Category: Saratoga Springs

Shea Weilbaker, Donald Jones win titles at state indoor track championships

Saratoga Springs’ Shea Weilbaker and Albany Academy’s Donald Jones earned individual titles at the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Weilbaker was one of three Section 2 runners to place in the top 10 of the boys 3,200-meter run. Weilbaker finished first with a time of 9:04.62, while Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Tyler Berg placed third with a time of 9:09.16. Berg’s teammate, Aidan Gillooley, finished ninth with a time of 9:24.53.

Jones cleared the bar at 15 feet, 3 inches in fewer attempts than Gates-Chili’s Dustin Meyer to win the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey took third place after he cleared the bar at 15 feet.

Saratoga and Shen each turned in sub 8-minute times in the boys 3,200-meter relay. Saratoga’s team of Noah Flanders, Peter Moller, Ryan Postlethwait and Ezra Ruggles claimed the state title with a time of 7:56.60, while Shen’s Odin Schaepkens, Aidan Hickey, Nolan Hickey and Alex Hislop finished third with a time of 7:58.70.

Section 2 added a victory in the boys intersectional distance medley relay. The team of Evan Brennan (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Anthony Cozzy (Columbia), Isaac Menis (Schenectady) and William Wallace (Colonie) finished with a time of 8:55.07.

On the girls’ side, Shen’s Chidera Anameze had the top individual performance for Section 2 with a second-place finish in the shot put. Anameze’s top throw was 41 feet, 6 inches. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Rory Graham took third place in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:52.98.

In the girls’ relays, Shen’s team of Jade Dennis, Madeleine Festin, Hannah Belleville and Jada Dennis was second in the 3,200-meter event with a time of 9:17.38. Section 2’s team of Lily Dingman (Shen), Leonni Griffin (Shaker), Kaiden Ring (Columbia) and Gillian Roeder (Bethlehem) finished third in the girls intersectional distance medley relay with a time of 10:23.53. Continue reading “Shea Weilbaker, Donald Jones win titles at state indoor track championships”

State skiing championships: Section 2 dominates girls downhill; Saratoga Springs boys Alpine, Mayfield girls Nordic teams place second

NORTH CREEK – Section 2 turned in a strong performance in its own backyard at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Skiing Championships Monday and Tuesday at Gore Mountain.

The Section 2 girls Alpine team led the field after the first day of the two-day meet, while Saratoga Springs’ boys Alpine team sat in second place. Section 2 placed second in the intersectional standings for girls Nordic skiing, and Mayfield’s girls Nordic team turned in a second-place finish.

Individually, Queensbury’s Hunter Montgomery was in top form. Montgomery won the boys slalom Monday with a combined time of 1:30.61, and he took first place in Tuesday’s giant slalom with a time of 2:18.98. Niskayuna’s Nick Fratterigo added a second-place finish in the giant slalom with a time of 2:19.26 and a fifth-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:33.24.

Schuylerville-Greenwich’s Hannah Klingebiel led the Section 2 girls Alpine team with a second-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:38.77 and a third-place performance in the giant slalom with a time of 2:24.39. Queensbury’s Maddie Montgomery placed third in the slalom with a time of 1:39.97, and Shenendehowa’s Melissa Taggert posted a two-run time of 2:26.55 to finish sixth in the giant slalom.

Mayfield’s Madison Relyea and Queensbury’s Bailey Gengel had top-five finishes in the Nordic 7.5-kilometer classic event. Relyea was second with a time of 28:07.4, while Gengel finished fourth with a time of 30:08.7. Continue reading “State skiing championships: Section 2 dominates girls downhill; Saratoga Springs boys Alpine, Mayfield girls Nordic teams place second”

State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events

ALBANY – Section 2 held its state indoor track and field qualifier Sunday, Feb. 24, at the University at Albany.

Colonie’s Josiah Kemp and Averill Park’s James Cocca each won two individual boys events. Kemp took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.57 seconds, and he finished first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.52 seconds. Cocca swept the throwing events, winning the shot put and the weight throw.

On the girls’ side, Saratoga Springs’ Ella Kurto won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:49.15 and the 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:04.13. Guilderland’s Isabella Bruno finished first in the long jump and the triple jump, while Shenendehowa’s Chidera Anameze earned victories in the shot put and weight throw.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island. Third-place finishers qualified if they met the state meet standard. Continue reading “State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events”

State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles

ALBANY – Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence won their weight classes at last weekend’s New York State High School Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center.

Poulin claimed his second straight state title by defeating Minisink Valley’s Zack Ryder 4-3 in the Division 1 (large school) 106-pound weight class final. Poulin recorded technical falls in the first two rounds and added a 16-4 majority decision over Hilton’s Rocco Camilacci in the semifinals on his way to the title and a 48-0 record for the 2018-19 season.

Lawrence led a strong Section 2 Division 2 (small school) contingent by winning the 152-pound title with a 3-2 victory over Norwich’s Mike Squires in the finals. Lawrence posted wins by decision in all of his bouts to claim the title. Continue reading “State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles”

Section 2 indoor track: Shenendehowa sweeps Division 1 team titles for fourth consecutive year

Shenendehowa swept the boys and girls team titles for the fourth consecutive year at the Section 2 Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday, Feb. 17, at the University at Albany.

Shen topped Saratoga Springs 130-100 in the boys team standings, while the girls had a comfortable 181-106 margin over the Blue Streaks.

Colonie’s Josiah Kemp took home two individual Section 2 titles in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles. Saratoga’s Shea Weilbaker earned victories in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.

Rachel Sterle led Shen’s girls team with victories in the 55- and 300-meter dashes. Guilderland’s Isabella Bruno won the long and triple jumps, and she placed second to Saratoga’s Anna Evans.

