JOHNSTOWN - The 2010 boys and girls Foothills Council and Big 10 all-star selections were recently released and several area players from Johnstown and Amsterdam were honored.
Johnstown's Alyssa Brand and Amsterdam's versatile senior midfielder Angel Valentin both earned top honors for local athletes with first-team selections in their respective leagues.
The Johnstown boys lacrosse team turned a few heads this season as the Sir Bills went 4-14 and made it to the Section II Class C semifinals after going winless in 2009.
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Johnstown’s Alyssa Brand (15) fights for the ball with South Glens Falls’ Taira Mandy, behind, and Taylor Volkman, right, during an April 12 game at Knox Field in Johnstown.
Area coaches took notice as the Sir Bills had four players earn honorable mention status in seniors Jeff Roth, Craig Darling, and Ethan Tinker; as well as junior Matthew Sagan.
All four were important cogs in the Sir Bills' attempt to start to build up a respectable lacrosse program at Johnstown under first-year coach Scott Petrie and his assistant coaches Scott and Eric Murphy.
Roth, a senior midfielder, led the team in scoring with 22 goals and nine assists for 31 points.
"Jeff was not only our leading scorer, but he was our leader in assists and ground balls as well and that really showed his overall strength," Petrie said. "He's got the intangibles for the sport for a kid that just picked up the stick in 10th grade. He's been great to coach because you know he's going to work on it until he gets it right. He's one of the better athletes in Johnstown and is one of those guys that work hard behind the scenes."
Not only was Roth a leader on the field, but he also was someone Petrie could count on to do the extra-curricular things that really set him above and beyond.?That was another reason why he was named the team's most valuable player.
"He's one of the kids that is cleaning up the bottles and picking up the field after everyone else has walked away and you don't have to tell him or ask him to do any of it," Petrie said. "He leads by example, which is pretty impressive in this day and age."
Roth will be attending SUNY Cortland next season and will attempt to walk-on to the lacrosse team. The Red Dragons are a Division III powerhouse year in and year out and up until this past season, they were in the national championship game four straight years.
Craig Darling was second on the team with 12 goals and 15 points and had a team and career-high four goals in a 9-8 loss at Amsterdam on April 5.
"Craig has always been a finisher and he's crafty," Petrie said. "He was our leader on attack this year and was our second leading scorer. He spends a lot of time and dedication towards trying to get better at lacrosse. He spent the whole winter driving back and forth to Albany, where he played in Capitalland lacrosse just to try and make sure he was ready coming into the season."
When Johnstown wanted to slow the game down, the Sir Bills looked to Darling to control the ball and the offense for much of the season.
"He's very passionate about the sport, as is his whole family," Petrie said. "Craig brought a finisher element to a team, which is something you always need. He had the best stick-handling ability on our team. You need a guy you can dump the ball off to. He knew the game too, which was nice to have when we wanted to try and control the game."
In goal, Tinker turned a lot of heads across Section II and the Foothills Council this season with numerous 248 saves and a .629 save percentage.
"Ethan was a wall," Petrie said. "He improved all season and made a lot of saves for us. We came into a lot of games knowing we needed him to have a hot game and he did a lot of the time and kept us in them and he started to turn heads in the Foothills."
In the Queensbury game on May 11, Tinker was a big reason why the Sir Bills were tied with league champion Spartans going into the final quarter.
"He said he was seeing the ball like a beach ball and that the ball was slowing down so much for him that he was seeing every shot and that just spoke to how much he improved over the season," Petrie said. "He was the all-star of the team in a lot of games this season and was the one keeping us in a lot of games."
Junior attack man Matthew Sagan will be the lone all-star selection the Sir Bills will have returning next season after they lose 14 seniors from the 2010 team.
"I'm looking forward to having him back next season," Petrie said. "Being able to have someone like him to lead the team next year is going to be a great thing. He's one of those kids that is always looking to feed and is a very unselfish player."
Sagan was second on the team with seven assists and third in points with 13 on the season.
"Sagan was a feeder for us," Petrie said. "He was our ball carrier on the left side. We had a right hand dominant team this year and we needed someone who could feed the ball lefty and Matthew stepped up and took that role on. He worked hard on his left hand all year. He can see people on the feed extremely well."
Petrie said he'll be counting on Sagan next year when the Sir Bills will look to continue to build off a promising season and try and recover from the loss of the 14 seniors.
"He's got a keen sense of pushing other people and himself to get better, which is great," Petrie said. "He started really coming into his own as a leader and we'll be counting on him next year."
Johnstown senior Gabby D'Antonino was named to the Foothills Council second team and the Lady Bills' Mallory Hansen, Courtney Ponte, and Mary Jane Carville all made the honorable mention team.
Amsterdam junior Shawn Alvarez earned second-team transition midfield honors. Juniors Brendan Pallela (midfield) and Ben Engle, (defense) as well as senior Cody Mosteller (attack) were named to the honorable mention Big 10 team for the Rams.
Christian Brothers Academy goalkeeper Shane Hans was named the 2010 Big 10 Player of the Year.
