Michael Zarzycki, JCHS Class of 1995, was a well-rounded student-athlete who earned 12 Varsity letters during his high school playing career. Whether it was on the basketball or tennis court or on the links, Mike was a leader by example, giving maximum effort at all times. Mike earned three varsity letters in golf, but it was his three years on the varsity basketball team and his six years on the varsity tennis team that would be remembered for the many achievements that were earned.
Mr. Zarzycki’s first experience with a varsity sport came as a member of the boys’ tennis team in the spring of 1990 as a 7th grader. He was an All-Division selection every year from 1992-1995. He was the Section IV, Class B runner-up in 1992 and 1993, and he was also a state qualifier participant in both seasons. His varsity tennis career ended on a high note in 1995 as Mike and a teammate were the Section IV, Class B doubles champions. His doubles team would go on to be the Section IV state qualifier runner-up and they participated in the NYS Tennis Tournament.
As successful of a tennis player as he was, basketball may have been Mr. Zarzycki’s best sport. He was a three year varsity starter. He was selected to the All-Division team in each of his varsity seasons, he was an All-STAC and All-Metro performer in his senior season, and he was voted his team’s MVP in 1995. His memorable senior season included a STAC scoring title with a total of 511 points, six games of 30+ points, and one game in which he scored 49 and grabbed 23 rebounds.
Mike would continue his athletic career at St. John Fisher where he played basketball and tennis for four years. He graduated as his college’s career leader in tennis victories and he was his basketball team’s leader in scoring, rebounds, and steals during his 4 year career.
The Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to welcome the boys’ tennis and basketball leader from the early and mid 90’s, Michael Zarzycki, Class of 1995.