Hoosick's Kempf, Cambridge's Sophie Phillips named Wasaren MVPs

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Wasaren League announced its basketball all-star awards for the 2019-2020 season on Monday. Hoosick Falls' Jon Kempf was named the Most Valuable Player on the boys side, while Cambridge's Sophie Phillips took home MVP for the girls.

Kempf led his Hoosick Falls team in scoring, averaging an impressive 27.9 points per game during his senior season. The total was in the top five of scoring in Section II. Kempf's highest scoring output of the season came on opening night versus St. Lawrence, when he dropped 39 points and led his team to a 57-44 victory.

Hoosick Falls had a successful season, finishing 19-4 and reaching the Class B semifinal.

Sophie Phillips averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game for Cambridge. Her season-high came in the second game of the season versus Greenwich. Phillips led the way with 27 points in a 76-40 Cambridge victory.

Phillips has led Cambridge to a 22-1 record this season. They also captured their third consecutive Class C sectional championship. Phillips, a junior, has won the sectional each season she's been a member of the team.

The Wasaren League MVP hopes her season is not done, as Cambridge has advanced to a regional final versus St. Lawrence. That game has been postponed until at least April 19 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and it is unclear if it will be played at this time.

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Another Hoosick Falls senior, Tristan Williams, was also recognized as a member of the first team. Williams had a strong senior campaign, averaging 17.2 points per game. His best game of the season came in a home game versus Spa Catholic, where Williams totaled 28 points in a Hoosick Falls victory.

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Rounding out the rest of the first team on the boys side are Mechanicville's Josh Germain, Waterford's Michael Talavera, Greenwich's Jesse Kuzmich and Stillwater's Brain McNeil.

A pair of local athletes join Sophie Phillips on the first team on the girls side: Sophie's twin sister, Lilly, and Hoosick Falls' Logan Thayne.

Lilly Phillips was second on Cambridge's team in points per game, averaging 15.1. Her season-high of 28 points came against New Hartford in Cambridge's sixth game of the season. Thayne led the Hoosick Falls girls all season long, breaking the all-time scoring record previously held by Meg Barber. Thayne averaged an impressive 24.6 points per game during her senior season, including a pair of 40-point games. Thayne's season high of 41, which are a new record for a single game for the Panthers, came in a 72-54 win over Mount Anthony.

A couple of Cambridge girls, Fiona Mooney and Stasia Epler, were awarded second team honors.

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Mooney averaged 10.4 points per game with a season high of 18, while Epler averaged 8.5 per game and had a high of 19.

McKayla McLenithan and Ruth Nolan round out the award recipients for Cambridge girls, as both were named to the honorable mention section.

Hoosick Falls' Maddy Walker was also named to the honorable mention section.

Hoosick Falls had two players named to the honorable mention section on the boys side, seniors Max Kipp and Isiah Burnett.

Cambridge's Brian Hall, a senior, and Nick Murphy, a junior, were also named to the honorable mention section.


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