High School Sports: Central Square Redhawks Honor Student-Athletes at Virtual Awards Banquet | Oswego County



CENTRAL SQUARE – Cayley Sundet and Cruz Springer were among a dozen seniors from Central Square-Paul V. Moore High School who tune in to broadcast the virtual sports awards banquet on June 4 in the comfort of their respective homes.

Sundet and Cruz were each unveiled as the Redhawks’ Senior Athletes of the Year at the end of the 52-minute presentation and, like most of their fellow recipients, the lack of a red carpet event and cheers from the crowd in the auditorium had no effect on the excitement of the prestigious recognition.

Central Square athletic director James Drancsak and several coaches presented a total of 17 individual awards and recognized 26 members of the athletic honor roll at the pre-recorded ceremony that was posted on the district website and on the social media pages last Thursday night.

The event took place in place of the annual senior awards banquet which could not be held in its usual format due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Thank you for all the time you spent,” Drancsak told the senior graduating athletes in his opening remarks before the many awards were handed out by the coaches. “All the training time, all the sprints, all the stairs, all the weightlifting, the early mornings, the late nights, getting beaten up and knocked down and getting up and beaten, and portraying center in a positive way. “

Drancsak opened on the podium in an empty auditorium announcing that 14 of the district’s 19 varsity teams had achieved recognition as a varsity athlete team and highlighted a series of field accomplishments and community contributions from each program. Individual awards were then presented – culminating with the announcement of Sundet and Cruz taking top honors.

Sundet was the captain of his most recent cross country and indoor / outdoor track and field teams – starting with each varsity track team in first year and adding cross country in second year.

Sundet won the Section 3 Class A indoor title and the Salt City Athletic Conference Championship for the 600 race as a junior and senior, and also won both 300 titles last season. She advanced to compete in the Section 3 State Composite Relay Team as a junior.

Sundet won the Class A Section 3 title and the Salt City Athletic Conference Championships in the 800 outdoor race as a junior last spring, helped Central Square win the 1,600 relay and helped the team win the Class A crown on their home track. She also contributed to the league’s cross-country and indoor track team titles as a senior this past year.

“I was looking at him and really wasn’t expecting anything, and at the end when my name came up it was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know I was seen that way,'” said Sundet. “It was a good feeling knowing that my team valued me as much as I valued the team. … I always thought running was a big part of my high school career and so it kind of wrapped it all up.

Sundet was one of many athletes with championship aspirations who hoped to end their careers on a triumphant note this spring, especially after battling illness for part of his indoor campaign.

“I was upset for a few weeks, but I learned to accept it pretty quickly and I’m still able to run,” said Sundet. “I’m still running and getting together to run with a teammate here or there, one at a time while respecting social distancing, so it’s not a complete loss. I still have the people and memories of all the other years.

Sundet departs on June 22 to begin his studies at the Air Force Academy and received official acceptance on March 9. She plans to study medical engineering, but is considering all options and won’t be required to declare a major until her first year.

Sundet is also planning to attend the open trials in an attempt to join the institution’s Division I running program to continue his exceptional career. Her favorite Central Square track and field memory came when she helped the Redhawks win their first Section 3, Class A tag team title on their host track last spring.

“It was our home track, so there were a lot of people there that we knew, and we had just had a long night running, and it all came together right there with my friends around me.” , said Sundet. “It was just awesome.”

Springer was elected by his peers as a senior captain for both football and basketball and was a college mainstay in both sports.

He played three seasons of college football, highlighted by an all-league selection as one of the best defensive ends in Section 3 last season to go with 250 total attacking yards and three touchdowns as a contributor. bidirectional.

Springer was also a two-year starter for college basketball, helping the Redhawks win 32 combined games over those two seasons and placing his team in the top four in goals, rebounds, shots blocked and was fifth in interceptions as a senior.

Central Square football coach Kevin Kalfass spoke to present the award and described Springer as a tough, selfless leader, a good leader, a major impact on the pitch and a player who has always played hard .

The individual accolades began with the recognition of the recipients of the Section 3 varsity athlete awards – Gabriel Peters and Allyson Isereau.

Peters will graduate with a 99.73 GPA to rank as the best man in his class and will play football and study imaging sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology next year. The three-year-old college football star ended his career with 15 goals and eight assists and contributed as a double-threat midfielder last fall to help the Redhawks finish 10-6-1 overall for their greatest total of victories in the last decade.

Isereau will finish with an academic average of 97.15 and has been a varsity soccer star for four years as well as a key contributor to the indoor and outdoor athletics teams. She ended her senior soccer campaign with four goals and nine assists to help the Redhawks (16-2-1) set a team record for most wins in a single season and advance to their first. match for the title of section 3 in sport.

Isereau plans to play soccer and study biology at a pre-dental track for Brockport College next fall.

Two other senior senior varsity athletes were recognized – Braxton Warden and Taylor Solomon – to recognize the rest of the individual award recipients. Katelynn Jones and Alex Wurster were chosen for the Most Competitive Awards, while Logan Foster and Elizabeth Collins were each selected for the Sportsmanship Awards.

Alexander Roberts received the “Redhawk Award,” which is awarded to an elderly person who demonstrates exceptional support to athletes and teams in the district.

Six distinct Coach Awards were also presented to outstanding athletes and program leaders: Megan Phillips (Kevin Brazell Award), Zackery Barker (Tom O’Hara Award), Demetri Queior (Ryan Hendri Award), Brooke Podejko ( Alicia Crandall Award), Braden Eiffe (Jason Mucha Award) and Adam Woodmansee (Dale Graebell Award) were chosen for each honor.

Woodmansee was a member of the boys’ varsity golf team for five years, played varsity basketball and led the Redhawks’ girls’ golf team since his sophomore year. He has qualified for the fall Section 3 golf championships in each of the past three years and has been a key cog on the bench for the Redhawks basketball team, described as a “man. glue ”by longtime college coach Jay Adams.

“I appreciate all that Coach Graebell has done for me, and all that Paul V. Moore High School has done to help advance athletic programs and help everyone have the chance to play in a sports team one way or another, ”said Woodmansee. , who will be playing golf and studying health sciences at Utica College next year.

“I will miss the competitive high school track and field, the fun times in the bus rides to away games and everyone who was on those teams,” added Woodmansee. “We bonded together and became like brothers and these are some of the best memories I will always have.”

Central Square also unveiled its 2020 Athletics Honor Roll members who have accumulated a required minimum number of college letters throughout their tenure in high school.

This group is composed of: Allyson Isereau, Alexander Quig, Kevin Radziseski, Bernard Volpi, Adam Woodmansee, Samantha Lamb, Megan Phillips, Hannah Watkins, Edward Haskins, Peyton Rupracht, Braxton Warden, Logan Foster, Kody Haywood, John Parrotta, Dimitri Queior , Delaney Turtura, Brooke Podejko, Sara Garrow, Nicholas Maw, Isabella Heath, Benjamin Stevens, Elizabeth Collins, Jordan Ravenel-Shuler, Cayley Sundet, Alex Wurster and Max Creamer.

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