By ROB JONAS
NISKAYUNA – Some of the top high school girls soccer teams in New York – including three defending NYSSPHSAA champions and the reigning Catholic High School Athletic Association champ – converged on the Capital Region Sept. 7 and 8 for the NYSSCOGS Tournament.
A record number of 52 teams participated in this year’s tournament, which was held at fields in Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Stillwater. Niskayuna head coach Bryce Colby, who organizes the event with NYSSCOGS president Perry Novak, said moving the location from Hamilton to the Capital Region led to the surge in the number of participating schools.
“We decided to move it here this year, and it just exploded,” said Colby. “Because of the location, a bunch of teams from downstate and [New York City] decided to come here.”
“I think it’s great because you get to go against teams like Massapequa, Shen and Niskayuna,” said Monroe-Woodbury head coach Bill Mpasiakos. Continue reading “A look back at the NYSSCOGS girls soccer tournament and NYS Girls Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony”
Several Section 2 athletes were chosen for the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State boys lacrosse team this week.
Niskayuna’s Griffin King received the highest honor for a Section 2 athlete, as the midfielder was named to the second team among large school division players. King was one of the leading scorers for the Silver Warriors, who won the Section 2 Class A title. Teammate Nick Fraterrigo was a third team selection on defense. Continue reading “Griffin King leads list of Section 2 boys lacrosse players named to All-State team”
CARY, N.C. – McKinley Wheeler’s first trip to the New Balance Nationals track and field meet led to a pair of titles.
The Saratoga Springs eighth-grader won the middle school girls 2-mile race in a battle with her twin sister, Sheridan. Then, she teamed up with Sophie Tesla, Ella Kurto and Kelsey Chmiel to win the girls championship 4×1 mile relay.
The Wheeler twins led a strong contingent of Section 2 runners in the middle school girls 2-mile run. McKinley finished with a winning time of 11:04.58, while Sheridan placed second with a time of 11:08.24. Shaker’s Kaleigh Higgins was third with a time of 11:21.03, and Greenwich’s Teagan Wright took 13th place with a time of 12:01.50. Columbia’s Shea Fajen (15th place) and Abigail Moxon (17th) also finished in the top 20. Continue reading “Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals”
MIDDLETOWN – It was a good weekend for Section 2 athletes at the New York State High School Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School.
Colonie and Schenectady’s 400-meter boys relay teams highlighted the weekend by taking the top two places in Saturday’s Federation championship race. Fresh off winning the public school Division 1 championship Friday, Colonie’s team of Josiah Kemp, Shai Young, Cristian Hubbard and Michael Hermance claimed the Federation title with a time of 41.39 seconds. Schenectady – which placed fourth in the Division 1 race – took second place with a time of 41.75 seconds,
Section 2 also demonstrated its strength in the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey cleared the bar at 16 feet to win the Division 2 and Federation titles, while Albany Academy’s Donald Jones finished second by clearing 15 feet, 6 inches. Continue reading “Section 2 wins several titles at state track meet”
The Niskayuna doubles team of Ricky Dartawan and Jarod Rackliffe reached the quarterfinals at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Tennis Championships last weekend at the National Tennis Center in Queens.
Dartawan and Rackliffe won their first two matches before losing in straight sets to Dean and Ben Vlassis from Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. The Vlassis brothers went on to place third in the doubles competition.
Dartawan and Rackliffe, who placed second at the Section 2 championships, opened the state tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Susquehanna Valley’s Cody Jacobs and Mason Spottek. In the round of 16, Dartawan and Rackliffe pulled out a 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Logan Fligel and Stephan Gershfeld from Hewlett (Section 8) to reach the quarterfinals. Continue reading “Niskayuna doubles team reaches state tennis tournament quarterfinals”
Three Section 2 athletes enter this weekend’s New York State High School Track and Field Championships with the top performances in their individual events.
Ichabod Crane’s Ama Boham posted the top time among Division 2 (small school) athletes in the girls 100-meter high hurdles this season (14.40). No other girl in the Division 2 field posted a time close to Boham’s mark, and it is the second-fastest overall in New York State this season. Only Chibugo Obichere of Division 1’s Valley Stream South (Section 8) posted a faster overall time (13.80).
New Lebanon’s Allie Ryder enters the state meet with the top distance among Division 2 throwers in the girls discus. Ryder’s best throw this season is 122 feet, 5 inches, 2 inches ahead of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s LeeAnne Lowery. Continue reading “State track meet primer: Ama Boham, Allie Ryder and Donald Jones lead list of Section 2 contenders”
TROY – A pitcher’s duel turned into a runaway victory for Shenendehowa.
The Plainsmen scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Niskayuna 7-1 for the Section 2 Class AA baseball title Monday, June 3 at Joseph Bruno Stadium.
Jake Reinisch got the ninth-inning rally started with an RBI triple to plate pinch runner C.J. Latham with the go-ahead run. Niskayuna nearly got out of the jam allowing just the one run, but back-to-back bases-loaded singles by Sam Law and Patrick McGuire plated three more runs. Law and McGuire then scored on a wild pitch by Cole Hedden to give the Plainsmen a 7-1 lead. Continue reading “Section 2 baseball: Shenendehowa scores six runs in the ninth to defeat Niskayuna for Class AA title”
Top-seeded Niskayuna scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning on its way to a 10-4 victory over No. 8 Bethlehem in the Section 2 Class AA baseball quarterfinals Saturday, May 25.
Aaron Whitley and Chris Erickson each homered to lead Niskayuna’s 12-hit attack. Whitley finished with three hits, while Erickson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Starting pitcher Cole Hedden helped his own cause with two doubles and three RBI.
Kyle Turoski singled twice and doubled for Bethlehem, and Jerry Jennings added a two-run homer. Continue reading “Section 2 baseball quarterfinals: Niskayuna, Shen advance in Class AA”
LaSalle outscored Glens Falls 7-1 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 16-12 victory in the Section 2 Class C boys lacrosse final Friday, May 24, at Schuylerville High School.
Glens Falls jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter, but LaSalle kept the score close until it had the opportunity to pull in front over the final 12 minutes. Continue reading “Section 2 boys lacrosse: LaSalle rallies past Glens Falls for Class C title”
ROTTERDAM – After a Thursday evening storm suspended action in the second half, Queensbury finished off a 16-12 victory over Niskayuna in the Section 2 Class B girls lacrosse final Friday, May 24, at Mohonasen High School.
The Spartans led 12-8 at halftime and held the advantage when lightning forced the game to be suspended less than 10 minutes into the second half. Queensbury remained in front after play resumed Friday to secure the Class B championship. Continue reading “Section 2 girls lacrosse: Queensbury takes two days to defeat Niskayuna in Class B final”