B-P recognizes senior athletes playing collegiate sports this fall

Senior athletes honored

(L to R) Zach Johnson, Joey Vitalis, Alex Gardner, Matthew Hinderliter, Will Austin, Nyah Thompson, Olivia Casey, Dominick Zippiere (not pictured Kayla Weaver)

Nine Broadalbin-Perth Patriots will be playing collegiate sports this fall. Athletics Director Matthew Ehrenreich recognized each student-athlete for their accomplishments on and off the field.

“Making it to the next level of athletics, any level, is a major accomplishment,” Ehrenreich said. “I’m so proud of this group that will represent B-P in the NCAA next year. We’re looking forward their continued success.”

Kayla Weaver, Russell Sage

College Sport: Volleyball

Academic Major: Psychology

Kayla played two varsity sports at B-P. She played both softball and volleyball for two years, while serving as captain for both teams her senior season. She earned Most Improved Player in volleyball, the Mohawk MVP award and participated in the Athlete Leadership Seminar. She was a member of the Sacandaga Volleyball Club. Kayla is ranked 10th in the Class of 2018. A four-year principal’s list member, Kayla’s served a three-year stint as class vice president. She was also National Honor Society president her senior year. Her list of awards includes the Capital Region Science Fair Naval Research Award, the Xerox Award for Innovations and Information Technology, and the Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award. While working at Subway, Kayla finds time to volunteer at the Capital Region Food Bank.

Alex Gardner, Alfred University

College Sport: Football

Academic Major: Mechanical Engineering

Alex played two varsity sports at B-P. He played football for three seasons and baseball for two. He served as team captain of the football team his senior year, the same year he was named to the Section II All-Star first team (tight end). His junior year he made the Section II All-Star second team. He was named a member of the Fulton County All-Area Offense and attended the Senior All-Star game. He attended the scholar-athlete banquet dinner for football in March. He earned the Silver Slugger Award while on JV baseball his sophomore year. He served as team captain of the baseball team this spring. Alex is ranked fourth in the Class of 2018. Alex was named to the Principal’s List. He’s received the Coach K Award, the U.S. Air Force Math and Science Award, the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award. Alex’s community service includes volunteering at the Home Show, BYC football camps, Red Cross blood drives, NHS breakfasts, and serving as a MDA Walk captain.

Matthew Hinderliter, Stevenson University

College Sport: Baseball

Academic Major: Business Administration with a Pre-Law Concentration

Matthew played football and baseball all four years at B-P and captained both varsity teams his senior season. His junior season he was named first-team designated hitter and honorable mention pitcher in the Foothills Council. The Amsterdam Recorder also selected him as an All-Area pitcher that year. In 2017, he claimed the Patriot Award for varsity football. Matthew is the Class of 2018 salutatorian, while making the Principal’s List every semester of high school. He was a member of National Honor Society his junior and senior year. His award list includes the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award from the University of Rochester, the National Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award, the Presidential Scholarship from Stevenson University, the Founders Scholarship from Stevenson University, and the Leadership Scholarship from Stevenson University. Matthew attended the American Legion Boys State for New York. He has helped the Lions Club with tree bailing and spaghetti dinners. He worked blood drives and the Home Show. He also helped run youth camps for the BYC football program.

Joey Vitalis, Utica College

College Sport: Track and Field

Academic Major: Physical Education

Joey served as a track captain and owns two indoor school records, including one set this past winter by the boys 4x200m relay team. In addition to track and field, Joey played varsity football for three seasons.

Zach Johnson, Utica College

College Sport: Track and Field

Academic Major: Physical Education

Zach was a tri-sport athlete while at B-P. He played varsity football, baseball and track and field for two years. As a member of the Foothills championship team, he won Most Outstanding Track Athlete for the indoor season.

Olivia Casey, SUNY Delhi

College Sport: Volleyball

Academic Major: Event Management

Olivia played on the varsity volleyball team for three seasons, making it to the state championship in 2015, and the Section II finals in 2016 and 2017. She served as captain her senior year.

Nyah Thompson, SUNY Cobleskill

College Sport: Basketball

Academic Major: Business in Sports Management

Nyah played four years of varsity basketball, while winning Sixth Man of the Year during that span. Her academic achievements include high honor roll in 2018.

William Austin, SUNY Canton

College Sport: Soccer

Academic Major: Homeland Security

In addition to soccer, William played two years of varsity baseball. His senior year he earned first-team all-star and was nominated for the Section II MVP award. His junior season he won first-team all-star MVP in soccer and honorable mention all-star MVP in baseball. His sophomore soccer season he took home the Blue-Collar Award, as well as a second team all-star award. His academic achievements include a runner-up finish in a cyber security national competition and earning a college credit for Spanish. William served as captain of B-P’s fishing club and volunteers for BYC soccer.

Dominick Zippiere, FMCC

College Sport: Golf

Academic Major: General Studies

Dom served as the varsity golf captain for the 2017-18 season. He earned BPHS Athlete of the Week for September 25. He was a sectional qualifier and finished third out of 64 golfers in the Foothills Council Tournament. He earned 2017 MVP and 2016 Most Improved Player. He will enter FMCC this fall with a full semester’s worth of credit completed.