Fueling Excellence

SHARE NOW

2022-23 Fueling Excellence Athletes of the Week

Head to the ESPN Ithaca Podcenter to listen to interviews with the athletes below!
4/15-4/20
  • Raegan Sudnikovich – Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Softball  Went a perfect 7-7 at the plate and helped the Eagles sweep the defending IAC Large School Champions Elmira Notre-Dame. In Game 1, she went 2-2 with a double, triple, and 3 runs in a 14-1 win. In Game 2, she went 2-2 with 2 doubles and 3 runs in a 12-3 win. In Game 3, she went 2-2 with a triple, 2 RBI, and 3 runs in a 12-1 win.
  • David Patterson – Odessa-Montour Boys Outdoor Track & Field Won the triple jump and long jump while placing 2nd in the 400-meter hurdles and 3rd in the high jump across wins over Tioga and Candor. He also won the triple jump at the NY/PA Invitational.

4/8-4/13

  • Gracie Chalupnicki – Union Springs Softball  Threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and went 2-3 at the plate in a 17-0 season-opening win over Newfield.
  • Brendan Williams – Dryden Boys Lacrosse Recorded a team-high 16 points across a pair of wins. He first tallied 4 goals and 3 assists in a 13-3 win over Cortland, then recorded 3 goals and 6 assists in a 16-6 win against Whitney Point.

4/1-4/6

  • Ella Thomforde – Ithaca Girls Lacrosse Scored a team-high 11 goals across a pair of season-opening. She first netted 8 goals in a 15-5 win over Union-Endicott, then recorded a hat trick and 2 assists in a 17-7 win against Windsor.
  • Alex Holmes – Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Baseball Threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts while stealing two bases in a 16-1 win over Dryden in 5 innings. Before that, he struck out 2 batters in 1.2 innings, hit a double, and scored 2 runs in a season-opening 6-3 win against Dundee/Bradford.

3/18-3/23

  • Jessalyn Jones – Moravia Girls Basketball Scored 11 points (including 2 massive 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter) and came up big defensively in a 54-42 win over Tuckahoe in the NYS Class C semifinals, then scored a team-high 12 points, including more clutch shots, in a 46-45 win over Duanesburg in the NYS Class C championship to help the Blue Devils win their first-ever state title.
  • Kyler Proper – Moravia Boys Basketball Scored a game-high 21 points in a 56-45 win over Lyons in the NYS Class C semifinals, then put up a team-high 11 points (including 3 big 3-pointers) in a 41-38 win over Haldane in the NYS Class C Championship, helping the Blue Devils win their second state title and their first since 2017. He was also named Tournament MVP for his performances.

3/11-3/16

  • Caraline Wasileski – Moravia Girls Basketball Scored a game-high 27 points in a 64-56 win over Hamilton in the NYSPHSAA Class C Regional championship, helping the Blue Devils make their first-ever state Final Four appearance.
  • Abram Wasileski – Moravia Boys Basketball Scored a game-high 31 points in a 68-50 win over Waterville in the NYSPHSAA Class C Regional championship, guiding the Blue Devils to a second straight state Final Four appearance.

3/4-3/9

  • Jordan Smith – Moravia Girls Basketball Scored a game-high 13 points in a 46-37 win over Greene in the Section IV Class C semifinals, then scored a game-high 24 points in a 50-42 win against Watkins Glen in the final to help the Blue Devils win their first-ever sectional title.
  • Riley Hubisz – Ithaca Boys Indoor Track & Field Won the state and federation championships in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:01.42 (the 4th-fastest in the nation) at the NYSPHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. He also was part of the 4×800-meter relay team that broke the school record with a time of 8:05.22, helping them finish in 8th place.

