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Top talent travels to Union College for Empire State Takeover league

By ROB JONAS

SCHENECTADY – There are summer girls basketball leagues dotting the Section 2 landscape, but only one attracts players from well beyond the 5-1-8.

The Empire State Takeover League started its fifth season Wednesday, June 26, at Union College with eight teams playing two games apiece. Players from as far away as central New York, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont gathered inside the Viniar Athletic Center to kick off six weeks of summer basketball.

“This is a very competitive league,” said Amanda Mieczkowski, a rising senior from Northampton, Mass., who is playing her second year in the ESTL. “It’s a combination of girls from New York that I’ve come to know, and it’s also very chill.” Continue reading “Top talent travels to Union College for Empire State Takeover league”

Section 2 represented on New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State softball team

Several Section 2 players were first-team selections in their respective classes on this year’s New York State Sportswriters Association All-State softball team.

Shenendehowa outfielder Emily Carroll (Class AA), Ballston Spa’s Lauren Kersch and Angelina Stile (Class A), South Glens Falls’ Leah Vanderwarker (Class A), Ichabod Crane’s Bella Milazzo and Gabbie Cox (Class B), Lake George pitcher Tyler Bergman (Class C), Chatham pitcher Jenna Skype (Class C), Whitehall pitcher Madison Gould (Class D) and Fort Ann pitcher Kayla Bailey (Class D) earned first-team honors.

Ballston Spa and Ichabod Crane tied for the most All-State team representatives with three. Shen, Lake George, Chatham, Greenwich and Fort Ann all had two players who received honors. Continue reading “Section 2 represented on New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State softball team”

Ballston Spa, Whitehall wrap up baseball season with state titles

BINGHAMTON – Two Section 2 teams completed dominating state tournament performances with state championships Saturday.

Ballston Spa won its first-ever state title by pulling out a 13-6 victory over Maine-Endwell (Section 4) in the Class A final, while Whitehall earned its first state baseball championship in 35 years with a 12-1 victory over Brocton (Section 6).

Chance Checca’s two-run homer in the first inning helped Ballston Spa build a 3-0 lead. Donovan Rhoden contributed a two-run double, and Jayden Williamson added a two-run single for the Scotties, who outscored their state tournament opponents 23-6 during the weekend. Continue reading “Ballston Spa, Whitehall wrap up baseball season with state titles”

Ballston Spa runs out of gas in state softball final

After winning the longest game in New York State Public High School Athletic Association softball tournament history, Ballston Spa fell to Section 6’s Williamsville East 3-0 in the Class A final Saturday at Moreau Recreational Park.

Williamsville East hit two home runs to start the the fifth inning, and Summer Clark recorded nine consecutive outs to seal the victory.

To get to the final, Ballston Spa outlasted Sayville (Section 11) 2-1 in a 20-inning epic that shattered the previous record for the longest game at the state tournament by seven innings. Ana Gold smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the 20th inning to propel the Scotties into the final for the second consecutive year. Continue reading “Ballston Spa runs out of gas in state softball final”

Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals

CARY, N.C. – McKinley Wheeler’s first trip to the New Balance Nationals track and field meet led to a pair of titles.

The Saratoga Springs eighth-grader won the middle school girls 2-mile race in a battle with her twin sister, Sheridan. Then, she teamed up with Sophie Tesla, Ella Kurto and Kelsey Chmiel to win the girls championship 4×1 mile relay.

The Wheeler twins led a strong contingent of Section 2 runners in the middle school girls 2-mile run. McKinley finished with a winning time of 11:04.58, while Sheridan placed second with a time of 11:08.24. Shaker’s Kaleigh Higgins was third with a time of 11:21.03, and Greenwich’s Teagan Wright took 13th place with a time of 12:01.50. Columbia’s Shea Fajen (15th place) and Abigail Moxon (17th) also finished in the top 20. Continue reading “Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals”

Section 2 baseball teams sweep into state finals

BINGHAMTON – Section 2 was a perfect 4-for-4 in state baseball semifinal action Friday, June 14.

Shenendehowa dethroned defending Class AA champion Massapequa (Section 8) 4-1 to advance to Saturday’s final against McQuaid (Section 5). Brendan Disonell pitched a complete-game four-hitter and struck out 14 batters to guide the Plainsmen to the semifinal victory. Continue reading “Section 2 baseball teams sweep into state finals”

Joseph Girard III receives national accolade from MaxPreps

What does Joseph Girard III have in common with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray and Lonzo Ball?

They have all been named MaxPreps’ Male High School Athlete of the Year.

The national high school sports website named “JG3” its 2019 Male Athlete of the Year Wednesday following a 2018-19 season that included leading Glens Falls to state titles in football and basketball, as well as being named Mr. New York Basketball and Class B football’s Co-Player of the Year. Continue reading “Joseph Girard III receives national accolade from MaxPreps”

Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club announces scholarship winners

ALBANY – The Mohawk Hudson Road Runners Club awarded its Bill Shrader Sr. Memorial scholarships to six area high school seniors on May 30.

Tyler Berg (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Rory Graham (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Annabel Gregg (Greenwich), Nick Hunziker (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Isaac Menis (Schenectady) and Kathryn Tenney (Colonie) each received a $3,000 scholarship from the runners’ club. HMRRC annually awards scholarships to three male and three female runners planning to attend college on a full-time basis. Continue reading “Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club announces scholarship winners”

Section 2 wins several titles at state track meet

MIDDLETOWN – It was a good weekend for Section 2 athletes at the New York State High School Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School.

Colonie and Schenectady’s 400-meter boys relay teams highlighted the weekend by taking the top two places in Saturday’s Federation championship race. Fresh off winning the public school Division 1 championship Friday, Colonie’s team of Josiah Kemp, Shai Young, Cristian Hubbard and Michael Hermance claimed the Federation title with a time of 41.39 seconds. Schenectady – which placed fourth in the Division 1 race – took second place with a time of 41.75 seconds,

Section 2 also demonstrated its strength in the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey cleared the bar at 16 feet to win the Division 2 and Federation titles, while Albany Academy’s Donald Jones finished second by clearing 15 feet, 6 inches. Continue reading “Section 2 wins several titles at state track meet”

Overtime goal eliminates Bethlehem girls lacrosse in state semifinals

CORTLAND – Katie Pascale’s overtime goal lifted Section 3 champion Baldwinsville to a 15-14 victory over Bethlehem in the Class A girls lacrosse state semifinals Friday, June 6, at SUNY Cortland.

The Lady Eagles rallied from a 10-2 first-half deficit to take a 14-12 lead late in the second half before the Bees struck twice to force overtime. Continue reading “Overtime goal eliminates Bethlehem girls lacrosse in state semifinals”