Category: Rensselaer

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 Class C girls soccer playoffs: Lake George tested by Waterford-Halfmoon; Stillwater rolls

No. 2 seed Lake George fended off No. 15 Waterford-Halfmoon 3-1 Saturday, Oct. 20, in the opening round of the Section 2 Class C girls soccer tournament.

Stephanie Dickinson-Frevola scored off a pass from Sarah Kohls 15:02 into the first half to give the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead. However, Waterford-Halfmoon goalkeeper Caer Burns stopped several shots after that to keep the Fordians close at halftime.

Rebecca Kohls doubled Lake George’s lead less than five minutes into the second half off another Sarah Kohls assist. Annelise Rebel tallied less than a minute later to get Waterford-Halfmoon on the scoreboard, but Gabby Marchello provided an insurance goal at 65:14 to give Lake George some breathing room. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls soccer playoffs: Lake George tested by Waterford-Halfmoon; Stillwater rolls”

Section 2 girls soccer playoffs: Bethlehem, Averill Park, Holy Names, Stillwater and Fort Ann are top seeds

Brackets for the Section 2 girls soccer playoffs were announced Monday, Oct. 15, and two Suburban Council teams were among the five No. 1 seeds.

Bethlehem received the No. 1 seed in Class AA after winning the Blue Division title, while Averill Park claimed the No. 1 seed in Class A after finishing first in the Gray Division. Colonial Council champion Academy of the Holy Names (Class B), Wasaren League champion Stillwater (Class C) and Adirondack League runner-up Fort Ann (Class D) were the other three No. 1 seeds.

Here are the match-ups for the first two rounds: Continue reading “Section 2 girls soccer playoffs: Bethlehem, Averill Park, Holy Names, Stillwater and Fort Ann are top seeds”

Scenes from Section 2 Class D football: Warrensburg runs away from Rensselaer

RENSSELAER – Jesse Griffin rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns to lead Warrensburg to a 52-0 victory over Rensselaer Friday, Oct. 5, in a Section 2 Class D football game.

Griffin capped the Burghers’ first two offensive series with touchdown runs of 16 and 2 yards, as Warrensburg took off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. He added a 56-yard scoring run in the second quarter and broke off an 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Mac Baker added a pair of touchdown runs for Warrensburg, which gained 390 yards on the ground against Rensselaer. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class D football: Warrensburg runs away from Rensselaer”

Cross country: Shaker girls win South Glens Falls Killian Invitational

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Shaker claimed first place in the Girls Varsity division, and Saranac Lake won the boys division title at the South Glens Falls Killian Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29.

Kaleigh Higgins and Leoni Griffin swept the top two places to lead Shaker’s girls team. Higgins won the individual title with a time of 18:14.28, and Griffin took second place with a time of 18:23.09. Continue reading “Cross country: Shaker girls win South Glens Falls Killian Invitational”

Top Section 2 cross country performances from September 22

There were several noteworthy performances around Section 2 cross country from Sept. 22:

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys cross country team took first place in the Varsity Large division at the Baldwinsville Invitational outside Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 22. Tyler Berg, Evan Brennan and Aidan Gillooley swept the top three places for the Spartans, who won the division with 26 points. Continue reading “Top Section 2 cross country performances from September 22”

Class C football: Granville defeats Corinth in North Country battle; Watervliet shuts out Rensselaer in non-league contest

The Granville football team jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 32-6 victory over Corinth in a Class C North Division game Friday, Sept. 7.

Cody Rice caught a 66-yard touchdown pass to put the Golden Horde on the scoreboard. Taylor Bourn then capped another Granville scoring drive with a 1-yard run. Continue reading “Class C football: Granville defeats Corinth in North Country battle; Watervliet shuts out Rensselaer in non-league contest”

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

Capital Region Football Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2018

By ROB JONAS

COLONIE – The Capital Region Football Hall of Fame welcomed 23 new members to its ranks at its ninth annual induction ceremony Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Red Lion Inn.

Twenty-one individuals were honored, along with the 1933 Johnstown team and the 1933 Mont Pleasant team, both of which went undefeated and un-scored upon.

Eleven former players were enshrined, including:

Tom Abele (Niskayuna) – Co-captain of the undefeated 1960 Niskayuna football team, a second team selection to the National High School All-American Football Team and one of 44 players invited to participate in the Prep All-America Football Game. Abele went on to play fullback at the University of Pittsburgh before a rib injury ended his career. He is now an acclaimed dentist with a practice based in Delmar.

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Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson (Cobleskill-Richmondville) – A three-year standout at Cobleskill, Anderson set school records for sacks in a single season (12.5) and most defensive points in a single game during his senior year. He was named a first team all-state defensive player by the New York State Sportswriters Association and selected to play in the Governors Bowl, where he had four tackles for a loss and two sacks. Anderson went on to play at the University at Albany and was drafted by the UFL. Currently, he is a founding board member of The Literate Earth Project, which has opened 15 libraries in Uganda.

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Tom Arcidiacono

Tom Arcidiacono (Columbia) – The elusive tailback posted back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons in his junior and senior years at Columbia before becoming a four-year starter at Union College. Arcidiacono’s 4,919 career rushing yards at Union ranks first in school history and 15th in Division III history. A two-time first team All-American, Arcidiacono was a Gagliardi Trophy finalist in 2006. He was selected to play in the Aztec and USA Football International Bowl games. Arcidiacono currently works at AYCO in their financial counseling division.