2/26-3/2

  • Kaitlyn Floyd – Candor Girls Bowling Qualified for states after bowling an 1882 series at the Section IV state qualifiers. She first bowled a 581 series in the morning round, then bowled a 673 in the afternoon round, which included the overall high game of the day with a 268. She helped the Coyotes finish in 6th place in the Division II team challenge.
  • Cameron Gaines – Ithaca Boys Ice Hockey Recorded a team-high 3 points (2 goals and 1 assist) in a 5-0 win over Broome to help the Little Red capture the first-ever Section IV championship. Earlier in the week, he also recorded 2 points (1 goal and 1 assist) in a 3-3 tie at Queensbury.

2/19-2/24

  • Olivia Genson – Moravia Girls Basketball Scored a game-high 15 points and added 9 steals and 3 assists in a 70-20 win over Candor to help the Blue Devils win their first IAC Small School Championship since 2019.
  • Liam Smith – Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Boys Swimming Won the 200 free with a time of 1:51.47 and finished second place in three events (200 free relay, 100 breaststroke, and 400 relay) to help the Schuyler Storm win the Section IV Class C Championship for the first time since 2011.

2/12-2/17

  • Carmen Bishop – Groton Girls Wrestling Won the 114 weight class at the Section IV Championships as only a 7th grader, becoming the first-ever girls wrestler to win a sectional title in school history and the program’s first sectional champion in 9 years. She was also named the girls tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
  • John Johnston – Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Boys Wrestling Won the 170 weight class at the Section IV Division II Championships, winning a trio of matches by decision.

2/5-2/10

  • Jenna Jump – Union Springs/Port Byron Girls Bowling Bowled a team-high 522 series in a 4-0 win over Odessa-Montour, then bowled another team-high series of 639 in a 7-0 win over Auburn.
  • Abram Wasileski – Moravia Boys Basketball Recorded a double-double and triple-double over a pair of wins. He first put up a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-42 win over Groton, then recorded 16 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a 76-46 win over Southern Cayuga, helping the Blue Devils clinch the IAC North Small Division.

1/29-2/3

  • Nicola Soper – Candor Girls Basketball Broke the school record for most rebounds in a game with 35 in a 44-39 win over Newfield. The old record was held by her mother Brittnye, set in 1996 with 32 rebounds. She also added 10 points to record a double-double.
  • Nicco Binns – Lansing Boys Bowling Bowled a team-high 614 series in a 3-1 win over Watkins Glen, then bowled a 634 series in a 4-0 win over Tioga, where the Bobcats posted the highest game score (970) and series total (2744) in the IAC this season.

1/22-1/27

  • Willow Moylan – Ithaca Girls Wrestling  Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the STAC Girls Wrestling Championships after winning the 145 weight class title. She became the first girls wrestler in school history to win a STAC title.
  • Hunter Covington – Dryden Boys Wrestling Won the 190 weight class title at the IAC Championships. He recorded a pair of pins to make it to the final, where he took down Marathon’s Dawsyn Cole in a 7-2 decision. He helped the Lions finish in fifth place overall.

1/15-1/20

  • Charli Bennett – Southern Cayuga Girls Basketball  Became the all-time leading scorer (boy or girl) in school history after back-to-back 34-point performances. She first recorded a 34-points, 16-rebound double-double and 6 steals in a 63-29 win over Groton. She then put up another double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds along with 7 assists in a 66-36 win over Candor, where she set the scoring record.
  • Ahmad Haight – Union Springs Boys Indoor Track & Field Won two events at the Quinney Invitational and helped the Wolves finish in first place. He won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 8 inches and was part of the 4×200-meter relay victory with a time of 1:40.36.

1/8-1/13

  • Kristen Johnston – Lansing Girls Indoor Track & Field  Broke the school record in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet at the Hurley Invitational to win the event. She also finished in second place in the triple jump and high jump.
  • Dana Guild – Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Boys Wrestling Won all 5 of his matches this week at the 215 weight class, all pins in under 25 seconds. He first pinned Thomas A. Edison’s Jaeden Baldwin in 13 seconds to help the Storm win the dual meet 54-18. He then went 4-0 at the OM Duals to help the Storm finished in 2nd place and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in his weight class.

