Joe Cremo’s fabulous basketball season may be over, but the awards keep coming.
The Scotia-Glenville junior has been selected the state Class A Player of the Year after leading the Tartans to a perfect season and breaking a couple of significant school records along the way.
Cremo is the first Schenectady County hoopster and one of 11 from Section II to earn the New York State Sportswriters Association POY honor going back to 1971. The Section II list includes Sam Perkins of Shaker (1980, large school) and Greg Koubek of Shenendehowa (1987, large school).
“I had a good season, but all of the individual awards, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said the two-time Daily Gazette All-Area first-team star. “I also worked hard for it, and I’m going to keep working hard. I’m not going to settle, and I’m not going to let my team settle, either.”
Cremo was back at it soon after his 24-point, 10-rebound effort when Scotia-Glenville beat Holy Trinity, 68-52, in the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions Class A final.
“The next day, we took that off. We just shot around a little bit at the park,” said the 6-foot-4, three-year varsity performer. “The day after that, we were back in the gym.”
Cremo excelled on every court he graced over the winter months, and ended up averaging 24.8 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.1 steals. He was the recipient of five most valuable player awards, starting at the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Tournament in December. He was also tabbed the MVP in the Foothills Council and in the Section II, New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation tournaments.
“The bigger the moment, the bigger he was,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei.
Cremo turned in a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists when Scotia-Glenville edged Troy in double overtime, 77-75, and secured its third straight Section II championship. When the Tartans beat East High for the state public title, 66-44, the University at Albany-bound Cremo had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
He shot 10-for-14 from the field that game, and over 27 games, connected on 62.4 percent of his shots.
“People talk about his scoring. He’s so unselfish,” said Giammattei. “He could have averaged 35 points a game.”
Cremo set a Scotia-Glenville single-season record for points with 672, and with that, boosted his career total to a school-record 1,394. His one-game high of 33 came when the Tartans beat Newburgh Free Academy in the Hilliard semifinals, 79-65.
“I can’t be just inside next year. I’ve been working on my jump shot,” said Cremo. “I know I’m going to need it.”
Cremo, Mike Palleschi and Scott Stopera will be returning to Scotia-Glenville’s starting lineup next season. The Tartans will need to replace starters Alex Sausville and Dom LeMorta, as well as sixth-man Schuyler Sayles.
“Along with my offense and defense, I’m working on being a leader, on and off the court,” said Cremo. “I’ve got to show the younger guys how Scotia basketball is supposed to be played.”
Scotia-Glenville had never advanced beyond the regionals before the 2013-14 season.
“It was a dream since I was a kid to win a sectional title,” said Cremo. “To win the state and Federation and go 27-0, with this group of guys, best feeling in my life.”
Troy sophomore guard Dyaire Holt was selected to the all-state Class A second team after averaging 19.5 points, 5.2 assists and 4.5 steals.
Junior forward John Rooney of state champ Hoosic Valley was named the Class C Player of the Year. First team laurels went to his teammate, Mike Pierre, Joel Wincowski of Lake George (Class C) and Tad Jones of Hartford (Class D).
Jamil Hood Jr., Green Tech, 12, 6-2, 16.7 (third team); Anthony Mack, Catholic Central, 10, 6-5, 21.9 (fifth); Greig Stire, CBA, 12, 6-7, 18.9 (seventh); Jahlil Nails, Columbia, 11, 6-4, 24.9 (eighth); Ramion Burt, Green Tech, 12, 6-5, 11.9 (ninth). Monorable mention: Noah Arciero, Saratoga Springs; Kevin Huerter, Shenendehowa; Andrew Platek, Guilderland.
Joe Cremo, Scotia-Glenville, 11, 6-4, 24.8 (Player of the Year); Dyaire Holt, Troy, 10, 6-0, 19.5 (second); Alex Sausville, Scotia-Glenville, 12, 6-1, 16.2 (seventh). Honorable mention: Asa Barnhill, Gloversville; Dom LeMorta, Scotia-Glenville; Austin Nydegger, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake; Keeghan O’Leary, Queensbury; Zach Radz, Troy; Scott Stopera, Scotia-Glenville.
