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Four CBA soccer players sign Division I letters of intent

By ROB JONAS

COLONIE – Four members of the Section 2 Class AA champion Christian Brothers Academy soccer team signed their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony Thursday, March 21.

Striker Brady Van Epps signed with Brown University, while midfielder Keegan Vedder chose Rutgers University. Midfielder Eli D’Onofrio will continue his soccer career close to home at the University at Albany, and defender Quinn Becker will be a couple of hours west playing for nationally-ranked Syracuse University.

“They’re hard working players, but they have a high level of soccer intelligence and that’s what makes the difference,” said CBA soccer coach Phil Farinacci. “They have the foundation they need to get to the next level.”

All four players said they only dreamed about playing at the Division I level when they first joined the varsity program.

“It kind of came out of nowhere. I started slow, but I worked hard to get better and it showed,” said Vedder.

“It was definitely a goal, but it was a dream,” added Van Epps. “I had to keep pushing and working hard.” Continue reading “Four CBA soccer players sign Division I letters of intent”

State bowling championships: Amber Lupi, Cian DiMezza lead Section 2

SYRACUSE – Mohonasen’s Amber Lupi had one of the top 10 series, and Canajoharie’s Cian DiMezza posted one of the top three games at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships March 8 and 9 in Syracuse.

Lupi posted a six-game series of 1,217 to lead Mohonasen to a fifth-place finish in the girls Division 1 tournament. Lupi started strong with an opening game score of 246 and concluded the morning session by rolling a 245. She struggled to start the afternoon session, but she rolled a 222 in the final game to finish with one of the top series in her division.

Mackenzie Simmons rolled a 1,121 series, and Elizabeth DeLorenzo added a 1,112 series for Mohonasen, which finished with a total pinfall of 5,349. Section 1’s North Rockland won the state title with a score of 6,057, more than 160 pins ahead of runner-up East Islip (Section 11).

DiMezza posted the third-highest game in the boys section composite competition with a 258 in his final game of the competition. Section 2 placed seventh in the team standings with 5,975 pins, with Shaker’s Frank Aiello leading the way with a 1,227 series. Continue reading “State bowling championships: Amber Lupi, Cian DiMezza lead Section 2”

Shea Weilbaker, Donald Jones win titles at state indoor track championships

Saratoga Springs’ Shea Weilbaker and Albany Academy’s Donald Jones earned individual titles at the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Weilbaker was one of three Section 2 runners to place in the top 10 of the boys 3,200-meter run. Weilbaker finished first with a time of 9:04.62, while Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Tyler Berg placed third with a time of 9:09.16. Berg’s teammate, Aidan Gillooley, finished ninth with a time of 9:24.53.

Jones cleared the bar at 15 feet, 3 inches in fewer attempts than Gates-Chili’s Dustin Meyer to win the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey took third place after he cleared the bar at 15 feet.

Saratoga and Shen each turned in sub 8-minute times in the boys 3,200-meter relay. Saratoga’s team of Noah Flanders, Peter Moller, Ryan Postlethwait and Ezra Ruggles claimed the state title with a time of 7:56.60, while Shen’s Odin Schaepkens, Aidan Hickey, Nolan Hickey and Alex Hislop finished third with a time of 7:58.70.

Section 2 added a victory in the boys intersectional distance medley relay. The team of Evan Brennan (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Anthony Cozzy (Columbia), Isaac Menis (Schenectady) and William Wallace (Colonie) finished with a time of 8:55.07.

On the girls’ side, Shen’s Chidera Anameze had the top individual performance for Section 2 with a second-place finish in the shot put. Anameze’s top throw was 41 feet, 6 inches. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Rory Graham took third place in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:52.98.

