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”
Class AA and Class A held their quarterfinal matches Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Section 2 girls volleyball playoffs.
The top four seeds advanced in Class AA, though two of the matches were close. No. 4 Columbia edged No. 5 Guilderland 3-2, while No. 3 Niskayuna got past No. 6 Bethlehem 3-1.
Columbia and Guilderland split the first four games before the Blue Devils pulled out a 25-23 victory in the fifth game. Chesney Romer had 20 kills for Columbia in the victory.
Niskayuna won the first two games of its playoff against Bethlehem 25-20 and 25-15. The Lady Eagles took the third game 25-18 before the Silver Warriors closed the match with a 25-13 victory in the fourth game. Molly Mason and Katie Atchinson each had four service aces for Niskayuna. Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball tournament: Semifinal match-ups are set for Class AA and Class A”
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”
Semifinal match-ups are set for all five classes in Section 2 football, as well as the final round of crossover games. Here is a look at who’s playing, and how they got there.
Class AA – All semifinal games Friday, Oct. 26
No. 1 Shaker (8-0) vs. No. 4 Guilderland (5-3)
How they got there: Shaker capped an undefeated regular season by defeating crosstown rival Colonie 31-7, while Guilderland clinched the No. 4 seed by pulling away for a 41-19 victory over Christian Brothers Academy (3-5) Friday, Oct. 19. Guilderland’s victory avoided a four-way tie for fourth place, as both Bethlehem (4-4) and Niskayuna (4-4) won their final regular season games
No. 2 Shenendehowa (7-1) vs. No. 3 Saratoga Springs (6-2)
How they got there: Shen wrapped up the No. 2 seed by defeating Saratoga 35-7 at home. Brendan Belott threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Shen to victory. The Plainsmen’s reward is to host the Blue Streaks for the second week in a row. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoffs: Semifinal match-ups set in all five classes”
Top-seeded Queensbury (16-1-0) pulled out a 3-0 victory over No. 8 Scotia-Glenville in the Section 2 Class B boys soccer quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 19.
The Tartans (10-8-0) pressured Queensbury’s defense several times in the first half, but could not get anything into the goal. The Spartans got on the scoreboard less than one minute before halftime when Aidan Jordi-Donnelly fed a through ball to Teddy Borgos, who promptly kicked it into the goal for a 1-0 lead. Continue reading “Section 2 Class A boys soccer: Queensbury gets past stubborn Scotia-Glenville; Ballston Spa edges Averill Park”
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”
By ROB JONAS
The playoff seedings for the Section 2 Class A, C and D football playoffs are set, but Class AA and B match-ups are still in the air following Sunday’s seeding meeting.
Shaker (7-0) will be the No. 1 seed in Class AA when the four-team playoff begins Oct. 26, while Shenendehowa (6-1) and Saratoga Springs (6-1) will battle each other Friday, Oct. 19, for the No. 2 seed. The No. 4 seed is up for grabs between Guilderland (4-3), Bethlehem (3-4), Christian Brothers Academy (3-4) and Niskayuna (3-4). A Guilderland victory over CBA Friday guarantees the Dutchmen the No. 4 seed, while a CBA win plus Niskayuna and Bethlehem wins would create a four-way tie for fourth place. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially set”
Some movement at the top of the Suburban Council standings could impact seedings for the Section 2 Class AA boys soccer tournament when brackets are announced next week.
Shaker’s 1-1 tie against Albany and Christian Brothers Academy’s 6-0 victory over Averill Park Tuesday, Oct. 9, allowed the Brothers to open up a two-point lead on the Falcons for the Gray Division title and a two-point advantage over Bethlehem for the overall top spot in the league. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys soccer: Albany rallies to tie Shaker; CBA takes sole possession of first place with win over Averill Park”
Derin Gumustop’s third goal of the afternoon proved to be the game winner as Bethlehem fended off Averill Park 4-3 Monday, Oct. 8, in a Suburban Council boys soccer game.
Gumustop scored unassisted at the 66:01 mark to break a 2-2 tie, and he added a goal off a pass from Aidan McCaffrey five-and-a-half minutes later to put the Eagles up 4-2. Logan Bielawski tallied with 3:36 left in regulation to pull Averill Park within a goal, but that was as close as the Warriors got.
Gabe Kaprielian contributed a goal, and McCaffrey added a pair of assists for Bethlehem. Bielawski led Averill Park with two goals and assisted on Tristan Shelhamer’s goal.
Bethlehem goalkeeper Sam Lane made three saves, and Averill Park netminder Eric Schuman stopped four shots.