A number of area schools were recognized for their outstanding athletic performances in New York State Public High School Athletic Association competition over the past year.
On Sunday, the New York State Sportswriters Association released its "Kerr Cup All-Sport Championship" leaders, an annual ranking of the most well-rounded and gifted athletic programs in the state and, given their successes over the 2012-2013 academic year, Frewsburg, Fredonia, Randolph, Maple Grove and Ellicottville found themselves on that esteemed list.
This is the third time in as many years that Randolph and Maple Grove have earned placement on the list.
In order to compile the rankings, the NYSSWA assigned points based upon results from NYSPHSAA championship tournaments and meets, with scoring based on the first eight places. A loss in the state semifinal, then, would equal a third-place ranking while a quarterfinal loss is rated as a tie for fifth place. A state championship winner is awarded 15 points, a runnerup 10 and subsequent finishes were scored on an 8-6-4-3-2-1 basis.
Schools were placed in classes based on enrollment cutoffs for the NYSPHSAA basketball tournament. Individual sports, such as tennis and golf, were not included in the ranking process while fractional points were awarded for sports in which team championships could not be won (e.g. wrestling or track).
Only Maple Grove and Ellicottville were among the top-five finishers in the combined rankings.
Maple Grove was fourth with 19.25 points - Hoosick Falls was first with 37 - in Class C while Ellicottville was fourth in Class D with 18 points. Fort Ann led Class D with 40 points.
Fifteen of Maple Grove's 19.25 points were earned by the girls cross country squad, which captured its third straight state title at Elma Meadows last November.
Topping the list in boys athletics was Fredonia, which finished second in Class B with 17.67 points, just behind the 19-point total by top-finisher Babylon.
Fredonia won a state baseball title in June, its second since 2006.
For Class C, Randolph, the reigning state football champion for Class D, is tied for second, along with Bishop Kearney, Lake George and Port Jefferson, with 15 points.
Hoosick Falls tops the Class C rankings with 22 points.
In girls athletics, Maple Grove is third - behind leader Greenwich's 24-point total - for Class C with 16.75 points, while Frewsburg is tied for fifth with 15 points with Bishop Kearney, Greene and Hoosick Falls.
Ellicottville, meanwhile, was second in Class D with 18.17 points. Batavia-Notre Dame was No. 1 with 21.