DAILY STAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
South Kortright, sr., guard
Athleticism almost overshadowed all the contributions he made to South Kortright's 20-2 season that ended with a 65-38 loss to New York Mills in a Class D state quarterfinal. Scored game-high 18 points in that game. ... Scoring average of 19.2 points ranked second among area boys to Jefferson's Tyler Dibble (23.1). ... Also a Daily Star First Team All-Star last season, when SK went 26-0 and won the Class D state title. ... Will join 2007 Daily Star Player of the Year Andy Foote of Sidney on Brockport State's roster next season. ... "This year, he stepped into a leadership role and made the other players around him better," SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. ... Also averaged 7.0 rebounds.
DAILY STAR COACH OF THE YEAR
South Kortright, 27th season, 20-2
Guided Rams to second straight Section Four Class D title despite losing four starters off the previous season's 26-0 squad, which won the program's first state championship. ... Earned second straight Daily Star Coach of the Year honor. ... Had a state-best 33-game winning streak snapped with 55-52 loss at Davenport on Jan. 7. ... "It was an exciting year for me," VanValkenburgh said. "I wouldn't have expected to win the section again after losing four starters." ... Defensive switch to full-court man-to-man in the fourth quarter helped the Rams rally for a 39-36 win over Davenport in sectional final. ... Also coaches soccer and baseball.
DAILY STAR FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Davenport, sr., guard
Teamed with classmate Mike Ontl to form arguably the area's best backcourt. ... Combined quickness with sure ballhandling and excellent decision-making to help Wildcats to 19-2 season that ended with 39-36 Section Four Class D championship loss to South Kortright. ... "If he had the ball in his hands, you could feel confident it was going to be a smart play," Davenport coach Lee Fisher said. "He did what he had to do. If the play wasn't there, he'd pull it back out." ... Averaged team-best 16.1 points. ... Will join team at Onondaga Community College next season.
Jefferson, jr., guard
Third-year point guard led all area scorers, averaging 23.1 points for the 6-11 J-Hawks. ... Scored season-high 34 points in Jefferson's 74-69 loss to Davenport on Jan. 9. ... Finished with 30 or more points four times. ... "From the moment he stepped on the basketball court until the game is over, he's like a tiger," Jefferson coach Joe Henry said. "He just keeps coming at you and doesn't seem to develop any fatigue." ... The 6-footer also averaged a team-best 8.0 rebounds. ... "He's a slashing-type player who likes to get to the basket and draw fouls." ... Also a standout for the baseball team.
Oneonta, sr., forward
Emerged as Yellowjackets' go-to guy in his third varsity season, averaging 14.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. ... The 6-foot-4 forward scored season-high 28 points in 57-52 loss at Seton Catholic Central, many of those coming at the expense of 6-10 center Bob Garbade. ... "He kept us in a lot of games," OHS coach Jerry Mackey said. "He was the focal point for every gameplan on offense and defense, and he answered the call." ... Central Division STAC All-Star named to the 10-man Basketball Coaches Association of New York Section Four team. ... Plans to play baseball for St. Bonaventure.
Walton, sr., forward
Midstate Athletic Conference Division I MVP averaged 12.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in leading Warriors to 16-4 season that included MAC D-I title. ... Slender, 6-foot-4 forward scored season-high 23 points in 47-45 victory over Delhi on Feb. 4. ... "He's a real smart player who understands the game," Walton coach Gary Williams said. "He's really solid defensively, a nice shot blocker and rebounder. Offensively, he's a terrific passer." ... Also averaged 2.9 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocks. ... Named Basketball Coaches Association of New York's Section Four Class C Player of the Year.
South Kortright, sr., guard
Lone returning starter from last season's 26-0 state championship team, Metzko averaged 11.6 points and 9.0 rebounds in first season at point guard. ... "For as good as (Daily Star Player of the Year) Rashawn (Herrington) was, Tanner was equally important to us," SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said. "He brought leadership and always guarded the other team's best player. He did a little bit of everything for us." ... Scored 15 points, including go-ahead basket, in 39-36 Section Four Class D victory over Davenport.
Roxbury, sr., forward
Three-time Daily Star First Team All-Star finished third in area scoring at 19.1 points per game. ... "We always say he'd get the quietest 18 points a game you've ever seen," Roxbury coach Tom Faraci said. "We'd ask him, DaVaun, how the heck did that happen?' He'd find a way to get points. Good players find a way to score." ... Finished with 1,419 points, second in program history to 1983 graduate Brian Ciaravino (1,482). ... Faraci said Morgan is the best passer he's coached. ... Also averaged 10.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals.
Delhi, sr., forward
The 6-foot-3 post player was a force around the basket, averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds. ... Also shot 57 percent from the field in leading Bulldogs to 13-6 record. ... "When teams concentrated on him, it opened up opportunities for others," Delhi coach Warren Kelly said. "It felt like our offense revolved around him and he did a tremendous job rebounding. He helped us keep teams to one shot, and on offense, he got a lot of easy baskets on putbacks." ... Varsity-best 27 points came in 65-46 victory at Deposit on Dec. 17.
