Category: Hadley-Luzerne

A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

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”

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Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially 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”

Adirondack League girls soccer: Whitehall defeats Hadley-Luzerne in shortened game

WHITEHALL – Jessica Moore assisted on all three Whitehall goals in a 3-0 victory over Hadley-Luzerne Friday, Oct. 12, in an Adirondack League girls soccer game shortened by deteriorating field conditions.

Kamryn Baldwin, Zoe Eggleston and Kennedy O’Dell tallied for the Railroaders. Whitehall’s defense chipped in by not allowing a single Hadley-Luzerne shot on goal.

Adirondack League girls volleyball: Alli Zilm and Jazzy Burke serve up Lake George’s latest win

Alli Zilm and Jazzy Burke recorded a combined total of 25 service points to lead Lake George to a 25-13, 25-13, 25-12 victory over Hadley-Luzerne Wednesday, Oct. 10, in an Adirondack League girls volleyball match.

Zilm had 13 service points and six assists, while Burke contributed 12 service points and 11 helpers for Lake George. Julie Heunemann and Mikayla Duffy each added five kills, while Alysia Kane and Adrianna Eigo led the defensive effort with seven digs apiece.

Adirondack League girls soccer: Lake George pushes past Salem; Whitehall shuts out Hadley-Luzerne

Lake George remained undefeated with a 4-2 victory over Salem Tuesday, Sept. 18, in an Adirondack League girls soccer game.

The Warriors – ranked No. 5 in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association girls soccer poll – launched 48 shots on goal against the Generals, but had difficulty getting them past Salem goalkeeper Kathryn Sweenor, who made 21 saves. On the other side, Salem capitalized on two of its four shots. Continue reading “Adirondack League girls soccer: Lake George pushes past Salem; Whitehall shuts out Hadley-Luzerne”

Adirondack League girls volleyball: Lake George sweeps Hadley-Luzerne

The Lake George girls volleyball team continued its run of Adirondack League dominance with a three-set sweep of Hadley-Luzerne Friday, Sept. 14.

Alysia Kane had nine kills, six digs and 10 service points for the Warriors in their 25-5, 25-13, 25-13 victory over the Eagles. Adrianna Eigo recorded 14 service points and nine service receptions, while Jazzy Burke contributed 13 service points and 12 assists. Mikayla Duffy and Jade Baker each added four kills, Elaina Bieber registered seven service receptions, and Alli Zilm chipped in with seven assists.

Lake George girls soccer eases past Hadley-Luzerne in Adirondack League action

Lake George logoSarah Kohls and Katie O’Donnell each recorded hat tricks to lead Lake George to an 11-0 victory over Hadley-Luzerne in an Adirondack League girls soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Kohls scored in the third, ninth and 14th minutes to give the Warriors a quick 3-0 lead. O’Donnell then tallied in the 15th minute for the first of her three goals.

Gabby Marchello contributed two goals, while Rebecca Kohls added a goal and an assist for Lake George. Rachel Jaeger and Alena Goodman also tallied for the Warriors.

Goalkeeper Delaney Locke stopped nine shots for Hadley-Luzerne.

Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne football team switches things up for 2018

LG-HL football logoLake George/Hadley-Luzerne

Head coach: Jeffrey Bennett

Last year’s record: 4-5

Playoff result: N/A

Returning starters: Chris Becker (offensive line), Shane Clark (wide receiver/defensive back), Logan Ruers (running back/defensive back), AC Gambino (offensive line/linebacker), Colby Hoolihan (offensive line/defensive line), Michael Johnson (quarterback/defensive back), Jimmy Kelleher (fullback/linebacker), Dillon McGrath (offensive line/defensive line), William Mitcham (offensive line/defensive line), Andrew Warner (wide receiver/defensive back)

Graduated: Matt Burrows (offensive line), Addison Kelly (running back/defensive back), Clay Moody (running back/linebacker)

Newcomers: N/A

Outlook for season: The War Eagles will try a new approach this season. Bennett said the team is switching to a flexbone offensive formation and going to a 3-4 formation on defense.

