The Niskayuna doubles team of Ricky Dartawan and Jarod Rackliffe reached the quarterfinals at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Tennis Championships last weekend at the National Tennis Center in Queens.
Dartawan and Rackliffe won their first two matches before losing in straight sets to Dean and Ben Vlassis from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. The Vlassis brothers went on to place third in the doubles competition.
Dartawan and Rackliffe, who placed second at the Section 2 championships, opened the state tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Susquehanna Valley’s Cody Jacobs and Mason Spottek. In the round of 16, Dartawan and Rackliffe pulled out a 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Logan Fligel and Stephan Gershfeld from Hewlett (Section 8) to reach the quarterfinals. Continue reading “Niskayuna doubles team reaches state tennis tournament quarterfinals”
The Section 2 baseball committee unveiled its seedings and match-ups for the playoffs Wednesday, May 22.
Niskayuna (Class AA), Ballston Spa (A), Coxsackie-Athens (B), Chatham (C) and Whitehall (D) received No. 1 seeds for their respective classes. Whitehall and No. 2 Germantown each received byes into the semifinal round, as Class D had only six teams qualify for the playoffs.
Opening round games are scheduled for Thursday, May 23, weather permitting. The finals take place at Joseph Bruno Stadium at Hudson Valley Community College May 31 through June 3.
Here are the playoff brackets for the Section 2 baseball playoffs.
Preliminary round (May 23)
No. 9 Columbia at No. 8 Bethlehem
Quarterfinals (May 25)
Columbia-Bethlehem winner at No. 1 Niskayuna
No. 5 Colonie at No. 4 Guilderland
No. 6 Christian Brothers Academy at No. 3 Saratoga Springs
No. 7 LaSalle at No. 2 Shenendehowa
Semifinals – May 30 at Joe Bruno Stadium, Troy
Finals – June 3 at Joe Bruno Stadium, Troy Continue reading “Section 2 announces playoff seedings, match-ups”
Shenendehowa (Class AA), Ballston Spa (A), Ichabod Crane (B), Chatham (C) and Whitehall (D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective classes for the 2019 Section 2 softball tournament.
The playoffs kick off Thursday, May 23, with preliminary round games in classes A, B and C. The quarterfinals take place Tuesday, May 28, and all five finals will be played Tuesday, June 4.
Here is a look at the match-ups in the five classes.
Quarterfinals (May 28)
No. 5 Shaker (10-7) at No. 4 Colonie (11-7)
No. 6 Guilderland (8-8) at No. 3 Bethlehem (11-6)
No. 7 Saratoga Springs (7-13) at No. 2 Columbia (14-6)
No. 1 Shenendehowa (18-2) – bye
Semifinals – May 30 at Luther Forest, Malta
Finals – June 4 at Luther Forest, Malta Continue reading “Shenendehowa, Ballston Spa among top seeds for 2019 Section 2 softball playoffs”
We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week.
The number of Class D teams hasn’t changed since last year, but the teams themselves have changed for 2019.
Section 2’s smallest division remains at six teams, but there are some differences from 2018. Rensselaer and Hoosic Valley jumped up to Class C, while Helderberg Valley returns to Class D after spending last season in Class C. Chatham dropped down to Class D after being a Class C mainstay, and Corinth merged with Fort Edward and elected to play in Class D.
Corinth/Fort Edward and Cohoes are both ineligible for the Class D playoffs, as they are not playing in their assigned classes. That means the four Class D playoff teams – Helderberg Valley, Chatham, Whitehall and defending Section 2 champion Warrensburg – have already been determined.
Each team will have five league games and two crossover games during the regular season. Here is a look at the week-by-week schedule, which starts the weekend of Sept. 6 and 7. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class D”
All eight home teams won their Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoff games Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Top-seeded Lake George had little trouble with No. 16 Cambridge, as the Warriors prevailed 105-53. New York’s top-ranked Class C squad jumped out to a 35-3 lead in the first quarter, and it never looked back in advancing to the quarterfinals.
Mason Flatley poured in 28 points, and Chris Becker contributed 21 points for Lake George, which extended its state-best winning streak to 49 games. Ben Epler had 20 points, and Brian Hall added 17 points for Cambridge.
