GASD names Athletes of the Week – Winter Athletics Week 5

The Greater Amsterdam School District announces its Athletes of the Week for the 2022-23 school year.

Winter Athletics – Week 5

female track runner
Gianna Crespo-Julia (Track)
male basketball player takes a shot
Victor Dueno (Basketball)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gianna Crespo-Julia (Track) Gianna Crespo-Julia participated in the highly competitive Borbett Invitational at the New Balance Armory in New York City. She placed first in her heat (9th out of 78 runners) of the 1,000-meter run with a personal record time of 3:16.24, a time that met the Section II State Quals standard and placed her on the Section II leaderboard. She also won her heat of the 600-meters in a personal record time of 1:49.48. This placed her 26th out of 81 runners.

Victor Dueno (Basketball) The Amsterdam Boys Basketball Team played two games this week. There were many standouts to help the team to victory. Victor Dueno shot 7-13 from the field and hit 2 three pointers against South Glens Falls. He also added 9 deflections and 8 steals. In the second game of the week against Hudson Falls, Dueno scored 15 points, hitting 4 three pointers. He also had 4 deflections and 4 steals in that game.

More nominated athletes for Winter Athletics Week 5

Marc Shultz (Track) In Saturday’s TCITL Meet Marc Shultz won his heat and placed fourth overall out of 46 runners in the 45-meter dash. Shultz won his heat and placed seventh overall out of 41 runners in the 300-meter dash. He recorded the fastest leg on the 4 x 200-meter relay that placed fourth out of 12 teams.

Austin Semprivivo (Bowling) Austin Semprivivo helped the Amsterdam Bowling team stay on top of the Foothills Conference with another undefeated week. He had matches of 646 against Broadalbin-Perty and 613 against Scotia/Glenville. He was incredibly consistent all week long with a high game of 233.

Shasha Cooper (Basketball) The Amsterdam girls defeated Hudson Falls on the road, 55-34. The Lady Rams were led by senior Shasha Cooper with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

Winter Athletics – Week 4

basketball player dunks a ball
Ceasar Thompson (Basketball)
female basketball player holds ball above her head while guarded by another girl
Liana Brown (Basketball)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceasar Thompson (Basketball) Ceasar Thompson scored 50 points against Green Tech on Saturday and reached double figures in two other games as well.

Liana Brown (Basketball) Liana Brown scored a career high 10 points the team’s 74-49 win over Scotia-Glenville. She also contributed to the win with 6 rebounds and 1 blocked shot.

More nominated athletes for Winter Athletics Week 4

Avi Hudson (Track) Avi Hudson ran the lead leg on the 4×200-meter relay team that qualified for the Section II state qualifiers setting their season best time by over 4 seconds. She set a personal record of 48.26 in the 300-meter dash.

Jayden Taylor (Track) Jayden Taylor ran the fastest leg on the 4×400-meter relay team that lowered its season best time by over 10 seconds. He set a personal record of 1:37.75 in the 600-meter dash.

Patrick Hyam, Jr. (Bowling) Patrick Hyam, Jr. has helped the Amsterdam High School Bowling team to a 31-5 record and first place in the Foothills Conference. After a slow start, he has returned to form and been a consistent player, coming up with big shots in the clutch, especially in the recent sweep of South Glens Falls. He is currently averaging 198 with a high game of 279 and a high series of 667.

Winter Athletics – Week 3

female runner with number 2 on her jersey
Avery Crain (Track)
boy roles a bowling ball down the lane
Kai Brennan (Bowling)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Crain (Track) The first time she ever ran in the event, Avery Crain captured first place in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 12:57. She was also part of the fifth place 4 x 200-meter relay team. This sprint relay was comprised of distance runners, making both their time and place remarkable.

Kai Brennan (Bowling) Kai Brennan is averaging a score of 222 through 24 games this season leading the AHS Bowling team to a 27-5 record so far this season.

More nominated athletes for Winter Athletics Week 3

Rosie Sculco (Basketball) The AHS team split two games at Amsterdam College Showcase. Rosie Sculco helped Amsterdam defeat Utica Notre Dame 58-52 by scoring 11 points, with 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Alec Bartone (Basketball) In the team’s two games last week, Alec Bartone posted double-doubles, with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  The Rams were able to pick up two non-league wins.
Renso Montalvo (Wrestling) Renso Montalvo placed second in a very challenging Holiday Christmas tournament at Windsor. He beat a wrestler in the semi-finals who placed 8th in New York state last year. Then, he lost 3-0 to the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state.
Elyas Castro (Track) Elyas Castro place fifth in the 45-meter dash in a time of 6:04. This finish placed him on the Section II leaderboard for sprinters and is tied for the fastest time on the AHS squad this year. He was also part of the fourth place team finish in the 4 x 200-meter relay.

