• Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Since he started wrestling in fourth grade, Tristan Martin has been following in his father's footsteps. "I really look up to him," said Martin. "He's a great guy and he's the one that pushed me for all this so he's always behind me every step of the way." In wrestling, that work ethic has helped Tristan come in third place in Section IV the last two years. And he embraces the challenge of the sport every day. "Tristan's work ethic is what it's all about, it's what makes him a great student-athlete," said Josh Ruff, U-E's wrestling coach. "I never have to worry about a lack of that and I know that he's going to do the best he can." "Down in the wrestling room, every day is a challenge in practice, Coach Giacche and Coach Ruff push me to do the best every time I'm down in the room," said Martin. "In the classroom you have to push yourself that hard too. But once you're rewarded with a win or a with a good test grade, you feel really good about what you were doing." Similar to taking on challenges the mat, he takes on AP classes in school. He's taken AP Chemistry, Biology, History and plenty more, all while ranking eighth in his graduating class. And like on the wrestling mat, his goal is to follow his father's footsteps in the real world and become a doctor like his Dad. "I have future aspirations to go to college and then go to med school where I want to specialize in some medical career," Martin said. "So that's my overall goal." A lofty goal that would make any father proud. This week's Academic All-Star, Tristan Martin.

  • Academic All-Star: Luke Dionne

    Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The saying "slow and steady wins the race" pretty much perfectly describes Chenango Valley senior Luke Dionne. Whether it's in the pool, on the track or in his hobbies. He's a patient guy.

  • Academic All-Star: Ian Lupole

    Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The relationship between a coach and athlete is a special one, some even compare it to that of a father and son. But for Jamie and Ian Lupole, the two are one in the same.

  • Academic All-Star: Taylor Clink

    Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At Whitney Point, field hockey is about family and one of the key parts of that Eagles family is senior Taylor Clink.

  • Academic All-Star: Dave Matthews

    Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Susquehanna Valley's Dave Matthews puts the "all" in "Academic All-Star." For one, he's a three-sport athlete for the Sabers. Whether it's football, basketball or baseball, Matthews has a knack for doing whatever the team needs.

  • Academic All-Star: Tiffany Hamdan

    Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City's Tiffany Hamdan may not hit the hardest of any girl's tennis player in Section 4, but she is one of the best.

  • Academic All-Star: Nate Wrighter

    Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Standing at 6'7", Windsor's Nate Wrighter is taller than most high school golfers. It shouldn't come as a shock: he can really hit the ball.

  • Academic All-Star: Sam Crowley

    Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Trying to attend an Ivy League school and play a sport there is a high standard for any high school athlete. But that's what Seton football player Sam Crowley wants to accomplish.

  • Academic All-Star: Delaney Dower

    Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Oneonta volleyball player Delaney Dower isn't shy about her height. As she'll tell you, she's "4' feet 11.6 inches" tall.

  • Academic All-Star: Madeline Flamik

    Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) She's ranked 21st in her class, but she's got her eye on 20th. She's set a school record for assists in a game, but she's shooting for more. Binghamton's Madeline Flamik has a goal to "be the best."

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