Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake linebacker Dylan Wydronkowski has been named to the all-state Class A first-team defense for the second year in a row.
The two-time Daily Gazette Defensive Player of the Year earned the honor after piling up 125 tackles for the state runner-up Spartans. The senior made 15 tackles for a loss, forced five fumbles and recovered two of them.
“He’s a tackling machine,” BH-BL coach Matt Shell said of the two-time Northwest Division Defensive Player of the Year.
Wydronkowski started as a freshman at Scotia-Glenville before transferring to Burnt Hills, and helped the Spartans win three Section II championships, three regional titles and a pair of state semifinal games. He made 101 tackles as a sophomore and 124 as a junior.
The New York State Sportswriters Association’s Class A second team includes linemen Nick Crocetto of Burnt Hills and Sean Spath of Bishop Maginn on defense, and Maginn running back Matthias McKinnon on offense.
Shenendehowa linebacker Brandon Miller was selected to the Class AA second team. Miller shared the Gazette’s top defensive player award with Wydronkowski.
Offense: Mark Thomas, Shnendehowa, line, 12 (third team); Tony Fusco, Shenendehowa, running back, 12 (fourth); Josh Callahan, Niskayuna, end, 12 (fourth); Gabriel Smith, LaSalle Institute, all-purpose, 11 (fifth); Jon Martin, Bethlehem, place kicker, 12 (fifth); Garrett Delory, LaSalle Institute, quarterback, 12 (sixth); Chris Smith, Columbia, running back, 11 (sixth); Justin Snide, Columbia, line, 12 (sixth); David Morrison, Shaker, line, 11 (sixth). Defense: Brandon Miller, Shenendehowa, linebacker, 12 (second); Nick Cleveland, Christian Brothers Academy, line, 12 (third); Ryan Griffin, Shaker, linebacker, 11 (fifth); Pat Kegan, Columbia, linebacker, 12 (sixth).
Offense: Matthias McKinnon, Bishop Maginn, 12 (second team); Nick Marschesiello, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, line, 11 (third); Nic Ketter, Queensbury, all-purpose, 12 (third); Eric Dillon, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, end, 11 (fifth). Defense: Dylan Wydronkowski, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, linebacker, 12 (first); Sean Spath, Bishop Maginn, line, 12 (second); Nick Crocetto, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, line, 12 (second); Chris Carbone, Amsterdam, back, 12 (fourth).
Zach Doty of Columbia bowled a 300 game, and Ashlyn Van Buren of Guilderland registered a 299 at last Friday’s Schenectady New Year’s Invitational.
Brandon Boyer of Hudson Falls, Joe Wolfrum of Hoosick Falls and Anthony Alix of Watervliet are among the other Section II bowlers with 300s this season. Alix fired his at the Rotterdam Invitational, while Boyer’s perfect game was part of a 819 triple. Jordan Nichols of Saratoga Springs and Dylan Keyer of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk have rolled a 299s.
Show of perseverance
Niskayuna never led until the last race was completed, and edged Shaker in a recent Suburban Council boys’ swimming and diving meet, 95-91, in its home pool.
Niskayuna tied the meet at 23, 39 and 70 before falling behind, 87-85, through 11 events. The Silver Warriors emerged on top when Emerson Wells, Dylan Karlok, Ryan Burke and Evan Melby got eight points for a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and teammates Aidan Strayer, Shain Goldman, Jack Duesterdick and Samir Goel took third for two more.
Wells, a sophomore, swam a leg on Niskayuna’s first-place 200 free relay and won the 500 and 200 free.
Neal award winner
Niskayuna coach Jim Neal will be be presented with the United States Tennis Association’s Starfish Award this weekend at the organization’s Community Tennis Development Workshop in New Orleans.
The Starfish Award recognizes high school coaches who implement a no-cut policy for their teams.
Neal is in his 19th year of coaching tennis at the scholastic level. His 2010-11 team consisted of 71 players, including 37 girls and 34 boys.
Athletes have represented Niskayuna at state tournaments for nine consecutive school years, with the doubles tandem of Karli and Hayley Hollins qualifying this past fall.
Neal has spent well over three decades as a volunteer at the Central Park in Schenectady helping to maintain its tennis courts, and organizes USTA events there.
Holley senior Quinton Murphy became New York’s all-time wrestling victory leader last Saturday when he won the 138-pound final at the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Tournament at Niagara County Community College.
Murphy’s boosted his career record to 276-12 with technical fall over Lewiston-Porter’s Dan Reagan. The Indiana University recruit broke the state mark of 275 wins by Cody Ruggirello of Valley Central.
Murphy is a three-time state meet champion at three different weights.