Three Section 2 football teams have regional playoff games this weekend, while two others await their semifinal opponents.
Class AA champion Shaker (10-0) received a bye into the state semifinals after defeating Saratoga Springs 28-14 in the championship game Friday, Nov. 2, at Casey Stadium on the University at Albany campus. This bye is rotated between Sections 2, 1 and 9 on an annual basis. Shaker meets either Section 1 champion New Rochelle or Section 9 champion Newburgh Free Academy Saturday, Nov. 17, at Middletown High School.
Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (9-1) also received a bye into the semifinals after Section X decided not to play in the regional round. The Spartans face the winner of the John Jay (Section 1)-Cornwall (Section 9) regional in the state semifinals Friday, Nov. 16, in Middletown.
Glens Falls (Class B), Cambridge/Salem (Class C) and Warrensburg (Class D) all play in this weekend’s regional round. Glens Falls meets Section 7 champion Beekmantown Friday, Nov. 9, at Shenendehowa High School, while Cambridge/Salem travels to Potsdam High School to play Section 10 champ Ogdensburg Free Academy. Warrensburg faces Section 7 champion Moriah Saturday, Nov. 10, at Schuylerville High School. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A look back at the Super Bowls, and a look ahead to regionals (with photo gallery)”
By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – One race lived up to its pre-event billing, while another showdown never materialized at Friday’s Section 2 Cross Country Championships at a soggy Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Class A boys race turned into a battle royale between Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, with the Plainsmen pulling out a three-point victory over the Blue Streaks, 60-63. Saratoga had two of the top four runners in the race, but Shen’s pack mentality proved to be the deciding factor.
“Our sixth and seventh runners beat Saratoga’s fifth runner. That was the game right there,” said Shen boys head coach Lance Jordan. Continue reading “A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”
With the Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships beginning today, Nov. 1, here is a look at the Sectional leaderboard, as well as area individuals and relay teams who have hit the qualifying standard for this year’s state meet.
Girls 200-yard medley relay
Bethlehem 1:49.53 NYS
Shenendehowa 1:50.29 NYS
Ballston Spa 1:50.64 NYS
Guilderville 1:51.91 NYS
Albany Academy for Girls 1:52.12 NYS
Girls 200-yard freestyle
Mary Kate Conway (Mohonasen-Schalmont) 1:53.23 NYS
Alice Han (Shenendehowa) 1:55.31 NYS
Girls 200-yard individual medley
Sydney Sorbello (Bethlehem) 2:10.68 NYS
Kasey Keaney (Guilderville) 2:11.01 NYS
Isabel Bushway (Niskayuna) 2:11.15 NYS
Shauna Killane (Shenendehowa) 2:12.38 NYS Continue reading “A look at the Section 2 girls swimming leaderboard heading into championship weekend”
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”
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”
The opening round of the Section 2 Class C and Class D girls volleyball tournaments took place Wednesday, Oct. 24.
In Class C, most of the higher seeds won their opening round matches. The exceptions were No. 12 Greenville (15-4) and No. 10 Tamarac (9-6). Greenville edged No. 5 Saratoga Central Catholic 3-2, while Tamarac swept No. 7 Hudson 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.
No. 3 Stillwater (13-2), No. 4 Catskill (19-0), No. 6 Albany Academy for Girls (7-8) and No. 8 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (7-3) all won their opening round matches. Stillwater defeated No. 14 Chatham 3-0 to advance into the quarterfinals against Albany Academy for Girls, which defeated No. 11 Loudonville Christian 3-1. Catskill swept No. 13 Taconic Hills 3-0, and Canajoharie/Fort Plain defeated No. 9 Mechanicville 3-0. Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball: Tamarac, Stillwater and Catskill among Class C teams advancing through opening round”
Shenendehowa (AA), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (A), Broadalbin-Perth (B), Voorheesville (C) and Galway (D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective classes for the 2018 Section 2 girls volleyball tournament.
Brackets were released Tuesday, Oct. 23, with first round matches scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 24. The match-ups are as follows: Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball seedings are announced”
Semifinal match-ups are set for all five classes in Section 2 football, as well as the final round of crossover games. Here is a look at who’s playing, and how they got there.
Class AA – All semifinal games Friday, Oct. 26
No. 1 Shaker (8-0) vs. No. 4 Guilderland (5-3)
How they got there: Shaker capped an undefeated regular season by defeating crosstown rival Colonie 31-7, while Guilderland clinched the No. 4 seed by pulling away for a 41-19 victory over Christian Brothers Academy (3-5) Friday, Oct. 19. Guilderland’s victory avoided a four-way tie for fourth place, as both Bethlehem (4-4) and Niskayuna (4-4) won their final regular season games
No. 2 Shenendehowa (7-1) vs. No. 3 Saratoga Springs (6-2)
How they got there: Shen wrapped up the No. 2 seed by defeating Saratoga 35-7 at home. Brendan Belott threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Shen to victory. The Plainsmen’s reward is to host the Blue Streaks for the second week in a row. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoffs: Semifinal match-ups set in all five classes”
Tamarac defeated Taconic Hills 20-0 Friday, Oct. 19, in a Section 2 Class C football crossover game.
Frank Zotto caught two touchdown passes from Bo Catherwood, and the Tamarac defense returned an interception for a touchdown to earn the victory. The Bengals also recovered a pair of fumbles and intercepted a second pass.
Donovan Mier rushed for 78 yards to lead Taconic Hills’ offense.
The quarterfinal field is set in the Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs following Thursday’s opening round.
No. 6 Greenwich (9-6-2) dispatched No. 22 Canajoharie 8-2 in Greenwich. The Cougars (2-14-2) got on the scoreboard first on Walfre Vasquez’s goal three minutes into the first half, but the Witches scored eight unanswered goals to end Canajoharie’s upset bid.
Charlie Gartner recorded a hat trick, and Liam Kelleher contributed a goal and an assist for Greenwich. AJ Rymph, Bill Bink, Hunter Dixson and Connor Smith also tallied for the Witches. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys soccer round-up: Greenwich downs Canajoharie; Waterford-Halfmoon advances on penalty kicks”