Several area athletes honored by Sage

Johnstown graduate Alyssa Nellis, right, poses with Sage head volleyball coach Robert Verhayden after being named the women’s volleyball Gator of the Year. (Photo submitted)

ALBANY — The Sage College’s department of athletics gathered to recognize and honor the outstanding performances of the 2017-18 year with the naming of the athletic award winners for the 15 varsity athletic teams.

In addition to awarding the Gator Award, for the Most Outstanding Player, the department also named the 2017-2018 Female and Male Athletes of the Year as well as the Dean Sharon Robinson Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, which is given to the senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average, as well as the Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award.

Sage selected junior men’s soccer player River Seybolt (Longwood) as the Male Athlete of the Year, while senior women’s basketball player Genevieve Schoff (Little Falls) and senior softball player Alexa Silk (Greenville) shared Female Athlete of the Year honors.

Men’s soccer player Kevin Saar (Windsor) and men’s track and field performer senior Zach Bishop (/Hudson Falls) were named co-recipients of the Male Dean Sharon Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. Earning the Dean Sharon Robinson Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award was Silk.

Women’s volleyball player sophomore Caitlin Class (Waterford-Halfmoon) was selected as the recipients of the Aggie Stillman Perseverance Award for her personal triumphs in the wake of both physical and emotional traumas this past year.

Mekeel Christian Academy graduate and Amsterdam native Macie Holmes, right, poses with Sage head women's basketball coach Allison Coleman after being named the women’s basketball Gator of the Year. (Photo submitted)

Sage also awarded the Gator of the Year to members of the varsity teams, often awarded to the team’s most valuable player.

Gloversville graduate Barceem Dukes was named the men’s basketball Gator of the Year, while Johnstown graduate Alyssa Nellis was named the women’s volleyball Gator of the Year. Amsterdam’s Macie Holmes, a Mekeel Christian Academy graduate, was named the women’s basketball Gator of the Year.

The Sage College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Honor Society also recognized junior, senior, or graduate level student-athletes, who have maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.3 or better and have participated as a member of a varsity team for at least two seasons.

Canajoharie graduates Ariannah Logan and Jordyn Logan, Fonda-Fultonville graduate Emily Parslow and Nellis were named to the Honor Society.

Dukes honored

Gloversville graduate Barceem Dukes, left, poses with Sage College’s head men’s basketball coach Brian Barnes after being named Gator of the Year for men’s basketball. (Photo submitted)

Dukes, a senior, was named the Gator of the Year in men’s basketball.

Head men’s basketball coach Brian Barnes commented on Barceem, “Barceem worked incredibly hard on his skills and fitness over the summer to prepare himself for a successful senior season.” Barnes continued, “Barceem brought a great deal of personality and leadership to our team. For that we are grateful. He was a great teammate and was selected captain this past season. He is someone, who worked hard and always put the team first. He is a shining example to our younger players that hard work does pay off. We’ll miss him very much next season.”

Dukes, missed the first few weeks of the season with an injury but rebounded to start 19 of 23 games played on the year. He added 10.2 ppg with 6.9 rpg and had 13 blocks with an impressive 51.5% field goal percentage (105-204) and handed out 22 assists. On his two year career at Sage, Dukes added 255 career rebounds with 23 blocks and 367 points in his 49 games played. He was also honored for his play as a member of the 2017-2018 Empire 8 Men’s Basketball Sportsman of the Year Team.

Nellis earns honors

Nellis, a senior, was named the Gator of the Year in women’s volleyball. 

Head women’s and men’s volleyball coach Robert Verhayden noted of Alyssa, “Alyssa was both the statistical and motivational leader of the team.” Verhayden added, “She was a team captain, who put the team first by playing two very unique and demanding positions. She was instrumental in our ability to compete in the Empire 8 and she is going to do great in life after college.”

During her time with the women’s volleyball team, Nellis helped the Gators as a four-year letterwinner and a 2017 team captain. In her time at Sage, Nellis helped to rewrite the Gator record books and made an impact on and off the court. On her career, she racked up 482 career kills, which is 16th best all-time at Sage. She also had a .183 career attack percentage, which is 10th best. She added 92 aces and finishes tied for 19th all-time with Katy Rimawi (2013-2016), while also adding 193 career total blocks. She ranks fifth all-time in total blocks, while her .530 blocks per set average is ninth best. She also racked up 436 career setting assists, also ninth.

On her 2017 season, she finished second on the team in points with 256.5 points while playing two very different positions. She added 161 kills with a 1.41 kills per set average. She boasted a .201 attack percentage with 412 setting assists. She also had a personal-best 74 total blocks and 252 digs. 

Holmes honored

Holmes, a junior, was named the Gator of the Year in women’s basketball.

Head women’s basketball coach Allison Coleman commented on Macie, “What Macie lacks in size she made up for with hustle and heart.” Coleman added, “She is a pleasure to coach and to play with. Her defense is what stands out the most. She always puts the teams need ahead of her individual stats or accolades. Macie was named our Gator of the Year because she is the epitome of what a teammate should stand for. She never complains or takes a play off. We are looking forward to seeing what great things her senior year will bring.”

Holmes was a 26-game starter this past season, while chipping in with 173 points and a 6.7 ppg average. She also handed out 57 assists with 22 steals and averaged 34.5 minutes per game. She also surpassed her 500th career point plateau on the year and now has 546 career points. An accurate shooter from three-point range, she added 36 three-point baskets in 2017-2018 and that performance ranks 18th best for single-season efforts. On her career, Holmes now has 119 career three-point baskets and is fourth all-time. She is also tied for 13th with her 170 career assists and 13th in career games played with 82.

A first-year member of the Empire 8 Conference, Sage’s women’s basketball team secured the program’s first bid to the Women’s Basketball Championship after earning the No. 2 seed. Sage finished the season with an 18-8 record overall after producing a 12-4 record in the Empire 8, good enough to earn the No. 2 seed and a spot in the league’s semifinals. The 18 wins this past season is tied for the third most in school history with the 2014-2015 team which went 18-8 under the guidance of Coleman in her first season at Sage.