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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”

Scenes from girls basketball: Cambridge pulls away from Watkins Glen to win Class C state title

By ROB JONAS

TROY – It started with a three-pointer and ended with a jubilant celebration.

Stasia Epler’s three-pointer 2:20 into the fourth quarter sparked a 14-4 run that gave Cambridge a 57-43 victory over Watkins Glen (Section 4) in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C girls basketball final Saturday, March 16, at Hudson Valley Community College.

It’s the first state title in the program’s history, and with a starting five consisting of four sophomores and a freshman, a possible sign of things to come.

“It’s crazy. We’re not even done yet. We still have a couple of years,” said Epler, the freshman within the starting five.

The game was closely contested through the first three quarters. Cambridge built a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, but three-pointers by Danielle Leszyk and Adrienna Solomon helped Watkins Glen pull ahead 16-13 at the end of the period. Neither team led by more than three points until the third quarter, when Cambridge took a 40-35 lead. Solomon and Hannah Morse drove for layups in the final minute to pull Watkins Glen within two points of the Indians entering the fourth quarter. Continue reading “Scenes from girls basketball: Cambridge pulls away from Watkins Glen to win Class C state title”

Joseph Girard III’s last-second layup leads Glens Falls to state basketball title

BINGHAMTON – The one thing that eluded Joseph Girard III during his illustrious basketball career at Glens Falls is now his legacy.

Girard drove past two Lowville defenders and hit a layup as time expired in overtime to give Glens Falls a 75-74 victory in Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B tournament final at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Girard pulled out all the stops for the Indians. The Syracuse University-bound senior dropped 50 points against Lowville – none more important than the layup that gave Glens Falls its first state basketball title in school history. Continue reading “Joseph Girard III’s last-second layup leads Glens Falls to state basketball title”

Scenes from NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships: Franklinville surges past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons

TROY – Franklinville (Section 6) jumped out to a 27-10 halftime lead and sailed past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 56-26 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Championships Friday, March 15, at Hudson Valley Community College.

Danielle Haskell poured in 33 points to lead Franklinville to the Class D final against Edwards-Knox (Section 10). Haskell made five three-pointers and sank eight out of her 11 free throws to help Franklinville pull away.

Abby Kienzle netted 10 points for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, which was making its first trip to the state semifinals in three decades. No other player scored more than three points for the Lady Knights.

Meanwhile, Cambridge advanced to the Class C final with a 75-43 victory over Maple Grove (Section 6) in the semifinal round. Sophie Phillips scored 23 points, and twin sister Lilly Phillips contributed 22 points for the Indians, who led 28-10 after the first quarter. Marissa Schuppenhauer had 16 points for Maple Grove.

Cambridge meets Watkins Glen (Section 4) in Saturday’s Class C final at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Scenes from NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships: Franklinville surges past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons”

State hockey championships: Skaneateles surges past Queensbury in Division 2 final

BUFFALO – Skaneateles (Section 3) scored three goals in the second and third periods to pull away for a 6-1 victory over Queensbury in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 hockey finals Sunday, March 10, at HarborCenter.

Ryan Gick broke the scoreless tie 2:16 into the second period to put the Lakers ahead 1-0. Cole Heintz and Luke Lynn added goals 40 seconds apart later in the stanza to make the score 3-0.

Lynn, Garrett Krieger and Jack Henry tallied in the third period for Skaneateles, which outshot Queensbury 30-16 for the game. Goalies Adam Casper and Chris Falso made a combined total of 15 saves. Continue reading “State hockey championships: Skaneateles surges past Queensbury in Division 2 final”

State bowling championships: Lansingburgh wins Division 2 boys team title; Cohoes girls place third

SYRACUSE – Lansingburgh turned in a dominating performance to win the Division 2 (small school) boys team title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships Sunday, March 10.

The Knights knocked down 3,100 pins during the morning session and added an afternoon score of 3,113 to finish the tournament with a score of 6,213 – more than 300 pins ahead of runner-up Tonawanda (Section 6).

