• TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) - His full name is Illya Junior. Just like his dad, he goes by the nickname "L" except he's a junior, of course. Making him, L.J. Tyler Feldman traveled to the Town of Chenango to feature Forks' L.J. Watson as our Athlete of the Week! "He's the total package," said head coach Dave Hogan. "He just is. I mean, he can block. He can tackle. He can run. He's explosive. He's got good vision. He's the total complete package. And he's very strong." In Saturday's 55-12 beat down of Tioga, senior L.J. Watson separated himself from the pack. Scampering for 195 yards and two scores, including two 60-plus runs. "I don't let it get to my head," said Watson. "Obviously we want to have more big plays like that, and when my teammates do it, it's even more of a big celebration for them because they always look up to me, but seeing them break through for 60-yard runs, too. It gets them pretty hyped, too." "Yeah, he's confident, but he's humble," said teammate Joseph Aldrich. "He gives other people credit where credit is due. He doesn't just talk about himself the whole time." A humble star making his mark at Forks. But he's more than just a football player. In fact, he's a big movie buff. His favorite film? "I might have to go with, 'Man of Steel,'" said Watson. "It's one of my favorites." How about his favorite actor? "Steven Seagal," added Watson. "I like action flicks, and he entertains me the most with his karate moves and stuff like that." From watching action on the screen to creating action on the field, L.J. sure embraces the spotlight. "I remember looking at the varsity team when I was younger, too," said Watson. "And it's a big atmosphere when you're up here and everyone's screaming. You don't really know what's going on other than watching what's going on in the field." You can catch L.J. and the Chenango Forks Blue Devils when they travel to Union-Endicott to take on the Tigers in our "Game of the Week" on Friday night under the lights. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

  • Academic All-Star: Cassie Kane

    Over at Seton Catholic, senior Cassie Kane is shinning on the softball field despite the Saints' less than stellar record. Most importantly though, Kane does her best work in the classroom.

  • Academic All-Star: Thomas Pasquale

    Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some things just run in the family. After all, Thomas Pasquale isn't the first athletic Pasquale in the group. Thomas is a two-sport athlete for the Tigers, an all-state baseball player and he ranks in the top 20 in his class with a 95 GPA.

  • Academic All-Star: Patrick Garey

    Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sharp as a tack is an old figure of speech, but it's probably the best way to describe Johnson City's Patrick Garey. Sharp with his shot and with his grades, he's an Academic All-Star.

  • Academic All-Star: Ryan Ehrets

    Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At 6'3", 250 pounds, Ryan Ehrets is a physical force. He's not just braun, but he's a whole lot of brains. That combination makes him an Academic-All Star.

  • Academic All-Star: Caitlyn Knapp

    Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) She still has a year and a half left of high school, but already Susquehanna Valley's Caitlyn Knapp has quite the resume: all-state player, state champ and multiple student of the year awards in school. This week's Academic All-Star is a jack of all trades for the Sabers.

  • Academic All-Star: Emily MacKay

    Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) She may not look all that fierce, but there's something you should know about Union-Endicott senior runner Emily MacKay.

  • Academic All-Star: Emilly Schutt

    Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In simple terms, Vestal's Emily Schutt never settles.

  • Academic All-Star: Sarah Miller

    Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Harpursville's Sarah Miller plays volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. A full schedule, but that's what she signed up for.

  • Academic All-Star: Maya Haykal

    Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With a strong desire to overcome obstacles, it should be no surprise Seton Catholic Central's Maya Haykal found her sport how she did.

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