JOHNSTOWN - It took a while before Andre Taylor knew the athlete they were talking about was him.
However, when he did, the Broadalbin-Perth High School senior was all smiles as he was announced as the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Male Athlete of the Year at the annual sports awards banquet Wednesday night at the Holiday Inn.
"When they said two times leading the varsity team to finals, that's when I knew it was me," Taylor said. "I kind of thought my cousin Asa [Barnhill of Gloversville] was going to win it, but I am happy it was me; it is a great honor."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Andre Taylor, left, and Gloversville’s Chanel Thomas pose with their awards after they received the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Sports Award Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Mayfield’s Mitchell Akowicz, left, receives an award from Larry Peck during the 27th Annual Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Sports Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Taylor is an accomplished athlete in two sports, football and basketball; he was a key element in both teams reaching the Section II championship games.
In football, Taylor was named to the first team, Class B Western Division All-Stars on both offense and defense and was named to the first team all-area Recorder team.
In basketball, he was selected to the Foothills Council first team. He was a member of the Section II Class B All-Tournament Team, New York State 11th team in Class B; and won a Capital Region Scholar-Athlete Award. Taylor was the Patriots' team MVP, leading the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game, assists with 3.6 per game and steals with 1.7 per game.
Fulton County Athletes of the Year
2014: Andre Taylor, Broadalbin-Perth
2013: Joe Nellis, Johnstown
2012: Mitch Vdoviak, Johnstown
2011: Jon Briggs, Northville
2010: Mike VanNostrand, Northville; D.J. Hoagboon, Mayfield
2009: Gabe Wells, Gloversville
2008: Dan Schulz, Broadalbin-Perth
2007: Kevin Kucel, Gloversville
2006: Tom Montano, Gloversville
2005: Kyle Canary, Mayfield; Stephen Tychostup, Mayfield
2004: L.B. McCloskey, Gloversville
2003: Noah Flint, Gloversville
2002: Ben McGuire, Gloversville
2001: John Davenport, Broadalbin-Perth
2000: Dan Cornell, Broadalbin-Perth
1999: Justin DeMagistris, Gloversville
1998: Colin Hughes, Broadalbin-Perth
1997: Jason Doviak, Broadalbin-Perth
1996: Steve Lawrence, Northville
1995: Adam Barnhart, Johnstown
1994: Matt Hemstreet, Broadalbin-Perth
1993: David Clarke, Mayfield
1992: Shawn Flynn, Gloversville
1991: Brian Clawson, Johnstown
1990: Matt Swedick, Johnstown; Chris Ciaccio, Gloversville
1989: Matt Goodemote, Gloversville
1988: Tom Ciaccio, Gloversville
During the Section II postseason tournament, Taylor scored 31 points in Broadalbin-Perth's first-round win over Schuylerville and a career high of 35 points against Hudson in the quarterfinals.
Taylor plans to play football at Buffalo State in the fall with a goal of becoming a veterinarian.
"I am hopefully going to play football at Buffalo State and maybe basketball, but I am not sure about that yet," he said. "They want me to play offense, but I am willing to play just about any position but center and quarterback."