Section 4's customarily deep representation in the 2023 state football finalists has resulted in three Players of the Year and 15 first-team selections across Classes B, C, and D all-state teams, as revealed by the New York State Sports Writers Association. Tioga Central senior Caden Bellis, Maine-Endwell's Adam DeSantis, and Waverly's Joey Tomasso have been named Players of the Year in their respective classes.

Why It Matters

This recognition marks an 11th consecutive season with at least one Section 4 athlete being identified as a Player or Co-Player of the Year, highlighting the consistent talent and performance of high school football players in the area.

By the Numbers
  • Bellis passed for 1,350 yards, rushed for 743 yards, and made 92 tackles, showcasing his dual-threat capabilities.
  • DeSantis, a both-way lineman, was part of teams that played to a 37-2 record with two state championships and a runner-up finish.
  • Tomasso completed 206 of 278 passes for 3,160 yards and 43 TDs, solidifying his impact as Waverly's quarterback.
State of Play
  • Section 4 athletes have demonstrated their exceptional talent and impact, with a significant representation in the 2023 all-state football teams.
  • The individual recognition of Players of the Year underscores the skill and success of high school football programs in the area.
What's Next

Stay tuned for the reveal of the all-state teams in Classes AA and A on January 17, which will further showcase top-performing high school football athletes in New York State.

Bottom Line

The consistent recognition of Section 4 athletes as Players of the Year reflects the enduring excellence and impact of high school football programs in the region, underscoring the depth of talent and competitive spirit within Section 4.