Section 2 hockey playoffs: GMSVS Storm pull away from NSA to advance

Four third-period goals propelled the No. 8 GMSVS Storm to a 6-2 victory over No. 9 Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany in the opening round of the Section 2 Division 1 hockey playoffs Monday, Feb. 18, at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility in Glenville.

Storm goalie Allie Kelley stopped 33 of the 35 shots she faced to give her team their second Sectional victory in the last three years. Evan Carey notched a pair of goals, while Brendan Dunleavy and Mike Farina Jr. each contributed two assists. Alex Bzdell, Jayden Kelley, Cole Pasquini and TJ Pierce also tallied for the Storm.

Yoni Eligberg scored both of the Mohawks’ goals, and goalie Tony Cotugno had 10 saves. Continue reading “Section 2 hockey playoffs: GMSVS Storm pull away from NSA to advance”

Three Section 2 wrestlers receive No. 1 seeds for state tournament

Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin, Maple Hill’s Trent Svingala and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence received No. 1 seeds for this weekend’s New York State Wrestling Championships at Albany’s Times Union Center.

Poulin was the lone Division I (large school) wrestler to gain the top seed for his weight class. The 106-pounder enters states with a 40-0 record for the Plainsmen. Svingala takes a 42-0 record into the Division II (small school) 132-pound division bracket, while Lawrence boasts a 46-0 mark as he enters the 152-pound weight bracket.

Ballston Spa’s Jake Stangle received the No. 2 seed in the Division I 285-pound weight class, while Duanesburg’s Charlie Grygas was seeded second in the Division II 160-pound bracket. Warrensburg’s Nolan McNeill gained the No. 3 seed in the Division II 195-pound weight class, despite losing to No. 4 seed Devon Shader of Coxsackie-Athens at Sectionals on an injury default Feb. 9.

There are three instances where Section 2 wrestlers could compete against each other in the quarterfinals. No. 5 seed Drew Bogdan of Albany Academy could meet Shen’s Colden Dorfman if both 160-pound wrestlers win their opening round matches, though Dorfman has to get past No. 4 seed Steven Gazzillo of Cornwall (Section 9). No. 5 Dylan Winchell (Warrensburg) and No. 4 Joey Scheeren (Galway) could be on a collision course in the Division II 113-pound weight class, as could No. 5 Ethan Cooper (Cobleskill-Richmondville) and Rich Forbes (Catskill) at 170 pounds.

Here is a look at all of the opening round matches featuring Section 2 wrestlers at the state tournament, which begins Friday, Feb. 22, at the Times Union Center. Continue reading “Three Section 2 wrestlers receive No. 1 seeds for state tournament”

Scenes from Section 2 boys swimming: Albany Academy hangs on to win Division 2 title; Shen cruises to Division 1 crown

By ROB JONAS

CLIFTON PARK – Albany Academy had the elite swimmers. Glens Falls had the determined swimmers. In the end, the elite swimmers did enough to fend off the determined swimmers.

The Cadets built a big lead midway through Saturday’s Section 2 Division 2 Boys Swimming and Diving Championships and then held off a furious rally by the Indians to take the team title by 3.5 points. Albany Academy finished with 399 points, while Glens Falls finished second with 395.5 points.

“We knew it was going to be a battle,” said Albany Academy coach Scott Young. “I have great respect for Glens Falls. They have a great group of kids.”

“We weren’t supposed to [challenge], so we’re pretty psyched about how close we came,” said Glens Falls coach Kevin Crossman. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys swimming: Albany Academy hangs on to win Division 2 title; Shen cruises to Division 1 crown”

Bethlehem sweeps Section 2 hockey postseason awards

Capital District High School Hockey League regular season champion Bethlehem swept the top three awards when Section 2 announced its postseason all-stars Sunday, Feb. 16.

Forward Michael Bievenue won the scoring title and was named Section 2’s Player of the Year, while Michael Kurdziolek was chosen by Section 2 coaches as the Leading Goaltender. Bievenue scored 46 goals and finished with 68 points, while Kurdziolek posted a 12-2-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a league-leading .919 save percentage.

Kurdziolek, forward Justin Chenaille and defenseman John Thibodeau from Bethlehem were named to the All-Section 2 team, along with Albany Academy forward Anthony Sericolo, Christian Brothers Academy forward Hunter Pemrick and Queensbury defenseman Brayden Ordway.

Chenaille led the league in assists with 31 and was second to Bievenue in goals (24) and points (55), while Thibodeau topped the league in assists by a defenseman with 16. Sericolo tied Shenendehowa’s Brennan Alheim for fourth place in points with 36, while Pemrick posted 24 points for the Brothers. Ordway had the second-highest goal total for a defenseman this season with seven. Continue reading “Bethlehem sweeps Section 2 hockey postseason awards”

Scenes from Section 2 Class B girls basketball: Schalmont advances to quarterfinals past Watervliet

No. 5 Schalmont avenged an earlier loss to Watervliet by defeating the No. 12 Cannoneers 42-35 Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Section 2 Class B girls basketball playoffs in Rotterdam.

The Sabres outscored the Cannoneers 11-3 in the second quarter to take a 21-14 halftime lead, and they held on to advance to a quarterfinal match-up with No. 13 Fonda-Fultonville Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Tamarac High School.

