By ROB JONAS
SCHENECTADY – There are summer girls basketball leagues dotting the Section 2 landscape, but only one attracts players from well beyond the 5-1-8.
The Empire State Takeover League started its fifth season Wednesday, June 26, at Union College with eight teams playing two games apiece. Players from as far away as central New York, western Massachusetts and southern Vermont gathered inside the Viniar Athletic Center to kick off six weeks of summer basketball.
“This is a very competitive league,” said Amanda Mieczkowski, a rising senior from Northampton, Mass., who is playing her second year in the ESTL. “It’s a combination of girls from New York that I’ve come to know, and it’s also very chill.” Continue reading “Top talent travels to Union College for Empire State Takeover league”
By ROB JONAS
ROTTERDAM – With the season on the line, Averill Park manager George Brooks called upon a freshman who had recently been called up from the junior varsity team to get the big hit.
Pinch hitter Alex Yash was up to the challenge. Yash lined lined a one-out RBI single to drive in the tying run in the top of the seventh inning and then scored the go-ahead run on an error to lift the sixth-seeded Warriors to a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Mohonasen in the Section 2 Class A baseball quarterfinals Saturday, May 25.
“We didn’t have a spot on varsity for him this year, so I put him on JV to get him reps,” said Brooks. “At the same time, we’ve seen him at practice. Something about his swing really stuck with me. So when I had the chance to put him in, I didn’t hesitate.” Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class A baseball playoffs: Alex Yash plays the hero in Averill Park’s comeback over Mohonasen”
ROTTERDAM – No. 11 Greenwich eased past No. 6 Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 14-0 in the first round of the Section 2 Class C baseball playoffs Friday, May 24, at Veterans’ Field. The Witches advanced to the quarterfinals against No. 3 Maple Hill, which defeated No. 14 Warrensburg 3-0 in their opening round match-up. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class C baseball playoffs: Greenwich shuts out Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons”
ROTTERDAM – Isabell Adams and MK Lescault led Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a 13-5 victory over Averill Park in the Section 2 Class C girls lacrosse final Wednesday, May 22, at Mohonasen High School.
Adams and Lescault each tallied once to give the Lady Spartans a quick 2-0 lead. The Warriors got one goal back on a breakaway by Anita Reitano, but Adams struck again to make it a 3-1 game for BH-BL.
Adams finished with five goals and two assists, while Lescault contributed a hat trick and three assists for BH-BL, which won its third consecutive Sectional title and its first under head coach John Battaglino. Carly Szczepaniak and Ella Blesi each added a pair of goals. Reitano tallied twice for Averill Park. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 girls lacrosse finals: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake claims Class C title”
Fonda-Fultonville scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back in defeating Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 11-2 Monday, May 20, in a Western Athletic Conference baseball game. Four Braves had multi-hit games, led by Dylan Hamlen’s three-hit performance. Both teams receive their Section 2 baseball playoff seedings Wednesday. Continue reading “Scenes from WAC baseball: Fonda-Fultonville pulls away from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons”
GUILDERLAND CENTER – Three players accounted for 14 goals to lead No. 4 Guilderland to a 16-12 victory over No. 5 Shaker in a Section 2 Class A girls lacrosse quarterfinal game Thursday, May 16.
Amanda Nieman led the Lady Dutch attack with seven goals and four assists. Jamie Golderman contributed four goals, and Caitlyn Miller added a hat trick. Hannah Sharlow notched four goals for Shaker.
Guilderland advances to face No. 1 Shenendehowa Monday, May 20, in Clifton Park. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 girls lacrosse playoffs: Guilderland outlasts Shaker in Class A quarterfinals”
GUILDERLAND CENTER – Guilderland scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull ahead for good in a 12-4 victory over Albany Wednesday, May 15, in a Suburban Council baseball game.
Albany took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, only to see Guilderland rally for two runs in the bottom of the third. The Falcons pushed across a run in the top of the fourth to regain a slim advantage before the Dutchmen rallied in the bottom half of the frame, For good measure, Guilderland added five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Continue reading “Scenes from Suburban Council baseball: Guilderland rallies past Albany”
ROTTERDAM – Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning on its way to an 8-3 victory over Canajoharie Wednesday, May 15, in a Western Athletic Conference baseball game at Rotterdam Babe Ruth.
Connor Barber and Matt Kordziel each had multi-hit games for the Golden Knights, and Nick Kownack contributed a double. Isaiah Logan and Derek Hyney notched extra-base hits for the visiting Cougars. Continue reading “Scenes from WAC baseball: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons rolls along with another win”
ROTTERDAM – The Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons baseball team defeated Mekeel Christian Academy 7-1 Thursday, May 9, at Rotterdam Babe Ruth on Senior Night. The Golden Knights improved their record to 13-2 heading into the home stretch of the regular season. Continue reading “Scenes from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons baseball’s Senior Night”
GALWAY – Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to pull away for a 5-2 victory over Galway Wednesday, May 8, in a Western Athletic Conference baseball game.
The Golden Knights only had three hits on the afternoon, but they made them count as they continued to pile up wins ahead of the Section 2 playoffs. Jacob Trombley led the offense with a double. Continue reading “Scenes from WAC baseball: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons gets past Galway”