By ROB JONAS
NISKAYUNA – Some of the top high school girls soccer teams in New York – including three defending NYSSPHSAA champions and the reigning Catholic High School Athletic Association champ – converged on the Capital Region Sept. 7 and 8 for the NYSSCOGS Tournament.
A record number of 52 teams participated in this year’s tournament, which was held at fields in Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Stillwater. Niskayuna head coach Bryce Colby, who organizes the event with NYSSCOGS president Perry Novak, said moving the location from Hamilton to the Capital Region led to the surge in the number of participating schools.
“We decided to move it here this year, and it just exploded,” said Colby. “Because of the location, a bunch of teams from downstate and [New York City] decided to come here.”
“I think it’s great because you get to go against teams like Massapequa, Shen and Niskayuna,” said Monroe-Woodbury head coach Bill Mpasiakos. Continue reading “A look back at the NYSSCOGS girls soccer tournament and NYS Girls Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony”
Canajoharie scored four times in the second half to pull out a 5-3 Western Athletic Conference boys soccer victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Sept. 4.
Canajoharie took a 2-0 lead on a first-half goal by Brian Greenslette and a tally by Cody Haig early in the second half. ND-BG tied the score at 2-2 on goals by Connor Barber and Nick Gosh, but Alex Blanchard put the Cougars back in the lead with a goal. Haig struck for his second goal a short time later to notch the eventual game winner.
Haig finished with a hat trick for Canajoharie, while Barber had a pair of goals for ND-BG. Continue reading “Boys soccer: Canajoharie wins wild WAC game against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons”
Joey DiPetra and Myo Pine each had hat tricks to lead Doane Stuart to a 9-0 victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons at the Stillwater Boys Soccer Tournament Aug. 31.
Pine tallied all of his goals in the first half to stake the Thunder Chickens to an early lead. DiPetra contributed a pair of assists to go along with his three goals, while Nelson Htoo added a goal and three assists in the victory. Lwel Say and Gael Pena Reyes also collected goals for Doane Stuart. Continue reading “Boys soccer: Doane Stuart defeats Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in tournament”
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”