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A look back at the NYSSCOGS girls soccer tournament and NYS Girls Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony

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”

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Boys soccer: Canajoharie wins wild WAC game against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons

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”

Soccer: Bethlehem boys edge Shaker in Suburban Council showdown

The Bethlehem boys soccer team made an early goal stand up in a 1-0 Suburban Council victory over Shaker Thursday, Sept. 5, in Latham.

Bethlehem received a corner kick one minute into the contest after Shaker’s defense cleared the ball over its own end line. On the corner itself, the ball bounced around the penalty box until Salko Kanic knocked it into the back of the net to give the Eagles the lead.

Both teams had numerous scoring chances throughout the rest of the game, but neither could finish their opportunities. Bethlehem finished the afternoon with 15 shots on goal and six corners, while Shaker registered 17 shots on frame and five corners.

Elsewhere in the Suburban Council, Paul Abatiello scored two minutes into extra time to give Christian Brothers Academy a 3-2 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Abatiello struck in the seventh minute off an assist from Alejandro Torres to put the Brothers ahead 1-0. Jacob Scott converted a penalty kick five minutes later to tie the score at 1-1, but Wyatt Leto tallied in the 29th minute off a feed from Abatiello to give CBA a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Scott scored again two minutes into the second half to knot the score at 2-2 for BH-BL. The game remained deadlocked through the remained of regulation before Abatiello netted the game winner in overtime.

In the Foothills Council, Queensbury tallied four times in the second half to pull away for a 5-0 victory over Hudson Falls. Teddy Borgos scored two goals and added two assists for the Spartans. Peter Crawford, Asa Edwards and Brendan Duffy also recorded goals for Queensbury. Goaltender Joey Lapan made 15 saves for Hudson Falls.

In the Colonial Council, LaSalle edged Schalmont 1-0 on a first-half goal by Bennett Beaulieu. Anthony Rotello had 10 saves in goal to earn the shutout for the Cadets. Ryan Taylor made six saves for Schalmont.

In the Western Athletic Conference, Schoharie downed an undermanned Duanesburg squad 17-0. Noah Fagnani led the Indians with eight goals and two assists. The Eagles dressed only nine players due to low numbers and minimum practice regulations.

In non-league action, Greenwich edged Doane Stuart 4-3. Charlie Gartner and Tommy Abate each scored a goal in the first 12 minutes of the second half to give the Witches a 3-1 lead. AJ Rymph tallied twice for the Witches, while Nelson and Lwel Htoo scored for the Thunder Chickens.

Waterford-Halfmoon shut out Corinth 6-0 in another non-league contest. Nate Powell and Jason Cordts each netted two goals for the Fordians, and goaltender Jake Houle made five saves for the shutout, including one on a penalty kick.

Boys soccer: Doane Stuart defeats Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in tournament

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”

Griffin King leads list of Section 2 boys lacrosse players named to All-State team

Several Section 2 athletes were chosen for the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State boys lacrosse team this week.

Niskayuna’s Griffin King received the highest honor for a Section 2 athlete, as the midfielder was named to the second team among large school division players. King was one of the leading scorers for the Silver Warriors, who won the Section 2 Class A title. Teammate Nick Fraterrigo was a third team selection on defense. Continue reading “Griffin King leads list of Section 2 boys lacrosse players named to All-State team”

Top talent travels to Union College for Empire State Takeover league

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”

Section 2 represented on New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State softball team

Several Section 2 players were first-team selections in their respective classes on this year’s New York State Sportswriters Association All-State softball team.

Shenendehowa outfielder Emily Carroll (Class AA), Ballston Spa’s Lauren Kersch and Angelina Stile (Class A), South Glens Falls’ Leah Vanderwarker (Class A), Ichabod Crane’s Bella Milazzo and Gabbie Cox (Class B), Lake George pitcher Tyler Bergman (Class C), Chatham pitcher Jenna Skype (Class C), Whitehall pitcher Madison Gould (Class D) and Fort Ann pitcher Kayla Bailey (Class D) earned first-team honors.

Ballston Spa and Ichabod Crane tied for the most All-State team representatives with three. Shen, Lake George, Chatham, Greenwich and Fort Ann all had two players who received honors. Continue reading “Section 2 represented on New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State softball team”

Ballston Spa, Whitehall wrap up baseball season with state titles

BINGHAMTON – Two Section 2 teams completed dominating state tournament performances with state championships Saturday.

Ballston Spa won its first-ever state title by pulling out a 13-6 victory over Maine-Endwell (Section 4) in the Class A final, while Whitehall earned its first state baseball championship in 35 years with a 12-1 victory over Brocton (Section 6).

Chance Checca’s two-run homer in the first inning helped Ballston Spa build a 3-0 lead. Donovan Rhoden contributed a two-run double, and Jayden Williamson added a two-run single for the Scotties, who outscored their state tournament opponents 23-6 during the weekend. Continue reading “Ballston Spa, Whitehall wrap up baseball season with state titles”

Ballston Spa runs out of gas in state softball final

After winning the longest game in New York State Public High School Athletic Association softball tournament history, Ballston Spa fell to Section 6’s Williamsville East 3-0 in the Class A final Saturday at Moreau Recreational Park.

Williamsville East hit two home runs to start the the fifth inning, and Summer Clark recorded nine consecutive outs to seal the victory.

To get to the final, Ballston Spa outlasted Sayville (Section 11) 2-1 in a 20-inning epic that shattered the previous record for the longest game at the state tournament by seven innings. Ana Gold smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the 20th inning to propel the Scotties into the final for the second consecutive year. Continue reading “Ballston Spa runs out of gas in state softball final”

Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals

CARY, N.C. – McKinley Wheeler’s first trip to the New Balance Nationals track and field meet led to a pair of titles.

The Saratoga Springs eighth-grader won the middle school girls 2-mile race in a battle with her twin sister, Sheridan. Then, she teamed up with Sophie Tesla, Ella Kurto and Kelsey Chmiel to win the girls championship 4×1 mile relay.

The Wheeler twins led a strong contingent of Section 2 runners in the middle school girls 2-mile run. McKinley finished with a winning time of 11:04.58, while Sheridan placed second with a time of 11:08.24. Shaker’s Kaleigh Higgins was third with a time of 11:21.03, and Greenwich’s Teagan Wright took 13th place with a time of 12:01.50. Columbia’s Shea Fajen (15th place) and Abigail Moxon (17th) also finished in the top 20. Continue reading “Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals”