By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – One race lived up to its pre-event billing, while another showdown never materialized at Friday’s Section 2 Cross Country Championships at a soggy Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Class A boys race turned into a battle royale between Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, with the Plainsmen pulling out a three-point victory over the Blue Streaks, 60-63. Saratoga had two of the top four runners in the race, but Shen’s pack mentality proved to be the deciding factor.
“Our sixth and seventh runners beat Saratoga’s fifth runner. That was the game right there,” said Shen boys head coach Lance Jordan. Continue reading “A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”
The opening round of the Section 2 Class C and Class D girls volleyball tournaments took place Wednesday, Oct. 24.
In Class C, most of the higher seeds won their opening round matches. The exceptions were No. 12 Greenville (15-4) and No. 10 Tamarac (9-6). Greenville edged No. 5 Saratoga Central Catholic 3-2, while Tamarac swept No. 7 Hudson 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.
No. 3 Stillwater (13-2), No. 4 Catskill (19-0), No. 6 Albany Academy for Girls (7-8) and No. 8 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (7-3) all won their opening round matches. Stillwater defeated No. 14 Chatham 3-0 to advance into the quarterfinals against Albany Academy for Girls, which defeated No. 11 Loudonville Christian 3-1. Catskill swept No. 13 Taconic Hills 3-0, and Canajoharie/Fort Plain defeated No. 9 Mechanicville 3-0. Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball: Tamarac, Stillwater and Catskill among Class C teams advancing through opening round”
Shenendehowa (AA), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (A), Broadalbin-Perth (B), Voorheesville (C) and Galway (D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective classes for the 2018 Section 2 girls volleyball tournament.
Brackets were released Tuesday, Oct. 23, with first round matches scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 24. The match-ups are as follows: Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball seedings are announced”
Semifinal match-ups are set for all five classes in Section 2 football, as well as the final round of crossover games. Here is a look at who’s playing, and how they got there.
Class AA – All semifinal games Friday, Oct. 26
No. 1 Shaker (8-0) vs. No. 4 Guilderland (5-3)
How they got there: Shaker capped an undefeated regular season by defeating crosstown rival Colonie 31-7, while Guilderland clinched the No. 4 seed by pulling away for a 41-19 victory over Christian Brothers Academy (3-5) Friday, Oct. 19. Guilderland’s victory avoided a four-way tie for fourth place, as both Bethlehem (4-4) and Niskayuna (4-4) won their final regular season games
No. 2 Shenendehowa (7-1) vs. No. 3 Saratoga Springs (6-2)
How they got there: Shen wrapped up the No. 2 seed by defeating Saratoga 35-7 at home. Brendan Belott threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Shen to victory. The Plainsmen’s reward is to host the Blue Streaks for the second week in a row. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoffs: Semifinal match-ups set in all five classes”
No. 1 Fort Ann and No. 2 Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville each moved into the Section 2 Class D boys soccer semifinals following quarterfinal victories Thursday, Oct. 18.
Fort Ann (14-3-0) defeated No. 8 Argyle 4-0 at Queensbury High School. The game was scoreless until the second half, when Brendan Wright struck for three goals and assisted on Aidan Barnes’ tally for the Cardinals.
Goalkeeper Jared Montello had five saves for Argyle (6-10-0).
OESJ defeated No. 7 Loudonville Christian 2-0 to reach the semifinals. Jack Brundage had both goals for the Wolves (15-2-0). Josiah Westfall stopped 12 shots on goal for the Eagles (5-7-2).
The other two quarterfinals games take place Friday, Oct. 19, with No. 5 New Lebanon at No. 4 Hartford and No. 6 North Warren at No. 3 Bishop Maginn.
By ROB JONAS
Christian Brothers Academy (Class AA), Queensbury (A), Schalmont (B), Lake George (C) and Fort Ann (D) are the No. 1 seeds in this year’s Section 2 boys soccer playoffs.
CBA earned the No. 1 seed after posting the best record in the Suburban Council (12-1-1 league, 13-1-1 overall). The Brothers – along with No. 2 Albany (11-2-1, 12-2-1), No. 3 Bethlehem (10-3-1, 12-3-1) and No. 4 Shenendehowa (10-3-1, 10-3-1) – received byes through the first round.
Queensbury (15-1-0), No. 2 Albany Academy (11-5-0), No. 3 Averill Park (6-8-2), No. 4 South Glens Falls (10-6-0) and No. 5 Mohonasen (9-5-2) all received byes in Class A.
Here are all of the match-ups for the first two rounds of Sectionals: Continue reading “Section 2 boys soccer playoff seedings are set”
By ROB JONAS
The playoff seedings for the Section 2 Class A, C and D football playoffs are set, but Class AA and B match-ups are still in the air following Sunday’s seeding meeting.
Shaker (7-0) will be the No. 1 seed in Class AA when the four-team playoff begins Oct. 26, while Shenendehowa (6-1) and Saratoga Springs (6-1) will battle each other Friday, Oct. 19, for the No. 2 seed. The No. 4 seed is up for grabs between Guilderland (4-3), Bethlehem (3-4), Christian Brothers Academy (3-4) and Niskayuna (3-4). A Guilderland victory over CBA Friday guarantees the Dutchmen the No. 4 seed, while a CBA win plus Niskayuna and Bethlehem wins would create a four-way tie for fourth place. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially set”
Two of the top Adirondack League girls volleyball teams met Friday, Oct. 12, in Lake George. The match lived up to its billing, as Lake George edged Argyle 3-2.
The Warriors took the first game 25-10, but the Scots responded by winning the next two games 25-19 and 27-25. Facing the possibility of its first league loss, Lake George won the last two games 25-17 and 25-15.
Mikayla Duffy had 19 service points and 14 kills to lead Lake George to victory. Jazzy Burke contributed 12 service points and 25 assists, while Alysia Kane recorded 12 service points, two solo blocks and five assisted blocks. Adrianna Eigo led the defensive effort with 30 digs, and Elaina Bieber added 11 service points.
SCHENECTADY – The annual Grout Run took place Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park. More than 20 teams from around New York State ran on the 2.75-mile road course in and around the park.
Washingtonville (Section 9), Shaker and Broadalbin-Perth won their respective boys varsity division team titles; while Shaker, Greenwich and Duanesburg took the girls varsity division team titles. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights”
ARGYLE – The Lake George girls volleyball team defeated Johnstown 27-25 and 25-13 in the championship match to win the Argyle Tournament Saturday, Oct. 6.
All-Tournament team members Alysia Kane and Adrianna Eigo led the Warriors in the championship match. Kane had seven kills, and Eigo contributed nine service points and 10 defensive digs. Jazzy Burke added 11 assists.
Lake George advanced to the semifinals with a two-set sweep of Argyle, 25-7 and 25-13. Burke and Eigo each recorded nine service points, with Burke chipping in with 17 assists and Eigo adding 11 digs. Mikayla Duffy had six kills.
In the opening rounds, Lake George defeated Saratoga Springs 25-16, 25-17, 25-13 and Johnstown 25-19, 25-17, 25-17. Kane notched 11 kills in each match, while Burke amassed 35 service points and 53 assists between the two matches. Eigo had a combined total of 37 digs.