After its best season in four years, the Ithaca High baseball program was rewarded by the Southern Tier Athletic Conference, which placed five Little Red players on the West Division all-star team.
Junior first baseman Buzz Shirley, sophomore second baseman James Cronin, senior shortstop John Peterson, senior outfielder Sammy Memminger, sophomore outfielder Turner DePalma and junior pitcher Ryan Hammond were all named all-division after helping the Little Red compile a 6-10 record and make its first appearance in the Section 4 tournament since 2011. Coach Ian Valentine’s squad bowed out with a first-round loss to Corning.
Corning also placed five players on the West Division all-star team, while Elmira had two selections and Horseheads one.
Ithaca had nobody named to the Metro/West all-conference squad; Vestal, which defeated Corning 8-3 in the STAC title game on May 16, had three players on the all-conference team and another seven on the Metro Division all-star team.
SOFTBALL: Senior catcher Laurel Simon was Ithaca’s lone representative on the STAC softball all-star squads, as she was named to the West Division all-star team. The Little Red finished the 2015 season winless.
The Little Red, which has won 57 straight dual matches and the last four STAC championships, dominated the all-conference and all-division teams, with its top two singles players and doubles teams earning All-Metro/West honors.
Seniors Kevin Huang and Justin Milner both were named to the all-conference squad in singles, along with Horseheads’ Mike Entry and Maine-Endwell’s Freddy Purpora. And Ithaca’s doubles teams of Steven Carman/Jonathan Gomes Selman, and Harrison Hensley and Alexander Glickman earned all-conference recognition, along with the Horseheads’ duo of David Massey and Isaac Rawcliff.
Ithaca also placed four entries on the STAC All-West Division squad, including singles players Aidan MacKenzie and Michael Zhao, and the doubles teams of Geoff VanDover/Louis Latham and Tigram Mehrabyan/Louis Latham. Horseheads players made up the remainder of the all-division squad.
All of Ithaca’s starting players compiled undefeated regular-season records this season, as Coach Arthur Falkson’s team won all 17 of its dual matches by a 7-0 score.
Track and field
Ithaca placed eight girls and six boys, plus a relay team apiece, on the STAC West all-star teams.
The girls’ honorees were led by University of Vermont-bound senior Lauren Trumble in the 800 meters, although she set a school record in the 1,500 (4:29.80) en route to a fifth-place finish at the state meet on June 13 in Albany.
Freshman Lizzy Rayle earned all-division in two events, the 3,000 and the 2,000-meter steeplechase, as did sophomore Quinn Kingsley in the 100 hurdles and the high jump.
Other Ithaca girls named all-division included freshman EJ Onah (long jump), senior Leslie VanDemark (triple jump), junior Sylvie Studier (pole vault) and eighth-grader Addison Wolff (discus). Also named was the Little Red’s 1,600 relay team, including Sylvia Frank, Zoe Wilkie-Tomasik, Charlotte Williams, Trumble and Yolore Airewele.
Ithaca’s boys honorees included sophomore Abe Phelan (200), junior Hunter Hartshorne (3,200), senior Luc Sinon (110 hurdles), twin brother Jean Sinon (long jump), senior Jakob Markwardt (pole vault) and senior Cole Clemons (discus).
In addition, Ithaca’s 400 relay of the Sinon brothers, Phelan, Darren Smith and Kevin Cheung was named all-division.