Athletes of the Week 2014-15

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 2014-2015

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Athletes of the Week – Baseball

Jack Fitzgerald’s performance on the mound and in the field provided the Sir Bills with a competitive edge as he threw two scoreless innings and finished the week with four hits, including a double with three runs scored RBI and two stolen bases.  Jack’s hard work and the energy that he brings to the team both on and off the field show the leadership and dedication that athletes must possess.

Michael Brown has proven to be quiet leader for the Sir Bills. Michael’s play has improved over the course of the season and he lead the Sir Bills this week with two singles, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  His play in the field has been solid as he has the ability to play different positions and play them well.  Michael will continue to succeed both on and off field as his work ethic and desire to improve every day gives him the edge he needs.

Athletes of the Week – Softball

Molly Morrison is the team’s biggest leader, always positive, keeping everyone motivated, having the biggest heart for the game, and keeping the team in the game.

Madison Dillenbeck has been hitting the ball well and getting on base every game. She makes clutch plays, works hard for her position on the team, and is always smiling even when times are difficult.

Congratulation to these two athletes.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Track

Molly Sear is a hard working individual. She looks to help her peers better themselves. This past weekend we, as a team, were looking for another athlete to compete in triple jump and Molly became a leader and showed a teammate how to better themselves in triple jump. While doing this, one of our varsity 8th graders eagerly wanted to try and asked to compete in Tuesday’s meet in this event. Molly is also a very talented hurdler and is less than a second away from qualifying for the Eddy Meet.

Abby Queeney is a talented field athlete who has truly found her forte in shot and discus. Abby is another hard working individual who is looking to have repeat years with a sectional patch.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Track

Sam Menzel comes prepared to practice every day and looks to better himself with each practice. He is a fierce competitor and ran a 11.7 second 100 meter dash to qualify for our Division 2 state qualifiers.

Ben Lake, although a freshmen, has come a long way since last year’s season as a modified athlete. Ben competes in the 1600 meter run and has set a new personal record at each meet. We are hoping to see Ben run under 6:00 by the season’s end.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Lacrosse

Claire Guzielek, who is new to the sport, has come a long way and this week was put into a different position and excelled there. She put her own comforts behind her for the good of the team and did whatever had to be done.

Chelsea Cirillo is also new and did extremely well this week at defense. She created some turnovers and was strong in her position. She always gives 100 percent, no matter the situation, and always has a good attitude. She brings her team up and is always there for some comic relief.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Lacrosse

Marshall Manchester and Austin Brand have been the epitome of team leaders. Both have been starters for the boys varsity lacrosse program for the past four years and both continue to demonstrate great sportsmanship when faced with adversity. This past week, these two athletes motivated as well as encouraged their team to maximize their potential. We are proud to have these two athletes come through the District


Athletes of the Week – Alpine Ski

Jon Bearden and Whitney Western are the Athletes of the Week for Alpine Ski.

Jon is an all-around great athlete and a star student. His dedication to his schoolwork certainly carries over to his ski racing. He is always willing to learn and he will push himself on a daily basis to succeed at whatever he does!

Over the past several years Whitney has succeeded both on and off the mountain. She is a strong student, great skier and a fun person to be around. She works hard at practice and her positive attitude radiates through the entire ski team.

It’s a pleasure to have both Jon and Whitney on the team!

Athletes of the Week – Nordic Ski

Hannah Chamberlain and Sam Menzel are the Athletes of the Week for Nordic Ski.

As the only veteran senior on the nordic ski team this year, Hannah approached the team with the mindset of a true leader. She was always willing to lend an extra hand and support her teammates.Hannah pushed her teammates to be the best that they could be and passed along her optimism to the continuing Nordic ski team. Good luck Hannah in all that is in your future holds!

Sam Menzel started his first season on the nordic ski team as a senior and quickly took on the role of a model team player. As a senior participant and a motivation to all, Sam is a student with a very relaxed and positive attitude. He contributed to the team in many ways such as his willingness to lead the pre-season warm up stretches daily and always finish a practice/race with a smile no matter how challenging it may have been. Good luck Sam!

Athletes of the Week – Boys Swimming

Jake Miller and Cam Roten are the athletes of the week for boys varsity swimming. Jake continues to work hard and recently dropped another 15 seconds off his 500 free time and Cam is willing to do any event to help the team. Congratulations to these Athletes.

Athletes of the Week – Wrestling

Dominic DiScioscia and Garrett Hadcock are the Athletes of the Week for wrestling for their hard work and dedication to the team this year. They demonstrate great sportsmanship and character on and off the mat. Congratulations to these Athletes!

Athletes of the Week – Boys Basketball

Jon Heroth and Trevor Sweet have shown good character and have committed to demonstrating the JHS Elements of Excellence: Responsibility, Leadership, Character, and Scholarship. Both have demonstrated their ability to lead on the basketball court and in the classroom and are fine assets to the Johnstown Basketball program.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Basketball

Megan Anagnostopulos and Annie Stock are the Athletes of the Week for girls basketball. Over winter break, the girls played three times and won all three games. In that three game stretch, Annie Stock averaged 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Megan Anagnostopulos averaged 11 points, handled the ball and played great defense. Coach Derwin has nominated these two athletes as they embody Character, Leadership, Responsibility and Scholarship, and are positive role models for our younger students.

