccio was named the Male Athlete of the Year at the banquet in 1990, sharing the award with Johnstown’s Matt Swedick.
This year’s Male Athlete of the Year Award went to Gloversville’s Dane Dillenback, while Mayfield’s Kelsey Meca was named Female Athlete of the Year.
Dillenback is the first Gloversville boy to be named Male Athlete of the Year since Gabe Wells in 2009. Dillenback, who will swim at Marist College next year, competed in soccer, swimming and baseball for Gloversville. He was a team captain in all three. In soccer, he was a first-team Foothills Council all-star last fall. In swimming, he qualified for the state meet for the fourth straight year and won the Section II Division II title in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.
He also holds six school records in individual events and is part of two school-record relay teams. There are just two individual swimming event records that Dillenback does not hold, and there’s only one relay record that doesn’t involve Dillenback.
Dillenback is the school-record holder in the 50-yard freestyle (21.73 seconds), 100 freestyle (47.26), 200 freestyle (1:45.20), 200 individual medley (1:59.79), 100 butterfly (51.40) and 100 backstroke (55.10). He also is part of the school-record holding 200 freestyle relay team (1:32.36) and 200 medley relay team (1:43.52). Dillenback set records in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly this season.
During this spring’s baseball season, Dillenback hit .315 for the Huskies with four doubles, two triples, 11 stolen bases and 18 runs scored.
In addition to Dillenback, Gloversville’s Giorgio Glionna, Garrett Dooling and Kazuma Lomanto were nominated for the Male Athlete of the Year Award. Also nominated were OESJ’s Mason Snell; Mayfield’s Britain Goodemote, Jacob Petoff, Dawson Leach and Braydon Jourden; Johnstown’s Ben Krempa, Jared Stewart and Ethan Petrie; Northville’s Caleb Clapper, Wyatt Sira and Daniel DanNostrand; and Broadalbin-Perth’s Michael Magliocca, Sam Rogers and Luke Tambasco.
Meca competed in soccer, basketball and softball for Mayfield this year.
In soccer, she was a first-team Western Athletic Conference Hudson Division and first-team WAC all-star. During the basketball season, Meca was a first-team WAC all-star. This spring, she was named honorable mention in softball.
Meca is the fourth consecutive Mayfield girl to have won or shared the Female Athlete of the Year award.
In addition to Meca, Mayfield’s Jordan Miller, along with Johnstown’s Roslyn Chapin, Kalena Eaton and Jaden Wilson were nominated for the Female Athlete of the Year Award. Also nominated were Gloversville’s Marilyn Christman and Miranda Brown; Northville’s Kailyn Ginter, Caitlyn Henderson and Abriel Monroe; and Broadalbin-Perth’s Sophia Rogers, Brooke Bush and Bianca Ropeter.
In addition to the top athlete nominees, several area championship teams and individuals were honored at the event.
The OESJ boys’ and girls’ soccer teams were recognized after winning Section II Class D titles in the fall. The OESJ boys also shared the Class D regional title.
The OESJ boys’ basketball team also won a Section II Class D title as well as a regional crown on its way to the state semifinals.
The Broadalbin-Perth girls’ volleyball team, which won the Section II Class B title and reached the state semifinals was honored.
Mayfield had its boys’ cross country team recognized for winning the Section II Class D title. The Panthers’ boys’ track and field team was honored for winning the Section II Group 4 title last week.
Mayfield’s boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball team were honored for winning Western Athletic Conference Hudson Division titles, while Northville’s boys’ soccer team was recognized for winning the WAC Mohawk Division title.
Individuals honored included Broadalbin-Perth’s Sophia Tyler (pole vault), Rylee VanAlstine and Dylan Tyler (pole vault) who all won Section II Group 3 indoor track titles.
B-P’s Hunter O’Dell was honored after winning the outdoor track and field title in Group 3 title last week in the triple jump, while Mayfield’s Braydon Jourden (3,000-meter steeplechase, 1,600 meters), Britain Goodemote (triple jump) and Jordan Miller (pole vault) were recognized for their Group 4 individual titles.
Mayfield’s Cam Abdella also was recognized after winning the boys’ Class D individual title for cross country, while Gloversville’s Zoie Tesi was honored after winning the Section II Group 3 title in the triple jump during the indoor track season.
This year’s guest speaker, Ciaccio, is familiar with the event having shared Male Athlete of the Year in 1990.
