January 7, 2014

Altizer, Bazzano, Avanzato lead CVAC football all-stars

Champlain Valley Athletic Conference football had one of its most competitive seasons in 2013.

Moriah (7-5) reached the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals, while Beekmantown (6-5) made an appearance in the state’s Class B quarterfinals.

Saranac Lake (5-5) defeated Saranac (4-5) by a two-point margin in the Section VII Class C championship, while Ticonderoga (6-3) was a league frontrunner throughout.

AuSable Valley (1-7) clawed its way through a rebuilding year, but has championship aspirations in 2014.

The all-star teams and awards were selected by CVAC coaches.

Coach of the Year

Bob Sutphen, (Ticonderoga)- Sutphen, in his ninth season with the Sentinels, helped Ticonderoga to a 6-3 overall record, including a second-place finish in the league. The Sentinels reached the Section VII Class D championship, dropping a 6-0 decision to rival Moriah.

Co-Offensive Playersof the Year

Blake Altizer (Peru) and Zane Bazzano (Peru)- Altizer and Bazzano were a deadly one-two combination for the Indians. The junior and senior also made a First-Team appearance on offense at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively. Altizer tossed 1,265 yards and 20 touchdowns on 77 completions. Bazzano recorded 495 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while totaling 395 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Bazzano was also recognized as a First-Team outside linebacker and the league’s top kick returner. The two helped Peru reach the Section VII Class B championship where it fell to Beekmantown, 33-28.

Defensive Player of the Year

Taylor Avanzato (Peru)- Avanzato, also a First-Team inside linebacker, anchored an Indians defense that surrendered 116 points on the year. Peru surrendered single-digit points in four of its six league games played. In addition to Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team inside linebacker, Avanzato was also honored as a First-Team guard.


Lance Ackerson (Saranac Lake)- In his senior go-around, Ackerson rushed 93 times for 547 yards and five touchdowns. He also slipped out of the backfield, catching five catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. Ackerson finished his varsity career with 1,050 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. The senior was also named a First-Team outside linebacker on the defensive side of the football.

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