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Hammond's Kenyon Leads Section 10 All-State Selections

BY DAVE SHEA

Hammond junior Avery Kenyon leads the vanguard of Section 10 Girls Basketball standouts who have been named to the All-State selections compiled for the New York State Organization of Sportswriters and Coaches for Girls Sports.

Kenyon, who averaged 21 points per game with extreme athleticism for Coach Shawn Dack's NAC West and Section 10 Class D Champion Lady Red Devils, was the lone player from Section 10 to receive First Team honors. Kenyon and senior teammate Kelsey Bennett, who made Fifth Team All-State, led the Lady Devils to NAC West and Section 10 Class D titles and into the regional finals. Unfortunately that is where the winter championships and ultimately the entire Spring season were cancelled because of the COVID-19 virus.

Senior Kylie Vaugh was a third Hammond player to make the All-State selections earning Honorable Mention in the Class D ranks

Kenyon averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists per game this season after teaming with Bennett to lead Hammond to the New York State Final Four in Class D Girls Soccer. The duo were honored as the Co-Champions of the NAC West in Basketball and Kenyon was one of five finalists for the Jan Reetz Memorial Award which is presented the NNY Girls Basketball Officials Board.

"Avery is a very athletic, high profile player who can play any position on the court. She has the ability to perform at a highly competitive level while adhering to the rules of sportsmanship with the utmost respect for her coaches, fellow players and officials. She is an inspiration to her teammates and the younger players in the Hammond program," said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack in nominating Kenyon for the Jan Reetz Award.

The Class D selections also included fourth teamer Abby Hart and sixth teamer Lucy Frary who helped Edwards-Knox to the NYS Final Four in 2019 and eighth team selection Rayna Cameron who was the last connection to Heuvelton's vaunted run of three straight state titles. Chloe Champagne of Chateaugay and Tori Moore of Harrisville both earned Honorable Mention.

Senior Natalie Angeletti of Panama was honored as the Class D Player of the Year.

Canton's outstanding senior backcourt combination of Katie Chisholm (15.7 points per game) and Sarah Sieminski (145. pts, 5.4 assists, 5.2 reb per game), earned sixth and 10th team selection in the Class B ranks. Chisholm received the 2020 Jan Reetz Award and Sieminski was a finalist for the award.

Canton Coach Jim DiSalvo says of Chisholm "Katie's effort on the court is outstanding. She is a relentless worker and respects the game, the opposition, and the officials. She is well respected by her teammates and a constant leader on an off the court."

Of Sieminski Coach DiSalvo said "Sarah is a leader on and off the court. Her effort and attitude are outstanding. Sarah is always respectful to the opposition and to the officials. She exhibits extra ordinary sportsmanship."

The duo helped Canton to the New York State Class B Final Four in 2019 and to a repeat NAC Central Division and Section 10 Class B titles this season.

OFA junior Emily Farrand completed a strong season for the Blue Devils earning Honorable Mention in the Class B selections. Farrand emerged a leader for the Devils who lost to Canton in overtime of the Section 10 Class B finals.

South Jefferson's exceptional sophomore Jackie Piddock, who averaged 25 points per game, was honored as the New York State Class B Player of the Year.

Like Hammond in Class D, St. Lawrence Central's season in the Class C ranks ended with the Larries practicing for the regional finals of the state tournament. Leading the Larries to a Class C championship and the school's first state tournament win in basketball was senior Marissa McLean who was honored as a Sixth Team selection in the All-State Class C selections. McLean averaged 15 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals per game as the NAC Central Division's Most Valuable Player and finalist for the Jan Reetz Memorial Award.

"Marissa has been a huge asset to SLC Athletics. She has been a role mode for our younger students," said SLC Coach Chad Gauthier in nominating McLean for the award.

Alexis Sullivan, who contributed a multiple NAC East Division championships and Section 10 Class C titles at Madrid-Waddington was cited as a Ninth Team pick in the Class C selections.

Junior Sophie Phillips of Cambridge was honored as the Class C Player of the Year in New York State.

Section 10's representation in the Class A All-State selections were: Malone Jr. Madison Ansari on the eighth team and senior teammate Leah Gallagher and Massena's Tori Jacobs in the Honorable Mention ranks.

NOTE: Any player afforded all-state honors who wishes to receive an All-State certificate should contact the NYSSCOGS at 3520 Route 28, Herkimer, N.Y. 13350.

Hammond's Avery Kenyon rises for a reverse layup showing her extreme athleticism.




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