McAdam honored as player of the year
Johnson, Marchand named top coaches
(March 24, 2006) — The one time this season that a bit of flash appeared
in Corey McAdam's game, it was an accident.
McAdam noticed that Cory Magee was in a good position near the basket
during a Fairport game and made a successful behind-the-back pass.
Afterward, McAdam explained to a younger player how a less risky,
two-handed pass was the better way to go.
"He was posted up and I did it from the foul line," McAdam, a senior point
guard, said. "That's about as flashy as it gets with me.
HEATHER CHARLES staff photographer
Senior guard Corey McAdam's mastery of
fundamentals made his teammates better and his consistency helped Fairport
win its first Section V boys title in 31 years.
"I think people realized that I could get
things done, that I'll get it there. Usually, the most effective way is the
most fundamental way."
Steady, productive play was one reason McAdam was the popular choice for the
All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year among Section V coaches, who vote
annually to put together the Super 15.
"I don't remember anyone in recent years who made everyone on their team
better like Corey did this year," Fairport coach Scott Fitch said. "When we
played at Blue Cross Arena (for sectionals) I think he won a lot of people
"He sets people up. If we needed a wide-open 3-pointer he would do something
to make that happen. If Cory (Magee) needed a dunk to get going, (McAdam)
would drive and give him an opening for a layup."
McAdam also asserted himself as a scorer at the right times, and averaged 18
points with 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Fairport (22-2) won the Section V Class
AAA championship, its first boys title in 31 years.
Both Red Raiders' losses were to state tournament runner-up and 2005
Federation champion Niagara Falls, once in the regular season and again in the
The Finney Falcons did not lose in postseason. They were sectional champions
for the first time and won the state Class D title under Joe Marchand, AGR
co-coach of the year.
Marchand shares coach of the year award with Jim Johnson, whose Greece Athena
team won the Section V Class AA title — and with help from schoolmates — gave
almost all of us a lesson in chemistry.
The images from this season that will burn brightest for most in this area
will be Athena players, fans and coaches' exuberant reaction to team manager
Jason McElwain's greatest moment on a basketball court.
People around the world watched video of McElwain or "J-Mac", a
high-functioning autistic student at Athena, score 20 points in four
basketball minutes of the Trojans' regular-season finale.
It was a sight that brought some to tears and inspired others. Athena players
seemed to leap higher into the air after each of McElwain's six — that's
right, six — 3-pointers.
Students rushed out of the bleachers to carry McElwain off the court,
something that usually happens only at an NCAA final or Super Bowl.
"Before the game, I thought this will be great," Johnson said. "He will be
uniform on Senior Night, and his parents will be there. I was touched just to
see the students put up the pictures of his face (masks on a stick).
"That's when I sat down (with tears in my eyes). The players would get the
rebound and pass the ball back out to him. That was not directed by me. That
was the beautiful thing about it. You couldn't fake what the kids on the bench
The Super 15 also has players who put on a show or two.
Rush-Henrietta senior Calvin Betts joins East's Jerry Hunter and McQuaid's Tom
Sheehey as the only players picked for the AGR first team four times.
Palmyra-Macedon's Anthony Hall, Magee and Betts are repeat selections from the
Sodus forward Greg Logins and Marshall forward Reid Houston join the short
list of players whose fathers were picked for the AGR first team.
Section V coaches felt that McAdam had the best season among our Super 15 and
acknowledged the feats of Marchand's and Johnson's teams.
"I voted for Joe Marchand," said Fitch, a strong candidate for the award
himself for finally ending Fairport's long drought. "They had a special year
and played above their class basically all year. I don't know how many coaches
would have given J-Mac the opportunity. J-Mac made the most of it. That was
icing on the cake.
"When Athena played us at our tournament, they weren't having a great year.
They played a great game against us and it was like a turning point. I think
it helped with their chemistry.
"Their class for sectionals was a little deeper from top to bottom, so they
had to put together more good games to win."
McAdam put together enough good games to draw the attention of not only area
Division III colleges, but Division II and I schools outside of the state. He
plans to study psychology in college, and that — before anything else —
appears to be the key for what level the traditional point guard moves to
"Any level is good, anywhere I go I'll be pushed very hard," McAdam said.
"I'm looking forward to it, but I know I won't have coaches like Fitch or
(assistant Doug) Cunningham. I'll definitely look back on high school
basketball with a lot of good memories."