The area’s best

Silver Creek’s Zeddie Williams was named as an All-Western New York First Team midfielder recently after helping the Black Knights capture their fifth-straight Section 6 Class C boys’ lacrosse title.

Williams, who will attend the University of Virginia to play Division I men’s lacrosse on a full athletic scholarship, finished his unparalleled high school career with what is believed to be the all-time national record for points (728) and goals scored (444). Williams was also named as a High School All-American by US Lacrosse, the governing body of lacrosse in the United States. He earned the same honors as a sophomore and as a junior.

Gowanda’s Brody Jimerson won one of three Sportsmanship Awards.

Joining Williams on the First Team were Connor Nowak (goalie, Eden), Christian Hollfelder (long stick, Hamburg), Connor Fields (attack, Bishop Timon-St. Jude), John Januszkiewicz (attack, Orchard Park), J.D. Recor (attack, Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Colin Greenway (attack, Williamsville East), Max Maxwell (midfield, Hamburg), Adam DiMillo (midfield, Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Mitch Wilson (midfield, Orchard Park), Nick Wilcox (midfield, Hamburg), Nick Bammell (defense, Orchard Park), Tyler Skrenty (defense, West Seneca East) and Tom Adolf (defense, St. Joe’s).

The Second Team goalie was Bishop Timon-St. Jude’s Jackson Brown, who was joined by teammate Alex Corbett (defense). Other second-teamers include Blake Rickan (long stick, Williamsville East), Austin Bishop (attack, Hamburg), Larson Sundown (attack, Akron), Lucas Shafer (attack, Hamburg), Deek Andrews (attack, Iroquois), Alec Dietsch (midfield, Clarence), Alex Misterman (midfield, St. Francis), Sturgis Sundown (midfield, Akron), Jimmy Smith (midfield, Frontier), Mike Franz (midfield, East Aurora), Connor Cleary (defense, Canisius) and Anthony Principale (defense, Clarence).

Coach of the Year went to East Aurora’s Scott More while Assistant Coach of the Year went to Ken Cummins. Cam MacDonald of Williamsville North was honored with the Bob Scott Award, which, according to US Lacrosse’s website is given to a, “a senior player recognized by each area chairman who truly honors lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in his community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve his game, and is an exemplary member of his team.”

Clarence’s Brad Dietsch was named Man of the Year while also winning Sportsmanship Awards, along with Jimerson, were Bob Finley (Williamsville East) and Alex Juhasz (Lancaster).

Aside from Williams, Fields, Maxwell, DiMillo, Januszkiewicz, Nowak and Recor were named All-Americans. Austin Goltz (Orchard Park), John Mendelsohn (Williamsville East) and Zachary Mariani (Wilson) were all named Academic All-Americans.