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”
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”
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.
Quarterfinal match-ups are now set in Class B, as eight boys soccer teams advanced to the next round of the Section 2 playoffs Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Top-seeded Schalmont (14-1-2) shut out Colonial Council rival Cohoes 4-0 in Rotterdam. Dom Scalice tallied twice for the Sabres, who shook off a slow start to pull away with three second-half goals. Zach Metzold and Dylan Martin also scored goals.
Goalkeeper Jordan Prouty made 12 saves for No. 16 Cohoes (3-15-0). Continue reading “Section 2 Class B boys soccer playoffs: Schalmont, Ichabod Crane among first round winners”
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”
Helderberg Valley made its case for playing in the Section 2 Class C football playoffs with a 31-14 victory over Taconic Hills Friday, Oct. 12.
The win tied Helderberg Valley (4-3 overall) and Catskill-Cairo-Durham for third place in the South Division with a 3-2 record, and it holds the tiebreaker over CCD by virtue of its 46-12 victory on Sept. 8. The top two teams from each of the three divisions automatically qualify for Sectionals, along with two wildcard teams. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C football: Helderberg Valley pulls away from Taconic Hills”
On a rainy evening in Columbia County, Taconic Hills and Coxsackie-Athens played to a 0-0 tie Thursday, Oct. 11, in a Patroon Conference boys soccer game.
Coxsackie-Athens generated some early chances that Taconic Hills’ defenders turned away. The Titans gradually started mounting attacks of their own on the Indians’ back line, but they couldn’t generate any quality shots on goal.
The second half featured more scoring chances for both sides, but goalies from Taconic Hills and Coxsackie-Athens turned aside shot after shot to keep the score sheet clean. Coxsackie-Athens’ defense continued to thwart Taconic Hills’ attackers in overtime, but the Indians could not muster much on the counter attack.
It was the Patroon Conference’s first tie of the boys soccer season.
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.
Devon Charron rushed for one touchdown and caught another to help Taconic Hills defeat Coxsackie-Athens 22-12 Friday, Oct. 5, in a Section 2 Class C South Division football game.
Charron carried the ball 17 times for 111 yards, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Hartman and added a two-point conversion run for the Titans, who led 16-12 at halftime. The Taconic Hills defense also recorded a touchdown on a 95-yard interception return.