Haley Witchella (Oxford Academy) of the Alfred State women's basketball team and Keegan Phelan (East Aurora) who played on both the football and lacrosse teams were honored as the athletic department's Freshman Athletes of the Year.
Witchella was named 2nd team NJCAA Division II All-American, the Region III Division II player of the year, 1st team All-Region, and 1st team All-WNYAC following a freshman campaign that saw her average 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. She scored more than 10 points in 18 of her 20 games and scored 20 or more points in five games. She also registered 71 blocks, 35 steals and 20 assists.
Phelan was a starter on both the lacrosse and football teams. He recorded 35 tackles and three pass break-ups on the football field and the registered five goals and seven goals from his defensive midfield position in lacrosse. He was named the Unsung Hero Award for the lacrosse team and was counted on to defend the opponent's top offensive midfielder. He was also credited with doing the dirty work and creating offense out of defense.
Witchella and Phelan were honored at the end of the year athletic awards presentation held in the newly renovated Cappadonia Auditorium.
Other Nominees Included: Diana Burley: Cross Country, Kayla Franchina: Track & Field, Megan Miskell: Track & Field, Kay Pfleghardt: Volleyball, Kristen Potter: Softball, and Maura Tuffey: Soccer
Brian Edwards: Track & Field, Robert Howard: Track & Field, Alonzo Joyner: Football, Frankie Martin: Lacrosse, Travis Nagle: Track & Field, Mark Pendleton: Swimming, Nick Peraino: Soccer, Keegan Phelan: Lacrosse/Football, and Brian Tubbs: Track & Field