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George Beebe

George Beebe (Salem) – A four-year starter at linebacker and a three-year starter at tailback for Salem, Beebe went on to become a four-year starter for Union College – prior to Arcidiacono’s arrival in 2003. Beebe recorded the longest touchdown run in Union history (96 yards) and held the record for most yards in a single game (272). Beebe helped Union reach the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2000. After graduation, Beebe played for the Middleboro Cobras (2005-08), which won the Eastern Football League title in the 2005-06 season and the New England Football League championship in 2007-08. He is currently a commercial account manager at Harvey Building Products in Connecticut.

Dr. Tom Catena (Amsterdam) – A three-year starter at defensive tackle for Amsterdam, Catena went on to play nose guard for Brown University before attending Duke University School of Medicine. Along the way, Catena was named an Ivy League first team defensive lineman in his senior year at Brown. Upon graduation from Duke, Catena served in the United States Navy for five years before moving to Africa in 2000. He is currently the medical director and physician/surgeon at Mercy Mission Hospital – the only hospital in the Nuba Mountains of war-torn Sudan. He was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2015 and received the Aurora Prize in 2017.

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Rich Foglia

Rich Foglia (Catholic Central) – After a successful sophomore year at Christian Brothers Academy, where he was named Lineman of the Year, Foglia transferred to Catholic Central to play with his brother, Nick Foglia. In his first three games for Catholic Central, Rich caught the winning touchdown pass from Nick. Rich finished his junior year with 345 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions, and he had another strong performance in his senior season. After college, Rich returned to the Capital Region and began coaching youth sports in Watervliet before moving on to coach basketball and football at Catholic Central.

Aaron Kimball (Fonda-Fultonville) – A three-sports athlete at Fonda-Fultonville, Kimball played offensive and defensive line for the school’s football team in the late 1990s. Kimball was named a first team all-state lineman twice by the New York State Sportswriters Association. He went on to play football for the University at Albany, where he started on the offensive line for three seasons. He was a first team Mid Major All-American and a first team All-NEC lineman during his senior year at UAlbany. Kimball also was a standout in track and field for both Fonda-Fultonville and UAlbany.

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Kyle Macey

Kyle Macey (Lansingburgh) – A three-year starter at Lansingburgh, Macey was named a first team all-state player as a defensive lineman (2005) and a first team all-state player as an offensive lineman (2006). Macey went on to start at defensive tackle for three years at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester. Following his playing career, Macey coached the defensive line unit at Hartwick College and Concordia University of Chicago before moving back to the Capital Region. He currently works as a contract specialist for the Bechtel Corporation.

Rich Murphy (Troy) – A former state Player of the Year, Murphy played offense and defense for the Flying Horses. Upon his graduation, Murphy attended Cortland State, where he played football and baseball. Murphy suffered a serious injury in his sophomore year at Cortland State, which ended his football career. However, he took up golf and became a golf instructor and tournament player. Murphy is also a stage three cancer survivor.

Ken Plue (Rensselaer) – A three-year varsity letter winner at Rensselaer, Plue received All-America honors as a sophomore, second team all-state honors his junior year and first team all-state honors in his senior year. After attending prep school for one year, Plue moved on to Purdue University, where he started 29 games at right guard. He was named to the Outland Trophy watch list in his junior and senior seasons at Purdue.

Chris Sawyer (Lansingburgh) – Nicknamed “Hit Stick,” Sawyer earned his reputation as a tough defensive player during his four-year career at Lansingburgh. He was named the Section 2 Class A Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 – the year the Knights went to the state championship game. Sawyer went on to play at St. John Fisher College, where he helped the Cardinals win consecutive Northeast ECAC Bowls and reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III tournament. Sawyer is currently a biotech specialist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, as well as an assistant football coach at the high school level.

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Tyrone Seabrooks

Tyrone Seabrooks (CBA) – Seabrooks set records for catches (79), receiving yards (1,450) and touchdown receptions (18) during his two-year football career at CBA. He went on to play at Bridgton Academy Prep and the University of New Haven, where he set records for most receptions (76) and touchdown receptions (16) in a single season. Seabrooks was invited to Buffalo Bills training camp in 1998, but did not make the team. He currently works as a supervisor for Southwest Airlines.

Ted Testo (Troy) – A three-year starter at Troy, Testo was a first team all-city selection in 1945 and 1946. He went on to serve as president of UAW Local 930, Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor and chief labor coordinator for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Testo also coached in the Watervliet Little League and Watervliet Pop Warner football programs, and he was one of the founding members of the Watervliet Dads Club. Testo died in 2003.

Sam Eppolito (Granville), Ambrose Gilligan (Whitehall), Elmer Heidorf (Hudson Falls) and Norm Preston (Rensselaer) were inducted for their service to football. Ron Ravena (Ballston Spa) earned Hall of Fame honors for his coaching career, while Mark Girard (Glens Falls/Hudson Falls) was the assistant coach honoree. Dale Wotherspoon was inducted for his officiating career.

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A large crowd witnessed the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame Induction Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Red Lion Inn. Photo by Rob Jonas