Steves named all-state

Football-Brandon-StevesWhitehall’s Brandon Steves was recently recognized as one of the state’s top football players.

The senior was named last week to the New York State Sportswriters Association’s Class D All-state team.

Steves, a linebacker, was named to the second team defense.

Steves was the heart and soul of the Railroaders’ defense, recording 116 tackles last season, including eight for a loss. He also recorded four sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception. On offense, he and fellow senior Brandon Donaldson anchored an offensive line that paved the way for more than 1,500 rushing yards.

He was honored last November as the team’s most valuable player.

The selection was Steves’ second in as many seasons. He received honorable mention at the linebacker position in 2012.

He was one of five players from Section II named to the Class D all-state teams. Greenwich’s John Barnes and Nathaniel Thomassen, Salem’s Issac Isom, Cambridge’s Kiel Kyer and Canajoharie’s Zach Folts were also honored for their play on the gridiron.

Steves, an honor roll student, hopes to play football next season at the collegiate level and is considering several schools, including SUNY Cortland, SUNY Morrisville and St. Lawrence, among others.

Granville’s Evan Hoagland, a former Whitehall resident, was named to the Class C third team offense as an all-purpose player. Hoagland was the focal point of an offense that led the Golden Horde to a 6-3 record.




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