“It is early, but the team seems to have excellent focus – very vocal, physical and fast,” said Bennett. “They love the game of football, and the chemistry seems very good. They understand the game of football and are working on the mental aspect of the game.”

Seismic shifts in Section 2 football

Colossal Class C boasts 19 teams; Class AA and  Class D down to one division each

By ROB JONAS

The Section 2 football landscape has shifted significantly for the 2018 season.

New classification numbers produced by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have pushed several schools into new classes this year. As a result, Class A and Class C have seen large growth in their ranks, while Class AA and Class D are down to one division each after having two divisions last year.

“This year has had probably the most movement, at least in Section 2,” said Section 2 football coordinator Bob Dorrance.

A total of eight schools moved into new leagues, including defending state champions Troy (Class AA) and Cambridge (Class D). Troy, LaSalle, Columbia and Ballston Spa moved down to Class A, while Cambridge, Greenwich, Granville and Canajoharie stepped up to Class C. Cambridge also picked up players from Salem, while Canajoharie has added players from Fort Plain. Additionally, Helderberg Valley – a combination of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Duaneburg – will play against its Class C brethren after playing a Class D schedule last year.

As a result, Class A will have 13 teams playing in two divisions after having nine teams play in one division last year, while Class C will have 19 teams crowded into three divisions. Reciprocally, Class AA will be down to 10 teams playing in one division, and Class D will have six teams – one of which (Cohoes) is ineligible for the playoffs because it is playing down from its assigned level.

“This hurts us at the Class D level, but it works well for us at the other levels,” said Dorrance.

Dorrance said NYSPHSAA’s new classification numbers are meant to eliminate large discrepancies between schools in a classification. This was especially true at the Class AA level, where high schools with under 1,000 students were sometimes playing against schools with twice the student population.

Nonetheless, Dorrance said he didn’t support the plan because it pushed too many Section 2 schools into the middle classifications, which left the largest and smallest classifications with only a handful of teams.

“I was one of two [NYSPHSAA football committee members] who voted against it,” said Dorrance.

The biggest impact from realignment has been scheduling games, especially in Class D where there are only six teams. Each team has five games within Class D, with the rest of their eight-game regular season schedule pitting them against either Class C schools or out-of-area teams. Class A, Class B and Class C also had scheduling issues due to having an odd number of schools.

“It was a challenge to put together a schedule at the Class C and Class D levels,” said Dorrance. “The only way to make it work was to combine the two levels and create a schedule that way. Our Class C and Class D coordinators did a great job of working together to come up with a schedule.”

All Section 2 football teams begin formal practices Monday, Aug. 13. The first week of the regular season begins Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.

2018 Section 2 football divisions

Class AA: Albany, Bethlehem, Christian Brothers Academy, Colonie, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Shaker, Shenendehowa

Class A
Capital Division: Amsterdam, Averill Park, Columbia*, Green Tech, LaSalle*, Troy*

Grasso Division: Ballston Spa*, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Queensbury, Scotia-Glenville, South Glens Falls

Class B
North Division: Broadalbin-Perth, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Johnstown, Schuylerville

Reinfurt Division: Cobleskill-Richmondville, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont

Class C
North Division: Cambridge/Salem*, Corinth, Granville*, Greenwich*, Hoosick Falls, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne

Central Division: Canajoharie/Fort Plain*, Fonda-Fultonville, Holy Trinity, Mechanicville, Stillwater, Tamarac

South Division: Cairo-Durham, Chatham, Coxsackie-Athens, Helderberg Valley+, Taconic Hills, Voorheesville, Watervliet

Class D: Cohoes (ineligible for playoffs), Fort Edward, Hoosic Valley, Rensselaer, Warrensburg, Whitehall

*- Denotes new team in class
+-Denotes team returning to play within its class