By Keith McShea
The New York State Sportswriters Association announced the 2014 All-State teams today.
The four local players who earned all-state first-team honors were all on the All-Western New York first team.
Western New Yorkers who made the team are listed here:
First team: Sterling Taplin, Williamsville North.
Fourth team: Zach Panebianco-11, Jamestown.
Sixth team: Quinn Lee Yaw, Jamestown.
Ninth team: Ryan Funk, Clarence.
Honorable mention: Colin Dougherty, Lockport.
First team: Donte Williams, Bishop-Timon St. Jude
Third team: Howard Washington-10, Canisius.
Fifth team: Stafford Trueheart-10, Canisius.
Sixth team: Cam Lewis-11, Nichols.
Eighth team: Chris Miner-11, Nichols.
Ninth team: Phil Bowen, Iroquois.
10th team: Dominick Welch-9, Cheektowaga.
Honorable mention: T.C. Brown-10, Amherst; Zak Ciezki-11, Cheektowaga; Justin Hollins, St. Joe's; LaTerrance Reed-11, Canisius.
NOTE: The NYSSWA placed Nichols players in Class A since Nichols competed in the NYSCHSAA Class A playoffs by virtue of winning the Manhattan Cup (it lost its only game as a Class A school, the state Catholic semifinals). We at The News respectfully disagree; in our final polls we considered Nichols in Class B and a small school and we think the players should have been rated in Class B.
First team: Wil Bathurst, Olean.
Second team: Sam Eckstrom, Olean; Jonathan Lewis, East.
Sixth team: Nick Schmidt, Olean.
Ninth team: Lester Diaz, Lafayette.
11th team: Dylan Meyer, Fredonia.
Honorable mentino: Percy Bryant-11, East; Luke Hennessy, Olean; Tyler English, St. Mary's.
First team: Bri'an Brown, Middle Early College.
Second team: Kevin Briggs, Middle Early College.
Third team: Bill Brooks-11, Silver Creek.
Fifth team: Jake Haight, Barker.
Seventh team: T.J. Scott, Middle Early College.
Honorable mention: Ben Erickson-11, Franklinville; Cody Johnson-11, Cassadaga Valley; Clay Lewis-11, Holland; Mitchell Luckman, Barker; Bryce Morrison-11, Randolph.
Second team: Ryan Robson, Sherman.
Third team: Andrew Graham, Sherman.
Honorable mention: Dan Odell, Panama; Jake Card-11, Sherman; Phalla Musall-11, Ellicottville; Nathan Ottaway-11, Sherman.