MIDDLETOWN – Queensbury and Schalmont fell in the semifinals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer tournament Saturday, Nov. 10.
Queensbury, which entered as the top-ranked Class A team in the state, lost to Somers (Section 1) 2-1 in its semifinal contest. Lucas Fecci and John Riina scored for Somers, while Aidan Jordi-Donnelly had a second-half goal for Queensbury.
Schalmont fell to Section 3 champion Westhil 3-1 in the Class B semifinals. Mark Etoll, Jack Grooms and Braden Krzykowski notched goals for Westhill, while Devin Renaud tallied for Schalmont.
With heavy rain in the forecast for Middletown Friday night, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has moved the site of the Class A boys soccer semifinals.
Section 2 champion Queensbury will meet Section 1 champion Somers Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. The winner of that contest will play either Brighton (Section 5) or Amityville (Section 11) in the finals Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 a.m. at Middletown High School’s turf field. The semifinals were scheduled to be played at one of the grass fields at the Middletown school district complex.
There is no change to the Class B schedule. Section 2 champion Schalmont meets Section 3 representative Westhill Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Middletown High School turf field. The winner advances to the finals Sunday at 10:30 a.m. against either East Aurora (Section 6) or Briarcliff (Section 1).
Academy of the Holy Names junior Ava Panto was named the Player of the Year when the Colonial Council announced its girls soccer all-stars Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Panto scored a team-high 38 goals and added eight assists to help Holy Names win the Colonial Council Liberty Division and the Section 2 Class B titles.
Four more Holy Names players – Megan Marini, Bella Tronco, Marissa DeMartino and Grace Field – were named first team all-stars. Schalmont, Voorheesville and Mohonasen also had four players selected to the first team. Continue reading “Colonial Council girls soccer coaches name Ava Panto Player of the Year”
Schalmont (Class B) and Queensbury (Class A) will represent Section 2 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Soccer Tournament this weekend in Middletown after they won regional titles Saturday, Nov. 3.
Schalmont tied Section 7’s Peru 2-2 in their regional, but punched its ticket to the state semifinals by edging Peru 4-3 in penalty kicks. Jared Smith hit the go-ahead penalty kick for the Sabres, and goalkeeper Ryan Taylor made a diving block with his feet on Tanner Spear’s attempt to end the session.
Peru scored twice in the first 14 minutes to take an early lead on Schalmont, but Ryan Edwards tallied with less than 17 minutes left in the first half to trim the deficit to 2-1. Edwards then scored on a direct kick midway through the second half to tie the score at 2-2. Continue reading “Boys soccer regionals: Schalmont advances on penalty kicks; Queensbury defeats Fulton”
CLIFTON PARK – Shenendehowa (Division 1) and Queensbury (Division 2) eased to the team titles at the Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Shenendehowa Aquatic Center.
Shen dethroned defending Division 1 champion Niskayuna with a commanding total of 441 points. Niskayuna placed second with 407 points, and Bethlehem finished third with 254 points.
Mohonasen-Schalmont’s Mary Kate Conway and Bethlehem’s Sydney Sorbello each won a pair of individual events at the Division 1 meet. Conway claimed first place in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, while Sorbello finished first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle.
Niskayuna’s Lillian Bushway (500-yard freestyle) and Yunfan Dong (100-yard backstroke) also won individual events Saturday, as did Albany Academy’s Claire Gerdeman (50-yard freestyle), and Guilderville’s Kasey Keaney (100-yard breaststroke). Continue reading “Shenendehowa, Queensbury win team titles at Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving 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”
With the Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships beginning today, Nov. 1, here is a look at the Sectional leaderboard, as well as area individuals and relay teams who have hit the qualifying standard for this year’s state meet.
Girls 200-yard medley relay
Bethlehem 1:49.53 NYS
Shenendehowa 1:50.29 NYS
Ballston Spa 1:50.64 NYS
Guilderville 1:51.91 NYS
Albany Academy for Girls 1:52.12 NYS
Girls 200-yard freestyle
Mary Kate Conway (Mohonasen-Schalmont) 1:53.23 NYS
Alice Han (Shenendehowa) 1:55.31 NYS
Girls 200-yard individual medley
Sydney Sorbello (Bethlehem) 2:10.68 NYS
Kasey Keaney (Guilderville) 2:11.01 NYS
Isabel Bushway (Niskayuna) 2:11.15 NYS
Shauna Killane (Shenendehowa) 2:12.38 NYS Continue reading “A look at the Section 2 girls swimming leaderboard heading into championship weekend”
Mohonasen setter Bryannah Green received the Most Valuable Player award when the Colonial Council girls volleyball coaches revealed their all-star selections Monday, Oct. 29.
Green led the Mighty Warriors with 105 service aces, 225 assists and 42 kills. She helped Mohonasen win its first Section 2 playoff match when the fifth-seeded Mighty Warriors defeated No. 4 Averill Park in the quarterfinals.
Mohonasen Libero Hailey DeGuire was chosen by the league’s coaches as the Defensive Player of the Year. DeGuire notched 185 digs for an average of 3.5 digs per match in 2018.
Outside hitter Sydney Neff from Academy of the Holy Names was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Neff had a hitting average of .562 to lead Holy Names’ offense, and she also led her team in defensive digs. Continue reading “Mohonasen’s Bryannah Green leads list of Colonial Council girls volleyball all-star honorees”
TROY – Schalmont overcame a 3-0 deficit with 24:20 left in regulation to edge Colonial Council rival Ichabod Crane 4-3 in overtime to win the Section 2 Class B boys soccer title Monday, Oct. 29, at LaSalle Institute.
Hamza Noor’s shot deflected off the crossbar and just over the goal line in the first 15-minute overtime period to propel the top-seeded Sabres to the Sectional title and a berth in Thursday’s regional against Section 10 champion Canton at Potsdam High School.
Gio Gomez recorded a hat trick for Ichabod Crane. Gomez scored his first goal 14 minutes into the first half and then struck twice in the second half to give the Riders a 3-0 advantage over a Schalmont team that defeated them twice during the regular season.
Devin Renard headed Zach Metzold’s shot into the goal to get Schalmont on the scoreboard. Ryan Edwards tallied less than 90 seconds later when he knocked in Gabe Comenzo’s pass to trim the deficit to 3-2. Then, Renard scored again with 1:19 left in regulation to tie the game at 3-3. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Schalmont rallies past Ichabod Crane for Class B title”
STILLWATER – Megan Marini bent a corner kick into the far left side of the Schalmont goal with less than one minute left in the second overtime period to give Academy of the Holy Names a 4-3 victory in the Section 2 Class B girls soccer final Friday, Oct. 26.
Marissa DeMartino headed in a Marini corner kick midway through the first overtime period to put top-seeded Holy Names ahead 3-2, but Teagan Olden tallied three minutes later to knot the score at 3-3 for No. 2 Schalmont.
The Sabres built a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Vanessa Wainwright and Ashley Cirilla. However, Ava Panto struck twice in the second half – both times assisted by Bella Tronco – to pull Holy Names even and force overtime.
Goalkeeper Kathleen Harris made eight saves for Holy Names, which defeated Schalmont for the second time in three meetings this season. Schalmont netminder Eden Messemer had three saves.