Siena Wilder of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is among 60 players who have been nominated for the PrepVolleyball.com Senior National Player of the Year award.
To be selected, the 12th-graders had to have a significant impact on their teams and the states they represent. The group includes 47 players who helped their teams win state championships during the 2012 season, including Wilder.
Wilder turned in a superb defensive performance when the Spartans beat Pittsford Sutherland in four sets for the New York Class A crown, piling up 38 digs to clinch final four most valuable player honors.
The 5-foot-5 senior had 564 digs to top her junior total of 504, and also collected 68 aces and 44 assists. Wilder was named to the all-state first team for the second time.
Wilder was a member of four Suburban Council, Section II and regional championship teams. She competed in three state title matches, and was on the winning side in 2011 as well as in 2012. When BH-BL topped Our Lady of Mercy for the 2011 state flag in four sets, Wilder led the defense with 28 digs.
Big week for Morrison
Shaker senior David Morrison was selected the Suburban Council player of the week for basketball games played Jan. 7-11 after recording a pair of double-doubles.
Morrison had 13 points and 20 rebounds in a 79-61 win over Columbia, and collected 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 65-61 victory over Shenendehowa.
Morrison was also awarded a first-team all-state nod for his football exploits last week. His play as a two-way lineman helped Shaker win 10 games and its first Section II championship. The Daily Gazette All-Area first-teammer will continue his football career at Dartmouth.
Albany wins Fed bid
The Times Union Center will host the Federation Basketball Tournament of Champions for three more years, beginning in March 2014, the New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations announced Wednesday.
The Federation’s executive committee voted to accept a proposal submitted by the Albany County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in conjunction with both the Crowne Plaza and Times Union Center. Glens Falls also submitted a bid. The Glens Falls Civic Center was home to the Federation event from 1981 through 2009. The tournament moved to Albany in 2010 to begin its first three-year run.
Boys and girls teams from the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association, Catholic High School Athletic Association, New York State Public High School Athletic Association and New York City Public Schools Athletic League annually compete for titles at the Federation event.
Christian Brothers Academy hockey player Zach Swanteck forced overtime on a goal with 7.7 seconds left in a 3-3 tie with Shenendehowa last Friday, and provided the game-winner the next night with 2:10 to go in a 1-0 triumph against LaSalle.
Swanteck, a senior forward, tipped in a shot by Grant Stockman in the LaSalle game. Goaltender Kyle Stockman made 12 saves for the shutout.
What they’re doing
Former Saratoga High School and Notre Dame University football star Anthony Weaver was named the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach earlier this week.
Weaver played three varsity seasons at Saratoga, and following his junior campaign in 1996 was tabbed The Daily Gazette’s All-Area Defensive Player of the Year.
He will join the staff of new Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone, who left Syracuse University for the National Football League. The 32-year-old Weaver was the New York Jets assistant defensive line coach this season and the linebackers coach at the University of North Texas the season before.
Weaver played defensive end at Notre Dame (1998-2001) and with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens (2002-05) and Houston Texans (2006-08).
Kentucky basketball player Becca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic (Kentucky) set a national record with 17 three-point baskets Monday in a 99-35 win over Trinity, topping the mark of 15 that was shared by five players, including former Cohoes standout Courtney Galuski.
Galuski nailed 15 three-pointers in 2008 against Schalmont and finished that contest with 45 points.
Greenwell also scored only from beyond the three-point line, making 17 of her 28 attempts for 51 points. Greenwell, a senior guard, has committed to Duke University.
Saullo to HOF
Two-sport Amsterdam High School star Dan Saullo will be among the newest class to be inducted into the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame Feb. 2 at St. Mary’s Institute.
Saullo was a three-year starting centerfielder for the Rams from 1985-87, and as their leadoff batter, hit over .350 in each campaign. He hit .430 as a senior when he earned a spot on the Big 10 all-star team for the third time.
Saullo started for two years on the Amsterdam football team as a receiver and defensive back, and helped the Rams go 10-0 in 1986 while landing a berth on The Daily Gazette All-Area first team.
He batted over .300 in three of his four years at Siena College and finished with a .307 career average.
Vince Riggi, Steve Porcello and Mark Leiter Jr. are also headed to the hall of fame. Riggi played for Saratoga High School, the University of Richmond and the Mohawks (2004-06), while Pocello has been involved with Amsterdam Little League for 35 years as a manager, umpire and its two-term president. A senior at New Jersey Tech and pro prospect, Leiter is the all-time strikeout leader in Mohawks’ history.
Here and there
South Glens Falls soccer whiz Sammy Blizzard signed this week with The College of Saint Rose. Blizzard piled up 42 goals and nine assists last fall and was selected the Foothills Council co-Player of the Year. . . .
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake freshman Kalli Manly tied her own school pole vault record by clearing 10 feet Saturday at the Dartmouth Relays. Manly placed sixth, and was the only ninth-grader in the top 20. . ..
Sarat oga is No. 9 in the state Division I hockey rankings that came out Monday. Saratoga is 9-0 in the Capital District High School Hockey League and 12-1-1 overall. . . .
Tori Burkins rolled a 300 game Tuesday in leading the Bethlehem bowling team past Columbia.