Category: LaSalle

A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships


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”


Section 2 boys soccer playoff seedings are set


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”

Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially set


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”

Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights

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”

Colonial Council boys soccer: Andrew Kessler’s OT goal propels Schalmont past LaSalle

TROY – Schalmont won its second consecutive overtime game by edging LaSalle 2-1 Wednesday, Oct. 3, in a Colonial Council boys soccer game.

Andrew Kessler finished a one-on-one breakaway against LaSalle goalkeeper Anthony Rotello with slightly more than two minutes remaining in the second 10-minute overtime period to give the Sabres the victory. The winning goal was set up by a long punt from Schalmont goalie Ryan Taylor to Ryan Edwards down the left sideline. Edwards then sent a through ball to Kessler, who beat Rotello to the ball.

Edwards scored less than two minutes into the game off a feed from Matt Horwedel to give Schalmont an early 1-0 advantage. However, LaSalle’s Colin Giombetti tallied a short time later to knot the score at 1-1. Neither side managed a goal over the next 90 minutes of game time.

Taylor made six saves for the Sabres, including one on a hard shot by a LaSalle player midway through the second overtime period. Rotello stopped five shots for the Cadets.

Golf: Albany Academy runs away with Colonial Council tournament title

RAVENA – Albany Academy for Boys eased to the Colonial Council Golf Championships team title Friday, Sept. 21, at Sycamore Country Club.

The Cadets finished the 18-hole tournament with a team score of 307. Ichabod Crane was second with a score of 346, while Catholic Central and LaSalle Institute tied for third place with a score of 357. Continue reading “Golf: Albany Academy runs away with Colonial Council tournament title”

Colonial Council golf: LaSalle defeats Catholic Central

TROY – LaSalle posted a 171-203 victory over Catholic Central in a Colonial Council golf match Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Frear Park.

Jack Mattfield took medalist honors for Catholic Central with a nine-hole round of 37. Kean Toomey led LaSalle with a score of 41.

Colonial Council golf: LaSalle defeats Catholic Central

TROY – LaSalle Institute won the battle of Troy-based private schools on the links with a 176-192 victory over Catholic Central in a Colonial Council golf match Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Country Club of Troy.

Anthony Gregware took medalist honors for LaSalle by carding a nine-hole round of 38. Jack Mattfield led Catholic Central with a score of 44.

Colonial Council boys soccer: LaSalle upends Schalmont on the road; Catholic Central cruises past Cohoes

LaSalle began its Colonial Council season by pulling away for a 3-1 road victory at Schalmont Thursday, Aug. 30.

Colin Giombetti scored off an assist from Sam Haita less than 10 minutes into the first half to put the Cadets in front. Giombetti then fed Tyler Trahan for LaSalle’s second goal early in the second half. Trahan tallied again by intercepting a back pass to the Schalmont goalkeeper.

Ryan Edwards scored of a Luca Santabarbara assist with 17 minutes left in the game for Schalmont.

LaSalle goaltender Anthony Rotello made 11 saves, while Schalmont netminder Ryan Taylor stopped eight shots.

In another Colonial Council contest, Catholic Central downed Cohoes 5-1. Liam McDonald led the Crusaders with two goals and two assists, while Lucas Kania added a goal and two helpers. Devon Harrigan and Daniel Callaghan each added a goal.

Jarron Frangie tallied for Cohoes, and goalkeepers Paul Jewett and Jordan Prouly combined to stop eight shots.

The Lowdown: Boys soccer


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.

2017 Recap

League champions
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

2018 Update
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.