Up next for Lake George is Friday’s quarterfinal game against No. 8 Schoharie at Hudson Valley Community College after Schoharie edged No. 9 Stillwater 53-51. Shane Helmstadt scored 18 points for Schoharie, which built an 18-9 lead in the first quarter and fended off a Stillwater rally in the second half.
Brian McNeil netted 20 points, and James Galarneau added 12 points for Stillwater.
No. 4 Chatham and No. 5 Mayfield also advanced with opening round wins Tuesday. Chatham defeated No. 13 Fort Plain 64-46, while Mayfield eased past No. 12 Greenwich 57-37. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoffs: Home teams sweep opening round games”
No. 3 Maple Hill advanced to the Section 2 Class C girls basketball quarterfinals with a 53-40 victory over No. 14 Stillwater Saturday, Feb. 15, in Schodack.
The Wildcats built a 25-15 halftime lead and fended off several Stillwater charges in the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth quarter to secure a date with No. 6 Lake George in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Hoosic Valley Central School in Schaghticoke.
Lydia Chittenden led a balanced Maple Hill attack with 10 points. Karsyn Berger and Lauryn Smith each contributed eight points.
Marley Mueller had 15 points, and Brooke Pickett added 13 points for Stillwater. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls basketball: Maple Hill advances past Stillwater”
By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Brackets for the Section 2 boys basketball playoffs were revealed Wednesday, Feb. 13, and there were not many surprises.
Bethlehem (Class AA), Troy (Class A), Schalmont (Class B), Lake George (Class C) and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (Class D) were named the top seeds by the Section 2 committee. Of the five No. 1 seeds, only Schalmont (19-1) was a mild surprise, as the Sabres were chosen over Foothills Council champion Glens Falls (19-1), which has only an out-of-state loss this season. Schalmont suffered an 80-69 loss to Colonial Council rival LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 7, for its only setback of the season, but grabbed the top seed due to a better strength of schedule, according to boys basketball chairman Will Ferguson.
“They were so close that Schalmont’s [seeding] points were only slightly ahead on the sheet,” said Fergsuon. “Then, there was the schedule … the number of AA’s and A;s played vs. the B’ and C’s they played against each other. One of the other key factors was Schalmont knocked off Troy, which was the No. 1 seed for the A’s.” Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball: Bethlehem, Troy, Schalmont, Lake George and OESJ receive No. 1 seeds”
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Section 2 announced its brackets for this year’s girls basketball tournament Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Shenendehowa (Class AA), Averill Park (Class A), Tamarac (Class B), Cambridge (Class C) and Fort Edward (Class D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective brackets. Shen, Averill Park and Fort Edward received byes into the quarterfinals.
Preliminary round games in Class B and C are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14. Opening round games in Class AA, Class A and Class D take place Friday, Feb. 15. Continue reading “Section 2 girls basketball playoffs: Shenendehowa, Averill Park, Tamarac, Cambridge and Fort Edward receive top seeds”
Maple Hill used a 16-3 run in the third quarter to pull away for a 58-36 victory over Catskill Tuesday, Jan. 15, in a Patroon Conference girls basketball game.
Lydia Chittenden and Natasha Strock each scored 14 points for the Wildcats, who led 28-24 at halftime. Lauryn Smith contributed 10 points in the victory.
Ashley Shook had 14 points, and Janay Brantley added 12 points for Catskill. Continue reading “Patroon Conference girls basketball: Maple Hill surges past Catskill”
Maple Hill jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 55-41 victory over Chatham in a Patroon Conference girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 11.
Stacia Coyne netted 14 points, and Lauryn Smith contributed 12 points for the Wildcats, who remained undefeated in league play. Naveah Daigle had nine points for Chatham.
Second-place Hudson kept pace with Maple Hill by defeating Cairo-Durham 61-49. Deja Beauford and Jenaya Robinson each scored 20 points for the Blue Hawks, who pulled away by outscoring Cairo-Durham 21-12 in the fourth quarter.
Jolie Polsen led Cairo-Durham with 18 points, while Arianna Myers chipped in with 13 points. Continue reading “Patroon Conference girls basketball: Maple Hill cruises past Chatham”