Tuesday December 11, 2012

ADAM SAMROV

Sports Editor

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- After winning their second straight state championship, the Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer team has cleaned up in postseason awards.

In Class C, senior Grace Delurey, who scored 29 goals and tallied 24 assists, earned New York state Player of the Year honors -- a year after teammate Alice Hayden won the award.

"New York is a big state ... they should be proud of their accomplishments," said Hoosick coach Tom Husser.

Delurey leaves Hoosick Falls as the career leader in goals with 67 and assists with 52. She was chosen as Player of the Year in the Banner XI as well.

"Grace had a monster year. She's so athletic, you give her an inch and she'll make the play, it's her passion not to lose," Husser said.

But Delurey was far from the only Panthers player to be recognized. Hayden was chosen as a first team selection for the second year in a row, after scoring 11 goals and 14 assists.

"Last year, she had to mark the other team's best players and this year, it was more team," Husser said. "She shut the middle down and had a big playoff run again."

Goalkeeper Hannah Fricke was another first-team choice, backstopping a team that allowed only 13 goals all season. Fricke was at her best in the Final Four, pitching shutouts in the semifinal against Friends Academy and in the final against Keshequa.

"Hannah made some great saves, especially in the final, but I don't think a lot of people realized how good she was because she didn't get tested a lot," Husser said. "She just got the job done."

Freshman Jordan Haynes was a second-team choice after leading the team in scoring with 33 goals (in 23 games). Three of the four goals Hoosick Falls scored in the Final Four were by Haynes.

As much of a goal-scorer she is, she also notched 10 assists.

"You can't look at the freshman part, she's just a great player," Husser said. "You look and just say wow."

Husser was named as Class C coach of the year as well, leading the Panthers to their third championship since 2005. It was the second straight season Husser has won the award.

"I get to coach great kids," Husser said. "We game-plan every game and they do whatever we tell them to do. It's been a special run and a great, great time."

Phillips earns state nod

On the boys side, Hoosick Falls senior Evan Phillips was named to the fifth team all-state list in Class C. Phillips was a major part of a team that reached the state semifinal for the first time in school history. He scored three goals but had numerous assists playing a strong midfield as Hoosick Falls finished the season 17-6.