SYRACUSE - Zed Williams will be headed to Charlottesville, Va., in the fall where he'll join the University of Virginia's lacrosse team.
It's a good bet, though, that if the Silver Creek High School senior put his mind to it, he could have earned a scholarship to play virtually any sport in college. As athletes go, Williams will be remembered as one of the finest Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties has ever produced.
The New York State Sportswriters Association agrees.
Clockwise, from the top, Zed Williams of Silver Creek; Andrew Graham of Sherman; Zack Panebianco and Tommy Campion of Jamestown; and Dan Lictus of Clymer were named to various all-state basketball teams last week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
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The organization released its annual all-state basketball squads last week and Williams was named to the Class C first team, the only area athlete to be so honored. He was one of seven players to earn a place on an all-state squad. Six others were honorable-mention selections.
Also recognized are senior Tommy Campion and sophomore Zack Panebianco of Jamestown, who are fourth- and seventh-team choices respectively in Class AA; senior Steve Marcey and sophomore Bill Brooks of Silver Creek, who are sixth- and eighth-team picks respectively in Class C; and senior Dan Lictus of Clymer and junior Andrew Graham of Sherman, who are third- and fifth-team selections respectively in Class D.
Earning honorable mention all-state honors are seniors Will Soffel and Aaron Germain of Maple Grove, and Kaine Kettle of Silver Creek in Class C; and Brocton seniors Jordan Patterson and Dan Ferguson, and Sherman junior Ryan Robson in Class D.
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Following is biographical information for each player:
Williams: Averaged 17.7 points, 8.3 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game in leading the Black Knights to their first-ever trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four. ... Was an all-WNY second-team choice and a first-team CCAA Division 2 selection. ... Was also one of just two area players to be named to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Top 50, which recognizes the top players in the state's five classifications. ... A three-time Post-Journal all-star choice.
Campion: A two-time Post-Journal Player of the Year. ... Part of three Section 6 Class AA championship teams and finished his career in the top 10 of numerous statistical categories, including points (1,145, No. 5) and 3-pointers (149, No. 3). This season he averaged 21.2 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Along the way, he was named second-team all-Western New York, all-Erie County Interscholastic Conference and ECIC Division 1 co-Most Valuable Player, as well as being selected to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Top 50.
Panebianco: An all-WNY honorable mention who averaged 12.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. ... Was a second-team ECIC Division 1 selection. ... Had his best games when they mattered most, including a 26-point, 10-rebound, six-assist gem against Clarence in the Section 6 Class AA semifinal at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
Marcey: A Division 2 second-team choice and an all-WNY honorable mention. ... In helping to lead the Black Knights to the school's first-ever NYSPHSAA final four appearance, Marcey averaged 13.4 points and dished out an average of 4.5 assists.
Brooks: In his first year as a starter, the 6-foot-7 post player was an all-WNY honorable mention and a Division 2 first teamer. ... He averaged a league-high 12 boards with 15.3 points and three assists. ... In Silver Creek's Far West Regional win over Mynderse, he blocked four shots, scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds.
Lictus: The Division 4 most valuable player, he was also an all-WNY honorable mention. ... Averaged a team-high 16 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists. ... A returning Post-Journal all-star.
Graham: An all-WNY honorable mention... Led the Wildcats to a Section 6 Class D title. ... Was selected to the Division 4 first team. ... Was tops in scoring for Sherman, averaging more than14 points per game. ... Scored a game-high 17 points during the squad's Far West Regional battle with Section 5's University Prep.
Soffel: Co-MVP of Division 3 after averaging 12.4 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds for the Maple Grove Red Dragons. ... Was an all-WNY honorable mention. ... Shot 40 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Germain: The co-MVP of Division 3 and an all-WNY honorable mention, Germain averaged nearly 15 points and five rebounds per game. ... Helped to lead Maple Grove to an 18-2 record overall and a Section 6 Class C-2 semifinal appearance.
Kettle: One of three Black Knights to be named both an all-WNY honorable mention and also to the first-team all-star squad for Division 2. ... Kettle, a 3-point specialist, scored an average of 18.6 points per game, a team-high, to go along 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Patterson: Averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. ... Shot 46 percent from the floor.
Ferguson: Averaged 18.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists this season. ... Was a Division 4 first-team selection. ... Hit 51 percent of his shots from the field. ... In one of his best performances, Ferguson netted a game-high 26 points, including 15 in the first half, to lead Brocton past Ellicottville in the Section 6 Class D semifinal round.
Robson: A first-team Division 4 selection. ... Averaged 13 points per game. ... His top performance was his 15-point output in the Class D finals against Brocton.
NOTES: Williamsville North junior guard Sterling Taplin is a member of the second team in Class AA and is joined on that squad by Niagara Falls senior Jermaine Crumpton and Bishop Kearney senior Antwoine Anderson. The Wolverines' J.J. Wilkins is a sixth-team choice, while teammate Ramir Burton, a senior, is on the 10th team. ... Joining Panebianco on the seventh team in Class AA is senior Chinonso Obokoh. ... Olean junior Will Bathurst is a first-team choice in Class B, while teammates Sam Eckstrom and Nick Schmidt, also juniors, are second- and sixth-team selections respectively. Another Huskie, Max Portlow, is honorable mention.