Fort Plain, a Scholar-Athlete ‘School of Excellence,’ hosts sports award ceremony

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Fort Plain’s Erin Crouse, left, with the ball against Canajoharie’s Kirsten Hyney during their high school basketball game at Harry Hoag Elementary School in Fort Plain on Monday, March 1, 2021. Crouse was named the girls’ basketball team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2021-22 season.

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Central School District recently hosted its annual athletic awards ceremony in the Junior-Senior High School auditorium.
 
Fort Plain Central School qualified as a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete “School of Excellence” after having 16 out of 17 of its varsity teams having at least a 90 percent average. The teams were golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, girls’ bowling, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball and boys’ and girls’ track & field.

Several memorial and special awards were handed out at the ceremony.

Sarah Florian, Robert Jordan and Clayton Welch were named the William Doerrer & Sons Outstanding Senior Athletes.

Emma Karker and Tucker Jones earned the Board of Education Senior Sportsmanship Awards, while Ryleigh Hart and Stephen Gray claimed the Board of Education Underclassman Awards.

 
Karker and Estee Smith earned the Noah Fredericks Memorial Senior Track Awards, while Karker and Michael Harris Jr. earned the Rich Bower Cross Country & Track Awards.
 
Natalie Thibodeau earned the Western Athletic Conference “Dick Gray Profiles in Courage” Award.
 
Erin Crouse and Owin Landry claimed the Bill Cutspec Memorial Scholarships, while Crouse and Levi Thomas were named Most Improved Athletes. Noah Horning earned the Bo Baker Memorial Scholarship.

Fall Season

Karker and Canajoharie’s Olivia Schaffer were the Most Valuable Runners on the Canajoharie-Fort Plain girls’ cross country team, while Harris and Canajoharie’s Kurt Sunderland were the Most Valuable Runners for the C-FP boys’ team. Canajoharie’s Sam Robinson was the Most Improved Runner, while Thibodeau and Dustin Welch won the Fort Plain Board of Education Second Effort Awards. Schaffer, Karker, Thibodeau and Sunderland also were named Western Athletic Conference all-stars. Schaffer also was third at the Section II Class D meet and 13th in the Class D state meet. She also was named second-team all-state.

For the boys’ golf team, Austin Van Gorder was named a first-team WAC all-star and the Most Valuable Golfer. Owin Landry and Seth Rivkowich were named second-team WAC all-stars, while Landry also earned the Coaches Award. Rivkowich earned the Most Improved Award for the boys’ team.

Jordan Brown was a first-team all-star for the girls’ golf team and earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award. Shantel Kretser earned the girls’ golf Most Improved Award.

 
Crouse was named a WAC Section II and first-team Mohawk Division all-star for the girls’ soccer team, while Emma Oldick was named a second-team Mohawk Division all-star. Madeline Heroth (Board of Education Second Effort Award) and Rylee Herron (D’Arcangelis Super Sub Award) also earned girls’ soccer honors.

For the boys’ soccer team, Jordan was named a first-team WAC Mohawk Division all-star, while Welch and Gray were named second-team WAC Mohawk Division all-stars. Nalzon Henry (Board of Education Second Effort Award) and Horning  (D’Arcangelis Super Sub Award) also earned boys’ soccer awards.

Vivian Nunez earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award for the Canajoharie-Fort Plain volleyball team, while Noah Horton earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award for the C-FP football team.

Winter Season

Alex Smith earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award for the Canajoharie-Fort Plain wrestling team, while Canajoharie’s Reed Douglass claimed the Division II state title at 172 pounds.

Anthony Paradiso from the boys’ bowling team was the WAC co-Most Valuable Bowler and the Fort Plain Most Valuable Bowler, while Ian Zuppardi was a second-team WAC all-star. Zuppardi also earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award for the boys’ bowling team, while Kretser earned the girls’ Second Effort Award. Oldick was named a second-team WAC all-star and the girls’ Most Valuable Bowler. Kaedance David and Dustin Welch were the Most Improved Bowlers, while Autumn Nichols and Jed Douglas earned the Sixth Man/Woman Award.

Tucker Jones earned the Board of Education Award and Coaches Award for the C-FP boys’ swim team.

Crouse was named the girls’ basketball team’s Most Valuable Player. She also was named a WAC second-team Mohawk Division all-star and earned a Section 2 Scholar-Athlete Award and earned the team’s Rebounder of  the Year Award. Ryleigh Hart (Board of Education Second Effort Award), Ashlynn Hart (Super Sub Award, Rookie of the Year) and Florian (Defensive Player of the Year, P.R.I.D.E. Award) also earned girls’ basketball awards.

Jordan and Thomas were named WAC co-Most Valuable Players for the Mohawk Division, while Welch was named a first-team Mohawk Division all-star. Gray and Van Gorder were named honorable mention in the Mohawk Division. Jordan also was named second-team all-star and a Section II Class C all-star, while Thomas was named honorable mention Class C all-state and a Section II Class C all-star. Cameron David (Board of Education Second Effort Award) and Estee Smith (D’Arcangelis Super Sub Award) also earned boys’ basketball honors.

Sadie Kersey earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award for the cheerleading team.

Spring Season

Van Gorder, Henry and Griffin MaGinnis were named WAC all-stars for the baseball team. Van Gorder also claimed the Bo Baker Batting Average Award and the Cy Young Lowest ERA Award Henry also earned the Board of Education Second Effort Award, while MaGinnis claimed the RIch Bower Baseball Award. Rich Paddon (D’Arcangelis Super Sub Award) and Gray (Fox Hole Award)
also claimed baseball honors.

For the Fort Plain/Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville track and field team, Thibodeau and OESJ’s Isaiah Handy were named the Outstanding Track Athletes. Florian and Norton were named the Outstanding Field Athletes, while Welch and OESJ’s Jordan DeNinno were named the Outstanding Track & Field Athletes. Monika Kulczynski and Estee Smith claimed the Board of Education Second Effort Award for the track and field team.

Fort Plain had no varsity softball team this year, so no awards were handed out. Fort Plain fielded junior varsity and modified softball teams this spring.

 
By Paul Wager

Leave a Reply