Oneonta State selected men's soccer player Jonathan Kowalski and two-sport standout Kacy Boburka as its athletes of the year during a ceremony Tuesday night at the Hunt Union Ballroom.
Kowalski, a junior, helped the Red Dragons to an 11-4-4 record that included the regular-season title in the SUNY Athletic Conference. He earned First Team all-conference honors as a center midfielder. Kowalski finished second on the team in goals (six) and points (14), and led the Red Dragons with four winning goals.
A sophomore, Boburka played big roles on O-State's volleyball and track teams. She led the volleyball team in kills (314) and hitting percentage (.251).
During the indoor track season, Boburka earned All-America honors in the high jump and this past weekend earned a SUNYAC title in the long jump. She also placed second in the high jump, third in the javelin, third in the triple jump and seventh in the shot put last week and was named the Field Athlete of the Meet.
Seniors Sean Daly and Emily Shannon won the Dr. Joseph Heissan Senior Achievement Award.
Daly competed on O-State's cross-country and track teams. Shannon was a four-year starter on the tennis team.
The Fred Puritz First-Year Athlete of the Year Award went to Jermaine Miller, Edmeston graduate Kori Hamm and Karly DeSimone.
Miller set school records in diving for the swim team, and hurdles and pole vault records for the track team.
Hamm, a two-time Daily Star Player of the Year in soccer, started 12 games for O-State's soccer team, which advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III tournament. Hamm had one goal and four assists. She's also a standout triple jumper for the track team, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA D-III meet.
DeSimone was named the SUNYAC's Rookie of the Year for soccer. She had six goals and one assist.
Other awards are as follows:
Scholar Athletes of the Year: Sophomore Mike Salerno (lacrosse) and senior Celia Alterio (cross country and track).
Hal Chase Memorial Award: Senior Will Sacco (tennis) and junior Heidi Kissinger (lacrosse).
Outstanding Performance Award: Sarah Timmons (track) and Jimmy van de Veerdonk (lacrosse).
Men's soccer: Jonathan Kowalski; women's soccer: Erin Boyle; field hockey: Ainsley Stoll; volleyball: Christina Fabiochi; men's cross country: Nick Madison; women's cross country: Lauren Brunetto; women's tennis: Danielle Browarski; men's tennis: Jonathan Dorin; women's swimming: Melissa Erickson; men's swimming: Ryan Walsh; women's indoor track: Kacy Boburka; men's indoor track: Durell Cull; men's basketball: Derek Hahn; women's basketball: Rebecca Bucci; wrestling: Brian Kramer; women's lacrosse: Jennifer Fox; men's lacrosse: Jimmy van de Veerdonk; baseball: Bryan Marotta; softball: Katie Hackenburg; women's outdoor track: Sarah Timmons; men's outdoor track: Nick Pampena.
Junior Rebecca Monteith and freshman Cynthia Prag were named Second Team all-stars in women's lacrosse by the SUNY Athletic Conference.
Monteith makes her third appearance on the all-conference team, including First Team honors in 2009 and Second Team recognition in 2010. She scored 50 goals and had nine assists, and scooped 28 groundballs, won 28 faceoffs and had two winning goals.
Monteith ranks third in O-State history with 178 goals and 214 points.
Prag started 13 of 15 games as a defender. She led the team with 31 groundballs. She also won 13 faceoffs and forced eight turnovers.
Sophomore Jimmy van de Veerdonk earned First Team all-SUNYAC honors for men's lacrosse as a faceoff specialist.
He won 63 percent of his faceoffs (159-for-251). He also had 107 groundballs and led the SUNYAC by averaging nearly 10 groundballs. He led the Red Dragons in goals (28) and assists (11).
SUNY Cobleskill named freshman Grantley Mcleod its athlete of the week.
Mcleod cleared 6-foot-5 to win the high jump at the Kutztown University Last Chance Meet on Saturday. That mark qualified him for the ECAC Division III Championships, which will be held May 19-20 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.