High school notes: Spartans' Wilder named All-America
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior libero Siena Wilder has been selected a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American.
One hundred fifty athletes from 40 states were chosen for the prestigious award, and Wilder is among four from New York. Erin Little and Sarah Morton were the only two Spartans previously named to the All-America team after their senior seasons in 2007 and 2005, respectively.
“It’s a real nice honor for Siena,” said Burnt Hills coach Gary Bynon. “This area is always playing catch up as far as statewide and national recognition. It’s a great honor for her.”
Wilder made her mark in four seasons of varsity ball as a defensive specialist, and amassed 564 digs this past season and 504 as a junior. Only four other players on the All-America list are indicated as liberos.
“Those people get back there and work so hard,” said Bynon. “Siena did such a great job representing that position.”
Wilder’s work helped Burnt Hills win four Suburban Council, Section II and regional championships. Three times in her career the Spartans made it through the state semifinals, and they claimed the last two New York Class A titles.
The 5-foot-5 Wilder piled up 38 digs when Burnt Hills defeated Pittsford Sutherland in last fall’s state final in four sets. She had 28 digs when the Spartans topped Our Lady of Mercy in the 2011 state championship match in four sets.
“She plays her best matches in the biggest matches,” said Bynon, who saw Wilder earn most valuable player honors at the 2012 state tournament. “That’s what people look for when they’re choosing these teams.”
Wilder, who also totaled 68 aces and 44 assists during her senior season, was among 60 nominees for the PrepVolleyball.com Senior National Player of the Year award. Syracuse University — where Little and Morton played — the University of New Hampshire and the University of Buffalo have each expressed serious interest in her.
Argyle senior basketball star Joey Lufkin moved up to No. 11 on the all-time Section II scoring list with a 34-point effort in Tuesday’s 90-27 win over Whitehall.
The 34 points left Lufkin with 1,930, and moved him past Jon Mueller of Stillwater (1,917) and Tim Parker of Saratoga Springs (1,901) on the all-time area chart.
Ahead of Lufkin are Dave Frank (Argyle, 1,938), Lionel Chalmers (Bishop Gibbons/Albany, 1,980), Joe Greco (Whitehall, 1,983), Kevin Yanni (Watervliet (2,085), Jason Mathias (Galway/Amsterdam, 2,103), Talor Battle (Bishop Maginn, 2,161), Joe Girard (St. Mary’s/Shenendehowa, 2,179), Tony Traver (Greenwich, 2,189), Chris Ciaccio (Gloversville, 2,373) and Jimmer Fredette (Glens Falls, 2,404).
Argyle will host Salem tonight.
Navin to run
Saratoga Springs junior Jay Navin will be among 12 runners in the prestigious Millrose Games high school mile Saturday at the Armory in New York City.
Navin earned his spot last month in a trial on the Armory track when he moved from fourth to second place on the final lap in a 4:18.49 finish.
Navin’s 4:18.49 is the fifth-fastest entry time behind Ben Malone (4:17.96) of New Jersey, New York runners Atephen Shine (4:17.29) and Eric Holt (4:16.55), and Jake Huemmler (4:16.22) of Pennsylvania. The 12 boys are separated by less than 3.5 seconds.