1/1-1/6

  • Lilly Casler – Union Springs Girls Basketball  Named Tournament MVP of the Cayuga County Holiday Basketball Tournament. She first scored 11 points (8 of which came in the 4th quarter) in a 51-41 win over Weedsport, then scored 10 points and hit some clutch shots in a 41-34 win over Southern Cayuga to help the Wolves win their third straight holiday tournament title.
  • Isaac Brozon – Southern Cayuga Boys Basketball Named Tournament MVP of the Cayuga County Holiday Basketball Tournament. He first scored 36 points in a 60-51 win over Port Byron in the opening round, then scored 13 points in a 50-47 over Union Springs to help Southern Cayuga win its first holiday tournament title since 2014.

12/18-12/23

  • Cha Gardner – Newark Valley Girls Basketball  Recorded a triple-double of 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists in 64-33 win over Thomas A. Edison. She then surpassed 1,000 career points in a 42-37 win over Watkins Glen, recording a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds while adding 8 blocks.
  • Ross Bush – Groton Boys Indoor Track & Field Won two events at the Winter Classic at SUNY Cortland. He set PRs in the long jump (17 feet, 11.5 inches) and the 600-meter run (1:31.6).

12/11-12/16

  • Maddie Tuttle – Watkins Glen Girls Indoor Track & Field  Broke her own school record in the 1,500-meter race walk with a time of 7:40.89 to win the event at the Finger Lakes Invitational.
  • Tyler Malnoske – Odessa-Montour Boys Basketball Scored a team-high 46 points and 10 3-pointers across a pair of blowout wins over Campbell-Savona (64-16) and Spencer-Van Etten (68-30).

12/4-12/9

  • Abby Ensign – Marathon Girls Basketball  Scored 34 points across a pair of season-opening wins (team-high 22 vs. Bainbridge-Guilford, 12 vs. Whitney Point), including her 1000th career point vs. Whitney Point.
  • Tamio Kawate – Ithaca Boys Ice Hockey Scored a hat trick and added an assist in a season-opening 9-3 win against Auburn.
11/27-12/2
  • Tayah Beach – Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Girls Wrestling  Won the 126 weight class at the Friends of Section IV Girls Wrestling Tournament.
  • Jordan Sidle – Lansing Boys Basketball Recorded 49 points and 15 assists across two games to help the Bobcats win the Lansing Tip-Off Tournament.

11/20-11/25

  • Emma Best – Lansing Volleyball  Recorded the final kill to clinch the NYSPHSAA Class B Championship in a 3-set win over Westhill, helping the Bobcats win their first state title.
  • John Garrison – Spencer-Van Etten Boys Cross Country Finished in 19th place in the NY Federation Championships with a time of 16:40.1.

11/13-11/18

  • Tsadia Bercuvitz – Ithaca Girls Cross Country  Finished in 3rd place in the Girls Class A race at the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 18:30.8
  • Trent Thibault – Lansing Boys Cross Country Finished in 3rd place in the Boys Class C race at the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 16:34.3, making it the best performance at states in program history.
11/6-11/11
  • Phoebe Swartz – Candor Volleyball  Tallied 29 assists, 9 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 digs, and 1 block assist in a 3-0 win over Newfield to capture the Section IV Class D title.
  • Kyler Proper – Moravia Football Recorded 6 total touchdowns (3 receiving, 2 rushing, 1 punt return) and amassed 343 total yards in a 56-12 win over Unatego/Franklin in the Section IV 8-man football semifinals.
10/30-11/4
  • Faith Brenchley – Spencer-Van Etten Volleyball  Recorded a triple-double of 22 assists, 21 digs, and 13 service points while adding 3 kills in a 3-2 win over Candor in the IAC Small School Championship.
  • Iago Lopez – Ithaca Boys Soccer Recorded 4 goals and 1 assist in a 5-0 win over Vestal in the Section IV Class AA Championship, helping the Little Red win their first sectional title outright since 2017.
10/23-10/28
  • Emma Lobdell – Dryden Girls Soccer Scored the game-winning goal from 30 yards out to defeat Waverly 2-1 in overtime in the Section IV Class B quarterfinals, recording their first sectional win since 2018.
  • Brad Gillis – Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Football Recorded 235 rushing yards on 10 carries and 5 touchdowns in a 69-16 win over Whitney Point.
10/16-10/21
  • Allison Denmark – Trumansburg Girls Soccer Scored directly from a corner kick and assisted from a corner kick to help the Blue Raiders win the IAC Large School Championship 2-0 over Lansing.
  • Parker Cullen – Southern Cayuga Boys Soccer Recorded 4 goals and 2 assists in a 8-0 win over Tioga to help the Chiefs repeat as IAC Small School champions.