Winter Athletics – Week 2

female track runner
Kayla Douglas (Indoor Track)
teen male in track suit
Rizzalino Reyes (Indoor Track)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayla Douglas (Indoor Track) Kayla Douglas is a veteran track athlete. She placed third in the high jump with a personal record of 4 feet 8 inches, which places her on the Section 2 leaderboard. She also ran as a part of the varsity 4x200m relay that placed first in the meet.

Rizzalino Reyes (Indoor Track) Rizzalino Reyes placed first in freshman 45m dash with a time that placed him on the Section 2 leaderboard. He also placed fourth in the varsity long jump and ran as part of the varsity 4x200M relay that finished second in the meet. There is a saying on the track team, “Nobody beats Rizz!”

More nominated athletes for Winter Athletics Week 2

Jhai Vellon (Basketball) Jhai Vellon had 24 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal against Johnstown.

Felise Fowler (Basketball) Felise Fowler had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals in Amsterdam’s two wins last week, with three, 3-point shots.

Winter Athletics – Week 1

female track runner
Gianna Crespo-Julia – Indoor Track
basketball player with 34 on his jersey
Ceasar Thompson – Basketball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gianna Crespo-Julia (Indoor Track) Gianna Crespo-Julia had a strong showing at the second meet at Union College. She ran an Indoor personal record on the fourth place 4×800 meter relay, scored in the 1500-meter, and won the 1000-meter with a five second personal best. She was the top scorer this meet, scoring 12 out of 17 points.

Ceasar Thompson (Basketball) Ceasar Thompson scored 31 points against New Hartford in his team’s first win. We do not have the other statistics but he was one of the primary defenders on New Hartford’s best player, who has scholarship offers.

More nominated athletes for Winter Athletics Week 1

Devon Armer (Indoor Track) In his first year as a track athlete, Devon Armer was the team’s top thrower at Saturday’s league meet at Union College. His shot put throw of 39 feet, 2.5 inches placed him fourth in the meet and placed in the Top 5 All-Time of Amsterdam Indoor Track throws.

Kai Brennan (Bowling) Kai Brennan averaged 237 for the week with matches of 644, 702, and 792 for the Amsterdam High School Bowling team. His high single game for the week was 277.

Annie Fedullo (Basketball) Annie Fedullo, a junior, scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds and 3 block shots helping Amsterdam to a 4 point win over the defending state champions, Schalmont High School. This was only Fedullo’s second varsity game.

Renso Montalvo (Wrestling) Renso Montalvo went 5-0 at the Andersen Memorial Tournament and took first place. He pinned 4 out of his 5 opponents. This tournament took place on Dec 3. He also pinned his opponent facing Glens Falls on Dec. 7 in the first period. Lastly, he went 2-1 at the Wrangle on the Plains Tournament in the elite bracket on Dec. 10. He lost a close match in the finals against the second ranked wrestler in the state.

Fall Athletics – Final Week

girl holding a large pumpkin
Gianna Crespo-Julia (Cross Country)
football player kicking a ball
Ceasar Thompson (Football)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gianna Crespo-Julia (Cross Country) Gianna Crespo-Julia finished 27th this past weekend at Sectionals, averaging 6:36 pace over the 3.1-mile course. In Cross Country, the Sectional meet is one race against all of the teams in the section and class. GASD is in the largest class for Cross Country and compete against not only the top ranked team in the nation, but the second, 6th, 8th, and 9th overall teams in NYS. Placing 27th in the most competitive section in the state is a major accomplishment.

Ceasar Thompson (Football) Ceasar Thompson made 10 receptions for 224 yards, 22.4 yards/reception, scored two touchdowns and scored one, 2-point conversion in his last game. For the season, Thompson had 53 receptions for 1,032 total yards, 19.5 yards per reception, scored 8 touchdowns and made four, 2-point conversions.

More nominated athletes for the final fall week

Jhai Vellon (Football) Jhai Vellon was 20-29 for 342 yards passing, had four touchdown throws, two carries for 30 yards, and one rushing touchdown. For the season, Vellon had 3,049 total yards of offense (passing & rushing) and accounted for 37 total touchdown (22 passing & 15 rushing).

