Several area basketball players were named Center State Conference all-stars by league coaches.
Rome Catholic senior forward Josh Blair was selected as a first-team all-star in CSC Division IV, while Oriskany senior center Steve Rossi and junior point guard Austin Smith were also honored as first-teamers in the division.
Oriskany seniors Nate Keating and Steve McCorduck were selected as second-teamers in Division IV, while Rome junior Dave Sblendorio and Rome sophomore Connor Marchione were among the honorable mentions in the same division along with Remsen’s Casey Corrigan and Steven Gotham.
Oriskany went 15-4 overall and 10-2 in the division, while Rome was 12-7 and 6-6.
New York Mills senior center Matt Welch was named player of the year in Division IV. Also named as first-team all-stars in the division were Ross Agen from Poland and Nick Etienne from New York Mills. Cody Mariotti, Zach Vennaro, and JT Ross from New York Mills, Sam Waterbury of Old Forge, and Kyle Ferguson from Owen D. Young were named as second-teamers.
In Division I, Adirondack junior Justin Krabuhl was named a second-team all-star, while Brandon Grenier was among the honorable mentions. Sophomore Austin Jasper was named the player of the year and Sherburne-Earlville’s Kevin Vibbard was named the coach of the year. First-team all-stars included Devin Cornelius from Clinton, Brad Olden for Canastota, Josh Diehl from Mount Markham, Randy Briggs of Sherburne-Earlville and Hershel Ivey from Ilion. Tyler Brien and Kewon Perez from Ilion, Mike Hayduck from Clinton and Sam Caton from Sherburne-Earlville were named second-team all-stars
Adirondack was 5-13 overall and 1-9 in the division.
In Division III, Westmoreland senior Ted Flint and sophomore Tyler Taverne were among the honorable mentions. Morrisville-Eaton’s Will Thomas was named player of the year and David Bertram from Cooperstown was named coach of the year. First-team all-stars were Mike Moakler, Sam Bowen, Jermiah Ford and Jay Davine, all from Cooperstown, and Mark Martin from Sauquoit Valley. Second-team all-stars were Greg Elliott and Jon Piersma from Waterville, Matt Roher of Morrisville-Eaton, Mike Rowley from Cooperstown and Colin Jackson from Sauquoit Valley.
Westmoreland was 3-15 overall and 3-7 in the division.
RCS coach Steve Campbell on his first-team all-star:
¿ Josh Blair: "Josh had an outstanding four-year varsity career. He developed himself into an outstanding offensive player. This year he made great improvements in all aspects of his game."
Blair finished fifth on the boys all-time Rome Catholic scoring list with 1,065 career points scored over his stellar four-year varsity career. He finished with 356 points scored for an average of 18.7 per game and also was the team’s leading rebounder with 173, averaging 9.3 per game.
Oriskany coach Bob Reid on his first-team all-stars:
¿ Steve Rossi: "He was the strength and center of our 2-3 (zone) defense. His height and ability to block shots enabled other players to be more aggressive on the perimeter. He was an excellent rebounder and shooter, as well. A complete ballplayer and a three-year veteran, Steve will be hard to replace next season."
Rossi led the Redskins with a scoring average of 14.3 points per game and scored 271 total points, while hauling in 184 rebounds for an average of 9.7 per game. He also finished with 135 blocked shots, averaging 7.1 per game.
¿ Austin Smith: "Austin really became a leader on the floor at point guard this season. He is an excellent shooter from the perimeter and has a lot of range. Controlling the ball most of the game, he made good decisions and limited his turnovers this season. His speed and quickness really put pressure on opposing teams."
Smith averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 assists per game and also excelled on the defensive end with 2.9 steals per game.