Five winter varsity teams earn state Scholar Athlete status

— Five of Cazenovia Central Schools’ winter varsity teams — ice hockey, boys’ and girls’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ indoor track — have achieved Scholar Athlete status. To qualify for the prestigious designation by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, a minimum number of each team’s players must have at least a 90 percent grade point average during the season.

“Thank you all for supporting these student-athletes throughout the school year,” said Cazenovia Athletics Director Mike Byrnes. “Let’s hope for similar results this spring!”

To qualify as a state Scholar Athlete team, the team “average,” based on a minimum number of student-athletes’ grades (varying by sport), needs to be 90 percent or higher. Any additional students on a team, who also averaged 90 percent or higher, are considered scholar athletes, as well, but their scores do not impact the team average used for team qualification. Usually, the highest team average possible is used to rank the team as high as possible across the state by sport.

The following student-athletes earned individual NYSPHAA pins for making their scholar athlete teams:

Girls’ basketball:

Abbie McEntee, grade 12

Kelsi Fredericks , grade 11

Maggie Johnson, grade 11

Sarah Liddell, grade 11

Kate Sullivan, grade 11

Kaylee Cunningham, grade 10

Danielle Tedesco, grade 9

Boys’ basketball:

Zach Adler, grade 12

Kevin Hopsicker, grade 12

Henry Mann, grade 12

Ryman Seeley, grade 12

Keaton Ackermann, grade 11

Evan Cornell, grade 11

Jacob Shaffner, grade 10

Ice hockey:

Billy Rankin, grade 12

Matt Mistur, grade 11

Lucas Bonavita, grade 10

Graham Demo, grade 10

Cam Fry, grade 10

Alex Marshall, grade 10

Noah Race, grade 10

Will McCrink, grade

Girls’ indoor track & field:

Dana Carmeli, grade 12

Jeanette Cudney, grade 12

Emma Dudley, grade 12

Hannah Dain, grade 12

Hannah Light-Olson, grade 12

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