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”
Julia DiMenna recorded a natural hat trick to lead No. 4 Saratoga Springs to a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Shaker in the Section 2 Class AA girls soccer quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 19.
Megan Piser gave Shaker a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the first half with an unassisted goal. DiMenna struck at the 38-minute mark to tie the score at 1-1 before halftime and then gave Saratoga the lead with a goal off Abby Ray’s assist 10:04 into the second half.
Saratoga advances to face top-seeded Bethlehem in the semifinals. The Lady Eagles defeated No. 8 Columbia 3-1 behind a pair of goals from Grace Hotaling. Kaiden Ring tallied for the Blue Devils, and goalkeeper Sage Smith stopped seven shots.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Shenendehowa needed penalty kicks to oust No. 7 Colonie, and No. 3 Niskayuna shut out No. 6 Guilderland 2-0. Niskayuna and Shen meet in the semifinals Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Stillwater High School.
No. 5 Shaker had little trouble in its Section 2 Class AA boys soccer opening round playoff game against No. 12 Columbia, as the Blue Bison defeated the Blue Devils 6-0 Thursday, Oct. 18.
Hassan Alfadhil and Evan Austin each scored a pair of goals to lead Shaker (10-3-4) into the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 4 Shenendehowa Saturday, Oct. 20. Jack Acquario contributed a goal and an assist, and Nikhil Metha added a goal. Continue reading “Section 2 Class AA boys soccer playoffs: Shaker, Saratoga Springs cruise into quarterfinals”
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”
SCHENECTADY – How “sweep” it was for the Shaker boys and girls cross country teams at this year’s Grout Run Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park.
The Shaker girls fended off Bethlehem 34-42 for the Varsity Division I championship, while the Shaker boys eased past Schenectady 26-54 in the Varsity Division II race.
“I’m really proud of them. They did really well,” said Shaker girls cross country coach Marbry Gansle. Continue reading “Shaker cross country sweeps team titles at Grout Run”
SCHENECTADY – The annual Grout Run took place Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park. More than 20 teams from around New York State ran on the 2.75-mile road course in and around the park.
Washingtonville (Section 9), Shaker and Broadalbin-Perth won their respective boys varsity division team titles; while Shaker, Greenwich and Duanesburg took the girls varsity division team titles. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights”
By ROB JONAS
NISKAYUNA – It was a surreal ending to an exciting football game Friday, Oct. 5, at Niskayuna High School.
The Silver Warriors (2-4) took a 34-27 lead in overtime and hung on for a 34-33 victory over Colonie when the Garnet Raiders failed on a two-point conversion that they hadn’t planned on pursuing. Continue reading “Section 2 Class AA football: Niskayuna hangs on in overtime to defeat Colonie”
NISKAYUNA – Dan Brownell’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Whitley and a successful extra point kick in overtime helped Niskayuna edge Colonie 34-33 Friday, Oct. 5, in a Section 2 Class AA football game.
Colonie quarterback Shai Young pulled his team within one point with a 7-yard touchdown run, but the Garnet Raiders failed on their two-point conversion attempt.
Niskayuna’s Cole Wade scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, and Brownell added a two-point conversion run with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter to forge a 27-27 tie with Colonie. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class AA football: Niskayuna edges Colonie in overtime”
GUILDERLAND – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake runners took the top four places to dominate a Suburban Council quad meet against Colonie, Columbia and Guilderland Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Tawasentha Park.
The Spartans defeated Colonie 15-50, Columbia 16-45 and Guilderland 18-39 in the boys race. Guilderland’s girls team swept its opponents by scores of 21-36 over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 26-29 over Colonie and 23-34 over Columbia. Continue reading “Cross country: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys dominate Suburban Council quad meet with Colonie, Columbia and Guilderland”