Athletes of the Week – Bowling

Coach Hayward indicates Morgan Ruggeri and Benjamin Empie are senior anchors who can be depended on to stay positive, put the team first, and be there for us on the last shot if needed. Last night the team defeated Amsterdam 3-1. Congratulations!


Athletes of the Week – Volleyball

Jerica Holland and Hannah Breda helped lead the team in both sectional victories this week with impressive stats but most importantly with their leadership on and off the court.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Soccer

A fifth year varsity starter, Megan Anagnostopulos came into her senior season on a mission. Focus, intensity and an increased passion showed from the first day of pre-season. This past week was no different – she scored a goal in two out of three games and stepped it up as she entered her last home game. Playing as our lone center midfield for the majority of the season, she has done an excellent job controlling and creating for herself and others.

Courteney Hill had a new role as sweeper this year and has done an outstanding job anchoring a whole new defense from last season. Courteney’s effective communication skills, ability to run down our fastest opponents, and her intensity are a few of the reasons why she is successful. This past week Courteney showed a new sense of urgency and she has played some of her best soccer yet.

Athletes of the Week – Cheerleading

Zoe Reid is a captain of the cheerleading team; a senior who has been a member of the team for 4 years. Her enthusiasm and stunting ability will greatly be missed on the team next year.

Courtney Crouse is a freshman whose dedication and commitment to her team members makes her the type of athlete every coach wishes they had on their team.

Athletes of the Week – Football

Marino Fabozzi and Sam Davis have been chosen as Athletes of the Week for the football program. They have both shown leadership, determination and support for the team and have improved as athletes in their senior year.

Athletes of the Week – Field Hockey

Sophomore forward Chelsea Rodecker played a large role in pacing the Lady Bills offense last week, leading all offense in their victory over Hudson Falls last Tuesday, with two goals and two assists. As a result, she has been named the Field Hockey Player of the Week.

Senior defender Hannah Chamberlain played a big role in another strong defensive effort by the Lady Bills last week. She anchored a Lady Bills defense that allowed just one shot on goal in their victory over Hudson Falls last Tuesday. As a result, she has been named the Field Hockey Player of the Week.

Athletes of the Week – Girls Swim

Congratulations to Allison O’Connell and Emily Miles for their efforts, enthusiasm, dedication and leadership roles while representing our girls swim team.

Athletes of the Week – Boys Soccer

Coach Hill has nominated the entire boys soccer team to receive Athlete of the Week recognition. As they continue to face challenge after challenge, day after day they get better, work harder and grow much closer together. They are a great bunch of kids/men that he is proud of and he is glad to be called their Coach! Together, WE ARE JOHNSTOWN!

Last week Johnstown played two undeafeated teams. They were tied with Broadalbin-Perth at halftime and for 75 minutes had the League leading Scotia 1-0.

Athletes of the Week – Cross Country

Even though this is Sam Menzel’s first year as a cross country athlete, he has gone above and beyond to work hard and be a true team leader. He is a great leader to my younger runners and sets a great example for them, always willing to work hard. He has a great attitude and is always doing whatever he can to improve. He has been a great addition to our team.

Cam Roten is our most experienced athlete on the team and this really helps him be a great team leader as well! All of the kids on the team look up to him and truly aspire to be as successful as he is one day. Cam has been the top finisher for our boys at every meet, finishing fourth in our meet against Amsterdam.

As a freshman, Julia Sarullo is the youngest girl on our team. However, she is truly a leader on our team and always does anything she can to pump up the team and offer them encouragement. This past week she passed out quotes that she individually selected for each member of the team as a way to help inspire them to work hard. Julia has also been our top finisher at every meet for the girls. This week at Amsterdam she finished in second place.

Juliet Sear is our oldest girl on the team, but this is her first year running cross country. Despite being new to the sport, every single member of the team (both boys and girls!) look to her for support and encouragement. She is our team cheerleader and always goes back out to run with someone who is struggling at practice or suffering from an injury. She has been battling knee injuries herself, but she never complains and never gives up. Juliet does not always finish at the top of the field because of her knee, but that does not stop her from being determined to improve and battle past her injury.

Athletes of the Week: Girls Tennis

Senior Angelee Smith is our team’s #1 singles player. Angie remains positive and eager to improve. While she demonstrates good defensive technique, she acknowledges her need to develop a “go-to” offensive shot, and she is currently working on pressuring her opponents by moving forward to the net to finish points. Angie is the sole senior on our team, and she takes that responsibility seriously. Angie is the first to offer guidance to younger players.

Freshman Hannah Warn has played both #5 singles and #1 doubles for the team, depending on the daily needs of our line-up. Despite Hannah’s limited experience playing tennis, she demonstrates very good court sense, has basic stroke mechanics, and exhibits an innate understanding of how to win a match. Hannah consistently arrives to practice and for matches with a smile on her face and a positive attitude.

Athletes of the Week: Golf

Christopher Geleta and Benjamin Wager have demonstrated the JHS Elements of Excellence throughout the past week both in the classroom and on the golf course. Their Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Responsibility have shown through in their sportsmanship and fair play while putting up great numbers in all of their matches.