Whitfield, Putney named First Team All-Stars
The Fredonia Hillbillies went back to Buffalo State College for the Section VI, Class B2 Semifinals in back-to-back seasons, led by a trio of scorers who helped pace the Fredonia offense all season long. Those three players — Nick Whitfield, Tyler Putney and Kaleb Rybij — were all recognized by the CCAA West 1 Division All-Stars, released earlier this week.
Whitfield and Putney earned First Team All-Star selections, while Rybij made the Second Team.
Whitfield, a sophomore on varsity for the second year, led Fredonia with 361 total points this season, averaging over 16 points per game. Putney, a three-year varsity junior, was second on the team with 350 total points, at an average of just under 16 points per game. Rybij was third on the team in scoring with 259 total points on the season, good for 11.7 points per game.
“It definitely starts with an off-season commitment. Those guys put in a lot of time, and that was very evident this year,” said Fredonia coach Nick Bertrando.
The Allegany-Limestone Gators won the league with a record of 9-1, then proceeded to win the Section VI, Class B2 Championship. Their efforts were well-represented on the CCAA West 1 Division All-Stars, as Allegany-Limestone senior Casey Curran was selected as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Fellow Allegany-Limestone senior Gus Napolean was named a First Team All-Star, while seniors Ben Giardini and Michael Wolfgang were selected as Second Team All-Stars and Tyler Curran was an Honorable Mention selection. Gators coach Glenn Anderson was named CCAA West 1 Division Coach of the Year.
The Olean Huskies handed Allegany-Limestone its only loss in league play, then eliminated the Gators in the Class B crossover game at Buffalo State College. In what was expected to be a down year for the Huskies, two players earned First Team All-Star selections: Covi James and Jason Brooks. Huskies seniors Jah’Karee McClain and Daniel Klein, along with sophomore Zion James, earned Honorable Mention from Olean.
“I’ve said for years that we have one of the stongest divisions in NY State. You look at what Olean has done from our league, then you add in a team like Allegany-Limestone who has won two Sectional Titles now,” said Bertrando. “It’s a testament to the strength of our league.”
Chautauqua Lake’s Nate Adams and Southwestern’s Aidan Kennedy fill out the Second Team All-Stars, while Dunkirk’s A’Marion Tell and Christian Ortiz received Honorable Mention. Also earning Honorable Mention were Chautauqua Lake’s Luke Waters, Fredonia’s Alec Schrader and Dominic Gullo, and Southwestern’s Nate Johnson and Calvin Ricker.
Dunkirk won the Team Sportsmanship Award, while the Bryon Norton Award went to Dunkirk’s Peter Paredes.