Record-setting Union-Endicott receiver C.J. Krowiak is Broome County’s lone first-team selection on New York State Sports Writers Association Class AA and A all-state football teams.
The only other first-team selection from Section 4 is Elmira’s Eli Thomas, recognized as a defensive back in Class AA.
Second-team selections include Binghamton linebacker Joe Crowley in Class AA, and in Class A, receiver Nick Yesensky and linebacker Lucas DePofi of Union-Endicott, and linebacker Pat Carlin of Vestal.
Krowiak logged three-digit receiving yardage in five of 12 games in 2013, four of them in succession beginning with a season-best 158-yard showing against Binghamton. His 1,124-yard season total erased an eight-year-old Section 4 single-season record. The previous standard, 1,038 yards, was set by Pat Simonds of Sidney.
A 6-foot, 175-pound senior, Krowiak scored touchdowns in eight games — multiple touchdowns in six — and also played defense and returned kicks for the Tigers’ state semifinalists. He intends to join the baseball program at Binghamton University.
Thomas was a running back/free safety who helped Elmira to the state semifinal round.
Neither Krowiak nor Thomas was all-state in the 2012 season — Krowiak because he was a member of the Tigers’ golf team.
The all-state teams are compiled by Steve Grandin, a Saratoga Springs resident who formerly served as sports editor of The Saratogian, following consultation with media members statewide.
Player of the Year in Class AA is 6-foot-3 sophomore quarterback Jake Zembiec of state champion Rochester Aquinas. He passed for 1,932 yards and 26 touchdowns, and is projected to be one of the most sought-after recruits in the history of Section 5 football. Top billing in Class A belongs to senior quarterback Joe Capobianco of Lawrence, who passed for 2,662 yards and 32 TDs.