Davenport, sr., guard
Left-hander had quickness to get to basket and range on jumper. ... Second on Wildcats in scoring at 14.8 points, behind backcourt mate Buddy Adam (16.1). ... Helped Davenport to 19-2 record that included 55-52 win over eventual Section Four Class D champion South Kortright on Jan. 7, in which Ontl scored team-high 22 points. ... "If he needed to go to the basket, he'd go hard to the basket and he would complete his mission," Davenport coach Lee Fisher said. "He's just a very coachable player."
Morris, sr., guard
Steady ballhandler with excellent quickness who averaged team-best 10.8 points and 4.6 assists in leading Morris to a Tri-Valley League championship for first time since 1988. ... Spent time at point guard and off guard this season. ... "If he wanted this year, he could have scored more, but he's a pretty unselfish player," Morris coach Dave Sander said. "We knew he was the leader out there. If we needed a big shot, the ball was in his hands." ... Also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Sidney, jr., guard
Third-year starter finished third on team in scoring (11 ppg), third in rebounding (5.4 rpg), second in blocks (21), second in steals (40) and first in assists (3.4 apg). ... "He's the team leader on the floor," Sidney coach Mike Brazee said. "He plays on the point because he's the steadiest ballhandler we have. He brings that leadership from being a quarterback in football to the basketball court." ... Though he plays guard on offense, the 6-foot-2 Umbra often defends forwards and centers. ... Also a Daily Star first-teamer in football.
DAILY STAR SECOND-TEAM ALL-STARS
Brendan Chase, jr., Davenport
Joe Cooper, jr., Gilboa
Charlie Darling, sr., South Kortright
Kyle Flint, sr., Cherry Valley-Springfield
Jeff Flynn, soph., Cooperstown
Steve Kaminsky, sr., Walton
Will May, jr., Unatego
Eric Reed, jr., Andes
Adam Rupakus, sr., Afton
Matt Struckle, sr., Laurens
DAILY STAR HONORABLE MENTIONS
Anthony Alesi, Windham
Andrew Beams, Schenevus
Jeremiah Ford, Cooperstown
Evan Goettsche, Windham
David Gula, Stamford
Justin Hofer, Unadilla Valley
Mike Muller, Afton
Justin Pepper, Bainbridge-Guilford
Joel Shaver, Downsville
Cory Townsend, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton
Joe Utter, Morris
Blake Vibbard, Edmeston
Tanner Westcott, Sidney
Aaron Wood, Sidney
Bryce Wooden, Oneonta
DAILY STAR BOYS BASKETBALL AWARDS HISTORY
DAILY STAR PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2010.....Rashawn Herrington, SK.....19.2
2009.....Alex Mirabito, Oneonta.....17.3
2008.....Dan O'Brien, Oneonta.....14.4
2007.....Andy Foote, Sidney.....11.9
2006.....Zack Thomsen, Unadilla Valley.....21.2
2005.....Chris Garcia, Oneonta.....18.0
2004.....Mike Konstanty, Oneonta.....19.0
2003.....Shane Connolly, Cooperstown.....14.1
TIE.....Jeremy Holmes, Cooperstown.....12.9
2002.....Kevin Reed, Downsville.....20.9
2001.....Michael Graham, Sidney.....23.7
2000.....Aaron Hornstra, Oneonta.....19.2
TIE.....Eric Miley, Sidney.....20.1
1999.....Seth Petronis, Milford.....22.1
TIE.....Eric Miley, Sidney.....19.5
1998.....Jason Dorsey, Sidney.....16.0
1997.....Josh Brown, Oneonta.....18.1
TIE.....Quame Patterson, Oneonta.....15.1
1996.....Josh Brown, Oneonta.....14.4
1995.....Quame Patterson, Oneonta.....13.2
1994.....Seth Schaffer, Cooperstown.....26.9
TIE.....Jason Ronovech, Oneonta.....19.0
1993.....Seth Schaffer, Cooperstown.....30.6
1992.....Alan Lewis, Cooperstown.....20.4
1991.....Darell Fisher, Oneonta.....17.6
1990.....Ken Fetterman, Cooperstown.....18.0
1989.....Alex Hills, Afton.....25.8
1988.....Tom Dye, New Berlin.....17.4
1987.....Steve Downey, Oneonta.....16.8
1986.....Mike Nelson, Cooperstown.....21.4
1985.....Keith Thompson, Cherry Valley.....29.7
1984.....Tom Hendricks, Unatego.....25.0
DAILY STAR COACHES OF THE YEAR
2010.....Bob VanValkenburgh, SK.....20-2
