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A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

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”

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Patroon Conference girls soccer: Taconic Hills edges Cairo-Durham on Senior Night

Taconic Hills avenged an earlier 3-0 loss to Cairo-Durham by defeating the Mustangs 1-0 Thursday, Oct. 11, in a Patroon Conference girls soccer game.

The Titans held possession for much of the match, but they didn’t get on the scoreboard until Chandler Hoose scored with 18:41 left in the second half off a pass from Macayla Sparacino.

Cairo-Durham goalkeeper Amber Powell stopped 14 shots.

Patroon Conference boys soccer: Guillermo Menendez’s OT goal lifts Taconic Hills past Cairo-Durham

Guillermo Menendez scored the game-winning goal with three minutes left in the second overtime period to lift Taconic Hills to a 3-2 victory over Cairo-Durham Thursday, Oct. 4, in a Patroon Conference boys soccer game.

Diego Rivera tied the score at 2-2 for Cairo-Durham with 11 minutes left in regulation. The two sides battled through the first 10-minute overtime period before Menendez received Chris Davis’ crossing pass inside the box and shot the ball into the net.

Davis and Kolby Clegg each scored within the first 10 minutes of the second half to give Taconic Hills a 2-0 lead. Richie Savoia got Cairo-Durham on the scoreboard with 29 minutes left in the half off an assist from Corbin Rivenburg.

Section 2 Class C football: Catskill-Cairo-Durham fends off Taconic Hills rally

Catskill-Cairo-Durham fended off a second-half rally to defeat Taconic Hills 24-14 Saturday, Sept. 29, in a Section 2 Class C football game.

The Titans scored a pair of touchdowns to close the gap to 18-14 in the fourth quarter, but Cameron Lyles caught a 6-yard scoring strike from Jacob Hall to seal the victory for Catskill-Cairo-Durham.

Hall had touchdown runs of 72 and 27 yards in the first half, and Lyles caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Justice Brantley for Catskill-Cairo-Durham, which led 18-0 at halftime.

Gavin Bradway powered his way for a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to get Taconic Hills on the scoreboard. Marcus Hartman then threw a 34-yard scoring strike to Devon Charron in the fourth quarter, and Dusty Snyder added a two-point conversion run to pull the Titans within four points of Catskill-Cairo-Durham.

Patroon Conference golf: Taconic Hills sweeps Cairo-Durham

COPAKE – Taconic Hills recorded a 12-0 sweep against Cairo-Durham Monday, Sept. 24, in a Patroon Conference golf match at Copake Country Club.

Madison Bentley won his head-to-head match against Josh Matteson to lead the Titans. Trevor New defeated Eugene Somersault, while Maya Manan-Singh defeated Phoebe Cunningham.

Val Camacho and Ben Hunter also won their head-to-head matches for Taconic Hills.

Patroon Conference boys soccer: Taconic Hills edges Catskill on short rest

Less than 24 hours after beating Cairo-Durham 7-4, Taconic Hills bounced back by edging Catskill 1-0 in a Patroon Conference boys soccer game Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Titans controlled the tempo in the first half, but did not possess the ball well. Catskill attempted to take the lead with a couple of shots in front of the Taconic Hills goal late in the half, but goalkeeper John Disbrow stopped them both.

Taconic Hills applied more offensive pressure on Catskill in the second half, and it paid off when Phillip Davis scored off a pass from Teagan Campion-Pratt. Catskill looked for a late goal to tie the score, but the Titans’ defense held firm.

In Friday’s win over Cairo-Durham, Kolby Clegg struck for five breakaway goals to lead Taconic Hills. Richie Savoia recorded a hat trick for Cairo-Durham.

Patroon Conference girls volleyball: Taconic Hills, Greenville record sweeps

Taconic Hills had to fight through the third set to pull out a 3-0 sweep against Cairo-Durham Tuesday, Sept. 4, in a Patroon Conference girls volleyball match.

After winning the first two sets 25-9 and 25-16, the Titans needed everything they had to edge the Mustangs 25-23 in the third set to seal their victory.