In the girls’ relays, Shen’s team of Jade Dennis, Madeleine Festin, Hannah Belleville and Jada Dennis was second in the 3,200-meter event with a time of 9:17.38. Section 2’s team of Lily Dingman (Shen), Leonni Griffin (Shaker), Kaiden Ring (Columbia) and Gillian Roeder (Bethlehem) finished third in the girls intersectional distance medley relay with a time of 10:23.53. Continue reading “Shea Weilbaker, Donald Jones win titles at state indoor track championships”

Niskayuna wins team title at state boys swimming and diving championships

Niskayuna’s relay teams propelled the Silver Warriors to the team title at last weekend’s New York State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships on Long Island.

Niskayuna won one relay, placed second in two other relays and had three individuals place in the top 10 of their events to finish with 189 points. Great Neck South was second with 183 points, while Pittsford placed third with 168 points. Shenendehowa took fourth place with 163 points.

Niskayuna’s Victor Shingo, Mark Lipkin, Scott Ward and Bryan Liu won the 200-yard freestyle relay with an All-American consideration time of 1:25.86 and placed second to Shen in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:09.16. Shen’s Kaleb Hotaling, Alexander Fabris, James Jordan and Jackson Homan claimed the state title in the 400-yard freestyle relay with an All-American consideration time of 3:08.93.

Liu, Lipkin and Ward began Saturday’s championship round by teaming up with Cameron Goodspeed to place second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.71. Niskayuna was one of four Section 2 teams that qualified for the championship finals in the 200-yard medley relay, as Shen placed fourth, Albany Academy finished sixth and Bethlehem took ninth place.

Liu and Ward also had top-10 performances in individual events. Liu was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.97 seconds, while Ward finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.36. Matthew Chao added a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition for Niskayuna with a score of 493.50 points.

Hotaling had the top performance for a Section 2 swimmer in an individual event. He placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.46 – one-hundredth of a second ahead of Queensbury’s David Walton, who had a pair of top-10 performances at states. Continue reading “Niskayuna wins team title at state boys swimming and diving championships”

Section 2 boys basketball semifinals: Gloversville advances past Mohonasen in Class A semifinals

GLENS FALLS – No. 2 Gloversville overcame a slow start to defeat No. 6 Mohonasen 50-41 in the Section 2 Class A boys basketball semifinals Thursday, Feb. 28, at Cool Insuring Arena.

The defending champion Mighty Warriors jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Dragons responded by outscoring Mohonasen 32-19 over the course of the second and third quarters to take control.

Dante Bouchard had 21 points, and Joey Rowback contributed 13 points for Gloversville. Duncan Tallman and Chase Monroe each scored 10 points for Mohonasen.

Gloversville faces No. 1 Troy in Saturday’s Class A final. The Flying Horses dispatched No. 4 Mekeel Christian Academy 74-61 in Thursday’s other semifinal contest.

Latyce Faison and Nazaire Merritt each scored 19 points for Troy, which built a 36-24 halftime lead against the defending state Class B champions from Mekeel Christian. Faison also contributed five assists, and Zaveon Little added 14 points.

Ozzy DeJesus netted 26 points, and Alex Barnhill chipped in with 14 points for Mekeel Christian. Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball semifinals: Gloversville advances past Mohonasen in Class A semifinals”

State skiing championships: Section 2 dominates girls downhill; Saratoga Springs boys Alpine, Mayfield girls Nordic teams place second

NORTH CREEK – Section 2 turned in a strong performance in its own backyard at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Skiing Championships Monday and Tuesday at Gore Mountain.

The Section 2 girls Alpine team led the field after the first day of the two-day meet, while Saratoga Springs’ boys Alpine team sat in second place. Section 2 placed second in the intersectional standings for girls Nordic skiing, and Mayfield’s girls Nordic team turned in a second-place finish.

Individually, Queensbury’s Hunter Montgomery was in top form. Montgomery won the boys slalom Monday with a combined time of 1:30.61, and he took first place in Tuesday’s giant slalom with a time of 2:18.98. Niskayuna’s Nick Fratterigo added a second-place finish in the giant slalom with a time of 2:19.26 and a fifth-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:33.24.

