Kwame Jarvis established several Schenectady High School passing records during the fall, including marks for passing yards and touchdown tosses. The senior quarterback set a different kind of standard this week when he was selected to the all-state Class AA second-team offense.
No Section II quarterback had ever achieved such a high honor since the state added the Class AA level in 1996.
“It goes to show what hard work throughout the year can do for an individual. Kwame is a humble guy, but people need to realize he worked 365 days for this,” Schen-ectady coach Jim Kramer said. “I’m happy he’s reaping the rewards of his hard work.”
Solid as a junior, Jarvis blossomed as a senior, and finished with 1,734 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. He also set Schenectady records with 119 completions and 197 attempts in leading the Section II semifinalist Patriots to six wins.
Jarvis was previously named the Class AA Liberty Division Offensive Player of the Year and the Daily Gazette All-Area Offensive Player of the Year.
Section II has had five other quarterbacks make all-state Class AA teams in Garrett Delory of LaSalle (sixth, 2011), Ryan Smith of Guilderland (third, 2010), Kyle Bayly of Niskayuna (fifth, 2010), Mark Bulger of Bethlehem (fourth, 2001) and Jason Sherwin of Shaker (third, 1999). Teams are selected by members of the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Troy quarterback Rich Murphy earned all-state first-team laurels in Class A in 1993, before the state moved to five classes.
“There have been so many good players at the position in our area,” said Kramer. “To be the highest-rated [Class AA] quarterback is an incredible accomplishment.”
Schenectady also had two players earn all-state honorable mention status in junior Felix Rodriguez (all-purpose) and senior Tyler DePasquale (line).
“I’m happy for all three of them. Schenectady has never had three kids make all-state,” said Kramer. “It’s a great day for Schenectady football. A proud day for Schen-ectady football.”
Schenectady had two players make all-state Class AA teams after its drive to the Super Bowl in 2008 in Marc Thompson (running back, third) and Dan Desbiens (linebacker, fourth).
BH-BL TRIO HONORED
Center Nick Marchesiello, cornerback Eric Dillon and kicker Ryan McDonnell of New York football champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake have been named to the all-state Class A first team.
McDonnell also quarterbacked the Spartans, who bounced back from a season-opening loss to win 12 consecutive games capped by their 40-20 victory over Sweet Home at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Burnt Hills defensive lineman Nico Fragale made the all-state Class A second team, along with Troy linebacker Nick Valenti and Amsterdam linebacker/safety Geo Rodriguez.
Tackle David Morrison and running back Ryan Griffin of Section II champion Shaker made the Class AA first- and second-team offense, respectively. Shaker tackle Schuyler Huntington made the second-team defense. Huntington was tabbed the Daily Gazette All-Area Defensive Player of the Year.
Shenendehowa senior Chris Stewart, who died in a car accident on Dec. 1, was honored posthumously, selected to the fourth-team offense.
OL, David Morrison (Shaker), 6-4, 270, 12 (first team); QB, Kwame Jarvis (Schen-ectady), 6-0, 175, 12 (second); RB, Ryan Griffin (Shaker), 6-0, 210, 12 (second); OL, Mike Zaloga (CBA), 6-1, 285, 12 (second); RB, Chris Smith (Columbia), 6-1, 210, 12 (third); OE, Gabriel Smith (LaSalle), 5-11, 175, 12 (fourth); OL, Chris Stewart (Shenendehowa), 6-1, 240, 12 (fourth).
DL, Schuyler Huntington (Shaker), 6-3, 255, 12 (second); LB, Andrew Antoinette (Guilderland), 5-10, 195, 12 (third); DB, Kyle Buss (Shenendehowa), 5-10, 175, 12 (third); P, Corey Acker (Shenendehowa), 5-10, 155, 12 (third); LB, Chris Miller (Shenendehowa), 6-0, 185, 12 (fourth).
QB, Frank Gallo (Guilderland); QB, Chris Landers (Shaker); RB, Aidan O’Brien (Niskayuna); RB, Cameron Wynn (CBA); L, Tyler DePasquale (Schenectady); L, Alan Gaines (Shenendehowa); AP, Felix Rodriguez (Schenectady); K, Spencer Ferrigan (Bethlehem).
OL, Nick Marchesiello (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 5-10, 245, 12 (first); OE, Derrek Thomas (Bishop Maginn), 6-3, 175, 12 (third); OL, J.P. McCauley (Queensbury), 6-3, 270, 12 (third); RB, Brett Stanavich (Amsterdam), 5-9, 175, 12 (fourth), OL, Shane Fisher (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 6-2, 280, 12 (fourth).
DB, Eric Dillon (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 6-1, 170, 12 (first); PK, Ryan McDonnell (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 5-10, 185, 12 (first); DL, Nico Fragale (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 5-11, 245, 11 (second); LB, Nick Valenti (Troy), 6-0, 225, 12 (second); DB, Geo Rodriguez (Amsterdam), 5-10, 180, 12 (second); DL, Mason Calhoun (Amsterdam), 6-0, 230, 12 (fourth).
RB, Daniel Porter (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake); L, Tom Bendetti (Averill Park); L, Paul Krowell (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake); Nate Sawyer (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake); Nick Schaub (Scotia-Glenville); LB, David Newell (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake); DB, Alston Moses (Queensbury).
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey team has earned another championship with its leading classroom average in the fall segment of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar/Athlete Team Award program.
Sixteen Spartans combined for a 96.378 average to beat out teams from Smithtown East (96.250), Wheatley (96.96.244) and Barker (96.231). Burnt Hills captured the Section II Class B title with a 3-1 win over Johnstown and advanced to the state regionals for the first time since 2007.
The Colonie boys’ soccer team joined Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake as a state scholar/athlete champion, as 17 team members joined for a 97.243 average.
The Loudonville Christian School girls’ volleyball team placed second (97.563), and the Shenen-dehowa football team placed fourth (95.266). The Schalmont girls’ soccer team (96.973) and Ballston Spa girls’ swimming and diving team (97.624) placed ninth, and the
Albany Academy boys’ cross country team (97.894) and Guilderland girls’ cross country team (97.857) placed 10th.
Last spring, the Guilderland boys’ tennis team won the school’s first state scholar/athlete championship, and last winter the Queensbury boys’ skiing team earned top honors.
The Shenendehowa boys’ swimming and diving team extended its win streak inside Section II to 72 dual meets with Tuesday’s 101-77 victory over Bethlehem.
Bethlehem was the last area team to beat Shenendehowa in the 2005-06 season (108-75). The Plainsmen won their last three area meets that season, and then went 11-0, 11-0, 10-0, 10-0, 10-0 and 11-0 over the next six. Coach Chuck Dungam’s Plainsmen improved to 6-0 Tuesday when brothers Luke and Ryan Gordon factored in six individual and relay wins.
Shenendehowa has earned six straight Section II championships, and nine of the last 10.