Conner Adams (Cross Country) This is Conner Adams first year participating in Cross Country. He has consistently improved his run times throughout the year. This past weekend he ran the Queensbury course for the for the third time this year in the Section 2 Championships and managed to cut down his run time from 24:56 (September 17) to 21:55 on this course.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 8

girls holding a pumpkin
Gianna Crespo-Julia (Cross Country)
football player with a number 7 on his shirt
Louie Gonzalez (Football)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gianna Crespo-Julia (Cross Country) Gianna Crespo-Julia won the Harvest Classic Invitational on Saturday, taking home the first place pumpkin. Not only is Gianna a leader in her scoring, she’s a leader off the course. Gianna has perfect attendance at practice this season, does well in all of her classes, and represents herself, the team, and the school in a positive way all of the time. She also made the rankings list for New York State Class A.

Louie Gonzalez (Football) In the team’s 41-14 win vs LaSalle Friday night, Louie Gonzalez had four catches for 114 yards. He scored one touchdown and had 28.5 reception yards.

Another nominated athlete for Week No. 8

Josh Motyka (Cross Country) Josh Motyka has been consistently improving throughout the season and when comparing all of his race times from last year to this year he has knocked off more than a minute or more in each race he’s repeated this year. On Saturday at our home meet with the Harvest Classic at Bob’s Tree farm he finished 21st out of 71 boys varsity runners with a run time of 17:36 for a 2.85-mile race.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 7

girl kicking a soccer ball
Madisyn Meca (Soccer)
football player kicking a ball
Ceasar Thompson (Football)

Madisyn Meca (Soccer) Madisyn Meca had a combined total of one goal and three corner kicks in her last two games of the soccer season.  She leads the team in goals this year.
Ceasar Thompson (Football) During their game against Troy, Ceasar Thompson made 5 catches for 88 yards. He also had one – 2-point conversion. Ceasar had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Another nominated athlete for Week No. 7

Dania Ayala (Volleyball) Dania Ayala scored 15 points and had a 99 percent serving average over three games. Dania is a quiet but effective leader. She comes in and does her job very well. She is a young player who has made a huge impact already on her team.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 6

girl kicking a soccer ball
Anne Stanavich (Soccer)
football player running with the ball as defensive chases him
Jhai Vellon (Football)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Stanavich (Soccer) During the team’s tie with league champions Schuylerville, Anne Stanavich had 3 shots on goal before she moved back to take an injured player’s spot as sweeper. She helped lock down the best players and keep the ball away from the goal. During a game with co-champions Queensbury, she locked up the two best players on defense voluntarily. She is a team captain and a huge asset no matter where she plays.

Jhai Vellon (Football) Jhai Vellon was 21/29 for 268 yards passing this week. He had 86 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Other nominated athletes for Week No. 6

Alex Jablonski (Soccer) During his three games last week, Alex Jablonski made 9 saves against Schuylerville, 12 saves against Broadalbin-Perth, and 7 against Queensbury.

Christian Torres (Cross Country) Christian Torres has consistently been improving as a runner as the season progresses with his meet times. When comparing his time from last year running at the Burnt Hills Invitational, he shaved off more than two minutes this Saturday at the same invitational and same course. These are personal goals that he has set for himself at the beginning of the season.

Jonelys Lopez (Volleyball) Jonelys Lopez is the volleyball team’s defensive specialist (libero) and she definitely earned that title this week with 22 digs, 8 service points and 100 percent serving percentage.

Avery Crain (Cross Country) Avery Crain has shown significant improvement as a freshman this year. Comparing her race on Saturday to when she ran there on the Modified team last year, she cut 1:50 off her average mile time. Last year her race was 1.7 miles, this year it was a hillier 3.04 miles. Avery was the team’s second girl across the finish line and was 63rd out of 133 in a race where most freshmen run a separate race.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 5

girl holds flowers
Juliana Barone-Lopez (Tennis)
boy kicks a soccer ball
Aundrey Fowler (Soccer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliana Barone-Lopez (Tennis, second doubles and exhibition) This is Juliana Barone-Lopez’s first year on the tennis team. She has shown immense improvement from when she started back in August. She has played on the top 9 for 6 out of 12 of our matches (winning four out of the six she’s played in). Juliana is always excited to play and works incredibly well with any doubles partner.

Aundrey Fowler (Soccer) Aundrey Fowler helped the boys team get back to back wins this week. Aundrey broke the deadlock and scored first for both Gloversville and the Schoharie tournament. Aundrey has stepped up in his role in the center midfield and helped aid in build up play for countless opportunities to score.

