By Rob Potter
LIBERTY June 14, 2002 Dozens of Liberty Central School student-athletes were honored for their efforts on the athletic fields and courts during the 2001-2002 school year Tuesday night at the annual Block L Athletic Awards Banquet.
In his opening remarks, Superintendent Dr. Brian Howard reminded the parents, friends and community members about the caliber of the student-athletes at Liberty. He spoke of a former student who is serving in the United States Navy and was recently chosen to be a squadron leader.
Howard noted that the student was singled out for the leadership position in part due to a letter of recommendation that was written by a school staff member. The letter recalled a basketball game several years ago and how that former student consoled and supported a teammate after the teammate missed the potentially game-winning free throws.
Thats what being a leader is about, Howard said. And that is an example of the fine athletes we have here in Liberty.
In handing out team awards, many of the coaches noted that although their teams won-loss record may not have been stellar, the athletes were determined to give it their all.
We had a tough season, said varsity football coach Michael Castelli. But the guys showed a lot of charcter and determination. They worked hard and never quit.
Before the team award winners were announced, Liberty Athletic Director Tim Bult presented Fan of the Year Awards to Evelyn Buck and Valerie Waite. He also gave Assistant Athletic Director Awards to Lisa DeStefano and Kristy Falkenmeyer for their assistance in the athletic office.
Team awards were presented in each varsity sport. They are as follows:
Football: Best Offense Renauld Buck; Best Defense Chris Kusznir.
Girls Soccer: Best Offense Chelsea LaGattuta; Best Defense Michelle Olson.
Boys Soccer: Best Offense Garry Bertholf; Best Defense Jay Champlin.
Golf: Most Improved Brandan Manley; Most Valuable Ian Orr.
Boys Track: Best Track Matt Manzi; Best Field Renauld Buck.
Girls Track: Most Improved Andrea Kavleski; Most Valuable Megan Baxter.
Girls Tennis: Most Improved Andrea Kavleski; Most Valuable Andrea TerBush.
Boys Tennis: Most Improved Matt Black; Most Valuable Jay Samant.
Football Cheerleading: Most Improved Jena Young; Most Valuable Sharlay Fields.
Basketball Cheerleading: Co-Most Valuable Vicki Myrick; Co-Most Valuable Lorelei Reynolds.
Boys Basketball: Best Offensive Nick Christian; Best Defensive Michael Salvia.
Girls Basketball: Best Offensive Christine Waryha; Best Defensive Chelsea LaGattuta.
Boys Alpine Skiing: Most Valuable Michael Swope; Most Improved Michael Chanov.
Girls Alpine Skiing: Most Improved Michelle Olson; Most Valuable Bertha Lee.
Boys Indoor Track: Most Valuable Matt Manzi; Most Improved Eric Parkhurst.
Girls Indoor Track: Most Valuable Megan Baxter; Most Improved Erin Simpson.
Wrestling: Most Improved Anthony Couitt; Most Valuable Dan Ratner.
Baseball: Most Improved Zack Nackley; Best Offense Joe Colacurcio; Coachs Award Ashton Richards.
Softball: Most Improved Andrea TerBush; Best Offense Katie Yaun.
Cross-Country: Most Improved Mike Wiley; Most Valuable Matt Manzi.
OHearn Award (For Football Most Improved): Tanner Scott.
Goodstein Award (For Wrestling Perserverance): Ryan Ringi.
Buchal Award (For Baseball MVP and Softball MVP): Randy Caruso, Michelle Olson.
Ivan Richards Award (For Basketball MVP): Nick Christian, Andrea TerBush.
Ross Award (Football Scholar Athlete): Michael Chanov.
Girls Soccer Scholar Athlete: Michelle Olson.
Kavleski Award (Track Scholar Athlete): Brandon Sauer, Christy Immel.
Charlie Barbuti Sportsmanship Award: Baseball Adam Myshtari; Softball Kristen Ahrens.
Senior Trophy Awards
Rattner Award (For Basketball Scholar Athlete): Shaheem Parks, Nicole Daurio.
Bo Gill Award (For Perserverance): Randy Caruso, Christy Immel.
Elizabeth Betty Totten Sportsmanship Award: Jaycob Burns, Sarah Crescitelli.
Tom Kelly Award (For Outstanding Senior Athlete): Garry Bertholf, Michelle Olson.