Reprinted with permission from the Times Union
KINDERHOOK – Times Union Athlete of the Year is Anthony Carlucci, from Ichabod Crane High School.
An appearance in the Class B state final as a junior brought Carlucci and the rest of his returning teammates high hopes for another trip to the state playoffs in 2018.
Through 60 minutes of the Section II final, the Riders appeared poised for another trip to the state playoffs. It was not to be as Schalmont generated a furious comeback to force overtime and eventually beat Ichabod Crane 4-3 in the final.
“It was a good career,” Carlucci said. “Obviously, it didn’t end the way I wanted it to. Looking back on it all, it was pretty good.”
Carlucci, again, was excellent for Ichabod Crane on the pitch. The Colonial Council coaches recognized the senior’s exploits by naming him the league’s Most Valuable Player.
“We asked him to do something a little bit different this year,” Ichabod Crane coach Mike Young said. “Even in the games when we did lose, he was probably the best player on the field.”
Carlucci’s combination of speed, skill and tenacity were difficult attributes for opponents to contend with. He also proved to be a force for the Riders even when they were not even playing in a game.
“He helped nurture our younger guys as we only started four seniors this year,” Young said. “We only are going to graduate two starters next year. I think we are going to be solid because of the leadership provided by guys like Anthony and Gio (Gomez).”
“With this year’s team, I definitely had to be more of a leader,” Carlucci said. “It was different. I had to be more of a goal scorer this year.”
Carlucci netted a career-best 17 goals as a senior. The diminutive standout has always drawn opponents’ defensive focus, but it was much more the case in 2018. He finished up scoring goals in 11 games, including a season-best three goals against Glens Falls.
“People tried to muscle him out. He is elusive,” Young said. “He knows when to pass. That is another thing that sets him apart. Most kids will go until they get tackled, fouled or take a wayward shot. He knows when to dish. He knows how to play. Most high school players are one-dimensional. He is really good and the best player I have ever coached — bar none.”
Other local students were named to the Times Union high school all-stars:
First team Forwards
Giovanni Gomez, Sr., Ichabod Crane: The final game of his varsity career for Gomez proved to be one of his best as he scored three goals in the Section II Class B final against Schalmont. The Colonial Council first-team all-star, also a 2017 Times Union first-team choice, delivered 18 goals and 10 assists.
Anthony Carlucci, Sr., Ichabod Crane: A three-time Times Union first-team selection, Carlucci collected the Colonial Council’s Most Valuable Player award after producing 17 goals and five assists for the Riders.
Jack Kirby, Sr., Ichabod Crane: Landed a well-deserved nod by the Colonial Council coaches as a first-team league all-star. Kirby was vital in the Riders’ push to the Section II Class B final.