Schuylerville-Greenwich’s Hannah Klingebiel led the Section 2 girls Alpine team with a second-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:38.77 and a third-place performance in the giant slalom with a time of 2:24.39. Queensbury’s Maddie Montgomery placed third in the slalom with a time of 1:39.97, and Shenendehowa’s Melissa Taggert posted a two-run time of 2:26.55 to finish sixth in the giant slalom.

Mayfield’s Madison Relyea and Queensbury’s Bailey Gengel had top-five finishes in the Nordic 7.5-kilometer classic event. Relyea was second with a time of 28:07.4, while Gengel finished fourth with a time of 30:08.7. Continue reading “State skiing championships: Section 2 dominates girls downhill; Saratoga Springs boys Alpine, Mayfield girls Nordic teams place second”

Bethlehem outlasts Shenendehowa for Section 2 Division 1 hockey title

SCHENECTADY – Bethlehem won its second consecutive Section 2 Division 1 hockey title by outlasting Shenendehowa 4-2 in the championship game Sunday, Feb. 24, at Union College.

The Eagles (20-2-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on two quick goals by Michael Bievenue. The junior forward’s first goal came 22 seconds into the match and the second a little more than three minutes later. After Shen got on the scoreboard early in the second period, Bievenue struck again to put Bethlehem ahead 3-1.

Shen (16-6-1) pulled back within one goal again in the third period when Brennan Alheim tallied, but Ben LaVigne scored off a Bievenue assist to give Bethlehem the insurance goal it needed.

LaVigne assisted on two of Bievenue’s three goals, and goalie Michael Kurdziolek stopped 27 shots to propel Bethlehem into the regionals. The Eagles travel to southern New York to face Section 1 champion Suffern Saturday, March 2. Continue reading “Bethlehem outlasts Shenendehowa for Section 2 Division 1 hockey title”

State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events

ALBANY – Section 2 held its state indoor track and field qualifier Sunday, Feb. 24, at the University at Albany.

Colonie’s Josiah Kemp and Averill Park’s James Cocca each won two individual boys events. Kemp took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.57 seconds, and he finished first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.52 seconds. Cocca swept the throwing events, winning the shot put and the weight throw.

On the girls’ side, Saratoga Springs’ Ella Kurto won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:49.15 and the 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:04.13. Guilderland’s Isabella Bruno finished first in the long jump and the triple jump, while Shenendehowa’s Chidera Anameze earned victories in the shot put and weight throw.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island. Third-place finishers qualified if they met the state meet standard. Continue reading “State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events”

State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles

ALBANY – Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence won their weight classes at last weekend’s New York State High School Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center.

Poulin claimed his second straight state title by defeating Minisink Valley’s Zack Ryder 4-3 in the Division 1 (large school) 106-pound weight class final. Poulin recorded technical falls in the first two rounds and added a 16-4 majority decision over Hilton’s Rocco Camilacci in the semifinals on his way to the title and a 48-0 record for the 2018-19 season.

Lawrence led a strong Section 2 Division 2 (small school) contingent by winning the 152-pound title with a 3-2 victory over Norwich’s Mike Squires in the finals. Lawrence posted wins by decision in all of his bouts to claim the title. Continue reading “State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles”

Section 2 indoor track: Shenendehowa sweeps Division 1 team titles for fourth consecutive year

Shenendehowa swept the boys and girls team titles for the fourth consecutive year at the Section 2 Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday, Feb. 17, at the University at Albany.

Shen topped Saratoga Springs 130-100 in the boys team standings, while the girls had a comfortable 181-106 margin over the Blue Streaks.

Colonie’s Josiah Kemp took home two individual Section 2 titles in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles. Saratoga’s Shea Weilbaker earned victories in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.

Rachel Sterle led Shen’s girls team with victories in the 55- and 300-meter dashes. Guilderland’s Isabella Bruno won the long and triple jumps, and she placed second to Saratoga’s Anna Evans.

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