Ciaccio has helped lead IMG Academy into becoming one of the world’s most prestigious sports, performance, and educational institutions over the last 25 years. Charged with developing and growing the IMG brand and business, his job has taken him around the world where he has established offices in China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe and currently holds the position of senior vice president.
Prior to working for IMG, an Endeavor company, Ciaccio worked for the Olympic Games early in his career and the University of Georgia where he also received his undergraduate and master’s degree.
Ciaccio played baseball at the University of Georgia and graduated with his master’s degree.
In high school, he was part of sectional titles in football and basketball at Gloversville, where he is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. Ciaccio also is a member of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.
Ciaccio, who was selected in the 41st round 1993 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife Leigh, and daughters Brooke and Brynne.
FULTON COUNTY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2022: Dane Dillenback, Gloversville
2021: Ryan Visco, Broadalbin-Perth
2020: Dante Calderone, Broadalbin-Perth
2019: Jack Brundage, OESJ
2018: John Fancher, Mayfield
2017: Benjamin Wager, Johnstown
2016: Dylan Klock, OESJ
2015: Jake Coveney, Broadalbin-Perth
2014: Andre Taylor, Broadalbin-Perth
2013: Joe Nellis, Johnstown
2012: Mitch Vdoviak, Johnstown
2011: Jon Briggs, Northville
2010: Mike VanNostrand, Northville; D.J. Hoagboon, Mayfield
2009: Gabe Wells, Gloversville
2008: Dan Schulz, Broadalbin-Perth
2007: Kevin Kucel, Gloversville
2006: Tom Montano, Gloversville
2005: Kyle Canary, Mayfield; Stephen Tychostup, Mayfield
2004: L.B. McCloskey, Gloversville
2003: Noah Flint, Gloversville
2002: Ben McGuire, Gloversville
2001: John Davenport, Broadalbin-Perth
2000: Dan Cornell, Broadalbin-Perth
1999: Justin DeMagistris, Gloversville
1998: Colin Hughes, Broadalbin-Perth
1997: Jason Doviak, Broadalbin-Perth
1996: Steve Lawrence, Northville
1995: Adam Barnhart, Johnstown
1994: Matt Hemstreet, Broadalbin-Perth
1993: David Clarke, Mayfield
1992: Shawn Flynn, Gloversville
1991: Brian Clawson, Johnstown
1990: Matt Swedick, Johnstown; Chris Ciaccio, Gloversville
1989: Matt Goodemote, Gloversville
1988: Tom Ciaccio, Gloversville
2022: Kelsey Meca, Mayfield
2021: Madison Relyea, Mayfield
2020: Brytney Moore, Northville; Lindsey Hampton, Mayfield
2019: Taryn LaFontaine, Mayfield
2018: Hannah Coupas, Northville
2017: Adelina Brundage, OESJ
2016: Kaylee Bumpus, Mayfield
2015: Chelsea LeBlanc, Broadalbin-Perth
2014: Chanel Thomas, Gloversville
2013: Alexis Capasso, Gloversville
2012: Brynn Hlozansky, Johnstown
2011: Jade Woodend, Mayfield
2010: Rebecca Graudons, Mayfield
2009: Chelsea Paul, Northville
2008: Chelsea Gruet, Broadalbin-Perth
2007: Kristen Bouchard, Oppenheim-Ephratah
2006: Kayla May, Johnstown; Kristin Mraz, Johnstown
2005: Katie Lowerre, Northville
2004: Carla Cosselman, Mayfield
2003: Melanie Hamm, Johnstown
2002: Megan Olds, Gloversville
2001: Mary Ellis, Gloversville
2000: Missy Krempa, Johnstown
1999: Kate Underwood, Johnstown
1998: Angie Gray, Oppenheim-Ephratah
1997: Heidi Gifford, Northville; Jill Gifford, Northville
1996: Amber Smith, Johnstown
1995: Cynthia Oppenheimer, Oppenheim-Ephratah
1994: Jocelyn Naple, Broadalbin-Perth; Nicolle Flood, Mayfield
1993: Stephanie Hart, Johnstown
1992: Joanne Einemann, Mayfield; Jenn Groff, Northville
1991: Jeanne Dupree, Gloversville
1990: Stacie Hime, Mayfield
1989: Amy Jane Lilie, Johnstown
1988: Katrina Springer, Broadalbin-Perth