2009.....Bob VanValkenburgh, SK.....26-0
2008.....Jerry Mackey, Oneonta.....20-5
2007.....Mike Brazee, Sidney.....24-2
2006.....Lee Fisher, Davenport.....24-1
2005.....David Bertram, Cooperstown.....20-4
2004.....Jerry Mackey, Oneonta.....18-4
2003.....David Bertram, Cooperstown.....26-1
2002.....Jerry Mackey, Oneonta.....21-2
TIE.....Jeff Baier, Downsville.....23-1
2001.....Dan Wagner, Delhi.....15-8
2000.....Mike Brazee, Sidney.....20-5
1999.....Bill Crowley, Milford.....20-5
1998.....Mike Brazee, Sidney.....26-2
1997.....Bob Zeh, Oneonta.....17-4
TIE.....Bill Crowley, Milford.....21-1
1996.....Bob VanValkenburgh, SK.....22-1
1995.....Mike Brazee, Sidney.....19-4
1994.....Bob Zeh, Oneonta.....17-4
1993.....Jim Kenyon, Worcester.....17-4
TIE.....Pete Somich, Unatego.....15-7
1992.....Dick White, Cooperstown.....21-2
1991.....Duane Ely, Roxbury.....22-2
1990.....Greg Waters, Stamford.....16-7
1989.....Steve Rudloff, Andes.....17-6
1988.....Tom Dixon, New Berlin.....19-6
1987.....Lee Fisher, Davenport.....25-2
TIE.....Bob Zeh, Oneonta.....20-2
1986.....Dick White, Cooperstown.....24-2
1985.....Stubb Smith, Cherry Valley.....20-5
1984.....Lee Fisher, Davenport.....18-5
BOYS BASKETBALL CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
First Team: Mike Ontl, sr., Davenport; Buddy Adam, sr., Davenport; Joe Cooper, sr., Gilboa; Tyler Dibble, jr., Jefferson; DaVaun Morgan, sr., Roxbury; Rashawn Herrington, sr., South Kortright; Tanner Metzko, sr., South Kortright; David Gula, jr., Stamford.
Second Team: Eric Reed, jr., Andes; Brendan Chase, sr., Davenport; Joel Shaver, jr., Downsville; Justin Kovacevich, sr., Gilboa; Kyle Friedman, jr., Hunter Tannersville; Charlie Darling, sr., South Kortright; Mike Gaddis, jr., Stamford; Evan Goettsche, sr., Windham.
Honorable Mention: Cody Ruff, sr., Andes; Josh Bonifacic, sr., Andes; Mike Ballard, jr., Davenport; Todd Vester, sr., Davenport; Sean Abrams, sr., Downsville; Tyler Latta, fr., Gilboa; Zach Davis, jr., Hunter Tannersville; Mitch Van Keuren, sr., Margaretville; Marcus Moore, sr., Margaretville; Garrett Hall, jr., Roxbury; Ladd Hanselman, sr., South Kortright; Brandon Tuttle, soph., South Kortright; Justin All, sr., Stamford; Anthony Alesi, sr., Windham; Matt Bentley, sr., Windham.
MIDSTATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Division I MVP: Dan Gehl, Walton.
Division I Coach of the Year: Gary Williams, Walton.
First Team: Zach Newkerk, Delhi; Dylan Umbra, Sidney; Will May, Unatego; Steve Kaminsky, Walton; Mark McDermott, Greene.
Second Team: Scott Gorton, Greene; Aaron Wood, Sidney; Tyler Magnis, Walton; Tanner Westcott, Sidney; Jacob Haynes, Delhi.
Honorable Mention: Phil Hanley, Walton; Cody Komenda, Unatego; Justin Hofer, Unadilla Valley; Andy Kozak, Sidney; Cody Chambers, Unatego; Dale Morley, Walton.
Division II MVP: Cory Seiler, Oxford.
Division II Coaches of the Year: Tim Davis, Oxford; Ben Nelson, Bainbridge-Guilford; Brandon Olbrys, Hancock.
First Team: Eric Hicks, Hancock; Adam Rupakus, Afton; Tyler Boudreau, Harpursville; Ben Thomas, Deposit; Ryan Porter, Bainbridge-Guilford.
Second Team: Evan Whitmore, Hancock; Mike Muller, Afton; Justin Pepper, Bainbridge-Guilford; Jeremy Nelson, Oxford; Steve Patten, Bainbridge-Guilford.
Honorable Mention: Nate Mills, Deposit; Tom Banicky, Hancock; Chad Baxter, Harpursville; Adam Davis, Afton; Corey Mohrein, Afton; Booker Davis, Oxford.
SOUTHERN TIER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Oneonta High All-Division Central: Nate Eastman, senior, guard.
First Team: Kyle Flint, Cherry Valley-Springfield; Eric Smith, Morris; Matt Struckle, Laurens; Joe Utter, Morris; Blake Vibbard, Edmeston.
Second Team: Andrew Beams, Schenevus; Andrew Delmar, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton; Caleb Radulewicz, Milford; Alex Shuster, CV-S; Justin Utter, Morris.