Payton Graber scored 21 points, and Haley Burchhardt contributed nine points for Schalmont. Makayla Milligan had nine points for Watervliet.

Fonda-Fultonville upended No. 4 Voorheesville 58-42 in another opening round game Saturday.  Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class B girls basketball: Schalmont advances to quarterfinals past Watervliet”

Section 2 Class C girls basketball: Maple Hill advances past Stillwater

No. 3 Maple Hill advanced to the Section 2 Class C girls basketball quarterfinals with a 53-40 victory over No. 14 Stillwater Saturday, Feb. 15, in Schodack.

The Wildcats built a 25-15 halftime lead and fended off several Stillwater charges in the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth quarter to secure a date with No. 6 Lake George in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Hoosic Valley Central School in Schaghticoke.

Lydia Chittenden led a balanced Maple Hill attack with 10 points. Karsyn Berger and Lauryn Smith each contributed eight points.

Marley Mueller had 15 points, and Brooke Pickett added 13 points for Stillwater. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls basketball: Maple Hill advances past Stillwater”

Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: Hudson Falls, Cambridge among opening round winners

No. 17 Hudson Falls went on a 23-8 run in the second quarter and held on for a 58-56 victory over No. 16 Cohoes in the opening round of the Section 2 Class B boys basketball playoffs Saturday, Feb. 15.

Riley Maddison netted 18 points, and Johnathan Beagle contributed 14 points for Hudson Falls, which led 32-23 at halftime. Troy Snyder and Jonathan LaSure each knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 18 points apiece for Cohoes. Hudson Falls advances to face No. 1 Schalmont Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Rotterdam.

In the other Class B opening-round game, No. 15 Greenville defeated No. 18 Broadalbin-Perth 71-51 to move on to the first round against No. 2 Glens Falls. Damien Fiducia netted 32 points for the Spartans, who led 22-11 after the first quarter. Keenan Mulholland sank five three-pointers to finish with 15 points.

Alexander DiCaterino scored 18 points for Broadalbin-Perth. Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: Hudson Falls, Cambridge among opening round winners”

Section 2 hockey: Division 1 tournament field is set

The Section 2 Division 1 hockey playoffs are set to begin Saturday, Feb. 16, with two opening-round games.

No. 11 Capital District (0-20-0) faces off with No. 6 Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa (10-7-3) at 5:30 p.m. at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility in Glenville, while No. 10 Adirondack (4-14-2) visits No. 7 LaSalle (7-12-1) at 7:15 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The final opening round game is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility between No. 8 GMSVS Storm (6-11-3) and No. 9 Niskayuna/Schenectady Albany (5-14-1).

Capital District High School Hockey League regular season champion Bethlehem (17-2-1) has the No. 1 seed and a bye into the quarterfinals, where it will meet the winner of GMSVS and Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Bethlehem Area YMCA. No. 2 Shenendehowa (14-5-1) and No. 3 Saratoga Springs (15-5-0) also have a bye and await the results from the opening round. No. 4 Christian Brothers Academy (12-8-0) and No. 5 Albany Academy (12-7-0) face off in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Albany County Hockey Training Facility in Colonie.

Queensbury (13-6-1) will represent Section 2 in the state Division 2 playoffs after finishing third in the CDHSHL standings during the regular season. Continue reading “Section 2 hockey: Division 1 tournament field is set”

Section 2 bowling: Columbia claims Class A title and berth to state tournament

SCHENECTADY – Columbia punched its ticket to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships with a dominating performance at the Section 2 Class A Tournament Thursday, Feb. 14, at Boulevard Bowl.

The Blue Devils pulled away from the rest of the field to win the team title with a pin fall of 6,207. Colonie was second with a score of 5,900, and Niskayuna finished third with a score of 5,730.

Columbia now joins Class B champion Lansingburgh as Section 2’s representatives at states. Columbia will compete in the large school division, while Lansingburgh competes in the small school division.

Jason Hahn led Columbia with a six-game series of 1,313 – the top score for any Class A bowler. Hahn also had the high triple of the day with a 691 in the morning session. Kyle Fortin contributed a six-game series of 1,250, and Zack Borgholtz followed with a 1,248 pin fall for the day. Continue reading “Section 2 bowling: Columbia claims Class A title and berth to state tournament”

Section 2 Nordic skiing: Madison Relyea leads Mayfield to girls title; Queensbury dominates boys race

Madison Relyea led Mayfield to the girls team title at the Section 2 Nordic Skiing Championships Thursdsay, Feb. 14, at Gore Mountain.

Relyea, who qualified for junior nationals earlier this season, finished with a time of 24:33.2 to lead the Panthers, who edged Queensbury 12-17 for first place. Fianna Halloran (fourth place, 27:50.6) and Kira Williams (seventh, 29:52.3) rounded out Mayfield’s top three.

Bailey Gengel led Queensbury with a second-place finish in a time of 25:24.2. Hadley-Luzerne’s Katrin Schreiner finished third with a time of 27:00.7.

On the boys’ side, Queensbury had three of the top five finishers as it pulled away from the rest of the pack. Lucas Jenkin won the individual title for the Spartans with a time of 34:56.7, while Aidan Rowley (third place, 35:10.5) and Nick Logan (fifth, 36:17.1) turned in strong performances. Continue reading “Section 2 Nordic skiing: Madison Relyea leads Mayfield to girls title; Queensbury dominates boys race”