KINGS PARK – It was a good day for Section 2 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sunken Meadow State Park.
Saratoga Springs ended Fayetteville-Manlius’ 12-year reign as the girls Class A team champion by edging the Section 3 powerhouse 46-47, and in the process won its first state title since 2005. Kelsey Chmiel led the Blue Streaks with a second-place finish in a time of 17:20.6, 18.5 seconds behind individual champion Katelyn Touhy (North Rockland). Ella Kurto (sixth place, 18:35.3) and Emily Bush (21st, 19:26.1) also landed in the top 25 for Saratoga Springs. Continue reading “Three Section 2 cross country teams claim titles at NYSPHSAA meet”
By ROB JONAS
Three Section 2 teams are among the favorites to claim titles at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys team has its sights set on the Class B title after completing an impressive regular season, capped by a dominating performance at the Section 2 Championships Nov. 2. The Spartans claimed five of the top six places and had seven runners finish in the top 10 to breeze to the Sectional title by a margin of 65 points. Continue reading “Cross country state championships preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys, Saratoga Springs and Greenwich girls among teams favored to win”
Three Section 2 football teams have regional playoff games this weekend, while two others await their semifinal opponents.
Class AA champion Shaker (10-0) received a bye into the state semifinals after defeating Saratoga Springs 28-14 in the championship game Friday, Nov. 2, at Casey Stadium on the University at Albany campus. This bye is rotated between Sections 2, 1 and 9 on an annual basis. Shaker meets either Section 1 champion New Rochelle or Section 9 champion Newburgh Free Academy Saturday, Nov. 17, at Middletown High School.
Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (9-1) also received a bye into the semifinals after Section X decided not to play in the regional round. The Spartans face the winner of the John Jay (Section 1)-Cornwall (Section 9) regional in the state semifinals Friday, Nov. 16, in Middletown.
Glens Falls (Class B), Cambridge/Salem (Class C) and Warrensburg (Class D) all play in this weekend’s regional round. Glens Falls meets Section 7 champion Beekmantown Friday, Nov. 9, at Shenendehowa High School, while Cambridge/Salem travels to Potsdam High School to play Section 10 champ Ogdensburg Free Academy. Warrensburg faces Section 7 champion Moriah Saturday, Nov. 10, at Schuylerville High School. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A look back at the Super Bowls, and a look ahead to regionals (with photo gallery)”
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”
CLIFTON PARK – No. 3 Saratoga Springs avenged last week’s loss to No. 2 Shenendehowa by beating the Plainsmen 34-26 in the Section 2 Class AA football semifinals Friday, Oct. 26, at Brent Steuerwald Stadium.
Carter Steingraber returned a kickoff 83 yards for one touchdown and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jake Williams to help the Blue Streaks (7-2) advance to the Class AA Super Bowl. Chris Klimek and Will Bonacio returned interceptions for touchdowns to help Saratoga build a 34-12 lead.
Quarterback Brendan Belott threw a pair of touchdown passes for Shenendehowa (7-2), which defeated Saratoga 35-7 one week earlier to clinch the No. 2 seed for Sectionals. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 football: Saratoga Springs fends off Shenendehowa in Class AA semifinals”
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.