Athletes of the Week 2016-17

During every athletic season (fall, winter, spring), each Johnstown sport is scheduled for a specific week  in which two varsity athletes are to be selected by the coaching staff for recognition as Athletes of the Week. Coaches choose the players to be recognized based on an athlete’s play, character, motivation and teamwork for that specific week. Athletes of the Week receive a certificate and their photo is displayed outside the athletic office and on the school website, and submitted to the Leader Herald newspaper.

Athletes of the Week 2016-17

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Spring Sports

Athletes of the Week – Baseball

Congratulations to Ben Wager and Jake Petrie for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in baseball. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Softball

Congratulations to Cecelia Mowrey and Mallory Baldwin for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in softball. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Track & Field

Congratulations to Thomas Lizio and Brandon Mraz for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in boys track and field. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the track & field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Track & Field

Congratulations to Jordan Rose and Briana Dean for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in girls track and field. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the track & field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Lacrosse

Congratulations to Chelsea Cirillo and Rachel Lee for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in lacrosse. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Lacrosse

Congratulations to Garrett Way and Kerry Blackwood for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in lacrosse. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Winter Sports

Athletes of the Week – Nordic Ski

Congratulations to Alayna Gray and Gabe Cole for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in Nordic Ski. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the Nordic trails as well as in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Alpine Ski

Congratulations to Molly Lake and Zachary Szurek for earning the Athlete of the Week honors in Alpine Skiing. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the slopes as well as in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Cheerleading

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for cheerleading: Allison Ricci and Heidi Chamberlain. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have promoted team spirt for our fans and in our school, and worked hard in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Basketball

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for boys basketball: Nick Frasier and Adam Wilson. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the basketball court and in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Swimming & Diving

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Boys Swimming & Diving: Benjamin Russo and Trevor Askew. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard in the pool as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Wrestling

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Wrestling: Jared Ercolino and Na’jon Subik. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard on the mats as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Girls Basketball: Chelsea Cirillo and Claire Guzielek. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard on the lanes as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Bowling

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Bowling: Hunter Meher and John Vietri. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard on the lanes as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Fall Sports

Athletes of the Week – Volleyball

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Volleyball: Macenzie Ward and Jordyn Stoutner. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard on the court as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Soccer

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Girls Soccer: Molly Sear and Abigail Gottung. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Football

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Football: Samuel McInnis and Charlie Osborne. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility, and have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Cheerleading

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week for Cheerleading: Nicole Jackson and Allison Ricci. They have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility and have worked hard on the field as well as in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Girls’ Swimming & Diving

Congratulations to our athletes of the week for girls’ swimming & diving, Cecelia Mowrey and Abigail Rizzo. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility and have worked hard in the pool and in the classroom to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Field Hockey

Congratulations to our athletes of the week for field hockey, Madison Etherton and Anna Heroth. These students have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility and have worked hard on the field and in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Soccer

Danny Jarabek and Matthew Boyle have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the soccer field as well as in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Danny Jarabek is a senior and one of three captains for the boys varsity soccer team. He holds one of the highest GPA’s on the team and is on track to become the valedictorian of his class. Danny has been described as a perfectionist, a trait he displays on and off the soccer field. He takes on leadership roles by word of mouth and example, and is a role model not only for peers surrounding him, but also for his coach and those who teach him.

Matthew Boyle is a sophomore who was pulled up to varsity last season. Described as a “human calculator,” he uses the speed of his brain to consistently make honor roll/high honor roll in the classroom. Matthew also combines his intelligence with wit and a sense of humor to keep the team laughing. Thourgh his athleticism and physical speed, he has solidified himself as a threat in the forward position on the soccer field, helping lift Johnstown to their 1-0 victory over Gloversville on September 20th.

Athletes of the Week – Cross Country

Zach Ropeter, Mike Simone, Julia Preston and Aylene Newman have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility and have worked hard on the 3.1 mile course, as well as in the class room, to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Zach Ropeter is an athlete that any coach would want. He is a great runner and athlete, but more importantly a great young adult. He worked hard over the summer to become a better cross country runner and it is paying off. Zach’s goal coming into the season was to break 20:00 minutes. He reached his goal by the fourth race, running a 19:58.16. Zach has shed three minutes from his time last year, which is an incredible feat. His dedication and daily grind in practice is paying dividends when he competes. Our motto is “The process is the Goal” and Zach is a perfect example. His hard work toward individual and team goals is evident every day in practice. He focuses on daily practices and not the achievement of a certain race. Zach tries to perfect his craft every day and with this, is becoming one of our top runners.

Mike Simone has been the soul leader of the team this year. It began during the summer when he got many Johnstown runners to join running sessions during July and August. Through hard work and dedication, Mike has earned personal best times over the first four races this year. He works hard every day in practice and tries to improve himself both physically and mentally. Before each race, he visualizes how he wants to run and the time that he wants to run – and that has helped him immensely. Mike is setting himself up to have a successful running season.

One word comes to mind when we think of Aylene Newman: Stoic. During practices and races, Aylene never gets too high nor too low; she is as steady as they come. Aylene has been one of our top runners for the past few years and this year is no exception. She has been our Number 1 runner for girls in every race and we do not anticipate her losing that top spot. The girls on the team look to her for guidance and her positivity. Aylene’s times have been improving with each race and she is setting her sights on Foothills Championships and Sectionals.

Julia Preston has really come into her own this season. Her nickname is Peanut, but don’t let that fool you for what kind of runner she is. She is motivated to become the best runner she possibly can be. Every day she comes to practice and runs hard – she fights through aches and pains. She even keeps a runner’s journal and logs all the miles she does (she averages around 20-25 miles a week). She has been running cross country for four years and has improved each year; she has also dropped her race times weekly this season. She is always smiling and is in a good mood and makes it contagious to her running mates. Shes upbeat and positive, and runs hard in every race. Thus far, Peanut is having a solid season, and she too is looking forward to succeeding in Foothills Championships and Sectionals.

Athletes of the Week – Tennis

Chloe Salisbury and Sarah Martelle have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility and have worked hard on the tennis court as well as in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.

Chloe Salisbury is our #1 singles player and team co-captain.  A senior this year, she is one of our most dedicated and diligent team members.  Over the years she has steadily improved the quality and consistency of her play, culminating in two convincing wins this week against Greenwich and Glens Falls.

Sarah Martelle, also a senior, is our #2 singles player and other team co-captain.  She is the heart that keeps our team beating.  Sarah reliably demonstrates consistent and strategic play, as well as rock solid mental toughness.  She beat her opponents from Greenwich and Glens Falls this week, further elevating her own confidence as a Foothills Council contender, as well as that of her teammates.

Athletes of the Week – Golf

Ben Wager and Jarred Brown  have demonstrated Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Responsibility.  They have worked hard on the golf course as well as in the class room to improve and achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels.  Coach Ralbovsky says that the team’s 6-0 start can be attributed to a deep team lead by these two young men.  Ben Wager has been a medalist or co-medalist in all of the matches so far this year, and he has set the tone for the entire team by being unwilling to let adversity affect his overall play.  Jarred Brown has been the team’s most improved player and one of the true bright spots in the golf program’s history! He has placed second in team ranking, and his acute sense of humor has helped keep the team loose and comfortable in practice and in matches.