Fueling Excellence

Fueling Excellence Athletes of the Week

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  • Rosie Morse – Trumansburg Track and Field – placed ninth overall in pole vault at the NYS Championships and raced in the 4x200m relay that finished 15th out of public schools.
  • Jakob Greenwood – Dryden Track and Field – finished seventh in the 600m run at the NYS Championships, five spots above his seeding. He also raced in 4x200m relay that finished 10th out of public schools and was selected as the Section IV sportsmanship representative.
  • Josh Post – Newark Valley Wrestling – placed fifth at New York State Championships at 132-pounds after missing his junior year with injury.
  • Brooke Tillotson – Marathon Basketball – scored 26 points against Gilbertsville-Mount Upton in the opening round of the Section IV tournament, and reached 1,000 career points.
  • Jennah Kareem – Candor Basketball – led the Indians to a Section IV playoff berth in a must-win game on the final day of the regular season with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals.
  • Joseph Angotti – Southern Cayuga Swimming – won Section IV Championships in four events (2 individual, 2 relay) and qualified for states in 100 butterfly.
  • Daniel Parker – Ithaca Wrestling – 8th grader who won Section IV Championships at 126 pounds. Named Most Outstanding Wrestler. Only Ithaca wrestler to win bracket.
  • Makayla Podufalski – Ithaca Track and Field – Set personal record and qualified for states in weight throw with distance of 40’10”.
  • Eddy Pietrasz – Dryden Bowling – Had the highest individual score out of 13 teams at the IAC Championships with an 802. Had a score over 250 in all three games with a high of 279. 2nd place bowler had 698.
  • Sara Gardner – Odessa-Montour Basketball – Hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points in a 60-53 victory over Tioga. Scored 11 of those points in the fourth quarter to come back from a six-point deficit.
  • Daejahd Leckey – Newfield Boys Basketball – Led Newfield to wins over Spencer-Van Etten and Tioga with 22 and 23 points respectively. Has scored over 20 points in four straight games.
  • Gracie Gardner – Newark Valley Girls Basketball – Helped Newark Valley stay undefeated (15-0) with a career-high 23 points against Waverly (11-3).


