STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Cooperstown’s Chris Ubner swept a series of baseball award announced last week.
Ubner shared the Most Valuable Player Award from the Center State Conference Division II, with teammate Kendall Haney.
Ubner also won Player of the Year Awards from two Upstate newspapers, the Utica Observer-Dispatch and the Syracuse Herald.
Haney was named to the Syracuse All-Star team as well.
Ubner’s Utica announcement carried the biggest surprise as the Mohawk Valley Award was announced by Atlanta Braves Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, in a video presentation.
Both players played multiple positions for Cooperstown, including pitcher and around the infield, leading the Hawkeyes to two section titles and a spot in the 2019 Class C championship game. Both will play college baseball, Ubner at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill and Haney at Herkimer County Community College.
Utica’s Mohawk Valley Awards also honored Cooperstown’s John Kennedy as the boys basketball Player of the Year. Kennedy beat out New Hartford’s Zach Phillipkoski and Hamilton’s Ryan Rutledge. Ubner beat out West Canada Valley’s Aidan Maxwell and Whitesboro’s Colin Skermont.
Will Weldon was a nominee for tennis Player of the Year, but lost the award to Aidan Hicks of Oneida.
The local players honored were:
Section IV All-Stars
Cole Platt, Oneonta; Tanner Russin, Oneonta; Aidan Breakey, Oneonta.
CSC DII All-Stars
The Center State Conference announced its 2021 spring baseball All-Stars. The Cooperstown players honored were:
MVPs: Kendall Haney/Chris Ubner.
First Team: Ubner, Haney, Alex Hascup, Alex Hage.
Honorable Mention: Alex Poulson, Derek Moore, Treston Emerick.
The Midstate Conference announced its 2021 baseball All-Stars. The Unatego/Franklin players honored were:
First Team: Tyler Birdsall, Braedon Johnson, Matthew Serrao.
Second Team: Ryan Marshall, Brandon Gregory.