Section 2 will be well represented at this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Volleyball Championships at Cool Insuring Arena.
All five Sectional representatives won their regional finals Saturday, Nov. 10, to qualify for the state tournament, which takes place Nov. 17 and 18 in Glens Falls.
Class AA champion Shenendehowa had the toughest challenge of regionals, as it needed four sets to defeat Section 3 champion Baldwinsville at Gloversville High School. The Plainswomen won the first two sets 27-25 and 25-22 before the Bees took the third set 25-22. Shen and Baldwinsville continued to battle back and forth before the Plainswomen closed out the match with a 25-22 victory in the fourth set. Continue reading “Five Section 2 teams advance to NYSPHSAA Girls Volleyball Championships with regional wins”
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”
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.
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”