Senior Jaime Schultz of state baseball champion Maple Hill has been selected the Class C Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Twenty-five Section II players were honored by the NYSSA, including eight Class AA athletes led by first-teamer Nolan Gaige of state semifinalist Columbia. Josh Nethaway of Fonda-Fultonville made the Class B first team, and Nick Papas of Maple Hill joined Schultz on the Class C first team.
Maple Hill’s Rico Frese was named the Class C Coach of the Year after guiding the Wildcats (19-8) to their first sectional title since 2000, and first state banner.
Schultz went 10-3 with a 1.57 earned run average while recording 157 strikeouts in 71 innings. He pitched a pair of no-hitters in the regular season, and also notched wins in the Section II title game and in the state semifinals. The four-year varsity performer batted .560 with 10 home runs and 46 runs batted in.
Among the second-team all-state picks were Bryan Marotta of Shenendehowa and Kyle Charron of LaSalle (Class AA), Robert Tedesco of Section II champ Mohonasen (Class A), Shane Matthews of Section II titlist Saratoga Catholic (Class B) and Mark Hanifin of Section II kingpin Fort Plain (Class C).