• 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. "It started ever since I was in fourth grade," said Clink. "Ever since then I have just loved the game and I love my teammates and how they support me because I'm an only child. So they're like all my little sisters." She's been a part of the varsity team ever since eighth grade, and she's grown into one of the players that makes the whole system go. "She's like an anchor, she anchors the entire team offensively and defensively," said head coach Nicole Huston. "I don't think I've ever seen the kid get rattled. I mean we've been in some close games and some really tough games. That last game against Cazenovia, they came at us and they wanted a goal and it was only a 1-0 game for us. You know, she finished assisting on a corner and then scored on a corner." That's fitting, considering she wants to some day make other things go as an engineer. With that choice in major, it's no surprise that she's a black and white type of girl. That's a characteristic that has helped her team work like a well-oiled machine. "I'm like let's get it into the goal," said Clink. "Anyway we can get it in there. I don't really care how it ends up there, just that it ends up there." The same goes for in the classroom. She holds over a 96 average in school to go along with her all-state and regional all-american honors on the field hockey field. But through all that, a simple thing drives her. "I just want to try to succeed the best I can do, and make my family and my parents proud," said Clink. "I feel like if my grades aren't the best they can be and I know I can do better, I strive to be better." She's certainly made both her field hockey and regular families proud. That's why she's this week's Academic All-Star.

  • 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."

  • Academic All-Star: Kellsey Wiser

    Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If Chenango Forks senior Kellsey Wiser started as a blank sheet of paper, by this point in her life, she's filled it up pretty well.

  • Academic All-Star: Natasha D'Oliviera

    Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The steps Natasha D'Oliviera takes on a track have a purpose.

  • Academic All-Star: Matt Personius

    Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Baseball is full of numbers, and a lot of times they can define a player. The good news for Chenango Valley senior Matt Personius is he's a 'numbers' guy.

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