By ROB JONAS
As we draw closer to the start of fall sports team practices, Capital Region HS Sports is taking a look back at the 2017 season and any notable changes for 2018. Today, we examine Section 2 boys soccer.
Adirondack League East: Fort Ann
Adirondack League West: Lake George
Central Hudson Valley League: Loudonville Christian and Bishop Maginn (tie)
Colonial Council: Ichabod Crane
Foothills Council North: Queensbury
Foothills Council South: Scotia-Glenville
Patroon Conference: Catskill and Greenville (tied for most points)
Suburban Council Blue: Saratoga Springs
Suburban Council Gray: Christian Brothers Academy
Western Athletic Conference Division 1: Mayfield
Western Athletic Conference Division 2: Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville (OESJ)
Wasaren League Division 1: Mechanicville
Wasaren League Division 2: Cambridge
Section 2 champions
Class AA: Shenendehowa defeated CBA 2-1
Class A: Queensbury defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 3-1
Class B: Ichabod Crane defeated Schalmont 2-0
Class CC: Greenville defeated Lake George 1-0
Class C: Maple Hill defeated Berlin 2-0
Class D: Fort Ann defeated Loudonville Christian 3-1
New BEDS numbers mean Ballston Spa and Troy have moved to Class A. Class AA and Class A now have the same number of schools (12). Note: Ballston Spa missed the cutoff to remain in Class AA by two students (963). Greenville hit the low-end cutoff for Class B (270) after playing in Class C last year. Corinth also made the move up from Class C to Class B.
Class C remains the largest group in Section 2 with 25 schools, with Class B following with 22 schools. Last year, Section 2 divided Class C into two groups (Class CC and Class C) for the playoffs.
Mohonasen and Fonda-Fultonville are in new leagues this season. Mohonasen left the Suburban Council to join the Colonial Council, where it will have the opportunity to face crosstown rival Schalmont as part of its league schedule. Fonda-Fultonville parted ways with the Colonial Council to join the Western Athletic Conference.
There are three new rules being implemented by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association this season. The first allows players to wear a head covering for medical, cosmetic or religious reasons. The second allows referees to issue a yellow or a red card when they determine that an obvious scoring opportunity has been denied by a foul committed by an opposing player, depending on the seriousness of the foul. Lastly, referees can award a direct free kick if they determine that a player or a coach interfered with play or an official by leaving the bench.
The first day for soccer practices is Monday, Aug. 13.