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A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

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”

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Section 2 girls volleyball tournament: Semifinal match-ups are set for Class AA and Class A

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”

Section 2 girls volleyball seedings are announced

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”

Section 2 Class AA girls soccer: Saratoga Springs advances with victory over Shaker; Shenendehowa, Bethlehem reach quarterfinals

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.

Section 2 Class AA boys soccer playoffs: Shaker, Saratoga Springs cruise into quarterfinals

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”

Section 2 girls soccer playoffs: Bethlehem, Averill Park, Holy Names, Stillwater and Fort Ann are top seeds

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”

Section 2 boys soccer playoff seedings are set

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”

Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially 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”

Suburban Council girls soccer: Guilderland fends off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake; Saratoga Springs gets past Columbia

Guilderland improved its record to 8-4-2 with a 3-2 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tuesday, Oct. 9, in a Suburban Council girls soccer game.

All of the goal scoring came in the first half. Molly Dicaprio, Margot Nezaj and Lauren Conti tallied for Guilderland, while Raia James and Mollie Boone notched Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s goals. Continue reading “Suburban Council girls soccer: Guilderland fends off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake; Saratoga Springs gets past Columbia”

Cross country: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys dominate Suburban Council quad meet with Colonie, Columbia and Guilderland

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”