2010 Foothills Council Girls Lacrosse
Lexee Barber, Queensbury
Sami Hawkins, Queensbury
Casey White, Queensbury
Kiersten Cutter, Queensbury
Emily White, Glens Falls
Shauna Murray, Glens Falls
Genese Romeo, Glens Falls
Taira Mandy, South Glens Falls
Katelyn Auer, South Glens Falls
Courtney Pierce, Schuylerville
Jamie Zwirn, Schuylerville
Makala Gatta, Scotia-Glenville
Isabelle Sipperly, Greenwich
Alyssa Brand, Johnstown
Emily Petit, Queensbury
Maggie Corbett, Queensbury
Leanna Richards, Queensbury
Cassie Breda, Queensbury
Chloe Knapp, Glens Falls
Lydia Knapp, Glens Falls
Tess Hooker, Glens Falls
Jackie Atkins, South Glens Falls
Taylor Volkman, South Glens Falls
Heather Quirk, Schuylerville
Faith Mannix, Schuylerville
Rebecca Carson, Greenwich
Gabby D'Antonio, Johnstown
Carly Romenesko, Queensbury
Jordana Mieno, Queensbury
Lindsay Yole, Glens Falls
Shawn Rankin-Byrne, Glens Falls
Shea Homer, Glens Falls
Lesa Ward, South Glens Falls
Brittany Blake, South Glens Falls
Erin Palma, Schuylerville
Alex Griffen, Schuylerville
Alysa McKernon, Schuylerville
Laura Collins, Greenwich
Caitlyn Trepas, Scotia-Glenville
Mallory Hansen, Johnstown
Courtney Ponte, Johnstown
Mary Jane Carville, Johnstown
2010 Foothills Council Boys Lacrosse
Liam Forcier, Queensbury (Attack)
Sam Thompson, Queensbury (Attack)
Tim Graham, Glens Falls (Attack)
Matt Varney, Queensbury (Midfield)
Brad Willows, Queensbury (Midfield)
Matt Renko, Glens Falls (Midfield)
Dylan Elliot, Scotia Glenville (Short Stick D-Midfield)
Cody Davis, Queensbury (Long Stick D-Midfield)
Tim Boller, South Glens Falls (Defense)
Sean Shaughnessey, Glens Falls (Defense)
Jarod Fields, Queenbsury (Defense)
Patrick Herlihy, Queensbury (Goalie)
Will Quandt, Scotia-Glenville (Attack)
Matt Parsons, Glens Falls (Attack)
Jeff Boss, Queensbury (Attack)
Alex Jones, South Glens Falls (Midfield)
Paul Bennett, Glens Falls (Midfield)
Sam Gleason, Queensbury (Midfield)
Jared White, Glens Falls (Long Stick D-Midfield)
Bobby Reeves, Queensbury (Short Stick D-Midfield)
Jaryn Deshayne, Glens Falls (Defense)
Chris Mulcahy, Glens Falls (Defense)
Jeremy Brown, Glens Falls (Defense)
Scott Nelson, Glens Falls (Goalie)
Jared Reed, Scotia-Glenville (Goalie)
Nick Leffler, Scotia Glenville (Attack)
Brendan Bulmer, Glens Falls (Attack)
Christian Root, Glens Falls (Attack)
Matthew Sagan, Johnstown (Attack)
Craig Darling, Johnstown (Attack)
Jeff Roth, Johnstown (Midfield)
Alex Rios, Glens Falls (Midfield)
Ryan Reed, Glens Falls (Midfield)
Joe Celeste, Glens Falls (Short Stick D-Midfield)
Stephen Denny, Scotia-Glenville (Long Stick D-Midfield)
Ethan Tinker, Johnstown (Goalie)
Cody Greenwold, South Glens Falls (Goalie)
2010 Big 10 Boys Lacrosse All-Star Selections
Player of the Year
Shane Hans, Christian Brothers Academy (Goalie)
Sr. Dan Sipperly, CBA (Attack)
Jr. Sam Hartz, Schenectady (Attack)
Sr. Nic Capano, Troy (Attack)
Jr. Blaise Kearns, Troy (Attack)
Jr. Brett Bernando, LaSalle (Midfield)
Sr. Dan Carley, Troy (Midfield)
Jr. Tim Cox, Schenectady (Midfield)
Jr. Carter Sherman, CBA (Midfield)
Sr. Angel Valentin, Amsterdam (Midfield)
Sr. Jack Reilly, CBA (Defense)
Sr. Sean Ryan, CBA (Defense)
Jr. Max Kerber, CBA (Defense)
Sr. Chris Fountain, Troy (Defense)
Sr. Jacob Miner, Schenectady (Long Pole Defense)
Sr. Jerrod Heiser, Troy (Transition Midfield)
Jr. Will Cassian, CBA (Transition Midfield)
Sr. Jake Nelson, LaSalle (Faceoff Specialist)
Jr. Cam Fisher, CBA (Faceoff Specialist)
Sr. Shane Hans, CBA (Goalie)
Jr. Zach Baron, CBA (Attack)
Sr. Pat Hussey, LaSalle (Attack)
Jr. Kyle Czarnick, Troy (Attack)
Sr. Gregg Medici, CBA (Midfield)
Sr. Austin Behrmann, LaSalle (Midfield)
Sr. Steve White, Schenectady (Midfield)
Jr. Josh Obamswain, Troy (Defense)
Sr. Cainaan Lacy, LaSalle (Defense)
Jr. Mister Taylor, Schenectady (Defense)
Jr. Nick Antoinette, CBA (Long Pole Defense)
Jr. Shawn Alvarez, Amsterdam (Transition Midfield)
Jr. Griffin Guarino, CBA (Faceoff Specialist)
Sr. Sean Quinn, LaSalle (Goalie)