10/9-10/14

  • Harley Switzer – Newark Valley Girls Cross Country Won the IAC South Division meet with a time of 23:07.2 and helped the Cardinals win the team title. She then finished in 14th place at the Bob Greene/Newark Valley Invitational with a time of 21:47.
  • Bryce Hartman – Marathon Boys Soccer Recorded 8 goals and 2 assists across a trio of wins. He first tallied 5 goals and 1 assist in a 7-1 win over Groton, then had 1 goal and 1 assist in a 2-0 win at Cincinnatus, and wrapped up the week with 2 goals in a 3-2 overtime win against Moravia.

10/2-10/7

  • Sailor Ladd – Trumansburg Volleyball Recorded a double-double of 15 service points and 18 assists in a 3-0 win over Newark Valley, then had 36 assists and 8 digs in the Blue Raiders; 3-2 comeback win against Lansing, their first victory against the Bobcats in 3 years.
  • Daniel Parker – Ithaca Football Recorded 1 receiving touchdown and 3 interceptions (one of which was a pick-six) in a 27-14 win over Cortland, helping the Little Red win consecutive games for the first time since 2010.

9/25-9/30

  • Ava Kelly – Watkins Glen Girls Soccer Recorded 6 goals and 1 assist across a trio of wins, including the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Trumansburg and a 4-goal performance in a 7-1 win over Spencer-Van Etten/Candor.
  • John Garrison – Spencer-Van Etten Boys Cross Country Won the multi-team IAC meet at Tioga—breaking the course record with a time of 16:59 and helping the team win overall—then won the Owego Invitational with a time of 15:51.

9/18-9/23

  • Alannah Klemann – Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Girls Swimming  Won 4 events across a pair of wins over Elmira-Notre Dame and Ithaca. Klemann won the 50 free and the 500 free against the Crusaders, then the 200 individual medley and the 200 free relay against the Little Red.
  • Steven Novak – Spencer-Van Etten/Candor Boys Soccer Recorded 5 goals and 2 assists across a trio of wins, including a hat trick against Newark Valley (3-2), a pair of assists against Elmira-Notre Dame (2-1), and a brace against Odessa-Montour (4-0).
9/11-9/16
  • Jolene Gunther – Lansing Volleyball  Recorded a team-high 14 service points and 9 digs in a 3-1 win over Trumansburg, then helped the Bobcats win the Corning Hawks Volleyball Tournament as the team’s libero.
  • Luke Landis – Moravia Football Went 7-11 for 165 yards and threw for 4 touchdowns under center in a 70-0 win over Thousand Islands.
9/4-9/9
  • Ellie Ouckama – Trumansburg Girls Soccer  Tallied a hat trick and an assist in a season-opening 5-0 win against Union Springs, then scored a free kick in a 2-0 against Dryden.
  • Jacob Totman – Dryden Boys Soccer Recorded 2 goals and 2 assists across a pair of season-opening wins, including a game-winning free kick against SVEC and a game-winning assist in double overtime against Elmira-Notre Dame.