GUILDERLAND – Some of the top seniors from around Section 2 gathered at DiCaprio Park in Guilderland Monday, Nov. 12, for a series of showcase games. Each game pitted players from different leagues against each other (e.g. Colonial Council vs. Patroon Conference, Foothills Council vs. Suburban Council) and was played before family, friends and college coaches. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 soccer: 2018 Exceptional Seniors Showcase”
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”
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Section 2 Cross Country Championships took place Friday, Nov. 2, at Saratoga Spa State Park. The winning teams in Class A, B, D and the merged C-CC standings earned automatic berths into next Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island, as did the top five runners not affiliated with any of the championship teams. Continue reading “Scenes from the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”
COLONIE – Top-seeded Christian Brothers Academy claimed its first Section 2 Class AA boys soccer title in the school’s history by defeating No. 7 Niskayuna 2-1 in the championship game Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Colonie Central High School.
Eli D’Onofrio scored on a penalty kick midway through the first half to give the Brothers a 1-0 lead. Jack Mendrysa then tallied off a pass from Keegan Vedder for what proved to be the game winner for CBA.
Niskayuna – which upset No. 2 Albany and advanced past No. 3 Bethlehem on penalty kicks to reach the final – did not give up without a fight. Late in the second half, Keenan Duggal struck a shot for the Silver Warriors that a CBA defender attempted to clear, but wound up bouncing off another CBA player into the net for an own goal. Time ran out on Niskayuna before it could get the equalizer.
CBA will play for its first regional title when it faces Section 3 champion Baker Saturday, Nov. 3, at Liverpool High School outside Syracuse. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: CBA wins first Class AA title in school history by edging Niskayuna”
COLONIE – Top-seeded Queensbury scored three times in the second half to pull away for a 4-0 victory over Ballston Spa in the Section 2 Class A boys soccer final Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Colonie Central High School.
Teddy Borgos gave the Spartans – New York State’s top-ranked Class A team – a 1-0 lead late in the first half when he converted a penalty kick. Ray Jones headed in a pass from Aidan Jordi-Donnelly eight minutes into the second half to double Queensbury’s advantage, and then Jordi-Donnelly finished a give-and-go with Borgos with a goal to make the score 3-0.
Asa Edwards finished the scoring for Queensbury with a goal off a pass from Borgos, who finished the evening with three points (one goal, two assists).
Queensbury takes on Section 3 champion Fulton in the Class A regional finals Saturday, Nov. 3. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Queensbury reigns supreme in Class A with a convincing win in the finals”
COLONIE – Aidan Barnes’ overtime goal lifted top-seeded Fort Ann to a 2-1 victory over Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville in Tuesday’s Section 2 Class D boys soccer final at Colonie Central High School.
OESJ took a 1-0 lead late in the second half when Mason Snell scored off a feed from Zach Mosher, but a foul call inside the Wolves’ penalty box led to Sawyer Lunt’s tying goal on a penalty kick with 30.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
Barnes scored the game winner for Fort Ann with less than four minutes left in the first overtime off a rebound. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Fort Ann wins a thriller over OESJ”
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”
TROY – Maple Hill won its third consecutive Section 2 Class C boys soccer title by upending previously undefeated Lake George 1-0 Monday, Oct. 29, at LaSalle Institute.
Christian Beber slotted Gabe Ellis’ direct kick past the outstretched fingers of Lake George goalkeeper Mason Flatley late in the first half to give Maple Hill the lead. From there, the Wildcats defense held firm to deny the Warriors – the state’s No. 1-ranked Class C team – any quality scoring chances.
The victory closed out a strong defensive performance by Maple Hill in Sectionals. The Wildcats did not allow a goal in four playoff games, including against a Lake George squad that had scored 100 goals during its run to the final.
Maple Hill advances to Thursday’s regional against Section 10 champion Madrid-Waddington at Potsdam High School. The winner of that game faces Section 7 champion Seton Catholic of Plattsburgh Saturday at Plattsburgh High School. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Maple Hill edges Lake George in Class C final”
CLIFTON PARK – No. 3 Saratoga Springs avenged last week’s loss to No. 2 Shenendehowa by beating the Plainsmen 34-26 in the Section 2 Class AA football semifinals Friday, Oct. 26, at Brent Steuerwald Stadium.
Carter Steingraber returned a kickoff 83 yards for one touchdown and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jake Williams to help the Blue Streaks (7-2) advance to the Class AA Super Bowl. Chris Klimek and Will Bonacio returned interceptions for touchdowns to help Saratoga build a 34-12 lead.
Quarterback Brendan Belott threw a pair of touchdown passes for Shenendehowa (7-2), which defeated Saratoga 35-7 one week earlier to clinch the No. 2 seed for Sectionals. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 football: Saratoga Springs fends off Shenendehowa in Class AA semifinals”
ROTTERDAM – Top-seeded Lake George fended off No. 4 Mayfield 1-0 in the Section 2 Class C boys soccer semifinals Thursday, Oct. 25, at Mohonasen High School.
Phillip Shambo scored off a rebound in the 24th minute to give the Warriors their lead. Mayfield stormed back with a barrage of shots in the second half, but goalie Mason Flatley made several key saves to preserve the shutout.
Lake George advances to the Class C final, where it will meet No. 2 Maple Hill Monday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. at Colonie Central High School. Maple Hill got past No. 3 Stillwater 1-0 in the semifinals on a goal by Seth Roberts off Christian Beber’s corner kick in the first half. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Lake George edges Mayfield to reach Class C final against Maple Hill”