Few if any know more about girls’ sports in Amsterdam, NY than Scott Mulford. A 1983 graduate of Amsterdam High School, Scott started covering and writing about this community’s lady athletes and their teams back in 1995 when he went to work for the old Amsterdam Star Newspaper and he continues in that role today with the Mohawk Valley Compass. This explains why I was thrilled when Scott graciously agreed to contribute this list to this book. It includes his choices for the top ten Amsterdam High School female athletes since the year 2000. He took into consideration all AHS girls sports, so they are equally represented. Here are five of Scott’s ten picks in no particular order. I will include all ten in my new book: Fifty Amsterdam New York Top Ten Lists, which will be available in September of 2017.
Nina Fedullo (girls basketball) – The all time leading scorer in the history of the Amsterdam Lady Rams basketball program. Fedullo graduated in 2017 having scored 1500 points, recorded 856 rebounds, and helped the Amsterdam girls varsity basketball team reach back to back New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section 2 Class A title games in 2016 and 2017. Remarkably, Fedullo put up her impressive numbers in only four seasons on the Lady Rams varsity. She was twice a member of the NYSPHSAA Section 2 Class A All Tournament Team, was named a Foothills Council First Team All Star, and was Foothills Council MVP for the 2015- 2016 season. Fedullo was named to the NYSPHSAA All State team the past two seasons, and is currently in the NYSPHSAA top 50 in scoring for girls’ basketball. Fedullo signed her letter of intent to play for The College of St. Rose before the start of the 2016-2017 high school basketball season, and became only the second girls basketball player in the AHS programs’ history to receive a full scholarship, joining Brittany Stahura, who played for Bryant University.
Anna Dyakiv (girls tennis)- A 2010 Amsterdam High School graduate, Dyakiv was part of perennial Big 10 Conference championship teams during the late 2000’s and was the number one singles player for the Lady Rams. A Big 10 and NYSPHSAA Section 2 All Star, she went on to play women’s singles and doubles tennis for Nichols College (MA) where she was named Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) player of the year three times, and was an inter-collegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All Academic scholar athlete. The Lady Bison reached the CCC championship match all four years with Dyakiv leading the way.
Sarah Adamowski (golf)– A 2012 graduate of Amsterdam High School, Adamowski was captain of the AHS golf team where she earned a varsity letter, and twice was named a Big 10 Conference All Star. Adamowski continued her athletic career playing for West Liberty University of Charleston (WV). She was an honorable mention choice on the All Mountain East Conference team as a college sophomore. Adamowski is the founder and head of FORE The Girls, a non profit organization that helps provide scholarships for high school girls with an interest in golf.
Brittany Stahura (girls basketball, girls tennis)- A 2008 graduate of Amsterdam High School and varsity letter winner in girls basketball and girls tennis. Stahura, won back to back Big 10 Conference titles with the Amsterdam Lady Rams varsity basketball team that went undefeated in league play in 2007 and 2008. The Lady Rams basketball team was ranked in the USA Today’s top 25 in 2008 after defeating some of the top high school girls basketball teams in the state including Christ The King High School. Stahura was the Big 10 Conference MVP in girls basketball in her senior year, and finished her AHS career with 1000 rebounds, tops on the list all time at AHS. She ranks third all time in scoring with 921 points. Stahura received a full scholarship to NCAA Division 1, Bryant University where she played all four seasons, started 60 games, and finished her college career with over 500 rebounds, and more than 150 assists for the Lady Bulldogs.
Olivia Lazarou (girls cross country, girls track and field)- The first girl in the history of the Amsterdam High School cross-country program to qualify for the NYSPHSAA state and federation championships. Over the past three seasons Lazarou reached the NY State Meet in 2014, and 2015, and ran at the Federation Meet in 2015, and 2016. As a junior in 2016, Lazarou finished among the top twenty runners in the talent laden NYSPHSAA Section 2 Class A championships at Saratoga State Park among Suburban Council powerhouse teams including Saratoga Springs and Shenendehowa. Lazarou has posted top five finishes at the Foothills Council Championships during the last three years as part of the AHS varsity team and will be looking to add Foothills Council individual and team titles to her impressive resume’ when she begins her senior year in the fall of 2017. Lazarou is also a school record holder in several events with the AHS girls indoor and outdoor track and field teams.