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Section 2 Class AA girls basketball playoffs: Colonie avoids upset against Guilderland to advance

No. 4 Colonie survived a scare from No. 5 Guilderland to defeat the Lady Dutch 59-54 Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Section 2 Class AA girls basketball quarterfinals at Shenendehowa High School.

Guilderland led the defending Class AA champions by four points entering the fourth quarter, but Colonie closed the game on a 22-13 run to pull out the victory and advance to Wednesday’s semifinal against top-seeded Shen at Hudson Valley Community College.

Aliyah Wright scored 19 points, and Alivia Paeglow contributed 16 points for Colonie. Graci Serreavillo led Guilderland with 16 points, and Valencia Fontenelle-Posson chipped in with 14 points.

Shen advanced to the semifinals with a 59-42 victory over No. 8 Niskayuna. Catherine Almeida had 18 points, and Kaitlyn Watrobski added 11 points for the Plainsmen, who built a 29-18 halftime lead. Olivia Olsen paced Niskayuna with 13 points. Continue reading “Section 2 Class AA girls basketball playoffs: Colonie avoids upset against Guilderland to advance”

Section 2 hockey: Oliver Mathison’s goal propels Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa past Saratoga in 3OT

Oliver Mathison scored in the third overtime to lift No. 6 Burnt Hills/Ballston spa to a 4-3 victory over No. 3 Saratoga Springs Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Section 2 Division 1 hockey quarterfinals at Weibel Avenue Rink.

Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Saratoga Springs rallied in the second period to pull even at 2-2. The two teams traded goals in the third period and then played through two scoreless overtimes before Mathison tallied the game winner.

Joe Amodio, Xavier Clarke and Will Detora scored goals for Saratoga Springs in the loss. Continue reading “Section 2 hockey: Oliver Mathison’s goal propels Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa past Saratoga in 3OT”

Three Section 2 wrestlers receive No. 1 seeds for state tournament

Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin, Maple Hill’s Trent Svingala and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence received No. 1 seeds for this weekend’s New York State Wrestling Championships at Albany’s Times Union Center.

Poulin was the lone Division I (large school) wrestler to gain the top seed for his weight class. The 106-pounder enters states with a 40-0 record for the Plainsmen. Svingala takes a 42-0 record into the Division II (small school) 132-pound division bracket, while Lawrence boasts a 46-0 mark as he enters the 152-pound weight bracket.

Ballston Spa’s Jake Stangle received the No. 2 seed in the Division I 285-pound weight class, while Duanesburg’s Charlie Grygas was seeded second in the Division II 160-pound bracket. Warrensburg’s Nolan McNeill gained the No. 3 seed in the Division II 195-pound weight class, despite losing to No. 4 seed Devon Shader of Coxsackie-Athens at Sectionals on an injury default Feb. 9.

There are three instances where Section 2 wrestlers could compete against each other in the quarterfinals. No. 5 seed Drew Bogdan of Albany Academy could meet Shen’s Colden Dorfman if both 160-pound wrestlers win their opening round matches, though Dorfman has to get past No. 4 seed Steven Gazzillo of Cornwall (Section 9). No. 5 Dylan Winchell (Warrensburg) and No. 4 Joey Scheeren (Galway) could be on a collision course in the Division II 113-pound weight class, as could No. 5 Ethan Cooper (Cobleskill-Richmondville) and Rich Forbes (Catskill) at 170 pounds.

Here is a look at all of the opening round matches featuring Section 2 wrestlers at the state tournament, which begins Friday, Feb. 22, at the Times Union Center. Continue reading “Three Section 2 wrestlers receive No. 1 seeds for state tournament”

Scenes from Section 2 boys swimming: Albany Academy hangs on to win Division 2 title; Shen cruises to Division 1 crown

By ROB JONAS

CLIFTON PARK – Albany Academy had the elite swimmers. Glens Falls had the determined swimmers. In the end, the elite swimmers did enough to fend off the determined swimmers.

The Cadets built a big lead midway through Saturday’s Section 2 Division 2 Boys Swimming and Diving Championships and then held off a furious rally by the Indians to take the team title by 3.5 points. Albany Academy finished with 399 points, while Glens Falls finished second with 395.5 points.

“We knew it was going to be a battle,” said Albany Academy coach Scott Young. “I have great respect for Glens Falls. They have a great group of kids.”

“We weren’t supposed to [challenge], so we’re pretty psyched about how close we came,” said Glens Falls coach Kevin Crossman. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys swimming: Albany Academy hangs on to win Division 2 title; Shen cruises to Division 1 crown”

Bethlehem sweeps Section 2 hockey postseason awards

Capital District High School Hockey League regular season champion Bethlehem swept the top three awards when Section 2 announced its postseason all-stars Sunday, Feb. 16.

Forward Michael Bievenue won the scoring title and was named Section 2’s Player of the Year, while Michael Kurdziolek was chosen by Section 2 coaches as the Leading Goaltender. Bievenue scored 46 goals and finished with 68 points, while Kurdziolek posted a 12-2-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a league-leading .919 save percentage.

Kurdziolek, forward Justin Chenaille and defenseman John Thibodeau from Bethlehem were named to the All-Section 2 team, along with Albany Academy forward Anthony Sericolo, Christian Brothers Academy forward Hunter Pemrick and Queensbury defenseman Brayden Ordway.

Chenaille led the league in assists with 31 and was second to Bievenue in goals (24) and points (55), while Thibodeau topped the league in assists by a defenseman with 16. Sericolo tied Shenendehowa’s Brennan Alheim for fourth place in points with 36, while Pemrick posted 24 points for the Brothers. Ordway had the second-highest goal total for a defenseman this season with seven. Continue reading “Bethlehem sweeps Section 2 hockey postseason awards”