CLIFTON PARK – Shenendehowa (Division 1) and Queensbury (Division 2) eased to the team titles at the Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Shenendehowa Aquatic Center.
Shen dethroned defending Division 1 champion Niskayuna with a commanding total of 441 points. Niskayuna placed second with 407 points, and Bethlehem finished third with 254 points.
Mohonasen-Schalmont’s Mary Kate Conway and Bethlehem’s Sydney Sorbello each won a pair of individual events at the Division 1 meet. Conway claimed first place in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, while Sorbello finished first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle.
Niskayuna’s Lillian Bushway (500-yard freestyle) and Yunfan Dong (100-yard backstroke) also won individual events Saturday, as did Albany Academy’s Claire Gerdeman (50-yard freestyle), and Guilderville’s Kasey Keaney (100-yard breaststroke). Continue reading “Shenendehowa, Queensbury win team titles at Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving 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”
With the Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships beginning today, Nov. 1, here is a look at the Sectional leaderboard, as well as area individuals and relay teams who have hit the qualifying standard for this year’s state meet.
Girls 200-yard medley relay
Bethlehem 1:49.53 NYS
Shenendehowa 1:50.29 NYS
Ballston Spa 1:50.64 NYS
Guilderville 1:51.91 NYS
Albany Academy for Girls 1:52.12 NYS
Girls 200-yard freestyle
Mary Kate Conway (Mohonasen-Schalmont) 1:53.23 NYS
Alice Han (Shenendehowa) 1:55.31 NYS
Girls 200-yard individual medley
Sydney Sorbello (Bethlehem) 2:10.68 NYS
Kasey Keaney (Guilderville) 2:11.01 NYS
Isabel Bushway (Niskayuna) 2:11.15 NYS
Shauna Killane (Shenendehowa) 2:12.38 NYS Continue reading “A look at the Section 2 girls swimming leaderboard heading into championship weekend”
COLONIE – Top-seeded Christian Brothers Academy claimed its first Section 2 Class AA boys soccer title in the school’s history by defeating No. 7 Niskayuna 2-1 in the championship game Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Colonie Central High School.
Eli D’Onofrio scored on a penalty kick midway through the first half to give the Brothers a 1-0 lead. Jack Mendrysa then tallied off a pass from Keegan Vedder for what proved to be the game winner for CBA.
Niskayuna – which upset No. 2 Albany and advanced past No. 3 Bethlehem on penalty kicks to reach the final – did not give up without a fight. Late in the second half, Keenan Duggal struck a shot for the Silver Warriors that a CBA defender attempted to clear, but wound up bouncing off another CBA player into the net for an own goal. Time ran out on Niskayuna before it could get the equalizer.
CBA will play for its first regional title when it faces Section 3 champion Baker Saturday, Nov. 3, at Liverpool High School outside Syracuse. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: CBA wins first Class AA title in school history by edging Niskayuna”
COLONIE – No. 7 Niskayuna outshot No. 2 Bethlehem 5-3 in penalty kicks to advance through the Section 2 Class AA boys soccer semifinals Friday, Oct. 26, at Colonie Central High School.
The Suburban Council rivals played to a scoreless draw through regulation and overtime, setting up the penalty kick round. Saidali Mesbahi scored first for Niskayuna, and then goalkeeper Jimmy Joyce stopped Derin Gumustop’s shot to give the Silver Warriors the advantage throughout the rest of PKs. Continue reading “Niskayuna advances past Bethlehem on penalty kicks in Section 2 Class AA boys soccer semifinals; CBA prevails”
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”
The last two pieces of the Section 2 field hockey championships fell into place Thursday, Oct. 25, as top-seeded Shenendehowa and No. 2 Saratoga Springs won their Class A semifinal contests.
Shen avoided an upset bid by No. 4 Guilderland by winning 2-1 on Rachel Sterle’s overtime goal. The Plainswomen meet Saratoga – a 5-1 victor over No. 3 Niskayuna – Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. at Gloversville High School. Lindsey Frank factored in all of the Blue Streaks points with two goals and three assists.
The Class A final caps a day of Sectional finals at Gloversville. The triple-header begins with No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake meeting No. 4 South Glens Falls in the Class B final at 2 p.m. The Class C final follows at 4 p.m. with No. 1 Johnstown facing No. 2 Hoosick Falls.
STILLWATER – No. 1 Bethlehem and No. 2 Shenendehowa advanced through the Section 2 Class AA girls soccer semifinals with impressive victories Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Stillwater High School.
Bethlehem – ranked No. 3 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association poll – defeated No. 4 Saratoga Springs 4-1, while Shen shut out No. 3 Niskayuna 4-0.
Claire Hutton tallied twice, and Grace Hotaling contributed a goal and an assist for Bethlehem, which built a 3-0 halftime lead against Saratoga. Joanna VanRoyen also tallied for the Lady Eagles, and goalkeeper Shannon Donnelly had four saves.
Leah Radovic scored Saratoga’s goal, and goalie Natalie Jillson made six saves.
Shen – ranked No. 14 among Class AA teams in New York – used a balanced attack to defeat Niskayuna. Catherine Carley, Bella Guarracino, Jen Kirker and Raegan Sames all had a goal for the Plainswomen, and Michelle Clarkin added two assists.
Bethlehem faces Shen for the title Monday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. at Stillwater High School.
Mohonasen’s Loren Cuomo took home the singles title for the second year in a row, and the Guilderland duo of Katrina Setchenkov and Aasiyah Virjee won the doubles championship at the Section 2 girls tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Sportime indoor tennis facility in Rotterdam.
Cuomo rallied to defeat Shaker’s Haejin Lee 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the singles final. Setchenkov and Virjee swept Saratoga Springs’ Katia Kelly and Ellie Siebeneck 7-6, 6-2 for the doubles title.
In the third place matches, Shaker’s Taylor Crain defeated Niskayuna’s Christine Lee 6-4, 6-1, and the Bethlehem doubles team of Zoe Davis and Letti Donovan edged Guilderland’s Meghana Bhupati and Lavanya Prabhakar 6-3, 7-5. The top three singles and doubles players all qualify for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships, which take place Oct. 27-29 at Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham.
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”