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”
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”
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”
Brackets for the Section 2 girls soccer playoffs were announced Monday, Oct. 15, and two Suburban Council teams were among the five No. 1 seeds.
Bethlehem received the No. 1 seed in Class AA after winning the Blue Division title, while Averill Park claimed the No. 1 seed in Class A after finishing first in the Gray Division. Colonial Council champion Academy of the Holy Names (Class B), Wasaren League champion Stillwater (Class C) and Adirondack League runner-up Fort Ann (Class D) were the other three No. 1 seeds.
Here are the match-ups for the first two rounds: Continue reading “Section 2 girls soccer playoffs: Bethlehem, Averill Park, Holy Names, Stillwater and Fort Ann are top seeds”
By ROB JONAS
Christian Brothers Academy (Class AA), Queensbury (A), Schalmont (B), Lake George (C) and Fort Ann (D) are the No. 1 seeds in this year’s Section 2 boys soccer playoffs.
CBA earned the No. 1 seed after posting the best record in the Suburban Council (12-1-1 league, 13-1-1 overall). The Brothers – along with No. 2 Albany (11-2-1, 12-2-1), No. 3 Bethlehem (10-3-1, 12-3-1) and No. 4 Shenendehowa (10-3-1, 10-3-1) – received byes through the first round.
Queensbury (15-1-0), No. 2 Albany Academy (11-5-0), No. 3 Averill Park (6-8-2), No. 4 South Glens Falls (10-6-0) and No. 5 Mohonasen (9-5-2) all received byes in Class A.
Here are all of the match-ups for the first two rounds of Sectionals: Continue reading “Section 2 boys soccer playoff seedings are set”
SCHODACK – Seth Roberts’ overtime goal lifted Maple Hill to a 2-1 victory over Taconic Hills Wednesday, Sept. 26, in a Patroon Conference boys soccer showdown.
The Wildcats (8-1-0) took a 1-0 lead when Luke Charlebois scored on a breakaway four minutes into the game. The Titans (6-4-0 league, 7-5-0 overall) responded when Chris Davis tallied off Kolby Clegg’s corner kick, and the score remained tied at 1-1 through the remainder of regulation.
In overtime, Maple Hill sent a hard corner kick on goal that deflected off the hand of Taconic Hills goalkeeper John Disbrow. Roberts collected the ball and kicked it into the net to give the Wildcats the victory.
The win was Maple Hill head coach Dan Gillespie’s 659th career victory. Gillespie broke the New York State record for most wins by a boys soccer coach two days earlier when the Wildcats topped Coxsackie-Athens 2-0.
By ROB JONAS
SCHODACK – Seth Roberts’ goal less than 14 minutes into the second half proved to be the difference for Maple Hill in a 1-0 victory over Catskill Tuesday, Sept. 18, in a Patroon Conference boys soccer game.
The Wildcats (4-1) made several unsuccessful pushes towards goal until Lucas Charlebois sent a through pass into the Catskill penalty box, where Roberts redirected it past Cats goalkeeper Andrew Tran inside the left post with 26:25 left in the second half. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer: Maple Hill edges Catskill in Patroon Conference battle”