Brandon LaForest, Cohoes, 11, 6-0, 20.3 (fifth); Will Turner, Fonda-Fultonville, 12, 6-7, 18-2 (eighth); Noah Crawford, Voorheesville, 12, 5-10, 17.7 (ninth); Andre Taylor, Broadalbin-Perth, 12, 6-1, 17.5 (11th); Andrew Hoag, Hoosick Falls, 11, 5-10, 10.3 (12th). Honorable mention: Brenner Bachman, Greenville; Ty’Jon Gilmore, Watervliet; Daniel Green, Catskill; Logan Hotaling, Voorheesville; Logan Polsinello, Mechanicville; Mano Senthil, Mekeel Christian; David Warnken, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
John Rooney, Hoosic Valley, 11, 6-4, 20.2 (Player of the Year); Mike Pierre, Hoosic Valley, 12, 6-1, 22.5 (first); Joel Wincowski, Lake George, 11, 6-2, 28.8 (first); Justin Carruthers, Greenwich, 11, 6-7, 17.0 (sixth). Honorable mention: Michael Naughton, Saratoga Catholic; Evan Pescetti, Saratoga Catholic; Luke Spicer, Saratoga Catholic; Dillan Veeder, Canajoharie.
Tad Jones, Hartford, 12, 6-4, 26.4 (first); Derek Durkee, Fort Ann, 12, 6-2, 22.2 (second); Nick Sapienza, North Warren, 11, 6-0, 19.0 (fourth); Brooke Liddle, Argyle, 12, 5-9, 11.8 (fifth). Honorable mention: Tyler Fuchs, Germantown; Shea Irish, Warrensburg; Kobe Lufkin, Argyle; Del Pryce, Argyle.
Seniors step up
The Schenectady girls’ lacrosse team had plenty of senior moments Wednesday night.
“We have six seniors and they all had at least one goal,” first-year Schenectady coach Taylor DeThorne said after a 16-5 win over Cohoes at Larry Mulvaney Field. “That was our objective, have every senior score.”
The seniors actually accounted for 15 of the goals in the senior night victory, with defender Michaela Kocienski notching the first two of her four-year varsity career.
“I haven’t taken too many shots this year,” Kocienski. “I wanted to score. I was determined.”
All of the Schenectady players scored after Cohoes grabbed a quick lead in the Capital District Women’s Lacrosse League contest.
“They got the first goal, and that woke us up,” said Kocienski. “The seniors came together and said, ‘This is our night, and we’re going to win.’”
Breona Richmond collected six goals for the Lady Patriots and Kristen St. Andrews had four. Diana Ziachenko, Brielle Lazzarri and Samantha Kerr also scored. All are seniors. Also scoring was Kaitlyn Franz.
Roemer steps down
Bill Roemer resigned as Colonie’s varsity football coach Wednesday after his teaching position was among several jobs eliminated as part of the district’s proposed 2014-15 school budget cuts.
A physical education instructor, Roemer directed Colonie’s junior varsity team in 2010 and led the varsity the last two years. His 2013 edition went 5-4 for the program’s first winning season since 2007.
Roemer led the Averill Park varsity from 2004-09. His 2005 team reached the Section II Class A title game before losing to Amsterdam, and finished 7-3.
“I have been very fortunate to have coached with and under some great people, and had the opportunity to coach many fine young student-athletes,” Roemer said in a release. “I would like to thank all of the players for making the job so enjoyable and so rewarding. I would also like to thank the community for its support over the past few weeks during this very difficult budget process.”
Roemer, who started the popular Junior Raider youth football program last year, did not return a call from the Gazette.
The South Colonie Board of Education unanimously passed the 2014-15 school budget last week. The vote takes place May 20.