Category: Fall sports

Joseph Girard III receives national accolade from MaxPreps

What does Joseph Girard III have in common with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray and Lonzo Ball?

They have all been named MaxPreps’ Male High School Athlete of the Year.

The national high school sports website named “JG3” its 2019 Male Athlete of the Year Wednesday following a 2018-19 season that included leading Glens Falls to state titles in football and basketball, as well as being named Mr. New York Basketball and Class B football’s Co-Player of the Year. Continue reading “Joseph Girard III receives national accolade from MaxPreps”

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Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club announces scholarship winners

ALBANY – The Mohawk Hudson Road Runners Club awarded its Bill Shrader Sr. Memorial scholarships to six area high school seniors on May 30.

Tyler Berg (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Rory Graham (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Annabel Gregg (Greenwich), Nick Hunziker (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Isaac Menis (Schenectady) and Kathryn Tenney (Colonie) each received a $3,000 scholarship from the runners’ club. HMRRC annually awards scholarships to three male and three female runners planning to attend college on a full-time basis. Continue reading “Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club announces scholarship winners”

Saratoga Springs’ Nolan Crowley places seventh at state golf championships

Saratoga Springs’ Nolan Crowley carded a two-day score of 151 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Golf Championships Monday, June 3, at the Robert Trent Jones Course on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca.

Crowley entered Day 2 in a tie for first place with Somers’ Nathan Han with a Day 1 total of 71. Han continued his strong play, carding a score of 70 to earn the state title, while Crowley dropped back after carding a score of 80. Continue reading “Saratoga Springs’ Nolan Crowley places seventh at state golf championships”

Section 2 football: A first glance at Class AA

This is the final look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2. To read about Class D, click here. To read about Class C, click here. To read about Class B, click here. To read about Class A, click here.

There was only one change to Class AA for the 2019 Section 2 football season. Albany elected to play in Class A, leaving Class AA with only nine teams playing in one division: Bethlehem, Christian Brothers Academy, Colonie, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Shaker and Shenendehowa.

The lack of any additions to the Class AA field means that there will be only four teams qualifying for Sectionals for the second consecutive year. The move to one division was precipitated in 2018 when Troy, Ballston Spa, Columbia and LaSalle moved down to Class A following new BEDS numbers posted by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class AA”

Section 2 football: A first glance at Class A

We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week. To read about Class D, click here. To read about Class C, click here. To read about Class B, click here.

Very little changed for Class A when Section 2 revealed its alignments and schedules for the 2019 football season. Troy, Ballston Spa, LaSalle and Columbia remain in Class A for another season after dropping down from Class AA in 2018.

The lone addition is Albany, a Class AA team that is electing to play a Class A schedule. Albany has made this move before in an attempt to be more competitive during the regular season. Because they are playing in a different class than where they would otherwise compete, the Falcons are not eligible for the playoffs. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class A”

Section 2 football: A first look at Class B

We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week. To read about Class D, click here. To read about Class C, click here.

Very little has changed in the Class B football ranks for 2019. The lone addition is Holy Trinity, which moved up from Class C after adding players from Bishop Maginn to its fold. Holy Trinity will play in the Reinfurt Division.

No Class B teams from 2018 moved up or down a level, which means the divisions are virtually unchanged.

North Division – Broadalbin-Perth, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Johnstown, Lansingburgh and Schuylerville

Reinfurt Division – Cobleskill-Richmondville, Holy Trinity, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Schalmont Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first look at Class B”

Section 2 football: A first glance at Class C

We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week. To read about Class D, click here.

Four Class C football programs are on the move to different classes in 2019, while two Class D teams jump in to replace them.

Holy Trinity moves up to Class B this fall after adding players from Bishop Maginn to its roster, which also includes players from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Catholic Central and Saratoga Central Catholic. Meanwhile, Chatham and Helderberg Valley slide down to Class D, and Corinth merges with Fort Edward and moves to Class D, where it will be ineligible for the Section 2 playoffs. Hoosic Valley returns to Class C from Class D, and Rensselaer moves up with the Indians. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class C”

Section 2 football: A first glance at Class D

We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week.

Class D
The number of Class D teams hasn’t changed since last year, but the teams themselves have changed for 2019.

Section 2’s smallest division remains at six teams, but there are some differences from 2018. Rensselaer and Hoosic Valley jumped up to Class C, while Helderberg Valley returns to Class D after spending last season in Class C. Chatham dropped down to Class D after being a Class C mainstay, and Corinth merged with Fort Edward and elected to play in Class D.

Corinth/Fort Edward and Cohoes are both ineligible for the Class D playoffs, as they are not playing in their assigned classes. That means the four Class D playoff teams – Helderberg Valley, Chatham, Whitehall and defending Section 2 champion Warrensburg – have already been determined.

Each team will have five league games and two crossover games during the regular season. Here is a look at the week-by-week schedule, which starts the weekend of Sept. 6 and 7. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class D”

Four CBA soccer players sign Division I letters of intent

By ROB JONAS

COLONIE – Four members of the Section 2 Class AA champion Christian Brothers Academy soccer team signed their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony Thursday, March 21.

Striker Brady Van Epps signed with Brown University, while midfielder Keegan Vedder chose Rutgers University. Midfielder Eli D’Onofrio will continue his soccer career close to home at the University at Albany, and defender Quinn Becker will be a couple of hours west playing for nationally-ranked Syracuse University.

“They’re hard working players, but they have a high level of soccer intelligence and that’s what makes the difference,” said CBA soccer coach Phil Farinacci. “They have the foundation they need to get to the next level.”

All four players said they only dreamed about playing at the Division I level when they first joined the varsity program.

“It kind of came out of nowhere. I started slow, but I worked hard to get better and it showed,” said Vedder.

“It was definitely a goal, but it was a dream,” added Van Epps. “I had to keep pushing and working hard.” Continue reading “Four CBA soccer players sign Division I letters of intent”

Two Section 2 coaches pass away over the weekend

Edited on Jan. 23, 2019, at 1:25 p.m.

Mike Ambrosio, Frank DeMasi were long-time coaches and physical education teachers at their respective schools

By ROB JONAS

Former Colonie varsity football coach Mike Ambrosio and current Duanesburg cross country coach Frank DeMasi passed away over the holiday weekend from heart attacks.

“Last couple of days have been terrible,” said Joseph Guardino, Colonie Central High School Athletic Director. “This was not anywhere forseen in any way. He was still very active with us.”

Ambrosio, 64, was Colonie’s varsity football coach from 1997 to 2011, guiding the Garnet Raiders to three Section 2 Super Bowls. DeMasi coached cross country at Duanesburg from 1998 until his passing Sunday. Continue reading “Two Section 2 coaches pass away over the weekend”