Emma Leipman recorded 13 aces and added three kills to lead Taconic Hills. Heather Scutt contributed six aces, while Abbey Gajtkowski added three aces and three kills. Hailey Ward finished with four kills and two blocks.

In other Patroon Conference action, Greenville registered a three-set sweep against Coxsackie-Athens by scores of 25-7, 25-15 and 25-12.

Seismic shifts in Section 2 football

Colossal Class C boasts 19 teams; Class AA and  Class D down to one division each

By ROB JONAS

The Section 2 football landscape has shifted significantly for the 2018 season.

New classification numbers produced by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have pushed several schools into new classes this year. As a result, Class A and Class C have seen large growth in their ranks, while Class AA and Class D are down to one division each after having two divisions last year.

“This year has had probably the most movement, at least in Section 2,” said Section 2 football coordinator Bob Dorrance.

A total of eight schools moved into new leagues, including defending state champions Troy (Class AA) and Cambridge (Class D). Troy, LaSalle, Columbia and Ballston Spa moved down to Class A, while Cambridge, Greenwich, Granville and Canajoharie stepped up to Class C. Cambridge also picked up players from Salem, while Canajoharie has added players from Fort Plain. Additionally, Helderberg Valley – a combination of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Duaneburg – will play against its Class C brethren after playing a Class D schedule last year.

As a result, Class A will have 13 teams playing in two divisions after having nine teams play in one division last year, while Class C will have 19 teams crowded into three divisions. Reciprocally, Class AA will be down to 10 teams playing in one division, and Class D will have six teams – one of which (Cohoes) is ineligible for the playoffs because it is playing down from its assigned level.

“This hurts us at the Class D level, but it works well for us at the other levels,” said Dorrance.

Dorrance said NYSPHSAA’s new classification numbers are meant to eliminate large discrepancies between schools in a classification. This was especially true at the Class AA level, where high schools with under 1,000 students were sometimes playing against schools with twice the student population.

Nonetheless, Dorrance said he didn’t support the plan because it pushed too many Section 2 schools into the middle classifications, which left the largest and smallest classifications with only a handful of teams.

“I was one of two [NYSPHSAA football committee members] who voted against it,” said Dorrance.

The biggest impact from realignment has been scheduling games, especially in Class D where there are only six teams. Each team has five games within Class D, with the rest of their eight-game regular season schedule pitting them against either Class C schools or out-of-area teams. Class A, Class B and Class C also had scheduling issues due to having an odd number of schools.

“It was a challenge to put together a schedule at the Class C and Class D levels,” said Dorrance. “The only way to make it work was to combine the two levels and create a schedule that way. Our Class C and Class D coordinators did a great job of working together to come up with a schedule.”

All Section 2 football teams begin formal practices Monday, Aug. 13. The first week of the regular season begins Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.

2018 Section 2 football divisions

Class AA: Albany, Bethlehem, Christian Brothers Academy, Colonie, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Shaker, Shenendehowa

Class A
Capital Division: Amsterdam, Averill Park, Columbia*, Green Tech, LaSalle*, Troy*

Grasso Division: Ballston Spa*, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Queensbury, Scotia-Glenville, South Glens Falls

Class B
North Division: Broadalbin-Perth, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Johnstown, Schuylerville

Reinfurt Division: Cobleskill-Richmondville, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont

Class C
North Division: Cambridge/Salem*, Corinth, Granville*, Greenwich*, Hoosick Falls, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne

Central Division: Canajoharie/Fort Plain*, Fonda-Fultonville, Holy Trinity, Mechanicville, Stillwater, Tamarac

South Division: Cairo-Durham, Chatham, Coxsackie-Athens, Helderberg Valley+, Taconic Hills, Voorheesville, Watervliet

Class D: Cohoes (ineligible for playoffs), Fort Edward, Hoosic Valley, Rensselaer, Warrensburg, Whitehall

*- Denotes new team in class
+-Denotes team returning to play within its class