PLATTSBURGH — Twenty-nine area athletes competing in four fall sports were awarded All-State honors as selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
Tyler Pratt (Moriah), Josh Barriere (Chazy), Kinnan Latremore (Chazy), Rachel Pombrio (Chazy), Jeriqho Gadway (Plattsburgh High) and Margaret Champagne (Seton Catholic) were each named to the First Team in football, soccer and cross country.
Eight athletes received Second-Team recognition, while six were tabbed for the Third Team.
Zane Bazzano (Peru)- Bazzano accumulated 495 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while totaling 395 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The senior helped the Indians reach the Section VII Class B championship where they fell to Beekmantown, 33-28.
Taylor Avanzato (Peru)- Avanzato, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, anchored a Peru defense that surrendered 116 points on the year. The Indians allowed single-digit points in four of its six league games played.
Third-Team Defensive Lineman
Brennan Pelkey (Beekmantown)- One of the Eagles’ most important team leaders on and off the field, Pelkey was a player who Beekmantown could turn to for a big play and help create productive practices. He helped lead the Eagles to a state quarterfinal appearance.
Third-Team Running Back
John Maye (Saranac)- Maye helped the Chiefs to a runner-up finish in Class C. The senior running back led the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference in rushing yards (1,214) and rushing touchdowns (17) while finishing second in scoring with 110 points.
First-Team Offensive End
Tyler Pratt (Moriah)- Pratt had a stellar senior season, helping the Vikings reach the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals. Pratt snagged 31 catches for 680 yards and five touchdowns, good for a 21.9 yards per catch average.
Cole Gaddor (Moriah)- Gaddor led the section in passing yards (1,594) and completions (87). He finished his career 10th all-time in career passing yards with 2,755.
Second-Team Running Back
Troy Welch (Moriah)- Welch, a junior, emerged in a 47-46 loss to Beekmantown in Week 5. He ran for 254 yards and six touchdowns, unofficially tying the section mark for rushing touchdowns in a game. Despite missing two contests, Welch ran for 945 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Josh Barriere (Chazy)- Barriere tallied the game-tying goal for the Eagles in the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game. The junior finished with 13 goals and eight assists. Barriere was the Division II Most Valuable Player in the Northern Soccer League.
Jacob Dick (Peru)- A captain and four-year starter, Dick had 14 goals and 12 assists for the Indians. Nine of those goals were game-winners. A three-time all-star, Dick was the Division I Most Valuable Player in the Northern Soccer League.
Adam Tedford (Seton Catholic)- Tedford led Division II in scoring with 19 goals and four assists. He finished his career as a four-time all-star.
Alex Price (Beekmantown)- Price, a junior, recorded eight goals and three assists for 19 points. He helped the Eagles to a Section VII Class B championship, including an appearance in the NYSPHSAA playoffs.
Jamie Favreau (Saranac)- Favreau, a senior, accumulated five shutouts between the pipes. A Second-Team Northern Soccer League All-Star, she helped the Chiefs reach the NYSPHSAA Class B quarterfinals.
Ellen Thew (Saranac)- Thew finished with 24 goals and seven assists during her junior campaign. She scored two or more goals in eight of Saranac’s 18 games.
Kallie Villemaire (Beekmantown)- A junior captain, Villemaire led Division I in scoring with 22 goals and 13 assists. She was the Division I Most Valuable Player in the Northern Soccer League.
Lauren O’Connor (Beekmantown)- O’Connor went 14-2-1 during her senior season, totaling six shutouts in all. O’Connor broke the Eagles career record for shutouts (23) and saves (569).
Paige Spittler (Seton Catholic)- Spittler topped the Knights with 19 goals and registered nine assists. A senior, she had five multi-goal games, including a five-goal performance against Elizabethtown-Lewis.
Elle Warick (Northern Adirondack)- Warick finished the season with 19 goals and 11 assists for the Bobcats. She concluded her career with Northern Adirondack in the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinals.
Kinnan Latremore (Chazy)- Latremore, a junior, finished with six goals and eight assists for the Eagles. She helped Chazy reach the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals during her junior season.
Rachel Pombrio (Chazy)- At center midfield and forward, Pombrio scored 21 goals and assisted on 14 others. A junior, she led the way offensively for the Eagles.
Amber Polomsky (Chazy)- A senior defender, Polomsky used her speed to defend against the best players on opposing teams. She added five goals and four assists on the offensive end.
Hannah Laurin (Chazy)- Laurin was a force for the Eagles on offense. She sent home 16 goals while adding eight assists. She scored on two occasions in Chazy’s Section VII Class D girls’ soccer championship game against Moriah.
Boys’ Cross Country
Jeriqho Gadway (Plattsburgh High)- A three-time all-star, Gadway was a three-time state qualifier and the 2013 NYSPHSAA Class C state champion.
Evan Page (Seton Catholic)- Page finished second at the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference meet and second at the state qualifier. He then had his best finish, placing sixth in the NYSPHSAA Class D race. He received a NYSPHSAA sportsmanship award for Class D at the championships.
Girls’ Cross Country
Margaret Champagne (Seton Catholic)- Champagne was the front-runner for the Knights and led Seton Catholic to an undefeated season in Section VII. At the NYSPHSAA championships, she had her best result to date, finishing second in the Class D event.
Melissa Whyman (Seton Catholic)- Whyman capped off her high school career at the NYSPHSAA championships where she finished on the podium in eighth place in the Class D race. She also received the NYSPHSAA sportsmanship award in Class D.
Ashley Leta (Seton Catholic)- Leta finished her career as a three-time all-star. She represented Section VII at the Federation Meet at Bowdoin Park in Wappinger Falls, where she finished 129th out of 255 of the state’s top runners.
Shannon Ryan (Beekmantown)- One of the league’s co-Most Valuable Players, Ryan averaged 13 kills, three blocks, nine digs and 10 service points per game in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference. She was a team leader in kills and kill percentage, earning season high stats of 144 service points, 35 aces, 42 blocks, 192 kills and 125 digs.
Grace Kelly (Beekmantown)- Kelly, with her explosive vertical jump, totaled 160 kills, 168 points and168 digs during her junior campaign. She recorded a personal best 19 kills against AuSable Valley.
Noelle Miller (AuSable Valley)- One of the league’s co-Most Valuable Players, Miller led the Patriots with 200 kills. She was a force at the net, finishing the season with 18 blocks. Her serve acquired 160 points this year and 75 aces.
Miranda Sheffer (AuSable Valley)- A versatile all-around player, Sheffer finished the season with 105 kills and 119 digs. A co-captain for the Patriots, she led the team in points (246) and aces (95).