McKenna, Hill named top senior athletes at SHS

While the Class of 2020 missed out on a spring high school sports season, Salamanca High School was still able to present its annual senior athletic awards last week.

Jarrett McKenna and Aly Hill won the Lou Foy Male Athlete of the Year and Anita Oyler Female Athlete of the Year awards, respectively, for the top athletes in their class. Emma Fiske and Justin Blakesslee earned the Roger Crandall Warrior Pride Awards.

Salamanca also presented three Coaches Awards with a criteria of “perseverance, leadership and team spirit.” Winners included Kohl Ambuske (soccer and track), Jordan Ray (swimming, bowling and softball) and Holly McGonigle (soccer, track, basketball and lacrosse).

— McKenna played football, basketball and baseball, also winning the Harry Nelson Baseball Award, presented each year to a baseball senior. He plans to attend SUNY Fredonia next year.

On the football field, McKenna earned first-team Class D league honors and led the team in receptions and yards, and scored two defensive touchdowns. He was a two-year, two-way starter, a captain as a senior and winner of the Kyle Scott Whistle-man Award.

In basketball, McKenna played three years on the varsity team and served as a captain the last two. He won the team’s Coach’s Award as a junior and the Warrior Award for his competitive drive, “Warrior spirit” and work ethic as a senior. He twice earned CCAA East I honorable mentions, scoring 400 points and winning 36 games in his career, eclipsing 150 in both assists and rebounds as well.

“Jarrett’s contributions helped (us) reach new heights, and I will forever be thankful for his drive, determination and effort,” basketball coach Adam Bennett said.

Set to be a captain this year, McKenna was a four-year varsity player, three year-starter at shortstop. He led the 2019 team in on-base percentage, runs scored and stolen bases.

— Hill played six sports, two in each season as a senior: soccer and football in the fall, bowling and basketball in the winter and lacrosse and track and field in the spring.