  • Carter Anderson – Ithaca Boys Swimming– Placed first and made state cut in 100 Fly. Also made state cut as part of 200 Free Relay team.
  • Teghan Garris – Dryden Track and Field– Placed first in shot put at the Hurley Invitational and set a personal record with a throw of 36’5”.
  • Gabe Planty – Watkins Glen Track and Field – Participated in New Balance Games in NYC and set three school records in the 3000m, 3200m, and 2 mile run. Qualified for nationals in the process.
  • Gwen Gisler – Lansing Track and Field – Won Section IV Championship in both Long Jump and Pole Vault (won by 1.5 feet in pole vault). Placed second in High Jump behind teammate Catalina Zaloj.
  • Colden Goodrow – Ithaca Boys Hockey – Tallied three multi-goal games during the Little Red’s six-game win streak.
  • Brooke Tillotson – Marathon Girls Basketball – Scored at least 20 points in both games (20 vs. Candor, 26 vs. Newfield).
  • Isaac McIlroy – Watkins Glen Basketball – Named WG Holiday Tournament MVP after scoring 19 points in the finals against Greene.
  • Makenna Nechwedowich – Newark Valley Basketball – Was one rebound shy of a triple-double in win against Homer (15 points, 10 blocks, 9 rebounds, 6 assists).
  • Ousmane Duncanson – SVEC Wrestling – Eighth-grader who reached the finals of the Windsor Christmas Tournament as the 10th-seed at 132-pounds, the lowest-ranked wrestler to reach the finals in any weight class. Upset #7, #2, and #3 on way to finals.
  • Georgia Haverlock – Ithaca Girls Basketball – Named MVP of the More Than A Game Tournament at Onondaga Community College, scoring 29 points in a 54-53 victory in the consolation game against Indian River.
  • Cameron Carrier – Newark Valley Wrestling – Pinned all five of his opponents at the Paul Davie Memorial Duals and was named Heavyweight Most Outstanding Wrestler.
  • Braelyn Hornick – Candor Basketball – Tallied 24 points and 20 rebounds in 48-41 win over Spencer-Van Etten, both of which were career highs.
  • Geoffrey Washington – Ithaca Track and Field – Placed first in the long jump at the Bomber Invitational in a field of 57 athletes, setting a school record with a distance of 21’11”.
  • Katie Moravec – Newfield Basketball – Scored her 1,000th career point in her junior season.
  • Diego Castellot – Marathon Boys Basketball – Became the fourth Olympian ever to reach the 1,000 career points milestone and scored a career-high 38 points against Groton on his 18th birthday (12/4).
  • Grace Vondracek – Odessa-Montour Girls Basketball – Tallied double-doubles in both Indians victories (10pts, 11reb, 6stl vs. So. Cayuga; 14pts, 12reb, 7stl vs. Tioga).
  • Steven Morrow – Dryden Track and Field – Helped Dryden win two relay events in addition to individual victories in the 1600 meter sprint and 600 meter run at the 607 Invitational.
  • Catalina Zaloj – Lansing Track and Field – Won the 55 meter hurdles and high jump events individually and helped Lansing finish second in the 4×200 relay at the 607 Invitational.
11/19 – 11/26
  • Braelyn Hornick – Candor Girls Volleyball – Named tournament MVP as the Indians won the Class D state title and finished the season undefeated.
  • Grace Kadlecik – Lansing Swimming – Set a Section IV record in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle at the NYS Championships, then broke that record in the finals and finished sixth.
11/12 – 11/19
  • Ian Gacek – Marathon Boys Soccer – Scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Mount Academy to win the New York State Championship.
  • Emmy Jackson – Lansing Cross Country – Finished 28th out of 128 runners at the New York State Championship in Plattsburgh with a time of 18:27.9. Had the best time for Lansing, who finished sixth out of 11 teams competing at states.
11/5 – 11/12
  • Cameron Neilson – Marathon Boys Soccer – Recorded a hat trick in the regional round of the NYS Tournament, helping defeat Poland 5-0.
  • Kailee Payne – Ithaca Diving – Won Section IV Class AA championship with a score of 445.60. Only two of 15 competing divers met the state cut of 440.
10/29 – 11/5
  • Jonny Sherwood – Newark Valley Cross Country – Finished first at the IAC Championships from Marathon, finishing with a time of 17:22.2, helping the Cardinals to a second place finish and beating 94 other runners.
  • Emily Miller – Dryden Cross Country – Won gold at the IAC Championships running the 5000 meter course with a time of 20:22 to beat 61 other runners.
10/22 – 10/29
  • Owen Scholtisek – Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour Football – Ran for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 carries in 34-6 victory over Dryden to clinch playoff appearance.
  • Lauren Reeves – Groton Girls Soccer – Tallied both goals in 2-0 win over Odessa-Montour in Section IV quarterfinals.
10/15 – 10/22
  • Jacob Humble – Newfield Football – Accounted for 364 total yards (250 passing, 114 rushing) along with 4 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing TD in win over Thomas A. Edison.
  • Natalia Bell – Groton Girls Soccer – Scored a pair of goals in Groton’s dominant 4-0 victory over Odessa-Montour at the IAC Championships.
10/8 – 10/15
  • Alex Schwoeble – Newfield Boys Soccer – Scored four goals in three games including a double-OT winner and two goals against Odessa-Montour to help clinch Newfield’s first Sectionals appearance since 2013.
  • Kelsea Mitchell – Ithaca Girls Tennis – Won a three-hour ten-minute match in STAC semifinals against Union Endicott, fighting off five match points to help Ithaca move on. The Little Red ended up winning the STAC final for the first time since 2008.
10/1 – 10/8
  • Chase Sposito – Ithaca Football – Threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns including two over 50 yards in homecoming victory.
  • Thalia Marquez – Watkins Glen Swimming – Eighth-grader who won 11 races last week across three meets.
9/24 – 10/1
  • Casey Phillips – Dryden Soccer – Set school record with 63rd career goal.
  • Marissa Berghorn – Newark Valley Field Hockey – Scored hat trick against Owego and game-winning goal against Moravia.

9/17 – 9/24 

  • Conor Baird – Trumansburg Soccer – Became T-Burg’s all-time leading scorer with his 87th career point.
  • Grace Kadlecik – Lansing Swimming – Broke a school record that stood for 30 years with a 100-yard Freestyle time of 52.21 seconds at the Watkins Glen Invitational. She also won the 50-yard Freestyle at the event with a time of 23.94.

9/10 – 9/17

  • Nathan Sokol – Newark Valley Soccer – Scored 6 goals at the GLM Tournament, including 5 in the championship game to clinch the title.
  • Jennah Kareem – Candor Volleyball – Helped Candor stay undefeated and win the Tioga Tournament title, finishing with 14 service points and 31 kills.

9/3 – 9/10

  • Zach Taylor – Newfield Soccer – Scored 3 goals in Newfield’s 5-0 win over Moravia, the program’s first win in two seasons.
  • Delta Barber – Marathon Soccer – Scored 5 goals over the week in wins against Cincinnatus, Lansing and Watkins Glen.
8/27 – 9/3
  • Ellie Holland – Marathon Field Hockey – Scored 4 goals in the team’s 7-0 season opening win against Tioga.
  • Alex Doucett – Spencer-Van Etten Candor Boys Soccer – Recorded a hat trick in the team’s 6-2 season opening win against Susquehanna Valley.