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Ryan Schmadel

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The first Athlete of the Week of the winter season comes from of Oriskany boys basketball.

Ryan Schmadel, a sophomore, set a school scoring record in his first game of the season, putting up 47 points against Hamilton.

This past week he managed to top the 40-point mark again, scoring 42 against Poland.

With Schmadel already taking a leadership role on the court for the Redskins, the next few years look pretty bright for this squad.

"I want to be a leader and coach wants me to be a leader," said Schmadel. "I just got to get these guys going sometimes and I got to get myself going sometimes.

"And I have to shoulder the weight."

Schmadel also received great praise from his coach, Chris Mahoney, who said that the amount of talent he has is only surpassed by his work ethic in the gym.

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