Codi Genthner and Michael Connally led Lansingburgh with strong all-around performances. Genthner recorded the best six-game series score of the day by rolling a score of 1,391, while Connally posted the third-best series with a 1,304. Connally had the high game for the Knights with a 259, while Genthner rolled a 258 during his series. Grant Laustrup added a 1,256 series and a high game of 245 for Lansingburgh.

Cohoes finished third in the Division 2 girls team standings with a score of 5,280. Dunkirk (Section 6) won the state title with a score of 5,671, 140 pins ahead of runner-up Newark (Section 5).

Kiersten Tague led the Lady Tigers with a six-game series of 1,170, which placed her sixth among all bowlers for the day. Abby Houser was 10th with a 1,124 series, which included a high game of 217. Continue reading “State bowling championships: Lansingburgh wins Division 2 boys team title; Cohoes girls place third”

Scenes from boys basketball regionals: OESJ surges past Wells to reach state tournament

By ROB JONAS

TROY – After struggling to shut down Wells in the first half, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville turned up the defensive pressure to pull out a 57-40 victory in the Class D boys basketball regional final Saturday, March 9, at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Wolfpack will join Troy (Class A), Glens Falls (Class B) and Lake George (Class C) in heading to Binghamton for next weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

“It’s a great opportunity for us. Our team is excited,” said Jayden Logan-Dillenbeck. Continue reading “Scenes from boys basketball regionals: OESJ surges past Wells to reach state tournament”

Scenes from girls basketball regionals: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons shuts down Westport in Class D regional

TROY – Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons turned in a strong defensive performance to defeat Section 7’s Westport 49-25 in the Class D girls basketball regionals Saturday, March 9, at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Lady Knights built a 23-10 halftime lead on Westport and closed the game on a 17-7 run to advance to next weekend’s state tournament at HVCC.

Abby Kienzle and Ava Megyari each scored 12 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. Megyeri sank a pair of three-pointers and made all four of her free throws. Abbey Schwoebel had 13 points for Westport.

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons will play either Section 5’s Elba or Section 6’s Franklinville in the state semifinals Friday, March 15, at 11:45 a.m. Continue reading “Scenes from girls basketball regionals: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons shuts down Westport in Class D regional”

State hockey playoffs: Queensbury shuts out John Jay-Cross River to advance to finals

BUFFALO – Queensbury dominated from start to finish to defeat Section 1 champion John Jay-Cross River 4-0 Saturday, March 9, in the state hockey Division 2 semifinals at HarborCenter.

The Spartans out-shot John Jay-Cross River 30-9 over the first two periods, and goaltender Owen Smith stopped all 17 shots he faced to help Queensbury advance to Sunday’s final against Skaneateles (Section 3). Continue reading “State hockey playoffs: Queensbury shuts out John Jay-Cross River to advance to finals”

State bowling championships: Amber Lupi, Cian DiMezza lead Section 2

SYRACUSE – Mohonasen’s Amber Lupi had one of the top 10 series, and Canajoharie’s Cian DiMezza posted one of the top three games at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships March 8 and 9 in Syracuse.

Lupi posted a six-game series of 1,217 to lead Mohonasen to a fifth-place finish in the girls Division 1 tournament. Lupi started strong with an opening game score of 246 and concluded the morning session by rolling a 245. She struggled to start the afternoon session, but she rolled a 222 in the final game to finish with one of the top series in her division.

Mackenzie Simmons rolled a 1,121 series, and Elizabeth DeLorenzo added a 1,112 series for Mohonasen, which finished with a total pinfall of 5,349. Section 1’s North Rockland won the state title with a score of 6,057, more than 160 pins ahead of runner-up East Islip (Section 11).

DiMezza posted the third-highest game in the boys section composite competition with a 258 in his final game of the competition. Section 2 placed seventh in the team standings with 5,975 pins, with Shaker’s Frank Aiello leading the way with a 1,227 series. Continue reading “State bowling championships: Amber Lupi, Cian DiMezza lead Section 2”