Other nominated athletes for Week No. 5

Gianna Crespo-Julia (Cross Country) Gianna Crespo-Julia won the home meet on Tuesday, leading her team to a 3-1 record in the Foothills South. On Saturday, she medaled in her race at the Manhattan Invitational. This invitational hosted some of the best teams on the East Coast. Out of 1,794 girls that ran the 2.5-mile course that day, Gianna ran faster than 1,282 of them.

Julia Dion (Soccer) Julia Dion showed great leadership in a Class A match up with Troy. She covered the fastest player on the team to keep her from scoring as well as causing a penalty kick which gave her team the tying goal. During the game with Gloversville, she gave the team many opportunities to score as well as putting three shots towards the goal.

Giana Luft (Volleyball) Giana Luft made a major impact during the game with Johnstown. Her hustle was a key to her team’s victory. She scored 15 points and recorded 4 kills , 3 aces and a serving percentage of 89 percent.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 4

Emma Miller (Cross Country)
football player in action
JaShaen Vann (Football)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Miller (Cross Country) The first round of Class A state rankings came out this week, and Emma Miller is the first Amsterdam Cross Country girl to be on the list since 2017. State lists look at times from invitationals, and her average pace for invitationals so far this season has been 6:36 per mile. In addition, she gutted out a tough league race on Tuesday to help the team win against Broadalbin-Perth, and came in 7th on Saturday, leading her team to a third place finish at the Grout Invitational.

JaShaen Vann (Football) In his last game, JaShaen Vann had one catch, 65 yards, 65 yards per catch, one receiving touchdown, three carries for 52 yards, 17.3 yards/rush, and one rushing TD

Other nominated athletes for Week No. 4

Nate Covey (Soccer) With goal scoring and assists, Nate Covey has provided multiple chances for his team to score last week.

Josh Motyka (Cross Country) Joshua Motyka has been consistently improving his race times as the season goes on and he is still leading the team across the finish line. Last week in the Foothills South meet at Broadalbin-Perth he finished 7th out of 26 runners with a run time of 19:29. On Saturday at the Grout Invitational, Joshua finished 34th out of 56 runners in Division II with an astonishing run time of 16:32. This was Joshua’s best invitational race so far this season.

Carolyn Sculco (Soccer) During the team’s three games last week, Carolyn Sculco gathered 33 saves against Scotia, Johnstown, and Broadalbin. 24 of those saves were against No. 1 in the league B-P. She currently leads girls soccer with 195 saves in two years.

Aubrey Nethaway (GOLF) Aubrey Nethaway shot a 42 against Broadablin-Perth and Johnstown at Amsterdam Muni Golf Course. She was awarded medalist honors, lowest score of the match.

Payton Hoefs (Volleyball) Payton Hoefs is a captain and a very positive leader on the team. She gives 110 percent in practice and in games. In two games, she had 46 points, 4 kills, 6 aces, 7 digs, and her serving percentage is 30/36 (83 percent).

Helen Flint (No. 1 TENNIS Singles) GASD played two matches against Greenwich this fall. In the first meeting on Sept. 14, Helen Flint initially lost to her opponent 11-13. Given that it was a very close match, Helen knew she could defeat this player the second time around. She won by scores of 7-6 (7-5 in a tie breaker) and 7-5. This victory happened on Senior Night. Being the No. 1 singles player is an immense amount of pressure, but Helen has held this title for the last two years. She has great leadership skills, which are implemented through her being captain. Helen is a well rounded player who is deserving of Athlete of the Week recognition.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 3

girl kicking a soccer ball against an opponent
Madisyn Meca (Soccer)
boy kicks a soccer ball
Callum McNamara (Soccer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madisyn Meca (Soccer) Madisyn Meca played only half of the game due to injury and had 6 crosses into the box, 4 shots on goal, 1 goal, and 1 assist. She helped in GASD’ 5-0 win over Glens Falls to move the team record to 7-1.

Callum McNamara (Soccer) Callum McNamara found the net to give the Rams the lead against Gloversville. Both teams were scoreless at half and Callum stepped up big with the goal and effort to help bring the win 2-1.

Other nominated athletes for Week No. 3

Jhai Vellon (Football) Jhai Vellon, in his last game as quarterback, went 17-22 with 241 passing yards, 14.2 yards per completion, 3 passing touchdowns, 10 carries for 155 rushing yards, 15.5 yards per carry, and 2 rushing touchdowns.

Joanna Jaracz (No. 3 singles) and Victoria Vidulich (No. 4 singles) (Tennis) These two played as a doubles team this weekend at the annual tournament. They beat out their first round opponents and played the No. 1 and No. 2 singles of Greenwich in their second round. The girls were an incredibly strong pair and were up the majority of this set. They practiced incredible sportsmanship when a parent interrupted the game and attempted to coach. Ultimately they lost 6-8, but their positive attitude and respect for the game made them great candidates for Athlete of the Week.

Payton Hoefs (Volleyball) In 3 games last week, Payton Hoefs was the most consistent player. She had 38 service points with a serving percentage of 85 percent; 9 aces, 7 kills and 9 digs.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 2

girl playing volleyball
Anne Fedullo (Volleyball)
boy in a football uniform
Ceasar Thompson (Football)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Fedullo (Volleyball) During their game last week Annie Fedullo had 6 kills, 7 blocks, 1 ace, 8 digs, and a total of 16 points. She earned the Rammie Award this week for volleyball. She is the total package. Annie is a captain of the varsity team. She is a dominant player when she is on the court. She is a very positive role model not only for her team but for the entire volleyball program.

Ceasar Thompson (Football) During Amsterdam’s 60-35 win over Queensbury, Ceasar Thompson had 7 catches for 145 yards  and one touchdown. He also had a 72 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Other nominated athletes for Week No. 2

Alec Bartone (Soccer) Alec Bartone was nominated for his lock down defense and leadership on the soccer team. He stepped up big in the last few games defensively, denying top scorers on the other teams opportunities to shoot.

Josh Motyka (Cross Country)  Josh Motyka placed 99th out of 121 runners in the Division I large school category that had some of the top runners in it on Saturday at the Queensbury Invitational where over 70 schools from NYS participated. He ended with a time of 19: 45. Since his first race of the season on Sept. 10 he has shaved off 56 seconds off his 5k time. Last week in Johnstown for the first Foothills Council meet he placed 15th out of 46 with a run time of 20:23. He is leading the boys team with the top times for the meets completed to date.

Madison Cebula (Soccer) During three games last week (2-1 for the week), Madison Cebula had 15 shots, 4 corner kicks, 2 goals, and 2 assists. She has numerous great shots and plays made on goal to give other girls shots. She is also a 3-year captain on the team.

Aubrey Nethaway (GOLF) Aubrey Nethaway shot a 49 at the Fox Run Golf Course in Johnstown on Friday, which is a sectional qualifying round. She has three sectional qualifying rounds on the season and now needs just one more to be able to play at sectionals.

Emma Miller (Cross Country) Emma Miller placed 30th out of 123 runners in her race at Saturday’s invitational meet. Included in that race was the National Championship team from 2021 as well as other top teams in the state. There were three total varsity girls races run that day, and in the merged results from all three, Emma placed 39th out of 307. In Tuesday’s league meet against Scotia-Glenville, Johnstown, and B-P, Emma placed third. Emma is leading the team not only in time, but by example. Her early season success stems from the work she put in this summer.

Fall Athletics – Week No. 1

girl kicks a soccer ball
Nikki Turney (Soccer)
quarterback throws a football
Jhai Vellon (Football)

Nikki Turney (Soccer): Nikki Turney scored four goals this week in three games. She scored two of her goals from outside of the 35-yard line against Northville, an assist against Hudson Falls, and added her second two goals during Saturday’s win against Scotia. She also earned her team’s Gold Cleat Award vs Northville and the White Cleat Award in the Scotia game.

Jhai Vellon (Football) – Jhai Vellon, quarterback for the Rams, threw 9-11 for 106 yards with an 81% completion rate. He had one touchdown, one interception – 10 carries for 112 yards, 11.2 yards/carry, three rushing touchdowns.

Other nominated athletes for Week No. 1

Joanna Jaracz (Tennis) Joanna Jaracz in the No. 3 singles player. Joanna split sets with Hudson Falls, playing a total of two and a half hours. Joanna won with scores of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Jonelys Lopez (Volleyball) – Jonelys Lopez scored 18 service points, 5 aces, 17 digs and earned the teams Rammie Award in the team’s recent tournament.

Marco Bottisti (Soccer) Marco Bottisti scored two goals and had two assists in the first game of the season, and two assists in our game last night. His effort in the midfield aided many scoring opportunities for his team.

Edward Harrison (Golf) – Edward Harrison shot a 46 against Scotia at Stadium Golf Club.