Glens Falls superstar Joseph Girard III was named the Class B Player of the Year when the New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its boys basketball all-state teams in Class B, Class C and Class D this week.
The Syracuse University-bound senior guard capped his record-breaking career by averaging 48.7 points per game and guiding the Indians to the state and Federation championships. Girard scored more than 4,000 points in his career, easily eclipsing the previous state record by more than 1,300 points.
Twenty-eight Section 2 players received All-State team honors. They are as follows:
Second team – Shane O’Dell (Schalmont)
10th team – Justice Brantley (Catskill)
12th team – Trent Girard (Glens Falls)
13th team – Messiah Mallory (Watervliet)
14th team – Jackson Atty (Fonda-Fultonville)
16th team – LJ Randle (Schalmont)
Honorable mention – Matthew Boyle (Johnstown), Nick Budesheim (Schuylerville) and Lavon Fernandez (Hudson)
First team – Mason Flatley (Lake George)
Second team – Chris Becker (Lake George)
Fifth team – Jon Kempf (Hoosick Falls)
Sixth team – Garrett Delaney (Mayfield)
Seventh team – Nate Mannion (Maple Hill)
Ninth team – Trevon Gifford (Mayfield)
Honorable mention – Danny McMahon (Hadley-Luzerne), Zeke Pulliam (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Luke VanSlyke (Canajoharie). Tristan Williams (Hoosick Falls) and Jarrett Williams (Granville)
First team – Tyler Leon (OESJ)
Third team – Jack Brundage (OESJ)
Fourth team – Peyton Lufkin (Argyle)
Honorable mention – Bryan Bathrick (Germantown), Gavin Darfler (Hartford), Anthony Girard (North Warren), Luke Loso (Fort Ann) and Nate Reidell (Northville)
The Class AA and A all-state teams will be revealed next week.
By ROB JONAS
TROY – Thirty years.
That’s how long it’s been since Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons won a Section 2 girls basketball title.
The title drought ended Friday, March 1, at Hudson Valley Community College, as the Lady Knights rallied for a 39-36 victory over North Warren in the Class D final.
Abby Kienzle scored 19 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to its first title since 1989, including the go-ahead basket with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter.
“The key was to stay focused and not let the pressure get to us,” said Kienzle, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class D final: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons rallies in fourth quarter to end championship drought”
GLENS FALLS – No. 2 Gloversville overcame a slow start to defeat No. 6 Mohonasen 50-41 in the Section 2 Class A boys basketball semifinals Thursday, Feb. 28, at Cool Insuring Arena.
The defending champion Mighty Warriors jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Dragons responded by outscoring Mohonasen 32-19 over the course of the second and third quarters to take control.
Dante Bouchard had 21 points, and Joey Rowback contributed 13 points for Gloversville. Duncan Tallman and Chase Monroe each scored 10 points for Mohonasen.
Gloversville faces No. 1 Troy in Saturday’s Class A final. The Flying Horses dispatched No. 4 Mekeel Christian Academy 74-61 in Thursday’s other semifinal contest.
Latyce Faison and Nazaire Merritt each scored 19 points for Troy, which built a 36-24 halftime lead against the defending state Class B champions from Mekeel Christian. Faison also contributed five assists, and Zaveon Little added 14 points.
Ozzy DeJesus netted 26 points, and Alex Barnhill chipped in with 14 points for Mekeel Christian. Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball semifinals: Gloversville advances past Mohonasen in Class A semifinals”
No. 7 Northville used a 14-2 run in the second quarter to break open a close game and pull away for a 53-34 victory over No. 10 Fort Edward in the opening round of the Section 2 Class D boys basketball playoffs Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Nate Reidell hit three shots from behind the three-point line on his way to a 20-point night for Northville, which advances to a quarterfinal match-up against No. 2 Germantown Saturday, Feb. 23, at Stillwater High School. T.J. Wadsworth contributed 16 points, and Jason Ellsworth added 10 points for the Falcons.
James Bombard had 11 points, and Cameron Sullivan chipped in with 10 points for Fort Edward. Continue reading “Section 2 Class D boys basketball playoffs: Northville, New Lebanon among opening round winners”
The top four seeds advanced to the Section 2 Class D girls basketball playoffs with quarterfinal wins Tuesday, Feb. 19.
No. 1 seed Fort Edward survived a defensive battle against Adirondack League rival Whitehall to move on with a 38-27 victory. The Flying Forts built a 17-13 halftime lead before gradually pulling away from the eighth-seeded Railroaders.
Gabby Thomas made three shots from behind the three-point line on her way to an 18-point night for Fort Edward. Zoe Eggleston led Whitehall with 13 points. Continue reading “Section 2 girls basketball: Top four Class D seeds advance to semifinals”
By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Brackets for the Section 2 boys basketball playoffs were revealed Wednesday, Feb. 13, and there were not many surprises.
Bethlehem (Class AA), Troy (Class A), Schalmont (Class B), Lake George (Class C) and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (Class D) were named the top seeds by the Section 2 committee. Of the five No. 1 seeds, only Schalmont (19-1) was a mild surprise, as the Sabres were chosen over Foothills Council champion Glens Falls (19-1), which has only an out-of-state loss this season. Schalmont suffered an 80-69 loss to Colonial Council rival LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 7, for its only setback of the season, but grabbed the top seed due to a better strength of schedule, according to boys basketball chairman Will Ferguson.
“They were so close that Schalmont’s [seeding] points were only slightly ahead on the sheet,” said Fergsuon. “Then, there was the schedule … the number of AA’s and A;s played vs. the B’ and C’s they played against each other. One of the other key factors was Schalmont knocked off Troy, which was the No. 1 seed for the A’s.” Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball: Bethlehem, Troy, Schalmont, Lake George and OESJ receive No. 1 seeds”
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Section 2 announced its brackets for this year’s girls basketball tournament Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Shenendehowa (Class AA), Averill Park (Class A), Tamarac (Class B), Cambridge (Class C) and Fort Edward (Class D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective brackets. Shen, Averill Park and Fort Edward received byes into the quarterfinals.
Preliminary round games in Class B and C are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14. Opening round games in Class AA, Class A and Class D take place Friday, Feb. 15. Continue reading “Section 2 girls basketball playoffs: Shenendehowa, Averill Park, Tamarac, Cambridge and Fort Edward receive top seeds”
Warrensburg remained the only undefeated Adirondack League girls basketball team with a 69-30 victory over Hadley-Luzerne Wednesday, Jan. 16.
The Eagles led the Burghers by one point after the first quarter, but Warrensburg (10-0 league, 14-0 overall) outscored Hadley-Luzerne 56-16 over the final three quarters to pull away.
Abigail Ranous poured in 23 points, and Megan Hughes contributed 20 points for Warrensburg, which entered the game ranked 10th in the New York State Sportswriters Association’s Class C poll. The Burghers are one of four Section 2 teams ranked in the top 10, with Hoosic Valley (No. 5), Cambridge (No. 6) and Maple Hill (No. 8) ahead of them.
Kassidy Plummer netted 13 points for Hadley-Luzerne Continue reading “Adirondack League girls basketball: Warrensburg remains undefeated with victory over Hadley-Luzerne”
Sydney Gagnon scored her 1,000th career point for North Warren, but Whitehall prevailed 57-49 Thursday, Jan. 10, in an Adirondack League girls basketball game.
Gagnon finished the evening with 17 points for North Warren, including three baskets from beyond the three-point line. Eliza Brown contributed seven points for the Wildcats. Continue reading “Adirondack League girls basketball: Sydney Gagnon scores 1,000th career point in North Warren’s loss to Whitehall”
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”