Sports Awards Ceremony Recognizes Standout Student-Athletes

Gananda’s standout student-athletes were recognized at the end-of-year sports awards ceremony at Ruben A. Cirillo High School on Monday.


Both individuals and teams that left their mark on our sports program over the course of the fall, winter and spring seasons were celebrated for their achievements on the field, court, track, or in the pool.


Continue reading for the full list of award recipients, and be sure to visit Gananda Central School District for a full gallery of the event!

Award Recipients


  • MVP: Henry Shutts
  • Panther Award: Cody Smith
  • Coaches Award: Owen Switzer

Boys Basketball

  • MVP: Miles Caviness
  • Most Improved Player: Aidan Giancursio
  • Unsung Hero: Cohyn Reisman

Boys Golf

  • MVP: Spencer Yeager
  • Most Improved Player: Maddox Stoughton
  • Coach's Award: Drew Smith

Boys Lacrosse

  • MVP: Steven LoTempio
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Smith
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Lucas VerStreate

Boys Soccer

  • MVP: Aidan Giancursio
  • Most Improved Player: Giorgio Catanzaro
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Kyle Smith

Boys Swimming

  • Co-MVP: Peyton Conner
  • Co-MVP: Cohen Kelley
  • Unsung Hero: Owen Richards

Boys Track and Field 

  • MVP: Mason Briner
  • Most Improved Player: Devonte Black 
  • The Driven Award: Aaron Kurdziel Tai


  • Most Improved Player: Paige VanAlstyne
  • Coach’s Award: Bri Whalen
  • Ideal Teammate: Jordan Falso

Girls Basketball

  • Most Improved Player: Katie Rothwell
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Kaylee Marvin
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Eva Jenny

Girls Lacrosse

  • Co-MVP: Colleen Ginsburg
  • Co-MVP: Maria Melnik
  • Unsung Hero: Alyna Hayes

Girls Soccer

  • Defensive Player Award: Lyndsey Valletta
  • Offensive Player Award: Ella Lathrop 
  • Team Player Award: Katie Rothwell

Girls Swimming

  • MVP: Natalie Schwandt
  • Rookie of the Year: Haley Conner
  • Swimmer of the Year: Sydney Richards

Girls Track and Field

  • MVP: Meah Prutzman
  • Most Improved Player: Amber Thorne 
  • Rookie of the Year: Haley Conner

Girls Volleyball

  • MVP: Maria Melnik
  • Coach’s Award: Anna O’Neil
  • Panther Award: Julia Melnik


  • Leadership Award: Lyndsey Valletta
  • Outstanding Athlete: Kallianne Meyer


  • Jordan Falso
  • Jordan Richards

Blue Panther Honor Awards

  • Jordan Falso
  • Brianna Holmes
  • Larisa Kotok
  • Amber Malinak
  • Jordan Richards
  • Lyndsey Valletta